Late Night Run

Have you ever just been sitting around and start talking about different things, enjoying visiting with your friends and then all of a sudden decide to go get donuts? YES donuts and guess what time it was?? 12:15am… YES 12:15 in the morning. Just when I thought I was headed home, I quickly learned different. I said no multiple times about going but I lost against three others two of which were teenagers and talked me in to it. I must say though we had a blast. We laughed so much and had such a great time. What I was hoping for though did not happen. The HOT light was not on. I was so disappointed but we already rode 30-45 minutes to get the donuts, so we ordered some. I had two chocolate covered donuts and the rest of the crew had regular glazed donuts. They were delicious but the best of all was all the laughing and stories we shared. Now for the record, I didn’t drive because I don’t like to drive at night but my friend, Shalonda Polk was driving and our boys J’Son and Larry were laughing at us in the back seat. Thank you Lord for blessing us with such good friends.

Get Moving With Your Pooch

 
January is National Walk Your Dog Month! What better time to spend outdoors with your dog! Walking is great exercise for dog owners but is also beneficial for dogs. Walking your dog allows them to get rid of built up energy. Draining this energy will result in a calmer and more submissive dog. Not expending this energy will often result destructive behaviors. A walk outside will also stimulate your dog’s brain. While walking outside, your dog will be exposed to many sights, sounds and smells. This will also allow your dog to become more familiar and comfortable with a variety of sights and sounds such as bicycles, lawn mowers and loud vehicles. For dog owners who have more than one dog, walks together will help them bond with each other. This will help to prevent negative interactions between them at home. Dog walking also allows you to bond with your dog. Dogs crave attention and this will allow you to set aside time just for you and your dog. Regular exercise has improved the health of many people. It can also help your dog live a longer, healthier life.

Pursuit of Learning Builds Confidence: Tifton SRTC Student on Successful Path

Casey Jones describes himself as a naturally nervous person. A bespectacled young man with an intellectual bearing and a purposeful way with words, Jones comes across as the kind of nerdy-cool college kid you would find in the library of any university.  But pulled out of public school after the sixth grade, he had become accustomed to homeschooling away from the stress of other people. While he was still in his teens, he recognized that homeschooling wasn’t getting him to where he wanted to be in life. His appreciation for the nursing profession was driving him to pursue a career in medicine. However, without even a high school diploma, a medical career felt like an impossibility. He knew that in order to move forward, he would have to face down his social anxiety and figure another way. He made the choice to pursue his GED (General Equivalency Diploma) at Southern Regional Technical College’s Tifton campus. After years away from public school, the prospect of classrooms filled with people made him nervous. In the beginning, he fought an uphill battle with anxiety while making up for the years of high school that he had never attended. “Every day, I was shaken, even a little nauseous. But soon, I found that everyone in the class was here for the same reasons I was. They were all driven, and polite, and accepting.”  He also found a teacher, Judy Abell, who saw that he had exceptional potential: “Casey was very dependable, and displayed excellent study and work ethics. Other students would often turn to him for assistance if they were struggling with an assignment.” Abell encouraged him to take part in the Blitz Program, an accelerated GED option that is more intense and difficult. For Jones, Blitz was a perfect fit: “I was able to move at my own pace. Yes, some of it was challenging, but I was thriving.” In just a few months, Jones earned his GED. After working hard and pulling off the equivalent of four years of high school in a fraction of that time, Jones now admits that even he was impressed by what he accomplished. “I am proud of the fact that I not only passed my GED, I passed with honors.” For most of his life, Jones had furtively dreamed about going to college. Because of his family’s financial situation, he had practically given up on his hopes of becoming a  college graduate. “For a long time, I thought I would never get the chance to go to college. Literally, no one in my family has ever gone. College just seemed unattainable for me.”  As he worked toward his GED, Jones began realizing that adding a college degree to his resume was a realistic goal.  With the help of SRTC’s faculty and staff, he discovered grants and scholarships that would make attending college a financial possibility. By the time he earned his GED, he had also uncovered a new sense of confidence, so he decided to make the leap and is now working on his ASN (Associate of Science in Nursing) degree at SRTC.  After he earns his ASN, he plans to take advantage of the articulation agreement between SRTC and Valdosta State University and earn his BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing). “Now that I’m actually here, and everything is working out so well, it’s nice, it really is.”  SRTC offers free adult education (GED) classes at 11 locations in Southwest Georgia. For more information on the GED program, visit SRTC’s Adult Education online.

Source: Tifton Grapevine

Dancing Stare of South Georgia Dance to End Alzheimer’s

South Georgia area residents will show off their best moves to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter. Dancing Stars of South Georgia will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton, Georgia. Mirroring the popular TV show Dancing with the Stars, this event pairs local South Georgia residents, also known as celebrities, with professional dancers to raise money by gaining votes in a one-night dance competition. Area residents can vote online for just $1 per vote prior to the event. Dancing Stars of South Georgia raises critically needed funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter. The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 15 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S. In Georgia alone, there are more than 140,000 people living with the disease and 519,000 caregivers. The event is Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 6 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. It will be held at UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center 15 R D C Road Tifton, GA 31794. If you have any questions please contact Amy Johnston, Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications at ajohnston@alz.org or 404-728-6044.

~ Dates to Remember ~

January

8th ~ National Football Championship between Georgia and Alabama
9th ~ Leadership Worth Class
9th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
10th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
15th ~ Worth County Schools Out
15th ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
15th ~ City of Sylvester Council Meeting
16th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
16th ~ City of Warwick Council Meeting
17th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
23rd ~ Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections Meeting
23rd ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
24th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
28th ~ Black Light Extravaganza at First Baptist Church
30th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
31st ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester

February

1st ~ Annual Chamber Dinner for Sylvester – Worth County Chamber of Commerce
1st ~ Annual Chamber Dinner for Tift County Chamber of Commerce
7th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
13th ~ Leadership Worth Class
14th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
14th ~ Happy Valentines Day from The Martin News
19th ~ City of Sylvester Council Meeting
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

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The Martin News Wants to Give Back During National Soup Month

 In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 7 Americans, hunger is a reality. More than 12 million families in America struggle with hunger. These are often hardworking families who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to make difficult choices between paying for food, utilities, transportation, medical care and housing. That is why The Martin News wants to help. During the month of January, The Martin News will be collecting cans of soup. At the end of the month, we will donate all cans of soup to local churches to fill their food pantries. I feel that is important to give to those less fortunate and to those in our community. If you would like to donate, please email me at info@themartinnews.com and I will be glad to pick those donations up. For every can you donate, you will be entered one time and we will draw a winner on February 1st. The winner will be treated to a gift certificate to a local business. Please share with your friends and family. If you are a business or an organization and would like to partner with us, please let us know. We would love to do this as a community effort. Feeding those less fortunate does not only have to happen at holiday’s. Let’s come together and help those in need. Thank you in advance for your help.

Some Day We Will Laugh About This

Well want you look a here? There’s another day to celebrate. I love these kind of days. They can be so much fun and bring many laughs. So this day is “Some Day We Will Laugh About This”. Do you have one of those moments in your life? Well I sure do. We laugh now but we were NOT laughing then. When I was about 13 or 14, I took my mother’s car for a spend through mother and daddy’s pecan orchard. Now I had learn to drive about the age of 11. Mother and Daddy wanted me to learn early because of my sister’s terrible driving record. So by 13 or 14, I was pretty dog gone good at driving. Well it was on a Saturday and mother was getting ready to go to work at my aunt’s restaurant, Blackbeard’s. She was in the house getting ready and I took it for a spin. My friend, Allison Elam was with me and she had learned at an early age to drive also. So we both could drive good. Well I was spinning around those trees like a pro. Allison was waiting for me to get back when mother came out the garage door and said “ Where’s Lynn, Where’s my car”… about that time I come around and saw her and I pulled right to her and slammed on those breaks. Boy did she look mad so I locked the doors and got out on the other side so I could get a running start. Oh boy she was past mad… BUT she did not spank me nor put me on restriction for any of my fun things so I thought I was good UNTIL she said I could not drive for a month! I think my heart skipped two or three beats. Do you know how terrible that was?? It was awful. We lived in the big ole country, Gordy and I could drive to my grandma and grandpa Dupree’s anytime I wanted but I didn’t for that month and when I got my privileges back, I NEVER broke the rules of driving again. We laugh now but I was NOT laughing then and neither was my mother!

~ Dates to Remember ~

January

1st ~ Happy New Year from The Martin News
1st ~ Worth County Schools Out
2nd ~ Worth County Schools Out
2nd ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
3rd ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
4th ~ WCMS Basketball Games
9th ~ Leadership Worth Class
9th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
10th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
15th ~ City f Sylvester Council Meeting
16th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
16th ~ City of Warwick Council Meeting
17th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
23rd ~ Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections Meeting
23rd ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
24th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
30th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
31st ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester

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