APRIL 6, 2018
Liz Carson Keith, left, receives Georgia's Literacy Honor Roll designation from Bonnie Sayles, LVTTC executive director; CLCP State Director Annaliza Thomas; and Martha Ann Todd, deputy commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia.
TIFTONITE NAMED TO GA LITERACY HONOR ROLL
TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM HONORS LIZ CARSON KEITH
The Technical College System of Georgia has named Liz Carson Keith, a former board member of Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County (LVTTC), to Georgia's Literacy Honor Roll for her years of service and dedication to adult literacy.
The announcement was made Wednesday
Georgia's Certified Literate Community Program's annual retreat at the Unicoi Lodge in Helen.
Keith has served multiple terms as president, vice president and secretary of LVTTC through the decades. According to Bonnie Sayles, LVTTC executive director, Keith has gone beyond the typical duties of these roles. She has also organized and hosted the agency's longstanding Carnival of Knowledge and Choc-It-Up for Literacy events, especially when the agency was between directors.
"Each year, she donates vacations at her own home in the mountains of North Georgia as a prize in both events," Sayles told statewide directors of literacy programs during the ceremony.
"She organized, coordinated and promoted a fundraising concert with an internationally renowned opera singer. She also donates jewelry and luxurious coats to silent auctions for Literacy Volunteers and continually encourages monetary support from board members and her friends on social media."
Keith's connection with adult literacy began 25 years ago when she worked with the Job Training Partnership Act program at the Regional Development Center and referred students to a lab that the RDC and then Moultrie Technical College jointly operated. She also served as a language arts teacher.
She was subsequently named to the board of Literacy Volunteers of America, Tifton-Tift County, which later became Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County.
Keith served on the board until last December. She helped spearhead Tifton's designation in 2010 as a Certified Literate Community by the State Department of Technical and Adult Education. The designation was a 10-year process that involved literacy goals across many segments of the population and involved assessment of needs and improvement.
During this time, she was hired by Moultrie Technical College (now Southern Regional Technical College) as lead teacher in Worth County, where she improved literacy involvement countywide.
When an opening became available in Tift County, she was transferred to Tifton and served at the main campus as lead teacher. During her tenure in Tifton, she improved the attendance and enrollment of the Adult Education student body by 100 percent, adding funding and staffing to expand offerings throughout the county.
After several years, Keith was promoted to
director for what is now
SRTC's Tifton Campus
. She continued her close association with LVTTC, growing its influence and helping it achieve grants and funding as a collaborative partner with the
Keith is the second person from Tifton to receive this award. The late Luz Marti was named to the state's Literacy Honor Roll two years ago.
UGA TIFTON CAMPUS
|The front of the UGA Tifton campus has a new flagpole with the United States and Georgia flags. It's located in front of the newly renovated Agricultural Research Building and the previously renovated Tift Building.
COMING OF AGE
CAMPUS BUILDING RENOVATED, NEW SIGNAGE, NEW PARKING LOT
University of Georgia on
rededicated the renovated Agricultural Research Building on the Tifton campus.
Formerly known as the Animal and Dairy Science Building, the 80-year-old structure underwent a $5 million renovation completed in the past few weeks.
The 12,000-square-foot structure was originally completed in 1938. The college's animal and dairy science department takes up the first two floors, and the first floor includes new
laboratories. The third floor houses the
Agricultural Research Building sits at the front of the
UGA Tifton campus, next to the
H.H. Tift Building, which was renovated in
Wednesday's rededication, UGA President
Jere W. Morehead highlighted
UGA Tifton's impact on the community and the research the newly renovated building will facilitate.
"This facility helps ensure that UGA faculty, staff and students have the
space they need for our critical
agricultural research and
education programs," Morehead said. "I would like to thank the state and the University System Board of Regents for their investment in this project, which ultimately is an
investment in both the future of the
UGA Tifton campus and the
Georgia's No. 1 industry."
Renovations to the building include the addition of high-efficiency LED lighting, extensive fiber-optic cable and wireless internet capabilities. The building retains many of its original features, including the windows. The front of the campus was also improved with new permanent signage, a new flagpole and a new parking lot has been added next to the Plant Science Building.
"We are a
campus that prides itself on
groundbreaking research that
world. Being able to
renovate one of our
original buildings will only
enhance that research," said Dr.
Joe West, UGA Tifton assistant dean. "We strive to make this
community and the state of
Georgia proud of who we are. We want the
UGA Tifton campus to truly
reflect the image of the
University of Georgia. I feel like we're
TIFTON YOUTHS COMPETING
IN WORLD SPORT STACKING
CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEKEND
is among those
representing Team USA in the 2018 International World Sport
Drew, Kaylea and Will Pridgen of Tifton are part of the
States team competing against 18 other countries in the in the cup stacking competition.
"This is such an exciting honor and opportunity for them to represent our country in this competition," says their mother, Dawn Pridgen of Tifton.
Dawn Pridgen says her children had just begun learning to cup stack five years ago: "There was a tournament posted online in Orlando, Fla., and it happened to be the week of their spring break; so they loaded up just to
be a spectator. They had no idea that it was the Olympic of Cup Stacking where different countries were competing against one another," she says.
"Fast forward five years and it is a full-circle moment. This year, because it's being held in the USA again, they have the honor to present and compete on behalf of the USA. Last year it was in Taiwan, and the year before it was in Germany."
Watch Will Pridgen in a previous cup-stacking contest.
ABAC HONORS TOP FACULTY
& STAFF AT HONORS DAY
Kip Hall, an assistant professor of forest resources, received the top award presented to a faculty member at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College -- the W. Bruce and Rosalyn Ray Donaldson Award for Teaching Excellence -- on Wednesday at the annual Honors Day ceremony.
Other top award recipients at the ceremony included Wayne Jones, director of the Arts Connection, who received the Roy R. Jackson Sr. Award for Staff Excellence; and Dr. Darby Sewell, assistant vice president for academic affairs-engaged learning, who received the E. Lanier Carson Leadership Award for College Administrators.
Dr. Justin Ng, an assistant professor of agronomy, received the W. Bruce and Rosalyn Ray Donaldson Excellence in Advising Award; and Dr. Heather Cathcart, an associate professor of biology, received the W. Bruce and Rosalyn Ray Donaldson Award for Excellence in Student Engagement.
Hall received his bachelor's degree in biology from Marietta College and his master's degree in forest resources from Penn State. Inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society in 1979, Hall has been a faculty member in the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources at ABAC for 32 years.
As a part of his duties, Jones has coordinated the annual ABAC Foundation-sponsored event, "An Evening for ABAC." The event raised $100,000 for student scholarships in 2017. He also coordinates the ABAC Performing Arts Series which featured six events this year.
In a variety of roles including choral director, Jones has been a member of the ABAC community for 28 years.
Sewell received her associate degree from ABAC, her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Georgia and her Ph.D from Iowa State University. She started her ABAC career as an instructor in 2002. She was interim dean for a year before becoming the dean of human sciences in 2010.
Sewell has also served as acting dean for the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Ng received his bachelor's degree in biology from Trinity University, his master's degree in environmental science from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and his Ph.D in soil science from
Texas A&M University. He has advised students on their ABAC classes since 2013 and has a current advising load of 70 students.
Cathcart began teaching at ABAC in 2012. She received her bachelor's degree in biology cum laude from Armstrong Atlantic State University, her master's degree in biology from Georgia Southern University, and her Ph.D from the Medical College of Georgia.
TROOPER NAMED OFFICER OF YEAR
The Exchange Club of Tifton has named Senior Trooper Ben Taylor of the Georgia State Patrol as the club's recipient of the 2018 Officer of the Year Award.
Taylor has been in law enforcement for 18 years and also serves as a field training officer. In photo from left,
Regenia Wells, Exchange Club public safety chairman, presents the award to Taylor, center. At right is GSP Post Commander Sgt. Duane Massey.
GA POWER CUSTOMERS TO SEE CREDITS
The first of three
$25 credits for the
Vogtle nuclear expansion will be applied to
Georgia Power Co. customers' bills beginning this
month. A total of $75 in bill credits this year, or
$188 million overall, were approved by the
Georgia Public Service Commission as part of its order to continue
construction of Vogtle 3 & 4.
Additionally, the PSC recently approved a plan to deliver
in customer benefits because of the federal
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The benefits were confirmed in March as part of an agreement with PSC staff and include approximately
in reduced taxes on financing costs for the Vogtle nuclear expansion;
in direct credits to customers as a result of lower federal income tax rates in the next two years and approximately
in future benefits to be addressed in the company's next base rate case in 2019.
Under the plan, the typical residential customer using an average of 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month could receive approximately
in refunds during the two-year period.
From the beginning of the
Georgia Power says it has worked with the
PSC to pursue available
benefits for customers and minimize the
impact of the new units on electric bills. In addition to the
2018 bill credits, the company recently announced a
lower projected rate impact for customers of
9.8 percent with more than half of this impact already in place on bills.
rate impact is
projections of approximately
12 percent because of new federal
tax laws, anticipated customer benefits from federal
production tax credits, interest savings from loan guarantees from the
U.S. Department of Energy
and the fuel savings of nuclear energy.
TOUR de TIFTON BIKE RIDE SET APRIL 14
9th Annual Tour de Tifton/Ilse Boyette Memorial Charity Bike Ride is set for
8 a.m. Saturday, April 14.
The ride begins and ends at the
TIftarea YMCA Hunt Park
on 1823 Westover Road.
will be a beginner's
course, intermediate level
century routes for advanced riders.
All individual pre-registered participants will receive a
T-shirt. Family registrants will receive one
T-shirt per family. Participants completing either of the century courses will receive a special gift. Lunch will be provided.
Tiftarea YMCA programs and
underprivileged youth, and the
book fund for
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College nursing students in memory of
RESEARCH HELPS ENSURE LOCAL WATERMELONS ARE JUST RIGHT
FOR GEORGIA CONSUMERS
Georgia, it's planting season for
growers aspire to produce
high yields of a
sweet crop but they shouldn't ignore
firmness and texture, says Tim Coolong, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable horticulturist in Tifton.
Sweetness is a
major component to
watermelons, but without the right flesh
firmness the overall
texture can be
unpleasant," Coolong said. "Consumers don't like that."
winter production meetings,
Coolong discussed the previous year's variety trial research, which focused on yield, sweetness and firmness. He classifies
firmness in terms ofconsumers'
expectations. If the fruit is too soft, then the texture is poor and the fruit isn't appealing to eat. If the fruit is too firm, then the consumer may consider it unripe.
Watermelons are an important crop for our growers in southern Georgia. The market can fluctuate during the
summer, so planting desirable
watermelons is key to a
"One part of that success is having a
melon with the
consumers want. Based on my
research, there are some
watermelon varieties that
consistently do this better than others and that's what I wanted to convey to
To test for
Coolong uses a
penetrometer, a hand-held device with a probe
11 millimeters wide that registers resistance, measuring the firmness of the fruit when it's pushed into the flesh. In order to generate comparable readings,
Coolong and his crew must insert the probe at the same speed and in the same location in every melon.
Most melons land in the
middle of the
firmness scale, which means that they're not too crisp or too soft.
Variety trial research is an important part of Coolong's work at UGA. He tests between
30 varieties to get a good sample of what's on the market.
"Certainly, we are only one part of a large effort that goes into bringing products and varieties to market for
Georgia growers. We hope our research provides everyone with the best available information to make them more profitable," he said.
watermelon's farm gate value in
Georgia was estimated at $
124.4 million, according to the
UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.
CONGRESSMAN SCOTT SETS
MOBILE OFFICE HOURS IN DISTRICT
Congressman Austin Scott, R-Tifton, has set mobile office hours around the congressional district this month.
During the hours, staff from Scott's Tifton and Warner Robins district offices will offer constituents assistance with federal issues such as Medicare, Social Security and veterans benefits.
Call the Tifton office at 229-396-5175 or the Warner Robins office at 478-971-1776 for any questions.
The mobile office locations will be:
Tuesday, April 17
Moultrie: 9:30-11:30 a.m.,
Colquitt County Library
Worth County Margaret Jones Library
Wednesday, April 18
Pulaski County Annex
Wilcox County Library
Thursday, April 19
Satilla Regional Library
Miller Lakeland Library
Tuesday, April 24
W.E. Knox Civic Center
Wilkinson County Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, April 25
Telfair County Library
2:30 -4:30 p.m.,
Ben Hill County Library
Thursday, April 26
Brooks County Library
ABAC'S TOP STUDENT:
Olivia Nicole Minish from Royston was named the top academic student at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on Wednesday during Honors Day. She is a senior agriculture major with a concentration in crop and soil science.
Minish received the
J.G. Woodroof Scholar designation because of her perfect 4.0 grade point average, and because she
has been on the President's List for eight semesters while pursuing her bachelor of science degree in agriculture. ...
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month,
and folks are asked to wear
Friday, April 6
-- to show
for efforts to combat and prevent child abuse.
FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES
HOLDS GOLF TOURNAMENT ON SATURDAY
The Tift County Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is holding its Sixth Annual Golf Tournament and Annual Fundraiser on Saturday, April 7, at Springhill Country Club.
All money raised will help the local FCA send students to camps, provide Bibles and support the FCA with other events.
For information or to become a sponsor, contact Lynn Kelley at 229-382-2421, Derek Sumner at 229-402-9983, or Marvin West at 229-347-1249.
MISS TIFT COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE PAGEANT
CROWNS WINNERS SATURDAY
Miss Tift County Relay for Life Pageant
will be held at
2 p.m. Saturday, April 7
Southern Regional Technical College
Age groups are
Baby Miss (0-12 months),
Teeny Miss (1-2 years),
Toddler Miss (2-3),
Tiny Miss (4-6),
Little Miss (7-9),
Pre-Teen Miss (10-12),
Teen Miss (13-15),
Miss (16-18) and
Ms. (19-23, married or unmarried).
Admission is $5 with children under age four admitted free. All
proceeds from the pageant will be donated to the
American Cancer Society.
For information, call
Tift County Relay for Life is scheduled for
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FRIDAY, APRIL 6
- ABAC Plant Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., ABAC Farm, Tifton
- American Legacy Quilt Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Peanut Museum, Tifton
- ABAC Alumni Awards Luncheon, 12:30 p.m., Gressette Gym, Tifton
- Gee Haw Whoa Back Rodeo, 7 p.m., ABAC Rodeo Arena, Tifton
- Jason Michael Carroll Concert, 9:30 p.m., ABAC Pull Track, Tifton
- Folk Life Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ga. Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village, Tifton
- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- American Legacy Quilt Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Peanut Museum, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- Southeastern Southern Gospel Music Conference, 1 p.m, UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton
- Miss Tift County Relay for Life Pageant, 2 p.m., Southern Regional technical College, Tifton
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Brenda Claudette Montgomery Smith, 78,
Margie McDonald Peek, 69, Fitzgerald
Marlene Rountree VanBrackle, 77, Adel
Myrtle Brown Harper, 87, Fitzgerald
Betty Hewett, 84, Sparks
David Clifton "Billy" Hendley, 86, Nashville
Evelyn Supers, 82, Sparks
Tommy Eason, 65, Quitman
Durwood Howard Sr., 74, Monticello, Fla.
Cathy Demaris Toole Ditty, 66, Tifton
Melvin Vernon Gray, 82, Tifton
Opal Fennelle Morris, 90, Tifton
Antansyn Pierson Atkins, 83, Tifton
Edward Lee Autry Sr., 86, Sumner
Jade Danielle Brady, 24, Nashville
Leoda Bryant Maddox Alsobrook, 91, Lenox
Jerry Griffis, 69, Lakeland
Steven Edward Miller, 54, Sycamore
Robbie Ruth Steele Morgan, 98, Tifton
Daniel Jackson Connell Jr., 68, Adel
Carolyn Stone Pridgen, 68, West Green
Joe Allen Towles Jr., 69, Alapaha
Jimmy L. "Shorty" Chambless Jr., 56, Sylvester
Diane Emily Tucker, 63, Fitzgerald
Lois Milton, 98, Ocilla
Nolia Paulin, 79, Tifton
Jim Bridges Jr., 54, Sylvester
Ronald Joe Gaskins, 71, Quitman
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