Friday, Feb. 7, 2020
Tifton, Georgia
GrapeNew
Best Presentation:
K&K Custom Creations
Best Variety:
Fresco Italiano
Best Taste:
Cole's Cakery
Most Original: Taco Loco
Judge's Choice: Jimmy John's
TIFTON'S TOP CHOC!
BAKERIES, RESTAURANTS WIN CHOCOLATE HONORS
The public has spoken, and Tifton's best chocolates have been selected during the "Choc-it-Up for Literacy" event Tuesday at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture .

After viewing and sampling offerings from local restaurants and bakeries , guests at the event voted for the following :

  • Best VarietyFresco Italiano
  • Best TasteCole's Cakery
  • Most OriginalTaco Loco
  • Best PresentationK&K Custom Creations
  • And the Judge's Choice went to Jimmy John's restaurant for offering sandwich samples and aiding other vendors in setting up for the event.

The eighth annual "Choc-it-Up" was a fundraiser for Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-TIft County . In addition to the chocolate samples, Paulk Vineyards offered wine sampling , and items donated by local merchants and individuals were available for purchase during both silent and live auctions .

Tifton 's tireless promoter Tyron Spearman handled the live auction duties; live music was provided by Garrett Newell and Cal Miller .

Bonnie Sayles , executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County , thanked all the participants and volunteers for making the event a "sweet" success .
These offerings from Ruby Tuesday restaurant were among the chocolate treats available for sampling during Literacy Volunteers' "Choc-it-Up for Literacy" event Tuesday nght.
CARDEN SUMMERS
JIM QUINN
RUNOFF SET FOR STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SEAT
SUMMERS, QUINN TO FACE OFF MARCH 3
Carden Summers , a real estate broker and former Crisp County commissioner, and Jim Quinn , a journalist and former Leesburg mayor, have been forced into a runoff after no candidate received more than 50 percent of votes Tuesday for the state Senate District 13 seat.

According to unofficial results reported by the Georgia secretary of state' s office, Summers received 43 percent of the vote; Quinn , 42 percent; and Mary Egler , 15 percent.

In Tift County , with all 12 precincts reporting, Summers received 1,025 votes; Quinn , 672 ; and Egler , 352 . In Tift , 2,062 votes were cast, or about 8.7 percent of registered voters.

The runoff is set for March 3 . The runoff election only fills the seat temporarily ; it will be on the ballot again in November to fill the regular term. The position became vacant upon the death in December of Sen. Greg Kirk , R-Americus.

Senate District 13 covers Tift, Turner, Crisp, Dodge, Dooly, Lee and Worth counties, and parts of Sumter and Wilcox counties.
'FROM TIFT WITH LOVE'
ABAC, EIGHTH STREET, NORTHEAST SCHOOLS
COLLECTING DONATIONS FOR U.S. TROOPS ABROAD
Residence Life and Housing personnel from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College are collaborating with Eighth Street Middle School and Northeast Middle School in Tifton for Operation: From Tift with Love . The event collects donations for American troops stationed overseas .

Tift County sponsor Jackie Tipper , the point person for the operation, said Tift middle school students started the initiative this year. Donations are being collected at both Eighth Street Middle and Northeast Middle schools as well as at the community assistant desk at ABAC Lakeside and at the John Hunt Town Center on the ABAC campus.

ABAC Residence Life Coordinator Trent Hester said the community is invited to participate and donate items , such as card games, protein snack bars, hand and feet warmers, individual drink mixes, travel-sized toiletries, socks, nonperishable snacks, hard candy, puzzles, hand footballs, gum, lip balm, wet wipes and crossword puzzles.

Hester said Operation: From Tift with Love ends Feb. 13.
STATE MINI-GRANT PROVIDES CAR SEATS TO ELIGIBLE FAMILIES IN TIFT COUNTY
The Tift County Sheriff’s Office and the Tift County Health Department  have been awarded the 2020 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health's Injury Prevention Program.

Through the  Mini-Grant , the Sheriff’s Office and Health Department   will provide car seats and education to f inancially eligible families in Tift County . The program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help ensure the safety of children in motor vehicles.

Since 2007 , the car and booster seats, and education provided through the program has prevented serious injury or death for more than 300 children involved in crashes, authorities said.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration , car seats reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent among infants and by 54 percent among children ages up to four years old.

In Tift County , the program educates parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use car seats, offers  car seat inspections and provides  car seats and booster seats to financially eligible families .

For information , contact the Sheriff’s Office at 229-388-6021 or the Health Department at 229-386-8373 .
CHILDREN'S AUTHOR DISCUSSES MANNERS, KINDNESS, SELF WORTH
AT TIFTAREA ACADEMY
Author Karen Allen visted Tiftarea Academy' s campus this week. Allen has written a series of children’s books about manners , “The Couth Fairy.” She has also written devotionals and books for older girls and women .

She read one of her books and talked to students in kindergarten-second grade during her morning session. Then, the ninth-12th grade Key & Excel Club female members spent their lunch with Allen , who spoke with them about how comparison is the thief of joy.

In both settings, she stressed the importance of kindness, self worth and self love as well as spreading God's love .  
KEEP TIFT BEAUTIFUL NAMES BEAUTY SPOT
The Keep Tift Beautiful organization has recognized Danny and Rachel Gay at 1908 Melba Drive, Tifton, as the Beauty Spot of the Month in Tifton. 
COLONY BANKCORP ADDS TO FINANCE TEAM
Colony Bankcorp Inc. , the bank holding company for Colony Bank, has added two veterans to its finance team: Laura Finney joins as senior vice president, director of reporting; and Amanda Diehl joins the company as senior vice president, director of internal audit. 

Finney previously served as director of SEC and regulatory reporting, senior vice president, at MidSouth Bank in Lafayette, La. , where she had management and reporting responsibility for a wide range of financial functions. She also has held similar positions with First American Bank in Athens , and State Bank and Trust Co. in Macon . She also has worked for two accounting firms in Atlanta .
Diehl has 19 years of banking experience in both internal and external auditing, working most recently as senior vice president, senior risk officer with Charleston, S.C. -based CresCom Bank . Before that, she worked with Atlanta ‑based HeritageBank of the South , purchased by Renasant Bank in 2015 . Other positions include working as senior manager for a public accounting firm in Columbia, S.C. 

Colony Bankcorp , founded in 1975 , is headquartered in Fitzgerald and operates 33 locations in Georgia .
TIFT COUNTIANS CAN AID CAT RESCUE EFFORTS
DONATIONS FOR SPAYING, NEUTERING FEES
COULD HELP LOCAL CATS FIND HOMES
Ten cats at the Tift County Animal Shelter stand a chance of being rescued by a rescue organization and finding homes if their spaying and neutering fees are paid by local residents.

Any pledges or donations toward this effort will make it possible for these cats to get the help they need. Some of them have been waiting for a long time, according to Tift Animal Rescue . As of presstime, $540 had been raised. To donate , Click Here!
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Visit the Tift County Animal Shelter, 1-6 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, 
at 278 Ga. Highway 125 South in Tifton.
YOUR WEEKEND
...at a Glance

FRIDAY, FEB. 7

  • Abstract Art - Home School Day, 2 p.m., Carnegie Center, Fitzgerald
  • Food Truck Friday, 4 p.m., Downtown Adel
  • Tiftarea YMCA Father-Daughter Dance, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (third grade & below); 8:30-10:30 p.m. (fourth grade & up), First Baptist Church Ministry Center, Tifton
  • ABAC Presents! "The Pirates of Penzance," 7 p.m., Tift County High Performing Arts Center, Tifton

SATURDAY, FEB. 8

  • Songfarmers of Tifton, 2 p.m., Jones Welding store warehouse, Tifton
  • "Sock to 'em with Love" sock distribution, 3-5 p.m., Copeland Park, Tifton
  • Boy Scouts South Georgia Council Banquet, 6:30 p.m., Leroy Rogers Center, Tifton
  • Daddy-Daughter Dance, 6:30 p.m., 19th Hole, Circlestone Golf Club, Adel

SUNDAY, FEB. 9

  • Tiftarea Academy Admissions Open House, 2-5 p.m., Tiftarea Academy, Chula
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JAN. 30
Col. Bill G. Rippy, 89, Tifton
Richard Glen Temple, 82, Tifton
Gary Lee Brunty, 81, Ty Ty 
Bonnie Roberts MacAllister, 95, St. Simons Island
Judith Ann Faulkner Reinhardt, 70, Ashburn
Brenda Cockcroft, 69, Perry Fla.

JAN. 31
Ruth Margaret Rhoades Creasman, 80, Tifton
Peter R. Forster, 76, Adel

FEB. 1
Kenneth R. Scarberry, 88, Tifton  
Bobbie King Jackson, 81, Tifton
Evelyn Louise Harrell Greer, 92, Tifton
Maxine Vera Horton White, 87, Omega
Joe Kemp Shiver, 94, Sylvester

FEB. 2
Joseph Bowie “Bo” Gray III, Cobb County
Lonnie Floyd Lupo, 72, Tifton
Mollie Stokes Daniels, 84, Ocilla
Donald Leon Padgett, 89, Ashburn

FEB. 3
Sharen Elaine Roberts Rowe, 58, Tifton
George Eddie Guess, 66, Ocilla
Betty T. Webster, Ashburn

FEB. 4
Jean Edwards, 90, Moultrie
Carolyn Luke Hammock, 70, Macon
FEB. 5
Irene Sapp, 81, Quitman  

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Tifton Grapevine
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Frank Sayles Jr.
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Bonnie Sayles
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