Nomination Meeting to be Held

Nomination meetings to fill two positions on the Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) Board of Directors will be held during simultaneous meetings on Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. in Swainsboro and in Colquitt. The Georgia Farm Bureau Federation will conduct the meetings to fill terms, which expire Dec. 31, in the GPC Commission’s Districts One and Three. The GPC District One nomination meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the Miller County Farm Bureau Office at 314 East Bremond Street in Colquitt. Tim Burch of Baker County is the incumbent in this district. Counties in District One include: Baker, Calhoun, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Miller, Mitchell and Seminole. The District Three nomination meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the Emanuel County Farm Bureau office at 320 Lambs Bridge Road in Swainsboro. Joe Boddiford of Screven County is the incumbent in this district. Counties in District Three include: Appling, Bacon, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Candler, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glascock, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Montgomery, Pierce, Richmond, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen, Washington and Wayne. “Georgia Farm Bureau encourages peanut farmers in the Georgia Peanut Commission’s First and Third districts to attend their district meetings and participate in making nominations for these commission positions,” Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long said. “The peanut commission plays an important role in promoting Georgia peanuts, crop research and education and needs grower input to effectively represent them.” The Georgia peanut production area is divided into five districts based on acreage distribution and geographical location with one board member representing each district. Each nominee must produce peanuts and live within the district for which he is nominated. Any producer living in the district may be nominated or make nominations at the meeting. Incumbents are eligible for renomination. If more than one person is nominated, an election will be conducted by mail ballot. Commission by-laws state that a person must receive a majority of the votes cast for a position in order to be elected to the commission board. If only one person qualifies for the position, no election is required, and the nominated person automatically becomes a member of the commission board. Commission members serve terms of three years. If multiple people are nominated for a GPC seat, then the current director will continue to serve until the election is completed. Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. The organization has 158 county offices, and its volunteer members actively participate in activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors.

Shop Sylvester on Small Business Saturday

Small businesses often are overlooked by customers who are enticed by larger companies, and this can adversely affect the local economy in more negative ways than might appear on the surface level. The rise of shopping malls and large chain stores such as Walmart and other retailers has caused irreversible damage to Main Street in the last half-century or so, and it’s paramount to remember the importance of supporting local small businesses. After all, why should we not celebrate the spirit of enterprise and entrepreneurship, as exemplified by small business owners who take the risk of following their dreams? After all, it’s a common thing for politicians to talk about supporting Main Street over big business, and how small business owners often face greater hardships than larger companies. Since Small Business Saturday is held on the Saturday following Thanksgiving Day, it falls right during the peak shopping periods of the year. The 1960s saw the rise of the American shopping mall, and the decades since have seen large chain retailers further cementing their position in terms of taking over the retail sphere and displacing smaller, family-run businesses. This model has spread further throughout the world, and chain retailers have been usurping small businesses’ market share worldwide in the last few decades. That being said, the difference is most stark in countries like the US, where small businesses have often been obliterated within a year or two of some large chain retailer coming to town and opening up shop. In India and much of Southeast Asia, shopping malls coexist with small shops largely because they serve different markets as has been noted in the past, the corner shop is not going anywhere anytime soon in India because customers can purchase items on credit, and that’s just something that you’ll never be able to do in a Wal-Mart or BigBazaar. In the United States, the context is different, though. Different economic realities combined with different cultural ideas about how small businesses operate has ultimately been more harmful to those businesses in developed countries than in developing economies. And with all of the odds stacked against them, small businesses in the US need a day in their honor. Small Business Saturday is a relatively recent phenomenon with the first one being held in Roslindale Village, Massachusetts in 2010 as a counterpart to Black Friday. Small Business Saturday was originally sponsored by American Express and the non-profit National Trust for Historic Preservation. From the very start, the day has been promoted through advertising on both social media and more traditional means such as television and radio advertisement. Since 2013, Small Business Saturday has also existed in the UK following the success of its American counterpart. You may be wondering how to celebrate Small Business Saturday since it is possible that you might have been lead to believe that small businesses are a thing of the past. As a consumer, you can choose to spend your money at local small businesses on this day rather than going to the big box retailers at the local mall. After all, the best way to support small businesses is to go and spend money at them rather than somewhere else. You can also tell your friends to do the same, perhaps making a point of organizing a shopping day where you only visit small, local enterprises instead of chain stores. While you may or may not end up paying more, it’s important to remember that spending your money at a small business generally puts more money into the local economy than if you’re spending that money in a chain store. Some small business owners find that Small Business Saturday is a great time to run marketing promotions, as they can further capitalize on the increased foot traffic from the already busy holiday shopping season and on their online traffic. If you own a small business, you can run some promotion for the day, and otherwise put up a post on your Facebook page. If your small business does not have a Facebook page nor any other online presence, you should seriously consider taking Small Business Saturday to go ahead and do that. So support your local economy, and go out and buy things from a small business today. There are several small businesses in Sylvester that you can shop at on Small Business Saturday. Many of them have Facebook pages for you to follow to see if they are having any sales or specials. Be sure to check them out. Make your plans now to Shop Sylvester on Small Business Saturday.

Macy’s Day Parade is Worth the Watch

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual parade presented by the U.S.-based department store chain Macy’s. The tradition started in 1924 tying it for the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States with America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit (with both parades being four years younger than the 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia). The three-hour Macy’s event is held in New York City starting at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thanksgiving Day, and has been televised nationally on NBC since 1952. In the 1920s, many of Macy’s department store employees were first-generation immigrants. Proud of their new American heritage, they wanted to celebrate the American holiday of Thanksgiving with the type of festival their parents had loved in Europe. In 1924, the annual Thanksgiving parade started by Louis Bamberger in Newark, New Jersey at the Bamberger’s store was transferred to New York City by Macy’s. In New York, the employees marched to Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street dressed in vibrant costumes. There were floats, professional bands and live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo. At the end of that first parade, as has been the case with every parade since, Santa Claus was welcomed into Herald Square. At this first parade, however, the Jolly Old Elf was enthroned on the Macy’s balcony at the 34th Street store entrance, where he was then “crowned” “King of the Kiddies.” With an audience of over 250,000 people, the parade was such a success that Macy’s declared it would become an annual event. Anthony “Tony” Frederick Sarg loved to work with marionettes from an early age. After moving to London to start his own marionette business, Sarg moved to New York City to perform with his puppets on the street. Macy’s heard about Sarg’s talents and asked him to design a window display of a parade for the store. Sarg’s large animal-shaped balloons, produced by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio, replaced the live animals in 1927 when the Felix the Cat balloon made its debut. Felix was filled with air, but by the next year, helium was used to fill the expanding cast of balloons. At the finale of the 1928 parade, the balloons were released into the sky, where they unexpectedly burst. The following year, they were redesigned with safety valves to allow them to float for a few days. Address labels were sewn into them, so that whoever found and mailed back the discarded balloon received a gift from Macy’s. Through the 1930s, the Parade continued to grow, with crowds of over one million people lining the parade route in 1933. The first Mickey Mouse balloon entered the parade in 1934. The annual festivities were broadcast on local radio stations in New York City from 1932 to 1941, and resumed in 1945, running through 1951. The parade was suspended from 1942 to 1944 as a result of World War II, owing to the need for rubber and helium in the war effort. The parade resumed in 1945 using the route that it followed until 2008. The parade became known nationwide after being prominently featured in the 1947 film, Miracle on 34th Street, which included footage of the 1946 festivities. The event was first broadcast on network television in 1948. By this point the event, and Macy’s sponsorship of it, were sufficiently well-known to give rise to the colloquialism “Macy’s Day Parade”. Since 1984, the balloons have been made by Raven Aerostar (a division of Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based Raven Industries). I absolutely love watching the parade. It has always been something I did even when I was a little girl and mama was cooking Thanksgiving lunch, I would be watching the parade. It is something about that parade that introduces Christmas to the season. I can’t tell you my favorite part because I love the singing and dancing, I love the bands, I love hearing all the people talking, I love the floats, I love Santa. There is so much to enjoy about The Macy’s Day Parade. Such beautiful colors and beautiful floats. My family will be tuned in, will yours?

~ Dates to Remember ~


20th ~ National Shoebox Collection Week
20th ~ City of Sylvester Council Meeting
20th ~ WCMS School Intervention 8am-11:25m
20th ~ Worth County Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays
21st ~ Worth County Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays
21st ~ City of Warwick Council Meeting
22nd ~ Worth County Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays
22nd ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
23rd ~ Happy Thanksgiving from The Martin News
23rd ~ Worth County Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays
24th ~ Worth County Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays
24th ~ Black Friday – Shop Local
25th ~ Sylvester Downtown Farmer’s Market
27th ~ Hungry at Home Food Drive with WCPS
28th ~ Hungry at Home Food Drive with WCPS
28th ~ Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections Meeting
28th ~ Lights of Love Tree Lighting 2017
29th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
29th ~ Hungry at Home Food Drive with WCPS
30th ~ Hungry at Home Food Drive with WCPS


6th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
7th ~ Sylvester Christmas Parade
9th ~ Poulan Christmas Parade
13th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
18th ~ City of Sylvester Council Meeting
19th ~ City of Warwick Council Meeting
20th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
25th ~ Merry Christmas from The Martin News
26th ~ Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections Meeting
27th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester

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Nominations Open for Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer. The state winner will be announced at the Georgia Peanut Farm Show on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Tifton, Georgia. The award is sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission and BASF. The Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award is based upon the applicant’s overall farm operation; environmental and stewardship practices; and leadership, civic, church, and community service activities. “We have so many young peanut farmers making a difference in their communities and I consider this awards program a great opportunity to recognize one young peanut farmer for their contributions to the agricultural industry,” says Armond Morris, chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission. The award is open for any active Georgia peanut farmer who is not over 45 years of age, as of Jan. 18, 2018. An individual may receive the award only once. There is no limit on the number of applicants from each county in Georgia. “BASF is honored to be a sponsor of the Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award,” says Dan Watts, district manager of BASF Crop Protection Products. “We are committed to agriculture and bringing new innovative solutions to producers that will allow them to continue to be successful.” Applications are due to the GPC office by Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. The award application is available online at or by contacting Joy Crosby at 229-386-3690 or Previous Georgia winners include Brandon Branch of Baxley, Trey Dunaway of Hawkinsville, Andrew Grimes of Tifton, Randy Branch of Baxley, James Hitchcock Jr. of Tennille, Brad Thompson of Donalsonville, Greg Mims of Donalsonville, Jim Waters of Blackshear and Jimmy Webb of Leary, Georgia. The award winner receives registration and hotel accommodations to attend the Southern Peanut Growers Conference in July and a sign to display at his or her farm.

Leadership Worth Kicks Off January 2018

The Steering Committee for Leadership Worth is pleased to announce the Leadership Worth 2018 program kicks off January 9, 2018. They are now accepting applications! Through support from the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce, the Worth County Economic Development Authority, the City of Sylvester and the City of Poulan, they have been able to set the cost for participants at just $250 each. The Leadership Worth program is a curriculum and experiential-based program designed for current and emerging leaders. The suggested age for participation is 22 years or older. Participants will learn leadership essentials through the curriculum designed by the University of Georgia’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. They will also “experience” Sylvester and Worth County through field trips, exhibits, guest speakers and community service. They will be exposed to the good things going on all over Worth County, as well as the difficult issues the county faces. Contact the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce for an application, or download it from the Chamber’s web page under the Member Programs tab. Don’t wait! The 2018 class is limited to 25 participants, and the deadline for submitting applications is December 15, 2017.

42nd annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show set for Jan. 18, 2018 in Tifton

Make plans to attend the 42nd annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia. The one-day show is free and open to all farmers and industry representatives to attend. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with more than 100 agribusinesses and organizations in the peanut and agricultural industry. Farmers will be able to earn private and commercial pesticide applicator certification, as well as learn about cutting-edge research and developments during the University of Georgia Peanut Production Seminar and industry-wide sponsored Peanut Seed Seminar. Farm Show chairman Rodney Dawson is looking forward to the 2018 show and having a large crowd of farmers attend like previous years. “I encourage farmers to attend this one-day show in Tifton,” Dawson said. “The knowledge they will gain from industry representatives and seminars is an investment in the future of their farm.” The Georgia Peanut Commission, in cooperation with OneBlood, will host a blood drive from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. during the show. At the close of the day, there will be nearly $10,000 in door prizes presented to farmers, as well as a Grand Door Prize, vendor products, certificates and equipment. For more information on the show, contact the Georgia Peanut Commission office at 229-386-3470. Information is also available online at

Hope is Believing There is Light Beyond the Darkness

The Phoebe Worth Tree Lighting Ceremony, Lights of Love, is scheduled for Thursday, November 28th at 7pm on the grounds of Phoebe Worth which is located at 807 South Isabella Street in Sylvester. This years Honorary Tree Lighter is Kerry Helms. Kerry has always worked with his hands. In 1977, he and his father started Helms Welding and Machine in Sylvester. “I love building stuff, taking a drawing or picture and building something out of it,” Kerry said. Unfortunately, the difficult treatment from a terrifying cancer diagnosis forced him to retire. “On October 14, 2013 I was diagnosed with stage 4 rectal and metastatic liver cancer. My whole world was turned upside down,: Kerry said. “I asked Dr. Mendenhall if I could beat it, what are my chances? He said 5 percent.” Thanks to the team at the Phoebe Cancer Center, Kerr is beating those odds. “I love every one of them. They’ve been nothing but great to me. The most compassionate people I’ve met in my life,” he said. Because his diagnosis was so serious, Kerry’s doctors gave him the opportunity to consult with physicians at some of the top cancer centers in the country. Instead, he chose to start his treatment immediately in Albany. “Phoebe has got the best cancer center anywhere around, as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “It’s been a godsend just being local and not having to travel to Atlanta.” There’s more to Kerry’s story and we would love for you to join us all on November 28th to meet Kerry and hear more of his story. A symbolic light of love can be purchased for a suggested $25 each. The money raised from the treat lighting event stays right here in Sylvester to help our own cancer patients.
Source: Phoebe Worth

Georgia Peanut Commission to dedicate education center Sept. 6

The Georgia Peanut Commission plans to host a dedication of the commission’s education center on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 4:30 p.m., at the GPC office in Tifton. The GPC office is located at 445 Fulwood Blvd. Tifton, GA 31794. Members of the public are invited to attend. “We are proud of our education center and the opportunities it provides visitors to learn more about Georgia peanuts,” Tim Burch, GPC board member and peanut farmer from Baker County said. “Visitors can learn everything from production, to economics, to global impact; all important aspects of Georgia’s official state crop.” The new education center features interactive touchscreen monitors with peanut-specific activities and games, self-guided exhibits related to the peanut business, global implications, how peanuts grow and are harvested, as well as an eight minute video of peanut production from land prep to harvest viewable in 3-D format. Additionally, a live peanut plant exhibit is set up to allow visitors to see a peanut plant growing. Not only can visitors see the stems and leaves, the exhibit also showcases the roots and pegs forming underground through tempered glass. Furthermore, the education center features the Georgia Peanut Hall of Fame portraits. Members of the Hall of Fame are recipients of the highest award given by GPC and have demonstrated leadership and stimulation of peanut industry growth, development, research and education. The center’s newest addition includes hand-painted murals by local artist, Jill Whitley. The murals depict peanut production in South Georgia and feature peanut industry agribusinesses.  The Georgia Peanut Commission education center has been made possible through industry support and Georgia peanut farmers. The GPC board of directors invites everyone to attend the dedication event and celebrate the commission’s efforts to educate others about Georgia peanuts. For more information about the programs of the Georgia Peanut Commission, visit