~ Dates to Remember ~

January

1st ~ Happy New Year from The Martin News
1st ~ Worth County Schools Out
2nd ~ Worth County Schools Out
2nd ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
3rd ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
4th ~ WCMS Basketball Games
9th ~ Leadership Worth Class
9th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
10th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
15th ~ City f Sylvester Council Meeting
16th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
16th ~ City of Warwick Council Meeting
17th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
23rd ~ Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections Meeting
23rd ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
24th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
30th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
31st ~ 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. Thank you for your support to The Martin News.

Higher Fencing A “Deerterrent” to Animals on I-75

Any driver who’s hit a deer or spotted one standing on the shoulder of the road understands why new fencing is being placed along portions of Interstate Highway 75 in the Greater Tiftarea. Old fencing with a height of four or five feet has being replaced with eight-foot game fence in various locations in Crisp, Turner, Tift and Lowndes counties through Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) maintenance service contracts.  Fence replacement just wrapped up in Lowndes County and must be inspected by GDOT. The other counties are now complete.  Contractors were also asked to use wire to fill in bottom gaps at low spots to prevent deer from getting under. Given a space of a foot or 18 inches, deer will “lay on their belly and scoot right under it.  “They’re pretty agile animals,” said Charlie Killmaster, state deer biologist with the Ga. Department of Natural Resources. Last year 15,479 motor vehicle collisions with animals were reported on all routes statewide. Those specified as collisions with deer totaled 8,263. However, not all agencies and officers report in the same manner, so some of the 7,216 collisions with “animals” may also have been deer. The collisions resulted in 969 injuries and 16 fatalities statewide. Those are just the collisions that were reported through law enforcement. “It’s nothing for a deer to jump a five-foot fence. The eight-foot fence may reduce the number of deer that get onto the highway, which can prevent crashes and injuries to motorists,” said Scott Chambers, GDOT maintenance engineer.  While deer can jump eight feet, “they generally don’t unless they’re pressured,” Killmaster said. The fence height also reduces the chance of a pedestrian accessing the interstate from private property.

Source: Tifton Grapevine

The Martin News Wants to Give Back During National Soup Month

In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 7 Americans, hunger is a reality. 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 wants to help. So let’s get started! During the month of January, The Martin News 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. For every can you donate, you will be entered one time and we will draw a winner on February 1st. The winner will be treated to a gift certificate to a local restaurant. Thank you in advance for your help. Stay tuned for more information in next weeks edition.

Keeping Warm This Winter

Men United, Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections and The Martin News has been collecting jackets and coats for those less fortunate to keep warm this winter. I told Janya what we were doing and it came as no shock to me that she wanted to help us collect jackets and coats as well. Janya recently gathered all of her collected jackets and coats and met up with Mr. Larry Johnson with Men United to drop them off. The jackets and coats are going to keep people warm this winter. Thank you Janya.

Janya, The Martin News wants to thank you for everything you have done since we started covering you in The Martin News, Janya’s Journey. You are a very smart lady headed in directions that you will not let any one stop you. We appreciate you helping us in every endeavor we chose to take on. Thank you for everything that you and your mother, Linda, does for our community. Merry Christmas Janya and Linda. We love you both.

With 2018 fast approaching, The Martin News has many things planned. Please watch Janya’s Journey as Janya will be helping us and we are very excited!

The Customer Service Made the Difference

Just a few weeks ago I saw something on Facebook that touched my heart and I wanted to share it with you all. It is so nice to go to a store, any store, and receive good customer service. That is exactly what happened with Mr. Earl Rice. On any given day, at any given time, you may see Mr. Earl out and about in town. He is a happy fella that loves to interact with others. He visits the Dollar Tree from time to time and enjoys the customer service he receives especially from Mr. Tito Davis. Tito meets no stranger. He is such a joy and loves to help others in any way that he can and Mr. Earl can see that. Well one afternoon, Mr. Earl had just bought him a new pair of shoes, sharp looking shoes I might add. However, they didn’t fit so he had them in the truck to return but had to stop by the Dollar Tree first to grab a few things. When he did, Tito’s day changed for sure. As every other time in the store, Tito was there and greeted him with his big smile and wonderful personality. While Mr. Earl was there, he asked Tito would he like a new pair of shoes and Tito replied “yes sir”. They fit Tito perfect! Now isn’t that God working? He needed a nice, new pair of shoes but like most of us, Tito would not spend that money on himself because like all of us, he has bills to pay and pays them first. He put those shoes on with pride and a HUGE smile. He was so proud and appreciative for Mr. Earl, the shoes and the blessing that had just occurred. God tells us in Proverbs 3:27, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it” and Mr. Earl felt he could do it and did. Mr. Earl did not tell the story on Facebook because he was not one to tell his good deeds, Tito posted it and I am so thankful that he did. I was able to speak to Mr. Earl about that day and he was grinning ear to ear that he was able to help Tito and he felt that God did it all, in fact he said he was positive that God was in the midst of the entire situation. A blessing for God not only came to Tito and Mr. Earl but to all of us that read the story on Facebook. Thank you Tito for such great customer service and thank you Mr. Earl for giving back. May the Lord bless you both.

Speakers Announced: Georgia Cotton Commission 11th Annual Meeting Jan. 31, 2018

The Georgia Cotton Commission is pleased to announce the guest speakers at the Commission’s 10th Annual Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. The annual meeting is held in conjunction with the UGA Cotton Production Workshop conducted by the UGA Research & Extension Cotton Team. The UGA Cotton Production Workshop will feature breakout sessions where attendees will learn the latest technical production strategies from the researchers whose projects are funded by the Commission’s research program. The Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting will follow the breakout sessions and feature speakers from several industry organizations. The program speakers are Reece Langley, Vice President of Washington Operations, National Cotton Council; Kater Hake, Vice President of Agricultural & Environmental Research, Cotton Incorporated; and Stacey Gorman, Director of Communications, The Cotton Board.  Reece Langley assumed his role as Vice President of Washington Operations at the National Cotton Council in 2014. He is responsible for coordinating the Washington activities for the Council, which includes working with Congress and the Administration, to ensure the U.S. cotton industry’s seven segments compete effectively and profitably in the global market. Prior to joining the Council, Langley was Vice President of Government Affairs for the USA Rice Federation. He also worked as a legislative assistant to Congressman Terry Everett (R-AL) prior to working for the USA Rice Federation. Kater Hake is the Vice President of Agricultural & Environmental Research at Cotton Incorporated. In this role, Hake is responsible for the cotton production research program, and leads a team of eight scientists who develop and support innovative problem-solving research to increase the profitability and sustainability of cotton farming in the U.S.  Hake began his career at Cotton Incorporated in 2007. Previously, he was the Vice President of Technology Development at Delta and Pine Land Company. Hake received a Bachelor of Science degree in genetics and a Master of Science degree in agronomy from the University of California at Davis, and a Ph.D. in plant biology from the University of California at Riverside. Stacey Gorman is the Director of Communications at The Cotton Board. She joined the staff of The Cotton Board in 2008 after graduating from the University of Central Arkansas with degrees in Public Relations and Writing. Stacey leads the ongoing efforts of the Cotton Board Communications Department to keep cotton producers informed of the activities stemming from the Cotton Research and Promotion. She creates and implements The Cotton Board’s advertising campaigns, manages social media, disseminates monthly grower newsletters and writes feature stories for Cotton Farming and Cotton Grower magazines. She is the Cotton Board Staff liaison to both Cotton Incorporated’s Importer Support Program and Consumer Marketing Committee. She and her husband Brandon have two children, and live in Warren, Arkansas. Following the Annual Meeting speakers, the Commission will host lunch where sponsors will be recognized and door prizes will be given away. The meeting, production workshop, and lunch are open to not only cotton growers, but anyone interested in the cotton industry. The UGA Cotton Production Workshop breakout sessions will be repeated after lunch. There is no charge to attend. Pre-registration is requested to help with meal plans.  Register online at www.ugatiftonconference.org or call (229) 386-3416. Thank you to our sponsors: Agri-AFC – Americot, Inc.-NexGen – Amvac –– Ameris Bank – Arysta – Bayer – Choice Cotton – CNI – Crop Production Services – Deltapine – Dow AgroSciences/PhytoGen – Flint Ag & Turf – Holder Ag Consulting – Lasseter Equipment Group  – Nachurs – Rabo AgriFinance – R.W. Griffin/Coffee County Gin/Four Corners Cotton Gin – SePRO Corporation – Scott T’s Ag-Flyin’, Inc. – Syngenta – Valent USA.

Never Forget Where You Come From

We all want to remember where we come from and that is exactly what Country Music Singer, Luke Bryan did this past Friday night. Luke is a Lee County High School Alumni and came home Friday to see the Lee County Trojans play and WIN their first ever Football State Championship Game. With 7,000 people in attendance, Luke was just part of the football family. He took time to speak to people and take pictures with fans. And our own Sylvester, Steven Danford was having a blast meeting Luke too. Luke loves the Country Music Life he is Blessed to live everyday but he always remembers where he came from. Luke has had many trials in his life but he never loses faith and continues to know Leesburg will always be his home. His sons, Bo and Tate enjoyed the game on Friday night as well. Congratulations Lee County Trojans on a well deserve win!

~ Dates to Remember ~

December

18th ~ City of Sylvester Council Meeting
18th ~ Band Concert at WCMS
19th ~ PJ Day at WCPS
19th ~ Last Day of School for Worth County Schools for Christmas Break
19th ~ City of Warwick Council Meeting
19th ~ Good Behavior Break at WCMS
19th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
20th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
20th ~ Intervention Day at WCMS
20th ~ Worth County Schools Out
21st ~ Worth County Schools Out
22nd ~ Worth County Schools Out
25th ~ Merry Christmas from The Martin News
26th ~ Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections Meeting
26th ~ Disaster Relief Support Group at The Margaret Jones public Library
26th ~ Worth County Schools Out
27th ~ Worth County Schools Out
27th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
28th ~ Worth County Schools Out
29th ~ Worth County Schools Out

January

1st ~ Happy New Year from The Martin News
3rd ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
4th ~ WCMS Basketball Games
9th ~ Leadership Worth Class
10th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
15th ~ City f Sylvester Council Meeting
16th ~ City of Warwick Council Meeting
17th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
23rd ~ Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections Meeting
24th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
31st ~ 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.
Thank you for your support to The Martin News.

Helping Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation by Donating Glasses

The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation receives donations of used prescription eyeglasses, over the counter readers and sunglasses. Lighthouse volunteers wash, read, label and pack the donated glasses to get them ready to go overseas. Church groups, medical missions and other volunteer groups contact the Lighthouse throughout the year to get glasses for their relief and mission trips. The Lighthouse provides over 100,000 pairs of glasses for oversees use every year. The following are stories of the people the Lighthouse Foundation helps through eyeglass recycling. The people of Prislop, Romania have limited access to healthcare and no vision care. In rural Romania, they are far from most amenities that we take for granted here in the US. The best they can do is to rely on the goodwill of others – people to donate glasses here in the US and mission/relief trips to deliver the glasses. Most of the people trying on glasses would hold a book and try to read it. If the glasses didn’t help, they would put on another pair. This process was repeated over and over again by each person until everyone found a pair that helped them to see clearly. But one woman wasn’t holding a book; she was holding a syringe and pointing it at her arm. She was a diabetic and was testing to see which glasses would help her see the correct medication amount and the veins to inject herself. Without these glasses she may have had other medical difficulties because she was unable to see her syringe. Lion Cecil Davis took a trip to Jinja, Uganda with a small group of people from the Faithful Servants Missionary Team in Carrolton, GA. He had never been on a mission trip before and learned a lot about the continent of Africa and the country of Uganda. Before the trip he had taken a class on how to use a FOCOMETER®, a device that measures nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The group had an interpreter to help when screening the patients and they were able to help 425 people in a ten day period! Since his trip, Cecil has received additional training on how to use the device and is planning to take another trip to South Africa. Recently a church group, led by a member of a local Lions Club from North Georgia, took 500 pairs of donated glasses to Honduras. Many of the women there sew for a living and without glasses they are unable to work. The women were thrilled, after trying on glasses, to be able to see to thread a needle. That meant they could work again! They would be able to earn a living and help to provide for themselves and their families. Collecting glasses is an easy thing we can do to help. Please help by donating glasses to The Martin News as my son collects glasses to give the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation to help others. You can email me and I will be glad to get the glasses. My email is lmanley1210@gmail.com. Thank you to everyone for your help!

Winners of Georgia Peanut Calendar Photo Contest Announced

The Georgia Peanut Commission hosted a photo contest June 7-Oct. 1, 2017, to fill the pages of the 2018 Georgia Peanut Calendar, “Photos from the Field.” Peanut farmers from across Georgia were encouraged to submit their best high-resolution photo of peanut production on their farm for a chance to feature the photo in the 2018 calendar. Nearly 100 entries were submitted from across the peanut belt and only 12 were selected as a monthly feature. Photos were selected based on quality, originality and diversity in the field. Since many outstanding photos were submitted, but only 12 could be used as monthly features, honorable mentions were also selected. Winners and honorable mentions are as follows:

Winners:
January: Ashley Moore, Crisp County
February: Luke Brown, Wilcox County
March: Aaron Moore, Crisp County
April: Casey Cox, Mitchell County
May: Chandler Starling, Emanuel County
June: Judson Clark, Lee County
July: Lauren Turner, Decatur County
August: Jay Blanton, Brooks County
September: Jonathan Smith, Coffee County
October: Linda Powell, Worth County
November: Haley McGuffin, Twiggs County
December: Roger Wayne Davis, Miller County

Honorable Mentions:
Brandy Hussey, Sumter County
Greg Brown, Crisp County
Haley McGuffin, Twiggs County
Casey Cox, Mitchell County
Judson Clark, Sumter County
Jay Blanton, Brooks County
David Cromley, Bulloch County
Linda Powell, Worth County
Sherrill Napier, Cook County

Photo submissions will also be used in promotional materials produced by GPC throughout the year. To obtain a copy of the 2018 Georgia Peanut Calendar, stop by the GPC office located at 445 Fulwood Blvd. Tifton, Georgia, 31794. For more information on GPC programs and to view the winning photos, visit www.gapeanuts.com.