Truck & Tractor Pull Sept. 21-23

Trucks and tractors of all shapes and sizes will rev their engines and roar down the track Sept. 21-23 at the AET Truck and Tractor Pull sponsored by the Agricultural Engineering Technology Club at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. On Sept. 21, ABAC students and the community can participate in the amateur night beginning at 7 p.m. Participants may enter their vehicles in the event for fee. Gates will open at 6 p.m. On Sept. 22-23, the Southern Pullers Association will provide the show featuring professional pullers. On Sept. 22, gates will open at 6 p.m., and pulling will start at 7 p.m. On Sept. 23, the gates open at 5 p.m., and pulling will start at 6 p.m. For information, contact AET club advisors Ray Lundy at or Todd Hicks at

Source: Tifton Grapevine

Sylvester Represented at Concrete Enterprises

On Thursday evening, September 14th, Councilman Larry Johnson, City Manager Autron Hayes along with a few other community members and leaders attended the Grand Opening of The Brick, Block and Stone Showroom at Concrete Enterprises located in Albany. Concrete Enterprises is a locally owned and operated concrete company owned by partners Jason Wiggins and Luke Bryan. Supplying all of S.W. Georgia with concrete, block, rock, sand, fill dirt, concrete accessories, masonry accessories & waterproofing supplies with locations in Albany, Moultrie, Nashville & Valdosta Ga. Johnson, Hayes and others wanted to attend the Grand Opening to support the business and build a strong connection between Sylvester and Concrete Enterprises.

You Made A Difference

During the recent visit of Hurricane Irma, Sylvester and Worth County came together as a community and helped everyone to overcome the storm! Whether you were a church that housed evacuee’s and held services or whether you just prayed for all involved, you made a difference. Whether as a police officer you patrolled the streets, directed traffic or cut tree limbs down, you made a difference. Whether you were a local electric company or a company from out of town, you brought the power back on, you made a difference. Whether you were a store with electricity or one without, you brought the ability for storm victims to get items they needed, you made a difference. Whether you were a restaurant that have full capabilities to provide a full meal or whether you provided a little by a generator, you made a difference. Whether you cut down a neighbors tree or helped to pick up limbs, you made a difference. Whether you stayed up all night to give us a weather report or you checked on the weather all night to keep your family safe, you made a difference. Thanks for making a difference.

Small Town Love for Fur Babies

Recently during Hurricane Irma, Cole and Georgia -Kay McCollum along with their precious fur babies had to evacuate their home and headed to Sylvester. Georgia-Kay is the daughter of Phillip and Wendy Lumpkin from Sylvester and James and Teresa Knowles of Kingsland. Georgia – Kay now resides in Kingsland, Georgia. Below is a letter from the McCollum family along with pictures of the beautiful family.

Dear Sylvester Animal Hospital,

I would like to thank you for your gracious and caring hospitality in a stressful time for my family. I want the public to know that your amazing staff took my evacuee babies in, with no questions asked, when others turned us away. It was a huge relief. Even more, your generosity didn’t stop there. You went out of your way to arrange pickup for us and wouldn’t take a dime for payment. My husband insisted, but still you said no. You were more than generous and truly cared for our pups out of love. We can’t thank you enough. To show our appreciation, we will be making a $200 donation to Best Friends Humane Society on your behalf. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!!

Cole, Georgia-Kay, Roxy & Tucker McCollum

~ Dates to Remember ~


18th ~ City of Sylvester Council Monthly Meeting
18th ~ Flu Shots at WCMS
19th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library 10:30am
19th ~ After School Program at WCMS for extra help in Math, Language Arts or Social Studies
19th ~ Flu shots at WCES
19th ~ WCMS & WCHS Chorus Concert at Unity Baptist Church 6:30pm
20th ~ Phoebe Worth hosts a Pink Ladies Fundraiser
20th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
21st ~ Retake pictures at WCMS
21st ~ Class Ring Ceremony WCHS 7pm
23rd ~ Downtown Sylvester Farmer’s Market
23rd ~ BFHS BIP
23rd ~ Worth County Touchdown Club Bass Tournament
23rd ~ Cars & Coasters at Wild Adventures
25th ~ Intervention Day at WCMS
25th ~ Worth County Schools on Fall Break
25th ~ Play Life Size Candy Land at the Margaret Jones Public Library
25th ~ Paws Patrol at The Margaret Jones Public Library
26th ~ Worth County Schools on Fall Break
26th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library 10:30am
27th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
27th ~ Worth County Schools on Fall Break
28th ~ Worth County Schools on Fall Break
28th ~ American Red Cross Blood Drive at The Margaret Jones Public Library
28th ~ Worth County Rams JV Football
29th ~ Worth County Ram Football Game
29th ~ Worth County Schools on Fall Break
30th ~ The Gift Barn New Location Grand Opening
30th ~ Downtown Sylvester Farmer’s Market
30th ~ Hollywood Star Kid Prom at The Albany Mall

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Worth School News

With the visit from Hurricane Irma, we have school news to catch up on. I’m not sure if there is a time of the year that is busier than any other for school but I can say the fall of the year is a busy time for sure. The students and staff are staying very busy and we hope you join in to keep up with the latest. Be sure to like all the school’s Facebook pages to stay update on the latest news and pictures that each school posts.

WCPS keeps all the students extremely busy from Pre-k through 2nd grade. Mrs. Worthy and Mrs. Moore’s classes got to hear a lesson recently about the life cycle of a butterfly and a frog from Mrs. Shaw. They got to look at them through a magnifying glass and even touch the caterpillar. Children at that age know no fear so I am quite sure they enjoyed it. At the age of 40, I am not touching a caterpillar. Mrs. Tison’s class participated in an ELT STEAM Activity. STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering And Mathematics. For the last 3 weeks, students in Mrs. Griffis’ class have enjoyed reading Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel and learning the differences between frogs and toads. Recently they had an exciting day observing a real frog and toad! They ended their study with trying to catch bugs with frog and toad crafts. The book fair that was held a few weeks ago was a great success! WCPS staff states that it would not have been possible without great support from their parents and volunteers. A BIG Thank You goes out to you all. Please be sure to visit the WCPS Facebook page to see all the pictures of the students of the week as well as the monthly lunch menus are posted there.

WCES is on the move staying busy and learning but having so much fun as they do it. I love to look each week to see who the weekly winners are from the Character Ed Rocks program because Character Ed. Rocks at WCES! This past week’s word was Respect for Authority. Congratulations to the following people who found the Character Ed. Rock for the week of September 4th: Teacher: Kathy King and Students: Kedarius Brown, Zoa Roddy, and Julie Rainey. Congratulations to you all and good luck to everyone next week! Homeroom teachers have started collecting the order forms from the PTO Fall Fundraiser. Monday, September 18th is the last day to submit orders. Thank you again for your support! Picture proof and order forms have been sent home. You will be able to purchase online at or you may return your order form to WCES by Tuesday, October 3, 2017. This company allows you to chose/upgrade your background and provides you with a download of your child’s picture with the purchase of any package! Picture retakes for eyes closed, etc. or absent students will be October 5th. Please be sure to visit the WCES Facebook page to see all the pictures and news posted as well as the monthly lunch menus are posted there.

WCMS is getting ready for Homecoming 2017. Please be sure to follow their Facebook page. They have the dress days and themes listed out. I know everyone is getting excited. Mrs. Jaki Johnson conducted the Annual Title One Parent and Family Engagement Meeting for the 2017-2018 school year. Thanks to everyone who attended. Be sure to come out n Wednesday’s and support the WCMS Football Team.

WCHS is getting ready for some upcoming events and celebrating some recent events. September is Attendance Awareness Month and WCHS wants to keep their families educated on attendance. Excused and unexcused absences quickly add up to too much time lost in the classroom. If you are not present in class you are not getting the instruction you need. Remember, absences add up! The first Intervention Day will be on Monday, September 25th from 8am-1pm. Students may repair 1st 9 week’s attendance ONLY. Remember that attendance may only be repaired hour for hour. Students will have the opportunity to complete 5 hours of intervention time which would equal 5 individual period absences. Any student needing to use this time to repair low grades, MUST get that information from their teachers before intervention day. Teachers, all makeup and repair assignments should be given to the student prior to the intervention day. The WCHS Dress Code is enforced during intervention and students must meet dress code requirements in order to stay. Also, students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from WCHS. DECA Club sign up is going on now. This year the yearly dues are $22 which will include a T-shirt. See Mrs. Kelly for more information. DECA Members who are going to attend the FALL Rally at the Perry Fair and/or the FALL Leadership Conference in Atlanta this year need to start signing up with Mrs. Kelly. Fall Rally is $35 which includes the rally and an armband. Fall Rally is due by September 20th. The Fall Leadership Conference is $130 which includes their registration, tshirt, and hotel stay for one night. The deadline to register and make a deposit of $70 is September 20th. See Mrs. Kelly to reserve your spot. Congratulations to the Cross Country teams! The Lady Rams won first place tonight at the meet in Pelham! Two WCHS ladies also earned individual medals.  Brianna Zupko came in 2nd, and Alexis Kelly 4th!  Also finishing in the top ten were: Shanice Thompson (6th) and Chassidy Odom (7th).  Way to go, ladies! The Rams Cross Country team finished 4th out of 10 teams and continues to improve on their times each meet. The annual Worth County Goat and Lamb Show was held September 9 at the Worth County Ag Pavilion. The show allowed Worth County 4-H and FFA members the opportunity to exhibit their show animals on a local level. Mr. Jon-Paul Martin of Albany was the judge. Taylor Layfield, Luke Gwines, Ragen Bozeman and Adam Ivey exhibited their animals as Worth County High School FFA Members. Worth County Middle School was represented by Rylan Bozeman and Parker Weaver. Brady Weaver and Peyton Gwines exhibited their animals as members of  Worth County 4-H. During the showmanship portion of the show Brady Weaver was selected as the Junior Division Showmanship Champion, Rylan Bozeman was the Intermediate Division Champion and Ragen Bozeman won the Senior Division. The Grand Champion wether goat was exhibited by Rylan Bozeman and the Reserve Champion wether goat was shown by Taylor Layfield. Ragen Bozeman exhibited the Grand Champion Doe as her sister, Rylan showed the Reserve Champion Doe. These students will continue to exhibit their sheep and goats throughout Georgia until the State 4-H and FFA Market Sheep and Goat show which will be held in Perry, Ga. during the Georgia National Fair.

Source: WCSD Facebook/Web Page & The Martin News