Pharmacists Take Care of Their Hometown Folks

Last Thursday, January 12th was National Pharmacists Day. Pharmacists, also known as chemists or druggists, are healthcare professionals who practice in pharmacy, the field of health sciences focusing on safe and effective medication use. Pharmacists are well schooled, a university-level education is required to understand the biochemical mechanisms of action of drugs, drug uses, and therapeutic roles, side effects, potential drug interactions, and monitoring parameters. Pharmacists interpret and communicate this specialized knowledge to patients, physicians, and other health care providers. Pharmacists also rely on the assistance of Pharmacy Technicians that help in so many ways take care and assist patients as well. They are recognized as well in October. In many areas like the hometown of Austin Scott, in rural South Georgia, the town pharmacy is often a fixture in the community, and our local, community pharmacists play a major role in rural healthcare delivery. In areas where a doctor can be many miles away, local pharmacists deliver flu shots, give advice on over-the-counter drugs, and help with those late night drugstore runs for a sick child. Many people see their pharmacists much more often than their doctor, and there is a very personal relationship between pharmacist, patient, and physician. Pictured above is Congressman, Austin Scott at Lee and Pickels Drug Store in Quitman. In our hometown of Sylvester and Worth County, it is much like the hometown of Austin Scott. Our pharmacies and Pharmacists take care of all of their local hometown folks and for that we appreciate all you do!

Recognize This Tiger?

If you know Dr. Marsh, you know he is quite a sport. He’s also a good sport. He made good on his bet with Dr. McGee who, as you can see, is a Clemson fan. Dr. McGee didn’t specify that he would be wearing a tiger suit, just Clemson colors! Dr. Marsh and Dr. McGee both practice at Premier Orthopedics which is located at 2405 Osler Ct in Albany. Premier Orthopedics offers the future of orthopedic care. They designed this multi-specialty facility around the needs of their patients, with the goal of providing the total patient experience. This means you can see your doctor for a complete evaluation, discuss a plan of care dedicated to your specific needs and continue treatment all under one roof. They have assembled a team of orthopedic specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, a physician assistant, physical therapists, an athletic trainer, specialized orthopedic nurses, certified surgical technologists, medical assistants and a professional business staff to provide specialty care from start to finish. They have offices in Albany and Cordele and walk- ins are welcome. Give them a call today at 229-435-1458.

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. 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.

Worth County Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner Set for January 26th

Join the Sylvester-Worth County Chambers 35th Annual Awards Dinner and Installation of Officers on January 26th. Business and Community Together are WORTH it! Sponsorships are available through January 20, 2017. You can purchase individual Tickets for $35.00 at the Chamber. Call 229-776-7718 or email info@swcountychamber.com to reserve your tickets. Seating is limited. Dress is Business / Casual Attire. Dinner will be provided by Carroll’s Sausage and our Worth County School Nutrition Director Kristen Garland and her Staff. Worth County Band Students will be the servers. The Worth County High School JROTC will do the Posting of the Colors. Nomination forms for the awards, Business of the Year, Good Will Ambassador and Lifetime Achievement, have been sent out to our Membership. Please return your nominations for the awards to the Chamber no later than January 10, 2017. We look forward to seeing you on the 26th!

Lunch & Learn Planned at Chamber of Commerce

Join the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center in talking about marketing your business. These best practices will help you to develop actionable steps that can help you build loyal customers and increase profits. The practices include Identify and Reach your Customer, Refresh Your Social Media Routine and to Tell Your Story. The lunch and learn is free to Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce members and is $15.00 for non-members. To register today, please call the Chamber at 229-776-7718.

Time to Get Organized in 2017

WebMD suggests that we all take the time to get organized in the new year. First start by finding a place for every item. One reason things pile up on counters, tables, and floors is that they have no certain place to go. Storing items in the room where they’re used helps ensure they get put away when you’re done, and usually it’s best to store similar items together. If it’s something you use frequently, make sure the storage place is easy to access. Play clutter cop. The better you are about keeping things out of your home, the less likely things will pile up inside. Take freebies for example. It’s nice to get a T-shirt or coffee mug, but will you really use it? Enjoy it? If not, decline it. Or let’s say you’re a voracious reader. You could buy books but why not borrow and return them from your public library? And take a minute to opt out of mailings from credit card companies and other direct marketers. Bottom line be sure to always look for ways to block unneeded items before they cross your threshold. Do some detective work. Periodically scan your home for clutter hot spots, and spend some time figuring out why stuff accumulates there. Often, it’s not what you think. Hold off on container shopping. Clutter victims often think the solution is to stock up on organizing products, so they head to the nearest superstore and stock up on bins and boxes. A big mistake is that people love to go out and buy containers, but getting organized does not start out with a shopping trip. Dump duplicates. Why have two nonstick spatulas when one is enough? Why have six hairbrushes or 17 coffee mugs? A rule WebMD suggests a simple rule to remember is One in, one out. Anytime you get something new, get rid of something like it that is old. Beware nostalgia. If you’re a doting parent, it’s not easy to discard a child’s creation, whether it’s pastel drawings from the second grade or that cooler-sized medieval castle. But if you’re serious about minimizing clutter, you must. One good way to de-clutter the drawings and crafts of our children’s is to take a picture of your child with the creation, and letting that be your keepsake. Weed out your wardrobe. Odds are your clothes closet is chockablock with clothes that are rarely worn. Does a particular garment no longer fit, or maybe it’s uncomfortable? Toss it into a box. Then take the box to a favorite charity or a consignment store. And don’t hold onto things because you think you might need them someday. One key to de-cluttering is getting rid of things, not simply rearranging them. Tidying up is not the same as organizing. A good recommendation that I am so tempted to try is to turn all your hanging clothes the opposite way. After six months, the ones that you don’t turn back around are ready to go.
Look for simple clutter control solutions. Often, there’s an easy solution to even stubborn clutter problems. Think home organization kits. Buy some clear plastic shoebox-sized containers, and use them to create kits where you store all the items you need for a particular task. For instance, you could create a shoeshine kit, a bill-paying kit, a manicure kit, and so on. That way, you can easily find everything you need to accomplish everyday tasks. Stick to a schedule. Some spaces, like kitchen counters, need daily de-cluttering. Others can be tackled weekly or monthly. When that time comes, be systematic. Take all the items in a defined area which could be a cabinet, a desk drawer, etc and spread them out so you can see what you’re facing. If you’re de-cluttering the drawer where you keep kitchen utensils, for example, spread them on the counter, and then sort into two piles: utensils you use regularly and those you don’t use. Be patient because effective de-cluttering takes time. Whatever happens, try not to feel embarrassed about clutter. It’s important to remember that organizing need not be perfect, and that “good enough” really is.”

The 2016 Sylvester-Worth County Community Christmas Clearing House was a Success

The 2016 Sylvester-Worth County Community Christmas Clearing House served over 50 families which included 100 Children and 65 Seniors. It was a HUGE COMMUNITY effort and the Sylvester– Worth County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all who participated in helping to give a very nice Christmas to all. They had over 30 sponsors and individuals that participated in this years Christmas Clearing House and would like to send them a special thank you! They could not do it without you: Con Agra, Natural Solutions, Phoebe Worth Medical Center, Pruitt Healthcare, Olam Edible Nuts, Worth County Elementary, Worth County Middle, Worth County High School, Southwest Georgia Bank, New Hope Baptist Church, Shingler United Methodist Church, Branda Farrow and Joyleen Farrow, Colony Bank, Labron and Karen Rackley, Colony Bank, Worth County Fire and Rescue, Globe Financial, Worth County Health Dept, Sheriff Jeff Hobby, Worth County High School FFA, First Baptist Church WMU, Ms. Caroline Banks, Shingler Baptist Church, Isabella Station, Green Oaks Center, Ms. Linda Aultman, Ms. Brenda Williamson, Sally Brown, Sylvester Computer Guy, Daniel Rodriguez, Allie Cooper, Marley Gunter, Karen Carr, Donna and Rocky Duckworth, Otis and Brenda Hicks, Renasant Bank, Coca Cola, Sylvester Junior Women’s Club, Sylvester Women’s Club, Pine Forest Baptist Church, and several anonymous donors. They would also like to thank all of Santa’s Helpers: Denise Foster – Coordinator, Alexius Davis, June Carter, Shelly McPhaul, John McPhaul, Jean Brooks, Missy Latona, the City of Sylvester Police Interim Chief Price and Officers, Anthony Davis, Jeremiah Jones, Jay Crowe, and Lisa Dylinski. Santa says JOB WELL DONE!

FOX 31 continues to honor our local heroes with the Jefferson Awards

The Jefferson Award is the nation’s longest standing and most prestigious organization dedicated to celebrating public service. Fox chose Christine Fowler as their November winner. Christine is a mother who has taken it upon herself to help those with disabilities still be able to experience the outdoors. Fox stated that Fowler gets emotional every time she thinks of how much of an impact her yearly fundraiser Ms. Track-a-licious has had on people with disabilities. Local businesses sponsor a humorous male only pageant and they use the funds to buy special wheelchairs to treat kids with disabilities to outdoor adventures. Christine stated that It’s amazing to know that you’re able to make somebody’s life a lot better. You know it’s not fair that they’ve either been born with a disability or they’ve had some type of accident that’s caused that but to be able to get them back to doing the things they like whether its hunt or going to the beach or even climbing mountains. These guys are able to do that Christine stated. The men who are involved in the pageant are either friends of her or friends of the of wheelchair recipient. Christine says that it’s a lot of fun and that it’s amazing how the community jumps to the opportunity to do it and supports it so well. The project is personal for Fowler whose son uses a track chair after being injured in an accident. Christine stated that her son was an avid hunter. He loved the outdoors but he was unable to get to the deer stand without one of these chairs. So this chair has given him so many opportunities that his family just wasn’t able to do; he gets in the truck and goes. His family does not have to be there to push him to the stand and that makes it better on the whole family and her son because he is more independent now. They have done the fundraiser three years in a row and raised money for 4 chairs that cost about $14,000 each. The wheel chairs are action track chairs. It’s an electric wheelchair with a wide stance and terrain rubber tracks. Christine stated that there’s so much; and not just here in Albany but the whole state of Georgia, people need these. But they’re just so costly that the normal person with a disability can’t afford to buy them,” Fowler said. She is hoping to hold the event at least twice a year in the future because its benefits are endless. Christine says they are looking for more and bigger sponsors but are grateful for the devotion of local sponsors. Right now they just go after local businesses and have had some really good local sponsors that help every year Christine stated. She said even though people appreciate her for Ms. Track-a-licious it’s not about her. “Every day I talk to somebody and they say it’s really amazing what you do and I don’t see it that way. I just see that somebody should do it and I’m glad to do it,” Christine said. They will be holding the next Ms. Track-a-licious event in September 2017.

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. 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.

Contest Time for the New Year!

What is your new year’s resolution?

Email your new year’s resolution to info@themartinnews.com with your new year’s resolution and that will enter you in an awesome drawing! Winner will be chosen on Friday! I love to give away prizes so get those entries in!!