Valdosta Daily Times


September 9, 2012

Moody prepping for Air Force 65th Birthday

VALDOSTA — Next week, Moody AFB will celebrate the 65th Birthday of the Air Force with a gala at the Rainwater Conference Center, and in October, the celebration will continue with the Open House and Airshow on Oct. 27 and 28.

The AF Thunderbirds will be back, along with an A-10C Thunderbolt II, an HH-60G Pave Hawk and an HC-130P/N King, all performing aerial demonstrations both days.

The theme, Legacy of Liberty 2012, recognizes the contributions of airmen from World War II to today’s military, celebrating 65 years of Air Force history and achievements.

Static displays of aircraft along with demonstrations by the military working dog team and Honor Guard, and numerous vendors selling a variety of food and merchandise will be on hand throughout the two-day event. The gates open each day at 9 a.m. and the airshow portion begins at 11 a.m.

There are always surprises and more in store for the crowds, and the event is always a treat for people in the community who don’t often get the opportunity to get onto the base.

It’s also a great way for the community to show Moody its support and for Moody to demonstrate its commitment to the community as well. You should mark your calendars now for the October Airshow and Open House, and over the next few weeks, wish an airman Happy Birthday!

Business Roundup

The new Manny’s Sub Shop on Baytree has a great new sign and the building is getting the finishing touches. Hopefully, they’ll be opening by the end of the month or so.

Down from there on the corner, the new dollar store has looked finished for about two weeks, but there is no sign anywhere and no sign of activity either. Anyone know why?

However, across town on North Ashley Street, a new Family Dollar sign was put up last week on the former CVS building, and they are working inside in earnest to get the store open.

Get ready for some changes at South Georgia Medical Center this week as the outside parking area between the new parking garage and the main building will be closed for resurfacing. Patients, staff and visitors are encouraged to use the new garage to park. Also, next week, the outpatient area on the ER side will close due to the construction and all patients will need to enter on the Roosevelt street side in the main lobby area for outpatient services. The new patient tower construction is really going well and should be open in about a year or so.

The new Heritage Bank of the South location on Inner Perimeter looks like the exterior is nearly finished, while the Publix across the street has really gotten in gear. The walls are up and the building is starting to take shape. Lots of anticipation for its opening early next year.

A bit closer to opening is the new Academy Sports on Norman Drive. They are advertising a Sept. 28 grand opening, and they may or may not have a soft opening a few days prior to that, but I’ll keep you posted.

Hahira is celebrating its newly renovated fire station this week, along with moving the EMS folks in with the fire department. Makes sense.

There is a new costume and Halloween themed shop on the corner of Baytree and Gornto that opened this week, where the video store was. Don’t think it’s the same folks that used to set up this time of year inside the mall, but it’s the same concept.

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

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