March 11, 2016
                 Tifton, Georgia

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The Georgia Downtown Association (GDA), meeting in Athens this week, presented its  "Downtown Excellence-Design" award to Tifton's Union Depot upscale apartments project on Central Avenue near the corner of Second Street.

The nonprofit GDA works to promote the economic redevelopment of the traditional downtown areas in Georgia's cities.

Local developer Harold Harper bought the old depot building in 2013 and converted it into 16 upscale, 
loft-style apartments, each one unique and  ranging in size from 700 square feet to 1,900 square feet Apartment amenities include custom cabinets, granite counters, hardwood floors, stainless-steel appliances and gated parking. Harper retained much of the original elements of the structure, built in 1916 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places

The building was built as a depot used by the Central Grocery Co. and sold to a railroad in 1918. Later, the Central Grocery Co. re-acquired the building. Henry Harding Tift, Tifton's founder, was a vice president of the Central Grocery Co. and his descendants sold the property to Harper.

Through the years, the Tift family had subdivided the building into office and retail space, adding partitions. Harper removed the partitions and returned the building to its original state.

Harper also has totally renovated apartments  at his "The Avenue" property on Tift Avenue and  has purchased two warehouse buildings totaling 80,000 square feet in the Downtown District to develop into another high-end apartment complex with an adjoining restaurant.

For about 35 years, Harper has been redeveloping properties downtown, including the Myon Complex, where he created apartments on its third floor.


Registered nurses in the Tiftarea got a shot in the arm Thursday as Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College President David Bridges announced that ABAC will offer a bachelor of science degree in nursing beginning with the summer term.

"This is like a dream come true for many of our nursing graduates in the area," Bridges said. "I think it's great that we are able to make this announcement during the 50th anniversary year of nursing at ABAC."

From left:  Dr. Gail Dillard, ABAC vice president for academic affairs; Dawn Johns, vice president for human resources, Colquitt Regional Medical Center; Troy Spicer, dean, ABAC School of Nursing and Health Sciences; Scott Clanton, ABAC nursing student; Carol Smith, vice president for patient care and chief nursing officer, Tift Regional Health Systems; Bill Richardson, Tift Regional Health Systems CEO; Monica Gibbs, ABAC nursing alumnus and registered nurse at Colquitt Regional Medical Center; Tami Dennis, ABAC associate professor of nursing; and Dr. David Bridges, ABAC president.
Troy Spicer, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, said the R.N. to B.S.N. completion program adds depth to one of ABAC's most popular offerings.

"The changes have been mind-boggling since the ABAC nursing program began 50 years ago. The advances in health care are just incredible. This school and this program work so very hard to graduate individuals who are ready to take care of their families and their neighbors,"  Spicer said.

"I would bet there is not a single person in South Georgia who has not been touched by a nurse who graduated from this program. If you have breathed air in the last 50 years in South Georgia, you or a member of your family have had contact with an ABAC nursing graduate."

Tami Dennis, associate professor of nursing, helped lead the drafting of the curriculum to secure ABAC's latest bachelor's degree.

"The ABAC nursing faculty designed the program to build on the current knowledge and professional experiences of the practicing R.N.," Dennis said. "The program will have the added feature of a focus and application to the student's existing place of employment.  This focus will benefit both the student and our community partners in providing the best healthcare possible.

Dennis said nursing is the single largest healthcare occupation in Georgia, and the healthcare industry is the state's fourth largest employer.

For information  about the program, call 229-391-5020 .

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John Dorminy III, M.D., is being remembered in Tifton, Fitzgerald and throughout South Central Georgia for making an impact as a physician and commun ity advocate. He died peacefully in his sleep during the morning of March 8 at age 71

"Dr. Dorminy touched many lives throughout his years of service as an obstetrician, gynecologist and chairman of the Tift Regional Medical Center Foundation," said William T. Richardson, president/CEO of Tift Regional Health System. "Hewas a true leader in the medical community and was beloved by his many patients."
Dr. John Dorminy III

Mandy Brooks, executive director of the Tift Regional Medical Center Foundation, said Dorminy cared deeply about improving the health and wellness of area residents.

"Dr. Dorminy was a visionary with dynamic ideas, giving countless hours of his time and resources to the foundation," Brooks said. "He was our biggest contributor and campaigner, developing programs and raising funds that have enriched local health care."

Born on July 13, 1944, Dorminy was raised in Ben Hill County and graduated high school at the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn. He completed his undergraduate degree at Emory University in Atlanta and served in the U.S. Air Force as a hospital administrator in Cheyenne, Wy. He later earned his medical degree and completed residency training as an obstetrician and gynecologist ( OB/GYN) at Duke University in Durham, N.C.
After returning to the area, Dorminy and fellow OB/GYN physician Dr. Sammie Dixon were instrumental in forming the Tift General Hospital Foundation in 1975, now known as the Tift Regional Medical Center Foundation. Using seed funds from Dorminy's family and the Rankin family, the foundation continues to provide medical equipment donations, hospital building project assistance, patient experience enhancements, medical scholarships and more.

In 1976, Dorminy formally joined an OB/GYN practice in Tifton with Drs. Dixon and John Dent. For the next 40 years, Dorminy provided health services for women in Tifton and Fitzgerald. This included delivering babies, performing gynecologic surgery and tending to primary care needs. 

Dorminy served as the hospital foundation chairman 1994-2015. In 2000, the Elene Dorminy Women's Pavilion at Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) was named after his mother. Under Dorminy's direction, the TRMC Foundation provided many resources and enhancements for the hospital and the TRMC Anita Stewart Oncology Center. 

He also developed the foundation's "Heart Safe Community" program, which provides Automatic External Defibrillators to area schools and organizations as well 12-lead EKG units to area emergency medical services. The J.H. Dorminy Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance for those pursuing a degree in nursing or allied health.

Dorminy was also known for his love of horse breeding as well as farming for peanuts, cotton and corn. He is survived by his wife Katarina; his son John (Sonny) and wife Ann; his daughter Lindy and husband Dustin; and, son Charlie and wife Caroline. He has 12 grandchildren, one great grandchild and another great grandchild on the way.


Tonight ~ Friday, March 11

Great music (a live band) in the bar with Island drink specials!
The party goes on as long as you can hula and limbo ('til midnight, at least!)

Our Island food includes Polynesian Fruit Display ~ Mixed Greens ~ Island Slaw ~ Roasted Pig ~ Grilled Chicken Luau with Spinach and Coconut ~ Beef Teriyaki ~ Fried Rice ~ Stir Fry Vegetables ~ Tropical Bread Display ~ Coconut Cake ~ 
Key Lime Pie ~ Mandarin Orange Cake

 $35 per couple or $20 per person

Serving the Island dinner 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Dance on until.... 

Reservations  392-2913 or  382-6745

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The ABAC Alumni Association has announced recipients of its annual awards, recognizing alumni of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College who have had a significant impact on the college and on their communities.

Several of this year's recipients reside in the Tiftarea. Among them:

Kelley Manufacturing Co.'s President Bennie Branch of Tifton has been named this year's Outstanding Business Leader. Branch attended ABAC from 1984-1986 and has worked with KMC for more than 25 years. The Branch family has a legacy at ABAC with his wife Dina Hobby Branch graduating in 1990, his son Ben currently attending as a sophomore and
daughter Annabelle taking dual enrolled classes. Bennie and Dina are also alumni President Club members.

Judy Perry of Tifton has been named this year's recipient of the Helen Sasser Award, which recognizes an alumnus who successfully balances career, traditional family values and community service. Perry is not only an alumnus but has worked at ABAC for 31 years and plans to retire in June. She has served on the Alumni Association and is a lifetime member, as well as a President's Club member. Being an avid barrel racer, she
helps promote ABAC's rodeo each homecoming. 

Donald Gilman of Ashburn will receive the J. Lamar Branch for Outstanding Leadership in Agriculturebased on leadership in a non-farming area.  Gilman is an agricultural educator at Lee County High School. He attended ABAC from 1979-1981 He and his wife, Kim, a 1992 graduate of ABAC's nursing program, have a daughter, Heather Gilman Fletcher, who was crowned Miss ABAC 2006 and is now the events coordinator and marketing assistant for the college's Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village.

Alice "Kitty" Ray of Lenox will receive the 2016 Outstanding Health Care Professional Award. Now a part-time clinical instructor at ABAC, Ray graduated from ABAC's nursing program in 1982. She has began her nursing career as a part-time licensed practical nurse with Tift Regional Medical Center. From 1982-1993, she served as a registered nurse at TRMC and joined the ABAC faculty in 1993 as an instructor and assistant professor of nursing. 

The Nugent family from Alapaha will receive the Family Legacy Award, recognizing families with five or more members spanning two or more generations who have attended ABAC and made a significant contribution to the college.  The Nugent family has a total of 19 family members who have attended ABAC. Herman Nugent Sr., and his wife, Nell Rose, along with Herman's brother, Kenneth, and his wife, Ella Mae, have grown a dynasty of ABAC alumni that include nurses, farmers, politicians and local business owners.

Other Alumni Award recipients include:

Col. William "Bill" Clark of Ringgold, who is this year's recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Clark served in the Army for more than 29 years as a veterinarianHe attended ABAC as a pre-veterinary medicine major from 1954-1956. He served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1996-2000 and has served as chair of the Catoosa
County Board of Commissioners, has authored three books, started The Catoosa Tribune newspaper, served as a founding member of Gateway Bank and Trust, and is currently manages a family business involving commercial real estate development, stocks, bonds and timber.

Marcus Pollard from Madison will receive the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award Pollard received his associate degree in wildlife technology from ABAC in 2003. He teaches agricultural education at Newton College & Career Academy. In 2012-13, he was a visiting lecturer in Moscow, Russia, with Clemson University's study abroad program.  A member of the Georgia Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association, Quality Deer Management Association and Ducks Unlimited, he is also an executive board member for Piedmont Cattlemen's Association, serves as director of the Piedmont Area Livestock Show, is a member of the Newton County Young Farmers through the Georgia Farm Bureau and coaches the Newton County 4-H Shooting Sports Team.

Larry Montgomery from Carrollton will receive the Honorary Alumnus Award for  individuals who did not attend ABAC but who have exhibited dedicated service and loyalty to the college.  His involvement began in 2011 when he bought an ABAC sweatshirt during the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo. Knowing nothing about the college, he asked questions, which prompted him to create four scholarships for the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Stafford School of Business through the Montgomery Family Foundation. He  has also helped with special projects on campus and accepted an invitation to join the ABAC Foundation as a trustee; in 2015, Montgomery and the Montgomery Family Foundation contributed $120,000 to various projects across the campus.  

Jonathan M. Harris of Screven will receive the Master Farmer Award A 1971 ABAC graduate with a degree in agriscience, Harris and his family manage Greenview Farms on 3,500 acres focusing on registered seedstock Hereford and Braford cattle, timber, annual forages, hay, haylage, cotton, corn, soybeans, peanuts and pecans.  Harris has hosted ABAC student groups on his farm, provided consulting assistance to ABAC staffers, provided networking assistance for the placement of ABAC students in internships and jobs, and donated the use of bulls to the ABAC beef teaching unit. He has  received numerous awards, including the Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award, the Georgia Cattlemen's Association Purebred Cattleman of the Year, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Environmental Stewardship Region II award and the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Agriculture award.

The awards will presented April 1 during a dinner and ceremony during  homecoming Tickets for the 6 p.m. dinner and awards ceremony in Gressette Gym are $30 each. The deadline for tickets is March 21. Call 229-391-4895.


Online voting ends at 5 p.m. today, ( Friday, March 11),  for the People's Choice Award winner in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition, according to U.S. Rep. Austin Scott's office.

Scott, R-Ga., will host an awards ceremony and reception at 2 p.m. this Sunday, March 13for participants of the  Congressional Art Competition. The reception, open to the  public, will be held at the Colquitt County Arts Center in Moultrie , and all submissions will be displayed for viewing.
At the reception, the congressman will announce the three
 award-winning works of art selected by a panel of judges, as well as a People's Choice Award chosen by Eighth District constituents. All entries were posted on Scott's Facebook page, (Click Here) and the work of art with the most likes by 5 p.m. today wins the People's Choice Award.  
"I am pleased to see such artistic talent coming from the Eighth Congressional District and applaud our students for their hard work and dedication," Scott said.  
The first place entry from Georgia's Eighth Congressional District will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year alongside art work from every congressional district across the country. The winning student will receive two airline tickets to Washington, D.C., for the national ceremony and ribbon cutting of the exhibit. The student will also be eligible to receive a $3,000 per year scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design, should they apply and be accepted.

Each spring, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors an art competition for high school students. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

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Past Rotary District Governor Leon Benefield, right, presents a certificate Wednesday to Andrew Borem, left, President of Chickasha of Georgia, recognizing him as a Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow. Tifton Rotary Club President Mike Davis looks on in the background . The Tifton club made a donation to the Rotary Foundation in honor of Borem and his year as president to award him the designation. Benefield explains that the donation goes into the annual fund of the Rotary Foundation, and "every penny of that donation goes to do good in the world, in the words of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary International." 

The Tifton Rotary Club meets at noon Wednesdays at the Tiftarea Conference Center on U.S. Highway 82. Anyone with questions about Rotary may speak to a club member or call 229-848-2366

The Rotary Foundation was started in 1916 at the Rotary International convention in Atlanta. The 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation will be observed in Atlanta in 2017.

Director of
Children's Ministries

Tifton First United Methodist Church
 Tifton, Ga.
is seeking a full-time Director of Children's Ministries 

Responsibilities will be focused on kindergarten through 
6th grade and include oversight of the nursery program. 
The Director will work with other staff members 
under the direction of the Senior Pastor.  

The successful candidate should possess or be pursuing a bachelor's degree; have experience working with children's ministries and/or children's educational programs; experience working in and developing children's ministries; and possess a strong personal faith consistent with the United Methodist tradition.  

For complete job description,  Click Here.
Available immediately. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Position is open until filled. 

To apply, submit: 
1.) a cover letter to include why you are interested in this position; 
2.) a current resume; and
3.) contact information for three references. 

Applications and specific questions related to this position should be addressed to:  

Lisa Forshee, Lead Search Committee:  Director of Children's Ministries
Tifton First United Methodist Church  229-382-6100

Annie Belle Clark Primary School kindergarten students are seen working with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) materials awarded by the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence (TCFEE). 

The application for a foundation incentive grant was submitted by teachers Chelsea Watson and Belinda Griffin

The $1,206 grant was made under the foundation's Sara B. Gibbs Mathematics Chair. 

Lauren Pate and Jeanine Webster, who are Annie Belle Clark school liaisons of the TCFEE, shepherded the process.

Grant award winners
Chelsea Watson and  Belinda Griffin, shown with Annie Belle Clark Principal
Stephanie Morrow and TCFEE liaisons
Lauren Pate and
Jeanine Webster.

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The Family Promise of Tift Area is meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday,  March 14, in the Searcher's classroom at First United Methodist Church in Tifton.

The meeting is open to all residents. The Family Promise group is working to get out the word about the issue of local homeless families and is taking steps to help address the problem. A coalition of concerned individuals and local churches is developing strategies to help homeless families get back on their feet.


The Community Lenten Lunch Series is being held on Wednesdays at noon at the Leroy Rogers Community Center on Second Street. 

It is open to all denominations for a simple meal followed by a brief service sponsored by area churches. The cost is $3 per person; here  is the remaining schedule:


University of Georgia s tudents  from Griffin, Tifton, and Athens who are in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,  are using their spring break this week to take an agricultural tour across Georgia. On Wednesday, the group visited the UGA Tifton Campus and posed for a photo.

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In Memoriam

Margaret Ann Busch Sumner, 100, Tifton
Mary Nell Amerson, 88, Cordele

Rosie L. Felder, 82, Ashburn

Walter Zane Chung, 54, Tifton
Charles Franklin Exum, 76, Valdosta

Leroy Wilkerson, 74, Tifton
Charles Edwin Norris, 82, Fitzgerald

Franklin Elijah Clark Sr., 74, Omega
Van Patrick "Pat" Balliet, 98, Nashville

William L. Wishum, 79, Enigma
Dr. John Henry Dorminy III, 71, Fitzgerald
Carolyn Brannen Bischel, 89, Cordele
Hazel Juanita Stanford, 79, Nashville

Shirley Ann Balder Layfield, 66, Brookfield
Annie Mae Williams Wiggins, Norman Park
Lillie Cordelia Reed, 72, Fitzgerald

Rena M. Brown, Ashburn

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