Valdosta Daily Times

April 21, 2013

The Classic is back in town

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The annual South Georgia Classic is back this week for those who enjoy a good golfing event. It’s also a great networking and charitable event, as well as having the largest economic impact of any event in our area.

The PGA qualifying tour is now known as the tour, and golfers are vying for a PGA tour card by the end of the tour season. You’ll see a number of well known faces at the event, along with some young newcomers this year. is hosting a free forum for small business owners this week on Thursday at the conference center.

The forum is all about how to maximize a business’ web presence, social media, and more. Registration is required at and all attendees will receive two passes to attend the golf tournament.

First State Bank is the premier sponsor of the South Georgia Classic and the Hospital Authority of SGMC is the charitable beneficiary.

The week begins with a pro-am on Monday, players’ practice rounds on Tuesday, another pro-am on Wednesday, and the tournament itself takes place Thursday through Sunday.

Grandstands at the 18th hole allow for viewing along with opportunities to get some exercise and follow players around the course. Several tents for vendors will be around the clubhouse area, and it’s always a fun time, especially for golf fans.

Consider coming out to Kinderlou this week for the Classic and attending the business forum on Thursday.

Belk Charity Sale

Belk will hold is spring Charity Sale next Saturday, April 27. Dozens of charities sell tickets for $5 to the event, and get to keep the proceeds from the ticket sales. Those who purchase the tickets are eligible to enter the store at 6 a.m. and shop until 10 a.m., with huge discounts storewide.

Belk donates thousands of dollars each year through its Charity Sales, held in the spring and fall.

Business Roundup

In the new Publix shopping plaza on Inner Perimeter, there is a new Goodwill donation area and Nails by Chris is opening a second location there, set to open in the next couple of weeks.

The new Waffle House on Baytree Road isn’t open yet, but certainly looks ready to open anytime. It looks like some work is still going on inside, but I expect to see customers there any day now.

The new urology office and ambulatory surgery center looks like it’s nearly finished. It’s located on North Oak Street near Winn Dixie.

The Mill Pizza Buffet and Games is still coming to Remerton, and work on the former Chrismill Homes location in the Remerton Plaza should be amping up here in the next few weeks.

The Red Lobster on St. Augustine is still remodeling but wants to make sure customers know they’re still open during the work.

On Baytree across from the theatres, close to Sugar Creek Plaza, there is a sign on an empty site that says it’s the future home of First Federal Savings and Loan.

It looks like there are a couple of new stores in Hahira, so I’ll have to make a point this week to find out about them.

That’s it for this week, but if there’s something I missed, please let me know!