NOV. 10, 2017
Tifton, Georgia



Saturday, Nov. 11, is  Veterans Day , honoring all  military veterans who have served in the U.S.  armed forces .

Once again,  Tifton will honor veterans with a  ceremony beginning at  11 a.m. Saturday in  Veterans Memorial Park downtown.

Following the Veterans Park observance, the Tifton Terminal Railroad Museum
Tiftarea Academy kindergarten class learns about veterans
downtown  will offer between  noon and 2 p.m.   preview of  a local  veterans exhibit  that it is preparing.

Also  Saturday , the
Ga. Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village in  Tifton offers  free admission , with appropriate   identification , to  veteran  and  military active duty personnel .

At Tiftarea Academy this week,  Jill Taylor's kindergarten class has been discussing the importance of being thankful for our veterans. Taylor and Brooke Hoover, para-professional, sent the students home with a special note and Army toy to serve as a reminder to pray for the safety of the current members of the armed forces.


Tift County voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the extension of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST

Also Tuesday, City of Tifton voters re-elected Vice Mayor Wes Ehlers to another four-year City Council term.

The SPLOST VI referendum was renewed for another six years by a vote of 820 to 131 in unofficial tallies. The penny sales tax is expected to generate $60.7 million and will be used for roads and infrastructure projects in Tift County and within its municipalities.

In City Council District 1, incumbent  Ehlers defeated political newcomer Paul Boyd  by a vote of 119 to 56.

In District 3 , City Councilman  Johnny Terrell was unopposed for re-election.

Church Pianist

Tifton First United 
Methodist Church

107 W 12th St., Tifton, GA

Tifton First United Methodist Church has an opening for a church pianist. This is a part-
 time position.

The pianist is responsible for preparing for and practicing with the chancel choir, orchestra and ensemble every Wednesday evening for about two hours and for playing at Sunday traditional services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., as well at special services at Christmas, Easter, etc.  

Interested persons should contact Debbie Minton, church executive secretary, at 

Phil and Susan Perlis of The Big Store receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tifton Merchants Association. Presenting the award is TMA board member Victor Pires at right.


During its annual appreciation breakfast Wednesday, the Tifton Merchants
Chris Efaw of Tift Regional Health System, left, with TMA's Dan Sutton.
Association (TMA) recognized several individuals and businesses with special awards.

Phil and Susan Perlis of The Big Store accepted the
Hal Baxley, left. with TMA's Phil Moody.
Lifetime Achieve- ment Award for their business, which has 
been an anchor on Main Street in Downtown Tifton since 1955. The family store, which goes back four generations, was first opened in Cordele more than 100 years ago.

Rick Phillips
Tift Regional Health System was recognized as Best
Lyn Smith
Community Corporate Sponsor, and Pediatric Dental Center of Georgia was named Best New Downtown Neighbor.

Local businessman Hal Baxley of Baxley Properties & Investments was named Developer of the Year. Both Lyn Smith of Red-Letter Gems and Rick Phillips of Tifton Auction Group were named Volunteers of the Year.

The TMA's current officers were all re-elected to another term, with Dan Sutton of The Tifton Gazette serving as president once again.

Jeanine Webster and Dr. Luke Webster with Pediatric Dental Center of Georgia. At right is the TMA's Jared Ross.

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Valdosta State University recently  recognized Pat McKinnon of Tifton as a 2017 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year for the College of Arts and Sciences, African American Studies Program.

McKinnon is executive director of the United Way of South Central Georgia, based in Tifton.

A longtime advocate for lupus research, she has also worked in the Tifton Judicial Circuit with the Office of Victim Assistance and was a regional sales youth market director for the American Heart Association.


The Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence (TCFEE) announces the endowment of the 17th  Academic  Chair, the William and Hattie Hanna Agriculture Chair.
Wayne Hanna, center, and wife Barbara with Mike Brumby, left, TCFEE executive director.

Wayne and Barbara Hanna of Tifton have endowed the newest Academic Chair in honor of Wayne's parents.

Wayne Hanna a world-renowned genetic research scientist with the UGA Cooperative Extension Service in Tifton, said he wants to  provide opportunities for exceptional FFA high school students to learn and compete at the state and national  levels in their pursuit of excellence in the field of agriculture.

The $25,000 endowment will generate annual  awards. FFA staff and exceptional students may apply each spring for grants toward achieving their aspirations.

Hanna grew up during the Depression on a farm in Flatonia, Texas. He credits the sacrifices, hard work and  encouragement from his parents for much of his success. He also points to a high school FFA teacher who  strongly influenced him to apply to Texas A&M University and then provided financial assistance to get him  started.

Hanna earned his M.S in plant breeding in 1967 and his Ph.D in genetics in 1970. He  has become renowned in the development of new turf grasses. Along the way, he has become a  patron to his school and to his profession.


The 2017  Geography Decathlon is set for
Tuesday, Nov. 14 , at the Tifton-Tift
 County Public Library's multipurpose room. 

The written round begins at 5:30 p.m., and the quiz-bowl round will begin at 6:20 p.m.

High school students will compete for prizes and scholarship money. First place winner receives a $500 scholarship; second place, $250; and third place, $100.

The public is encouraged to attend to support the students. The competition is sponsored by the Tifton Optimist Club and the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence.

Country singers and Tifton natives Austin Brown, left, and Kip Moore hang out at the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday in  Nashville.


The Friendly City was well represented Wednesday night at the 51st Annual Country Music Association's Awards in Nashville, Tenn.

Tifton natives Austin Brown, left, and Kip Moore ran into each other. Brown is a singer with the a cappella group Home Free, and Moore has had a No. 1 hit and severals hits in the Top 5 on the country charts.

Brown posted the above photo on Twitter, writing: "When youre at the #CMAAwards for the first time and see @KipMooreMusic you selfie #hometown #TiftonGA."


Members of the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce's Youth Leadership Program TAL:K (Tomorrow's Aspiring Leaders: Kids) gathered at Colquitt EMC for their kickoff luncheon this week.

The TAL:K is comprised of 50 eighth graders from Eighth Street Middle School and Tiftarea Academy who will participate in a variety of leadership projects throughout the school year.  The program is sponsored by Colquitt EMC, First Community Bank, Georgia Power, Heatcraft, South Georgia Bank and Tift Regional Health System.

8-11 a.m.

Tift County Recreation Department Gym
401 N. Victory Drive

For Tickets Contact:

Sponsored by
The Rotary Club of Tifton
The Tift County Recreation Department

Matthew Clements receives an ABAC Foundation scholarship from Rhonda Shannon, senior marketing specialist for Farm Credit Associations of Georgia.


Matthew Clements, an agriculture major from Irwinville, recently received a Foundation Scholarship to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College  provided by the Farm Credit Associations of Georgia through the  "An Evening for ABAC" scholarship event.

" Thank you for providing me with this scholarship," said Clements. "Receiving this scholarship has been a blessing for me and my family. I appreciate your generosity.

The Farm Credit Associations of Georgia are part of the nationwide Farm Credit System and include AgGeorgia, AgSouth and Southwest Georgia Farm Credit. These three borrower-owned lending institutions partner to jointly support events and sponsorships in the promotion of agriculture and rural communities and those involved in the ag industry.

For more information on ABAC scholarship opportunities for businesses through sponsorships at "An Evening for ABAC," contact Deidre Martin, d irector of advancement/development,  at  or at 229-391-4907.


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. a Glance

  • Tift County High Blue Devils football playoff vs. Newnan High Cougars, 7:30 p.m., Brodie Field, Tifton
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
  • Veterans Day Observance, 11 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park, Tifton
  • Veterans Exhibit,  Noon-2 p.m., Tifton Railway Museum, Downtown Tifton
  • Family Promise of Tift Area Presents "An Evening of Praise," 7 p.m, First Church of the Nazarene, Tift Avenue, Tifton

In Memoriam

NOV. 2
Betty Ruth Hayes, 75, Tifton
Joseph "J.T." Anthony "Andy" Jackson, 27, Valdosta
Clarence L. Carter, Sylvester

NOV. 3
Herman Eugene Foster, 89, Fitzgerald
Mary Frances Office, 59, Ashburn
Eddie B. Jordan, 69, Sylvester

NOV. 4
James Madison Evans, 88, Tifton
Stella Louise Lamb Phelps, 76, Fitzgerald

NOV. 5
Betty Jo Chumley Jackson, 79, Tifton
Sara Lee Dalton, 84, Sylvester
Juanita "Nita" Young Johnson, 91, Fitzgerald
Dorothy Quarles Orr, 84, Quitman

NOV. 6
Frank Lowery, 69, Adel

NOV. 7
Edgar "Ed" C. White, 83, Tifton
Charles L. Brooks, 81, Tifton 

NOV. 8
Roberto Elias Olvera, 44, Omega
Bertie Lee Cleghorn Kendrick, 94, Sycamore
Aubrey Gene Hasty Sr., 79, Ashburn

NOV. 9
Linda Susan McCrary, 64, Tifton


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