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JULY 6, 2018
Tifton, Georgia

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IT'S VOTING
TIME AGAIN
EARLY VOTING BEGINS FOR PRIMARY RUNOFF ELECTION

Early voting got underway this week for the July 24 runoff election in Georgia to decide nominees for a local school board race and for several statewide offices, including the GOP candidate for governor.

Voters in Tift County may cast their ballots 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Friday, July 20, at the election office (the old gym) on Chesnutt Avenue

In Tift County Board of Education's District 6, voters will choose between Rusty Harrelson and Jimmy Cargle Runoffs are required in Georgia for races in which no candidate won a majority during the May 22 primary election. In the primary, Harrelson received 43 percent of the vote; Cargle38 percent; and Jo Windom,  19 percent.

The race getting the most attention is the GOP runoff for governor between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Also on the Republican runoff ballot are David Shafer and Geoff Duncan (lieutenant governor), and Brad Raffensperger and David Belle Isle (secretary of state).

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

During the runoff, voters aren't allowed to switch political parties from the May 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. 

However, registered voters who did not participate in the May primary election may vote and select either party's ballot in the runoff election.

If you haven't registered to vote, it's too late to participate in the July 24 runoff, but you have until Oct. 9 to register to vote in the November general election.

 
TIFTON'S LANG RUNS IN HIS 40th PEACHTREE RACE

Tifton business owner Ernest Lang completed his 40th consecutive Peachtree Road Race in 
Tifton runners honor Ernest Lang.
Atlanta on July 4, and was celebrated by his fellow Tiftarea runners in the  Sunbelt Running Club.

The Tifton runners presented Lang with a special cake and wore a specially printed T-shirt in Lang's honor. Lang finished the race with a time of 49 minutes,16 seconds.
The 6.2 mile-long AJC Peachtree Road Race has only been around for 49 years. This year's event numbered  60,000 runners and walkers going down Peachtree Road toward Piedmont Park as part of the world's largest 10-kilometer road race, which is organized by the Atlanta Track Club.

The Tifton running club also ran this year's race in memory of Sophia Fisher, 18, who died last Saturday morning after being struck by a pickup truck while riding her bicycle along Willis Still Road in Tift County. Her father, Richard Fisher, principal at Len Lastinger Elementary, has run with the Tifton group.

Some of the Tifton runners participating in this year's Peachtree Road race.



CITY DEPARTMENT MOVES, 
GETS NAME CHANGE

The City of Tifton has renamed its Department of Environmental Management to the Tifton Department of Community Development (DCD) to better reflect its responsibilities.

The DCD also  this  week moved into a new location at 204 North Ridge Ave., the former fire station/utilities building. Previously based at the Tifton Police Department, the department's relocation allows it to be more accessible to residents.

The Department of Community Development will maintain its same personnel and responsibilities, which include planning and zoning, code enforcement and building inspections.

For information, call Danny Wallace at 229-391-3950.



LABOR DEPT. HOSTING HIRING EVENT

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is helping the Georgia Federal-State Inspection Service (GAFSIS) by hosting hiring events July 12 at several locations around the state.
 
The agency is seeking temporary peanut inspectors and inspector's aides. All events run 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
 
Locations in the area include: 
  • GDOL Tifton Career Center, 310 S. Tift Ave. 
  • GAFSIS Ocilla Office, 293 Fitzgerald Highway
  • GAFSIS Ashburn Office, 131 S. Johnson St.
  • GDOL Albany Career Center, 1608 S. Slappey Blvd. 
  • GDOL Moultrie Career Center, 220  N. Main St.
  • GDOL Douglas Career Center, 70 Lockwood Drive

Job seekers interested in attending  may visit employgeorgia.com to create an account and upload, or prepare, a resume. Having an Employ Georgia account expedites the interview process.  

 
Applicants are encouraged to bring their resumes and driver's licenses and to dress business casual to improve their chances to be hired.



TIFTON REPORTS SEWAGE SPILL AFTER HEAVY RAIN

Approximately 3,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the New River from a manhole at 80 Old Brookfield Road because of excessive rainfall on July 1, the City of Tifton reports.

Tifton's sewage  collection system experienced the spill when 2.3 inches of rain fell within one hour, the city said in a press release.

" The area has been disinfected with hydrated lime and cleaned up," the city  said. " We are continuing to inspect the collection system for inflow areas and make repairs when we find them."
 
The state Environmental Protection Division and the local health department were notified, and a notice was posted where the spills entered state waters.


FAMILY PROMISE TO MEET MONDAY

Family Promise of Tift Area has its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 9, 
at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 2411 Central Ave. N., Ministry Center Room 102, Tifton.

The meeting is open to all interested local residents .

Family Promise of the Tift Area is dedicated to helping local homeless families achieve  sustainable independence.


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YOUR WEEKEND 
         . ..at a Glance

FRIDAY, JULY 6
  • "Potters Ground" film / Q&A with actor, 6:30 p.m., Grand Theatre, Fitzgerald
  • Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives in Concert, 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
SATURDAY, JULY 7
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m,-Noon, Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton

In Memoriam
BowenDonaldson

JUNE 28
William Paul Blalock, 62, Tifton
William Dennis Barker, 52, Nashville
Bill Martin, 77, Adel

JUNE 29
Mary Annette Bradford Rigdon Swan, 99, Tifton
Nancy "Evelyn" Decker Tucker, 71, Tifton
Grady Jewell Jr., 42, Nashville
Rosa Carolyn Hogan Story, 80, Sycamore

JUNE 30
Sophia Ruth Fisher, 18, Tifton
The Rev. Dewey Eldridge Beasley, 87, Ty Ty
Rebecca Sue Sheffield Taylor, 59, Fitzgerald

JULY 1
Donald Steven "Steve" Partin, 60, Tifton
Jake Willis, 75, Valdosta
Sarah Ley, 98, Quitman
David Young, 67, Albany

JULY 2
Marty Huisman, 67, Sylvester
Willa Mae "Babs" Purvis, 82, Adel
Ronnie E. Roofener, 60, Moultrie

JULY 3

JULY 4
Mary Frances Adams, 62, Omega
Sandra "Joyce" Collier, 51, Omega
Hester Griffin Whiddon, 97, Ashburn
Reba Wynell Day, 79, Sylvester
Bonnie Gale Hancock, 63, Fitzgerald
Phillip Bowman, 63, Albany
Addie Perry Durden,  Sebring, Fla.



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