Popcorn Isn’t Just For Movies Anymore

January 19th is National Popcorn Day. Now isn’t that a great day to celebrate? Popcorn is a type of corn that puffs up when heated. It is usually served salted, often with butter. However, caramel and cheddar cheese are also common varieties. Air-popped popcorn is naturally high in dietary fiber and low in calories and fat. It is often a snack of choice for people with dietary restrictions. Popcorn is not only for eating. It has been traditionally used for many years to decorate Christmas trees. Did anyone put up a Popcorn Christmas Tree this year?

Army Vet Gets New, Free Tifton Home

U.S. Army Sgt. Chad Turner and his family were given the keys Friday to a newly built, mortgage-free home in Tifton during a dedication ceremony. The non-profit Operation Finally Home partnered with local builder Structures by Chris Brooks to provide the custom-built home in the Laurel Creek subdivision. Turner, who was raised by his grandparents, joined the Army in February 2002 and underwent basic training at Fort Benning. In 2003, he met his wife, Jennifer, and they married in 2004 before Turner deployed for his first tour in Iraq. Turner served in four deployments back-to-back between 2005 and 2011 in both Iraq and Afghanistan. During his first deployment from 2005 to 2006, his son Jason was born. Turner was able to return for the birth of his son but had to fly back a week later to return to duty. On his last tour to Afghanistan in December 2011, Turner and his fellow soldiers were attacked while on an air assault mission. During the attack, four rocket-propelled grenades simultaneously landed 30 meters from them. Turner doesn’t remember the attack other than being thrown into the air from the blast. Turner was later diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, cognitive learning disorder, degenerative disc disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, in addition to other injuries. He suffers from short-term memory loss, has trouble with his hearing and struggles with paranoia in public settings. During his years of service, he received a number of accolades, including the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the NATO Afghanistan Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Megan, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star and many more. Since being honorably discharged from the military, Turner has devoted his time to both his family and fellow veterans. With his son having special needs, Turner is committed to getting him the special care and schooling he needs. Turner is a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars 7720. His mission is to help veterans in the healing process through hunting, which he believes is a therapeutic activity. Turner was chosen by the Tennessee-based Operation Finally Home to receive the home. The non-profit organization was established in 2005 to provide custom-built, mortgage-free homes to America’s military heroes and their widows; the organization has built 137 homes across the country with the help of corporate sponsors and local builders. The Turners cut the ribbon to their new home with well-wishers including Tift Sheriff Gene Scarbrough and Congressman Austin Scott.

Source: Tifton Grapevine

Georgia Peanut Farm Show set for Thursday, Jan. 18

Producers can improve the bottom-line of their farming operation with knowledge, connections and information gained at the 42nd annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference, held at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center, Jan. 18, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Peanut farmers and those involved in the peanut industry will be able to learn more about the latest products, services and peanut research at the show, which is sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission. During this year’s show, Kelley Manufacturing Co. is providing the Grand Door Prize Package of one season’s use of a new peanut combine (choice of four-row, six-row or combine with Unload-On-The-Go option). At the end of the 2018 season, the winner has the option of purchasing the combine from an authorized KMC dealer with $15,000 off the list price. Also, KMC is providing a second drawing for one season’s use of a new Digger Shaker Inverter (choice of rigid or flex model in a two-row, four-row or six-row) or the use of a new KMC Dump Cart. At the end of the 2018 season, the winner has the option of purchasing the digger or dump cart from an authorized KMC dealer with 10 percent off the list price. Additionally, farmers can register to win the Grower Prize, donated by Amadas Industries. This prize is the choice of one season’s use of a new Amadas four-row or six-row peanut digger/inverter or a certificate good for the amount of $10,000.00 towards the purchase of any new Amadas self-propelled combine or $5,000 towards the purchase of a new 4-row or 6-row Amadas pull-type combine. The winners of the Grand Door Prize and the Grower Prize must be certified peanut farmers with an FSA farm number and present to win. The one-day show offers farmers a full day to view the products and services of more than 100 exhibitors and a day of education. A free luncheon begins at noon for all peanut farmers in attendance. The Georgia Peanut Commission will present a short program beginning at 12:15 p.m. that will cover award presentations and an update from the National Peanut Board and Washington. The University of Georgia Peanut Team will present an educational peanut production seminar from 9:00 until 10:30 a.m. Team members will provide information on irrigation management, insects, fertility, disease and nematodes as well as provide a year in review of the 2017 crop. Farmers will also have the opportunity to earn private or commercial pesticide applicator certification. An Industry Seed Seminar will also be held from 10:35 to 11:35 a.m. during the show. This event is sponsored by the American Peanut Shellers Association Committee on Variety & Seed Development, Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and the Georgia Peanut Commission. Growers will be able to learn about farm-saved seed, peanut varieties available for 2018 and varieties on the horizon. The Georgia Peanut Commission, in cooperation with the OneBlood, will host a blood drive from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. during the show. At the close of the day, the presentation of the Grand Door Prize donated by KMC will be presented to one lucky peanut grower. For more information on the show, contact GPC at 229-386-3470 or online at www.gapeanuts.com.

100th Day of School

Can you believe that Thursday, January 18th, is the 100th day of school?? Worth County Primary School is excited about the 100th day of school, and this year they are partnering with Best Friends Humane Society to Celebrate. WCPS is challenging all homerooms to provide at least 100 pounds of dog/cat food and to dress up like their favorite pet/animal. They are also asking for students to bring in cleaning items such as bleach, paper towels, dish soap, laundry soap, etc. These are items that the Best Friends Humane Society is in need of. Each grade level will have a winner for the most pounds of dog/cat food donated and WCPS will also reward the homeroom that provides the most cleaning/care supplies by counting each individual item. The homeroom classes with the most pounds of food and the homeroom with the highest number of cleaning items will win ice cream parties!! Now how awesome is that? It’s not every day you get to celebrate the number 100, help our furry friends at Best Friends Humane Society and possibly win an ice cream party! BFHS is an organization that helps the animals in our community that does not have fur ever homes. They help to house them until they can find that very special person to take them in to become their fur ever home. Please help support this cause if you are able to. The fur babies will forever be grateful. If you are looking for a pet to adopt, please feel free to contact them or visit them to see if you can create a fur ever home for one of the sweet babies. Thank you in advance for your help.

Source: WCSD Facebook Page and The Martin News
Community Involvement Sponsored by Southwest Georgia Therapy

RREADBowl ’18 National Student Reading Competition Kicks Off! Registration is Free and is Now Open!

The national reading competition for students is officially underway – and is designed to foster a “big-game” atmosphere among students when it comes to reading, by kicking off the same day as the College Football National Championship Game and culminating on Super Bowl Sunday. READBowl also draws from Malcolm’s experience as a standout wide receiver at the University of Georgia, Superbowl Champion and current member of the New England Patriots. READBowl ’18 runs now until February 2nd. The National Reading Champions will be announced on Super Bowl Sunday, February 4; and will receive four autographed copies of “The Magician’s Hat” for their classroom or library and a special video message from Malcolm to the winning class! Weekly winners will also be named. Any student in the country is eligible to compete with their class in READBowl, but all classes must be registered by a teacher. We encourage striving readers and students who read differently to participate. Teachers: Get your class on the Road to READBowl! “Reading created a path that led me to the Super Bowl,” says Malcolm. “We are so excited to bring you READBowl ‘18 because it gives us a chance to combine my biggest passions – football and reading – with a big-game feel. It is my hope that READBowl ‘18 will get kids motivated to read more and encourage classes to read together as a team. As adults, it is our job to do whatever we can to get our kids reading more books. I will be cheering for every student competing in READBowl. I can’t wait to greet the National Reading Champions! Let’s go, it’s game time!” Teachers: Registration form for your class, official rules and instructions and your weekly reading playbook are all online here -> https://www.readwithmalcolm.com/events/. Once you submit your registration form, you can immediately begin tracking your class’ progress and sharing your photos and messages with on social media or directly at readbowl@readwithmalcolm.com.

Celebrating the Late Great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day officially was the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. This day is known as an American Federal Holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King’s birthday of January 15th. This year it falls on his actual birthday. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000. Today his speech “I Have A Dream” is still a very powerful speech to refer to and incorporate in all of our lives including our children and grandchildren that we are raising up to be productive men and women in our community, state and country. There are several events going on to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Ashburn, Albany, Tifton and in our home town of Sylvester. Please take the day to enjoy history at some of these events.

Janya’s Journey

After all had somewhat settled down from the rush of the holiday’s, Janya spent her evening and weekends helping her papa harvest collards, turnips, and broccoli. They delivered them to the senior citizens of the community. This is a passion of Janya’s. She wants to be able to help those in need and the elderly. The Martin News is excited to announce that Janya is helping us to collect cans of soup during National Soup Month. Janya feels that it is important for the community to know that 1 in 7 Americans suffer from hunger. 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 and Janya’s Journey wants to help. During the month of January, The Martin News and Janya 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. 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. It is very important to help our neighbor’s when we are able to do so. Thank you in advance for your help.

~ Dates to Remember ~


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
17th ~ WCPS School Council Meeting
18th ~ 100th Day of School/ BFHS Day at WCPS
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
28th ~ Black Light Extravaganza at First Baptist Church
30th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
30th ~ Cookie Dough Fundraiser starts at WCPS
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
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
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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