Valdosta Daily Times

October 21, 2012

Thunderbirds back at Moody this weekend

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Moody Air Force Base is once again holding an open house for the community to showcase the base, its mission, and its airmen.

The USAF Thunderbirds will be back this year as the main event, performing on both Saturday and Sunday. They’ll be practicing on Friday, so you may even get to see them then as well!

In addition to the incredible show these elite pilots put on, you and your kids will love the jet bus, which is a school bus with a jet engine on it. It’s loud and extremely fast, and really fund to watch.

Numerous other aerial demonstrations will take place, with vintage aircraft and the newer planes in the Air Force arsenal. A jump team, a variety of aircraft on static display, and numerous other activities on the ground will round out a full weekend.

The Open House is free and open to the public, and this year, the theme is Legacy of Liberty 2012, in honor of the history of the Air Force, which celebrated 65 years this year.

The Moody Volunteer will include a site map and instructions and the Times has published a full guide to the Air Show in today’s paper.

This event is only held every other year at Moody and is a great way to see the base, meet old friends and make new ones, give your children a fun and educational outing, and to thank Moody and its airmen for all they do for this community year-round.

Belk Charity Days tickets on sale

Tickets for the Belk Charity Days event are already on sale.

The Charity Sale is slated for Saturday, Nov. 3 from 6 to 10 a.m. and shoppers who purchase $5 tickets from area participating charities can shop and receive special deals and sales on that day.

The charitable organizations get to keep the proceeds of the tickets they sell.

For more information, contact the Belk store in the Valdosta Mall.

Business Roundup

A groundbreaking event was held this week for the new Egg and I restaurant, which will be built on N. Ashley St. in the professional plaza. The new restaurant is slated to open in the spring of next year.

Sort of good news, bad news for the Lake Park area. It appears that Camping World is looking to locate there, but I also understand, and am not sure if it’s related, that the strip center/ former outlets on the west side of the interstate are being torn down. The YMCA and at least one other local business are looking to relocate.

Also in Lake Park, Taco Bell is moving to the other side of the interstate with one of its brand new designs like the one here on N. Ashley St.

The restaurant is locating on a vacant parcel close to the exit.

There is a site beside the Chick Fil A on Inner Perimeter being prepped but no sign to indicate what may be locating there. Do any readers know?

Alas, the Slice pizzeria in Hahira is not yet open. I jumped the gun. But it should be in the next couple of weeks.

The new Studio Imagination in Remerton opened this week. It’s a studio for painting pottery, and is a great place for an art lovers’ outing.

Lots of road work going on this week -- didn’t realize how badly N. Valdosta Road needing repaving until they started working on it. Looks and rides much better now.

Otherwise, construction continues on numerous sites around the county, including on the Drury Inn on St. Augustine, the Heritage Bank of the South and Publix on Inner Perimeter, and all the work being done on the hospital.

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