APRIL 27, 2018
Tifton, Georgia



The  Tift County Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, gets underway at 7 p.m. today at the E.B. Hamilton Sports  Complex.
Diversified Enterprises holds a TV-themed fundraiser to 'Change the Channel on Cancer.' The "M*A*S*H Cancer" event raised $225 with this "Klinger" dress-up contest. From left are Diversified team members David Wilber, Danny Hoover and Darrin Wilson.

This year's theme is "Change the Channel on Cancer." The opening ceremony/survivor lap  is at 7 p.m., and the solemn luminaria ceremony is at 9 p.m. A variety of activities are scheduled in between and after the luminaria.

Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers are encouraged to join tonight's celebration. As the  survivors walk in the opening ceremony, other participants will cheer them on in a demonstration of support and celebration.  

There are approximately 27 teams composed of businesses and organizations participating in this year's Relay. They have been holding fundraisers leading up to tonight's event, which continues through midnight.

The  Relay For Life of Tift County is a community event where teams and individuals come together to honor, celebrate and raise funds and awareness in an effort to free the world from the pain and suffering of  cancer. Money raised will help the  American Cancer Society provide free information and support for people facing the disease and will fund cancer research for future generations.


May is Older Americans Month, and this year's theme is "Engage At Every Age." 

Craig SowellT ift County Older American Month chairman, said a variety of activities are planned throughout the month for local residents age 55 and older. 

The George A. Wright Memorial Award Luncheon, the kickoff for the month, will be held at First Baptist Church on Tuesday, May 1, at 11:30 a.m. Sponsored by Byrd Enterprises and others, the luncheon is given in honor of seniors celebrating "Springtime for the Young at Heart."

The  George A Wright Memorial Award is given to seniors who have contributed to their community.

Other  activities  this month includeSenior Fish Fry at noon May 9, sponsored by the City of Tifton, at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center; a Senior Picnic at 11:30 a.m. May 17, sponsored by the Tift County Recreation Department and the Jay Deason Fund, at the Tift County Recreation Gym; and events such as bingo, a butterbean auctionexercise classes, seminars on vision, on legal and financial  matters, and on natural habitats for bees.

For more information on Older Americans Month activities, call the Tift County Recreation Department at  229-382-3262 or the Leroy Rogers Senior Center at 229-391-3956.

The Tift County Older American's Organizing Committee has been coordinating senior activities each May  for 40 years.


The Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce will host two political candidate forums next week at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center.

Candidates for Tift County Commission and the Board of Education in Districts 1, 3 and 5 will be featured on Tuesday, May 1, at 5:30 p.m., while candidates in Districts 4 and 6 will speak on Thursday, May 3, also at 5:30 p.m. The forums will only feature candidates who are participating in contested elections.
"Our Governmental Affairs Committee felt it was necessary to have the forum over two nights because of the large number of contested races and the number of candidates this year," said Chamber Vice President Chris Beckham, who will moderate the events. 

"And since the County Commission and Board of Education districts are the same, the committee also felt it would be more beneficial to the citizens in those districts if they could hear from all of their candidates on the same night."

The May 1 forum will include County Commission District 1 (incumbent Donnie Hester and Raymond Teal), District 3 (incumbent Robert Setters and Tony McBrayer) and Board of Education District 5 (Jarrett Haswell and Sam Wright). 

The May 3 forum will include candidates from County Commission District 4 (incumbent Stan Stalnaker, Jonathan Cassell, Jamie Cater and Ronald Norman) and District 6 (incumbent Greg Wood and Lester Potts) as well as Board of Education District 4 (Richard Golden and Jamie Hill) and District 6 (Jimmy Cargle, Rusty Harrelson and Jo Windom.) 

There are no incumbents in any of the Board of Education races.
The primary elections will be held Tuesday, May 22, and early voting begins Monday, April 30. Any runoffs will be held on Tuesday, July 17

This year, contested local races involve candidates in the same party so unless there is a write-in candidate during November's general election, the results of the primaries will determine who will hold each seat. The winners take office in January.


The Rotary Club of Tifton said a heartfelt goodbye Wednesday to longtime Rotarian Leon Benefield and his wife Caroline

The  retired professor and former chair of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's Division of Science and Mathematicswho began his  ABAC career in 1973, is relocating to Marietta to be near family.

Benefield is a past president of the Tifton Rotary Club and also served as a Rotary district governor.    
From left are Jeff Gibbs, Leon Benefield, Rotary President Shaundra Clark and Homer Day.

During Wednesday's club meeting, Tift County Commissioner Melissa Hughes read a proclamation by the  Tift County Board of Commissioners declaring Wednesday, April 25, as Leon Benefield Day in Tift County.

Benefield is well known for growing a full beard and donning his Santa Claus suit for appearances all over town during the Christmas holidays.

Dr. Homer Day and Dr. Jeff Gibbs, Rotarians who both taught with Benefield at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, shared stories of their time together through the years. The room was decorated in orange and blue, and club members wore orange in honor of Benefield's alma mater, Auburn University

Beau Byrd, national president of the Auburn Alumni Association and son of William Byrd of Tifton, spoke on Auburn University's history and alumni activities. The university was established in 1856, and currently has 225,000 alumni. Among them is Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. Ninety-three percent of Auburn graduates say they would attend the university again, Byrd said.

Benefield led the Rotary group in a cheer of "War Eagle!"

The Tiftarea Academy Panthers are region champs. They defeated Deerfield-Windsor, 19-7, Wednesday night to win the GISA Region 3-AAA championship. The Panthers have a final regular season game before they enter the state playoffs.


The Tifton Legal Food Frenzy is sponsoring an event beginning at noon Saturday in Veterans Park in Downtown Tifton.

There will be slides, games and face-painting for children, and pets available for adoption form the Tift County Animal Shelter. At Tifton Gardens park across Main Street from Veterans Park will be an interactive music workshop at 4 p.m., followed by live music by Daniel Parrish at 5 p.m., and Sailing to Denver at 6:30 p.m.

The organizers, Tift County's legal community, are accepting non-perishable food items and monetary donations to help address child hunger in Tifton and Tift County.

All proceeds stay in Tifton to aid local children. Organizers say 67 percent of Tifton children do not get enough food assistance in the summer months. Donations, which are tax deductible, may also made at the State Bar Association office on Second Street in Tifton,  

The 7th Annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy is a statewide food and fund drive led by Georgia's legal community. The 2018 competition is presented by the Office of the Attorney General and the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia to benefit the Georgia Food Bank Association. 

More than  200 law firms and legal organizations are going head-to-head, seeing who can raise the most food and funds for their regional food bank. For every dollar raised, teams will earn four points, and for every pound of food raised they earn one point.

Last year's competition raised a record $329,000 and 19,000 pounds for Georgia's food banks. With each dollar donated, the food banks can distribute on average $9 worth of groceries into the community because they can leverage bulk purchasing, donor relationships and volunteers. 

"One in four children in Georgia are food insecure," said Attorney General Chris Carr. "Over 60 percent of those children are eligible for free or reduced lunches during the school year, but when they are home for the summer, their families often struggle to put enough food on the table. The Legal Food Frenzy is timed to help Georgia's regional food banks fulfill an increased demand during the summer, and we are grateful to Georgia's legal community for coming together to help us meet this need."

For information, contact  Assistant District Attorney  Cameron S. Roberts of the Tifton Judicial District at, 229- 386-7943.



Ocilla will hold its 4th Annual Dave "Soul Man" Prater Music Festival on May 9-11.

In 2015, the City of Ocilla began honoring the late R&B music legend and Ocilla native Dave Prater of the duo Sam & Dave, known for such hits as "Soul Man" and "Hold On, I'm Comin'."

This year's events  begin Wednesday, May 9, with a community church service at 6 p.m., at Mt. Olive AME Church. On Thursday,  May 10, a dinner at Irwin County High School includes the ceremony for the Dave Prater Music Scholarship winner. At last year's festival, three  Irwin County High seniors, interested in pursuing musical careers received  scholarships in Prater's name.

Festivities continue 6-10 p.m. Friday, May 11, with a street dance and performances by the Irwin County High Jazz Band and by Jerry Moss and the Southern Soul Band.

For information and dinner tickets, contact Ocilla City Hall, 229-468-5141; or Ocilla-Irwin Chamber of Commerce, 229-468-9114.


Omega Elementary's Readers of the Year gather for a photo along with Media Specialist Lacy Cargle, Principal Victoria Melton and Assistant Principal Jim Byers. The school's top readers include: Kindergarten, Camelia Hendly; first grade, Dinicio Heavener; second grade, Tony Salazar; third grade, Ella Cargle; fourth grade, Walton Slaven; and fifth grade, Valeria Torres

Students wrote an essay about what reading means to them along with teacher nominations attached. All essays were sent to the Tift County Reading Association committee for selection. Omega Elementary's winners will be honored at the Reader of the Year reception May 3.

' LIGHTNING' STRIKES:  Cody Mock, a wildlife major from Coolidge, and Kyle Parris, a wildlife major from Cleveland, captured the top prize in the "Lightning Talk" presentations during the recent Student Engagement Programs (STEPS) symposium at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. They  spoke on their research on "Late Winter and Spring Roost Ecology of Rafinesque's Big-Eared Bat."  Hannah King, a biology major from Tifton, won first place in the symposium poster competition. ... LENDING A PRAYERFUL HAND: Family Promise of Tift Area is meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 14, at First Church of the Nazarene on N. Tift Avenue. The nonprofit group seeks to help homeless families with children achieve self-sustaining independence through an ecumenical, community-based response. The meeting is open to the public.


The GFWC Tifton 20th Century Library Club is hosting the third annual "Fashion with a Passion" fundraising fashion show and dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center in Tifton.

The fashion show features local women involved in community projects and raises money to fund a scholarship to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, which the club awards to a student.

The cost to attend is $20. For tickets, call  Shirene Daniell at 229-382-7525, or see Latasha Patrick at the  Leroy Rogers Senior Center.

The 20th Century Library Club is also participating in a statewide "GFWC Day of Service" from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday, April 28, at the Walmart on U.S. Highway 82 to collect personal care items for Ruth's Cottage, local domestic violence shelter, and to raise awareness of the General Federation of Women's Clubs' national signature project -- domestic violence awareness and prevention
Tifton Club members on Saturday will be greeting the public, sharing information about local resources for victims and collecting items for victims of all ages such as toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, diapers, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, hair brushes, feminine hygiene products, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste and gift cards.


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  • Cities Week Concert (Corey Sumner, Thomas Merrit, The Grapevine Band), 6-10 p.m., Main Street, Sylvester
  • Tift County Relay for Life, 7 p.m., E.B. Hamilton Recreation Complex, Tifton

  • BIG Little River Paddle Race, 8 a.m., Reed Bingham State Park, Adel
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
  • Healthy Kids Day, 10 a.m.-Noon, Tiftarea YMCA, Tifton
  • 20th Century Library Club Day of Service, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Walmart, Tifton
  • Kids at Art: Blue Dog, 10 a.m., Museum of Arts & Heritage, Tifton
  • Tifton Legal Food Frenzy, Noon, Veterans Park, Downtown Tifton
  • Legal Food Frenzy Free Concerts (Music Workshop, Daniel Parrish, Sailing to Denver), 4-7:30 p.m., Tifton Gardens stage, Downtown Tifton
  • Church in the Park (Awaken Church), 5-7 p.m., concert stage in Fulwood Park, Tifton
  • International Food Festival,  6-8 p.m., Our Divine Saviour Catholic Church, Tifton
  • Veterans Memorial Park Gospel Sing, 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton

  • Operation Sock Drop, 4-6  p.m., E.B. Hamilton Recreation  Complex, Tifton

In Memoriam

William Evans Lott, 71, Ty Ty
Hollie Faith Mullis, 17, Tifton
Edith Moore Parker, 97, Palm Beach Gardens Fla., formerly of Tifton

Lewis "Slim" Corbin, 74, Tifton
Winfred Arthur Tucker, 76, Fitzgerald
Wilda E. Goldinger, 85, Justin, Texas

Mary Ann Hand York, 83, Rebecca
Donnie Edward Hasty, 83, Tifton
Heywood Apperson, 84, Sylvester
Bennie M. Powell, 98, Sylvester
Betty L. Avera Patten, 93, Lenox
Bobbie J. Anglon, 83, Fitzgerald
Betty Nell Whitley, 78, Ocilla
Wayne E. Blue, 81, Sycamore

GPait Willis, 78, Ty Ty
William "Glen" McBrayer, 86, Tifton
James Perleman McWaters, 71, Enigma
Bubber Davis, 66, Fitzgerald
Harlin B. Calhoun Jr., 61, Conyers
John Culpepper, 88, Sylvester
Larry K. Dalrymple, 55, Ashburn
Norma Israel Denham, 86, Sycamore
Mary C. Bennett, 82, Valdosta
Ray W. Reed, 83, St. Marys

Jamey Richard Sanders, 35, Tifton
James Larry Winter, 74, Tifton
Edna Anna Greene Pless, 96, Tifton
Bettie Jean Cantrell Burkhead, 76, Omega

Melissa Brown Hanson, 38, Enigma
Ralph Eugene Stracke, 90, Albany

Ouida "Faye" Lewis Cadwell, 73, Tifton
Allan Geoffrey Nelson, 63, Nashville
Jessie Deborah Phillips, 69, Nashville
James Edward Nichols, 42, Fitzgerald
William F. "Mac" McCann, 73, Ashburn
Reyna Rivera, 34,  Adel

Betty Radney, 88, Morven

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