Valdosta Daily Times

September 8, 2013

The Clock is Ticking Seven-Mile Swim

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The annual swim to benefit the James Eunice Charity Fund is scheduled for next weekend.

This is the second year for the event, which raises money in James’ name for a variety of charitable efforts. His parents, John and Tammy Eunice, began raising money for various causes, including outfitting the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office dive team, in 2011 after their son, James, died in a boating incident in January of that year. Not long before his death, James penned an essay titled “The Clock is Ticking” after losing a friend to remind others of the importance of not wasting any time as you never know when the end will come.

His parents have taken the opportunity to honor his memory through events, ensuring that James may be gone but he will never be forgotten in this community.

The event includes a seven-mile swim, 3.5 miles and a one mile across Long Pond near Lake Park. The swim is on Sunday, Sept. 15, and there will be a pre-event dinner at the 4-H club on Long Pond  on Saturday, Sept. 14, the evening before the event.

Registration information can be found at

If you are a swimmer, you want to volunteer, or you simply want to give a donation, the website can guide you.

I’ve written several stories lately about the power of honoring a loved one’s passing by giving back to the community and helping others who are going through the same or similar events. It’s inspiring and humbling to see how people in our community are creating lasting legacies to honor their children’s memories.

Driving for Research tournament this week

Don’t forget about the Driving for Research golf tournament this week to benefit CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. The tournament is being presented by Ronnie Newsome Racing in memory of his sister, Victoria, who passed away in 2005.

The shotgun start is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.

If you are interested in playing, sponsoring or contributing to the cause, go to for more information.

Business Roundup

The Lifeway Christian store is opening on Friday, Sept. 20. The new store is located at the corner of Gornto Road and Baytree, and they have completely renovated the former Hollywood Video location. It looks completely different and with that corner so heavily traveled, it’s nice to see a new business there instead of an empty building.

There is a sign on a storefront in the Baytree Plaza that says Vapor Lounge. No other information was posted last week, but will be curious to see what type of establishment it is.

The building permits are in Homefront today for the Wendy’s rebuild on St. Augustine Road along with the Hooters remodeling. I’m guessing they’re not as close to opening as previously stated, and efforts to contact someone with a set opening date have been unsuccessful so far, but as soon as I find out, I’ll pass it on.

I understand the City Market downtown is having an anniversary event (their 5th?) this Thursday evening. What a fun, friendly and cool place to shop.

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this previously but I was asked this week to mention it again — Lake Park Dogs is under new ownership and they are really doing a good job of creating a great atmosphere and good food.

There is a sign on the car wash on North Ashley Street near SGMC that says it, too, is under new ownership and the name is changing to the Oasis Express.

Another apparent name change this week. I understand that Greek Row screen printing will now be Spirit: Screen Printing and Embroidery.

It looks like the Cornbread Skillet on North Ashley is now closed and they are not moving to another location at this time.

I’m keeping tabs on the Sam’s Club and Gondoliers restaurant construction on Norman and the Wendy’s construction on St. Augustine. Maybe soon we’ll see construction beginning on the Golden Corral going in by the OG and Drury Inn.

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