Valdosta Daily Times

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September 2, 2012

September Scene one of our best ever!

VALDOSTA — The September issue of the Valdosta Scene magazine will be out this week and is a must read. Gracing the cover this month is Dr. Dacia Charlesworth, the new First Lady of Valdosta State University. Charming, intelligent, fun, with an infectious personality, she is a great complement to her husband, new President Dr. Bill McKinney, and to the community. We look forward to working with her in the future and you will enjoy reading about her in the magazine.

The Scene also includes a delightful story written by yours truly about Mara Register’s father (and mother!), James and Patricia Shaw. Mara and I just happened to be having a relaxing conversation after work one evening when she mentioned that her father was on one of the Antarctica expeditions with Admiral Byrd, and I immediately asked for the opportunity to interview him. He is included in a National Geographic article about the expedition as well as several books, and his story is as charming and interesting as you can imagine it would be! Mara said her parents were “characters” and I can’t think of a better description. I hope I did them justice in this article as their story doesn’t just include this historic aspect, but so much more. They’ve been married for 57 years and I daresay they’ve had just about the best time over those years as anybody I’ve ever met!

And I also got to do the interview for the new Mama June’s restaurant with the O’Neal clan, which was every bit as fun as talking to the O’Neals always is! Mama June is Pat O’Neal’s mother, and from a lifetime of cooking for seven children, their friends, now their grandchildren, etc., her enthusiasm has led to the creation of a local restaurant empire. With several new restaurant openings just this year, Pat has put more than 400 Georgians to work, without government assistance, grants, or incentives. That’s pretty impressive for a family that loves to feed people and enjoys what they do every day.

Of course there’s always more features and photos, but you’ll have to pick up a copy of the Scene this week at either The Times office or Books-a-Million and read these great stories!

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