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Preserving Tifton's Charm: Council Makes a Bad Decision
Remembering a Presidential Inauguration -- 40 Years Later
GUEST COLUMN: A Bold Change for Failing Schools
SUMMER 2016: A Season of Possibilities
A LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIFTON GAZETTE

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Preserving Tifton's Charm: Council Makes a Bad Decision

Remember that scene in the film “It’s a Wonderful Life” when Jimmy Stewart finds himself in an alternate universe of downtown “Pottersville”? Stewart’s previous charming town of Bedford Falls is now a place of tawdry lighted signs on every building.
 
Well, Tifton is no Pottersville, at least not yet. But Tifton City Council made a bad decision Monday night that could have a long-term, far-reaching effect on the kind of town we have in the future.
 
Yes, I am a member of City Council; and yes, I was involved in the issue.

Remembering a Presidential Inauguration -- 40 Years Later

The day dawned bright and frosty in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Jan. 20, 1977. Although the sun was shining, the temperature was in the teens and a recent snowfall had left mounds of ice and snow in yards and alongside roads.
 
As I headed to an early morning religious service at the Lincoln Memorial, a radio commercial noted a closeout sale at "Jerry's Ford," a local car dealership; on this day President Gerald Fordwould be succeeded by Jimmy Carter

GUEST COLUMN: A Bold Change for Failing Schools

By REP. PENNY HOUSTON

On November 8, voters in Georgia will be asked a question that has the potential to change K-12 education in our state for an entire generation of children.
 
Question 1 on the ballot will read, “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow the state to intervene in chronically failing public schools in order to improve student achievement?”

YES – I am voting for this amendment. I believe it is my obligation to speak up for children whose future does not look bright and stop the “pipeline” to poverty and prison many Georgia students face due to becoming school drop outs.

SUMMER 2016: A Season of Possibilities

"Do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always watch for the longest day in the year and then miss it." ~  Daisy Buchanan in "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

By Frank Sayles Jr.

Summer is a time of possibilities. The days are longer; the skies are brighter; the world is warmer.

The hot South Georgia sun hugs us closely, its warm, whispery breath on our necks. A hazy veil falls upon the land and shrouds our lazy days of longing amid, what Joni Mitchell calls, "the hissing of summer lawns.

A LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIFTON GAZETTE

This has been sent to The Tifton Gazette as a Letter to the Editor by Tifton Grapevine Publisher Frank Sayles Jr.:

Last Sunday's Tifton Gazette left me scratching my head. I was the subject of a front-page article that claimed my publishing an article in last Friday's Tifton Grapevine put me "in question" because of my role as a city councilman, a position I had held for two weeks at the time.
 
The Tifton Grapevine is a local electronic newspaper with thousands of email subscribers.

A Prayer for Our Friends in Charleston

Charleston, S.C., is perhaps the most genteel city in the nation. I spent the greater part of a decade there working as a reporter and an editor at the Charleston newspaper

I came to know Charleston well, along with the surrounding towns and counties.
Several weeks ago, there were national headlines about an unarmed man who was shot in the back and killed while running from a policeman -- which occurred in the city of North Charleston, not Charleston. North Charleston is the rougher, unkempt cousin to adjacent Charleston.

THAT LONG AND WINDING ROAD


As you probably know, this Sunday, Feb. 9, marks 50 years since The Beatles made their American television debut on the "Ed Sullivan Show."  

For us Baby Boomers, that Sunday night was a watershed moment in our collective history; we could actually feel the world change. Music became different; fashion became different; and we began to see the black-and-white world differently. 

Soon enough, there would be a phantasmagoric explosion of color, and hope, and possibility.

Mayor Responds to Grapevine Report

Tifton Mayor Jamie Cater responds to Friday's Tifton Grapevine Weekender report on this week's City Council meeting. 

Read the mayor's letter below, unedited. Our response to him follows the letter:
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Frank,
I want you to know that if you will check your own film, you will note I gave Julie a long time during the discussion phase of the voting phase, much more than I normally would have as keeping the meeting from "bogging down" is the responsibility of the Chair.
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