Will Diabetes Be A Chapter In Your Book?

Our lives are like a book. Each person’s book is full of memories of their life events. Will diabetes be a chapter in your book of life experiences? Two out of every 5 Americans are expected to develop type 2 diabetes during their lifetime. Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood. More than 1 in 3 adults in the United States have pre-diabetes, where their blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. People with pre-diabetes are at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems, including heart disease and stroke. You are at increased risk for developing pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:

Are 45 years of age or older.
Are overweight.
Have a parent with diabetes.
Have a sister or brother with diabetes.
Have a family background that is African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American-Indian, Asian-American, or Pacific-Islander.
Had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes), or gave birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more.
Are physically active less than three times a week.

Some of these risk factors, such as your age and ethnicity, are out of your control. However, risk factors such as being overweight or physically inactive are modifiable. What can you do to reduce your risk? Research shows that modest weight loss and regular physical activity can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by up to 58% in people with pre-diabetes. Modest weight loss means 5% to 7% of body weight, which is 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person. Getting at least 150 minutes each week of physical activity, such as brisk walking, also is important. You can change your story. Start today!

Festival Fun in Sumner

If you missed the recent Fall Festival in Sumner, you really missed a treat. The children as well as adults who attended really seemed to enjoy themselves. There were free games for the children to play as well as a Bouncy House provided by Griffins Bouncy World. Both children and adults participated in the Cake Walk taking away treats that included a caramel cake, a vanilla wafer cake, mini pecan pies, pumpkin pies, and cupcakes, just to name a few. Hotdogs, chips and colas were also served. At the end of the night there were drawings for more than 30 items donated by community sponsors. A big thank you goes to those who contributed to the success of the festival: Charlie Fortson, Sumner Egg Festival Queens, Julie Black, Sumner Fire Department, Griffins Bouncy World, Liberty Tax Service-Sylvester, The Martin News, Best Friends Humane Society, Backyard Buddies, SunTrust Bank, Worth County Family Connections, Advantage Realty, Piggly Wiggly, Tupperware by Betty Dorsey, Blackbeards, Sylvester Computer Guy, Eddie’s Tires, Ed’s Truckstop, Carroll’s Sausage, Mary Kay by Shala Juster, Shop Chanel 112, Dairy Queen, It’s All About the Paint by Keetra Barnes, Sunbelt Ford, Sara Tillery, Milissa Dobbins, Annie’s Place – Tifton, Sugar Hills Charms, Gibbs Pecans, Doris Milling, VaLenia Milling, Steve & Rebecca Forbeck, Tina Marie Merritt, Derek & Christina Manuel, Kathy Conger, Marie Napier, Keisha Jackson, Stacey Mallard, Don & Jane Long, Jimmy & Pam Nelms. Please accept our apology if there was anyone who contributed that was left off of the list above. We appreciate each and every one of you who played a part in this event. We couldn’t have done it without you!’

Charity Event for Best Friends Humane Society Draws A Crowd

On Friday, October 23rd, the Davis King family opened up Rockin’ DK Stables for a charity event to benefit Best Friends Humane Society. Many gathered for a night of great food and even better entertainment. The main event was a murder mystery play performed by members of the community who volunteered for the cause. The play was entitled “Polter-Heist”. Cast and characters included Phyllis Lodge, played by Elizabeth Cowels; Jim Lodge, played by Charlie Cowels; Madam Zelda Von Schpookum, played by Debra Smith, Professor Lionel Specter, played by Ralph Powell; Dana Scullery, played by Kristin Merritt; Fox Smolder, played by Darrin Potts; and Janet from Another Planet, played by Lynn Meeks-Manley. Proceeds from the event will be used to provide care for the animals at Best Friends Humane Society.

Photo Credit: Josh Pearson

Written by VaLenia Meeks Milling

Boss’s Day in Style

In honor of Boss’s Day, faculty and staff members at Worth County Elementary presented Dr. Rouse with this BBQ apron set as a token of appreciation for all he does. Thank you for all you do for the students, faculty and staff at WCES!

Worth County Middle School Winner’s Circle Awards Presented

Worth County Middle School along with the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce held an awards breakfast on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 to recognize students for becoming part of Worth County Middle School Winner’s Circle for academic excellence or growth. Each nine weeks a student from each grade level will be chosen who has exceeded in his her academic areas and has no history of discipline reports. Each student received a framed certificate along with a $25 cash prize. Worth County Middle School along with the members of the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the recipients of the awards for the first nine weeks of school. Academic Achievers: 6th Grade – TaLaysia Vicks, 7th Grade – Samantha Foerster, 8th Grade – Tanisha Patel. Most Improved Students: 6th Grade – Brennan Bare, 7th Grade – Jenna Keeney, 8th Grade – Eren Brown. Worth County Middle School staff present were: Tiffany Sevier – Principal, Assistant Principals: 6th Grade -Carole Slappey, 7th Grade – Jacque’ Walker, and 8th Grade – Donald Edwards. Maria Fletcher – School Improvement Specialist, Greta Hunt-Counselor and Jaki Johnson – Parent Involvement Coordinator. Chamber Members present were: Chamber President/ CEO Karen Rackley, Chamber Chair Kyle Tomlinson- Snipes Piggly Wiggly, Chamber Director Lisa Dylinski- Family Connections, Chamber Director Shelly McPhaul- Best Friends Humane Society, and Chamber Director Gina Connell- Worth County Health Department.

Written by VaLenia Meeks Milling

Schedule for Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 20, 2015

Worth County Primary School:
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Worth County Elementary School:
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Worth County Middle School:
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Worth County High School:
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


To all citizens of Worth County:

Each year, the incoming president of the Georgia Retired Educators Association (GREA) chooses a state-wide service project. Local units such as the Worth Retired Educators Association (WREA) support the project to whatever extent they are able. GREA’s 2015-2016 president is James Haymans of Fayette County. Haymans is a veteran who chose a very worthy project: raising funds to buy and train service dogs to be given to Georgia veterans who need that kind of assistance. The cost is $3500 per dog. The officers of WREA would like to raise enough money to purchase and train a dog. Yes, that is too ambitious for our small group; however, with community support, it could be done. If you are a part of Sylvester/Worth County leadership, a civic club, a veteran’s organization, a school club that needs a service project, a church group, a business that desires to “give back” and honor veterans, or just a family or individual who values the service and sacrifice of our veterans (past or present)…we ask for your help. A senior citizen or a child might have $5 to donate, while a business or club might be able to donate a much larger amount. Because of this, there will be no published list of how much was given by whom, but all donors will be acknowledged if we are given names. If we can do this, it would be a source of pride for all of Worth County, as well as a “teachable moment” for our young people. Most important, however, would be the satisfaction we would gain from helping a veteran with a need, whether it is a physical limitation, PTSD, or whatever situation might call for the use of a service dog. Officers of WREA are Gay Blackwell, president; Barbara Pattee, president-elect; Avis Patterson, secretary; and Linda Medders, treasurer. Group leaders are Shirley Thomas, JoBeth Shanklin, and Barbara Newkirk. Denations can be mailed to-Linda Medders at 604 W. Lee Street Sylvester, GA 31791. Cheeks should be made payable to WREA Service Dog Fund. You can call Mrs. Medders at 229-776-3088 if you want her to pick up your donation. You can also donate at Southwest Georgia Bank; the account is listed Worth County Retired Educators Association Service Dog Fund.

Information provided by WREA

It’s a Pumpkin Thang!

The Martin News is excited to announce it’s First Annual Pumpkin Contest! It is going to be so much fun. All we need you to do is submit the picture of your pumpkin to our email at info@themartinnews.com and the judging will begin. The judging will be done by a Mr. Hunt that has absolutely no connections to Sylvester residents so the judging will be done fairly and the pictures will be identified by numbers not names so this will make it more fair as well. There will be two different categories. One category is carved pumpkins and one is decorated pumpkins. Those will be the only two categories there are. With in both categories there will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and judges choice. SO that simply means there will be possibly 8 winners! How great is that?? So get those pumpkins carved or decorated and get them sent to the Martin News email info@themartinnews.com and we wish you the best of luck.. The Martin News LOVES to give out prizes so get those pumpkins submitted today!!!