NOV. 15, 2016
Tifton, Georgia

The awards keep coming for Tifton native Caitlin Carmichael, 12, for her lead role in the short film "Monsters."
Caitlin Carmichael at the HorrorHaus Film Festival.

During the past few weeks, Caitlin received  the Best Young Actor award at the HorrorHaus Film  Festival in Los Angeles, and also received the Best   Female Actor award at the Bloody Horror International Film Festival in Ontario, Canada.

Both awards are for "Monsters," a "Twilight Zone-like" short film released late last year, also starring Ione Skye and Christopher Wiehl.

In March, Caitlin  
received  2016 Young Entertainer Award in Hollywood for her "Monsters" performance.

Caitlin, who is based in  Los Angeles, has a busy acting career in movies, television and commercials. She is the daughter of Cathy and Tom Carmichael of Tifton.

Dr. David Bridges, president of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, made the keynote speech in Tifton's Veterans Park on Friday during the city's Veterans Day ceremony.

Bridges talked of veterans' sacrifices and noted, "Too many Americans today want something for nothing -- free. ... There is no free lunch," he said. " Freedom is not free."
Bridges addresses audience on Veterans Day. Mayor Julie Smith sits at right.



Tift County schools' 13th Annual Farm Day on Friday brought students to a living, outdoor classroom. Third graders learned about aspects of farming on site -- planting, harvesting and nutrition. The event was part of the school system's Farm to School Program.


The Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence and the Tifton Optimist Club are co-sponsoring the annual Geography Decathlon for grades nine-12.

The event is today (Nov. 15) at the Tifton-Tift County Public Library multi-purpose room. Qualifying round begins at 5 p.m., with the Quiz Bowl round starting at 6 p.m.

Scholarships are awarded to winners: 1st place - $500, 2nd - $250, 3rd - $100.

The public is invited to observe the event.

Thursday, November 24

BJ's at Springhill is OPEN to the PUBLIC!

 A fabulous Thanksgiving Day menu will include:
 Roasted turkey, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, baked ham, sweet potato soufflĂ©, baby butter beans, cream corn, macaroni and cheese, roast beef, rice pilaf, green beans, asparagus, Celebration salad, broccoli salad, pasta salad, 24-hour fruit salad, pimento cheese, crackers and croissants, marinated vegetable salad, rolls, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, caramel cake, coconut cake, mile-high chocolate pie, 12-layer chocolate cake, and much more. Tea and coffee are included.
$12 per person. Children 5 and under are free.

Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Reservations are suggested, and walk-ins are  welcome. 

Text BJ at 229-392-2913 for reservations 
 and for takeout orders.

Happy Thanksgiving from our team 
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SELF (Seniors Enjoying Life Forever) dance  for  Tifton's seniors is being held this  Friday, Nov. 18 , beginning at  7 p.m. at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center on Second Street in  Tifton.

All local seniors are welcome to attend.

Dec. 3, Downtown Tifton
Parade ~ 5 p.m.

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Georgia farmers are experiencing one of the worst droughts in recent memory, and University of Georgia climatologist Pam Knox cautions that there could be a potential repeat next year.

"I'm thinking about April 1 of next year. If we haven't been able to recover that soil moisture that we've lost, we could really see another bad drought in 2017," Knox said.
A pond at the Lang-Rigdon Farm on the UGA Tifton Campus is low from Georgia's drought.

Knox fears a La Nina weather pattern could affect South Georgia this winter. La Nina is associated with lower temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, but would bring higher temperatures and drier weather conditions to the Southeast. 

Farmers depend on rainfall from December through February to replenish the soil and refill irrigation ponds.

"Farmers have been irrigating anywhere they can. Some of the streams in the northwestern part of the state are just puddles; there are not even flowing streams anymore. They're not able to irrigate because you're not allowed to draw water when the streamflow is that low," Knox said. "Now, I think we'll see some recovery from that over the winter. The question is, how much will we get?"

This year is unique in that the drought is affecting farmers statewide, not just in specific areas. 

Much of South Georgia, which is driven by production of row crops like cotton and peanuts, hasn't experienced rainfall since Hurricane Hermine moved through the area over Labor Day.

"A lot of these areas, especially west of I-75, hadn't had a single drop in two months. We're definitely not doing well there at all," said UGA Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort.

Half of Georgia's peanut crop is grown in dryland, or nonirrigated, fields. Monfort said this year's dryland crop could be classified as below average because of the lack of rainfall. Next year's growing conditions could be even worse.

"If we can't get an adequate amount of rain this winter, that means we're going to plant next year's dryland crop in subpar conditions with limited moisture. The weather scenario is going to make things tough next year if it doesn't change," Monfort said.


Peace Lutheran Church hosts its annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m.-noon at the church's Fellowship Hall, 604 Tennessee Drive, Tifton.

Church members have been very busy baking 
different kinds of  cookies, cakes, breads  and German pastries , and making holiday candies and peanut brittle .

Shoppers are given a plastic glove and a take-out tray, and then choose their cookies from at least 20 different kinds. 

Handmade Christmas crafts and a new Gift Fair will also be available, as will numerous play items for sale in the parking lot.

Part of the profits, plus funds from Thrivent Financial, will be used to purchase phone cards for Armed Forces service members and to make a donation to the Native Indian Educational Fund.


Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer for 2016. 

The state winner will be announced at the Georgia Peanut Farm Show on Thursday,  Jan. 19 in Tifton . The award is sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission and  BASF .

The award is based on the applicant's overall farm operation; environmental and stewardship practices; and leadership, civic, church and community service activities.

Applications are due at the Georgia Peanut Commission office in Tifton by Dec. 15.

The award is open to any active Georgia peanut farmer who is age 45 or younger on Jan. 19. An individual may receive the award only once.

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Hans Schmeisser, assistant professor of political science at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, recently  spoke to the Tifton Kiwanis Club about the presidential election. 

Schmeisser, at right, poses with  Kiwanis President Melissa Beard. The Kiwanis Club meets  at noon Thursdays at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center; prospective
members are invited.


The Concert Band at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College presents its fall concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in Howard Auditorium on the ABAC campus. Band Director Johnny Folsom said the concert is open to the public at no charge.

The concert begins with American composer Aaron Copeland's "Fanfare for the Common Man." The band will follow this classic with a new composition by Jay Dawson saluting the real "salt of the earth" common man with his "Fanfare, Mules & Roosters."

American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart is saluted in noted band composer Robert W. Smith's "Earhart: Sounds of Courage," followed by a stirring arrangement of the hymn "Abide with Me" that incorporates "To the Post," the British equivalent of "Taps." 

The band's performance will continue with Henry Fillmore's rousing circus march, "Rolling Thunder," and composer Richard Brown's "Chinese Folk Rhapsody." Stephen Melillo's dramatic piece, "America the Brave," will close the performance featuring hauntingly reflective renditions of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," "America the Beautiful" and numerous snippets of other American folk music.

Seating is limited so attendees are encouraged to arrive early. For information, contact Folsom, 229-391-4944.       


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