Dec. 31, 2014
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The beginning of January is a time to take stock of the past 12 months and to look ahead to the clean slate of a brave new year. 


As you have probably heard said, one definition of insanity is doing the exact same thing again and again, and
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expecting different results. In other words, to make 2015 a better year, we need to make changes in the things that we do; otherwise, if we continue with the same modus operandi, we can expect similar results a year from now.


It is up to us to spark change, to make something happen, to create the future. Each one of us has the power to help improve the world; it is up to you and me, and it starts with our attitude. I was privileged to hear the late Keith Harrell speak a few years ago. He was known as "Dr. Attitude" and was the best speaker I have ever heard in a live setting. During his talk, he said, "People with a positive attitude are influenced by what goes on within them; people with a negative attitude are influenced by what goes on around them."


I am reminded by a line in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet," -- "There is nothing either good or badbut thinking makes it so." Our attitude directly affects how we see our world. Our own thoughts have a profound impact on our lives, for what we think about, we do; and what we do, we become. 

Change your thoughts, and you change your world, said Norman Vincent Peale. Can it really be that easy?  Let's give it a shot. In 2015, let's be mindful of what consumes our thoughts. Let's see every obstacle as an opportunity. Let's get busy.


As that great philosopher George Carlin once said, "Always do what's next." So, let's get started; and let's make it a great year.





This Saturday, Jan. 3, local residents may recycle their Christmas trees from 9 a.m. to noon by "Bringing One for the Chipper" at Fulwood Park in Tifton.

Live Christmas trees may be dropped off to be chipped into mulch or used as a wildlife habitat. The event is going on at more than 300 sites around the state and educates the public on recycling and environmental conservation. It also allows communities to put discarded Christmas trees to good use. The program has been a holiday tradition in Georgia for more than 20 years and is the largest tree recycling program in the nation. 

The local sponsor is Keep Tift Beautiful and other sponsors include the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation and the Georgia Forestry Commission.

For informaiton, contact Houston Shultz at 229-445-0068.



Long live the King!


Elvis Presley would be turning 80 years old in January, and the Town of Sumner is holding an Elvis 80th birthday party celebration at the Sumner School auditorium, 706 Walnut St., at 7 p.m. Jan. 10.

Music, cake and balloons will be available. A special appearance by Elvis tribute artist Jeff Vandenberg will be the highlight of the evening. 

Call Sumner City Hall for ticket information -- 229-776-7384.

In Memoriam


Dec. 24

Peggy Padgett Seigler, 78, Tifton


Dec. 25

Earl F. McDonald, 77, Sylvester 

Baby Girl Isabella Grace Ngin, Omega 

Dorothy Tyson, 84, Nashville 

Mary Helen Mullinnix, 69, Ocilla

Sandra Deborah Cole Middleton, Ashburn 


Dec. 26

The Rev. William J. "Bill" Barksdale, 82, Tifton

David Roy Glave, 47, Poulan 

Wayne Richard Pope, 70, Sumner 

Ray Burkett, 94, Ocilla 

Susan E. Abell, 60, Henderson, Nev.


Dec. 27

Charles Leonard Simpson, 71, Tifton 

Angeline Langley Varnadoe, 76, Doerun 

James C. Mixon, 50, Ocilla 


Dec. 28

Hilda "Gwynett" Hammock Dunn, 88, Omega 

Elizabeth "Betty" Rogers Johnson, 84, Douglas 

 Jerry B. Roberts, 67, Enigma 


Dec. 29

Dianne Stone Godwin, 53, Tifton

Linda Lou Britton Linley, 66, Tifton 

William Carlton Yancey Evans Jr., 63, Tifton 

Ernest Pate, 88, Poulan 

Marjorie Hildra Vines NeSmith, 90, Jesup 


Dec. 30

Daniel Edward Groselle Sr., 77, Lenox 

Patricia Brown Kirksey, 71, Doerun



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