Aug. 5, 2016
           Tifton, Georgia

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The City of Tifton's Westside Fire Station's grand opening was Thursday on Carpenter Road next to the  Tiftarea  YMCA's sports complex.

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony City Fire Chief Michael Coleman thanked city leaders for their foresight in realizing the need for the station years before that area experienced much development.

The station primarily serves the area west of Interstate 75 and is one of three fire stations in the city. It was built with SPLOST III funds at a cost of $474,885

Although the building was completed in 2012, paving and drainage work were not finished until recently as funds became available.

After the ribbon cutting, firefighters showed off the facility as a new video played showcasing the Tifton Fire Department.

Guests were then invited to a cookout at the station.


Tifton's business scene is undergoing many changes, among them: New owners at the Tifton Mall, at Hawk-Eye BBQ and at the Lamplighter Pub -- all iconic local establishments.
  • Tifton Mall: Florida-based In-Rel Properties has purchased the 220,165-square-foot retail center on Virginia Avenue for $11.3 million. The previous owner is RCG Ventures of Atlanta.
The mall currently has a 95 percent occupancy rate. TifMall

"We are pleased to complete this acquisition and look forward to serving the needs of this fine community. This property complements our holdings in nearby Bainbridge and strengthens our management presence in South Georgia," said Jim Hurlock, In-Rel's vice president of operations.
  • Hawk-Eye BBQ: The 41 and Main restaurant in Downtown Tifton has acquired Hawk-Eye BBQ restaurant on 12th Sreet.
"All of the staff and the menu will remain in place, but many upgrades will be added in the near future," says a 41 and Main representative. The new owner says it will retain the home cooking for which Hawk-Eye is known while making some improvements.

Kenny Hawkins, who has had some recent health issues, previously owned and operated Hawk-Eye BBQ for more than 15 years. Before the restaurant became Hawk-Eye, it was Billy's, which is still fondly remembered by many Tiftonites.
  • Lamplighter Pub: A part of Tifton's restaurant and music scene since 1975, "The Pub" is known for its sandwiches, its pizza -- especially its own creation "The Stallion" -- and as a place for local bands to perform.
Paul Wright , the new owner, has corporate chef experience and is a son of Winkie Wright of Tifton. He  plans  to reopen the Pub this fall following some renovations.

The  Pub on  U.S. Highway 41 North had been owned and operated by  Bill and  Denise Binner. 

On Facebook recently,  Bill Binner wrote: " Saying goodbye to my business is proving to be more difficult than I thought it would be. The relationships that I have created with my customers and others who have contributed to my success are forever in my heart. For me it has been more than bottom-line profit; if that was the case I probably would have gone high tech or franchised years ago! 

"To some extent, The  Pub  has played a big role in the formation of my personal identity, and I'm dealing with emotions as I begin the process of separating from my company."

In his 11th fall conference address to faculty and staff, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College President David Bridges assured the audience Thursday that "life is better at ABAC."

Bridges, the longest-serving president within the University System of Georgia, said ABAC has stayed true to its mission since its founding as Tifton's  Second District Agricultural and Mechanical
School in 1908.

"Making the lives of young people better was the mission in 1908, and we're still doing that today," Bridges said. "We offer only one product but it is a very valuable product; we offer the opportunity for a life-changing educational experience to every student who walks on our campus. The value of the ABAC experience is absolutely priceless," he said.

In his first address to the ABAC faculty and staff after he was selected the 10th president in ABAC history on July 1, 2006, Bridges said the college's future was not as a two-year institution, a role that ABAC had excelled at since 1933. He predicted that ABAC's best days were ahead as a bachelor's degree-granting institution. Ten years later, his words proved prophetic.

"In 2008, we had 41 students in baccalaureate degree programs," Bridges said Thursday. "When classes start next week, we will have about 1,500 students studying for bachelor's degrees. That is a stark contrast to most of the state colleges in the university system. Our vision is to be a destination college; and because of our affordability, I believe that will happen.

"Our enrollment has increased or it has been stable for the past four years. We are hiring faculty, not firing faculty. I will put the quality of the ABAC faculty up against any state or regional university in the system. Life for faculty is better at ABAC."

Bridges noted improved faculty teaching loads and a progressive pay scale implemented last year. He also said ABAC will begin a year-long process to transition the six existing schools of study into four schools: the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the Stafford School of Business. This will permit reallocation of funds currently spent on administration to be invested in faculty.

"Whether we like it or not, change is the way to prosper," Bridges said. "Prosperity for ABAC is defined by producing more graduates who have experienced the life-changing potential that goes along with the ABAC experience."

ABAC's fall semester begins Aug. 10.


The 30th annual Georgia Peanut Tour will be held Sept. 13-15 in Tifton and surrounding areas. 

The tour brings the latest information on peanuts while giving a first-hand view of industry infrastructure including production, handling, processing and utilization. Tour stops will be made in several peanut producing counties including Tift, Irwin, Coffee and Ben Hill.

VIDEO: Georgia Peanut Tour details
The University of Georgia, along with the Georgia Peanut Commission and the USDA coordinate the three-day tour, which allows participants to visit farms and processing sites in Southwest Georgia, home of the top peanut producers in the state. 

The tour, which includes farmers, industry personnel and visitors from out of state, educates participants about all aspects of peanut production.

This year's tour stops will include on-farm harvest demonstrations and clinics, peanut processing facilities and several special highlights: Research at the UGA Tifton Campus and visits to Premium Peanut LLC, and American Blanching Co.

For information, contact Hannah Jones at  or call 229-386-3475.

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Dress in style to show your spirit for the 
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In stock sizes 2T to size 12. Smaller sizes for babies  can also be customed ordered. 

We carry blank cheerleading uniforms that we can custom monogram for that special little cheerleader. 

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We hope to see you at the games!

We are located at 1019 Love Avenue, Tifton, GA. 
Phone 229-238-2851


The routine flushing of water pipes in the area near/around Whiddon Mill Road between Interstate 75 and Carpenter Road has been extended for two more weeks, scheduled to be completed by the end of the day Aug. 19, the City of Tifton announced Thursday.

This area should expect rusty water throughout the course of this time-frame. The city asks customers to Tifton logo keep in mind that the amount of rusty water should decrease as the flushing continues. 

The flushing of water pipes is a continued part of the city's preventative maintenance program. The flushing around  Whiddon Mill Road was initially expected to take about a week.

Water lines in other areas of the city will be flushed in the future.

Customers with questions may contact the city at 229-382-6231.

"Thank you in advance for your patience. We will continue to update you as this process continues," the city tells customers.

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Auditions for the Baldwin Players' fall production of "The Birds" by Aristophanes will be held Aug. 22-23 at 6:30 p.m. in Howard Auditorium at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Dr. Brian Ray, director of the ABAC theatre group, said this classic Greek comedy has been updated for a 21st century audience.

Auditions are open to ABAC students, faculty, staff, and to the community. No  advance preparation is needed, and those who audition do not need to be enrolled in a theatre class. Roles are available for 18-20 people. The play will have several specific characters and a chorus of 12-15 people with small speaking parts.

Those interested in helping with the production from the technical side may attend the auditions and talk with Ray about behind-the-scenes work.

Performances of "The Birds" will be Oct. 27-29 at 7 p.m. in Howard AuditoriumFor information, contact Ray at


The Office of College Advancement at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will host the 2016-2017 ABAC Performing Arts Season Preview at 6 p.m. Aug. 11 to spotlight the ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series, the First Tuesday concerts, An Evening for ABAC, the Baldwin Players' productions, and all other musical performances at the college.
The preview will be held in the conference center of the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village. The community is invited, but attendees should RSVP by phone at 229-391-4895.  The preview includes a look at many free events as well as events which require admission.
The preview will include registration, recognition of sponsors and a video highlighting all the performing arts events available to the community. Refreshments will be provided by Dave's Bread and Coffee House in the atrium following the video. Sponsors will also have tables set up with information regarding their services. 

Those attending the preview will have the option of purchasing ABAC Presents! tickets. Season tickets are $75 for adults or $25 for students under 18. To purchase individual event tickets, the cost is $20 for adults and $10 for students under 18. Patrons of the series may take the tickets with them or have them mailed closer to the event date.


Honor those who are fighting cancer and remember those whose battle was lost by donating to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network with your purchase of a Lights of Hope luminary bag. 

Your donation of $10 or more per bag will help the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network urge lawmakers to make the fight against cancer a national priority. 

Lee Turner of Tifton will take the local luminary bags to Washington, D.C.

A new study sponsored by the National Institute of Aging Interventions Testing Program and published this summer in   Aging Cell found what developers and users of LifeVantage have held to be true for a long time.

As part of the NIA ITP federally funded program that examines treatments with the "potential to extend
lifespan and delay disease and dysfunction," and thereby extend lifespan, researchers provided the  supplement Protandim , the "Nrf2 Synergizer ,"  to male mice in a rigorous and carefully controlled study. 

The result: Protandim was proven to "significantly increase the lifespan of male mice, with a 7 percent increase in median survival." The findings on female mice were less dramatically conclusive, showing an increase in lifespan of 3 percent.

Since the NIA ITP program's inception in 1999, Protandim is the only nutritional supplement tested that has been proven to increase the median survival in mice, thus delaying the aging process.

Protandim was chosen for testing based on positive indications on its ability to suppress tumor-promoting oxidative stress, cell proliferation and inflammation, and the ability to protect the heart from oxidative stress and fibrosis in studies published prior to 2010. Some of the other recognized nutritional substances tested included fish oil, curcumin, green tea and resveratrol. None of these individual ingredients were shown to increase the lifespan of mice.

"We are extremely excited about these results from the NIA ITP study and are enthusiastic about the continued advancement of the research and findings that demonstrate Protandim's veracity and effectiveness in additional studies to come," said LifeVantage President and Chief Executive Officer Darren Jensen.

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  • Back to School Bash, 9 a.m.-noon, Tiftarea YMCA sports complex, Westover Road, Tifton
  • Downtown Tifton Farmer's Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Old Train Depot Platform, Tifton
  • Book Bag/School Supply Giveaway, 10 a.m., Everette Temple CME Church, 719 S. Ridge, Ave., Tifton
  • Dream It Gymnastics Open House, 10 a.m.-noon, 2123 Yank Lamb Drive, Tifton

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Ellen Corine Benson Patton, 90, Sylvester

David Hayes, 63, Adel
Rebecca Parrish Tomlinson, 35, Adel

Timothy Isaiah Walker, 33, Hays, Kan.
Carolyn Ann "Mema" Thompson Cromer, 72, Chula
James A. Chauncey, 61, Fitzgerald

Geneva Marie Brown, 53, Tifton
Joseph Turner "Pete" Connell, 87, Tifton

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Herman Elton Rowell Jr., 68, Tifton
Lucy O'Neal Klepfer, 97, Sylvester
Raymond Clyde Seabolt Sr., 75, Sylvester
Leland Crosby, 84, Adel

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Willie Carl Williams, Sylvester

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