Destination Ag: Thank A Farmer

Destination Ag believes in the farmers and their families who work diligently to provide our everyday necessities. They want to recognize them and do their best to show them how much we appreciate them all! As they begin their“ Thank A Farmer” series, they hope that they can encourage others to appreciate the farmer, their hard work, and the devotion it takes to raise up the materials and products our world needs! They want to begin their series with Mr. W.N. Apperson of Worth County, Georgia. He was born and raised in Worth County and is the middle of nine children. He is married to Mrs. Donna Apperson and they have two children and nine grandchildren. Mr. Apperson has been farming in Worth County since he was a small child helping his father in the fields. For a short time, he made the decision to open a welding shop and take a break from farming. However, his passion for the agriculture industry led him back to the fields around 1979 and he has continued farming ever since. His farms currently include cotton and peanuts and in previous years have included cantaloupes and watermelons. Mr. Apperson shared with us his love for taking care of the fields and he also shared with us his dislikes of pulling and hoeing pigweeds, but one thing that was constant in his interview was his humbleness in his faith. He stated, “I plant the seeds, but the Lord brings them up. I trust Him to give the sunshine and the rain to grow the plants.” Mr. W.N. Apperson is a true example of a hard working farmer and we are appreciative of his devotion to the agriculture industry. They are honored to have him as our first “Thank a Farmer” spotlight with Destination Ag! If you see him around, make sure to thank him for his efforts in providing for us all!

Source: Destination Ag

It’s Now “Capt” Steve Hyman of The Tifton Police Department

Steve E. Hyman, who has been with the Tifton Police Department for more than 34 years, has been promoted from lieutenant to captain. Capt. Hyman is now supervising the department’s uniform patrol division. Police Chief Buddy Dowdy made the formal announcement Monday to Tifton City Council. “I think everyone in town knows Steve,” Dowdy said. “I love him like a brother; respect him like no other.” Hyman, an Alapaha native, has served in various capacities with Tifton Police, including patrol officer, field detective, field training officer supervisor, police community relations and Crime Suppression Unit supervisor. The governor has appointed Hyman to the Georgia Police Officer Standards and Training Council. Hyman has also been named local Police Officer of the Year numerous times and has received the Tifton Sertoma Club’s Service to Mankind Award. Chief Dowdy said Hyman wanted to be a police officer since he was a child, doing “ride-alongs” with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office when he was 14 years old. Hyman has served as president of the Georgia Crime Prevention Association and has served on numerous boards of local community organizations, including the Tift County Commission on Children and Youth, the Tiftarea YMCA, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Tift County Recreation Advisory Board and PLIGHT — “Proud Loving Individuals Giving a Helping Hand to Teens.”
He is a graduate of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, of the FBI National Academy and of Georgia Command College.

Source: Tifton Grapevine

Tiftarea Academy Names New Upper School Principal

Michael Heitzman has joined the faculty and staff of Tiftarea Academy for the 2017-2018 school year as the Upper School principal. Heitzman spent eight years in the classroom teaching at Sandalwood High and Atlantic Coast High schools in Jacksonville, Fla., and most recently, at Fitzgerald High School. He was the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year at Fitzgerald High. Throughout his career, Heitzman has taught a variety of mathematics and social studies courses including Algebra 1, Geometry, AP U.S. History, AP Human Geography, U.S. History, Geography and Civics. He has coached softball, tennis and soccer. Heitzman earned his bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in social science education. He earned his master’s degree, from the University of New England, in educational leadership. He has an extensive background in differentiation, technology-based instruction, lesson design, curriculum mapping and gifted instruction.  Heitzman has been married to his best friend Hillary for almost a decade. The Heitzmans reside in Irwin County and have four children. In their spare time, the family enjoys traveling, geocaching, hiking, swimming and soccer.  “We are excited to welcome Michael Heitzman to our staff at Tiftarea Academy. Mr. Heitzman comes to Tiftarea with a strong curriculum background and an excellent reputation of incorporating technology into classroom instruction. I am also confident his experience with vertical alignment between high school and middle school in all academic areas will serve us well,” said Headmaster Stacey Bell.

Source: Tifton Grapevine

Tifton Teacher Chosen for Select Training Len Lastinger School Educator Attends Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute in Washington, D.C.

Congressman Austin Scott, R-Tifton, this week welcomed Tracy Ingram, a Georgia Science Ambassador and a second-grade teacher at Tifton’s Len Lastinger Primary School, to Washington, D.C., as she was chosen from more than 300 applicants to attend the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute during the week of July 17-21. Ingram was chosen for the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teaching conference through the Library of Congress. She is a past recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence and is a former staff writer for The Tifton Gazette.   “Investing in our teachers means more opportunities for our schools and brighter futures for our students,” said Rep. Scott. “I congratulate Tracy Ingram on her selection to this program, and I look forward to hearing what innovative ideas Mrs. Ingram brings back to our classrooms and shares with her colleagues.” Each year, the Library of Congress provides an opportunity for a group of K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes in Washington. During the five-day program, participants work with library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library of Congress’ website. During the week, activities draw on subject-related treasures of the Library, with an emphasis on such topics as the nature of science, scientific and engineering practices, interdependence of science, technology and engineering, the historical context of discovery and invention, and more. Educators attending the teacher institutes participate in and develop primary source-based teaching strategies that they can take back to their school districts, apply in the classroom and share with colleagues. All educators may freely access classroom materials, teaching tools and strategies for teaching with primary sources from the Library of Congress’ web site for teachers. 

Source: Tifton Grapevine

Georgia Best Shrimp &Grits … Downtown Restaurant Gets Nod to Represent Region at Competition

A Downtown Tifton restaurant will once again represent the state’s “Plantation Trace” region in Georgia’s Best Shrimp & Grits cooking competition in Jekyll Island. The results of online voting were announced Monday, and Tifton’s The Local Kitchen + Bar restaurant on Main Street is once again a regional winner, and now its Executive Chef David Scarbrough will compete against other chefs from around the state to determine “Georgia’s Best Shrimp & Grits.” “We at The Local would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the online voting process, and a huge shout-out to all the restaurants who participated,” The Local noted Monday on its Facebook page. “We are so thrilled to represent our region and the great state of Georgia! On to Jekyll!” The contest begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, during the annual Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival. The other regional winners who will compete in the Best Shrimp & Grits cooking competition are: Atlanta Metro: Sweet Potato Cafe; Classic South region: Honey Café (Honey Catering); The Coast: Southern Soul Barbeque; Historic Heartland: Aubri Lanes; Historic High Country: Johnny Mitchell’s Smokehouse; Jekyll Island: Jekyll Island Club Resort; Magnolia Midlands: Eagle Creek Brewing Co.; and N.E. Georgia Mountains: Valhalla Resort Hotel. Last year’s champion was West Egg Cafe in Atlanta.

Source: Tifton Grapevine

Where Are Your Driving Thru Today?

National Drive Thru Day is Monday, July 24th. Where will you drive thru on Monday? Here in Sylvester alone, we have several drive thru places. Now I wander if they are considering this drive thru places to eat or drive thru places to do business? Think about it. These days, we drive thru to get food, medicine and even clothes at the cleaners. We drive thru to drop off mail and to go to the bank. Many places have drive thru services so where will you drive thru on National Drive Thru Day?

Operation Southern Shield Gets Underway

Drivers are warned: Don’t speed or you may get ticketed. “Operation Southern Shield,” a five-state crackdown on speeding, kicked off Monday. Georgia has joined Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee to conduct a week-long speeding prevention and enforcement initiative on major highways and local roads. State and local law enforcement agencies throughout the five states are stepping up patrols to enforce posted speed limits. The regional effort is being made to reduce traffic deaths by getting motorists to obey posted speed limits, said Harris Blackwood, director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. “Drivers who exceed the posted speed limit by 10 miles an hour or more increase their chances of being in a crash because the faster speeds reduce their reaction times and ability to stop suddenly,” Blackwood said. “By publicizing this operation now, we want drivers across the Southeast to choose on their own to obey the speed limit,” Blackwood said. “Drivers who follow the law will have nothing to worry about, but those who keep their foot on the accelerator run the risk of getting a ticket.” Col. Mark McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said just one week of enforcement could have months, even years, of impact and greatly reduce the number of speed-related fatalities on the roads.  According to the Georgia State Patrol, the number of speeding-related traffic fatalities has almost doubled in Georgia from 2012-15. And there were 268 speeding-related traffic deaths in Georgia in 2015, which was a 25 percent increase from 2014. The number of traffic deaths in Georgia has increased in the past two years after declining for eight consecutive years. Speeding remains a leading cause of fatal traffic crashes and is often associated with other factors attributed to traffic deaths including impaired driving, distracted driving and reckless driving, the agency said. Just during the recent July Fourth holiday travel period resulted in 17 traffic deaths in the Peach State. Also during the holiday period, Georgia State Troopers investigated 620 traffic crashes that resulted in 260 injuries. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, 294 people were arrested for driving under the influence, while 9,945 citations and 14,767 warnings were issued.

Source: Tifton Grapevine

~ Dates to Remember ~


24th ~ Canvas Paint Party at The Margaret Jones Public Library
24th ~ Badges for Life Blood Deive
25th ~ Books and Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library in Sylvester 10:30am
26th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
26th ~ Open House 9th Grade Only WCHS 4pm-6pm
27th ~ Musically Speaking Family Fun Night at The Albany Mall
27th ~ Lego Building 10am – 11am
27th ~ Open House WCPS, WCES, WCMS 4pm-6pm
27th ~ Open House 10-12 Grade Only WCHS 5pm-7pm
28th ~ American Red Cross Blood Drive at The Margaret Jones Public Library 3pm-7pm
28th ~ 8th Annual Night Out Against Crime
29th ~ Sylvester Downtown Farmer’s Market
29th ~ Fishing Rodeo at The Duck Pond 8am-12noon
31st ~ Worth County Schools Start


1st ~ Books & Bubbles wit The Margaret Jones Public Library at The Splash Pad in Sylvester
2nd ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
4th ~ Worth County Rams Football
5th ~ Sylvester Downtown Farmer’s Market
5th ~ Drive One 4 Ur Community at Sunbelt Ford
7th ~ City of Sylvester Work Session
8th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
9th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
11th ~ Angel’s Photography Ribbon Cutting
11th ~ Worth County Rams Football
12th ~ Sylvester Downtown Farmer’s Market
12th ~ Worth County Rams Color Run
15th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
16th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
19th ~ Sylvester Downtown Farmer’s Market
22nd ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
23rd ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
26th ~ Sylvester Downtown Farmer’s Market
27th ~ Ugandan Thunder Live at Unity Baptist Church
29th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library

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The Incredible Moment When Georgia Will Go Dark That Will Go Down In History

August 21, 2017 is a big day in history. The sun, moon, and Earth will all be lined up, with the moon directly between the other two. This is what is called a total solar eclipse, and we are less than two months away from one of the most incredible astrological moments in our history. There hasn’t been a total solar eclipse in the continental United States in almost 40 years, and in fact, the last time there was a coast-to-coast path for a total solar eclipse was in 1918. But here’s an even better part of this magic–parts of Northeast Georgia will fall directly in the path of the full solar eclipse. That’s right folks. Georgians are some of the very lucky few who have an opportunity to watch the total solar eclipse in a front row seat and we have the perfect place to see it all.

Upcoming Worship Events

Cross Roads Baptist Church located at 817 South Main Street in Sylvester has several events coming up and would like to invite you all to visit and make yourself at home. The first event is on August 25th from 7pm-11pm for ages 5 and up. This event is Kids Night. There will be many activities for all ages and supper will be provided. Please make plans now to join. And then September 10th-13th is the Missions Conference. On Sunday, September 10th, services will be held at 11am and 6 pm with lunch following the morning service. Monday through Wednesday, service will start at 7pm. They hope to see everyone.