Banana’s for everyone

Looked who stopped by the Shipp Senior Center and dropped off banana’s for their participants?  You guessed it.  It was Lady Liberty with the community outreach team from Liberty Tax Service.  The outreach team wanted the participants to enjoy National Banana Day with them!  Liberty Tax Service will soon be opening an office in Sylvester and wants to be a vital part of the community.  The outreach team is excited to join in with the community.

Sheriff Jeff Hobby Announces He Will Run for Re-election in 2016

Sheriff Jeff Hobby announced recently that he was thankful to the citizens of Worth County for giving him the opportunity to serve them as their Sheriff. Numerous people had been asking Sheriff Hobby if he was planning to run for re-election in 2016. “I am announcing tonight (Thursday) that I am seeking re-election as your Sheriff stated Sheriff Hobby. I appreciate your continued support.” He is having a campaign re-election kickoff that will be held October 1st, 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., at Southern Woods Plantation. He hopes to see everyone there. If you ever have any questions or concerns, Sheriff Hobby is only a phone call away.

Another Good Read from the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce

I was reading recently over some materials that mother picked up at the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce. If you need to know anything, I can promise you it is there or Mrs. Karen and Mrs. Denise can point you in the right direction. But anyway, mother picked up all kinds of reading material. One happened to be on Kiwanis. I knew about Kiwanis and had heard many things on their organization however I didn’t realize what all Kiwanis does. I want to share some of that with you. They have a few catchy phrases that got my attention. One was “A desire to serve. A place to connect. Join the club.” That saying describes many people that I know. There are so many that have a true desire to serve and help others. Another phrase that caught my attention was “A sense of community, a source of fulfillment.” At your local Kiwanis club, members enjoy the company of friends who share their passion for service while exploring opportunities for leadership, networking and more. Kiwanis club members get together to improve lives and serve communities. As a Kiwanian, you can expect fun and fellowship, Education and networking, Service projects and activities, Leadership opportunities, Recognition and personal growth and visibility in your community. There are so many ways to change lives through Kiwanis. Becoming a part of young lives is very important. Kiwanis clubs sponsor Service Leadership Programs. These Kiwanis-family organizations allow kids and young adults to serve their communities and develop leadership skills. Led by students and guided by adults, Kiwanis youth programs include: Kiwanis Kids, Terrific Kids, Bring up Grades, Builders Club, Key Club, Key Leader and Circle K International. Founded in 1915, the Kiwanis family now included nearly 600,000 members of all ages, more than 15,000 clubs for adults and youth and a presence in 80 nations and geographic areas. If this sounds like something that you want to be a part of and have the opportunity to change young lives, please contact Karen Rackley at the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce or any Kiwanis member for more details.

2015 Georgia Peanut Festival Queens Crowned

On Saturday, August 22nd, the Georgia Peanut Festival Pageant was held at the Sumner Auditorium. It was an evening of much beauty and entertainment as the 2015 Georgia Peanut Queens were crowned. Pageant winners included:

Shara Elaine Varnadoe –  Baby Miss Peanut
Josie Annalee Garwood –  Teeny Miss Peanut
Paisley Calhoun –  Tiny Miss Peanut
Harmony Leigh-Grace Calhoun –  Little Miss Peanut
Emily Kent Young –  Miss Peanut
Kylie Elizabeth Barnes –  Junior Miss Peanut
Keslie Reanea Hutchinson –  Teen Miss Peanut
Meredith Lauren McGlamory –  Miss Peanut

Special entertainment was provided by Thomas Robert of Dance Station and Liz Yoder, 2012 Teen Miss Georgia. Pageant Chair, Teresa Robinson, would like to thank all of the contestants, their parents and the Peanut Festival Pageant Committee for helping to make the Annual Georgia Peanut Pageant a success once again this year. Please make plans now for the 52nd Annual Georgia Peanut Festival on October 16-17, 2015!

Photo credit: Marsha Hickox

Mary Alice Shipp CDC Awards Banquet this Saturday evening

Please join The Martin News as well celebrate with the Mary Alice Shipp Community Development Corporation at their awards banquet on Saturday evening.  Tickets are on sale now and at the door.  We are delighted to be a part of their evening so please make plans now to join us.  Tickets are only $25 and goes toward helping our youth.

Effort Earns Ram Bucks

The all new Ram Buck Store has opened at Worth County Elementary School. Students are able to visit the store prior to 8:10 each morning to cash in their Ram Bucks. A variety of items can be purchased using Ram Bucks. Students could save up Ram Bucks all year and actually purchase a brand new bicycle! According to Dr. Steven Rouse, Principal of Worth County Elementary School, students earn Ram Bucks by completing levels in the Lexia Reading and Symphony Math programs. They are also rewarded with Ram Bucks for Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, and for being selected as a Character Education Student of the Month. Additionally, teachers give out 20 Ram Bucks each week at random to students for displaying appropriate behavior and good grades.                                  Written by VaLenia Meeks Milling

A Moment With Lynn

Hello and Happy Monday to everyone! I hope everyone had a great weekend. We had a great one but a very busy one. I can not believe in a week we will be getting into September. This year is going by extremely fast. When September hits, it will be time for festivals,, festivals and more festivals. Here in Worth County, we will be getting ready for our Sumner Egg Festival in September and the Peanut Festival in October. Our neighboring communities will be having festivals also so be sure you check them out too. My favorite part of the year, other than Christmas, is Fall. I love the Fall!! This time of year also gets me into the giving mood so let’s do it… Who wants a gift certificate to Piggly Wiggly?? The Martin News will give away a gift certificate to Piggly Wiggly to one lucky person. All you have to do is email the word/phrase for this week to info@themartinnews.com and you will be entered into the drawing. One lucky name will be drawn and will win the Piggly Wiggly gift certificate. This weeks word/phrase is “Fall is in the air”. Good luck to everyone. Thank you for all of your support to The Martin News. We could not do it without you. Have a great week!

Notice of General Election: Town of Sumner

Notice is hereby given that a General Election for the Town of Sumner will be held on November 3, 2015 for the office(s) of City Council Post 1 and City Council Post 3. Qualifying for said election will be held on the following dates with locations listed. August 31, 2015-September 4, 2015 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Sumner City Hall, 706 Walnut Street, Sumner, Georgia. The qualifying fee for said office(s) will be $9.00. The last day to register and be eligible to vote in this election will be October 5, 2015. The polls will be open on Election Day from 7:00am until 7:00pm. If there is a need for runoff election, the date of this election will be December 1, 2015.