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December 11, 2013

Rants & Raves - December 12

TIFTON —

I have never read such hyperbole as the lady from Savannah wrote about the flashing sign in her recent letter. Can't help but wonder who put her up to it? I don't know where this offensive display is but I must find out so that I can avoid that route when I have my grandchildren with me. Surely it is not suitable for tender eyes.
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While I appreciate Ann H. Wood's comment about Tifton's " fine architecture, shops and streetscapes,"  her comment about the technicolored sign moving left to right continuously sounded more like cultural snobbishness than a compliment for good work. I guess she doesn't notice those same signs in Savannah. But they are there, as in every city across this nation. This country wasn't built and does not function on bygone history, culture or hindsight looking individuals. It is 2013 not 1713, 1813 or 1913. Come on join us roll up your sleeves and help out.
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I would like to weigh in on the cotton by the roadside debate. It is an eyesore to everyone but especially those of us who have to constantly clean it up. I am 70 years-plus and disabled. Littering is against the law but somehow farmers can get away with it. what would they do to me for throwing out trash. After all, paper is only trees!

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

    LEOs and first responders honored at banquet

    A room full of local law enforcement and first responders were honored Thursday night by the Tifton Elks Lodge at their annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet for their service in the community.
    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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