TIFTON — Five inspirational leaders in the community were recognized Saturday night in the first ever Spirit of Greatness Awards Gala at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center. The 2013 awardees are, pictured from left, Tifton Mayor Jamie Cater, former Meals on Wheels Director Marion Culpepper Whiddon, Moultrie Technical College's Public Relations and Marketing Director Jana Wiggins, former City Councilman Roosevelt Russell and eighth grade teacher and local associate minister Isaac Ross. Cater received the Man of the Year Award; Whiddon received the Hazel Humber Bailey Award; Ross and Wiggins received Luminary Awards; and Russell received the King Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Local woman reaches out to others this holiday season
“It’s better to give than receive,” says 24-year-old Brittney McKinnon of Tifton, who’s giving back to her community by hosting a “Cheerful Givers” Christmas Toy Drive.
Wiregrass Christmas at Museum of Ag Dec. 14
Victorian dessert sampling and traditional Christmas and Bluegrass music on the farmhouse porches will highlight the activities that visitors can enjoy from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Wiregrass Christmas event Dec. 14 at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Ocilla firefighter answers the call – at his own home
Captain Kenneth Hendley, with the Ocilla Fire Department, answered a call Tuesday afternoon, just as he's done hundreds of times before.
Georgia high school graduation rate increases
The graduation rate for the state's public high schools increased by nearly two percentage points over the previous year, state education officials said.
Hall of Fame? It's time, says AD
The idea of having an Athletic Hall of Fame at the Tift County High School Performing Arts Center resulted in a lengthy discussion at Tuesday night’s Tift County Board of Education meeting.
Athletic Director Rusty Smith said he and others are proposing a Tift County Athletic Hall Fame. He said they travel to other schools that have a Hall of Fame, but Tift County doesn’t have one.
Officers follow 'gut' – get the guy
A suspicious check Tuesday afternoon by Tifton police officers leads to a man’s arrest for burglary.
Woman robbed while child waits in car
A local woman was robbed early Wednesday morning by three males at her residence while her child was locked in the car.
Couple robbed at gunpoint
Tifton police responded to an armed robbery at a local business on South Park Avenue Tuesday morning.
TCHS, CSE get just 'rewards'
Tift County High School and Charles Spencer Elementary School have been recognized as Title I Reward schools, announced Tammie Smith, director of federal programs, at Tuesday night’s Tift County Board of Education meeting.
According to Smith, this is part of Georgia’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. She informed board members that instead of having AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) status, now schools are classified as a reward, priority, focus or alert school.
Give back while you give to others
The United Way of South Central Georgia has many ways to raise funds to support its programs and provide assistance for local residents. But one of its newest ways is an online store, located on the organization's website at www.uway-socenga.org.
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