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June 7, 2016
        Tifton, Georgia

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LET THE READING BEGIN!
SUMMER AR READNG CENTER OPENS TODAY

The  Summer Accelerated Reader (AR) Center, sponsored by the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence,  opened at 11 a.m. today at the Betty Jo Roach Community Center /  United Way of South Central Georgia  at  211 W. Fourth St.

The Center will be open for testing on books between  11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays  through July 14.

This year, Omega School is operating a satellite Summer AR Center to make it more convenient for residents there.

Readers, besides getting the intrinsic value of reading, earn AR points for the school media center or library of their choice to buy new books. Bonuses of up to $1,000 can be earned by ambitious readers -  students, parents, teachers and friends. 
  
You may take an AR test on any of more than 150,000 AR books. It is easy to check online (AR BookFinder) to see if your current  or favorite  book has an AR test. The Tifton-Tift County Public Library has many AR books as well .


NEW SCHOOL BUSES READY & WAITING 
IN WORTH COUNTY  

While the school summer break has just begun, the Worth County School District is already preparing for the new school year; the district has purchased 16 new school buses with additional features.

The new features include: Insulated walls, ceiling and floor; tinted windows; an internal and external public address system; storage compartments; multi infrared cameras capable of recording inside and bus stops outside; an enhanced braking system; larger windows for better visibility; two handrails to assist students getting on and off the bus; and heated power mirrors to guard against them becoming fogged up.

Current buses have also been  repaired, including fixing any seat damage, the school district says.

These are Worth County's first new school buses in six yearsThere are four schools in the district which transports about 2,200 of the district's 3,400 students.

According to the  American School Bus Council, s chool buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school.



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S.GA  METHODIST CONFERENCE OPENS;
FREE CONCERT ON THURSDAY
 
BUDDY GREENE
The  2016 South Georgia Annual Methodist Conference session gets underway today,  Saturday  at the  University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in  Tifton .

"This is an "exciting time for Tifton . We are the 'Friendly City,' and when 2,000 visitors come to town weget fired up," says Tyron Spearman, Tift County tourism coordinator.

A free concert is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9, featuring Buddy Greene , co-writer of "Mary Did You Know," a Christmas favorite. The concert is  open   to the public through a grant from the Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association.

 For details on the conference, visit
www.sgaumc.org/annualconference

Shyanne Card, the  2015 Teeny Miss U.S. National / Georgia Forestry queen, visits last Saturday's opening of the Downtown Tifton Farmer's Market.

DOWNTOWN TIFTON FARMER'S MARKET OPENS
 
The Downtown Tifton Farmer's Market opened for the season last Saturday at the old train depot platform downtown.

The  Downtown Tifton Farmer's Market will be open 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. every  Saturday through Oct. 1.

Saturday's market festival included a 5K Run to the Market. Among those recognized for the run are, above from left, are  .
CABLE TV SHOW VISITS TIFTON RESTAURANT

A  nationally syndicated television show was in  Tifton on Sunday. "BBQ Rules," a show on Discovery's Destination America  channel, visited the recently opened 41 and Main restaurant to film an episode.  

Legendary barbecue pitmaster Myron Mixon, a three-time world champion, along with son Michael visited to provide recipes and products. According to the TV's show's web site, " if there's anyone who can teach you what you need to know about barbecue, it's Myron Mixon, whose position as  the three-time winner of the World Championship Barbecue h as earned him the nickname "the winningest man in barbecue."

Destination America is an American digital cable and satellite TV channel owned by Discovery Communications. The channel features lifestyle, historical and travel programming focusing on U.S. culture.

The local episode is expected to air July 10.

'LOOPING' THE LAKE
RUN/WALK FUNDRAISER SATURDAY AT LAKE BLACKSHEAR

The 10th Annual Loop the Lake run and walk, a top fundraiser for GraceWay Recovery Residence for 
Women,  IS Saturday morning, June 11 , and this year includes 5K, 10K, half-marathon, one-mile fun run and stroller roll events .

Held at the Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club, the route takes runners along the Lake Blackshear shore and through Georgia Veterans State Park

The fundraiser is primarily supported by Dr. Ed Hellman and his wife at The Spine and Scoliosis Center in Tifton.  The GraceWay substance abuse recovery program for women relies on monetary and in-kind donations.

Participants may register on the day of the event, but it is recommended they register in advance.  The half-marathon and 10K runs begin at 7:30 a.m, the 5K and one-mile events at 8 a.m.

The course closes at 11 a.m., shortly after a cookout is set to start.
Race check-in starts at 6:30 a.m. at the resort, 2459-H U.S. Highway 280 West in Cordele

Information and registration are available at  www.loopthelake.com  as well as at  
raceroster.com/events/2016/8224/loop-the-lake-5k10khalf-marathon
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