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This Week in Tifton, Georgia -- July 5, 2013

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Even If It's a Soggy One....

With Independence Day falling on Thursday, many folks in the Tiftarea are taking an extended holiday weekend. Unfortunately, Wednesday night's fireworks at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village were postponed because of the rains.


According to the National Weather Service, showers and thunderstorms are likely to continue on Friday, mainly after 2 p.m., with a 60% chance of precipitation. On Saturday, the chance of rain drops to 50% and is 40% by Sunday.


When Monday rolls around, there is only a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms. As the work week begins, it is expected to be partly sunny with a high near 91.


But in the meantime, rain or shine, let's keep the holiday celebration going. As a Grapevine special, we share the following video from the History Channel about a few facts you may not know about Independence Day.


Have a safe and happy weekend! 


Click the video below from the History Channel!
Bet You Didn't Know: Independence Day Facts
Bet You Didn't Know:
Independence Day Facts
Lupus Bowl


Ga. Firebirds Play in Lupus Awareness Bowl

Travis Pratt, Larry Dean to Attend


"Tift County Goes Purple for Lupus" this month, and on Saturday, July 6, the Georgia Firebirds minor league football team "goes purple" as they face the Bay Area Pirates of Tampa in the Lupus Awareness Bowl at Brodie Field in Tifton.


At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Tifton native Travis Pratt, recently creating a buzz on the "America's Got Talent" TV show, will be singing the National Anthem. And NFL Player and former Tift County High Blue Devil Larry Dean of the Minnesota Vikings will be hanging out with Lupus survivors and supporters.


Game admission is $8 and is only $5 with the purchase of a 2013 Lupus T-shirt, with a portion going toward the Lupus Foundation of America.


Lupus survivors will be acknowledged during halftime at the Firebirds game. 


South Georgia Lupus survivors will be honored throughout July with various activities. Every Friday during the month, supporters are asked to wear their 2013 Lupus Awareness T-shirt. 
For more information, email or call 229-326-5935. 

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Tifton's Ag Research Projects Among Visit


 (Compiled from reports by Clint Thompson, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)


Georgia Farm Bureau officials recently toured the University of Georgia Tifton Campus and previewed the latest research at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.


Ga. Farm Bureau's Farm Tour Spotlights Tifton & Southwest Georgia Agriculture
Ga. Farm Bureau's Tour Spotlights Tifton & S.Ga. Agriculture
(Click the Georgia Farm Monitor video)

During this year's Farm Tour on Friday, June 21, officials heard from Michael Toews talking about stink bugs, Phillip Roberts chatting about the kudzu bug and Larry Baldree discussing the latest research in turfgrassamong other topics.

Baldree, a research professional, said, "I gave them an overview of what we do here as a (turfgrass) breeding program, where it started with Glenn Burton, and how it's progressed with Wayne Hanna and Brian Schwartz."

One variety discussed was shade tolerant Tift Grand bermudagrass, released in 2007. UGA turf researchers are hopeful a drought tolerant variety will be released in 2015. 
Other features of the stop in South Georgia included plant pathologist Albert Culbreath talking about peanut disease, graduate student Jason Sarver discussing peanut management research, and agricultural research assistant Benji Baldree discussing cotton production.
Sole July

ABAC Answers Questions on Monday, July 8


An information session on the associate degree nursing program at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is scheduled 4-5 p.m. July 8 in the ABAC Health Sciences building.


Becky Arnold, nursing associate professor, said it is a good time to meet faculty and get questions answered in preparation for a nursing career. Nursing faculty will be available to discuss the associate degree program.


"The nursing program at ABAC prepares students for the Registered Nurse (R.N.) licensure examination," Arnold said.


For more information, contact the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at (229) 391-5020.  Fall semester classes begin at ABAC on Aug. 14.

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            At a Glance.... 
FRIDAY, July 5
  • Tift County Goes Purple for Lupus:  Wear your 2013 Lupus Awareness  T-shirt every Friday during July.
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m., Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton.
  • Downtown Farmers Market, 9 a.m., Old Train Platform, Tifton.
  • Austin Kilby performs on the patio, 6:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, Tifton.
  • Georgia Firebirds in Lupus Awareness Bowl football game, 7:30 p.m., Brodie Field, Tifton.

In Memoriam


June 27
Doris "Eloise" Davis Mauldin, 83, Ty Ty
James "Jamie" Larry Winter Jr., 38, Chula
Rachel Elizabeth McGill, infant, Smyrna

June 28
John Rayford "Pee Wee" Evers, 60, Norman Park

June 29
Charles Wilton Ross, 86, Tifton
Willie James Griffin, 65, Tifton
Marie Sue Graziano Reid, 81, Tifton
Mant´┐Ż Jarmaine Stephenson Jr., infant

June 30
Joseph Wayne Rowsey Sr., 72, Tifton

July 1
Turner W. Martin, 94, Sumner
Rex Evans, 74, Rebecca
T. Pearson Golden, 76, Sylvester

July 2
Mattie Weeks, 87, Lenox

July 3
Joseph Lee "Joe" Burns, 90, Tifton
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