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Dec. 20,
Tifton Georgia
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Home Free:
VIDEO: Home Free - "Colder Weather"
Austin Brown

Tifton native Austin Brown and his singing group "Home Free" made the cut in Thursday night's (Dec. 19) episode of NBC-TV's "Sing-Off" competition, and the group is one of three competing on Monday, Dec. 23, in the finale.


Brown and Home Free sang the Zac Brown Band's "Colder Weather" on Thursday night's television program. 


On Monday, the last three groups will battle for The Sing-Off crown during a star-studded two-hour finale. Pentatonix, 98 Degrees, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will perform.

Home Free vs. The Filharmonic:
VIDEO: Home Free vs. The Filharmonic
The show began with America's top 10 a cappella groups  competing for recording contract and $100,000. No musical instruments are used and performers use only their voices on each song.
Multi-platinum recording artist Nick Lachey hosts the show and singer-songwriter Jewel, Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five) and Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) are the judges.


The finale airs 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 on NBC-TV.


Autumn is ending and winter blusters in with the solstice at 12:11 p.m. Saturday,  Dec. 21, the shortest day of the year.


Throughout recorded time, the solstice has been observed with the lighting of candles and yule logs, and with celebrations as the days will thereafter become longer -- the rebirth of light.


The National Geographic notes that the word solstice comes from the Latin words for "sun" and "to stand still." In the Northern Hemisphere, as summer advances to winter, the points on the horizon where the sun rises and sets advance southward each day. But a few days before and after the winter solstice, the change is so slight that the sun's path seems to stay the same, or stand still. The sun is directly overhead at "high noon" on winter solstice at the latitude called the Tropic of Capricorn. The days around the solstice have the fewest hours of sunlight during the whole year.


Although we face the darkest days on the calendar, we are in the season of light. As you gather around a fire this week, be it a blazing hearth or a flickering candle, know that in the darkness shines an everlasting light and that the hopes and fears of all the years continue to meet in that good night.


For we are never alone in the dark; and in this Christmas season of magic and wonder, God continues to light the way and guide us to that perfect light.

~Frank Sayles Jr.

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Stop by and see us at Annie's Place Gift Shoppe

We will be open Christmas Eve 
Regular Hours: Mon. thru Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!





All aboard the North Pole Express!


The  last expeditions occur 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village.


The Museum's 1917 Vulcan steam locomotive will depart for the "North Pole" every 20 minutes. Visitors will hear Mrs. Claus read the holiday classic, "The Polar Express" before boarding the North Pole Express to visit with Santa and view the movie version of "The Polar Express" in a winter wonderland.


Tickets must be purchased in advance at the museum's Country Store. Call 229-391-5205.    


The Georgia Firebirds semi-pro football team based in Tifton is holding a fundraiser game on Saturday, Dec. 21, to benefit a Moultrie boy battling a rare form of brain cancer


Jacob Martin
The "Built for Battle" benefit bowl pits the Firebirds against the Duval Vipers of Jacksonville, Fla., at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mack
Ga Firebirds
Tharpe Stadium in Moultrie. Part of the proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships will help to pay for four- year-old Jacob Martin's medical expenses. 
Martin was recently diagnosed with gliomatosis cerebri, a form of brain cancer.


"This is what we do as part of our community outreach program," Firebirds owner Darrien Teals told WALB-TV. "Once I learned about Jacob's situation and his parents -- his mother is a teacher at the Colquitt County School System -- I decided to get involved and I wanted to make an effort to support him and his family."


Tickets are $10 (ages 10 & under free). To make a donation, Click Here! or call 229-921-1381. 

is about so much more than presents, lights, and flying reindeer. It's about the birth of our Savior and God's hope for our world.
The people of St. Anne's Episcopal Church warmly invite you to worship with them at their Midnight Mass this Christmas Eve. Doors open at 10 p.m., followed by a Christmas concert at 10:30 p.m. 
The Mass begins at 11 p.m. 
A Tifton tradition for over 30 years, St. Anne's Midnight Mass is a unique way to celebrate the true reason for the season. Expect candlelight, scripture, and beautiful music featuring St. Anne's choir and an ABAC Brass Ensemble under the direction of Minister of Music Stan Smith. 
The Rev. Lonnie Lacy, Rector of St. Anne's, will preach. A free reception follows in the Parish Hall.

St. Anne's is located at 2411 N. Central Ave. Admission is free. Seating is offered first come, first served. Please bring non-perishable food items to donate for the poor. A professionally staffed nursery is available at no charge. For more information, contact the church office at (229) 382-7505 or click here.
It's A Wonderful Life - Trailer
VIDEO: 'It's A Wonderful Life' - Trailer
The Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts is offering a Christmas present to the community: A free showing of the holiday classic "It's A Wonderful Life," playing on the big screen at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 26.
Before the movie begins, patrons will hear Christmas carols and show tunes by Hayley Milner, says theatre managing director Robert Reid Goodson.
Goodson says to stay tuned for many more community events coming soon at the Tift Theatre for the Perfoming Arts on Main Sreet.
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 Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. 


The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps. 


For the young -- and the young at heart -- we gladly reprint this message that is about so much more than Santa Claus:

"DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.  
"Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.  santa-with-cookie.jpg  
"Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'  
"Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?


VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. 

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.



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                               At a Glance.... 
  • Are you ready? Christmas Day is Wednesday.
  • Mini-Open House (with peanut butter cup eggnog), 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Georgia Peanut Commission, Tifton.
  • Fourth Sunday of Advent.

In Memoriam
 Dec. 12
Grace Littleton McGough, 79, Bridgeboro
Dec. 13
Charlie Alton Stone, 71, Omega
Mary Eloise Braziel, 96, Ocilla 
Susan L. Brown, 39, Tifton
Johnny L. Jordan, 68, Tifton
Reva Mae Tarrant, 72, Irwin County 
Dec. 14
O. L. Luke, Jr., 91, Ocilla 
Oddie Benefield, 83, Nashville
Dec. 15
Ray N. Hunt Sr., 92, Omega 
Ila Shiver Baxley, 94, Doerun 
Ricky D. Myers, 57, Adel 
Robert Stuckert Jr., 71, Fitzgerald 
Ellison L. Murphy, 78, Sycamore 
Nellie Floyd, 69, Fitzgerald 
Dec. 16
Dustin Alexander Hammonds, 13, Warwick 
Betty S. Boland, 67, Sycamore 
Dec. 17
Royce Dale Frazier, 52, Tifton 
Joseph W. Dotter Jr., 87, Tifton 
Bettye Chapman Whitten, 74, Sumner 
Rufus Jackson, 88, Lenox
Very well-mantained custom-built home with over 3 acres on Lake Wisteria in Tifton. Two-story, 2,607 square feet with 3 BR and 2.5 baths. Large shade trees and prestigious flower beds adorn the back yard. Large dock for easy water access to the lake. The interior is immaculate with large spacious rooms; all hardwood floors downstairs have been completely stained and kitchen totally replaced and stained. New granite counter tops in kitchen, under-counter ice maker, built-in oven, glass cook top, utility room with outside entry. Easy access to covered deck from kitchen for grilling and entertaining. Den features a wood-burning fireplace and triple French doors, formal dining room, study/office. Large master BR with master bath suite, jacuzzi and walk-in tiled shower, all located downstairs. Two BR and jack-and-jill bath with ample attic storage upstairs. Separate shop and detached two-car carport. Move-in ready; it's just a phone call away!
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