MARCH 14, 2017
WILD CHICKEN FESTIVAL ON
has its share of wild chickens on the loose every day, but this weekend the Ben Hill County city will take time since again to celebrate the wild chickens with an annual festival.
Events unofficially kick off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday with a concert by country music star John Anderson at Fitzgerald's Grand Theatre. Then on
Friday, The Bushmen get things moving with a free street dance from 7-10 p.m. in the
White Swan parking lot at the corner of W. Pine and S. Lee streets in Fitzgerald.
TIFT COUNTY HIGH BASKETBALL TEAM'S VICTORY PARADE THURSDAY
Fresh from their
breathtaking win over
to win the
Tift County High Blue Devils
will ride in a
6 p.m. Thursday
goes down Virginia Avenue to Second Street, Central Avenue, Golden Road, Southern Avenue, Main Street, Eighth Street and back to the mall along Virginia Avenue.
After the parade, a
Tifton Mall will recognize the team and coaches, led by Dr.
Tift's state championship win has moved the team up in
MaxPrep Sports lists
Tift County at
No. 13 in national high school basketball rankings, while
USA Today lists
Saturday's win was Tift County's
third state basketball title. The school also won state in
TIFTON MEETING FOCUSES ON NATIVE PLANTS
South Georgia Native Plant & Wildflower Symposium on
March 22 in
is open to anyone wishing to learn more about native plants and their importance in the natural environment and landscapes.
Co-sponsored by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences and the Garden Club of Georgia's Camellia District, the symposium will be held
at Southern Regional Technical College's Tifton campus.
Organizers say the event focuses on the
beauty and benefits of
native plants and on protecting the state's natural resources. Hard-to-find plants native to the state and books on plants and flowers will be available for purchase.
Speakers will discuss topics including how to
identify plants; native plants and wildflowers in
backyard landscapes; and
research on regional water issues and agricultural water usage.
Registration and the plant sale begin at
8:30 a.m.; the program begins at 9:20 a.m. A $45 registration fee includes lunch.
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Several former Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College students will be honored at 6 p.m. April 7 during the annual ABAC Alumni Association awards dinner as part of Homecoming Week.
The ceremony recognizes ABAC alumni who had an impact on the college and their community insignificant ways. Inductees into the 2017 class of the ABAC Athletics Hall of Fame will also be recognized.
Alumni Association award
winners this year include
Helen Brown Sasser
, Virginia Beach, Va.,
J. Lamar Branch Award
Outstanding Business Leader
, San Antonio, Texas,
Outstanding Health Care Professional
Outstanding Young Alumnus
family of Abbie Jones Mulkey
, Colquitt County,
Family Legacy Award
James Lee Adams
Deadline to purchase tickets is March 28; all tickets but be
purchased in advance. For information, call 229-391-4900.
PRINCE TOYOTA SUPPORTS 'READ ALOUD'
Prince Toyota has donated to the
Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence
Prince joined with Toyota in its Dealer Match Program --
resulting in a $5,000 contribution, with $2,500 rom Prince and $2,500 from Toyota.
Prince Automotive Group has been a longtime, major patron of the education foundation.
In photo from left are: Mike Davis of Prince Automotive; Mike Brumby, executive director of the foundation; Joe West, foundation president; and Heather Prince
Stripling and Heidi Prince Massey representing Prince Automotive.
TCHS STAR STUDENT, TEACHER
ARE NAMED BEST IN REGION; TO COMPETE AT STATE
Tift County High senior
Mary Kathryn Howard
and teacher Jake Alley -- the STAR Student and STAR Teacher from Tift County High School -- were both named the best in the Region 10 competition Thursday night at a recognition dinner in Valdosta.
Howard and Alley will represent the region at the state competition in Atlanta on April 24. Pictured above, from left, are TCHS Principal Kim Seigler, Alley, Howard and her parents Kaylar and Drew Howard.
was also named the Tifton Exchange Club's Youth of the Year during a l
uncheon this past Monday honoring 12 students from
Tift County High School
will go on to represent the local Exchange Club at the district level.
Finalists for Youth of the Year who were recognized at the Exchange Club luncheon are, from left: Elizabeth McClain, Emily Salter, Krystina Dees, Kaycee Goodman, Michael DuVall, Mary Kathryn Howard, Charlie Whit Harper, Blake Kunkler, Brooke Hancock, Josie Jones and Mary Kate Buckner. Not pictured is Perrine Kemerait.
SHOW CHOIR SHOWCASE SET MARCH 28
INVITATIONAL WAS SUCCESSFUL, ORGANIZERS SAY
The Tift County Schools Choral Program held a successful Peach State Show Choir Invitational this past weekend. Twenty-two groups from Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida traveled to Tifton for the event, filling local hotels and restaurants.
More than 250 students, parents and staff members volunteered during the weekend. The program already has commitments for next year from schools in South Carolina, ensuring the event will be bigger in 2018.
As the hosting school,
Tift County Choirs could not be in the running for awards, but they performed an exhibition.
One Voice (led by Pam McClellan), Ninth Harmony (Sheri Wyles), Ladies Choice (Scott Rains) and Eighth Street Singing Company (Scott Rains) will perform one final time for the season at a Show Choir Showcase on Tuesday, March 28, at the Tift County High School Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.
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TIFT SPECIAL OLYMPICS WILL BE MARCH 31
Tift County Special Olympics is set for
9 a.m. March 31 at the
E.B. Hamilton Complex in
This year the game will be dedicated to
Participants compete in such activities as basketball, hurdles, target throw, face painting, story time, can stacking, lawn bowling, cornhole, bottle throwing and dancing.
Tift County Special Olympics is a
nonprofit organization that depends on
community contributions. All money donated stays in Tift County and goes toward the Special Olympics athletes. Financial support is used to host the local games and send some of the athletes to area and state Special Olympic games.
Donations may be made at
The Special Olympics motto is "Let me win; B
ut if I cannot win, L
et me be brave in the attempt."
TIFT SENIORS DANCING ON FRIDAY
Tift County seniors will be dancing the night away this Friday, March 17, at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center on Second Street in Tifton. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Everyone is asked to bring a dish of food ... and their dancing shoes.
WATCH OUT! THERE ARE
'SNAKES IN THE STACKS'
"Snakes in the Stacks," a program at noon
March 28 in
ABAC's Baldwin Library, brings
live snakes among the
Vanessa Lane, assistant professor of wildlife, will present the program, that drew a large audience last year.
"It was by far our
most popular event, and Dr. Lane was amazing," said Dr.
Jordan Cofer, assistant vice president of academic affairs.
"It was like something from the
Atlanta Zoo," Cover said, "and I don't even like snakes."
Billy Malone agreed.
"I can't wait to see snakes in the library," he said. "There are a lot of wild species that I'm excited about it."
As a snake expert,
Lane studies the reptiles and also has a large collection of them.
amazing critters" Lane said. "Not only are they fascinating, but they also are an
important part of a healthy
environment. My hope is to bring a greater understanding to these sometimes feared animals in a safe and fun setting for all."
The event, open to the public, will feature an educational talk and demonstrations, as well as the chance to interact with snakes (but don't worry; they're all non-venomous
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