Janya’s Journey

With it being Flu season and with the Flu going around massive this year, Janya’s mother, Linda, decided to fix Janya a care package. It included purse size items such as hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, Lysol spray and a low dose pack of Vitamin C. Janya was thrilled with her care package and even had an idea to fix the same type of package for others. Janya feels like that everyone wants to stay well but items such as Janya had can be costly especially if you have more than one child so Janya thought if she could fix and donate to others it would help out those in need and help to stop the spread of the Flu. Janya stated that she knows that teachers try to have extra on hand but they can not purchase everything so she knew these items would come in handy in the class room as well. The group that Janya was wanting to help the most was the younger children. She chose that age because Janya has been hearing in the news of the younger ones passing away from the Flu and she wants to help to prevent that. She is devastated that people are losing their lives. Janya has started reading the Wall Street Journal when she is able to get it. She is interested in trying to see how this epidemic of the Flu happened this Flu season and why so many that took the shot has gotten the flu. Janya wants everyone to stay safe and away from the Flu. She encourages everyone to follow these steps from the CDC. Try to avoid close contact with sick people, While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them, If you are sick with flu symptoms, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities, (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.), Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it, Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub, Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way and Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Bus Safety on Valentine’s Day

Worth County Schools wishes to remind you of changes we have made in past years concerning bus transportation and Valentine’s Day. Because of safety issues, we will regulate the size of an item/Valentine’s Day gift that can be taken on the bus. Items that are large in size, or cause visual interference, will not be allowed on buses. Items such as balloons and large oversized stuffed animals are examples of things/gifts that will not be allowed on the bus. We in no way wish to discourage you from sending Valentine’s Day gifts to school, but it is important that we keep students safe while at school and while riding the bus. You are more than welcome to send balloons, overstuffed items, etc., but be sure to plan to pick your child up from school on that day. If an item is sent that is not allowed on the bus, we will keep the items at the school and you can pick up during school hours of the following school day. Thank you so much for helping us to keep our students and drivers safe.

Source: WCSD Web Page

Staying Heart Healthy

Walking, swimming, cycling, jogging, skiing, aerobic dancing or any of dozens of other activities can help your heart. They all cause you to feel warm, perspire and breathe heavily without being out of breath and without feeling any burning sensation in your muscles. Whether it is a structured exercise program or just part of your daily routine, all exercise adds up to a healthier heart. Take the first step by walking. It’s free, easy to do and when you have a walking companion, you’re more likely to stay motivated. Here are some tips for exercise success: Dress for success! Wear comfortable, properly fitted sneakers or flat shoes with laces. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing appropriate for the weather and the activity. Make the time! Start slowly. Gradually build up to at least 30 minutes of activity on most or all days of the week (or whatever your doctor recommends). Exercise at the same time of day so it becomes a regular part of your lifestyle. For example, you might walk every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 12:30 p.m. Find a convenient time and place to do activities. Try to make it a habit, but be flexible. If you miss an exercise opportunity, work activity into your day another way. Keep reasonable expectations of yourself. If you have a high risk of coronary heart disease or some other chronic health problem, check with your healthcare provider before beginning a physical activity program. Look for chances to be more active during the day. Walk the mall before shopping, take the stairs instead of the escalator or take 10–15 minute breaks while watching TV or sitting for walking or some other activity. Don’t get discouraged if you stop for a while. Get started again gradually and work up to your old pace. Don’t exercise too vigorously right after meals, when it’s very hot or humid, or when you just don’t feel up to it. Make it fun! Choose activities that are fun, not exhausting. Add variety. Develop a repertoire of several activities that you can enjoy. That way, exercise will never seem boring or routine. Ask family and friends to join you — you may be more likely to stick with it if you have company. Or join an exercise group, health club or a community center. Many churches and senior centers offer exercise programs too. (Remember to get your doctor’s permission first.) Use variety to keep your interest up. Walk one day, swim the next, then go for a bike ride on the weekend. Use music or audio books to keep you entertained. Track and celebrate your success! Note your activities on a calendar or in a logbook. Write down the distance or length of time of your activity and how you feel after each session. Keep a record of your activities. Reward yourself at special milestones with non-food items, like a small gift or shopping trip for yourself. Nothing motivates like success! Visit heart.org/physical activity to find all the resources you need to get moving and stay motivated.

Ground Hog Day Is Upon Us … Spring A Comin’ or Winter A Stayin’

February 2, 2018 will be Punxsutawney Phil’s 132nd prognostication! Is he the true weather forecaster? Yes! Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog. The others are just impostors. How often is Phil’s prediction correct? 100% of the time, of course! How many “Phils” have there been over the years? There has only been one Punxsutawney Phil. He has been making predictions for over 132 years! Punxsutawney Phil gets his longevity from drinking the “elixir of life,” a secret recipe. Phil takes one sip every summer at the Groundhog Picnic and it magically gives him seven more years of life. On February 2nd, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob – in front of thousands of followers from all over the world – to predict the weather for the rest of winter. According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. No! Phil’s forecasts are not made in advance by the Inner Circle. After Phil emerges from his burrow on February 2nd, he speaks to the Groundhog Club president in “Groundhogese”(a language only understood by the current president of the Inner Circle). His proclamation is then translated for the world. The celebration of Groundhog Day began with Pennsylvania’s earliest settlers. They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day, which states, “For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, so far will the snow swirl in May…” Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800s. The first official trek to Gobbler’s Knob was made on February 2, 1887. So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called Phil, he was called Br’er Groundhog. So is Spring on its way or should we prepare to bundle up for six more weeks?

Alchemy Games and Coffee Shoppe Set to Open in the Upcoming Weeks

A new place is coming to town! It’s a different type of business, one that maybe Sylvester has not seen before but for gamers and geeks, they will love it! Alchemy Games and Coffee, formerly Xion: Paradise for Geeks in Albany is coming to Downtown Sylvester on Front Street. It is a place for like-minded geeks to come together and connect while enjoying a unique friendly atmosphere. Alchemy is a hub for all things geek, gamer, anime, and nerd core. They are also a gathering place for everyone in the geek, gamer, and otaku community. Alchemy’s mission is to provide Southwest Georgia with a premier geek friendly environment and be a centralized hub for all things such as Trading Card Games, Video Game Tournaments, Table Top Games, Meet ups, Special events, Retro Games, Parties, and so more. I stopped by the store recently to meet up with the owner and take a sneak peak as to what is coming. Tim Haire is the excited owner of Alchemy. He is full of energy and knowledge of the gamer world. I have absolutely NO clue about the gamer world but had so much fun getting to talk to him and I asked many questions.. Imagine that! Alchemy is located in the old “One of a Kind” building on Front Street. Tim explained to me that is truly is a geek and gamer store with a coffee shop added. His plans were to put the gamer area to the left when you come into the store. Slightly to the right when you come in the store is items that you can shop around and purchase. Then to the far right will be the coffee shop. Tim described the coffee shop to be Japanese style. They will offer several types of coffee, sodas and more. The store will be opened Monday – Thursday, 6am-10pm, Friday and Saturday, 6am – midnight and Sunday from 1pm until around 6pm. I was amazed at the different things Tim was doing inside the building. Of course he recognizes the history of the people and knows how historic it is so to see some of the things he is doing is touching. For the menu board, he used an old door. I can’t wait for everyone to see it! He showed us the old elevator. Now I was blown away by that. I did not realize how old elevators looked. I would love to see it working again. Tim is shooting to open by the end of January or early February. Please like their Facebook page and make plans to visit them as soon as they open.

~ Dates to Remember ~


22nd ~ Dog Patrol at the Margaret Jones Public Library 4:30pm
23rd ~ Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections Meeting
23rd ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
24th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
25th ~ Parent Workshop at WCPS
26th ~ Help A Child Smile Dental Van at WCMS
28th ~ Black Light Extravaganza at First Baptist Church
30th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
30th ~ Cookie Dough Fundraiser starts at WCPS
30th ~ Help A Child Smile Dental Van at WCMS
31st ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester


1st ~ Annual Chamber Dinner for Sylvester – Worth County Chamber of Commerce
1st ~ Annual Chamber Dinner for Tift County Chamber of Commerce
2nd ~ Happy Ground Hog Day from The Martin News… Will there be more winter days??
6th ~ Progress Reports from Worth County Schools
7th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
8th ~ “Paws for Books” Book Fair at WCPS
9th ~ “Paws for Books” Book Fair at WCPS
9th ~ Muffins with Mom at WCMS
11th ~ Science Fair Regional Competition in Tifton – WCMS
12th ~ “Paws for Books” Book Fair at WCPS
13th ~ “Paws for Books” Book Fair at WCPS
13th ~ Leadership Worth Class
13th ~ Cookie Dough Fundraiser Ends at WCPS
14th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
14th ~ Happy Valentines Day from The Martin News
14th ~ “Paws for Books” Book Fair at WCPS
15th ~ “Paws for Books” Book Fair at WCPS
15th ~ Reading/STEM Family Fun Night at WCPS
16th ~ “Paws for Books” Book Fair at WCPS
19th ~ City of Sylvester Council Meeting
19th ~ WCHS Intervention Day
20th ~ City of Warwick Council Meeting
21st ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
27th ~ Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections Meeting
28th ~ 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.
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Tax Season to Begin on Monday, January 29th

The Internal Revenue Service announced recently that the nation’s tax season will begin Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 and reminded taxpayers claiming certain tax credits that refunds won’t be available before late February. The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on Jan. 29, with nearly 155 million individual tax returns expected to be filed in 2018. The nation’s tax deadline will be April 17 this year – so taxpayers will have two additional days to file beyond April 15. Many software companies and tax professionals will be accepting tax returns before Jan. 29 and then will submit the returns when IRS systems open. Although the IRS will begin accepting both electronic and paper tax returns Jan. 29, paper returns will begin processing later in mid-February as system updates continue. The IRS strongly encourages people to file their tax returns electronically for faster refunds. The IRS set the Jan. 29 opening date to ensure the security and readiness of key tax processing systems in advance of the opening and to assess the potential impact of tax legislation on 2017 tax returns. The IRS reminds taxpayers that, by law, the IRS cannot issue refunds claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) before mid-February. While the IRS will process those returns when received, it cannot issue related refunds before mid-February. The IRS expects the earliest EITC/ACTC related refunds to be available in taxpayer bank accounts or on debit cards starting on Feb. 27, 2018, if they chose direct deposit and there are no other issues with the tax return. The IRS also reminds taxpayers that they should keep copies of their prior-year tax returns for at least three years. Taxpayers who are using a tax software product for the first time will need their adjusted gross income from their 2016 tax return to file electronically. Taxpayers who are using the same tax software they used last year will not need to enter prior-year information to electronically sign their 2017 tax return. Using an electronic filing PIN is no longer an option. Taxpayers can visit IRS.gov/GetReady for more tips on preparing to file their 2017 tax return. This is information brought to you by the IRS was shared by Tatina’s Tax Service. If you have any questions, please contact her at 229-778-0225

Sen. Kirk Named Chairman of State and Local Government Panel

State Sen. Greg Kirk, R-Americus, whose district includes Tift County, was recently appointed as chairman of the State and Local Governmental Operations Committee and to serve on several other committees for the 2018 legislative session. “I am so thankful to have been appointed chair of such an important committee,” Kirk said. “This committee covers a variety of issues that I look forward to addressing during session. Everything starts at the local level and works its way up, and to be able to work with my colleagues in addressing areas that impact our community members will be a great priority of mine.” Kirk also serves as a member of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, Health and Human Services, Insurance and Labor and Judiciary committees. “Georgians should have great confidence that Sen. Kirk will utilize this role to positively shape public policy and advance our entire state forward,” said Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. “I am confident Chairman Kirk will bring insight to matters that come before the State and Local Governmental Operations Committee, building on Georgia’s status as the No. 1 state for business and enhancing our unrivaled quality of life.” The second session of the 154th Georgia General Assembly convened on Monday at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta.
Source: Tifton Grapevine