A basket of spring peaches to the City of Tifton for its annual Spring Fling, free pickup of furniture, appliances and other trash for the next week. Not all cities do this, and the results of not disposing of trash properly can be seen strewn across the countryside. The free pickup helps residents and also helps keep our city clean.



Long trails of creeping kudzu to motorists who speed and follow other vehicles too closely on I-75. With more Americans opting not to fly and stay closer to home, the number of people traveling on interstate highways seems to be growing. However, the amount of space on the road remains the same. We should all be as considerate of others as possible and remember that accidents are a common occurence, especially in construction zones.



Healthful peaches to Lt. Craig Grace, the Tift County paramedic who recently received top paramedic honors for Southwest Georgia EMS Region VIII. Grace, the winner for a 27-county area, serves as an instructor for other paramedics and EMTs and was praised by EMS Director Danny Edwards for his work ethic and devotion to others. Paramedics perform a vital service to the community and we're proud to have such an outstanding example here.



A bushel of peaches to the Tift County Board of Education team, winners of the Gazette's NIE Spelling Bee. It's good to know that our children are being taught by the best spellers around, and it's particularly appropriate that educators won the spelling bee given its purpose as a fund raiser for Newspapers in Education. Congratulations also to second and third-place winners Tift Regional Medical Center and the Tifton Exchange Club.



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