OCT. 14, 2016
40+ MORE APARTMENTS, 3 RESTAURANTS COMING
By FRANK SAYLES JR.
restaurants and apartments are coming soon to
Downtown Tifton, local developers told t
Tifton Merchants Association
at its monthly meeting.
A total of
more than 40 apartments
, one a
and a relocated
-- will soon be added to the
scene, developers said.
Longtime downtown developer
Harold Harper is
old twin brick warehouse buildings near the corner of
Tift Avenue and Second Street, creating
33 apartments and an
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.
, co-owner of
41 and Main
restaurant, told t
he 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, "...
He thanked Tifton for supporting his 41 and Main restaurant, saying it did $1 million in sales during its first six months.
SYLVESTER GOES NUTS
GEORGIA PEANUT FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND
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 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,
entertainment, Southern food and a variety of peanut treats.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, and the opening ceremony is at noon.
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.
ABAC FREEDOM GALLERY OPENS,
HONORS VETERANS' SACRIFICE
Framed by a UH-1 Iroquois
on one side and historic
the other, visitors to
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
traveled back to the future on
afternoon when ABAC
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
, and I agreed that when we leave
, 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
," Bridges said.
ABAC Veterans Initiative was born. The initiative includes a multifaceted approach to making sure ABAC serves those who have so bravely served us."
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.,
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.
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.
'TRICK OR PEANUT'
GEORGIA PEANUT COMMISSION OPENS DOORS
FOR PEANUT EVENT
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
WIN AT STATE ESSAY CONTEST
Tiftarea Academy students
Reid Phillips and
Wesley Malone took home
top honors at the
Georgia National Fair State Essay Writing Contest.
First Place overall for the
Fifth Grade Division, and
Malone won Second Place overall for the Sixth Grade Division.
cash and secured a donation of
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
Wesley is the son of
Mike and Tracy Malone, also of
They are pictured with their homeroom teachers: from left
Sandra Sumner at the awards ceremony in
2002 Slack Drive, Tifton
A variety of home items for sale, including antiques, collectibles,
outdoor antique cast-iron table and chairs, wrought-iron table and chairs,
black wrought-iron rocker chairs, a Sansui amplifier and Technics turntable with two Realistic-Electrostat speakers, modern coffee table, gun cabinet,
antique American Drew tea art, antique small oval coffee table,
tiger oak secretary, and much more!
Friday & Saturday!
'Christmas Around the World'
Vendor & Sponsor Opportunities Still Available
Join Us for Downtown Tifton Christmas Open House
Thursday, Dec. 1 -- 5. p.m - 9 p.m.
COMMUNITY LUMINARY TO SPOTLIGHT
LOCAL YOUTH SUPPORT
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
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.
For information, call 229-388-1000.
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AG MUSEUM SETS ANNUAL
'TRICK OR TREAT IN VILLAGE'
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
An admission fee is charged.
information, call 229-391-5205.
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..at a Glance
FRIDAY, OCT. 14
- 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
SATURDAY, OCT. 15
- 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
Florence Sumner, 82, West Berrien
Mildred Etheredge, 88, Sylvester
Keith W. Finley, 63, Worth County
Jacquelyn Cuffie, 56, Clarkston
Koy Holland, 34, Sylvester
Willis Osie Nash, 86, Irwin County
l S. Day, 54, Adel
Patricia Studstill, 49, Douglas
Osra Blanton, 79, Nashville
Karen Lynn Bongers, 50, Fitzgerald
David James Tawzer, 64,
Cheryl Herring Brooks, 70, Sylvester
Dorothy Harring, Ashburn
Willa Dean Kiser, 89, Hahira
Maurice Keith McMillan, 59, Enigma
Retha L. Hall, Ashburn
Loyd Everett Lavender, 93, Ashburn
Catherine Froh, 85, Brighton, Mich.
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