'RIDE TO RECOVERY'
CYCLISTS ROLLING THROUGH TIFTAREA
A group of cyclists -- saying they are making a "Ride to Recovery" -- will be pedaling through Tifton on Wednesday during a 500-mile journey to Orlando to raise awareness of people suffering through and recovering from substance abuse.
The group left Lawrenceville on Monday, is going through Macon today, and will travel through
Tifton and Valdosta before heading into Florida for Lake City and Gainesville on Thursday and finishing in Orlando on Friday.
At several stops, the cyclists are
sharing personal stories and
seeking methods for
TIFTAREA ACADEMY ANNOUNCES HOMECOMING COURT
Tiftarea Academy has named its
2016 Homecoming attendants.
Pictured from left are: Front row, senior Kaycee Goodman, daughter of Anthony and Kay Goodman of Chula; senior Cameron Veazey, daughter of Amy and Scott Veazey of Tifton; senior Brooke Wilson, daughter of Jeff and Leigh Wilson of Rebecca.
Back row from left: 8th-grader Marley Gunter, daughter of Chad and Myla Gunter of Sylvester; freshman Dhruvi Patel, daughter of Kamlesh and Sangita Patel of Tifton; sophomore Madison Cook, daughter of Todd and Christie Cook of Fitzgerald; and junior Grace Hall, daughter of Chrystal and Kyle Kendrick of Tifton.
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ABAC STUDENTS AID FLOOD VICTIMS
During the Labor Day weekend, 20 students from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College traveled to Louisiana to help recent flood victims.
The effort, led by Dr. Johnny Evans, dean of the School of Science and Mathematics, involved students helping eight families.
"This all came about by a phone call from a friend of mine who was doing relief work in the area," said Evans. "He told me that the people desperately needed help. I knew that we could be of service and began putting a team together with lecturer of biology Allison Miller. I couldn't have done this without her help."
The trip developed quickly. The ABAC community rallied to donate supplies, including cases of water, snacks, tools, and protective gear.
The demolition of the homes and a church building included removing household items, as well as the drywall, insulation, flooring and cabinets. In doing so, the students helped to ease the burden of recovery for eight families affected by flooding.
"Our students got an understanding of what it means to help those in need," said Evans. "They understand the value of giving your time to help your neighbors. They understand that stuff -- material possessions -- are not as important as family and life."
Evans said he would love to go back and help with more of the recovery and rebuilding efforts. He is considering getting another group during ABAC's fall break in October.
"When people are living in the aftermath of a disaster, they are living in one of the darkest times of their lives," said Evans. "We had the opportunity to step in and provide help and be a brief moment of light and hope in the midst of their darkness."
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'GRITS & GRANDPARENTS'
Allison Latham's first-grade class invited their grandparents to visit the
and have breakfast with the children.
At photo at left, Sunny and Dale Pflug get served some grits at the school.
Saturday, September 24
10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fulwood Park in Tifton
Traditional foods, non-stop performances from the La Fiesta Stage, Street Dance with Quique Fuentes from Atlanta Radio Rumba,
Children's Area with Rides and Face Painting,
Arts, Educational and Health Exhibits
The Howard Center for Women's Health
Tifton-Tift Tourism Association
Tift Regional Medical Center
South Georgia Banking Co.
First Community Bank
City of Tifton
Tifton Police Department
Tift County Recreation Department
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
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