Rams Represented in War of the Border All-Star Game

Congratulations to Worth County High School Seniors Malik Dassie, Lance Eldridge, Da’Jun Evans, Cameron Jackson, and Alec McDonald on being selected to play in the annual Georgia/Florida War of the Border All-Star Game.  The War of the Border is an annual game that allows the best seniors from South Georgia and North Florida schools to play football in one final game.  Players represent their region and also perform in front of college scouts.  Thank you to the seniors and coaches for representing Worth County well! Way to go Ram boys.

Source: WCSD Web Page

Sylvester’s Own Girl’s Basketball Head Coach Will Participate in Celebrity Basketball Game

John Allen Popham will participate in the 2018 Stop the Violence “Community Heroes” AKA Celebrity Basketball Game. John graduated from Tiftarea Academy in 1999. John was a standout in basketball, baseball & cross country. During his senior season, John averaged 15 points 18 rebounds and 4 blocks per game. After high school, John played collegiately at Valdosta State University for Jim Yarbrough. Currently, John Allen teaches Health & PE at Worth County High School. He also serves as the Head Coach for the girls basketball & cross country teams. John is married to Michelle and they have 2 boys, Jae & Alex. Make sure you join all the Community Heroes at the Albany State University West Campus on Friday, March 16, 2018 as they kickoff All Star Weekend with the Stop the Violence “Community Heroes” AKA Celebrity Basketball Game! Let’s support our own Sylvester Coach, John Allen Popham.

Alchemy Games and Coffee Shoppe Set to Open in the Upcoming Weeks

A new place is coming to town! It’s a different type of business, one that maybe Sylvester has not seen before but for gamers and geeks, they will love it! Alchemy Games and Coffee, formerly Xion: Paradise for Geeks in Albany is coming to Downtown Sylvester on Front Street. It is a place for like-minded geeks to come together and connect while enjoying a unique friendly atmosphere. Alchemy is a hub for all things geek, gamer, anime, and nerd core. They are also a gathering place for everyone in the geek, gamer, and otaku community. Alchemy’s mission is to provide Southwest Georgia with a premier geek friendly environment and be a centralized hub for all things such as Trading Card Games, Video Game Tournaments, Table Top Games, Meet ups, Special events, Retro Games, Parties, and so more. I stopped by the store recently to meet up with the owner and take a sneak peak as to what is coming. Tim Haire is the excited owner of Alchemy. He is full of energy and knowledge of the gamer world. I have absolutely NO clue about the gamer world but had so much fun getting to talk to him and I asked many questions.. Imagine that! Alchemy is located in the old “One of a Kind” building on Front Street. Tim explained to me that is truly is a geek and gamer store with a coffee shop added. His plans were to put the gamer area to the left when you come into the store. Slightly to the right when you come in the store is items that you can shop around and purchase. Then to the far right will be the coffee shop. Tim described the coffee shop to be Japanese style. They will offer several types of coffee, sodas and more. The store will be opened Monday – Thursday, 6am-10pm, Friday and Saturday, 6am – midnight and Sunday from 1pm until around 6pm. I was amazed at the different things Tim was doing inside the building. Of course he recognizes the history of the people and knows how historic it is so to see some of the things he is doing is touching. For the menu board, he used an old door. I can’t wait for everyone to see it! He showed us the old elevator. Now I was blown away by that. I did not realize how old elevators looked. I would love to see it working again. Tim is shooting to open by the end of January or early February. Please like their Facebook page and make plans to visit them as soon as they open.

~ Dates to Remember ~


22nd ~ Dog Patrol at the Margaret Jones Public Library 4:30pm
23rd ~ Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections Meeting
23rd ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
24th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
25th ~ Parent Workshop at WCPS
26th ~ Help A Child Smile Dental Van at WCMS
28th ~ Black Light Extravaganza at First Baptist Church
30th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
30th ~ Cookie Dough Fundraiser starts at WCPS
30th ~ Help A Child Smile Dental Van at WCMS
31st ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester


1st ~ Annual Chamber Dinner for Sylvester – Worth County Chamber of Commerce
1st ~ Annual Chamber Dinner for Tift County Chamber of Commerce
2nd ~ Happy Ground Hog Day from The Martin News… Will there be more winter days??
6th ~ Progress Reports from Worth County Schools
7th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
8th ~ “Paws for Books” Book Fair at WCPS
9th ~ “Paws for Books” Book Fair at WCPS
9th ~ Muffins with Mom at WCMS
11th ~ Science Fair Regional Competition in Tifton – WCMS
12th ~ “Paws for Books” Book Fair at WCPS
13th ~ “Paws for Books” Book Fair at WCPS
13th ~ Leadership Worth Class
13th ~ Cookie Dough Fundraiser Ends at WCPS
14th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
14th ~ Happy Valentines Day from The Martin News
14th ~ “Paws for Books” Book Fair at WCPS
15th ~ “Paws for Books” Book Fair at WCPS
15th ~ Reading/STEM Family Fun Night at WCPS
16th ~ “Paws for Books” Book Fair at WCPS
19th ~ City of Sylvester Council Meeting
19th ~ WCHS Intervention Day
20th ~ City of Warwick Council Meeting
21st ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
27th ~ Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections Meeting
28th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester

Do you have an event that needs announced? Please email your questions or event listings to info@themartinnews.com and we will get them listed on the calendar.
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Tax Season to Begin on Monday, January 29th

The Internal Revenue Service announced recently that the nation’s tax season will begin Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 and reminded taxpayers claiming certain tax credits that refunds won’t be available before late February. The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on Jan. 29, with nearly 155 million individual tax returns expected to be filed in 2018. The nation’s tax deadline will be April 17 this year – so taxpayers will have two additional days to file beyond April 15. Many software companies and tax professionals will be accepting tax returns before Jan. 29 and then will submit the returns when IRS systems open. Although the IRS will begin accepting both electronic and paper tax returns Jan. 29, paper returns will begin processing later in mid-February as system updates continue. The IRS strongly encourages people to file their tax returns electronically for faster refunds. The IRS set the Jan. 29 opening date to ensure the security and readiness of key tax processing systems in advance of the opening and to assess the potential impact of tax legislation on 2017 tax returns. The IRS reminds taxpayers that, by law, the IRS cannot issue refunds claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) before mid-February. While the IRS will process those returns when received, it cannot issue related refunds before mid-February. The IRS expects the earliest EITC/ACTC related refunds to be available in taxpayer bank accounts or on debit cards starting on Feb. 27, 2018, if they chose direct deposit and there are no other issues with the tax return. The IRS also reminds taxpayers that they should keep copies of their prior-year tax returns for at least three years. Taxpayers who are using a tax software product for the first time will need their adjusted gross income from their 2016 tax return to file electronically. Taxpayers who are using the same tax software they used last year will not need to enter prior-year information to electronically sign their 2017 tax return. Using an electronic filing PIN is no longer an option. Taxpayers can visit IRS.gov/GetReady for more tips on preparing to file their 2017 tax return. This is information brought to you by the IRS was shared by Tatina’s Tax Service. If you have any questions, please contact her at 229-778-0225

Sen. Kirk Named Chairman of State and Local Government Panel

State Sen. Greg Kirk, R-Americus, whose district includes Tift County, was recently appointed as chairman of the State and Local Governmental Operations Committee and to serve on several other committees for the 2018 legislative session. “I am so thankful to have been appointed chair of such an important committee,” Kirk said. “This committee covers a variety of issues that I look forward to addressing during session. Everything starts at the local level and works its way up, and to be able to work with my colleagues in addressing areas that impact our community members will be a great priority of mine.” Kirk also serves as a member of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, Health and Human Services, Insurance and Labor and Judiciary committees. “Georgians should have great confidence that Sen. Kirk will utilize this role to positively shape public policy and advance our entire state forward,” said Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. “I am confident Chairman Kirk will bring insight to matters that come before the State and Local Governmental Operations Committee, building on Georgia’s status as the No. 1 state for business and enhancing our unrivaled quality of life.” The second session of the 154th Georgia General Assembly convened on Monday at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta.
Source: Tifton Grapevine

Just A Reminder: Phoebe Worth Announce Visitation Guidelines During Flu Season

Flu season is here and to help protect their patients and visitors, Phoebe Worth Medical Center has implemented the following temporary visitation guideline. As they work to provide a safe environment for their patients and staff, they apologize for any inconvenience these visitation guidelines may cause. The guidelines are patient visitation should be limited to care and support of the patient, children under the age of 18 should not visit the hospital, do not visit if you have any signs or symptoms of influenza, if you have a fever, cough, body aches, or a sore throat, please postpone your visit until you have been symptom free for 24 hours and anyone coming into the hospital with flu and coml. Symptoms will be asked to wear a mask.