Friday, October 4, 2019
An aerial view of the current Town Terrace site. Twelfth Street is at the top of the photo.
A rendering of what the proposed project
would look like, with townhomes and a
grassy courtyard social space.
LOCAL GROUP UNVEILS PROPOSAL FOR 'PINK MOTEL'
TOWN TERRACE WOULD BECOME 'POCKET NEIGHBORHOOD'
By FRANK SAYLES JR.
Town Terrace Motel
and become a
night to Tifton's
Historic Preservation Commission
John and Michael Bowen
31 North Real Estate Investors
said they have a
site. They hope to develop
two-story, 960 square-foot units
. The "pocket neighborhood" will include a
community social space
along with a
pedestrian-only central courtyard
HPC said its
guidelines require formal
documentation of the
existing historic property before it can be
demolished. The HPC
tabled the matter until its
November meeting in order to receive the information.
John Bowen said he recognizes that this is "a
difficult conversation." He said he believes in "
makes Tifton special," but the
"economic reality" is that saving the current motel, also known as the
"Pink Motel," "would
walls, new wiring" and
rebuilding the structures.
not economically viable," he said.
Bowen said he
welcomes ideas to
salvage elements of the current structure. "This is
our neighborhood," he said, noting that both he and his brother reside nearby.
once served as a
home for memories and magic," he said, "and
we believe it has
a magical future."
During Tuesday's meeting,
both proponents of the
proposed project and
demolition spoke to the
One citizen called the motel a
"landmark," and said that "if it
can be saved, it
should be saved."
Bruce Green, interim director of the
Tifton Urban Redevelopment Agency, said the current
motel is part of "
our cultural heritage of Tifton." If it is
demolished, "will we have
created more than we have destroyed?" he asked.
take your time, take a
make sure we
move in the
Green told the
several citizens said the
current state of the
motel is "a
blight on our
falling out," said
Ellen Spain, who lives nearby. "For
20 years it has
just sat there. It's
time for it
Chase Nickelson, who also lives in the
Historic District, told the HPC, "I'm
sensitive to your
historic mission and
Pink Motel in its
current state is
not healthy for the
Actor Bruce Willis poses Wednesday with Monica Torres of Fresco Italiano restaurant on Tift Avenue in Downtown Tifton.
BRUCE WILLIS IN TOWN;
MAKING FILM IN FITZGERALD
Bruce Willis is in the
Tiftarea for a few days
science-fiction movie in
Fitzgerald, and was spotted
Wednesday out and about in
Willis was seen at a
sports shop and in
Fitzgerald, where he posed for photos with workers and customers, and later had a
Fresco Italiano restaurant in
told Fresco's owner: “
movie being made in
Fitzgerald is called
"Anti-Life" and is a
Nancy Bryan, executive director of Ruth's Cottage and The Patticake House, speaks Wednesday to the Rotary Club of Tifton. Seated at left is Lynn Lovett, who heads the fundraising campaign for Ruth's Cottage's new facility, and, at right, is Rotary President Wayne Roe.
RUTH'S COTTAGE SEEKING HELP WITH FURNISHING
By BONNIE SAYLES
domestic violence victims
paid for the building
, Ruth’s Cottage building campaign chair, at Wednesday’s
Tifton Rotary Club
Also, she said, the
, ahead of schedule.
, however, for about a
half-million dollars’ worth
furnishings, equipment, fencing, parking and state-of-the-art security systems
, Lovett said.
The facility will provide
. It is about
furnish most rooms
, she said. “Right now, we can’t serve a mom with three children,” Lovett said. “We will be able to help them in the new building.”
theirs was the
first brick sold in
Engraved bricks may still be
purchased for $
250. She said the generosity of
local governments helped pave the way with
,” said Executive Director
Nancy Bryan of
Ruth’s Cottage and The Patticake House
“Domestic violence is
more than somebody with a
black eye. It starts from a
need of someone to really
control another person, and there are a
million harmful ways that can happen that’s way
She urged everyone to
be “in tune with people in your world, children and grandchildren, as they develop relationships with people.
Look for signs that are early in domestic violence that are controlling.”
Bryan said there are
domestic violence, such as “Why don’t they just leave?” And “Why do they leave and then go back?”
“We love opportunities to explain all that,” she said. “We
urge you to
come to programs that we offer where you can learn.
Educated folks are the
best way we can
stop domestic violence.”
Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Among events are
Friday Night Lights with Ruth’s Cottage information tables at
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: Men’s March,
Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at ABAC – call
229-387-9697 for information; and
Wear Purple Day on
60 YEARS STRONG: CLASS OF '59 MEETS
Tifton High Schoo
l class of
last weekend. The photo above was taken at
"Mack The Knife"
by Bobby Darin,
Sea of Love"
by Phil Phillips, and
by Ritchie Valens.
that year included
"North by Northwest," "Gidget,"
BIC Crystal ballpoint pen
was first sold in
and the board game
also debuted – all of which are still going strong, as is the
Class of '59
CANDLELIGHT VIGIL HELD IN HONOR
OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS
Board members and staff of
gather at the
Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil
with the program's speaker,
(center, in jacket).
Southern Regional Technical College
CHANTICLEER PERFORMS OCT. 24
male voices will blend seamlessly in
when internationally acclaimed
performs as a part of the
ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series
7 p.m. Oct. 24
Tift County High School Performing Arts Center
, Arts Connection director at
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
, said the performance by the
“world’s reigning male chorus”
is a must-see event for all arts patrons in
“They are among the
at what they do,”
said. “When we put together this year’s series, we knew
was going to be one of the
Jones said the
performing group was on the schedule in
but the performance was cancelled by
“Just to show you what kind of impact they have, the group is the
only professional choir
in the United States with a
,” Jones said. “They are well worth the price of admission.”
LIVE PRODUCTION THIS WEEKEND AT THE TIFT
Tift Community Players' live stage production of
"On Golden Pond" continues at
7 p.m. today (Friday) and
Saturday at the
Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts on Main Street.
focuses on aging couple
Ethel and Norman Thayer
, who spend each
at their home on a
During the year the story takes place, they are
fiancé Billy Ray
son Billy Ray Jr.
the often turbulent
the young woman
growing up, and the
of a long marriage.
AG MUSEUM LOOKS AT 'GRAVE' TOPIC
and the many
History After Dark: Victorian Mourning and Grave Symbology
5-7 p.m. Oct. 18
, at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's
Ga. Museum of Agriculture
, director of North Central & Northwest Regions of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, said guests will learn about
unique to the
period. The museum’s
will be transformed into a representative
and display heretofore unseen mourning
Clark will explore the
era. The program will involve such items as mourning jewelry, including jet and hair jewelry, and Victorian mortuary photography.
, call the Country Store at
TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
STYLash Glam Bar
201 N. Central Ave., Suite F
YOU MUST REGISTER TO VOTE BY MONDAY, OCT. 7,
TO VOTE IN THIS ELECTION
READY FOR ADOPTION AT THE TIFT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER
I have found my way to the animal shelter and am looking for a new home. If you have an adequate farm for me to live on, please visit the Tift County Animal Shelter.
P.S I can’t wait to find me a big mud hole to cool off in with these high temperatures!
Chris P. Bacon
...at a Glance
FRIDAY, OCT. 4
- "On Golden Pond" play, 7 p.m.,Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
- ABAC Truck & Tractor Pull, 7 p.m., ABAC Truck Pull Track, Tifton
- Tift County High Football Blue Devils vs. Bainbridge High Bearcats, 7:30 p.m., Brodie Field, Tifton
- Tiftarea Academy Football Panthers @ Valwood School Valiants, 7:30 p.m., Valdosta
SATURDAY, OCT. 5
- Stepping Out for Your Heart 5K & Fun Run, 8 a.m., Northeast Middle School, Tifton
- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- ABAC Truck & Tractor Pull, 6 p.m., ABAC Truck Pull Track, Tifton
- NPC Peachstate Bodybuilding Championship, 6:30 p.m., UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton
- "On Golden Pond" play, 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
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Ellen “Marguerite” Jackson Conner, 83,
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