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JULY 24, 2018
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VOTE TODAY
RUNOFF ELECTION POLLS OPEN UNTIL 7 P.M.

Georgia's primary election runoff is today around the Peach State.

In Tift County, 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 nominees for a  local school board race  and for several statewide offices, including the  GOP candidate for 
governor  between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

In the past week, President Donald Trump has announced is support for Kemp. Gov. Nathan Deal has announced his support for Cagle.

Also on the  Republican runoff ballot are Geoff Duncan and David Shafer (lieutenant governor), and David Belle Isle and Brad Raffensperger (secretary of state).

On the  Democrats' ballot are  Otha Thornton Jr. and  Sid Chapman seeking the nomination for state  school superintendent.

In the T ift County Board of Education runoff for District 6, 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.

During the  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

GOP Congessman Austin Scott of Tifton  and U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., are sparring over  a compromise defense policy bill that omitted funding for new surveillance aircraft that  the state's congressional delegation had been seeking.

In a statement released Monday, Scott said funds for a new generation of surveillance aircraft,
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known as the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or "JSTARS," was to be included in the annual joint House-Senate bill until Perdue yanked his support.

" 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 " positive impact"  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.

In the 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. 

"When Sen. Perdue, who was also a member of the Conference Committee, w ithdrew his support  of this program which the Georgia Congressional Delegation -- including Sen. Perdue --
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has overwhelmingly supported  throughout the last seven years, it effectively ended the program  for this NDAA," Scott said. 

"Unfortunately, without Sen. Perdue's support ... the replacement aircraft will not be fielded, forcing a higher risk to our men and women in uniform by continuing to fly the 48-year-old legacy JSTARS aircraft which are in need of recapitalization."

But Perdue said,  "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. Russell Pryor, Tammy Carter and Yvonne Smith.

Lowerts, Ng, Pryor, Dr. Joseph Falcone, Amanda Urquhart, 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. 

Lowerts and 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 promotions and tenure become effective Aug. 1.


TIFT 4-H AIR PISTOL TEAM WINS EASTERN 
REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, 2ND IN NATION

The 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 Colorado

The team was comprised of Jake Turner, Johnna Dales and Cory Frazier, seen above with Coach David Haire in foreground.

Individually, Turner placed second in the Eastern Regional, missing first place by 2/10's of 1 point and was third in the nation

Frazier won the finals competition and placed third In the Eastern Regional, while Dales placed fourth in the women's division

Also competing for 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- insecure  homes. 

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 

The City of Tifton has several openings on volunteer boards open to local residents. Tifton logo

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.

Interested residents may get an application at City Hall or by Clicking Here!

For information, call Jessica White at 229-391-3970



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  Click Here!   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. 

For information, contact Bernice Hughes, dean of students, at bhughes@abac.edu



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