JUNE 8, 2018
2 TIFTON DISHES
AMONG GEORGIA'S '100 PLATES
two Tifton eateries
have been selected as among
100 Plates Locals Love" in Georgia.
The "100 Plates" list begins with Chef Chute's Top 10 "of her must-try locally sourced dishes in Georgia." She writes of The Local's Duck Gumbo that "Chef David Scarbrough takes duck, which a lot of people are afraid to try, and makes it approachable yet very unique. This dish says ... more."
The popular "100 Plates Locals Love" list is in the 2018 state culinary guide "Georgia Eats," published by the state economic development department's Tourism Division.
"There is no better way to immerse yourself in Georgia's history and culture than through our unique food and dining offerings," said Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for tourism at the Ga. Department of Economic Development. "Whether you're looking for local favorites or finding the best food festival for a weekend away, 'Georgia Eats' is the perfect guide to delicious experiences you can't find anywhere else."
culinary guide is available at the state's
visitor information centers across the
and on the state's consumer tourism website
GA TAX COLLECTIONS
RISE DURING MAY
net tax collections for
May totaled almost
$1.76 billion, an increase of
$31.5 million, or
1.8 percent, compared to last year when net tax collections totaled nearly $1.73 billion,
Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday.
, net tax collections total
, for an increase of
percent, compared to
, when net tax revenues totaled roughly
changes within the following
tax categories contributed to the overall net tax revenue
- Individual Income Tax: Collections increased by $12.4 million, or 1.4 percent, compared to last year.
- Sales and Use Tax: Collections totaled almost $975.8 million, for an increase of $65.5 million, or 7.2 percent, over last year. Net sales and use tax increased by nearly $15.6 million, or 3.3 percent.
- Corporate Income Tax: Collections for May increased by $5.3 million, or 15.8 percent.
- Motor Fuel Taxes: Collections during the month totaled almost $151.7 million, for an increase of $4.9 million, or 3.3 percent, compared to May 2017.
- Motor Vehicle Tag & Title Fees: For the month, totaled $32.1 million, for an increase of $2.4 million, or 8.2 percent, over last year.
WE HAVE MOVED!
JOIN US FOR OUR RIBBON CUTTING
& DROP-IN OPEN HOUSE
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony ~ Friday, June 8 at 10 a.m.
Drop-In Open House until 2 p.m.
911 Main Street South
Yoga Mat drawing when you sign up for a class or buy a punch card.
Drawing at the Open House!
We now offer
Space is limited; get to class a few
During June only: $12 drop-in per class. Packages available!
For more information, call (229) 560-1355
EX TCHS VALEDICTORIAN NAMED ABAC AMBASSADORS PRESIDENT
Kaycee Aultman has been selected as the 2018-19 president of the ABAC Ambassadors, one of the most prestigious student leadership organizations at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Aultman, daughter of Stacy and Jerri Kaye Aultman, is a junior writing and communication major
from Tifton who always knew she wanted to attend ABAC. During her years in the Tift County School System, she had multiple opportunities to visit the campus.
"ABAC is in my blood," Aultman said. "Both my parents are ABAC alumni, and my mom was an ambassador during her time at ABAC. Around the time I was born, my grandfather retired from ABAC as a maintenance supervisor. I have many reasons to love our green and gold."
Aultman learned of the ambassador program through her mother. She also had friends in the program who encouraged her to apply after she graduated from Tift County High School as the valedictorian of the Class of 2016. Aultman served as ambassadors secretary during her freshman year and vice president in her sophomore year. She received the Distinguished Ambassador Award this spring.
Aultman will travel to Cebu, Philippines, this summer for a week-long mission trip where she will work with Samaritan's Purse and distribute shoe boxes filled with gifts for children as a part of the Operation Christmas Child ministry.
SRTC STUDENTS GIVE TO RUTH'S COTTAGE
Ruth's Cottage emergency domestic violence shelter received a donation of paper supplies from Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) students on Tuesday.
Ruth's Cottage Director Nancy Bryan had recently talked to several classes at the school about Ruth's Cottage and the Patticake House. Students say they were inspired to give back.
Pictured from left are Bryan, Shelter Manager Holly Tyson and Carolyn West, SRTC transition program specialist.
RAINS CAN BRING MOSQUITOES
storms are leaving behind more than downed limbs; the
rains are also bringing
container around our homes, yards and neighborhoods that hold water can be a
mosquito breeding site.
Mosquitoes in their larval and pupal stages require
standing water, and the most efficient, effective technique to reduce the adult mosquito population is to
eliminate standing water.
But this can be trickier than it appears.
has had a relatively
. Despite a warm
, a cool
slowed development, and
, where many of Georgia's natural mosquito habitats occur. The
have made the state
temporary habitats can be productive for mosquitoes.
All mosquitoes need moisture, either standing water or boggy soil, to develop from eggs to adults. Only adult mosquitoes bite.
The most common
larval habitats around homes and gardens are
trays associated with
potted plants. Other habitats include
tarps, downspouts, underground drainage systems and
boats. Anything that can hold water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Used tires are a particularly problematic habitat for container-breeding mosquitoes.
In addition to containers, some low-lying areas will hold water, allowing flood-water species of mosquitoes to emerge.
While local transmission of the Zika virus was never observed in Georgia during a recent outbreak, the risk of being exposed to the West Nile virus continues to be a threat. Last year, the Ga. Department of Public Health recorded 64 human cases of the virus and seven deaths.
The Keep Tift Beautiful board congratulates the University of Georgia Tifton Campus as this month's Commercial Beauty Spot of the Month.
Pictured is Dr. Joe West, assistant dean of the campus, which recently added new signage, new landscaping and completed facility renovations.
PROMOTES TIFT COUNTY NATIVE
Branch has been with Harrell's for 16 years, initially as a territory manager of the Central Florida
region and for the past six years as a key account manager. He has more than 20 years in the industry, but his initial experience began in agriculture having been raised on his family's peanut, cotton and tobacco farm.
From there he earned his associates of science degree in forest technology from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College before attending the University of Georgia, earning his bachelor's degree in agriculture and his master's degree in plant protection and pest management.
"Kevin has been integral in managing the needs of some of the largest nurseries in the country, most with multiple locations in geographic and agronomically distributed areas," says Rick Helpingstine, vice president of horticulture. "We are looking forward to his assistance in our Western region as we continue to expand west of the Rockies."
FAMILY PROMISE TO MEET MONDAY
Family Promise of Tift Area will have its regular
monthly meeting at
6:30 p.m. Monday, June
Dayspring Inspirational Church, 620 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in
Michael Norman, student services director for Tift County Schools, will share information and statistics on homelessness and unaccompanied youth in Tift County.
open to all interested
Family Promise of the Tift Area
is dedicated to helping local
SENIOR DANCE SET JUNE 15
"SELF" organization --
"Seniors Enjoying Life Forever" -- will hold its
monthly dance on
Friday, June 15.
Doors open at
6 p.m. at Tifton's
Leroy Rogers Senior Center on Second Street. All participants are asked to bring a
dish of food to share.
GSP REPORTS 54 CRASHES, 3 FATALITIES IN MAY
Georgia State Patrol (GSP) issued 375 traffic citations and
investigated 54 traffic accidents in Tift County during May.
GSP Post 13 in
Tifton reported that the
traffic accidents involved
24 injuries and
traffic citations include
10 arrests for driving under the influence,
189 citations for speeding,
38 seatbelt violations and
six child-restraint violations.
troopers also issued
398 warnings in
Tift County during the
Rotary President Shaundra Clark, from left, Downtown Development Director Lequrica Gaskins and City Councilman/Downtown Development Authority member Frank Sayles Jr..
TIFTON ROTARY HEARS ABOUT DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT
2016, more than
$35 million has been invested in
downtown Tifton, with
959 jobs created,
Lequrica Gaskins, downtown development director for the City of Tifton, told the
Tifton Rotary Club on
"We are working to create a
synergy and a
sense of place," she said.
12,000 promotional events were held in
2017, including such large events as the
Hometown Holiday Christmas Celebration and
Rock the Block. She said
88,000 people attended events, and more than
1,000 people volunteered.
Wayne Jones applauded Gaskins' ability to
obtain grants for
economic development of the
2 BRIDGES IN WORTH COUNTY TO BE REPLACED
Terrell counties are going to be
replaced as part of the state's
Low Impact Bridge Program.
The Georgia Department of Transportation recently awarded construction contracts totaling $2.7 million to replace three structurally deficient bridges on county roads.
Two Worth County bridges will be replaced: The Whiddon Mill Road bridge over Ty Ty Creek is about one mile northeast of Sumner and was built in 1965; and the County Road 318/old SR 50 bridge over Little Piney Woods Creek located four miles west of Sylvester. It was built in 1925.
The construction contracts for the Worth County bridges were awarded to Underground Excavating Inc. of Patterson.
In Terrell County, the John Fox Road bridge over Walk-Ikey Creek will be replaced. It is about six miles southwest of Dawson and was built in 1955. The contract was awarded to Southern Concrete Construction Co. of Albany.
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..at a Glance
- "Taste of the Market," Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m,-Noon, Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- Potters on the Porch, 10 a.m., Plough Gallery, Tifton
- Community Health & Wellness Expo and Fun Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Beulah Hill Family Life Center, 321 Tifton Eldorado Road, Tifton
SUNDAY, JUNE 10
- Motown Tribute Concert, 3 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
Velva Faye Bledsoe, 97, Tifton
Ricky Noel Sanders, 63, Tifton
Linda Marie Owens, 61, Sparks
Kenneth Edward "Wisey" Wise, 75, Ocilla
Peggy Ann Miller Tucker, 82, Tifton
Bobbie Luke McGrady, 74, Kenneth City, Fla.
Carol Cooley, 67, Ray City
Virgil Joseph Strange, 84, Atlantic Beach, Fla.
Carolyn Robinette, 73, Nashville
Cleon Clifford Tankersley, 90, Ocilla
Carl Thomas "Tommy" Mullis, 81, Tifton
Barbara Ann Williams Franklin, 59, Ty Ty
Geneva Doris Tucker Collins, 91, Tifton
John Thomas Burns Jr., 90, McDonough
Bobby Willis, 82, Sylvester
Dorothy "Dottie" Hester Duren, 83, Adel
Kenneth Gadjen, 63, Nashville
Frankie Butler King, Sylvester
Roger Stanford, 61, Fitzgerald
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