Valdosta Daily Times


September 1, 2013

Raising awareness of childhood cancer

VALDOSTA — September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and The Times is helping to raise awareness of how much our local community is affected through the newspaper and in the September Valdosta Scene magazine.

The September edition features Ronnie Newsome, who is Racing for a Cure. Ronnie lost his sister, Victoria, to cancer in 2005, and raising money for cancer research is a family passion for the Newsomes. Ronnie and his dad, Lee, race at area tracks and their cars are adorned with Victoria’s photo and the logo for CureSearch for Children’s Cancer.

The Newsomes are hosting a golf tournament at Kinderlou on Sept. 12 to raise research funds (see story in today’s A section) and Ronnie has a website dedicated to raising enough money to fund a research grant at

The Newsomes are committed to honoring Victoria’s memory and helping others, which is also a mission for the Pitts family in Valdosta. Melanie and Benjamin Pitts lost their daughter, Elizabeth Marie Pitts, to cancer in 2010 and they have continued her vision of helping other children with cancer through Hugs of Hope.

It’s incredibly heartwarming to learn about families in our community who have learned to cope with tremendous sadness and loss by channeling their grief and energy into helping others. Their commitment to raising awareness will inspire you.

You can read about these families in the Scene, along with a number of interesting features on food, fashion, travel and more.

Pick up your copy today at the Times’ office or at Books-a-Million.

Business Roundup

The signage for Coyoacan was being installed earlier this week and they are actively recruiting for staff, so their opening date can’t be too far away. The Mexican restaurant is a favorite spot for folks in Quitman so this location should do well. It’s going into the strip center on St. Augustine where Green Iguana was located.

A new thrift boutique is opening this week, the Sisters 2 Sisters Closet, behind Southland Church off Hill Avenue. The store will open tomorrow and host an open house on Thursday this week.

The building going on behind El Toreo and Bank of the Ozarks on North Oak Street Extension is the new Behavioral Health Crisis Center for the community.

The Mill Pizza and Buffet is still on target for an opening later this month in the Remerton Mill Plaza.

Workers were all over the Wendy’s site this week on St. Augustine. The building was demolished last week and they are already laying out the foundation for the new one. It’ll be open again before you know it.

I’ve tried unsuccessfully to get an opening date for Hooters. The last update I received was an opening in early September, but I’m not sure how accurate that is.

And of course, the Walmart corporation will neither confirm nor deny that they are building, but the Walmart Express in Adel seems to be fairly solid information, although the Lake Park location seems to be more of a rumor at this point.

The construction on the new Italian restaurant, Gondoliers, is moving right along and workers on the Sam’s Club are also progressing. I over exaggerated last week by saying it would double the size, although it will add a substantial amount of space.

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

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