MEMORIAL DAY 2016
REMEMBERING THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR FREEDOM
Monday, May 30, is Memorial Day -- a day to remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect us and ensure our freedom and American way of life.
The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 38 in
Tifton will hold a memorial ceremony at
10 a.m. Monday in the municipal courtroom at the
Criminal Justice Center building on U.S. Highway 82. The guest speaker will be Dr. David Bridges, president of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC).
Following the ceremony, a motorcade will proceed to Tifton's Oakridge Cemetery for a brief observance honoring those who died in service. The ceremonies are open to the public.
The Sentinel-Record photo
ABAC's Jalen Williams, left, (wearing an ABAC T-shirt) walks through Hot Springs, Ark., on Wednesday along with, from left, Josh Atkins, Bill Many and ABAC's Russ Simpson of Sparks as part of the Carry The Load relay for Memorial Day.
Meanwhile, walkers who are part of the national
Carry The Load relay initiative,
which aims to restore
the true meaning of Memorial Day, is
Dallas, Texas. Among the participants in the
2,000-mile trek are several
In Thursday's edition of
The Sentinel-Record newspaper in Hot Springs, Ark.,
Jalen Williams, an ABAC student from Ocilla, was shown carrying the U.S. flag during the Carry The Load relay through Hot Springs en route to Texas. Also in the
photograph is ABAC's Russ Simpson of Sparks.
A Carry The Load "step-off" ceremony April 28 at ABAC was a formal send-off of local participants, which include several ABAC nursing students.
MOST INCUMBENTS WIN
BUT TIFT BOARD OF EDUCATION CHAIR SEES A CHANGE
Tuesday's primary election, there were few surprises as
most incumbents handily turned back challengers, both on the local and state levels.
Tift County Board of Education
lost her bid
for re-election as Tifton businessman
defeated Rutland in unofficial results.
percent of the votes, to
In the other
Tift BOE race,
John Waddell bested
Amy Johnson for the
District 3 seat;
456 votes (
56.72 percent); and
Sheriff Gene Scarbrough easily
Steve Wood, with the incumbent sheriff getting
3,418 votes (
82.76 percent) to
Wood's 712 (
Tift clerk of Superior Court
votes) in the three-way race.
will now face
Democrat Gail Taylor Drayton
Austin Scott, R-Tifton, easily defeated his GOP challenger
Angela Hicks. Scott received
77.75 percent of the vote in the
8th Congressional District to
Hicks' 22.25 percent. Scott will face
Democrat James Neal Harris in
Johnny Isakson won the
Republican party's nomination over two opponents, receiving
77.48 percent of the vote.
Jim Barksdale won the
Democratic primary for
U.S. Senate over two opponents with
Barksdale will now face incumbent
Isakson in the
Nov. 8 election.
TIFT GRADUATES BIGGEST CLASS
largest class ever recorded in
485 seniors walked across the stage at
Brodie Field last
Saturday and became
Tift County High School.
"This is such a fantastic day for everyone: The students, their families and the faculty and staff who have been a part of this educational journey," said
, superintendent. "I've been lucky to work in
Tift County School System
for more than 20 years, and this day is always one of my favorites of the year."
Of the 485 graduates,
Superior Honor Graduates (95 average and above), and
Honor Graduates (90 to 94.9 average).
In addition to the
Class of 2016's academic, athletic and other extracurricular accomplishments,
volunteerism was also highlighted. The class logged more than
10,000 volunteer hours.
"Many of our students took full advantage of what a public school can offer," said TCHS Principal
Kim Seigler. "Totals are still coming in, but the class has already earned nearly
$1.4 million in scholarships, not including HOPE. We have graduates going to college all over the nation, into branches of the military and some right into the work force."
Among the colleges and universities where TCHS students are going include:
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Auburn University, Boston College, Columbia University, Duke University, Emory University, Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse College, University of Alabama,
University of Georgia, and Valdosta State University.
SHERIFF WARNS OF SCAM
Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough advises citizens of Tift County of an ongoing telephone scam.
During the past week, deputies from the Tift County Sheriff's Office have responded to several calls for service concerning suspicious telephone calls from individuals purporting to be sheriff's deputies or representatives of the office.
When they call, they identify themselves as a deputy and inform the resident that he or a member of his household has had a warrant issued against them for failing to report for jury duty or for a bench warrant. The resident will be given the option to send money via money order or to meet in person in front of the courthouse in lieu of being arrested.
These calls are scams, the Tift County Sheriff's Office says. The office does not and has never solicited payment of fines or bail in lieu of arrest via telephone or mail. If you receive a similar call or any suspicious call soliciting money in lieu of arrest, hang up and call 911 or contact the Sheriff's Office.
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RECOGNIZING STUDENTS OF THE YEAR
Tiftarea Academy and Tift County High School
In the photo at left,
Taylor Gray of
Tiftarea Academy is awarded
Student of the Year by the
Business & Education Workforce Committee of the
Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce, represented by
Bridgett Mobley and
Patricia Brooks at left.
Gray is also pictured with her parents and representatives from
In the photo at right, Kaycee Aultman of Tift County High School is presented the Student of the Year award by Business & Education Workforce Committee representatives, and is also pictured with her parents and representatives of Tift County Schools.
SALVATION ARMY GEARS UP FOR DONUT DAY
Entenmann's Bakery is again partnering with the Salvation Army for National Donut Day, celebrated this year on Friday, June 3.
The Salvation Army founded National Donut Day in 1938 to pay tribute to "Donut Lassies," female volunteers who had provided writing supplies, clothes-mending, home-cooked meals and donuts for soldiers on the front lines in World War I.
This year, Entenmann's Bakery will donate $1 to the Salvation Army for each "Win Free Donuts for a Year" Facebook sweepstakes entry received during the campaign, up to $35,000.
"With the support of Entenmann's, we are glad for the opportunity to share National Donut Day with our community. For the Salvation Army, the donut is a symbol of our service, a legacy we continue to uphold in Tifton," says Susie Chitwood, local director.
The sweepstakes link is on the Entenmann's Facebook page. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. July 2. Winners will be randomly selected from all submissions.
VOTING ENDS SUNDAY FOR
IN NATIONAL CONTEST
Voting ends this Sunday, May 29, for
the 2016 Independent We Stand "America's Main Streets
" contest; the
Downtown Development Authority of the City of Tifton, as a
a chance of
for downtown improvements.
The winner is based upon the number of votes collected online for each community. You may vote once every 24 hours.
Please note: Only one vote is allowed from the same computer network or wifi every 24 hours; for example, if an office of several people are on the same computer network, the contest will allow only one vote from that office network every 24 hours.
BIG LITTLE RIVER
BRINGS OUT PADDLERS
Paddlers took to the water last
Saturday to support the
Friends of Reed Bingham State Park and the
WWALS Watershed Coalition/Waterkeeper affiliate in the
4th annual BIG Little River Paddle Race.
Bret Wagenhorst of
Tifton said there was a good mix of ages from 10 to folks in their mid 70s, and all levels of experience.The fastest paddler finished in about 40 minutes; paddlers who took in the scenery completed in about 1 1/2 hours.
Paddlers got to see alligators, prothronatory warblers and native spider lilies in bloom, Wagenhorst said.
Dwight Griner, for the fourth consecutive year, took home the
trophy and the
$100 first prize.
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...at a Glance
SATURDAY, MAY 28
- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- Broadway and Bubbly, 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
Rhett T. Irwin, 46, Carrolton
Ellen Paulk Boydston, 72, Fitzgerald
Bobby Ray Tabor, 64, Tifton
Willie Marie Purvine, 72, Nashville
Jesse A. Henderson, 80, Adel
Sylvia Lightsey Henderson, 95, Nashville
Beulah M. Babbs, 80, Forsyth
Audrey Simmons Armstrong, 60, Cumming
Brenda Gail Robertson Perry, 66, Ashburn
Andy Delano Waters, 62, Sparks
Barbara Ann Rich, 73, Tifton
James Andrew "Jim" Mathis, 84, Morven
Zena Jones Hallman, 81, Fitzgerald
Ruth Wallace, Sylvester
Charlotte Leah Conger McMillan, 76, Tifton
Charles Horace Callahan, 75, Tifton
Janis Luke Roberts, 63, Ocilla
Faye D. Troxell, 81, Tifton
Jimmy Drury, 65, Fitzgerald
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