Destination Ag: Thank A Farmer

Destination Ag believes in the farmers and their families who work diligently to provide our everyday necessities. They want to recognize them and do their best to show them how much we appreciate them all! As they begin their“ Thank A Farmer” series, they hope that they can encourage others to appreciate the farmer, their hard work, and the devotion it takes to raise up the materials and products our world needs! They want to begin their series with Mr. W.N. Apperson of Worth County, Georgia. He was born and raised in Worth County and is the middle of nine children. He is married to Mrs. Donna Apperson and they have two children and nine grandchildren. Mr. Apperson has been farming in Worth County since he was a small child helping his father in the fields. For a short time, he made the decision to open a welding shop and take a break from farming. However, his passion for the agriculture industry led him back to the fields around 1979 and he has continued farming ever since. His farms currently include cotton and peanuts and in previous years have included cantaloupes and watermelons. Mr. Apperson shared with us his love for taking care of the fields and he also shared with us his dislikes of pulling and hoeing pigweeds, but one thing that was constant in his interview was his humbleness in his faith. He stated, “I plant the seeds, but the Lord brings them up. I trust Him to give the sunshine and the rain to grow the plants.” Mr. W.N. Apperson is a true example of a hard working farmer and we are appreciative of his devotion to the agriculture industry. They are honored to have him as our first “Thank a Farmer” spotlight with Destination Ag! If you see him around, make sure to thank him for his efforts in providing for us all!

Source: Destination Ag

Where Are Your Driving Thru Today?

National Drive Thru Day is Monday, July 24th. Where will you drive thru on Monday? Here in Sylvester alone, we have several drive thru places. Now I wander if they are considering this drive thru places to eat or drive thru places to do business? Think about it. These days, we drive thru to get food, medicine and even clothes at the cleaners. We drive thru to drop off mail and to go to the bank. Many places have drive thru services so where will you drive thru on National Drive Thru Day?

Operation Southern Shield Gets Underway

Drivers are warned: Don’t speed or you may get ticketed. “Operation Southern Shield,” a five-state crackdown on speeding, kicked off Monday. Georgia has joined Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee to conduct a week-long speeding prevention and enforcement initiative on major highways and local roads. State and local law enforcement agencies throughout the five states are stepping up patrols to enforce posted speed limits. The regional effort is being made to reduce traffic deaths by getting motorists to obey posted speed limits, said Harris Blackwood, director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. “Drivers who exceed the posted speed limit by 10 miles an hour or more increase their chances of being in a crash because the faster speeds reduce their reaction times and ability to stop suddenly,” Blackwood said. “By publicizing this operation now, we want drivers across the Southeast to choose on their own to obey the speed limit,” Blackwood said. “Drivers who follow the law will have nothing to worry about, but those who keep their foot on the accelerator run the risk of getting a ticket.” Col. Mark McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said just one week of enforcement could have months, even years, of impact and greatly reduce the number of speed-related fatalities on the roads.  According to the Georgia State Patrol, the number of speeding-related traffic fatalities has almost doubled in Georgia from 2012-15. And there were 268 speeding-related traffic deaths in Georgia in 2015, which was a 25 percent increase from 2014. The number of traffic deaths in Georgia has increased in the past two years after declining for eight consecutive years. Speeding remains a leading cause of fatal traffic crashes and is often associated with other factors attributed to traffic deaths including impaired driving, distracted driving and reckless driving, the agency said. Just during the recent July Fourth holiday travel period resulted in 17 traffic deaths in the Peach State. Also during the holiday period, Georgia State Troopers investigated 620 traffic crashes that resulted in 260 injuries. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, 294 people were arrested for driving under the influence, while 9,945 citations and 14,767 warnings were issued.

Source: Tifton Grapevine

~ Dates to Remember ~

July

24th ~ Canvas Paint Party at The Margaret Jones Public Library
24th ~ Badges for Life Blood Deive
25th ~ Books and Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library in Sylvester 10:30am
26th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
26th ~ Open House 9th Grade Only WCHS 4pm-6pm
27th ~ Musically Speaking Family Fun Night at The Albany Mall
27th ~ Lego Building 10am – 11am
27th ~ Open House WCPS, WCES, WCMS 4pm-6pm
27th ~ Open House 10-12 Grade Only WCHS 5pm-7pm
28th ~ American Red Cross Blood Drive at The Margaret Jones Public Library 3pm-7pm
28th ~ 8th Annual Night Out Against Crime
29th ~ Sylvester Downtown Farmer’s Market
29th ~ Fishing Rodeo at The Duck Pond 8am-12noon
31st ~ Worth County Schools Start

August

1st ~ Books & Bubbles wit The Margaret Jones Public Library at The Splash Pad in Sylvester
2nd ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
4th ~ Worth County Rams Football
5th ~ Sylvester Downtown Farmer’s Market
5th ~ Drive One 4 Ur Community at Sunbelt Ford
7th ~ City of Sylvester Work Session
8th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
9th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
11th ~ Angel’s Photography Ribbon Cutting
11th ~ Worth County Rams Football
12th ~ Sylvester Downtown Farmer’s Market
12th ~ Worth County Rams Color Run
15th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
16th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
19th ~ Sylvester Downtown Farmer’s Market
22nd ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
23rd ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
26th ~ Sylvester Downtown Farmer’s Market
27th ~ Ugandan Thunder Live at Unity Baptist Church
29th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library

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The Incredible Moment When Georgia Will Go Dark That Will Go Down In History

August 21, 2017 is a big day in history. The sun, moon, and Earth will all be lined up, with the moon directly between the other two. This is what is called a total solar eclipse, and we are less than two months away from one of the most incredible astrological moments in our history. There hasn’t been a total solar eclipse in the continental United States in almost 40 years, and in fact, the last time there was a coast-to-coast path for a total solar eclipse was in 1918. But here’s an even better part of this magic–parts of Northeast Georgia will fall directly in the path of the full solar eclipse. That’s right folks. Georgians are some of the very lucky few who have an opportunity to watch the total solar eclipse in a front row seat and we have the perfect place to see it all.

Upcoming Worship Events

Cross Roads Baptist Church located at 817 South Main Street in Sylvester has several events coming up and would like to invite you all to visit and make yourself at home. The first event is on August 25th from 7pm-11pm for ages 5 and up. This event is Kids Night. There will be many activities for all ages and supper will be provided. Please make plans now to join. And then September 10th-13th is the Missions Conference. On Sunday, September 10th, services will be held at 11am and 6 pm with lunch following the morning service. Monday through Wednesday, service will start at 7pm. They hope to see everyone.

A Day at the Beach

A trip to the beach can be a fun, relaxing way to spend your summer vacation. Included are some tips to keep your beach trip safe. Obey the signs. Warning flags come in different colors and have different meanings depending on which state you are in. Green flags usually indicate ideal swimming conditions while red flags usually indicate strong current and rough surf. If swimming is permitted during red flag conditions, it is best to swim near a lifeguard station for additional safety. Be prepared for ocean swimming. Ocean swimming is much different than swimming in a pool. There are strong waves, marine life, an uneven ocean floor, and possible sharp shells or rocks. Rip currents often form near piers and therefore swimming near them is not recommended. If you find yourself stuck in a rip current, it is important to swim parallel to the shoreline. Once you are out of the current, turn and swim towards the beach. It is best not to swim alone. If you are just beginning to swim, a life jacket should be worn for added safety. Pack the necessities. The beach gets hot in the summer. It is important to stay hydrated and cool. Some beach necessities include water, a beach umbrella or hat, sandals, sunglasses, sunscreen, a towel and a chair. Heat stroke or exhaustion can occur from too much sun exposure. If you have nausea, dizziness, headache, fatigue, or feel uncomfortable in any way, seek shade and drink water to cool down your body temperature. If symptoms persist, see a medical professional as soon as possible. Be aware of the weather. Check the weather before planning a day at the beach and pay attention to the weather while you are at the beach. Storms can roll in quickly. Thunderstorms with lightening do not mix well with open beach spaces and ocean water. If you are at the beach when a storm comes in, exit the water immediately and seek shelter until the storm passes. Share your day at the beach with your pets. Some beaches allow pets on the beach during certain seasons and some allow them all year long. If pets are allowed on the beach you are visiting, follow the rules allowed by the beach and be sure to clean up afterwards. Bring water to keep your pet hydrated and safe. Following these tips will help to ensure that you have a fun and safe day at the beach! For more information on beach safety, visit www.coastalchange.org.

Articles That Make Your Mind Go Back In Time

So I don’t know if you all saw recently an article about clothes patterns but there has been just over 83,000 clothes patterns that have been put online for downloading. Boy when I read that, the memories started flowing. I can remember when both of my grandmothers, Louise Dupree and Lorene Meeks, would sew and quilt. I always wanted to sew and quilt too. To be like your grandmothers when I was little was someone everyone wanted to be. I can remember one time with Granny Dupree was going to help me to learn how to piece a quilt together before the quilting process. I learned to cut the patterns. She used a card board box to cut a square design to follow then you used your cloth material scissors which was the scissors only used to cut material and nothing else. I would cut material and then learn to sew each square together. I just never got as far as I needed. She would always show me how to do things. Now about those scissors…. She meant business! You were not to cut anything but cloth material and if you did you were in BIG trouble. And please don’t think you could cut paper with them and not get caught.. WRONG! I got caught every time! She didn’t even have to see you do it. She could tell by the way the scissors cut. I definitely miss the good ole days of being young and learning from my grandmothers. Now even though I did not learn to sew or quilt, I do have all those memories of spending time with them and watching them sew and quilt. Sharing those memories with others make those times wonderful to remember.

Pinson Methodist Kids

Pinson Memorial United Methodist Church offers an afterschool program for children Kindergarten through the 5th Grade. They pick the children up from their school and return them to the church. They offer play time, a snack, and a short Bible lesson with some type of craft. The program is from 3pm – 5pm. Parents will pick up their children in the alley at the back of the church by the playground. Volunteers from the church are with the children at all times. There are at least two to three volunteers with each group. They will begin the new year with the PMK program on August 21, 2017. This year they will have the Primary School children on Monday from 3-5 pm and the Elementary School children on Wednesday from 3-5 pm. If you are interested in joining the program, please contact Pam Peacock 229-881-0422 or the church office 229-776-3358. They have limited space. The mission of PMK’s is encompassed by Proverbs 22:6. It says to train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it. We believe foundational teaching about God’s love is an important part of shaping and forming a child to become the person God created them to be.

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® 2017

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Saturday, October 21 at Modern Gas in Leesburg. Nearly 300 people from the Albany area including Dougherty, Lee, Terrell, Randolph, Sumter, Crisp, Worth, Mitchell, Baker, Early and Clay counties are expected at this year’s event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Walk participants will complete a two-mile walk and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Participants will also join in a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. In Georgia alone, there are more than140,000 people living with the disease and 519,000 caregivers. In the United States, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 15 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Register today. Sign up as a Team Captain, join a team or register to walk as an individual at georgiawalk.org. Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association® mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. Alzheimer’s Association® The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org® or call 800.272.3900.