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DEC. 8, 2017
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REMEMBERING
PEARL HARBOR
LATE TIFTON MAN FIRED U.S.'s FIRST SHOT OF WWII

By FRANK SAYLES JR.
Tifton Grapevine

Yesterday -- Thursday, Dec. 7 -- was Pearl Harbor Day, the 76th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the U.S. Naval forces in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

What many folks may not realize is that William W. Outerbridge, who spent the last years of his life living in Tifton, fired the first shot against the Japanese more than an hour before the Pearl Harbor attack, sinking a Japanese submarine.
OUTERBRIDGE

Lt. Cmdr. Outerbridge, who died in 1986 and is buried in Tifton's Oakridge Cemetery, had been in command of the destroyer USS Ward for only two days on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. His ship was patrolling the entrance to the U.S. base at Pearl Harbor that morning when, shortly before 6:45 a.m., an unidentified foreign submarine was spotted attempting to follow a U.S. vessel into the Pearl Harbor base.

Contact with the sub was unsuccessful. Outerbridge ordered defensive action, firing upon the submarine, striking it, and ordering depth charges. The sub sank, and a heavy slick of oil rose to the water's surface.
Crew of the destroyer USS Ward in 1941.
"We have attacked, fired upon and dropped depth charges on a submarine operating in defensive sea areas," Outerbridge informed his superiors.

His missive was ignored, however, partly because he had only been in command for two days and wasn't taken seriously. B ut Outerbridge had just sunk a Japanese midget submarine just three to four miles off shore.

And just 65 minutes later, Pearl Harbor was under full attack from the air.

Outerbridge remained in the Navy until 1957, retiring as a rear admiral. He then taught at a private school in Gulfstream, Fla., eventually retiring to Tifton, where he died at age 80.

LEN LASTINGER PRIMARY
IMPROVES, STATE SAYS

Len Lastinger Primary School is among 61 schools in Georgia that have improved enough to come off the state's list of schools that need significant improvement in performance.

The Georgia Department of Education made the announcement  Tuesday. Len Lastinger Primary was on the state's "Focus" listFocus schools represent the lowest-performing 10 percent of Title I schools based on achievement gap data.
FISHER

That data examines the gap between a school's lowest performing 25 percent of students and the state average, and the progress those students are making.

Last MarchPrincipal Richard Fisher detailed Len Lastinger Primary School's improvement plan to the Tift County Board of Education. Fisher said the school was working hard to improve in  reading levels, in mathematic scores and in teamwork.

According to the state, the Tifton school was successful.

"We continue to see that underperforming schools can improve and move the needle for their students, even when they face difficult odds," Superintendent Richard Woods said this week.

"We've seen once again that intensive, intentional partnerships between schools, districts, communities and our department can equip schools with the resources they need to improve student achievement. These schools worked directly with our DOE staff and with Georgia RESAs ( Regional Education Service Agencies), and their leaders and teachers deserve immense credit for the progress they've made."






































BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE

Brace yourself: The first real cold blast of the season is coming this weekend.

Winter is technically a couple of weeks away, but the weather is finally going to feel seasonal come Saturday.

While rain is forecast all today (Friday) and
tonight in the Tiftarea, temperatures will be in the  lower 40s tonight and only in the upper 40s on Saturday. On Saturday night, lows will fall around the freezing mark. By Sunday night, the lows will be in the upper 20s, says the National Weather Service.

Brrr.

There is a slight warming trend forecast for next week but low temperatures may still be in the mid to low 30s at night.

Tiftarea residents are reminded to bring in their pets when temperatures dip to freezing. Also be sure to check on elderly residents to ensure they are all right as temperatures drop. And as lows get into the 20s, make sure your exposed water pipes are wrapped in insulation.

While parts of North and Middle Georgia may briefly see some snow or a rain/snow mix tonight, the only white stuff expected in the Tiftarea is cotton.

Can I get a "Ho, ho, ho"?

Stay warm, my friends.
                                              --Frank Sayles Jr.

 

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SIX CHARGED IN TIFT BURGLARIES

The Tift County Sheriff's Office has arrested six Tifton men "in connection with a rash of recent burglaries in Tift County," Sheriff Gene Scarbrough said Thursday.

"The CID (Criminal Investigations Division) and the un iformed division of the Tift County
DEAL
DUCKWORTH
Sheriff's Office worked diligently to apprehend these ruthless individuals whose sole purpose was to break into homes and businesses and take what didn't belong to them," Scarbrough said in an online post.

"I commend our deputies and investigators who worked on these cases for a job well done. 
I also want to thank all the citizens who came forward with information which helped get these individuals off the street.  As always, please be reminded that these individuals are only charged with the listed crimes and are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law."
CALHOUN

HORNBUCKLE

In a press release, the Sheriff's Office stated that it  has been "investigating several recent residential and commercial burglaries over the last few weeks that have occurred in the northern and southern parts of Tift County."

The Sheriff's Office identified those arrested as:


 * Dustin Duckworth, 20, charged with one county of second-degree burglary.

 

* Calimb Deal, 17, charged with one count of second-degree burglary.

FELDER
HARRIS

 

* Clayton Hornbuckle, 22, charged with one count of second-degree burglary, one count of theft by deception and two counts of theft by receiving stolen property.

 

* Deonte Calhoun, 17, charged with one count of first-degree burglary.

 

* Ja'Kevion Harris, 18, charged with six counts of first-degree burglary.

 

* D'Montayvious Felder, 18, charged with four counts of first-degree burglary.


 
Scarbrough said the investigation is continuing with additional charges expected.




NEWSONG, FOUNDED BY TIFTON NATIVE, PERFORMS SATURDAY AT UGA TIFTON

Well-known Christian music group NewSong, co-founded by a Tifton native, is bringing its nationwide "Very Merry Christmas" tour to Tifton this Saturday night.
CARSWELL

NewSong is teaming with Grammy-nominated, multi Dove Award-winning singer-songwriter Crowder and Word recording artist Sarah Reeves for the show at 6:30 p.m.  Saturday at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.

Tifton-based Road Less Traveled Ministries is hosting the event.

NewSong has become an  icon of contemporary Christian music since the group's founding in 1981. Tifton native Eddie Carswell has been with the group from the beginning.

Carswell co-wrote the group's popular song "The Christmas Shoes," which hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts within three weeks of its release in 2000. A book based on the song hit The New York Times bestseller list in 2001; and in 2002, a CBS-TV movie, starring Rob Lowe and based on the song and book, has become a popular Christmas program.


IRWIN COUNTY FACES CLINCH COUNTY
IN STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

The  Irwin County High Indians varsity football team faces the Clinch County High Panthers on Saturday for the Class A State Championship.

The clash of the South Georgia titans kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday in the new Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta, the successor to the Georgia Dome and home to the Atlanta Falcons.

The Irwin Indians have a 12-1 record, and Clinch is 11-2. The two teams had met for the state title in 2015 with Clinch winning that contest, after having lost to Irwin County earlier that season.


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Position

Tifton First United 
Methodist Church

107 W 12th St., Tifton, GA


Tifton First United Methodist Church has an opening for a church pianist. This is a part-
 time position.

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.  

Interested persons should contact Angie Carr at  musicdirector@tiftonfumc.org or at
229-382-6100.


'SELF' CHRISTMAS DANCE DEC. 15

The local seniors group "SELF," or "Seniors Enjoying Life Forever," is holding its Christmas dance on Friday, Dec. 15, at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center in Tifton.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7, and dancing beginning at 8 p.m.
SECRETARY OF STATE
TOUTS RURAL GEORGIA

Ga. Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is seeking the GOP nomination for governor, was the guest speaker Thursday night at a reception at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce office in Tifton.

Kemp noted the importance of both rural Georgia and agriculture to the state.

The reception was to announce that Georgia CEO business news will soon begin a Tifton arm of the online publication.

EDUCATION
GRANT IN ACTION AT G.O.BAILEY

The director of the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence, Mike Brumby, at left in photo, got to see an educational grant in action recently.

The $805 grant was to teacher Sara Askew at G.O. Bailey Primary School for a "High Touch - High Tech Sounds Like Fun" workshop. 

These 
first graders are learning about  funnels and vortexes, and also learned air and vibration using kazoos.

TIFTON VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT
FOR FREE TAX PREPARATION

The Free Tax Preparation Program, mostly operated by the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), are seeking community volunteers across Tifton to provide free tax assistance to those who need help in filing their taxes.

Neighborhood volunteers are needed to electronically file federal income tax returns, greet
WILBER
taxpayers and help organize their paperwork, set up and keep computer equipment running, manage tax sites and handle quality control.

"The Tax Counseling for the Elderly program and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program must have community volunteers to continue the good work. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Neighborhood volunteers who are interested in learning about taxes and then helping others by preparing income tax returns for free are  needed,"  said David Wilber, director of Diversified Enterprises.
 
"All volunteers preparing returns are IRS-certified to at least complete simple, non-business tax returns for people with low to moderate incomes, senior citizens, disabled individuals and for people that English is a second language. There is a volunteer role for anyone who is interested, anyone who wants to help and give back to their community."
   
To volunteer, Click Here! or contact Wilber at  229-386-3126, or at dwilber@diversifiedent.com 

 


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YOUR WEEKEND 
. ..at a Glance

FRIDAY, DEC. 8
  • Tifton Christmas Spectacular starring the Tift County Chorus, 6:30 p.m., Tift County High PAC, Tifton
SATURDAY, DEC. 9
  • Brunch with Santa, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, Tifton
  • Christmas Open House, 10 a.m.-Noon, Country Store, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
  • Class A State Football Championship: Irwin County High Indians vs. Clinch County High Panthers, 10 a.m., Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
  • UGA Fall Graduation, 3 p.m., NESPAL, UGA Tifton Campus, Tifton
  • Tifton Christmas Spectacular starring the Tift County Chorus, 6:30 pm., Tift County High PAC, Tifton
  • "Very Merry Christmas Tour:" Newsong, Crowder & Sarah Reeves, 6:30 p.m., UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton
SATURDAY, DEC. 10
  • "All is Well" Christmas Musical, 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, Tifton
  • "The Greatest Story Ever Told" Christmas Musical, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Tifton

In Memoriam
BowenDonaldson
NOV. 30
Harvey Lee Barton, 65, Tifton
Olivia Bennett, 57, Nashville
Jeffrey Craig Cose, 58, Hudson, Fla.
Louie T. Gibson Jr., 57, Ellijay
James Edward Parrish, 75, Fitzgerald

DEC. 1
Perry Samuel Key, 67, Tifton
Lottie Lurinzie Delaney Guy, 69, Norman Park
 Geneva Whytsell Wilson Morgan, 92, Fitzgerald
Jackie "Jack" Amos Parten, 76, Boston 

DEC. 2
John Kyle Brooks, 55, Tifton
Peyton Renee' Alexandra Hawk, 22, Worth County 
W. Terry Smith, 78, Adel
R.C. Thompson, 89, Nashville 
 
DEC. 3
Bobbie Willis Lightle, 78, Tifton
Shirley Carter "Grammy" Fordham, 78, Sylvester
 Lorie Apperson-Moore, 58, Sparks
Lillian Moore, 82, Nashville
 
DEC. 4
Bessie Lassiter Hayes Mathis, 80, Tifton
Latrelle Metts Heath, 81, Berrien County
 
DEC. 5
Sunny Medders, 87, Poulan
Arthur McDonald, 75, Fitzgerald
Ed Purvis, 76, Irwin County
Eliza Ann Hutchinson, 83, Valdosta
Jocelyn Careen Hatcher Miller, 80, Sylvester

DEC. 6
Betty Cooper Tucker Johnson, 83, Tifton
Doyle E. Wiggins, 88, Tifton
 Betty Cooper Tucker, 83 , Tifton
Helen Sego Posey, 84, Ashburn
Richard "Ric" M. Thomas, 69, Sylvester
Walter Eugene "Walt" Peterson Jr., 46, Valdosta

DEC. 7
 William "Billy" Drew, 77, Quitman

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