Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018
Tifton, Georgia
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A 'BOO-TIFUL' DAY
TRICK-OR-TREATERS OUT ON WEDNESDAY
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Halloween is Wednesday , and Downtown Tifton once again is hosting trick or treating with Downtown businesses from 5-6 p.m.

Candy is free to all costumed children age 12 and under . Children must be accompanied by an adult .

Something new this year is a "Flash Mob 'Thriller' Dance" at 5:30 p.m. on First Street . For information call the Main Street Office at 229-391-3966 .
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With costumed children out and about on Wednesday night, Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough is offering safety tips for Halloween .

They include:

  • Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.
  • Use makeup instead of a mask, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Costumes with light colors and/or reflective tape are best. Someone in the group should carry a flashlight.
  • Children should always trick-or-treat in groups, preferably with adult supervision.
  • Children should stay on sidewalks (where available) or on the shoulder of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Drivers should slow down and use extreme caution, especially in neighborhoods.
  • Children should stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
  • As an alternative of going door-to-door, parents can take their children to community-sponsored events such as those hosted by local churches.
  • Children should not eat any treats until they get home and a parent or adult can examine them. Treats with open packaging or torn wrappers should be discarded.
GDOT AWARDS CONTRACTS FOR AREA ROAD WORK
The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded $8.5 million in contracts for maintenance of Southwest Georgia bridges and roads , including in Tift and Irwin countries.

Among 27 miles of state route resurfacings are State Route 35 from the Tift County line to south of SR 32 in Irwin County , awarded to Reeves Construction Co. Roads in Quitman, Stewart and Thomas counties will also be resurfaced , These contracts have a completion date of Aug. 31 .

A $2 million contract was also awarded to Seminole Equipment Inc . to replace joints and paint bridges at SR 37 over the Chattahoochee River in Clay County and SR 309 over U.S. 84/US 27/SR 1 in Decatur County .

Other bridge work includes projects in Dougherty County .
With Bowen's portrait are, from left, Tift Regional’s Director of Oncology Services Denise McAdams; retired golf pro Nanci Bowen; Tift Regional’s Senior Vice President of Ambulatory Services Claire Byrnes; and Hospice of Tift Area Manager Kristy Daniels.
TRMC HONORS NANCI BOWEN WITH PORTRAIT IN LOBBY
Visitors to Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) will now find a portrait of Tifton native and retired golf professional Nanci Bowen in the hospital’s main lobby. 

TRMC recently unveiled the portrait to Bowen and her family in honor of Bowen’s years of charitable fundraising for hospice and cancer patients.

“This is quite an honor ,” said Bowen . “I appreciate the recognition, but it’s always been about helping patients .”

The Nanci Bowen Golf Tournament is held each spring in Tifton at the Spring Hill Country Club , benefiting patients of Hospice of Tift Area and the TRMC Anita Stewart Oncology Center who need extra support. 

Funds have been used to assist patients with special needs , including installing handicap ramps for homebound hospice patients and paying for the utility bills of cancer patients undergoing treatment. Tift Regional’s annual Tree of Life lighting ceremony, held each December , also benefits the fund.

The annual golf tournament has raised more than $685,000 since 2000 . Bowen said she was inspired by her aunt, Betty Bowen , whose husband Huie was a patient of Hospice of Tift Area before passing away. 

Aunt Betty was so appreciative of the compassionate care Uncle Huie received by hospice,” said Bowen . “She helped me launch the tournament by organizing teams and gathering sponsors.”

Bowen is a retired Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour player. Originally from Tifton , she attended the University of Georgia on a full golf scholarship and joined the LPGA immediately after graduating in 1989 .

Bowen’s professional golf career was highlighted in 1995 with a win at the Nabisco Dinah Shore , one of the LPGA’s four major championships . Other notable achievements included two runner-up finishes in 1997 at the Rochester International and the Susan G. Komen International, plus numerous Top 10 finishes at LPGA tournaments from 1994-2005 .
LAST FEW DAYS OF EARLY VOTING
Early voting ends this Friday for the Nov. 6 general election, and heavy voting continues in Tift County, officials say.

As of 5 p.m. today (Tuesday ), 5,844 Tift countians have voted, with 445 voters on Tuesday alone; and 228 voters came out Saturday to vote on the special weekend date, says Leila E. Dollison,  Tift election supervisor.

The polls will close at 5 p.m. Friday and reopen at 7 a.m. next Tuesday, Nov. 6, for the  general election . Polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday .
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Oct. 22
TIFT COUNTY COLLEGE & CAREER ACADEMY FORMALLY OPENS NEW FACILITY
Dr. Tom Mark cuts the ribbon for the Tift College & Career Academy , located on the campus of Tift County High School .

Thursday's ribbon cutting was for the facility built with a $3.1 million grant. The academy helps prepare students for future careers through hands-on learning , labs and job-shadowing in local businesses.

For the ribbon cutting, Mark was joined by other leaders from the Tift County School System, Superintendent Patrick Atwater , state Sen. Greg Kirk , state Rep. Clay Pirkle , community leaders, and ambassadors and staff with the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce.
ABAC representatives at the GaTA conference include, from left, David Hall, Trey Doss, Miranda Somers, Ben Brock, Noelle Konich, Hannah Wilkins, Katie Arnold, AAC staffer Josh Clements, Lizzie Buttram, AAC Coordinator Rebecca Cofer and Megan Shannon.
ABAC TUTORS GET TOP-LEVEL CERTIFICATION TO HELP STUDENTS
Student tutors and staff from the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Academic Achievement Center (AAC) delivered three presentations at the recent Georgia Tutoring Association (GaTA) conference in Macon

AAC Coordinator Rebecca Cofer said the three presentations included “Sorting You: Hogwarts School of Tutoring Personality,” “STEM the Tide: Retention under the Microscope,” and “Challenge Accepted: Working with Today’s Challenging Students.”

With nine student tutors attending, ABAC was one of the only undergraduate programs to give presentations at the conference.   

“The tutors are primarily Level III who used this opportunity to complete certification requirements for the College Reading and Learning Association ,” Cofer said. “Level III is the highest level a tutor can achieve. 

“To accomplish this, tutors must do several leadership activities on campus and complete all Level One and Level Two requirements. ABAC tutors receive 12 hours of training for each semester they are employed by the Academic Achievement Center .”

The AAC is available for ABAC students to study and obtain free tutoring Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and on Fridays , 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The final rendition of the Morris Abram mural will read "One Person, One Vote."

FITZGERALD BEN HILL ARTS COUNCIL GETS GRANT FOR MURALS

The Fitzgerald Ben Hill Arts Council and the City of Fitzgerald have received a Vibrant Communities Grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA).

The funds will support a series of interactive and educational public murals

The Georgia Council for the Arts awarded 78 entities in 52 counties nearly $300,000 in funding.

The arts council public mural series is phase two of a partner project between the City of Fitzgerald and the arts council . The grant will fund two mural projects in downtown Fitzgerald

The first one will be located in the Carnegie Center Courtyard . It is dedicated to the civil rights work of Fitzgerald native and attorney Morris Abram regarding his Supreme Court case “One Person One Vote.” 

The landmark case ended discrimination against predominately black urban communities in favor of predominately white rural communities in Georgia .

Artist Dylan Ross from Douglas has been commissioned to paint the mural. He completed the popular train mural in downtown Fitzgerald earlier this year. 

The second mural will be a series of interactive chickens located behind the Central Music Co. building and the farmers market . The wild chickens will be drawn in an art deco style and community residents may help paint the interior of the chickens. The project encourages family participation, social outreach and arts involvement .
ABAC CONCERT CHOIR PERFORMS THURSDAY

 Sixty-five voices will align in harmony on Thursday Nov. 1 when the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Concert Choir presents its fall concert .

Dr. Susan Kirby Roe , head of the Department of Fine Arts and conductor for the event, said the concert begins at 7 p.m. in Howard Auditorium on the ABAC campus. It is open to the public at no charge.

Selections from the Concert Choir will include “Grant Us Thy Peace,” “Flight Song,” “The Road Home,” and “Unclouded Day.”  Alexandria Branch will be the featured soloist on “The Road Home.”

The ABAC Chamber Singers will be featured in “What Sweeter Music,” and the ABAC Singers will be spotlighted in “There is Faint Music.”  Sydney Thomas will be the soloist for the ABAC Singers.

Dr. Zheng Jennifer Huang , one of ABAC’s newest faculty members, will be the accompanist for the evening.
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Oct. 26
CALLED TO CARE'S LOCAL DIRECTOR
GETS RECOGNITION

Called to Care Executive Director Laura Maxwell of Tift County has been recognized in the community three times this year for her work.

Maxwell is the recipient of the Exchange Club of Tifton's "Golden Deeds Award" and has been profiled by both a statewide and a local magazine .

In the photo, Maxwell receives the Exchange Club award from Betty Cromer at left and Regenia Wells at right.

“We couldn't be more proud of our president, Laura Walker Maxwell , for the job she does in making Called to Care what it is today," her organization writes in a statement.

"Her drive and ambition to impact the orphan care crisis are second to none. She is unwavering in her faith , unmoving in her drive to defend the fatherless. We are excited that other people see the difference she is making , and so thankful the Lord created her for such a time as this."

The mission of Called to Care is to ease the suffering of vulnerable children by ministering through adoption, foster care and missions
Tiftonites Shirene Daniell, Mayor Julie Smith and Debbie Thompson.
20th CENTURY LIBRARY CLUB HOSTS DISTRICT MEETING IN TIFTON

The GFWC Tifton 20th Century Library Club (Tifton Woman’s Club) hosted the GFWC Southwest District meeting in Tifton on Sept. 22 .

Club women met at the Downtown Tifton Welcome Center with a greeting from Mayor Julie Smith .

Tina Daniel , GFWC Georgia Federation of Women’s Club state president , and Becky Bolton , Junior Clubs state director , summarized projects. After a business meeting and reports about club activities, the audience heard from Nancy Bryan of Ruth’s Cottage and the Patticake House.

Domestic violence prevention and awareness is one area of emphasis for the General Federation of Women’s Clubs . Bryan shared domestic violence concerns and the importance of education.

Presiding at the meeting was Dianne Barlow , GFWC Southwest District president, a member of the Albany Woman’s Club . Meeting chairmen were Genie McCook of Tifton , and Donna Crowe of Sylvester

Also serving as officers of the Southwest District from Tifton are Bonnie Sayles , treasurer; and Shirene Daniell , parliamentary advisor.

The Sylvester Woman’s Club co-hosted the event. The Southwest District consists of several clubs: Albany Woman’s Club, Azalea City Woman’s Club ( Valdosta ), Cochran Woman’s Club, Moultrie Federated Guild, Moultrie Junior Woman’s Club, Nashville Woman’s Club, Tifton Junior Woman’s Club, Valdosta Junior Woman’s Club, Vienna Woman’ Club as well as Sylvester Woman’s Club and Tifton 20th Century Library Club.

The Tifton club is having a new member meeting at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 6 , at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center in Tifton. Anyone interested in becoming more community-minded is welcome to learn about the club.
GA FARM BUREAU NAMES TIFTAREA ACADEMY'S PLAYER OF THE GAME

Casen Royal of the Tiftarea Academy Panthers varsity football team has been named the Georgia Farm Bureau's Player of the Game in TA's 42-7 win over Deerfield-Windsor last Friday night.

Royal caught two touchdown passes in the Panthers victory , which gave the team a 9-0 record.

The Farm Bureau's Ryan Branch presents Royal with the game ball in the photo .

Tiftarea Academy crowns its Homecoming Queen at 7 p.m. this Friday, then the Panthers take on Southland Academy at 7:30 p.m. for Senior Night .
GOT A WEEKEND YARD SALE? LET US KNOW!

The Tifton Grapevine is now publishing yard sales in Friday editions . The yard sales will be text only, no photos , and is part of a list linked from the Grapevine edition to our web page .

The cost is $1 per word , and yard sales must be paid in advance via credit card or PayPal .

For information , email yardsales@tiftongrapevine.com
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