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Tift County News & Events

With three locations in Tift County, including our main branch, we are heavily ingrained in the community through our efforts with the Chamber of Commerce, Abraham Agricultural College, the Agrirama, Tift County school systems and a multitude of not-for-profit organizations.

2017 Hester Memorial Scholarship Local Winners Announced

Cam Tucker and Jake Moore, both of Tifton Georgia, have been selected as the local representatives to compete for one of four $1,000 Julian and Jan Hester Memorial Scholarships chosen by the Community Bankers Association (CBA).

As the first place recipient, Cam Tucker will receive a $500 scholarship from South Georgia Banking Company. His application was chosen by a regional panel of judges for his impressive academic performance at Tift County High School in addition to his list of extracurricular and civic activities within the community. Tucker is a Superior Honor Student at TCHS as well as a member of the Beta Club, Varsity baseball team and is a University of Georgia Merit Scholar. His extensive list of volunteer efforts in the community involve a variety of work with organizations like Toys for Tots, Road Less Traveled Ministries, Tift County Baseball Kids Camps and more. Tucker has proven to be well-rounded and success-oriented. He is dual-enrolled at ABAC and has been accepted to both the University of Georgia and Georgia Southern University.


Jake Moore of Tifton, the local runner up, is also a candidate for the CBA scholarship award. Moore, Superior Honor Student who also attends Tift County High School, has maintained an exceptionally high grade point average while dual-enrolled at ABAC. Moore’s impressive academic record and extracurricular activities contributed to him being chosen to compete for this scholarship. Some of his activities include 4-H, TCHS Air Rifle team, Academic Bowl and extensive volunteer hours with local organizations. Moore has exhibited determination and leadership throughout his high school years. He will continue his academic achievements at the University of Georgia in the fall.


The Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship is named after long-time CBA Chief Executive Officer, the late Julian Hester and his late daughter, Jan Hester. Jan was a senior at the University of Georgia when she died in an automobile accident in April of 1990. In addition to supporting community banking, this scholarship is an opportunity to pass on the positive qualities both Julian and Jan Hester exemplified to further the development of tomorrow’s generations.

Tucker and Moore will move forward in competing for one of the four Hester Memorial $1,000 scholarships chosen by the Community Bankers Association (CBA). Please join South Georgia Banking Company in congratulating them on their achievements and wishing them luck with their extremely bright futures.

Pictured L to R are: Jake Moore; SGBC President, Glenn Willis; and Cam Tucker

Relay for Life - Success Locally and Beyond

SGBC Continues its Longtime Support in the Fight Against Cancer

Cancer. Undoubtedly, this horrible disease has affected nearly everyone. Whether you are a cancer survivor yourself, currently undergoing treatment, have a family member who has battled or is battling the disease or even just a friend whose life has been touched by cancer, it seems to be everywhere. There is hope, though. Now – more than ever before – there are viable treatments and paths to remission not available even just a few years ago. The Relay for Life event - the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society – is a walk/relay staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it's time to take action against cancer – and this event has raised over $150 million in cancer research grants to date. South Georgia Banking Company is a longtime supporter of Relay for Life, and understands the importance of community support to those battling cancer, survivors of the disease and in honoring those we have lost.

Tifton’s Relay for Life cancer walk took place Friday, April 21st at the E.B. Hamilton Complex and Optimist Park, and by all accounts was a huge success. SGBC’s “Grateful, Positive, Winning” message was on proud display at the event on banners, large photo displays and SGBC’s team t-shirts. As a believer in the importance of community spirit, SGBC came out in force for the Relay event, and even came away with the “Best Mission” award which says it all about how invested we are in this cause.

“We had a wonderful time celebrating life and survivors at the event and were reminded of how blessed we are. And regarding our “Best Mission” award - I can't imagine a more validating recognition this year! I am so proud to claim that one and recognize our opportunity to continue living out that mission of HOPE!” says Maghan Campbell, SGBC’s Director of Marketing Communications.

SGBC supports all of our coworkers, their families and our customers and friends in the community who have fought or are currently fighting cancer. 

Pictured are Carolyn Massey and Bettye Turner with the Fulwood Garden Center along with Glenn Willis and Pait Willis of South Georgia Banking Company. The Fulwood Garden Center has a long standing history in Tifton. South Georgia Banking Company is proud to support their efforts to conserve and beautify the community as well as provide horticultural education to younger generations.

South Georgia Banking Company organized a Peanut Butter Food Drive throughout the region this October. All eight branches participated in Tift, Colquitt, Turner, Crisp and Dooly Counties. This endeavor originated in order to give back to those in need within the communities. The drive was also a way to celebrate Georgia Peanut Bank Week and acknowledge Georgia peanut farmers and industry professionals for their outstanding peanut production and contribution to our economy.

The employees, customers and communities really came through in this food drive. When all was said and done, the collection total topped 5,964 jars of peanut butter. This number includes significant contributions from Golden Boy Peanuts, Peanut Proud and the Dooly County School System.

In fact, as the collection drive was winding down, SGBC’s efforts nearly doubled when Jeff Hollis of Golden Boy Peanuts walked into the 2nd Street branch. Hollis noticed the peanut butter collection and wanted to be a part.

"We had originally planned to support two or three Tift County food pantries, but with the additional contributions from Golden Boy, we had to expand our reach! We were able to spread hope to most every agency in Tifton. It was such a blessing to be a part of this endeavor and we are thankful to all who helped make it happen!" said Maghan Campbell, Marketing Director at South Georgia Banking Company.

SGBC was able to donate large quantities to the Tift County food pantries and other agencies in the county including Brother Charlie’s, Backpack Buddies, Tifton’s Soup Kitchen, Ruth’s Cottage, Leroy Rogers Center, Society of St. Andrews, Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, Backpack Blessings and the Mell Baptist Association.

"Thank you to all of our customers and those who donated. You are making a difference." said Glenn Willis, president of South Georgia Banking Company.

We had a “hot time” at the Omega Pepper Festival this September! South Georgia Banking Company is proud to be ingrained in the activities and culture of ALL the communities we serve. Omega has an extra-special place in our hearts since it's where we got our start. Keep it HOT Omega!

T.A.L:K Class-Tomorrow’s Aspiring Leaders: Kids—Youth Leadership Class

The T.A.L:K class is 50 Eighth graders from Eighth Street Middle school and Tiftarea Academy. On February 16, 2016; the students went to the State Capitol for a photo opportunity with Governor Deal; Representative Clay Prickle; Representative Sam Watson; Representative Penny Houston; Senator Greg Kirk. They also met with our state representatives for a very outstanding question and answer session. Gary Black, Commissioner of Department of Agriculture also stopped by and talked about the importance of Agriculture. After that, they were privileged to tour the Capitol and go into the House and Senate Chambers. After a trip to the “Varsity Drive-In” they returned to Tifton. Sponsors are Tift Regional Health System; Heatcraft; Georgia Power; Colquitt EMC; First Community Bank; South Georgia Banking Company. 
Omega Elementary teachers celebrate their last day of the year by recognizing some of their finest. Long time Partners in Education (PIE) participant, South Georgia Banking Company, joined in the celebration by donating local gift cards to the top three achievers this year. Picture are Maghan Campbell with South Georgia Banking Company; Tanesha Dotson, Teacher of the Year; Tammy Hornbuckle, Excellence in Education winner; and Holly Kendrick, True Blue Award for 2016; and Dr. Melton, Principal of Omega Elementary School.
When South Georgia Banking Company, Omega branch, opened up it's doors for a school tour, they were a full house .... and FULL of questions! "We love having the opportunity to encourage students to think about money and finances and see how things work on the other side of the teller line." said Jane Justice.