MAY 25, 2018
Tifton, Georgia



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 honor and remember those  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.
On  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  beginnings  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."

In 1971, the observance was moved to the last Monday in May.

Tifton Mayor Julie Smith has called upon all residents to observe the 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."



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.

The only incumbent locally to lose a bid for re-election was Tift County Commissioner Robert Setters. Former state Rep. Tony McBrayer won the District 3 County Commission seat with 74
percent of the vote to Setters' 26 percent.

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, Harrelson received 43 percent of the vote; Cargle, 38 percent; and Jo Windom, 19 percent.

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.

The 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 37 percent. 

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.


The  Cortez H. Sconyers Charitable Trust, which owns  Sconyers Gin & Warehouse in Sycamore, recently awarded more than $75,000 in  scholarships and  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  and their  immediate families  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  $10,000 the  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.


The 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

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"


The City of Tifton's new street sweeper has been on duty for the past three weeks. It replaces an 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 street.

In April, 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.


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.

Dr. 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 variety of health benefits such as a decreased risk of chronic diseases and total and cause-specific mortality." 

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.


Victoria Taft, volunteer coordinator and community liaison with Hospice of Tift Area, spoke to the Tifton Rotary Club on Wednesday.

Taft discussed how volunteers are an important part of the hospice care team, and how hospice makes people comfortable as they face terminal illnesses.

Seated to the right of Taft is Rotary President Shaundra Clark.


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.

Dr. 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."

Rentz prepares 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

We came across a heartfelt column from an Athens magazine about a dog named Tifton in honor of his hometown

We thought our readers might enjoy this post from of Athens.

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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.
Students may compete 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
For information, contact Harrison at or call 229-391-4962.


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  • 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

  • National Sunscreen Day
  • Memorial Day Service, 10 a.m., Municipal Courtroom, Tifton

In Memoriam

MAY 16
Sandra Peugh Vance, 76, Tifton
Kenneth Lee Mayfield, 61, Tifton
William M. "Bill" Jones, 83, Adel
Betty Susan "Susie" Brogdon, 63, Nashville

MAY 17
Blanche Perryman Lindsey, 94, Adel
Jessie Parramore, 57, Adel
Rachel Christine Taylor Collins, 94, Quitman

MAY 18
Richard Emerson Miller, 75, Tifton
William "Timothy" Suggs, 54, Athens
Jeff Pate, 51, Ashburn
Worthen Clytte Youngblood, 91, Red Rock Community, Worth County
Ailon Faye Browning, 79, Nashville
Barbara Jean Harkins, 85, Nashville

MAY 19
Opal Watson Smith, 91, Tifton
Dorothy Young Brooks, 88, Worth County
Frances Buice Pate, 100, Ashburn
Doris Wilma Jernigan, 89, Alapaha

MAY 20
Gilbert "Wayne" Davis Jr., 52, Alapaha
Donnie L. Vickers, 66, Irwin County
Inez Newell McSwain, 81, Ashburn
Thomas Wayne Harrell, 68, Nashville

MAY 21
Asilene Hurst Massey, 95, Tifton
Idola Gunn Huff McCawley, 93, Sylvester
David George "Dave" Jeffords III, 68, Sylvester
Willie Maude Futrill, 95, Poulan

MAY 22
Sherri Lynn Tatum Childs, 43, Tifton
Jerry Pafford, 70, Nashville

MAY 23
Gary T. Coker, 51, Enigma
Jeffrey Stephens Murphy Sr., 49, Tifton 
Arbie Mae Luke Palmer, 84, Fitzgerald
Nadine R. Vickers, 76, Adel
Albert Harvey Gaskins, 87, Alapaha
Beverlynn Hinkelbein Reider, 85, Fitzgerald

MAY 24
Victor Manuel "Chico" Velez, 68, Tifton
Annie Goodman, Tifton

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