DEC. 1, 2017
IT'S A HOMETOWN
Tifton, let the
19th Annual Hometown Holiday Christmas Celebration is underway with the big day on
Thursday night, the
Tifton Heritage Foundation sponsored a
Tour of Homes;
Tift County Schools has a
Family Holiday Movie Night at
Brodie Field beginning at
6 p.m.; and
Saturday is a full day of holiday activities, beginning with the Rotary Club's
Breakfast with Santa at
8 a.m., the Kiwanis Club's
Run for the Kids at
1 p.m., the Tifton
Christmas Parade at
5 p.m., followed by the
lighting of the city's
free children's rides and
non-stop entertainment up to 10 p.m.
This year's parade
grand marshals are Dr.
Homer and Caroline Day. Homer Day is an
former interim president of
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. He and his wife,
Intervention and Prevention Services; Caroline Day, who serves as the company's
CEO, is a
retired school counselor and educator who has guided the counseling, assessment and parenting service organization since its inception.
For information about
Hometown Holiday activities, call
Roy and Josh Jones, center, are recognized and joined by their family and, at far left, Chamber Chairman Tyron Spearman, and at far right, Chamber President & CEO Brian Marlowe.
AG APPRECIATION DINNER HONORS
TIFT FARMERS OF YEAR
Roy and Josh Jones were honored Monday night as the Tift County Farmers of the Year at the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce's Agriculture Appreciation Dinner.
The dinner was sponsored by Lasseter Equipment Group. The Chamber thanked
Matt Murphy and his team at Lasseter Equipment for making the dinner possible and thanked Scott Carlson at the Tift County Extension Office for helping to coordinate the event.
Tift County Recreation Department Gym
401 N. Victory Drive
The Rotary Club of Tifton
The Tift County Recreation Department
'RUN FOR THE KIDS'
The 13th annual
Kiwanis Run for the Kids 5K/one-mile
run/walk/bike is at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the
Spurlin/Sertoma baseball fields (near the Tifton Fire Station
at 403 Forrest Ave.) in Tifton. Four cash prizes will be awarded to the fastest runners in two categories. Team/family (three-member minimum) prizes will be awarded to the fastest and the best Christmas costume/theme.
Early entry fee is
$20 for adults;
$10 for children.
Children completing one mile get
medallions. Christmas gifts are available to other participants, as well as
'A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER'
FREE CONCERT ON TUESDAY
Music from the students at
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will help to usher in
the spirit of the
"A Christmas to Remember" at
7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the
Tift Theatre in downtown Tifton. The event is free and open to the public.
Susan Roe, head of the ABAC Department of Fine Arts, said the holiday concert has been held annually for years. It is a part of the
First Tuesday Concert Series. The event is being moved from the
Chapel of All Faiths on the ABAC campus this year to the
Tift Theatre to allow
more room for the community.
COAT DRIVE CONTINUES THROUGH SATURDAY
"Keep 'em Warm Coat Drive" is still collecting
coats through this
Saturday for needy adults and children.
The coats may be new or
"gently used," and
all sizes are accepted but children's coats are especially needed.
Drop-off locations are Kelly's Cleaners on Chesnutt Avenue, the County Commission office at the Charles Kent Administration Building on Tift Avenue and the Tiftarea YMCA on Carpenter Road.
The Ga. Division
of Family and Children Services' Tifton office will distribute the coats collected.
VIDEO: Click above to see Kip Moore's new documentary.
KIP MOORE REVISITS
NEW COUNTRY ALBUM
Country music star and
Kip Moore has just released a
video documentary, "The Journey to Slowheart," about the
making of his latest album
takes fans into Moore's hometown of Tifton, Ga., and follows the award-
winning country artist through his journeys in Costa Rica and Iceland," CMT News
In the video,
Tifton and drives along the
streets, such as
U.S. Highway 82 and
Highway 41, as well as by his
boyhood home. He also spends some time with his
, so I felt like
wrap things up
," he says in the documentary.
"I never knew that purposely taking a break from music would bring me back to the core of why I fell in love with it in the first place," Moore wrote with a recent photo he posted on Instagram. "We never intended to make a documentary about these travels or the Slowheart record."
Tifton First United
107 W 12th St., Tifton, GA
Tifton First United Methodist Church has an opening for a church pianist. This is a part-
The pianist is responsible for preparing for and practicing with the chancel choir, orchestra and ensemble every Wednesday evening for about two hours and for playing at Sunday traditional services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., as well at special services at Christmas, Easter, etc.
CEREMONY SET FOR DEC. 14 IN GRESSETTE GYM
State Rep. Sam Watson, R-Moultrie, will be the featured speaker at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's fall commencement at 10 a.m. Dec. 14 in Gressette Gym.
A total of 176 graduates are expected to receive their diplomas at the ceremony.
Watson, a 1999 ABAC graduate, represents House District 172, which includes part of Tift County. He is also a Colquitt County farmer and managing partner of Chill C Farms and the Moultrie Melon Co. Watson received the 2017
Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from the ABAC Alumni Association.
Selected as the Freshman Legislator of the Year by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in 2014, Watson is the Rural Caucus chairman in the Ga. House and serves on the House Agriculture Committee. He is vice chairman of the Appropriations Economic Development Subcommittee, vice chair of the Transportation, the Natural Resources, vice chair on special rules, and secretary on the retirement and ways and means committee.
He is also a graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in agriculture.
IRWIN COUNTY HIGH HOSTS EMANUEL COUNTY TONIGHT IN FOOTBALL SEMIFINAL PLAYOFF
The Irwin County High Indians varsity football team has a Class A semifinal playoff
home game vs. the Emanuel County Institute Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. today (Friday) in Ocilla.
No. 2 Irwin County High is 11-1 this season;
Emanuel County Institute (ECI), 12-1, is ranked No. 3.
In 2016, ECI beat Irwin County in the quarterfinal playoffs.
HAS PHOTO CHOSEN FOR PEANUT CALENDAR
Linda Powell of
Worth County has been selected as one of
12 monthly pictures featured in the
Georgia Peanut Commission's 2018 calendar,
"Photos from the Field."
seen above, was selected as the
Peanut Commission hosted a
photo contest to fill the pages of its new
Georgia Peanut Calendar. Farmers from across Georgia were encouraged to submit their best high-resolution photo of
100 entries were submitted from across the
peanut belt. The
top 12 were selected based on quality, originality and diversity in the field.
Ashley Moore, Crisp County;
Luke Brown, Wilcox County;
Aaron Moore, Crisp County;
Casey Cox, Mitchell County;
Chandler Starling, Emanuel County;
Judson Clark, Lee County;
Lauren Turner, Decatur County;
Jay Blanton, Brooks County;
Jonathan Smith, Coffee County;
Linda Powell, Worth County;
Haley McGuffin, Twiggs County; and
Roger Wayne Davis, Miller County.
available at the
Peanut Commission on
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PEACH CROP NEEDS COLDER
WEATHER TO THRIVE
Lower temperatures are needed this winter to avoid another disastrous peach season, says a regional peach expert.
contributed to Georgia's
percent loss. About
percent of those losses were attributed to Georgia's
lack of chill hours
. The late freeze this past spring contributed to the other
10 to 15
Jeff Cook, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension county coordinator in Taylor and Peach counties.
"Chill hours are vital to the development of a peach. We didn't have enough cold weather last year and it showed once we got to harvest time," said Cook, who specializes in peaches.
"Chill hours" refers to the time in which temperatures dip below
45 degrees. From
Oct. 1 through
Feb. 15, chill hours are
required for peach production.
peach variety requires
850 chill hours, the highest chill requirement of all varieties grown in Georgia. When that particular variety only got about
450 chill hours last winter, the result was
devastating for Georgia peach farmers. At least
800 hours are needed to make a "
decent crop," he said.
The biggest hit to Georgia's 2017 peach crop was the lack of peaches from July to August, which is typically the largest yielding period. "The packing sheds were shut down the first of July," Cook said.
Unfortunately for Georgia
peach producers, this year's
winter forecast is projecting a
warmer winter because of
La Nina weather conditions.
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FRIDAY, DEC. 1
- Family Holiday Movie Night, 6 p.m., Brodie Field, Tifton
- Irwin County High Indians football playoff vs. Emanuel County Institute Bulldogs, 7:30 p.m., Ocilla
SATURDAY, DEC. 2
- Breakfast with Santa, 8-11 a.m., Tift County Recreation Department, Tifton
- Run For the Kids 5K/1-Mile, 1 p.m., Spurlin/Sertoma baseball fields, Forrest Avenue, Tifton
- Tifton Christmas Parade, 5 p.m., Downtown Tifton
- Hometown Holiday Christmas Celebration, 6-10 p.m., Downtown Tifton
Lillian Catherine Johnson Bargeron, 89, Tifton
William Harold McKie, 70,
Julian C. Elliott Jr., 71,
Drusilla "Dru" Walker Andrus, 89,
James Monroe "Jackie" Snow, 68, West Berrien
Cecil Winn, 97,
Ebony Monique Clark, 18,
Arthur Kano "Precious" Goff, 72,
Shirley Bass Griffin, 89,
Pamela Wynn Speight, 49,
Omagene "Jean" Rooks Dees, 85,
James Wilton "Billy" Dillard Sr., 72,
Ann Glisson Griffin, 71,
Harold Eugene Blankenship, 83,
Frank Martin, 57,
Mildred Panturis, 97,
Stanley Joseph Hogan, 48,
James Robert "Bob" Case Sr., 75,
Fred L. Duke Jr., 60,
Bobby Joe Pippin, 81,
Dorothy Teresa Patton, 69,
Judith Mayne, 64, Adel
Harvey Lee Barton, 65, Tifton
See our decorated tree on display in the
"Hall of Christmas Trees" at the
Tifton Museum of Arts & Heritage.
We are grateful that our tree will be donated to a
local family in need
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