Jan. 8, 2016
                 Tifton, Georgia

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ABAC alumnus Colby Wright, fourth from left, and wife Hope, third from left, with 'The Biggest Loser'  contestants .

Colby Wright, who attended Tifton's  Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on a rodeo  scholarship, is among the contestants on this season's "The Biggest Loser" show on NBC-TV. The show's new season began this past Monday, Jan. 4.

Wright, who is a car salesman in Wayne County, Georgia, is competing on the TV show with his wife,  Hope Williamson-Wright. They
live in the small community of K'ville and are among five Georgians in the 16-member cast. The other Georgians are from Perry, Warner Robins and Statesboro.

Colby was born and raised in Screven, has been team roping since he was 14, and has been a cowboy and a farrier (someone who shoes horses) for the past 10 years. He is no longer able to rope and ride because of his size, so instead he works as an announcer at rodeos and as a disc jockey. Colby, 31, weighs 339 pounds.

The turning point for him was when he was no longer able to buy a pair of jeans at a regular store. Once he loses the weight, he looks forward to shopping at regular clothing stores and being able to rodeo again. 

His wife Hope, 35, weighs 232 pounds and is suffering from type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol; she said she is ready to get healthy.

"We're excited about this opportunity to be on 'The Biggest Loser,' " Colby told  The Press-Sentinel in Jesup. "As the show goes on, we'll have links to our Facebook page and Twitter. It is a God-given opportunity for us, and giving back is huge to us."

"The Biggest Loser" is known for dramatic weight-loss makeovers. The show airs Monday nights on NBC, and  this year's theme is "Temptation." Contestants are competing for a $250,000 grand prize. Among competitors this season is Richard Hatch, who was the very first winner of the "Survivor" TV competition.


Georgia's flagship university has a $4.4 billion annual economic impact on the state, according to a new study that analyzed how the three-part teaching, research and service mission of the University of Georgia contributes to the economy.

According to the UGA News Service, quantified variables such as the increase in earnings that graduates of the university's schools and colleges receive, revenues from the licensing of university inventions and the creation of business and jobs UGA logo resulting from UGA's public service and outreach units.

"Nowhere is the bond between the state of Georgia and the University of Georgia more evident than in our far-reaching economic impact," said President Jere W. Morehead. "The contributions of UGA faculty, staff, students and alumni are helping to ensure a strong economic future for our state."

Each year, more than 9,000 UGA students earn undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in fields ranging from business to engineering, the sciences, arts and humanities. To measure the economic impact of these degrees, researchers took data on earnings by major and multiplied the estimated value of each degree and major offered by UGA by the number of graduates in the 2013-2014 academic year. To ensure they were capturing the economic impact in Georgia alone, they multiplied the economic impact of the degrees awarded by the percentage of each college's alumni who remain in the state after graduation. Overall, 62 percent of UGA graduates remain in the state after earning their degrees.

To put the value of UGA's academic programs into perspective, the researchers took the economic impact created by the degrees that UGA awarded in the 2013-14 academic year and divided it by state funding. They found that UGA generates nearly $39 for each dollar of state instructional funding.

"The University of Georgia has more than 181,000 alumni in each of Georgia's 159 counties," noted Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten. "They include business leaders, teachers, physicians, scientists and elected officials, and all of them play a critical role in the economic vitality of our state."

Discoveries by UGA scientists have resulted in more than 575 products that have reached the marketplace, including drugs, vaccines and software, as well as crop, ornamental plant and turf grass varieties developed on UGA's Tifton campus.


A farm in Tifton made the list of "15 Things Everyone Must Do in Georgia in 2016" on the  web site

Among the "15 things," No. 6 on the web site is "Take a trip to Rutland Farms next Summer."
The sites notes that " agriculture is a huge part of the Georgia economy, and we have dozens of farms and farmers markets around the state. Take your children to Rutland Farms and let them learn about how fresh produce is grown. Their U-Pick is available during the summertime and is a fun activity for the family."

Among other suggestions are touring historic Thomasville and taking a scenic bike ride in the state. To see the entire list
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A Safety Fair is being held  1-4 p.m. Saturday at Eighth Street Middle School. The fair will be at the school's track and field, and will be moved to the gymnasium in the event of bad weather. 

Sponsored by local Boy Scouts, the City of Tifton and the school's Future Business Leaders of America, the safety fair will have CPR demonstrations and information from police, firefighters, the  Red Cross, the  Department of Natural Resources and other organizations.


The  Tift County 4-H poultry judging team, recently crowned national champions, visited the Rotary Club of Tifton on Wednesday, Jan. 6Tift County 4-H agent  Ashley Davis spoke on 4-H activities and told how the team won the state and national poultry judging competitions. Pictured from left are Caroline Dunn, Karen Ovano, AmeriCorps community service specialist  Leah Woodall , Ashley Davis, Nicole Taylor and Justin Harper.

You are invited to Tifton's
FIRST FUN Coloring Party for Grown Ups!

Sponsored by the Tifton-Tift County Public Library and the 
GFWC Tifton Twentieth Century Library Club, 
the Keep Calm and Color event will be held 
at 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12
 in the multi-purpose room at the Tift County Public Library.

Coloring sheets and colored pencils, pens and markers will be provided along with soup, snacks, hot chocolate and mulled cider. Brenda Rose  will read from her book, "Dogwood Blues" , and award-winning club members will read their poetry and short stories. 

Learn more about the 20th Century  Library  Club and  library  services. 
Come see what this new trend is all about and spend a creative, relaxing time together  with friends.

Call 229-848-2366 for information.


Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence board members Aleta Larger, left, who is the foundation's liaison to Tift County High School, and Kaylar Howard present a check to  TCHS Drama Director Jake Alley The Blue Devil Players will be presenting "The Beauty and the Beast"  this spring . A second check was presented to TCHS Choral Director Scott Rains. The Show Choir will be competing  March  5 in the Southland Classic in Enterprise, Ala. Both checks,  totaling  $1,500, were awarded as Howard Center Competition Grants.

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Twelve students were recognized during the Respiratory Care pinning ceremony  Dec. 10 at Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC).

The students completed two semesters of prerequisite coursework as well as four semesters of occupational course work including a series of clinical rotations at local hospitals.

This ceremony marked the first class of respiratory care graduates from SRTC.

"The program faculty and administration is incredibly proud of this class. As a result of the merger with Moultrie Technical College to form the new Southern Regional Technical College, these students represent the first graduating class of Southern Regional Technical College's Respiratory Care program. 

"Not only is this a momentous occasion for these graduates but for the institution as a whole. The larger, merged college will facilitate exciting opportunities for future expansion of the respiratory care program, and will provide more students the chance meet the growing demand for respiratory therapists that exists at the local and national level," said SRTC Respiratory Care Program Director Tammy Miller.

Students recognized were Doris Engram of Thomasville, Dawn Wagner of Thomasville, Cassandra Dyer of Albany, LaShonda Thomas of Thomasville, Rachel Coleman of Valdosta, Alison Williams of Thomasville, Kailee Reeves of Thomasville, Jordan Sellers of Valdosta, Felisha Miller of Ray City, Yasmin Seay of Quitman, Josh Kitchens of Pelham and Tony McCorkle of Cairo.


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In Memoriam

DEC. 31
Pamela Golden Taylor, 62, Sumiton, Ala.
Earline Robbins Holley, 86, Fitzgerald
Troy A. "Bo" Yancey, 73, Fitzgerald
Lois Sikes McCord, 96, Fitzgerald
Barbara Rogers, 66, Ray City
Arthur James Perry, 75, Moultrie
Patrick Pilkinton, 47, St. Johns, Fla.

JAN. 1
Mary Hardy Cofer, 97, Tifton
Joseph W. "Bo" "Papa" Cook Sr., 82, Sylvester
Sandra Kaye Atwood Maglaris, 49, Lenox

JAN. 2
 Bruce Alan Pilcher, 56, Thomasville
Lewis Allen Powers, 78, Fitzgerald
Royce Hanner, 86, Ashburn
Terry Van Williams, 53, Enigma
Aynn Hill Jenkins, 85, Sumner
Vernita Wisham Smith, 80, Shingler

JAN. 3
Janet Maxine Pomahatch Perry Pope, 72, Tifton
Margaret Elizabeth Moore Watson, 85, Ty Ty
Gumersindo Aguelo Ouano, 81, Tifton

JAN. 4
Lucille Huggins Marchione, Warwick
Roberta Alivia "Livvy" McCurdy, 66 Homerville

JAN. 5
Margie McDonald McCrary, 89, Sylvester
Howard Ellis Ray, 90, Nashville

JAN. 6
Rose Sutton, 63, Nashville
Edgar Gutierrez, 11, Adel
Maureen Theresa Powell, 74, Macon

JAN. 7
Linda R. Coker, 71, Omega

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