SEPT. 20, 2016
SENS. KIRK, FORT
Sens. Greg Kirk, R-Americus, and Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, are having a series of debates on religious freedom, the Pastor Protection Act and the First Amendment Defense Act, including a debate in Tifton.
Four debates are being held around the state and are open to the public to
ensure as many Georgians as possible may attend.
The Tifton debate is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center auditorium.
There is also a debate tonight, Tuesday, at 7 p.m. in St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Atlanta; on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Savannah State University; and at 1 p.m. Thursday, at Mercer University in Macon.
Fort is the Senate minority whip whose district includes part of
's district includes
part of Tift and Sumter counties
, as well as
Worth, Turner, Crisp, Dodge, Dooly, Lee and Wilcox counties.
Kirk was a primary sponsor of the original, controversial "religious liberty" bill passed by the General Assembly earlier this year but vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal.
The bill stated that "religious officials shall not be required to perform marriage ceremonies, perform rites or administer sacraments in violation of their legal right to free exercise of religion."
Under terms of the bill, religious officials would not be required to perform same sex marriages if it conflicts with their beliefs. The bill would have protected faith-based groups from having to rent their facilities for events they deem objectionable.
Supporters of the bill said it confirmed their
religious values; opponents said it was
discriminatory and was unconstitutional.
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PLAINS GOES NUTS
PEANUT FESTIVAL (WITH A PRESIDENT) ON SATURDAY
20th Annual 2016 Plains Peanut Festival kicks off
Saturday, Sept. 24, with a parade and lots of
The festival is held annually in
Plains, home of
President Jimmy Carter and First Lady
parade begins at
Planters' Mr. Peanut and the Nut Mobile Peanut will be featured in the parade.
Created in 1916 by a 12-year-old boy as part of a contest, Mr. Peanut has been an American icon for almost a century. Dressed in the formal clothing of an old-fashioned gentleman, complete with top hat, monocle, white gloves, spats, tights and a cane, Mr. Peanut first appeared in advertising in 1919.
Mr. Peanut was inducted into the Advertising Walk of Fame and was given a makeover and a voice on TV for the first time in 2010.
The Peanut Institute, National Peanut Board, American Peanut Shellers Association, Georgia Peanut Commission, Planters, Jif, National Peanut Buying Points Association and Mars will display exhibits in the Planters Peanut Pavilion beginning at
Saturday events begin at
8 a.m. with a
One-Mile Fun Run followed by a
5K road race. Mr. Peanut will be cheering on runners in the Fun Run. Additional festivities throughout the day include free entertainment, historical and educational displays, food vendors, as well as arts and crafts booths.
SAM Shortline will have train rides, and President and Mrs. Carter will be signing books. The festival
street dance featuring
Jimmy Gaddy will perform live on Main Street beginning at
8:30 p.m. Saturday.
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IT'S NEARLY PUMPKIN TIME
AT AGRICULTURE MUSEUM
Visitors can pick out the perfect pumpkin or travel through the tractor-shaped corn maze beginning
Oct. 1 when the
Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College opens its annual
pumpkin patch and
Garrett Boone said the corn maze is included in the museum and Historic Village's admission price.
While adults pick out the perfect pumpkin for a jack-o-lantern, children can choose their own pumpkin or play on the tire swings, seesaws, the corn box and the swing set. The pumpkin patch also has a number of photo spots to create fall family pictures.
The corn maze will be open to visitors from Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. It will also be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. throughout October.
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10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fulwood Park in Tifton
Traditional foods, non-stop performances from La Fiesta Stage, Street Dance, Children's Area with Rides and Face Painting, Arts, Educational and Health Exhibits
The Howard Women's Health Center
Tifton Tift Co. Tourism Association
Tift Regional Medical Center
Quality Produce, LLC
First Comunnity Bank
South Georgia Banking
The George McCranie law firm
City of Tifton, Tifton Police Department
Tift County Recreation Department
* Mariachi Espuelas de America
* Nuestro Folklore - Dancer's Pointe Dance Company- Cultura Latina ABAC
* Tifton County High School Spanish Club - Grupo Ninas Panderitas
* Grupo Gran Comision - Grupo de Danza Mexica Azteca Tonacuauhtl
* Street Dance with Quique Fuentes Radio Rumba from Atlanta
Children's Carnival/Carnaval para ninos
by Philgood Entertainment
Typical Foods/Comidas Tipicas
Health & Educational Activities/Actividades Educativas y de Salud
Art Exhibit/Exhibicion de Arte
ESMS EARNS CHECK
SUMMER READING HELPS SCHOOL'S MEDIA DEPT.
Penny Peters, center,
a check for Accelerated Reader points earned by staff, students and friends of Eighth Street Middle School this past summer.
on books read and then tested at the
Summer Reading Center
operated by the
Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence.
Peters, foundation liaison to Eighth Street Middle School, is seen with School Principal Chad Stone, left, and Doug Head, media specialist.
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ABAC'S FREEDOM GALLERY
TO HONOR 'PINKY' DURHAM
For Dr. David Bridges, there's no question that those who sacrifice their lives for the country should be honored in a special way. That's why the president of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and his wife, Kim, are excited about the public opening of the Freedom Gallery at ABAC on Oct. 13.
"We are doing this because I want future generations of ABAC students to know that we respect the honor, the integrity and the valor of those who serve in the armed forces of our country," Bridges said. "We will continue to invest in those who
invested so much in us. We must not forget that some of them invested their lives for our freedom."
The Freedom Gallery focuses on the life of Harold Bascom Durham Jr., an ABAC alumnus and Tifton native who gave his life for his country on a Vietnam battlefield on Oct. 17, 1967. For his bravery, he was a posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor.
"We wanted to tell the story of 2nd Lt. Harold Bascom Durham Jr., but we also wanted to convey the fact that he was just one of many men and women who sacrificed their lives for this great country," said Lindsey Roberts, ABAC marketing and communications director.
The Freedom Gallery opens to the public at a 1:30 p.m. ceremony Oct. 13 on the front steps of Tift Hall. All veterans and local residents are invited.
Durham, nicknamed "Pinky," was a 1960 graduate of Tifton High School and attended ABAC for a short time. He received the Medal of Honor posthumously on Oct. 31, 1969.
Durham is Tifton's only Medal of Honor recipient. The medal will be displayed in a specially designed case in the Freedom Gallery.
"The Freedom Gallery is a tribute to all the brave men and women who place themselves in harm's way every day so that all Americans can be free," Bridges said. "It is a key component in our new Veterans Initiative."
The ABAC Veterans Initiative includes a new Veteran Success Center in J. Lamar Branch Hall, a student veterans' organization, recognition as a Purple Heart College, recognition as a Military Friendly College, free tutoring for veterans beyond normal tutoring hours, and advanced preferred registration for veterans.
Bridges and his wife committed $20,000 toward a $100,000 fundraising campaign for an ABAC Veterans Enrichment Fund in 2015. After reaching the goal, Bridges announced a new $1 million campaign for a veterans' endowment fund.
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