Sept. 18, 2015
                Tifton, Georgia

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Following undercover investigations at two spas in Tifton, two arrests have been made, Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarborough said Thursday.

The investigation began when the Tift County Sheriff's Office received complaints from citizens that the spas targeted   in the investigation were  exchanging sex acts for money .
On Wednesday, Sept. 16, undercover agents were sent into the Royal Spa located at 3313 Highway 82 West and the #1 Spa located at 3119 South Central Ave. While patronizing the spas, the undercover agents were offered sex acts for money, which is a violation of state law.
As a result of the investigation, the following arrests were made:
Myong Chun Toups, 59, of Georgia, was arrested at the Royal Spa and charged with masturbation for hire.
Ho Suk Kim, 51, of Georgia, was arrested at the #1 Spa and charged with masturbation for hire.
Both suspects were taken to the Tift County Jail, where they were released on bond later Thursday. 

Sheriff Scarbrough has contacted the Tift County Code Enforcement Office in reference to the activities occurring at the spas. Scarbrough said his goal is to have the business licenses of the spas revoked through the Sheriff's Office working with code enforcement officials.

"Enforcing these type crimes are difficult and mostly require citizen complaints to get an investigation started, as in this case. I thank our citizens for being observant and making the calls that can make a difference in the safety of our community. We can't do it without your support," the sheriff said.


The Annual Sumner Egg Festival and BBQ Bash is today
Saturday, Sept. 18 and 19.  
The festival is the biggest
day i n Sumner, located just 16 miles from Downtown Tifton along U.S. Highway 82 W.

The festival gets under way today at 7 p.m. with a concert by Bob Cummings and the Reflections, featuring Karla Heath-Sands of WALB-TV.

The concert is at the Sumner Auditorium at 706 Walnut St.

Saturday is the big day with a 5K run, a parade at 10 a.m., a Custom Car Show, chicken shows, a karate exhibition, music, crafts, food and fun.

For information, call Sumner City Hall at 229-776-7384.

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Tift countians who want to know more about the proposed consolidation of voting precincts may attend the  Tift County Board of Elections meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.

The county elections board plans to consolidate Tift's precincts from the current 12 to just one based at the UGA Conference Center in Tifton.  This would  be the only voting precinct for all of Tift County.

Elections officials say the state  has encouraged the consolidation. They say the move will save the county about $2,000 during each election. 

Some residents say the consolidation will pose a hardship on elderly, handicapped and lower income residents from around the county who live outside the city of Tifton

The Tift  County  Democratic Party has been vocal against the consolidation. On the party's Facebook page, it wrote: "While this will have many advantages for the employees at the (Board of Elections) an d the poll workers, there will be no more local voting precincts for TyTy, Omega, etc. ... We should be working to make voting as easy and convenient as possible, and this will not be convenient for many people."

Tift elections officials say other counties have been consolidating precincts and that Lowndes County went from 37 precincts to nine with one of them encompassing about 20,000 voters -- the size of Tift County.


         THIS SATURDAY, 
       SEPT. 19   -   10 a.m.

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Meet and Greet 
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Door Prizes and FUN, FUN, FUN for Kids & Families!

Located in Tifton Corners plaza by Big Lots

Virginia Avenue


A premier family entertainment center is having its grand opening at 10 a.m. Saturday in Tifton with door prizes and fun activities.

BAM Family Fun Center will offer both indoor and outdoor activities focused on a safe, friendly and exciting atmosphere at Tifton Corners plaza near Big Lots on Virginia Avenue.  This completely renovated fun center encompasses 15,000 square feet of fun. Join Philgood Entertainment at the grand opening. 

The facility offers something for everyone in the family. A toddlers' zone contains inflatables, games and toys just for the little ones. A wide variety of inflatables inside and outside will change regularly to create a surprise element each time you walk into BAM.

The arcade area includes video games for both adults and children. Elsa from "Frozen," Sponge Bob and Minion will ramble around BAM to entertain guests at various times.

Parents and teenagers can enjoy the free Internet café and flat-screen televisions. Throughout BAM there are places for adults and teens to relax and watch TV and take advantage of the super-fast wifi while the children play within close proximity.

BAM is also available for birthday parties, which are available inside or outside, with two party zones inside. Three 
packages are available for parties at BAM; birthday packages are priced to suit any celebration. Instead of decorating, setting and cleaning up, BAM will handle everything. Just bring your cake and BAM! -- you have a birthday party.
Available at an extra cost is a character to attend your party. Add Sponge Bob, Elsa or Minion to complete the birthday celebration.  Chaos the mechanical bull is also available for birthday parties at an additional cost. Whichever package you choose, it is sure to be BAMnificant fun.

BAM will be open Thursdays to Sundays every week. Hours are: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Sunday hours: 1 to 6 p.m. On Mondays through Wednesdays, BAM is available by individual scheduling. Special group rates are available for corporate, schools and churches.

For Information, call 229-472-9150

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge John Ellington, an ABAC alumnus, emphasized the importance of a document signed 228 years ago at the annual Constitution Day event at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on Thursday, Sept. 17.

"The ideas on which America was founded are embodied in the Constitution," Ellington told a full house of ABAC
students in the
Chapel of All Faiths. "America's founding fathers knew the Constitution was not a perfect document so they created a way to amend it.

"In some countries, if you have the biggest gun or the biggest stick, you win the argument. In our country, we come to court armed with the Constitution and the laws of our land."

Ellington said that when the 39 men signed the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, they set the stage for a quality of life that still exists.

"The quality of life in any country depends on the quality of the judicial system," said Ellington, a 1980 ABAC graduate. "Our system of justice separates us from every other country on earth. We settle our disputes peacefully at the courthouse."

The Constitution is the oldest and shortest national constitution in existence today. Abraham Baldwin, the namesake of the college, and William Few were the only Georgia signers of the 4,543-word document.

Ellington was the student body president and the winner of the prestigious Donaldson Award when he was a student at ABAC from 1978-1980.

"I spent two of the best years of my life on this campus," Ellington said. "What you learn inside these classrooms is important. What you learn outside the classroom is also important. The friends you make and the people you meet at ABAC will have a lifetime impact.

"The values that we have on this campus travel with you. I am glad to see that the college is continuing to carry out its mission of preparing students for life. ABAC is more than a college; it's a way of life."

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Thursday, Sept. 17, when "Let's Hang On!" -- a  Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute group, rocked the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. The fundraiser sponsored by the Tifton-Tift County Public Library Foundation, was a big hit with the audience. Funds raised go toward the public library for materials and programs. ... TIFT COUNTY'S NEW 911 CENTER  was named during the past week for the late Capt. Raymond B. Merritt Sr ., who was shot and killed on duty during June 1991. Merritt was a member of the Tift County Sheriff's Office and was shot while responding to a domestic dispute. ... THE TIFT COUNTY HIGH HOMECOMING PARADE filled the streets Thursday from the football stadium to the mall as the TCHS Blue Devils get ready to face Alcovy High at Brodie Field tonight (Friday) for Homecoming .


State Schools Superintendent Richard Woods visited Matt Wilson Elementary School in Tifton on Thursday, Sept. 17 The visit was part of his state tour for Constitution Week. H handed out copies of the Constitution to fourth graders and spoke to them about the Constitution's importance. Woods is  second  from left in foreground in the photo above. He is being greeted by Matt Wilson Elementary Student Council members. 

Saturday, September 26 
10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fulwood Park in Tifton
Free Admission

Traditional foods, non-stop performances from La Fiesta Stage, Street Dance with live band, Children's Area with 
rides and face painting,
Educational and Health Exhibits


BB & T

Tifton-Tift Tourism Association
Tift Regional Medical Center

George McCranie Law Firm
Stafford Companies
The Howard Center for 
Women's Health

Quality Produce
Georgia Power Co.
The Cleveland Law Firm
  South Georgia Banking Co.
          First Community Bank

                Colquitt EMC
                  El Cazador
                Ameris Bank

                  La Estrella
       Target Distribution Center
                City of Tifton
        Tift County Recreation                         Department
 Abraham Baldwin Agricultural                        College


Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough was the guest speaker at the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce monthly membership meeting Thursday at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture. The sheriff discussed several different scams that have been reported in the area while also discussing identity theft and other law enforcement issues.

Also during the meeting, Jones Construction of Tifton was named Large Business of the Month. In the photograph below, Jeremy Jones and Jonathan Jones receive the award from representatives of the Chamber of Commerce.

The Small Business of the Month is Badcock Furniture. A representative of Badcock was not in attendance at the luncheon meeting held at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture, the former Agrirama.


Riders and horses will compete in a barrel race at the rodeo arena at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on Saturday, Sept. 19, to raise funds for those people living with Alzheimer's

Sponsored by the ABAC Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, the "Race for A Cure" begins at 10 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the local Alzheimer's Association. This event is free for spectators.

The exhibition phase starts at 10 a.m., followed by the jackpot at 1 p.m. There is a fee of $5 for riders to participate in the exhibition round, and a fee of $25 for the jackpot. There will be a poles round available at the end of the jackpot. No pre-registration is required. This is an NBHA-sanctioned event.

For information, call Jarad Plair at 863-673-5387.

OCT. 3

The annual Cancer Stomp: Tift County Walk & Family Fun event is 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the YMCA soccer fields off Westover Road.

The Cancer Stomp is a fundraising campaign of the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia. Folks can participate individually or as a member of a team, raising money through different activities. 

The community fundraising wraps up with a one-mail reflective walk followed by family fun activities to celebrate the fundraising success, honor cancer survivors and remember those lost to the disease. The family activities include relay races, aerobics, hula hoops, Frisbee throwing, face painting and more.

  One hundred percent of all funds that are raised stay in South Georgia.

Register online to walk and fundraise. A complimentary T-shirt is given with a $25 donation upon registering. Register online at

For information, call 229-312-1700.
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             a Glance 

  • Renovation Celebration Ribbon-Cutting, 10:30 a.m., Matt Wilson Elementary School, Tifton
  • Sumner Egg Festival Concert, 7 p.m., Sumner Auditorium, Walnut Street, Sumner
  • Tiftarea Academy Panthers football vs. Valwood, 7:30 p.m., Hahira
  • Tift County High Blue Devils football vs. Alcovy High (Homecoming),  7:30 p.m., Brodie Field, Tifton
  • Sumner Egg festival, 9 a.m., Walnut Street, Sumner
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
  • Downtown Tifton Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Old Train Platform, Tifton
  • BAM Family Fun Center ribbon-cutting, 10 a.m., Virginia Avenue, Tifton
  • Benefit Gospel Sing, 6 p.m., Omega Church of God, Omega

In Memoriam

SEPT. 10
Jonathon Bennett, Ashburn
Marie Pritchard Aultman, 100, Sylvester
Earl Williams, 59, Poulan 
Jonathon Bennett, 76, Ashburn

SEPT. 11
Geraldine "Gerri" Mathis Bone, 88, Adel
Charlotte Hasty Christian, 92, Ashburn

SEPT. 12
Sonny Michael Hancock, 53, Lenox
James Benjamin Trowell Jr., 79, Douglas

SEPT. 13
Ellen Merle Hall Sadler, 65, Chula
Kevin Michael May, 49, Tifton
Gregory Jenkins Bryant, 50, Fitzgerald
Holice Barton Jr., 68, Fitzgerald

SEPT. 14
Marjorie Brooks Robinson, 89, TyTy
Ada Beauchamp, 85, Nashville
Dorothy Mae Bellamy, 85, Fitzgerald

SEPT. 15
Thomas E. Gordon, Jr., 90, Tifton
Mary Ruth Liles Chasteen, 94, Fitzgerald
Gladys Fussell Griswold, 89, Fitzgerald

SEPT. 16
Doctor Christopher "D.C." Branam, 89, Gainesville, Fla.
Lounita Ann Joiner, 75, Nashville

SEPT. 17
Mollie Jo Hawkins Greer, 79, Tifton


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