Valdosta Daily Times

May 19, 2013

Memorial Day weekend is graduation time

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — While many families will be leaving the area this weekend for various locations, most likely to a beach, many other families will be celebrating their child’s graduation.

Most area high schools graduate this week, especially on Friday and Saturday, sending these young adults into the world of work or further education, or in most cases, both.

The best message I can think to pass on to these graduating seniors is to make the most of the time you have, find something you love and a way to make a living at it, and don’t do anything stupid that might jeopardize your future.

Otherwise, just the mere feat of graduating these days is fairly impressive, and those fortunate enough to be moving on into technical college or a four year university will be able to make their way in life with relative ease. And if you have to work your way through at a minimum wage job, even better, because then you will appreciate your education far more, having tasted what life would be like without one.

It’s an exciting time for the students, and an even more exciting time for the parents. Knowing that your child has made it through their school career is a great feeling.

Show your child how proud you are of them this week when they accept their diploma, and as they move into the next phase of their life, remember that your job as a parent isn’t over yet. They may not think they need you anymore, but trust me, they absolutely do!

Happy graduation to our south Georgia seniors!

Business Roundup

In case you missed it last week, the parcel of land on N. Valdosta Road, across from El Toreo, is soon going to be a Dollar General store.

Also, Prince Automotive has opened a second used car lot at the corner of St. Augustine and Hill Ave., where Elder Auto used to be.

And it looks like both Heidi’s Deli and Sisters Mussels and Pizza will remain closed for the immediate future, according to its owners. Sorry, folks. I understand they are trying to work out some franchise agreements, so hopefully they will be able to reopen them or something similar very soon.

Several readers have called to share that Jim’s Auto Glass, which has been in business for a number of years, is now closed. Sorry to hear that.

On the good news side, the new medical helicopter hub, AirLife Georgia, opened this week at the airport. The new hub will employ around 20 trauma nurses and crew members, including pilots, to fly injured and ill patients from accident sites to hospitals in the region as well as transfer patients between facilities.

It looks like the new patient tower at SGMC will be opening in late August, and the new VSU Health Sciences Center is still on track to open around the first of the year.

Hopefully, some bigger news will break soon, but until then, if there’s something I missed, please let me know!