Southwest Georgia Briefs - Aug. 17, 2013

Traffic light changing Monday

ALBANY — The city of Albany is making a change to the traffic signal at Broad Avenue and Front Street beginning at 9 a.m. Monday.

K. Bruce Maples, director of engineering for the City of Albany, said the Traffic Division is returning the traffic signal at that intersection from flash mode to normal operation of green, yellow and red.

“Motorists are advised to be aware of this change and use caution in the area,” Maples said.

Three graduate from police academy

TIFTON — David D. Flick, Samuel W. Floyd and Essence S. Hunter of the Dougherty County Police Department were among 21 individuals who recently received certificates at graduation exercises for the 262nd session of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) Regional Police Academy at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

The GPSTC regularly holds multi-week intensive training sessions designed to acquaint officers with state-of-the-art law enforcement techniques. The Academy operates in cooperation with the School of Human Sciences at ABAC.

Farm credit photo contest ending

BAINBRIDGE — Just a few days remain in the Southwest Georgia Farm Credit 2013 Photo Contest, so get out your cameras and start snapping.

The deadline for entries is Aug. 30.

In addition to being published in a 2014 calendar, winning photos will appear in the Association’s Wiregrass Land & Living magazine.

Awards will be given for the top three photos in each category at $100, $50, and $25. A grand prize of $150 will be awarded for “best overall” photo.

Visit SWGAFarmCredit.com for official rules and entry forms. For more information, call Frances Edmunds at (229) 493-0140.

Lecture focuses on Alzheimer’s

TIFTON — A community lecture on the latest reserch information on Alzheimer’s disease is planned at noon Thursday at Tift Regional community Events Center, 1657 S. Carpenter Road.

The program will be presented by Neill R. Graff-Radford, M.D., principal investigator at Mayor Clin, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in Jacksonville, Fla.

The program is open to the public, and a complimentary lunch will be provided. Registration is required and seating is limited. For more information, call (229) 353-6316.

Conference looks at Satsuma oranges

VALDOSTA — Farmers interested in growing an alternative crop can learn about Satsuma oranges on Thursday at the Lowndes County Civic Center in Valdosta.

A conference will be held highlighting potential Satsuma commercial production in south Georgia and north Florida. Satsumas are mandarin oranges that most resemble tangerines. They are grown mostly in California, Alabama and Louisiana but are not grown in South Georgia or North Florida.

The conference will feature scientists and researchers from the University of Georgia and University of Florida, including Wayne Hanna, a plant breeder in UGA’s Crop and Soil Science Department on the Tifton campus.

The conference will be held from noon to 3 p.m. To register, contact the Lowndes County Extension Office at (229) 333-5185. Registration is limited to 75 participants. A meal will be provided.