Peachy congratulations to Teresa Lasseter, the new U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Associate Administrator for Programs. Many will remember Teresa's work as the Georgia Agrirama's executive director. She left that position in 1997 and has served as the state executive director of the FSA since then. Her new job carries a lot of responsibility, but we are sure she's up to the tasks of supervising and administering farm commodity programs, farm loans, conservation programs and disaster assistance. It's always good to see Tifton natives do well.



Sweet, ripe peaches to Kelly Stone, Lisa Harrell and the downtown Tifton farmers' market board members for a customer-friendly, convenient format for the revamped market. The market will re-open April 27 in the Grady Bennett mini-park, between Central Avenue and Love Avenue. Stone's idea of requiring all produce to be locally grown should help area farmers while guaranteeing customers fresh vegetables.



Flourishing Georgia peaches to the University of Georgia and the Garden Clubs of Georgia, Camellia District IV, for sponsoring the South Georgia Wildflower Symposium Thursday. The symposium, focused on the use of native plants and wildflowers in landscaping, gave attendees some good ideas on how to get started. Using native plants - the ones already present when our forefathers came here - makes sense for a lot of reasons, and wildflowers are an inexpensive way to beautify local roadways. Thanks to everyone involved for helping improve the quality of life in our community.



Peaches AND kudzu to Gov. Roy Barnes' office and the state Department of Revenue for the sales-tax holiday this weekend. The sales tax holiday is a welcome break for area consumers, but the mechanics of getting information out to merchants could have been planned better. Some small merchants say they were never notified of the holiday and didn't have time to get ready for it, and the list of tax-exempt items seems confusing. Why tax handkerchiefs but not scarves? We hope some of these problems will have been worked out before the next scheduled holiday in August.



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