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Aug. 21, 2015
                            Tifton, Georgia

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It is finally here.

The high school football season officially gets under way tonight at Tift County's Brodie Field as the
  Tift County High Blue Devils face the Henry County High Warhawks from McDonough at 7:30 p.m.  

The Blue Devils last year went to their first state playoff game since 2008. This  season, a new Blue Devils team will take the field. New Tift County head football coach Ashley Anders is at the helm, and he told the Tifton-Tift County
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Chamber of Commerce on Thursday that there only 16 seniors on the team 
of more than 90 players.

Anders, who last year was a Tift County assistant coach, also said the Blue Devils are still giving two quarterbacks a chance to compete to see who emerges as the top starter. Griffin Collier and Brant Watson both have had only two quarters each at the quarterback position, Anders said.

With tonight's game, the Blue Devils will bring back the "T" on their helmets after a couple of years of sporting a stylized pitchfork. Also tonight, a new digital scoreboard debuts at the Brodie.

Tiftarea Academy had been originally scheduled to open tonight against Crisp Academy in Cordele, however the Panthers instead will open against Georgia Christian next Friday in Chula.

19th Annual La Fiesta del Pueblo Hispanic Festival Set in Sept.

La Fiesta del Pueblo Inc. is proud to present the largest Hispanic festival in South Georgia: La Fiesta del Pueblo 2015. Since its beginnings in 1996 in the rural town of Omega, La Fiesta has been bringing the taste, the sound, the history, the culture and traditions of Latin American countries to Tifton and surrounding areas. null

Celebrate a day of fun, authentic food, Mariachi music and folkloric dances at Tifton's Fulwood Park on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Admission to the festival and to most of the children's activities is free.

Fulwood Park will provide the site for a day packed with non-stop entertainment: Mariachi Espuelas de Am érica, Nuestro Folklore Dancers, Grupo de Danzas Cimarr ón, Folkorico de Victor Cuevas, Banda Gran Comisi ón and other local performers. A street dance featuring a live band will take place 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Typical foods prepared by local vendors will be for sale as well as a variety of arts, crafts and commercial items. The children's area will include face painting, children's crafts, bouncy houses, giant slides, kiddie train rides, bungee jumping and rock climbing. Booths with information about health, education, social services and community organizations will also be located in the festival area.

In 2014, La Fiesta attracted about 10,000 people from 10 counties in Georgia and from four surrounding states. In 2004, the festival was recognized by the Georgia Council for the Arts, Office of the Governor, Grassroots Arts program as an outstanding recipient of grassroots funding. Then- Gov. Perdue said, " La Fiesta showed how arts can change lives and be used as a tool to strengthen Georgia communities."

This year's festival sponsors include:

Gold Sponsors: Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association,  Tift Regional Medical Center,  Coca-Cola

Silver Sponsors: George McCranie Law Firm,  The Stafford Companies / Peachcreek

Bronze Sponsors: South Georgia Banking,  First Community Bank

Supporters : El Cazador Restaurant,  Colquitt EMC

In-Kind Sponsors: City of Tifton,  Target Distribution Center,  Tift County Recreation Department,  Tifton Police Department

For additional information, contact Luz R. Marti at 229-848-0284 or 229-382-8878. Check the webpage at


Local residents may purchase a luminary bag to be displayed during the annual "Lights of Hope" ceremony Sept. 27 around the reflecting pool at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., as part of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network's (ACS CAN) leadership summit and Lobby Day.

Volunteer advocates will meet with lawmakers to discuss cancer-related issues including federal funding for cancer research and legislation to improve the quality of life for cancer patients.

Locally, bags will be decorated and then taken to Washington by Lee Turner of Tifton, who is the ACS CAN ambassador constituent team leader for Congressional District 8.

Lights of Hope luminary bags are $10 each and may be purchased by contacting Turner at 229-848-6123, by emailing or by contacting Gayle Cooper at 229-382-6645 or
Bags may be purchased until 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21. 

For every luminary bag someone purchases locally, their name will go into a drawing for a free homemade cake once a month for a year, Turner said.

A 3-D model of deoxyribonucleic acid from the new
 three-dimensional printer at ABAC

Students in the School of Science and Mathematics at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College are stepping into the future through a new dimension: Three dimensional printing has arrived at ABAC.

A new tool to benefit students, faculty and staff at ABAC, three-dimensional (3-D) printing or additive printing is a process of making 3-D solid objects from a digital file using additive processes. In an additive process, the object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created.

"Purchasing this 3-D printer gives us that cutting edge and puts us ahead of the game," said Administrative Apprentice Sarah Rooks. "It opens up opportunities for new labs and visual learning because students will be able to hold the tools in their hands."

The printer has already been used to construct a number of models connecting C1 and C2 vertebrae for science labs and as a model for deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Having the printer is a more cost effective way to assist students in visual learning. 

"If an instructor ordered models of a C1 vertebrae of the spine for each student in one class the cost would be about $200," Rooks said. "With the 3-D printer, the cost is drastically decreased to 50 cents per student to print.  And although we have only worked with traditional plastic thus far, there are additional plastic filaments available that have the appearance of wood, limestone, bronze, or iron to create 3D models."

Dr. Johnny Evans, Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics, said faculty can make requests as to what models are needed in their labs, and the printer will do the rest. The process does take some time based on the size and volume of the model but there is an array of models available through software, online, and through a 3-D models search engine.

Evans said the printer is available for use across the ABAC campus

"Love, Loss, and What I Wore," a play of monologues and ensemble pieces, will be presented at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Tift Theatre  of  the Performing Arts.  

The $10 admission includes hors d'oeuvres. The event is being sponsored by the Tifton Women's Center as a  benefit for Ruth's Cottage and The Patticake House in Tifton.
The play is about women, clothes and memory, covering all the important subjects: mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses, and why women only wear black.


TIFTON'S HOMETOWN HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION  is being planned for Saturday, Dec. 5, in Downtown TiftonThis week, organizers announced that ESG Operations Inc. has committed to a "Silver" Level sponsorship. This year's theme is "It's A Winter Wonderland Christmas." ...  TIFT COUNTY
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911 workers have moved into an 11,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center on Second Street this week. A new E-911 alert system went into operation on Thursday.  The dispatch center had been located in the sheriff's office for 17-years.... THE TIFTAREA YMCA is holding a grand opening of its new outdoor walking track at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26. The track complex behind the Y building on Carpenter Road includes a picnic pavilion, basketball court and outdoor fitness equipment. American Textile Co. gave a grant to the YMCA for the walking track.
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Curtis Akins of the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce presents Lisa Purser with the Chamber's August Ambassador of the Month award during the Chamber's membership meeting on  Thursday , Aug. 20 . Lisa's enthusiasm is unmatched in her support of the Chamber of Commerce, Chamber officials said.


"Let's Hang On!"  - the  Frankie Valli and The  Four  Seasons  tribute group - is coming to  Tifton  on
Thursday, Sept 17, and tickets are selling fast.

The event  will be a  gala night of fine food, fine music and dancing to the many hits from the iconic group that inspired the smash Broadway musical "The Jersey Boys."

Sponsored by the Tifton-Tift County Public Library Foundation, the dinner and show at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center is the foundation's annual fundraiser for the public library, aiding the library in providing children's and community programming, and in providing materials and other programs.
The tickets are  $35 for show only and dinner/show is  $80  and may be purchase online by Clicking Here! 

For information, call 229-386-2237.


Auditions for the Baldwin Players' fall production of "The Skin of Our Teeth" by Thornton Wilder will be Aug. 25-26 at 6:30 p.m. in Howard Auditorium at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy takes a long look at what it means to be human. In this romp about t
he Antrobus family that spans all of human history -- from the dawn of the Ice Age to the not-so-distant future -- Wilder getsaudiences to laugh at humanity's strengths and weaknesses as a species.  

The play takes place in a theatrical setting, where mankind faces the end of the world three times and still goes on by the "skin of our teeth."

Auditions are open to ABAC faculty, staff, and students, as well as the local community.  No advanced preparation is needed.  Auditions will be conducted by reading short passages from the play. There are five major roles available consisting of the Antrobus family: father, mother, daughter, and son,- along with the maid/housekeeper. There are several roles that are also available that can be played by either men or women. 

Performances of "The Skin of Our Teeth" will be Oct. 29-31 at 7 p.m. in Howard Auditorium.

For information, contact Dr. Brian Ray at


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             a Glance 

  • Volunteer Recruitment Fair, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., First  Presbyterian Church, Tifton
  • Tift County High Blue Devils football vs. Henry County,  7:30 p.m., Brodie Field, Tifton
  • Downtown Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Old Train Platform, Tifton
  • Volunteer Recruitment Fair, 9 a.m.-Noon, First Presbyterian Church, Tifton
  • Sumner Egg Festival chicken-que, 1-2 p.m. pick-up, Gibbs Pecan, Highway 82, Sumner
  • "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" play, 7 p.m., Tift Theatre of the Performing Arts, Tifton

In Memoriam

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Janice Sizemore Odom Cagle, 71, Sylvester
Tonia Moreland, Ashburn
Flavel Holloway Tawzer, 91, Tifton
Edgar Gornto, 81, Adel

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Mary Jackson, 82, Sparks

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Linda Marie Hudson, 71, Tifton

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Diana C. "Susie" Green, 53, Fitzgerald
Tara McWhorter Tucker, 42, Fitzgerald
Emergean Bryant, 75, Nashville
Joe Newbern, 72, Adel

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Mamie L. Yown Pate, 86, Chula
Kimberly "Kym" Bernice Branch, 45, Chula
Louise Lupo Godwin, 96, Lenox

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Elizabeth Tharpe Bass, 88, Tifton

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Ortha Cole Bickling, 90, Bowen's Mill community, Ben Hill County

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