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Group heads to Atlanta to speak against SB 167
The Georgia Senate approved Senate Bill 167 in late February, which originally took aim at banning the Common Core State Standards in Georgia. But there was a compromise. Instead the bill, as approved, calls for a review of the standards.
If passed by the House, SB 167 would put into law the Common Core standards review ordered by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal last year. SB 167 calls for an advisory panel to review the standards and make recommendations to the state Board of Education, who would have final say on the standards.
Fender-bender leads to shoplifting arrest
A Dawson man was arrested Friday after leaving the scene of an accident, which led to his connection to another incident involving shoplifting at Kmart.
‘One Street’ cleans up Saturday
Volunteers with “One Street At A Time” will host their first cleanup of the year this Saturday, says organizer and Tift County Commissioner Melissa Chevers.
Woman shot at Fitzgerald Walmart
A former Ben Hill County deputy has been arrested after he shot at his wife three times, striking her twice, while in the parking lot of Walmart in Fitzgerald Monday morning.
NGA tourney this week at Springhill golf course
If only a few names on the leaderboard for this week's National Golf Association Pro Golf Tour Spring Hill Classic seem familiar, do not feel alarmed. There may come a day when their faces are everywhere.
United Way and iDonate partner to expand local giving
Imagine your car providing thousands of meals to hungry children, or that long-unused gift card in your purse providing a GED scholarship to a person seeking a better life for their family. Such results are now possible due to a new partnership between United Way of South Central Georgia and iDonate.com, a fast-growing company focused on managing in-kind gifts for nonprofits so that the nonprofits can remain focused on service and mission.
Ag Forecast held at conference center
Georgia’s livestock producers may see higher profits in 2014 due to lower feed prices and higher consumer demand. However, those lower feed prices, and flat demand for corn for ethanol, may hold down profit margins for Georgia row crop farmers.
University of Georgia experts with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences shared their economic predictions for Georgia’s commodities during Georgia Ag Forecast seminars held across the state, including on Friday in Tifton at the Tifton Campus Conference Center. Other seminars were held in Macon, Athens, Lyons and Bainbridge. Each forecast event focused mostly on the commodities grown in that region of the state.
Finger lickin’ good!
Barbecue was definitely on the minds of many barbecue lovers who came out Saturday to the first Rhythm & Ribs BBQ Festival at Fulwood Park.
The weekend event kicked off Friday night with well-known recording artist Edwin McCain, who performed at the Tift Theatre. Saturday’s festivities included other performances, bouncy houses and slides for the kids, a mechanical bull and a rock climbing wall. Also, 40 vendors participated in the festival, with one of them selling out of food due to the large turnout, said Tyron Spearman, tourism coordinator for Tift County.
StoryCorps coming to Tifton this month
StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind – and it's coming to Tifton.
StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews from more than 80,000 participants, and is recorded on a free CD, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The program produces segments that are broadcast on National Public Radio and on NPR's website. The program is a nonprofit, and relies on government, foundation and corporate support, as well as individual donations.
For Kinchen, choices made all the difference
Fran Kinchen recalls her high school alma mater, Wilson High School, was a safe place. One of the two all-black schools in Tift County prior to desegregation, the schools were loved by their students.
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