Southwest Georgia Bank Construction Underway in Tifton

Southwest Georgia Bank officials gathered at the corner of Eighth Street and Love Avenue on Thursday to break ground on their new Tifton location. Approximately 18 months ago, Southwest Georgia Financial Corp. of Moultrie, the parent company of Southwest Georgia Bank, announced its plans to expand into Tifton. The new bank will be located at 205 E. Eighth St., the former location of both Sav-a-Lot and a Piggly Wiggly grocery. The $1.6 million construction is expected to be completed by next April 1, and the bank is expected to have 12 to 15 employees. Based in Moultrie, Southwest Georgia Bank also has branch offices in Baker, Worth and Lowndes counties. Senior Vice President Chad Carpenter is overseeing the bank’s expansion into Tifton.

Source: Tifton Grapevine

Staying Safe in the Sun

July 3rd is known as stay out of the sun day. That is a hard rule to commit too and especially for children so let’s try to stay as safe as we can. has some great advice. The weather is warming up, the days are longer and there’s more time to be outside doing all kinds of fun things! But if you’re going to be out in the sun, especially on a hot day, you need to stay safe. Let’s find out how. Don’t Feel the Burn. Even though the sun is hot, it does cool things. It keeps us warm. It makes flowers and plants grow. It even gives us vitamin D so we can better absorb calcium into our bodies for strong bones. It does all these things by sending down light, which includes invisible ultraviolet (say: ul-trah-VYE-uh-lit) rays. These are also called UV rays. Some ultraviolet rays pass through air and clouds and penetrate the skin. When your skin’s been exposed to too many of these rays, you get what’s known as a sunburn. Ouch! Some people get a sunburn faster than others because of their coloring. If you have blond or red hair, light-colored skin, and light-colored eyes, you’ll tend to get a sunburn more quickly than someone with dark eyes and skin. That’s because you have less melanin (say: MEL-uh-nun). Melanin is a chemical in the skin that protects it from sun damage by reflecting and absorbing UV rays. People with darker skin have more melanin, but even if you have dark hair, dark eyes, or darker-toned skin, you can still get a sunburn. It will just take a little bit longer. Sunburns look bad and feel worse. They can cause blisters on your skin. They can keep you inside feeling sore when everyone else is outside having fun. They increase your chance of getting wrinkly when you get older. And worst of all, they can lead to skin cancer when you are an adult. Because getting wrinkles and getting sick don’t happen right away, they can seem like things that could never happen to you. But you still need to be careful.

From the Field to the Grill

This past Thursday was a great day for the 4-H healthy living program. This program is giving Sylvester,Georgia opportunities that was never offered before stated Sam X . You can tell by the videos that we watch, the students that we talk to and the adults that mentor them that this program is teaching our young people tremendously. Sam X stated that he owes many thanks. He stated that he thanked the City of Sylvester, Fort Valley State University, his wife, Eda Garcia, Mr.woodie hughes, Jr., Sylvester Chamber of Commerce, the Mayor and all of the Commissioners, ATM, Janya Green, Dr. Mark Lattimore jr,. PHD. Dr. James E Brown, PHD and to all of you who believe we could work together as one and make a difference for all.

Supporting the Cordele – Crisp Chamber of Commerce and Enjoying Fireworks this Fourth of July

The Cordele-Crisp Chamber of Commerce will be operating a Phantom Fireworks Sales Stand now through July 4th in the parking lot of the strip plaza located at 1211 E. 16th Ave in Cordele by the Wal-Mart Store. The fireworks sales stand will be open 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and July 4th from 10:00 a.m. to midnight. Proceeds from the sale of the fireworks will be used to fund various Chamber activities and programs. Phantom Fireworks is one of the largest retailers of consumer 1.4G fireworks in the nation, operating some 80 permanent fireworks retail facilities in 16 states and over 1,400 temporary sales venues in 18 states. Additionally, Phantom Fireworks sells to major chain stores. Phantom’s line of high-quality products includes Phantom exclusive brands such as Phantom Fireworks, Wolf Pack, Silver Salute, The Grucci Collection and Smile More products featuring Roman Atwood. Phantom Firework has all varieties of consumer fireworks including novelties, fountains, various ground-based items, wheels, rockets, reloadable mortar kits, shells, mine cakes, and various assortment packs. Founded over 40 years ago, Phantom Fireworks, headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio, is America’s premier consumer fireworks retailer. Phantom has built a reputation for quality, value, and selection that has set the standard in the consumer fireworks industry. Phantom® brand products are known and appreciated by fireworks enthusiasts from coast to coast.

Southern Peanut Farmers Federation launches ‘Peanut Program Works’ website and video

The Southern Peanut Farmers Federation today launched a campaign website,, and video to showcase the benefits of the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program in the 2014 Farm Bill and highlight its importance to farmers, their families and communities. The website, through a series of farmer profiles, an informational video and fact points, demonstrates how so many peanut farmers rely on the stability brought to their market through the PLC program, which is known as the Peanut Program, and why it must be retained in the upcoming Farm Bill. “The Peanut Program works,” said Armond Morris, chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission and member of the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation. “It creates stability giving farmers the ability to secure loans, contract with shellers, buy from chemical and feed companies, and invest in farm capital equipment.” The Peanut Program has given farmers like Michael Davis, a sixth-generation farmer from Graceville, Florida, the reassurance they need to continue farming. “The Peanut Program serves as an important backstop allowing us to plan for the long term. Without the Peanut Program, I believe that one-third of the farmers I know would go out of business, which would dramatically impact our communities.” Through the website, SPFF aims to educate policymakers, farmers and the agriculture community about why the Peanut Program must be retained in the upcoming Farm Bill. The Peanut Program is a sound, market-based solution that offers farmers a necessary price floor to support continued stability and access to lending, regardless of what is happening in the larger market. The program also helps to meet the ever-increasing demand for peanuts both domestically and internationally. Peanuts have seen continued per capita consumption growth for years, jumping from 6.60 pounds per capita to 7.41 between 2012 and 2016.* Caleb Bristow, executive director of the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, said: “In the supply chain for peanuts, what’s good for farmers is good for consumers. Changing the Peanut Program would have detrimental consequences for not only family-run farms like mine and rural communities across the southeast, but it would threaten the availability of a healthy and nutritious energy source for billions of peanut lovers around the world.” Peanut Program Works’ main message directly combats the attempts by the Florida Peanut Federation to drastically lower reference prices and destabilize a program that works for peanut farmers, their families and their surrounding communities. Don Koehler, executive director of the Georgia Peanut Commission and a member of the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, said that the policy advocated by the FPF would benefit only a small number of their members at the expense of peanut farmers throughout the Southeast. “The fact is the Florida Peanut Federation would undermine the market-based Peanut Program that works for peanut farmers, our families and our communities by pushing to dramatically lower the reference price and championing a self-serving effort on behalf of a few farmers who want to arbitrarily declare peanut base – a move that would put farmers in our community out of business and wreak chaos in the marketplace,” Koehler said. “Peanuts aren’t publicly traded on the futures market so the price of peanuts isn’t set until well after the peanuts are planted, and we’ve sunk big money into our crop. In order to meet the growing global demand for peanuts, farmers need a system in place that provides stability over time. And fortunately, we have one,” said Mike Jordan, a Jackson County, Florida farmer. The website, which was launched while the peanut industry was meeting at the 21st Annual USA Peanut Congress, urges and equips users to take initial steps towards understanding the Peanut Program and its sustained benefits, as well as the unreasoned claims made against it. Protect the Peanut Program that helps protect us-visit to learn more.

Source: USDA Peanut Stocks and Processing report; excludes peanut oil

~ Dates to Remember ~


3rd ~ City of Sylvester Work Session
4th ~ Happy Independence Day from The Martin News
5th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
5th ~ American Red Cross Blood Drive at The Albany Mall 1pm-6pm
6th ~ Knights & Maidens Family Fun Night at The Albany Mall
6th ~ Summer Kidz Field Day at First Baptist Church Sylvester
8th ~ Sylvester Downtown Farmer’s Market
9th ~ Pine Forest Baptist Church Homecoming 10am
10th ~ Pleasant Grove Baptist Church VBS, Shingler 9am-noon
11th ~ Pleasant Grove Baptist Church VBS, Shingler 9am-noon
11th ~ Books and Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library in Sylvester 10:30am
12th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
12th ~ Pleasant Grove Baptist Church VBS, Shingler 9am-noon
13th ~Pleasant Grove Baptist Church VBS, Shingler 9am-noon
13th ~ Date with a Dinosaur Family Fun Night at The Albany Mall
14th ~ Pleasant Grove Baptist Church VBS, Shingler 9am-noon
15th ~ Sylvester Downtown Farmer’s Market
15th ~ Fishing Rodeo 8am-noon
17th ~ City of Sylvester Council Meeting
18th ~ Books and Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library in Sylvester 10:30am
18th ~ Book signing at The Margaret Jones Public Library with Mart Trim 5pm-7pm
19th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
20th ~ Rockets & Robots Family Fun Night at The Albany Mall
22nd ~ Sylvester Downtown Farmer’s Market
25th ~ Books and Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library in Sylvester 10:30am
26th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
27th ~ Musically Speaking Family Fun Night at The Albany Mall
29th ~ Sylvester Downtown Farmer’s Market
31st ~ Worth County Schools Start

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Fireworks in Tifton Monday Night

Although no fireworks are planned on July 4 itself in Tifton, the Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will have fireworks on Monday, July 3. Admission to the fireworks show will be $10 per passenger car seating up to eight people and $20 for larger vehicles. Museum gates open at 7 p.m., and visitors may bring blankets and chairs to set up on the Opry Shelter lawn. Visitors may also bring their own picnic dinner or purchase food from on-site vendors. Alcoholic beverages and pets are not permitted. Veterans and current members of the armed forces will be admitted free with a valid military service ID. The museum will be closed on July 4.  For information call 229-391-5205.

Source: Tifton Grapevine