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      $25,000 donation made to help Sheriff's Boys Ranch

      Officials with the Tift County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff's Association have accepted a check of $25,000 from a generous donor. Clarence Smith, of Tift County, donated gifted the $25,000 check to help with operation costs at the Sheriff's Boys Ranch in Hahira.The exchange was made before media at the Tift County Sheriff's Office in Tifton. Terry Norris, Executive Director of the Sheriff's Association of Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes, was in attendance to accept the donation along with Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough. Mr. Clarence Smith says he remembers his youth and how the guidance he received helped homing his adult endeavors.The Boy's Ranch in Hahira encompasses more than 400 acres and features five cottages to house both boys and girls whose parents have been unable to provide for their care. Boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 16 are accepted and the Boy's Ranch is the state's oldest youth home opening in 1961.

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