Valdosta Daily Times


April 28, 2013

Relay for Life this weekend

VALDOSTA — Cancer is not something you can catch. It’s not contagious. It’s not passed on by contact with another, and yet, it is one of the most deadly and fast growing diseases. If cancer is caught early, chances of survival are very high, but if it’s caught late or after it has invaded certain organs, chances of survival are slim, at best.

Everyone, literally everyone, knows someone who has had cancer, either in their own family, within their circle of friends, or co-workers. And there are many survivors in our community who have fought the disease and won, and each year, their battle is celebrated at the annual Relay for Life.

The event is planned for next weekend at the Valdosta Middle School and is always one of the largest and most well attended events in the community. The evening will begin Friday night, May 3, with a survivors walk, followed by a continuous flow of walkers for 12 hours. Entertainment through the night helps keep walkers awake, and games and other activities help to keep children entertained. A luminary service helps keep the memory alive of those who lost their battles with the disease.

Every year, churches and businesses from throughout the community work for months raising money for the event, to support cancer research, and it’s a very worthy cause.

Kudos to all those who participate each year in the Relay for Life, and there is still time to get personally involved if you are interested. For more information, go to

Business Roundup

The new Bad Habitz Saloon and Grub is opening officially tomorrow. The new restaurant is in the former Loco’s location on Gornto Road near the mall. It’s a home-grown, local concept with local ownership and it’s supposed to be a really cool place, so try it out this week.

The new Waffle House on Baytree certainly looked like it was finished and ready to open this week, but they said they don’t announce their openings, they just “open.”

The renovations on Red Lobster are still not finished but the exterior really looks nice and I assume more renovations are going on inside as well, but the restaurant has remained open throughout the process.

The shops beside the new Publix should be opening in the next week or so, including the second Nails by Chris. The Goodwill donation center is already open.

I expect to see more construction and cleanup this week on the former Chrismill Homes site in the Remerton Square plaza for the Mill Pizza Buffet and Games. Brought to you by the folks who had Jungle Jym’s for years, and have the Wedge restaurant now, the new business will feature kid and adult games, pizza and general fun spot for families and friends to hang out.

I am hearing rumblings about the next phase of the development around Academy Sports. I understand that store had its best grand opening of anywhere they’ve built right here in Valdosta. The second phase should bring more retail and restaurants, and maybe a big national name or two in the mix, so hopefully that will be underway by fall.

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

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