Little Free Libraries in Worth County

In an effort to place books in the hands of children and adults throughout Worth County, Margaret Jones Public Library will be placing Little Free Libraries in Poulan, Sylvester, Sumner, and Warwick. “Our hope is to spread the love of reading and book sharing to our community by placing Little Free Libraries in parks where families play together,” states Leigh Wiley, library director. The libraries operate on the motto of “take a book, leave a book.” It is simply a book exchange where anyone can pick up a book and bring back another book to share. The Sylvester Junior Woman’s Club has pledged to be stewards for the libraries by keeping them stocked with a variety of books for all age groups. Donations of books are welcomed and accepted at the library. This project was made possible by generous funding from Mitchell EMC’s Operation Round-Up Grant. Worth County artist Allison Tate Kilcrease is designing and painting each of the five libraries. The designs will be unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony for each one. The community is invited to attend Ribbon cutting ceremonies to open the libraries this month. The schedule is as follows: Jefford’s Park in Sylvester on April 19 at 1:30 pm, Warwick City Park on April 19 at 6:45 pm and Poulan City Park on April 26 at 6:15 pm. The Martin News is so excited about the Little Free Libraries that will be in Worth County. If you have any books that you would like to donate, please email us at The Martin News will be collecting books through May 31st and will deliver to the Margaret Jones Public Library for them to be able to disperse to the Libraries. My son, Larry, asked to be able to help with this project. He is a 6th Grade home school student and stated that he believes in helping others have the opportunity to read so if you have some books at homes that your children no longer read, please consider donating them. Thank you for all your help.

City Hall has Relocated

Please make note that the City Hall has relocated to the Train Depot. The address for the New City Hall is 102 South Main Street. The City hall’s number is still the same which is (229) 776-8505. Hours of Operation will remain from 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Payments can also be made online at

Roberts Receives Grand Champion Market Wether Award

GFB President Gerald Long, far right, presents Worth County FFA member Chase Roberts with a belt buckle for winning the Grand Champion Market Wether Award at the 2015 State 4-H & FFA Market Goat held last October at the Georgia National Fair. Roberts also received a copy of the book “Once a Day Devotional for Teens,” by Kevin Johnson and a $1,500 cash award from GFB. Attending the event with Roberts were from left, grandparents Mike and Karen Roberts, brother Mason Roberts and his fiancé Haley Dupree, parents Mike and Anita Roberts and friend Taylor Layfield.

A Great Yard Sale Location

Want a prime location to have a yard sale? I know just the place for you. Southern Pick’n will be having an outdoor yard sale every Friday and Saturday beginning April 15th and 16th. You may use your own tables or rent theirs. The cost will be $5 if you use your table or $12 if you use theirs. If you are interested in saving your spot call Rick at (229)894-8500. Southern Pick’n is
located at 609 W. Franklin Street, Sylvester. Be sure to tell all of your friends! I am super excited. I will be there on Saturday to sell many things… Just remember one man’s junk is another man’s treasures!


Congratulations to the 2016 Prom Court. You all do such an amazing job representing Worth County High School among your friends and teachers. Congratulations to Anfernee and Taylor as being named your 2016 Prom King and Queen. You both looked amazing! You both set examples of what great spirit and friendship means to everyone and we are very proud of you all. Everyone looked beautiful and handsome on Saturday night and all the seniors enjoyed their Senior Walk. A big thank you to all the staff that puts in endless hours in decorating and chaperoning the Prom. Without dedicated people like you all, Prom nor any other events would happened for the students in the Worth County Schools, so The Martin News wants you all to know that WE APPRECIATE YOU!

A Message from Worth County High School

Intervention Days during Spring Break

WCHS will be offering Intervention Days during Spring Holidays on Monday, March 28th, Tuesday, March 29th, and Wednesday, March 30th. The sessions will run from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at WCHS. During this time, students will be able to make up unexcused absences, make up missed assignments, work on credit recovery, and/or complete assignments designed by teachers to replace low grades. Students interested in attending should contact their teachers to request work and meet in the WCHS cafeteria at 8:00 am each day. Students must provide their own transportation and must follow the WCHS dress code. Contact the school should you have any questions.

Cordele native Dr. Ruis named new Southwest District Health Director

A specialist in family medicine with deep ties to Southwest Georgia and public health has been tapped as the new Southwest Health District Health Director. Charles Ruis, M.D., will begin overseeing the 14 county health departments and two farm worker clinics encompassed by the health district April 18, Interim Health Director Dr. Lawton Davis announced. Prior to receiving his Bachelor of Science degree and his Doctor of Medicine   degree from Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Ruis attended Georgia Southwestern and later University of Georgia.  He performed both his internship and his residency in family practice at Medical Center of Central Georgia. He is board-certified in family medicine. Most recently, Dr. Ruis served as medical director for Georgia Correctional Healthcare, providing physician services at Georgia state prisons. Prior to that, he was medical director for Federally Qualified Community Health Centers in Ocilla and Unadilla. He also has substantial experience in emergency medicine, including working at Sumter Regional Hospital from 2003 until it closed from tornado damage in 2005. Dr. Ruis has served as the chair of the Crisp County Board of Health from 2007 to the present day. He has been married to his wife, Barbara, since 1980, and together they are active in the Cordele First United Methodist Church and enjoy music and a variety of outdoor activities.

GCC Pleased with Referendum Vote

From February 8 – March 8, 2016 Georgia cotton producers had the opportunity to vote for the continuation of the $1 per bale assessment to fund the programs of the Georgia Cotton Commission. By law, producers must vote on each commodity commission in Georgia every three years. The final tally of votes recorded by the Georgia Department of Agriculture shows an 87% favorable vote. Mike Lucas, Chairman of the Georgia Cotton Commission and a Bleckley County producer, said that he is “pleased with the 87% vote by our growers, because we still have many issues ahead for cotton in Georgia.” Lucas says that the Commission’s research, promotion, and education programs have provided value to the Georgia cotton producer since 1965. He notes that 2016 will be even a greater challenge for growers than 2015 and one of the toughest years in many farmers’ lives. “We hope for better prices and lower input cost in 2016. On the policy front, we think a cottonseed PLC/ARC program is important even though Secretary Vilsack has said he won’t sign off on it,” says Lucas. “Right now the industry is still discussing the possibility of a cost-share program with USDA for ginning assistance from the 2015 season. While this is not a silver bullet, it should help Georgia growers during these tough times,” notes Lucas. For more information about the Georgia Cotton Commission’s programs of research, promotion, and education, please visit or call 478-988-4235.

Health department closed April 11 to allow staff training

Worth Health Department will be closed Monday, April 11, to allow staff members to participate in mandatory training. “Employee training enables our staff to provide an enhanced level of skill and service,” explained Worth County Health Department Nurse Manager Gina Connell. “All-staff meetings help us improve communication and team-building within our organization.” The health department will resume business during regular hours of operation on April 12. For more information, please follow “Southwest Georgia Public Health District” on Facebook.

Appreciation Breakfast Held at WCPS

The Sylvester Worth County Chamber held its 1st Teacher Appreciation Breakfast at the Worth County Primary School March 18, 2016. Principal Jared Worthy welcomed the Chamber and stated the we are lucky to have A Chamber and Business Leaders that understand the importance of education in their community. Past Chair Kyle Tomlinson and Education Committee Member thanked our teachers for their hard work and investment in our future leaders. Lisa Dylinski said the invocation and the teachers were treated to a breakfast consisting of homemade cinnamon roles from Jacksons Soul Food, fruit from Snipes Piggly Wiggly and juice and water provided to us by Coca Cola. Education Committee Members and Chamber Directors present Kyle Tomlinson -Sipes Piggly Wiggly, Greg Williams – Con Agra, Mandy Gordon- Phoebe Worth, Amanda Parr- Southwest Georgia Bank, Becky Geer, Christie Forrester- Worth County Board of Education, Shelly McPhaul- Best Friends Humane Society, Lisa Dylinski- Family Connections and President Karen Rackley.