April 4,
 Tifton Georgia
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The University of Georgia's Tifton Campus is "critical to the state" and is an important part of 

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the university, UGA President Jere Morehead said in Tifton this week.


"I think Tifton (campus) is critical to the state; this is the University of Georgia for this part of the state," Morehead told the Tifton Rotary Club on Wednesday, April 2.


"I think we're going to remain strong here."


Morehead told Rotarians the Tifton campus is growing and that he is trying to, across the state, emulate the Tifton Campus' successful partnerships with local businesses.

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"This community gets that point because that's what you do with UGA faculty in Tifton all the time," he said, but that is not necessarily the scenario everywhere. 


Morehead has created an economic development office within UGA to facilitate making faculty members available to the business community to share knowledge and research.


"We want to see more of our faculty involved in the work that is important to the future of this state," the UGA president said.

There's big doings at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College this weekend: Homecoming activities wrap up; the rodeo begins; there's a Run for the Nurses; prospective students will visit the campus for Stallion Day; and at ABAC's Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village, a quilt exhibit and a flower show opens and the annual Folklife Festival gets under way.
Today,, Friday, April 4, the Golden Alumni Luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Grand Lobby of ABAC Lakeside. Tickets must be purchased in advance. At 4 p.m., a memorial service will take place in the Chapel of All Faiths in honor of ABAC alumni and friends who have died.
The Alumni Awards and Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner will be held in Gressette Gym at 6 p.m. Advance tickets must be purchased.  


Events on April 4 conclude with the PCA-sanctioned preliminary round of the Gee Haw Whoa Back Rodeo at 7:30 p.m. at the ABAC Arena. The final round will be held on Saturday, April 5. The rodeo will include saddle bronco riding, bareback riding, bull riding, team roping, calf roping, steer wrestling, break-away roping, and barrel racing.


The third annual Run for the Nurses will kick off activities on Saturday, April 5, at the Red Hill Athletic Center at 7:30 a.m.


Prospective students will mingle with alumni during the college's Stallion Day, an all-day event that gives high school students the opportunity to experience college life. Stallion Day will run from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at various locations across campus.


The Folklife Festival will be 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the museum, featuring demonstrations, food, and fun. Highlights include the American Legacy Quilt Show, the GMA barn quilt unveiling, the "Her World in Quilts: Sue Turnquist" exhibit, the season opener of the Wiregrass Farmers Market and the annual Flower Show


On the main campus on Saturday, April 5, the Alumni Cookout for alumni and prospective students attending Stallion Day will be at noon near Gressette Gym.


The Homecoming Parade begins at 4 p.m., followed by individual school events located throughout the campus.


The Homecoming festivities end with the finals of the Gee Haw Whoa Back Rodeo at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the ABAC Arena. For more information, call 229-391- 4895.


The Tifton Community Lenten Lunch Series continues each Wednesday through April 16 at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center with a different pastor.


The purpose of the annual community event is to bring Christians together from different denominations and traditions to worship and bear witness to a common faith in Jesus Christ in the Easter season.


Each program is noon-1 p.m.; the lunch is $3.


The remaining schedule is:

  • Wednesday, April 9: Hugh Ward, First Presbyterian Church
  • Wednesday, April 16: Stephen Webb, First United Methodist Church
5th Annual Charity Bike Ride April 12 


The 5th Annual Tour de Tifton Ilse Boyette Memorial Charity Bike Ride is set for Saturday, April 12Rides are available for beginners to experienced riders.

Proceeds will benefit Tiftarea YMCA programs and scholarships for underprivileged youth.


Registration opens 7 a.m. race day with the mass start at 8 a.m. The ride begins and ends at the Tiftarea YMCA Hunt Park campus at 1823 Westover Road in Tifton. The routes pass through Tift and surrounding counties.


There will be a beginner's 11-mile course, intermediate level 24- and 45-mile loops, and 62- and 100-mile century routes for advanced riders (you must finish within seven hours). Helmets are required.


Contact the Tiftarea YMCA, 229 391-9622 or  


Because of the overflowed crowd at the fall performance of the ABAC Concert Band, two spring concert performances will be held April 7-8 at 7 p.m. in Howard Auditorium.  


The first concert on April 7 is after the band's dress rehearsal and is catered to ABAC students and prospective high school recruits. The April 8 concert is open to the community.  


Director of Concert Bands Johnny Folsom encourages citizens to come on Tuesday, but if conflicts arise, trumpet_header.jpg guests are welcome to come to the April 7 program. Admission is free but seating is limited. 


The concert begins with the first movement of Ralph Ford's composition describing the Canadian Rockies, "Royal Canadian Sketches." Then the ABAC Band will break new ground by performing a transcription of the second movement of the Spanish guitar work "Concierto de Aranjuez" by Joaquin Rodrigos. Music major Wes Trull of Fitzgerald will be featured. 


Retiring ABAC Jazz Band director Don Coates will be guest conductor.  Coates served for many years as the head of the music program at ABAC and is credited for the program's reputation throughout the collegiate world. He will conduct John Philip Sousa's "Liberty Bell" march.


The ABAC Concert Band will also perform a lush new romantic composition, "Redemption," by Rossano Galante. The band will perform a major work by Robert W. Smith that was commissioned by the U.S. Navy Band, "Songs of Sailor and Sea."


Closing out the concert will be an arrangement of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" by Julia Ward Howe, featuring vocals and a trumpet solo by ABAC Jazz Band lead trumpeter Barry Coffee, a community player from Cordele.


The Best Friends Humane Society is holding its annual Bark in the Park 5K Run and Festival on April 19 in Sylvester.

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The mission of the Best Friends Humane Society in Worth County is to raise public awareness of animal issues, promoting responsible pet ownership through education; promotion of pet spay and neuter programs to reduce the overpopulation of companion animals which leads to neglect, abuse and cruelty; and to adhere to an adoption program placing pets in loving, qualified homes; and to receive and manage money and property for these purposes.



The Tifton Police Department's "Citizen's Police Academy," a free six-week community program, starts May 6


Classes meet at the Tifton Police Department from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and on two Saturday Tifton Police logo mornings. Topics include Introduction to Criminal Justice, Crime Scene Processing, Internal Affairs Investigations, Patrol Procedures, Georgia Criminal Law, Drug Investigation and The Role of the Judge and Prosecutor in the criminal justice system.


The classes are designed to give a better understanding of the types of crimes in our community, the methods used by the Tifton Police Department to prevent crimes, the methods used by investigators to solve crimes and a better understanding of the judicial system.


Those interested in attending the Citizen's Police Academy may obtain an application at the Tifton Police Department. For information, contact Maj. Raymond Drennon, 229-382-3132.

During its meeting on Tuesday, April 1, the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence recognized Target Distribution Center for its lead corporate grant of $5,000 toward the endowment of the foundation's Special Hearts Chair, which will generate funds for special education grants in Tift County Schools. Foundation President Tammy Griffin, left, presents the recognition to  Stacy Lippa, general manager of the Target Distribution Center in Tifton.

Keri Jones, second from right, is the newest board member of the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence. She is joined by, from left, Secretary Frank Sayles Jr., Executive Director Mike Brumby and Treasurer Mike Davis.

                       At a Glance.... 
  • 'Her World in Quilts: A one-Woman Exhibit,' 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton.
  • American Legacy Quilt Show, 9 a.m., Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton.
  • Regional Flower Show, 9 a.m., Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
  • Golden Alumni Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., ABAC Lakeside, Tifton.
  • ABAC Alumni Memorial Service, 4 p.m., Chapel of All Faiths, ABAC, Tifton
  • ABAC Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner, 6 p.m., Gressette Gym, ABAC, Tifton.
  • Gee Haw Whoa Back Rodeo, 7:30 p.m., ABAC Arena, Tifton.


  • Run for the Nurses, 7:30 a.m., Red Hill Athletic Center, ABAC, Tifton.
  • Stallion Day, 8 a.m., ABAC Campus, Tifton.
  • Keep Tift Beautiful E-cycle (electronic recycle) Event, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Cato Knight Parking Lot, Downtown Tifton
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton.
  • Folklife Festival, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton.
  • American Legacy Quilt Show, 9 a.m., Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton.
  • Regional Flower Show, 9 a.m., Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton.
  • ABAC Alumni Cookout, Noon, Gressette Gym, Tifton.
  • ABAC Homecoming Parade, 4 p.m., ABAC campus, Tifton.
  • Gee Haw Whoa Back Rodeo, 7:30 p.m., ABAC Arena, Tifton.

In Memoriam
March 27

Sylvia Barron. Ashburn

Sandra Fields Vickers, 70, Wray  


March 28

Runelle Lundy Moore, 99, Sylvester


March 29

H.M. Daniels, Sr., 90, Fitzgerald

Cecil J. Gray, Ashburn 

William Bithel Wall III, 56, Americus

Barbara Ann Flesher, 79, Nashville  


March 30

Danny Hall, 60, Adel

Curtis Wetherington, 83, Nashville  


March 31

Ronald "Ronnie" Gene McCranie, 58, Fitzgerald

Ann Gissendanner, 80, Sylvester  


April 1

  Stanley David Wallace, 71, Tifton

Calvin Poole, 67, Fitzgerald 

Shelby Jean Nicholson, 77, Fitzgerald 

Dewanne Early, 69, Adel

Janice Marilyn "Jan" Sumner Register, 76, Shingler

Tom H. King, 70, Rebecca  


April 2

Ruth Temme Brooks Paulk, 87, Ocilla  


April 3

Josephine Swails Chaney, 81, Tifton 

Lois Evelyn Moorman Golden, 89, Omega

Janice H. Carlisle, 68, Ocilla

 Joyce Childers Apperson, Sylvester

Mittie Jean Tanner, 73, Nashville 

 Alice Willis Hill, 84, Albany



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