RUNOFF ELECTION POLLS OPEN UNTIL 7 P.M.
Georgia's primary election
runoff is today around the
1,042 ballots were cast during
early voting the past three weeks, says
Leila E. Dollison, e
lection supervisor with the
Tift County Board of Elections & Registration.
Polls today are open
until 7 p.m.
Voters will decide
local school board race
and for several
offices, including the
GOP candidate for
between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
In the past week,
President Donald Trump has announced is support for
Nathan Deal has announced his support for
Also on the
Republican runoff ballot are
Geoff Duncan and
David Shafer (lieutenant governor), and
David Belle Isle and
Brad Raffensperger (secretary of state).
Democrats' ballot are
Otha Thornton Jr. and
Sid Chapman seeking the nomination for state
In the T
ift County Board of Education runoff for
Rusty Harrelson faces
Jimmy Cargle. Neither candidate received the
majority of votes during the
May primary, which had three candidates on the ballot for the post.
runoff, voters aren't allowed to switch
political parties from the primary. Therefore, voters who participated in the
Republican primary can only vote in the
Republican runoff, and voters who cast ballots in the
Democratic Party primary must vote in the
Democrats' runoff. If you are a registered voter and
didn't vote in the primary, then you may vote in
either party's runoff today.
REP. SCOTT, SEN. PERDUE SPAR
OVER DEFENSE POLICY BILL
In a statement released
, Scott said funds for a new generation of
known as the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or
was to be included in the annual
joint House-Senate bill
I stand willing and ready to work with him to correct this mistake," Scott said.
But Perdue, in a statement from his office, said the final FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will ultimately have a "
on Robins Air Force Base in Georgia and the JSTARS fleet.
Anyone who doesn't see that this plan is a huge win for Robins (AFB) is more concerned with their next election than our long-term national security and Robins' long-term viability," Perdue shot back.
House version of the NDAA,
Scott was able to secure
$623 million for the
JSTARS recapitalization program, which was set to
replace the current legacy fleet of
16 E-8C aircraft beginning in the early 2020s.
Perdue, who was also a member of the Conference Committee,
of this program which the Georgia Congressional Delegation -- including Sen. Perdue --
has overwhelmingly supported
throughout the last seven years, it
for this NDAA," Scott said.
Perdue's support ... the
replacement aircraft will
not be fielded, forcing a
higher risk to our men and women in uniform by continuing to
48-year-old legacy JSTARS
aircraft which are in need of recapitalization."
"While I have always supported the JSTARS recap, we have a new president, defense secretary and Air Force secretary who have presented a better long-term solution. The Advance Battlefield Management System (ABMS) will give us the capability to access both restricted and non-restricted airspace. This is a necessity in supporting our troops in harm's way as well as our overall intelligence gathering.
"With the solution I support, we save JSTARS jobs, maintain the JSTARS fleet into the next decade, accelerate the implementation of ABMS and gain a new mission for Robins (AFB)," Perdue said.
ABAC PROMOTES 8 FACULTY,
GRANTS TENTURE TO 7
Eight members of the faculty at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College have been approved for promotion, says Dr. Jerry Baker, provost and vice president for Academic affairs. Seven faculty members have also been granted tenure at the college.
Faculty members receiving
promotions are Dr.
George Lowerts, Dr.
Justin Ng, Dr.
Bonnie Asselin, Dr.
Jordan Cofer, Dr.
Cyndi Hall, Dr.
Tammy Carter and
Rhonda Lewis and
Jeannie Paulk are receiving
tenure. Tenure may be granted to a faculty member who has served at least five years as an assistant professor and has shown the potential for making significant contributions to the college and in the faculty member's field of study.
Ng have been promoted to the rank of
associate professor in the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Asselin, Cofer and Hall have been promoted to the rank of
professor in the School of Arts and Sciences.
Pryor has been promoted to
associate professor in the School of Arts and Sciences.
Carter and Smith have been promoted to
assistant professor in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Falcone is the
department head for Science and Mathematics and a
professor in the School of Arts and Sciences, and
Urquhart is an
assistant professor in the School of Arts and Sciences.
Lewis and Paulk are
assistant professors in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Baker says the
tenure become effective
TIFT 4-H AIR PISTOL TEAM WINS EASTERN
REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, 2ND IN NATION
Tift County 4-H team won the
Eastern Regional Air Pistol Team Championship and
finished second in the
combined national championship also held recently in
team was comprised of
Jake Turner, Johnna Dales and Cory Frazier, seen above with Coach
David Haire in foreground.
second in the
Eastern Regional, missing first place by 2/10's of 1 point and was
third in the
Frazier won the
finals competition and placed
third In the
Eastern Regional, while
fourth in the
Tift County 4-H was
Alexis Hodnett, Katie Gaskins and
Chandler Livingston in his first air pistol match.
"How sweet it is,"
Haire said. "A special
thanks to Coach
Tracy Homer for his help with this great group of 4-Hers.
Tift County 4-H rocks."
ROTARY HEARS ABOUT GLEANING,
LOCAL 'FOOD-INSECURE' FAMILIES
Taylor Rotsted, center, with AmeriCorps VISTA and a gleaning specialist with Society of St. Andrew, stands with Amy Hightower, last week's program chair, left, and President Marion Curry, right, after the Tifton Rotary Club meeting Wednesday.
Forty percent of food in America is wasted each year, Rotsted said, representing 38 million tons of wasted food. The Society of St. Andrew works to gather and organize distribution of food to food-
The Rotary Club presents programs of community interest each Wednesday at noon at the Tiftarea Conference Center on U.S. Highway 82.
4H'ers ATTEND COTTON S.T.E.M. WORKSHOP
4-H'ers from around the region learn how to make cotton plants using candy during the Cotton S.T.E.M. Workshop on the University of Georgia Tifton Campus last week.
S.T.E.M. education stands for Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics.
CITY HAS VOLUNTEER BOARD OPENINGS
City of Tifton
open to local residents.
City boards include the
Historic Preservation Commission,
Planning and Zoning, and the
Zoning Board of Appeals.
Applications are kept on file for one year, pending openings.
may get an
For information, call
Jessica White at
TOWN & GOWN EVENT SET AUG. 13
The 11th Annual Town and Gown Connection will be 4-6 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Meadows on the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College campus.
The event gives local businesses and churches an opportunity to welcome new and returning ABAC students to Tifton.
To register, visit
All participants must register by 5 p.m. Aug. 6.
Participants may bring samples, freebies, coupons and job applications. One table and two chairs will be provided for each participant. Businesses paying for double occupancy will be supplied with extra space.
ABAC will set up a large tent with space inside available on a first-come first-serve basis. Businesses are encouraged to bring their own tents. Participants should bring door prizes for a drawing near the end of the event.
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