OCT. 14, 2016
Tifton, Georgia


Tifton Grapevine

More restaurants and apartments are coming soon to Downtown Tifton, local developers told t he Tifton Merchants Association on   Wednesday at its monthly meeting.

A total of more than 40 apartments and three restaurants -- one Italian, one a "rooftop restaurant" and a relocated Hawk-Eye BBQ -- will soon be added to the downtown scene, developers said.

Longtime downtown developer Harold Harper is renovating the old twin brick warehouse buildings near the corner of Tift Avenue and Second Street, creating 33 apartments and an Italian restaurant.

The 41,000-square-foot structure will include 23 two-bedroom apartments, seven one-bedroom apartments, two handicapped apartments and one studio apartment with 20-foot ceilings, he said.

Harper, who has renovated numerous buildings downtown for more than 30 years, said the project is following state and federal historic guidelines and is about half completed. He expects the project to be finished by Feb. 1.

Also, Hal Baxley , co-owner of 41 and Main  restaurant, told the Merchants Association that  Hawk-Eye BBQ will relocate to 339 Commerce Way. The restaurant will eventually take over the entire downstairs with a cafeteria- style format, while an adjacent structure will have a "rooftop restaurant" with an "eclectic cuisine." Baxley recently purchased Hawk-Eye BBQ, currently on 12th Street.

"It's the same Hawkeye food," Baxley said. "We've touched nothing regarding the recipes." He said the new location will eventually double the seating capacity of the current Hawk-Eye location, which will become a "sports pub" serving food.

Baxley said he also will develop five or six loft apartments upstairs in the Bowen Building on Main Street, as well as four loft apartments in the building on Second Street on the corner across the lane from the county courthouse. He said there are already 210 apartments downtown.

He is considering putting a grocery downtown selling aged beef, seasonal vegetables and spices and rubs, as well as adding "bike rickshaws" pedaled by college students to ferry customers from parking areas.

"The thrust is the revitalization of downtown," Baxley said, "... having a Mayberry-type environment down there."

He thanked Tifton for supporting his 41 and Main restaurant, saying it did $1 million in sales during its first six months.

The 53rd Annual Georgia Peanut Festival -- a celebration and a thank-you to peanut farmers and the peanut industry -- is Saturday, Oct. 15, at T.C. Jeffords Park near downtown Sylvester.

Sylvester is home to Peter Pan Peanut Butter; in fact, every jar of Peter Pan Peanut Butter is made in the Worth County town.

Activities include the Peter Pan Peanut Butter Parade, vendors from across the state, a free Kidz Korner entertainmentSouthern food and a variety of peanut treats.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, and the opening ceremony is at noon Because of  unforeseen circumstances, the 2016 Peanut Festival 5K and Fun Run has been cancelled, according to the festival's Facebook page.

Last year, Georgia produced 57 percent of peanuts in the United States, with about half being used to make peanut butter, according to the Georgia Peanut Commission.

About 61 percent of Southerners  always have a jar of peanut butter in their kitchen, according to a Peter Pan company study.

Pictured at right are  the 2016 Georgia Peanut Queens: Front row, from left are  MacKenzie Grace Bridges, Baby Miss Peanut; and 
Mallory Jane Grimes, Teeny Miss Peanut. Second row,  Carlie Raegan Emerson, Tiny Miss Peanut; and 
Shyanne Card, Little Miss Peanut. Back row,  Isabelle Hancock, Young Miss Peanut; Kinley Ann Pridgen, Teen Miss Peanut;  Madison Elizabeth Barber, Miss Peanut; and Lexi Belle Hardy, Junior Miss Peanut.

Framed by a UH-1 Iroquois "Huey" helicopter on one side and historic Tift Hall on
"Huey" lands at ABAC.
the other, visitors to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College traveled back to the future on Thursday afternoon when ABAC opened its  Freedom Gallery on campus.

ABAC President David Bridges said the Freedom Gallery builds on the ideals of America's past but provides a place for future students to understand the sacrifices made by those in the military.

"My wife, Kim, and I agreed that when we leave ABAC, we want to make sure that there is a place, a program and a structure in place that will honor veterans and provide a platform to educate future generations of ABAC students about service to
Bridges at the ABAC ceremony.
our country," Bridges said. 

"So, the ABAC Veterans Initiative was born. The initiative includes a multifaceted approach to making sure ABAC serves those who have so bravely served us."

The Freedom Gallery is the cornerstone of the Veterans Initiative that includes the Veteran Success Center, a student veterans' organization, participation in the national Carry The Load relay -- which aims to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day -- designation as a Purple Heart College and a Military Friendly College, dedicated tutors for veterans, preferred registration for veterans, a $100,000 Veterans Enrichment Fund and a $1 million campaign for a veterans' endowment fund.

"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," 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 "Pinky" Durham Jr., 
During Thursday's opening of ABAC's Freedom Gallery, Sunny Ross examines the Medal of Honor awarded to "Pinky" Durham.
an ABAC alumnus and a Tifton native who gave his life Oct. 17, 1967, on a Vietnam battlefield. For his courage under fire, 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 the many men and women who sacrificed their lives for this great country," said Lindsey Roberts, ABAC marketing and communications director.

Roberts coordinated the Freedom Gallery project, which includes historic panels and memorabilia from Durham including his Medal of Honor, which is showcased in a specially designed case. Members of the Durham family and the famed "Black Lions" of the U.S. Army were special guests at the ceremony.

Other panels and pictures in the gallery illustrate the military branches and ABAC alumni such as Henry Will Jones, a Marine Corps captain who received a posthumous Silver Star for his bravery in World War II.

The Freedom Gallery in Tift Hall is open to the public 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays.


The Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) will be hosting a "Trick or Peanut" event from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the GPC office,  445 Fulwood Blvd., Tifton.

The event is open to the public; GPC staff will dress in costumes and provide peanuts and peanut butter- themed candies and treats to visitors. 

Children age 13 and under may also participate in  a Paint-A-Pumpkin contest: Painting a pumpkin with any type of peanut theme and emailing a photo of  their painted pumpkin to by midnight Oct. 23

All entered photos will be  added to an album on the Georgia Peanuts Facebook page for online voting beginning Oct. 24. Each like or share will count as one vote. The winner will be announced Nov. 1 to kick off National Peanut Butter Lovers Month in November.

The Georgia Peanut Commission represents approximately 3,400 peanut farmers and carries out programs in research, promotion and education. For information, visit  


Tiftarea Academy students Reid Phillips and Wesley Malone took home top honors at the Georgia National Fair State Essay Writing Contest.

Phillips won First Place overall for the Fifth Grade Division, and  Malone won Second Place overall for the Sixth Grade Division.

Phillips won $100 cash and secured a donation of $150 for Tiftarea Academy ; Malone received $75 and a $100 donation. 

The students competed against other contestants from across the state. Their essays were judged on content and organization, sentence formation, conventions of written language, style and creativity. 

Reid is the son of Dr. Jay and Leigh Phillips of Tifton. Wesley is the son of Mike and Tracy Malone, also of Tifton

They are pictured with their homeroom teachers: from left Suzanne Pless, Phillips, Malone and Sandra Sumner at the awards ceremony in Perry.

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A community-wide luminary event, "Go Light Up Your World," scheduled for 7 p.m Oct. 26 in Tift County is designed  to show support for  local youth.

Sponsored by  Tift County Commission on Children & Youth, the luminaries are asked to be lit simultaneously as a sign that the community is united in working to keep youths healthy and productive, and to provide them with a safe and caring environment. 

"Our hope is that throughout the year (and especially on Oct. 26), our community will provide programs for our youth that encourage involvement in positive activities," t he Commission on Children & Youth said.

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Children young and old can have a "spooktacular" time at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village on Oct. 29 with "Trick or Treat in the Village."

The event is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Children may participate in costume contests on the porch of the Historic Village Drug Store. Staff at village buildings will have candy for the children as they trick-or-treat around the site.

Activities include face painting, apple bobbing, hay rides and interactive activities in the Historic Village. Visitors may also purchase pumpkins at the museum's pumpkin patch, wander through the train-shaped corn maze and see pumpkins flying high in the air from the "Pumpkin Chunker" -- pumpkins will be launched from a modern day trebuchet into Agrirama Lake.

An admission fee is charged.  For  information, call 229-391-5205.

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. a Glance

  • Estate Sale, Noon-4 p.m., 2002 Slack Drive, Tifton
  • Tiftarea Academy Panthers football vs. Westfied School, 7:30 p.m., Chula
  • Tift County High Blue Devils football @ Lowndes County High, 8 p.m., Valdosta

  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
  • Estate Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2002 Slack Drive, Tifton
  • Georgia Peanut Festival parade, 10 a.m., Downtown Sylvester

In Memoriam

OCT. 6
Florence Sumner, 82, West Berrien

OCT. 7
Mildred Etheredge, 88, Sylvester
Keith W. Finley, 63, Worth County
Jacquelyn Cuffie, 56, Clarkston

OCT. 8
Koy Holland, 34, Sylvester
Willis Osie Nash, 86, Irwin County
Michae l S. Day, 54, Adel
Patricia Studstill, 49, Douglas

OCT. 9
Osra Blanton, 79, Nashville
Karen Lynn Bongers, 50, Fitzgerald

OCT. 10
David James Tawzer, 64, Tifton
Cheryl Herring Brooks, 70, Sylvester

OCT. 11
Dorothy Harring, Ashburn
Willa Dean Kiser, 89, Hahira

OCT. 12
Maurice Keith McMillan, 59, Enigma
Retha L. Hall, Ashburn
Loyd Everett Lavender, 93, Ashburn
Catherine Froh, 85, Brighton, Mich.


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