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 www.swcountychamber.com 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 www.gapeanuts.com.

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 www.gapeanuts.com.

~ Dates to Remember ~

August

28th ~ Wild West Book Fair at WCPS
29th ~ Wild West Book Fair at WCPS
29th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
30th ~ Weekly Bible Lesson at FBC Sylvester
30th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
30th ~ Wild West Book Fair at WCPS
30th ~ Worth County Schools Progress Reports
31st ~ Title I Annual Parent Meeting at WCPS 5:15pm
31st ~ PTO Kick-off Meeting and Open House at WCPS 6pm
31st ~ Wild West Book Fair at WCPS
31st ~ Eggs & Issues Political Forum with the Sylvester – Worth County Chamber of Commerce
31st ~ Worth County Rams JV Football

September

1st ~ Worth County Ram Football Game
2nd ~ Downtown Sylvester Farmer’s Market
2nd ~ Kids Day at the Park
4th ~ City of Sylvester Council Work Session
6th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
7th ~ Worth County Rams JV Football
8th ~ Worth County Ram Football Game
9th ~ Downtown Sylvester Farmer’s Market
13th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
14th ~ Worth County Rams JV Football
15th ~ Worth County Ram Football Game
16th ~ Downtown Sylvester Farmer’s Market
16th ~ 13th Annual Shade Tree Car Club Car Show in Sumner
18th ~ City of Sylvester Council Monthly Meeting
20th ~ Phoebe Worth hosts a Pink Ladies Fundraiser
20th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
23rd ~ Downtown Sylvester Farmer’s Market
23rd ~ BFHS BIP
23rd ~ Worth County Touchdown Club Bass Tournament
27th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
28th ~ Worth County Rams JV Football
29th ~ Worth County Ram Football Game
30th ~ The Gift Barn New Location Grand Opening
30th ~ Downtown Sylvester Farmer’s Market

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Clear the Shelters Adoption Event Scheduled for August 19th

It’s time again to Clear the Shelters! This year’s nationwide Clear the Shelters adoption event will be held August 19th. People across South Georgia will be able to adopt pets with little or no fees. The nationwide day of action last year literally emptied dozens of animal shelters across the country and inspired local communities to take action and open their homes to animals in need. For more information about the national pet adoption drive, visit www.ClearTheShelters.com. You can also follow the effort on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtag #ClearTheShelters. Additionally, Clear the Shelters themed Snapchat filters will be activated on August 19th for pet adopters and supporters to enjoy as they document their day. Best Friends Humane Society will be participating. Their contact information is 787 Ephesus Church Road Poulan, GA 31781 Phone: 229-777-7774 Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Website: https://www.bfhsworth.com/. Let’s spread the word and help our furry friends at BFHS find their furever home. Please check your current location for participating shelters.

Source: WALB & The Martin News

Clear the Shelters Adoption Event Scheduled for August 19th

It’s time again to Clear the Shelters! This year’s nationwide Clear the Shelters adoption event will be held August 19th. People across South Georgia will be able to adopt pets with little or no fees. The nationwide day of action last year literally emptied dozens of animal shelters across the country and inspired local communities to take action and open their homes to animals in need. For more information about the national pet adoption drive, visit www.ClearTheShelters.com. You can also follow the effort on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtag #ClearTheShelters. Additionally, Clear the Shelters themed Snapchat filters will be activated on August 19th for pet adopters and supporters to enjoy as they document their day. Best Friends Humane Society will be participating. Their contact information is 787 Ephesus Church Road Poulan, GA 31781 Phone: 229-777-7774 Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Website: https://www.bfhsworth.com/. Let’s spread the word and help our furry friends at BFHS find their furever home. Please check your current location for participating shelters.

Source: WALB & The Martin News