Reading the Summer Away at The Margaret Jones Public Library

The Margaret Jones Public Library has been busy this past week building a better world by reading books. Many children have visited the library this week and got their first library card. How exciting is this? To see all the smiles on the children faces, I would say they are pretty excited! This week has also been very interesting as the children attended on Tuesday the show by Ken Scott. Ken Scott has over 20 years of Magician experience, performing over 350 shows a year.   He has entertained over a million people with his unique cutting edge programs.  Ken is a three time winner of the Greater Atlanta Magician of the year award.  In addition, Ken was also featured on CNN Headline News, where he headlined their segment on A Day of Magic. Ken performs yearly in Hollywood California at The World Famous Magic Castle, which is home to the Academy of Magical Arts.  Ken has also performed five times at the White House. Ken has also appeared on ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Video. Be sure to stay tuned to the calendar of events here with The Martin News along with the Sylvester – Worth County Chamber of Commerce calendar of events so that you won’t miss a show or any excitement!

Tift Basketball Coach Praises Program

Chris Wade, Tift County High School’s new head basketball coach, told the Tifton Rotary Club on Wednesday that there is a decades-long tradition of a first-class basketball program at TCHS, and he will work to continue that tradition. Wade said Tift’s state-championship team will be in a rebuilding phase next season, and there is some up-and-coming talent. The former assistant coach was named head coach when Coach Eric Holland resigned recently to accept the position of principal at Rome High School. In the photo above, Coach Wade, at right, stands with Tifton Rotary Club President Jeremy Campbell.

Source: Tifton Grapevine

Watermelon Season Begins

Watermelon season is starting in South Georgia. Not only are they tasty but watermelons are big business in Georgia with a $124.5 million farm gate value in 2015, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. But along with ripening watermelons, fusarium wilt is also rising in Georgia watermelon fields. UGA scientists are studying whether this fungal disease can be managed through fumigation. Fumigation is a method of pest control that involves using volatile compounds in a restricted area to kill pests and pathogens. Research on fumigation with the fungicide Proline is yielding promising results, according to Bhabesh Dutta, UGA Cooperative Extension vegetable pathologist at the UGA Tifton campus. “I am encouraged by the outcomes of the first year of this trial. We conducted this trial in a field with a history of fusarium wilt. To get a reduction in disease incidence down to as little as 4 percent is encouraging,” he said. Dutta is collaborating with UGA Extension vegetable specialist Tim Coolong and UGA Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agents Will Gay in Turner County and Josh Grant in Crisp County. The research team plans to continue conducting field trials on the interactive effect of using both a fumigant and a fungicide to control fusarium wilt. In the past four to five years, fusarium wilt emerged as the biggest disease that watermelon farmers face.

Source: Tifton Grapevine

Wound Care Awareness TRMC Clinic Receives Recognition

The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Clinic at Tift Regional Medical Center has been helping raise awareness of chronic wounds. The fourth annual Wound Care Awareness Week ends today. It is estimated that chronic wounds affect 6.7 million people in the U.S., and the incidence is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb. “We see patients living with non-healing wounds for a prolonged amount of time due to the lack of awareness of advanced wound care options,” said Dr. D. Scott Covington, chief medical director for healogics. “We work to educate community physicians about which of their patients can benefit from advanced wound care, and then provide coordinated care to heal that patient’s wounds.” The TRMC Wound Care and Hyperbaric Clinic recently received the Robert A. Warriner III Center of Excellence Award. The clinic achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 24 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent and a minimum healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal. The clinic also was awarded President’s Circle Honors, which places the clinic in the top 15 percent of all healogics network wound-care facilities nationwide.

Source: Tifton Grapevine

Children’s Books Needed

The Ashburn community needs children’s books to help inspire an interest and passion for reading and learning. Would you consider donating new or gently used children’s books for our book drive?

Source: Ashburn – Turner County Chamber of Commerce

Farm Tour Stops at Calhoun Produce

Georgia Farm Bureau Farm Tour recently made a visit in Turner County to Calhoun Produce. It was a beautiful day for a visit and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely. Calhoun Produce stated they were honored to have the Georgia Farm Bureau Farm Tour visit their farm. The group had lunch, a wagon ride to see their Agri-Tourism operation and their butterbean and pea packing operation.

Source: Ashburn – Turner County Chamber of Commerce

Donation Made to Book Drive

Mr. Danny Gay is the Communities in Schools site coordinator for Ben Hill and Turner County Schools. He recently donated over 250 books to the Ashburn – Turner County Chamber of Commerce book drive!

Source: Ashburn – Turner County Chamber of Commerce