DEC. 2, 2016
Tifton, Georgia


Saturday is the big day in Downtown Tifton as the 18th Annual Hometown Holiday Christmas Celebration culminates with the Christmas parade followed by an evening of live entertainment, children's rides, ice skating, zip lining, food and craft vending and much more.

And once again, all events are free for the community, thanks to local sponsors.

Saturday's events begin at 8 a.m. at the Tift Recreation Department gym with the annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Tift County Rotary Club The 12th annual Kiwanis Run for the Kids 5K/1 mile run/walk begins at 2 p.m. near the corner of Forrest Avenue and 4th Street.

The Tifton Christmas Parade begins at 5 p.m. Local political matron Eunice Mixon and her dog Gizzy are the parade's grand marshal. The lighting of the city Christmas tree is immediately after the parade.

The Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage will once again exhibit the Hall of Christmas Trees, sponsored by the Tifton Council of Garden Clubs, as well as the Exchange Club gingerbread houses. The UGA "Candy Cane Express" will also offer trolley rides to the Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights at Fulwood Park.

A massive fire Wednesday night engulfed a four-story vacant apartment building under construction at 101 Oak Forest Ave. off Carpenter Road in Tifton.
The structure, owned by Todd Buckner, had only been framed and roofed and was intended to be 96 units, officials said. 

The fire was reported shortly before 7:30 p.m. and quickly spread to nearby trees and brush.

Tifton firefighters battled the blaze for hours to keep it under control, aided by the first real rainfall since early September.

Tifton Fire Chief Michael Coleman said Thursday that the cause of the fire was not yet determined, "but we suspect either lightning or a blown transformer in close proximity to the building. There were no utilities connected to the building yet."

Coleman said he hopes to get a report soon based on the investigation. He said a s tate fire marshal arson Investigator is assisting because of the dollar amount of the loss.

In addition to the Tifton Fire Department and the state fire marshal's office, other agencies responding included  Tift County EMS, the Tifton Police Department,  Georgia Forestry, Georgia Power and ESG, which handles several contract services for the city. 

Members of Tift County Fire and Rescue were at the scene on a standby basis, Coleman said.

The Dunn family at the agricultural appreciation banquet.

Larry and Eddie Dunn were honored as the Tift County Farmers of the Year Monday night at the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce's Agricultural Appreciation Banquet, sponsored by Lasseter Equipment

The Dunns have worked on their family farm for decades and with good conservation practices and productive results.

More than 170 farmers and local officials attended the banquet held at the Tift County Multi-Purpose Livestock Building.


Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, along with the Technical College System of Georgia, on Thursday announced the creation of College and Career Academies in Tift and Worth counties, making them the newest members of Georgia's College and Career Academy network.

The Technical College System has awarded the Tift County School System and the Worth County School System grants of $3.1 million each for creating the academies.

Tift County school and Technical College officials.
College and Career Academies partner school systems with technical colleges, other post-secondary institutions and local businesses to give high school students   hands-on workforce experience and training in high-demand jobs.

Cagle praised the  Tift County School System/ Southern Regional Technical College partnership that has proven effective for increasing student achievement and workforce development.
"Georgia's students deserve every opportunity for academic success, and, with the creation of Tift College and Career Academy, we are one step closer to ensuring every one of them as access to one of these world-class learning institutions," Cagle said. 

" Tift County Schools has embraced innovation in the classroom, and I look forward to working with them as we bring business and community leaders together to truly unleash their students' potential and build a workforce second to none," the lieutenant governor said.
In the past decade, no Georgia community has consistently had more high school
students dually enrolled with a technical college than Tift County. After several years of  planning, Tift College and  Career Academy is being created as a "school within a school" inside Tift County High .

There are now 40 College and Career Academies in Georgia.


The Georgia Peanut Commission will be hosting a Christmas Open House at the
GPC office, 445 Fulwood Blvd., Tifton, from 1-4 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 3, before the Tifton Christmas parade.


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Wednesday, Nov. 30

Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Tifton First United 
Methodist Church

Tifton First United Methodist Church (TFUMC) in Tifton, Georgia, is seeking a   full-time Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Responsibilities will be focused on 7th grade through college undergraduate. The Director will be expected to work with other staff members under direction of the Senior Pastor. 
The successful candidate should possess or be pursuing a bachelor's degree; have experience working with and developing youth and young adult ministries and educational programs; and possess a strong personal faith consistent with the United Methodist tradition.

We are looking for a vibrant, energetic person who can get TFUMC youth and young adults excited about the Lord and can recruit and motivate volunteers to lead and teach under his/her direction.
Available January 2017. Salary will be commensurate with education
and experience. 
Please Click Here for a complete job description and application details. 
Applications should be received by January 4, 2017. 


Tifton's Leroy Rogers Senior Center is hosting its Fifth Annual Christmas Luncheon
for seniors age 55 and up, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Dec. 14.

A    seafood lunch will be served; the Faithful Servants and pianist Jerry Moss will perform; and door prizes will be given. The Rev. Anthony Davis of Douglas , will be the guest emcee.

For information, call 229-391-9299.


A group of Tiftarea Academy 11th graders traveled to Macon on Monday to explore labyrinths in the area.

Labyrinths are often walked upon to reflect or pray as a form of meditation. The student group has studied labyrinths as a possible means for clearer thinking

Ann Smith, a trained labyrinth facilitator, guided the students' tour of the labyrinth at Mulberry Street Methodist Church and also at  the Rose Park labyrinth located nearby.

The students were so moved in their last walk through the labyrinth at Mulberry that they gathered to pray.

The 11th graders are members of Dr. Lee Saye's English 101 class hosted on Tiftarea Academy's campus by Brewton Parker College .

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The third annual Manna Drop organized by the students at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College raised nearly $20,000 with the help of Tifton's local businesses and residents.

This year, the ABAC students were able to provide food to 400 families on Nov. 19 at Charles Spencer Elementary School. Volunteers gave away 2,600 pounds of ham to those in need.

The Manna Drop's goal is to provide families in Tift and surrounding counties with a proper Thanksgiving mealAnyone interested in making a donation to next year's Manna Drop can make checks out to the ABAC Foundation and include Fall Manna Drop 2017 in the memo section.


The Tifton Circuit Court holiday blood drive is set from noon-4 p.m. Dec. 15 at the  Tifton Day Reporting Center, 115 South Davis Ave., Tifton.

Blood is needed throughout the year but especially around the holidays, officials say.

From left are Jaret Bryan, Kaycee Aultman, Jodie Snow, Lynn Lovett, Tyler White, and Cyndy Hall.

Lynn Lovett, area manager for Georgia Power Co. and chair of the ABAC Foundation Board of Trustees, recently presented three Georgia Power Foundation scholarships to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College students.

The students included Jaret Bryan, a rural studies major from Doerun; Kaycee Aultman, a rural studies major from Tifton; and Tyler White, a biology major from Douglas

Each student is part of the ABAC Honors program under the direction of assistant English professor Dr. Cyndy Hall. The Georgia Power Foundation has been supporting ABAC through monetary gifts for more than 20 years. 

Jodie Snow, chief operating officer of the ABAC Foundation, received the check. 


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. a Glance

  • Breakfast with Santa, 8-11 a.m., Tift County Recreation Gym, Victory Drive, Tifton
  • Christmas Open House, Georgia Peanut Commission, 1-4 p.m., Fulwood Boulevard, Tifton
  • Kiwanis Run for the Kids 5K/1 Mile, 2 p.m., Forrest Avenue & 4th Street, Tifton
  • Santa Story Time, 4 p.m., Tifton-Tift County Public Library, Tifton
  • Tifton Christmas Parade, 5 p.m., Downtown Tifton
  • Hometown Holiday Christmas Celebration, until 10 p.m., Downtown Tifton

  • Victorian Village by Candlelight, tickets sold in advance only, Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village, Tifton
  • A Night of Revival with Kari Jobe, 7 p.m., UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton

In Memoriam

NOV. 23
W. D. Evitt Sr., 77, Fitzgerald

NOV. 24
Donald Dale Snipes, 73, Hampton
A'Daesha Holley, 8, Sylvester

NOV. 25
Mamie Rainey Gray, 80, Tifton
Beverly Kay Robinson Sutton, 65, Cusseta
Audrey Wynell "Nell" Rowan, 86, Alapaha
Oscar Wilkerson, 91, Rebecca
Nancy "Mama Nancy," Chastain, 69, Cairo

NOV. 26
Brenda Massee, 56, Fitzgerald
Wilson Crosby Jr., 62, Nashville
Calvin Johnson Sr., 71, Sylvester

NOV. 27
Lawrence Edwin "Spider" Webb, 87, Tifton
Johnnie J. Luke Sr., 91, Wilcox County

NOV. 28
Richard Timothy "Tim" Vaughn Sr., 47, Alapaha
Barnwell Rhett Calhoun Jr., 76, Tifton
Fannie Mae Bryant, 84, Tifton
Melvin Walker Sr., 87, Ashburn

NOV. 29
Mary Elizabeth Roberts, 93, Fitzgerald
Hazel S. Powell, 93, Ocilla
Ruby H. Callahan, Sylvester
Derek Bridges, 36, Sylvester
Mildred Lockwood Moore, 102, Nashville
Bernice Kathleen Pearson, 87, Nashville
Myrtice Louise McGee, 93, Flowery Branch

NOV. 30
Kathryn McCrary Porter, 77, Tifton
Helen Raney Land, 85, Sumner
Barbara Purvis Benson, 77, Alapaha
Mary Strickland, 77, Quitman

DEC. 1
Clara Hundley Rumph, 84, Sparks


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