Valdosta Daily Times


September 23, 2012

Fans treated to a rare performance this week

VALDOSTA — For those who are fans of the music of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, you are in for a treat this week when the Turner Center for the Arts presents “King Michael” as its first show of this year’s Presenter Series.

The Arts Center does a terrific job of attracting the best and most entertaining shows to Valdosta, despite the fact that Mathis isn’t what it used to be and any show staged there is going to face tremendous difficulties in sound, lighting, and numerous space issues. Despite all the obstacles they face, the Center brings these shows to town for the community’s benefit. A taste of Broadway for those who can’t get to New York.

This week’s performance promises to be outstanding, as “King Michael” has received rave reviews across the country. And who can resist the music from the early Jackson Brothers to “Thriller,” “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” etc., etc.

Great music, dancing, including the “Thriller” number, and much more await you at the “King Michael” show.

Tickets are still on sale at the Arts Center, or call (229) 247-2787; or visit and join the rest of the music lovers in the community on Thursday night, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m.

Business Roundup

Manny’s Sub Shop opened this week on Baytree Road with a newly built, very nice location and pretty cool menu, so stop by and try it out. It’s where the Zaxby’s used to be.

Also on Baytree, still don’t see an opening date, but at least all the signs are now up on the new Dollar General store on the corner of Baytree and Lankford.

I keep being asked but have no answers yet about the former Loco’s building. All the Loco’s signage was left hanging on the street and on the building itself, but the building was painted a deep red color this week and it looks like work is going on inside but nothing to indicate what it’s going to be when it reopens.

The former Moe’s location on the access road in front of Kohls and Home Depot was being cleaned out this week, but also no signage to indicate if it’s a new business coming in there.

You’ve probably seen the signs up around town, but the Beds 4 Less is expanding and moving to the former Heileg Meyers building next to The Crescent. I understand they will soon be Beds 4 Less and Furniture.

Don’t forget that the new Academy Sports opens next weekend, and if it gets the same reception as Gander Mountain, expect a big crowd. Both are opening way before their original target dates, and both are a great addition to our retail community. Academy Sports is located on Norman Drive also, and now has a traffic signal to help move cars in and out of there and the Sam’s Club across the street.

The Drury Inn is really taking shape and looks like the exterior may be just about finished. I believe a December/ January opening is still on their timetable. Next to them is the Olive Garden and behind there, a lot of digging is going on so not sure if that’s for another business or for the new road that is being redone to accommodate the traffic and allow for an exit/ entrance on the back of that property.

I received an invitation this week to an open house on Wednesday for Real Living, a real-estate company in town. They’re having a ribbon cutting Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. on Green Circle.

There’s a new physician in Adel also being welcomed this week. On Tuesday afternoon, the Adel chamber is hosting a meet and greet for Dr. Lansing Hillman, who will be practicing at the Pinnacle Women’s Health Center in town.

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

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