The Rotary Club of Valdosta’s annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner is on Thursday this week at the Conference Center.
I can’t believe it’s the seventh year for the dinner, which has really taken off in the last couple of years and pretty well sells out, so if you want to go, buy your tickets today!
The event is a way for local officers to be recognized for their hard work and dedication each year, with all of the proceeds going into a fund to assist them in times of need.
The fund has helped families hit by catastrophic illness and other tragedies, along with many others who needed the same time of selfless help these officers give to the community each and every day.
Officers of the Year will be recognized by Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress and Sheriff Chris Prine, and officers from the smaller municipalities in attendance will be recognized.
The Rotary Club’s commitment to ensuring that law-enforcement officers understand the community’s dedication and appreciation, along with the tireless efforts of James Dominey, Randy Cox and many others, has ensured that this dinner is one of the most well attended, premier events in Valdosta each year.
There may be other events that sponsors where buy tables but only one or two people show up, but this isn’t one of them. Every seat is filled, every person is excited to be there, and the room will be full of men and women who truly appreciate all that our local police officers and sheriff’s deputies do to keep us safe.
Thank you to the officers, thank you to Rotary, and thank you to the community and the sponsors for making this event successful each year.
Keeping fingers crossed, but hopefully The Mill Pizza and Buffet will be opening this week in the Remerton Square mall near Anthony and Co.
Two longtime local businesses have/are relocating. Stan’s Meats is now in the former IGA location on West Hill Avenue and Shan’s Bait and Tackle is renovating a building on South Patterson near the overpass.
Camping World in Lake Park is now open. Also, the Lake Park Family Care Clinic in Chancy’s in Lake Park will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 26.
The former Big O’s/ O’Neals Buffet on North Ashley Street has new owners and a new name, Jun’s Country Buffet.
Not far from there on North Ashley, there’s a sign up I believe on what was once M&M Motors that says Loyless Auto.
The second location for Hip Hop Chicken on North Ashley Street has all the signage up and looks close to opening. It’s going into the former Taco Bell building, next to the new Taco Bell.
In the Budd Plaza strip center near there, a new store called the Apna Bazaar is open. It’s an Indian/ Pakistani grocery store, close to the Passage to India restaurant.
I may have missed this previously, as it looks like a new sign, so my apologies, but Nexxtep is now located in the former PAB building behind El Toreo on North Ashley.
The new Kaufmann Tires next to Chick-fil-A on Inner Perimeter is moving along and hopefully there will be an official announcement soon about the new Starbucks supposedly coming across the street there in the former bank building.
The former Certus Bank on Norman Drive is now a First Federal.
Down the way from Certus, the new Gondoliers Italian restaurant is still under construction, with an opening date at least another couple of months away. And the new Aspen Dental Clinic next to Goodwill on Norman looks like it will be done in another few weeks.
The new loan center for Southwest Georgia Bank’s main branch on North Valdosta Road is now framed and moving along well.
That’s it for this week, but if there’s something I missed, and there usually is, please let me know!