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TIFTON — Tift County keep delivering. A shoe drive last Friday met its goal and volunteers came together to distribute the shoes and food to children in need.

Fifth grade students from Omega, Charles Spencer, and Matt Wilson Elementary Schools enjoyed the Career Fair held at Matt Wilson. Students were introduced to many job fields so they could begin thinking about their career paths.

Wendy Sparks’ and Danielle Hunt’s third graders at Len Lastinger Primary School put a spin on the traditional book report by creating cereal based on a favorite book. After designing their cereal boxes, the students presented their projects in the form of a commercial to convince their audie…

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In “Forget Self-Help: Re-Examining the Golden Rule,” author Thomas Fellows makes a powerful argument that helping others is the best way to help one’s self.

Following a day exploring southern California’s Mojave National Preserve and overnight stays in Barstow and Twentynine Palms, we headed for Joshua Tree National Park. While the preserve and the national park are only 70 miles apart and somewhat similar in much of their terrain, each deserves a full day of exploration.

“Legend has it that a poor child (Pepita) in Mexico having nothing to give the Christ Child on His birthday gathered some weeds into a lovely bouquet; the only gift she had to offer. When she brought her gift to the manger, the simple weed was transformed into a brilliant red bloom – a poins…

“I have come to regard November as the older, harder man’s October. I appreciate the early darkness and cooler temperatures. It puts my mind in a different place than October. It is a month for a quieter, slightly more subdued celebration of summer’s death as winter tightens its grip” Henry …

A novella from Kentucky Fried Chicken titled “Tender Wings of Desire” is probably not what moms — or anyone else — expected for Mother's Day, but the restaurant chain has published a work which it claims is in honor of the occasion.

Not satisfied with just one slide, Ruben Rubio was one of a handful of participants at the annual Polar Bear Plunge to experience the chilly waters twice at the Tifton YMCA pool. Rubio represented the VFW.

Mike Beeman gets his toes wet as he plunges down the slide at the annual Polar Bear Plunge Sunday. Beeman represented Ruth's Cottage and is currently fourth in the donation standings.

Mayor Julie Smith hits the water at the Tifton YMCA pool Sunday in the annual Polar Bear Plunge. Smith, representing Save Our Pets, is currently third in the donation standings.

The days of September continue their countdown and the autumn season has arrived according to the calendar. However, take a stroll outside and you will see that summer just won’t let go for now. But, you can feel a bit of fall in the air from time to time. Autumn is a beautiful time of the y…

September is cruising right along and fall landscaping is on our minds (well ok, second only to football season). Thus. another type of tree that comes to mind and beautifies our landscapes is the flowering pear.

August has passed and September is here! It’s Labor Day weekend once again – so many options from which to choose. Whether traveling for that last trip to the beach or mountains or lake, getting ready for the opening of the college football season, picnicking, or simply addressing yard chore…

August is all but in our rear view mirror. The summer came, shared and now is planning to depart. We are bit older and wiser, yet still enjoying every opportunity to get into the great outdoors. Let’s review another tree that catches much attention in the landscape.

It’s hot outside! And August is passing right along with its high temps and extreme humidity with scattered thunderstorms here and there. The heat index is so high and the middle of the day is so very taxing on those exposed to the elements of nature. However, good news is on its way as Augu…

Summer continues to coast right along with its hot weather and afternoon showers. The grass is green, the knockout roses are thriving, and the pine trees are dropping needles for fall landscape beds. In a short time, fall will be in the air. What a refreshing thought following a high tempera…

TIFTON – Kirby and Jane Jones are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, JaneAnn Jones, all of Tifton, to Kevin Owens of Tifton, son of Dawn Owens of Thomaston and Travis Owens of Zebulon.

It’s August and it’s school time and it’s hot! As we brave the heat, we know that cooler times are coming – just not sure how soon. Our mission team was in Peru last week and it’s winter there – the temps were from 50 to 70 degrees F each day. What an awesome relief to this south Georgia hea…

TIFTON – Randy and Cathy Carter of Ashburn are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kerrie Carter, of Tifton, to Josh Reynolds, also of Tifton, son of Mike and Brenda Reynolds of Pearson.

Now is a good time for taking soil samples and having them analyzed for improved soil and plant health, developing plans for your fall landscape needs, and for rooting plant materials from cuttings. Feed mums every two weeks with liquid fertilizer until flower buds appear. Also, dried blood …

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Storey of Adel announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Savanna Shae Storey, to Zachary Bishop Golden, son of Robert and Tracey Golden of Brookfield.

First, you were supposed to die at 85. Then 90. Now 95 and even 100 are common defaults when financial planners tell people how much to save for retirement.

Each day we see landscapes and plants that catch our attention, some at home and some afar. As we travel, we observe other landscapes and our first thought is whether or not these plants will survive back home. Citrus are such plants whether for aesthetics or for flavors which add to the cur…

TIFTON — Dr. and Mrs. Cecil H. Cordle of Tifton are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kaleigh Kathryn Cordle, to Marion Howard Massee IV, son of Mr. and Mrs. Drewry K. Massee currently residing in Kathleen, formerly of Fitzgerald.

Blakely Madison Fulp was born on March, 29th 2016. She was 4 pounds 11 ounces and 18.5 inches long. Parents are Scott and Nicole Fulp of Tifton. Pierce Fulp (5) and Trenton Fulp (3) are her very proud big brothers. Grandparents are Raymond and Nancy Fulp of Tifton and Jeff and Lucy Berger of…

The month of July counts its days as the summer season rolls right along. Our outdoors’ focus continues to surround both recreation under the sun and curb appeal in the landscape. We identify and implement ways and means to have fun in the sun. As we focus our attention on the home landscape…

As we address our landscape chores this month, there is one “not so little” pest that wants to annoy us and destroy every effort we make to improve the landscape. Pruning by deer is a problem in many of our landscapes leaving our plants battered and beaten up. However, we are actually the gu…

TIFTON – Danny and Valorie Bundrick of Cordele announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle Bundrick to Will Hunt, son of William Hunt Sr. and the late Doreen Hunt of Biloxi, Mississippi. The bride-elect is a graduate of Valdosta State University where she received her Bachelor of Sci…

NEW YORK — Marvin Gaye was remembered with touching words from his wife, James Corden told hilariously inappropriate jokes before introducing Nick Jonas, and Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight spoke highly of his brother and "Wild Thing" songwriter Chip Taylor at the 2016 Songwriters Hall of Fam…

There’s so much more to enjoy in your home landscape beyond the basic trees, plants, grasses and flowers. Nature offers such a diverse theater of plants, animals and elements. Awesome live music and movies galore are simply created by nature each day through every living creature. Add colors…

TIFTON — The Wilson High Class of 1970 will honor grandparents June 11 during a banquet at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center, to begin at 7 p.m.

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