MAY 25, 2018
LET US NOT FORGET
Memorial Day may be the unofficial start of
summer, but it means so much more than a three-day weekend, cookouts, and a trip to the beach. The day has been set aside to
who died in defense of our country.
On Saturday, May 26, the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 38 in Tifton will be placing flags on veterans' graves. The public is invited to help. Folks will gather at the main flagpole at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Tifton at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Monday, Memorial Day, the public is invited to attend a service at 10 a.m. in the Tifton Municipal Courtroom at the corner of U.S. Highway 82 and Commerce Way. Following the service, a procession will head to Oak Ridge Cemetery to place a wreath honoring our fallen soldiers
Memorial Day had its
after the Civil War to honor those who died in the war. The first national, official Memorial Day was in 1868, and was initially called Decoration Day. May 30 was set for "the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country."
1971, the observance was moved to the
last Monday in
Julie Smith has called upon all residents to
true meaning of
Memorial Day: "
This year, with so much hatred and hurt in our country, let's honor and remember the ones who gave all so that we could assemble, we could vote, we could worship, we could go to school, we could do or be anything we want to be because all are created equal," the mayor said.
"Let's make Memorial Day in Tifton, Ga., a sacred day and acknowledge the sacrifice. We say we will never forget. Let's not."
MOST INCUMBENTS WIN IN TIFT PRIMARY ELECTION
T-SPLOST PASSES; ONE BOE RACE FACES RUNOFF
Tuesday's primary election held few surprises. Locally, most incumbents were re-elected, having no opposition in the general election, and the T-SPLOST (Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) was approved in the 18-county South Georgia region.
a bid for re-election was Tift County Commissioner
. Former state Rep.
won the District 3
percent of the vote to Setters'
Incumbent County Commissioners
Donnie Hester, Stan Stalnaker and Greg Wood all were re-elected, facing no challengers in November. Wood's challenger, former school board member
Lester Potts, put up a strong fight,
losing by 19 votes in unofficial results.
There will be one
runoff in local races: The
Tift County Board of Education (BOE) District 6 seat will have
Rusty Harrelson facing
Jimmy Cargle on
July 24, since no candidate got 50 percent of the vote. In Tuesday's primary,
43 percent of the vote;
38 percent; and
There will be several other new members of the BOE in races with no incumbents. Sam Wright and Jamie Hill both won their respective races. Incumbent John Smith had no opposition for his District 2 seat.
T-SPLOST was approved in
Tift County, as well throughout the
18-county region. The
Tift County vote for the additional
one-cent tax was OK'd by a margin of
63 percent to
In statewide races,
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp face a July 24 runoff for the GOP nomination for governor. Also facing Republican runoffs are lieutenan
t governor candidates David Shafer and Geoff Duncan; and secretary of state candidates Brad Raffensperger and David Belle Isle.
The Tift County primary election results will be certified by May 29.
Judge Bill Reinhardt of Tifton, left, who is a trustee for the Cortez H. Sconyers Charitable Trust, presents a donation to a representative of Sycamore United Methodist Church. Second from right is Tim Floyd, also a trustee, and, at right, is
James G. "Buck" White, p
resident/general manager of
Sconyers Gin & Warehouse Co.
SCONYERS TRUST MAKES
Cortez H. Sconyers Charitable Trust, which owns
Sconyers Gin & Warehouse in
Sycamore, recently awarded more than
awards to several
local organizations and
students during a scholarship banquet.
Cortez H. Sconyers founded
Sconyers Gin more than 60 years ago. Mrs. Cortez Sconyers had a strong desire to give back to her community and farmers. As a result, when she died in 2000, her will and trust agreement stipulates
that each year, scholarships
are awarded to
Sconyers Gin's farmers
who wish to further their education.
Also, each year Mrs. Sconyers' beloved Sycamore United Methodist Church, the Boy Scouts of America and the Turner County Health Department receive donations.
This year, the Trust donated
Sycamore United Methodist Church, and
$7,500 each to the
Boys Scouts and to the
Turner County Health Department.
Approximately $52,000 was allocated for 29 scholarships awarded to the gin's farmers' and employees' families.
Scholarship recipients this year are students from Tift, Turner, Ben Hill, Wilcox, and Worth counties.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR GLEANING PRODUCE FOR LOCAL DISTRIBUTION TO NEEDY
Society of St. Andrew is having a
Tift County gleaning beginning at 8 a.m. this Thursday, May 31.
Volunteers may j
oin the Tift gleaners to harvest produce from the fields or help distribute the food to those in need. The first shift is 8-11:30 a.m., and the distribution shift is 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Those interested in helping must RSVP by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions, call Sandi Newman at 229-386-5800. The Society of St. Andrew is a nonprofit hunger relief organization that gleans excess fresh produce and gives it to those in need.
"We fight hunger by working with local farmers and community members who are passionate about making a difference," the Society says. "Learn how to make a difference in your community by going to endhunger.org/georgia"
NEW SWEEPER CLEANING
TIFTON CITY STREETS
City of Tifton's new
street sweeper has been on duty for the past three weeks. It
old unit that needed
extensive maintenance. The
new sweeper is
more efficient in that
refuse collected can be
transferred from the sweeper while it is
on the road; the
old vehicle had to
return to the
shop to be
cleaned out before
heading back on the
Tifton City Council accepted the
Georgia Statewide Contract pricing from
Environmental Products of Georgia to purchase the
Elgin Pelican Street Sweeper for
$204,728. The city had budgeted
$205,000 for a
new sweeper this year.
RESEARCH TOUTS HEALTH BENEFITS OF PEANUTS
Peanuts are a healthy, "holistic food" that are "good for the planet," according to recent research released by the Peanut Institute.
The Peanut Institute, a non-profit organization supporting nutrition research and educational programs encouraging healthful lifestyles that include peanuts,
recently brought together peanut industry leaders, research scientists and registered dieticians to highlight the latest research.
Attendees learned how peanuts can help people feel good and stay healthy, live longer and actually prevent many chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes.
Vasanti Malik, a research scientist with the
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, presented the latest research on the rising importance of
plant-based diets for human and planetary health.
"The United States was once the epicenter of
diabetes; now it is a global issue,"
Malik said. "
Peanuts are a
holistic food that provide a
health benefits such as a
decreased risk of
chronic diseases and total and cause-specific
According to the research, peanuts are also one of the most cost-effective and sustainable sources of protein and require much less water than other protein sources, making them good for the planet as well.
"While a bias against peanuts may exist, it's not based on science. The protein-packed food contains essential nutrients and bioactive compounds that can deliver important health benefits," said Dr. Rick Mattes, researcher with the
Purdue University Department of Nutrition Science.
Other new research indicates that early introduction of peanuts in children can safely prevent peanut allergies later in life. The LEAP Study (Learning Early About Peanut Allergy) showed that children exposed to peanut foods between 4-11 months of age had an 80 percent reduction in peanut allergy at the end of five years.
ROTARY HEARS ABOUT HOSPICE
Victoria Taft, volunteer coordinator and community liaison with
Hospice of Tift Area, spoke to the
Tifton Rotary Club on
Taft discussed how
volunteers are an important part of the hospice care team, and how
hospice makes people
comfortable as they face
Seated to the right of
Taft is Rotary President
ABAC NAMES OUTSTANDING STAFFER
FROM SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE
Grant Rentz, a natural resources technician, recently received the
Outstanding Staff Member award for the
2017-18 academic year from the
School of Agriculture and Natural Resources at
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Mark Kistler, ag school dean, and Dr.
William Moore, forestry department Head, said Rentz was selected based on several factors.
"The immense contributions
Grant made to the
Southern Forestry Conclave while doing a stellar job with his other duties clinched this award for him," Moore said. "The faculty of the
Forest Resources Department was
unanimous in favor of him receiving the award."
numerous labs for forestry and wildlife courses, assists directly with many of those labs and handles the lab transportation schedules for the department.
"It was an honor to receive the
Outstanding Staff Member award, and the fact that my
co-workers are the ones who gave me the award made it even more special,"
Rentz said. "It is nice to know that the work I do is
appreciated by those around me."
In addition to a busy spring semester at his job,
Rentz completed the final course work for his
bachelor of science degree in
natural resource management and passed the
Georgia Registered Forester Exam and the
Society of American Foresters Certified Forester Exam.
BEAGLE NAMED TIFTON
We came across a heartfelt
column from an
Athens magazine about a
Tifton in honor of his
We thought our
readers might enjoy this post from
YOUNG ADULT FICTION WRITER
AT YOUNG WRITER'S WORKSHOP
Young adult fiction writer Jessica Hawke will speak at the annual Young Writers' Workshop on July 14 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. The workshop begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and ends with a 3:30 p.m. reception.
Students in high school or students attending ABAC are welcome to attend. Cost for the workshop is $10. Lunch and snacks are provided. To preregister, students can
Click Here! Registration will also be open the day of the event.
in the categories of
poetry, fiction and short film
in conjunction with the event. Entries may be submitted at the registration link.
"Many students come to this conference every year,"said Dr. Wendy Harrison, ABAC English professor. "Around March we begin receiving inquiries from students who attended the conference the previous year and want to sign up again."
Author Hawke spends her days teaching middle school students. She did not begin her writing career until age 26 when she realized just thinking about a book wouldn't compare to writing one.
"I write tales of fantasy and paranormal adventure for young adults and the young at heart," said Hawke, author of "Phantom."
In addition to Hawke's sessions, ABAC faculty members will conduct sessions on poetry and non-fiction writing. The reception will feature student awards and information from graduates and others about career paths for students interested in writing.
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..at a Glance
Wiregrass Farmers Market,
9 a.m.-Noon., Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- Placement of Veterans' Flags, 9 a.m, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Tifton
- Summer Fest 2018, 10 a.m., Coastal Plains Fairgrounds, Tifton
SUNDAY, MAY 27
MONDAY, MAY 28
- Memorial Day Service, 10 a.m., Municipal Courtroom, Tifton
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