Valdosta Daily Times

February 17, 2013

Week’s big events need community support

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — On Thursday this week, Valdosta has two terrific community events that you should attend if you possibly can.

For much of the day on Thursday, Wiregrass Tech will be holding its annual Gathering of Eagles event, a business networking and educational series featuring a combination of local and nationally known speakers.

The featured speaker for this year is Joel Manby, CEO of Herschend Entertainment, the owners of Wild Adventures. Following an appearance on “Undercover Boss,” he wrote a book called “Love Works,” which is a guide for business owners on how to treat employees and customers. A number of local speakers will also be presenting short sessions, and it will be well worth your time to attend. Reservations can be made online on the school’s website, and this is a fundraiser for the college, so there is a cost involved.

On Thursday night, citizens will have the opportunity once again to honor our public-safety officials with the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner, sponsored by the Valdosta Rotary Club. Jim Dominey is once again organizing the event, which will recognize the officers of the year from the Valdosta Police Department and the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office. The event raises money for a fund used to assist officers in a time of need.

This isn’t one of those dinners where companies buy tables and then don’t come. Every seat at every table is usually occupied as it has become a must-attend event, and the officers are genuinely touched by the show of support from the community. The featured speaker this year is Attorney General Sam Olens, and tickets and tables are selling quickly, so if you are interested, contact Jim or Randy Cox at Southeastern Federal Credit Union as soon as you can.

Business Roundup

In the North Oak Street development, Small Cakes is open by Sur ‘este and is doing wonderfully, while construction work is continuing on the new Chick’n Salad Chick, a new restaurant, which is going in right beside Howard Diet.

It looks like where the Whisk shop was in the Five Points Shopping Center at the end of the strip mall is now an outlet for Carter’s Produce, with a sign saying they have both produce and meat available from their farmer’s market location on South Patterson.

If you’ve been on St. Augustine this week, you’ve seen the new traffic signal before the interstate. It really seems to be helping the congestion coming out of Starbucks and Olive Garden especially, and having a side entrance by the Drury Inn is really going to come in handy when more businesses open in that development.

On Gornto Road, close to St. Augustine, the former Loco’s building now has signage up for the Bad Habitz Saloon, but no information yet on an opening date.

On Hill Avenue, heading into downtown, the Downtown Diner has reopened for business.

On Oak Street, not far from VSU, there’s a lot of land being cleared that I understand is going to be a condo or apartment complex.

There is a sign on the land next to Cheddar’s that says, “sold, new business coming soon” but no information on what it might be.

Out North Ashley Street, next to Mongo’s restaurant, there is a sign saying that Butenschon Car Wash is opening soon, but not sure if that means they will be building there soon rather than opening as there is no existing place for them to move into.

In Hahira, there is a new workout place called E-fitness, or elliptical fitness, next to Downhome Pizza.

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

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