Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Tifton, Georgia
Fireworks and an ice cream social will punctuate the University of Georgia Tifton campus’ centennial celebration finale on Friday, May 3.
UGA Tifton invites the community to the campus for the event, that will include music on the campus’ front lawn facing Moore Highway beginning at 7 p.m. , with fireworks at about 9 p.m.

The ice cream social caps a daylong celebration of events Friday beginning with a student poster competition at 8:30 a.m.

A formal centennial ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. with Congressman Austin Scott , R-Tifton; UGA President Jere Morehead ; and Sam Pardue , dean and director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
A dedication for the Centennial Garden will be at 2 p.m. behind the Tift Building in the center of campus. Expected to be present are descendants of Capt. Henry H. Tift , who was responsible for the Coastal Plain E xperiment Station (the forerunner of UGA Tifton ) being established in Tifton in 1919 .
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Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks were surprise guests at the benefit concert "We All Come Together" for John Berry and Music Health Alliance on April 23 in Nashville, Tenn. From left, Trisha Yearwood, John Berry, Garth Brooks, Robin Berry.
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An all-star benefit concert for Grammy Award-winning country singer John Berry – a former Tift County resident – and for the Music Health Alliance raised more than $300,000 last week to help Berry with medical bills after his recent successful treatment for tonsil cancer .

Among the country stars performing at the sold-out concert in Nashville, Tenn. , were surprise guests Trisha Yearwood and her husband, Garth Brooks . Yearwood , a Georgia native , has been a frequent visitor to Tifton through the years as her sister lives here. Her husband, Garth , has also been spotted around town .

When Berry lived in Tifton in 2012 , he told me an interesting story about Yearwood and himself . Before he had any hits, Berry was performing one night at a club in Athens . When he took a break , a young UGA student approached him and asked if she could go up on stage and sing a song or two.

"I told her gently that I didn't think that was a good idea ," Berry told me.

The young coed was Trisha Yearwood . Whenever he ran into her in later years, she never let him forget it , he said.

To read the Nashville Tennessean's story about last week's benefit concert, Click Here!

Tifton's Community Clean Up on Saturday was deemed a success .

More than 770 tires were collected , electronics were recycled and many pounds of trash was picked up around the city.

" Tifton is a little bit cleaner because volunteers took the time to care . Thank you to all who attended and made a difference ," said Mayor Julie Smith.
Glenn Willis, president & CEO of South Georgia Banking Co., from left with scholarship winner Logan Owens from Tift County High School, scholarship winner Katelyn Watson from Turner County High School and Maghan Campbell, SGBC marketing director.
Logan Owens of Tift County High School and Katelyn Watson of Turner County High are each receiving a $500 scholarship from South Georgia Banking Co. and are competing for one of four $1,000 Julian and Jan Hester Memorial Scholarships chosen by the Community Bankers Association .

“We had a unique predicament this year with two equally qualified candidates for the Hester Scholarship. Every time we inputted a judge’s scores, Katelyn and Logan’s position would flip from first and second place. By the time all scores were submitted, they were tied ,” said Maghan Campbell , scholarship coordinator and marketing director of South Georgia Banking Co.

A regional panel of judges chose t heir applications for their academic performance as well as extracurricular and civic activities in the community. 

Owens is a superior honor student at TCHS as well as a member of the Beta Club, Student Council, Drama Club and serves as a peer tutor and TCHS Ambassador. She is involved in Ty Ty First Baptist Church and has won numerous awards, including TCHS Writing Competition accolades, the TCHS Business and Technology Department award , TCHS AP U.S. History Departmental Award and first place in the Tifton Rotary Club Speech Competition. 

Owens is employed by Chick-fil-A and has been accepted to Georgia College & State University.
Watson of Ashburn , a superior honor student at Turner County High , has maintained a high grade-point average while dual-enrolled at ABAC . Some of her school activities include the Superintendent’s Advisory Council, 4-H, Beta Club, FFA, FBLA, Student Council, Y-Club and tennis .  

Watson will also be taking her C.N.A. (Certified Nursing Assistant) certification test in June .  She has extensive volunteer hours with local organizations, including Green Tree Learning Center, the Ronald McDonald House, American Red Cross and Samaritan’s Closet. Watson will attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in the fall.
Ocilla will honor its most famous native son and "soul man" during the fifth annual Dave Prater Music Festival May 8-10

Prater was one half of the famous duo Sam & Dave who released such hits as “Soul Man," and “Hold On, I’m Comin’.” The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer died in 1988 .

On May 8 , there will be a 7:30 p.m. worship at Prater's home church, Mt. Olive AME in Ocilla . On May 9, the winner of the Dave Prater Scholarship will be announced at a dinner catered by Lucy Hand at the Irwin County High School Cafeteria at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased at Ocilla City Hall and the Ocilla-Irwin Chamber of Commerce . After May 7, tickets will be $25 . After dinner will be a concert by the Irwin County High School Band .
The festival culminates May 10 with a street dance on Cherry Street . The ICHS Show Choir and the ICHS Jazz Band perform at 6:30 p.m. followed by The Snowbald Band from Atlanta .
A large crowd came out Saturday night to the International Food Festival at Our Divine Saviour Catholic Church in Tifton .

Authentic foods from more than 20 countries were available for sampling. The church has families from many countries who have recently immigrated to, or are studying in, the United States .

The International Food Festival is Our Divine Saviour's only fundraiser during the year.
The Golden Stallions of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College have qualified to play in the NJCAA Division II championship golf tournament May 21-24 at Swan Lake, Ind., Golf Resort. 

ABAC finished sixth in the 2018 national tournament.

More recently, led by the heroics of tournament medalist Will Bozeman , the Stallions finished second in the recent National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) District J golf tournament in Braselton .

After tying with Walters State through 36 holes, ABAC lost to the Tennessee team on a playoff hole.  Bozeman shot a 71 and a 76 for a 147 total in the two-day tournament to finish just ahead of teammate Adam Park , who tied for second with a 150.

The tournament also served as the NJCAA Region 17 tournament . As a result, Bozeman received two plaques for medalist honors . Other Stallions who contributed were Hunter Dokey in 14 th  place, and Tyler White and Matthew Cheek , who tied for 15 th .

ABAC Coach Larry Byrnes , who has now guided the Stallions to the national tournament in four consecutive seasons , was named NJCAA Region 17 Coach of the Year for the fourth year in a row.

Headed to the national tournament in the photo are, from left, Coach Larry Byrnes, Tyler White, Hunter Dokey, Adam Park, Will Bozeman, Matthew Cheek , and student assistant Ryan Walters .
Students from Donalyn Garrick's and Jennifer Gunn's ninth grade Honors ELA classes at Tift County High School traveled to Atlanta on Sunday, April 28 , to see the hit Broadway musical , "Dear Evan Hansen." The students read the script earlier this month in class . The trip was made possible , in part, with a donation by Drs. Drew and Kaylar Howard of Tifton .
Andrew Sawyer, right, a longtime agriculture and natural resources agent, will become Georgia’s Southeast District pecan agent May 1. He is pictured with Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells.
The partnership between University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Georgia Pecan Commission has yielded a new area pecan agent position for the Southeast District .

The two entities co-funded the position to be filled by Andrew Sawyer beginning May 1. Sawyer will work with growers and county agents in Southeast Georgia , while UGA Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells continues to serve producers in Southwest Georgia and statewide .

“I am so excited about this partnership between the pecan industry and UGA Extension. This is a great example of how everyone in the agricultural industry in Georgia works together to identify needs and solve problems ,” said Laura Perry Johnson , associate dean for UGA Extension.

Sawyer has served as the Wilcox County Extension coordinator and agriculture and natural resources (ANR) agent since 2017 . Before that, he was the ANR agent in Thomas County for six years.
Amanda Mohammed presents at the recent ABAC Undergraduate Research Conference. She will attend Emory University this fall to pursue a graduate degree in public health.
For some upcoming Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College graduates from the School of Arts and Sciences , the road ahead involves medical, law and vet schools as well as graduate programs.
Among them, Pedro Escobar from Tifton and Kyle Posey from Irwinville , graduates of the biology program, have been accepted into the School of Medicine at Mercer University where Escobar will receive the Nathan Deal scholarship which covers his tuition.

Shelby McCoy from Moultrie , Julia Patterson from Sylvester and Christian Edwards from Moultrie were accepted into the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s new South Georgia campus in Moultrie .

Michelle Moncrief from Donalsonville will attend St. George’s University veterinary medicine program , while Morgan Russ from DeLand, Fla. , will enroll at the Ross University Veterinary School. Megan Shannon from Dublin has been accepted into Georgia Southern University’s doctor of physical therapy program .

History and government graduate Hannah Robinson from Statesboro will attend Michigan State University Law School in the fall.
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