-- — THUMBS UP: To James McGahee, former South Georgia Medical Center CEO. This week, the Alapaha Council of Boy Scouts of America named McGahee its 2012 Distinguished Citizen. The award recognizes dedication to community service and excellence in all endeavors. Congratulations, James McGahee, on a job well done and a life well lived.
THUMBS UP: To live shows. This weekend, South Georgians have the opportunity to enjoy a diverse range of stage shows, from VSU Theatre & Dance’s “Fresh Tracks” dance concert to Little Actors Theatre’s kids comedy “How the West was Dun” to the tour-stop performance of the domestic-violence drama “One Day Too Late” to Cook High School Theatre Wing’s dramatic telling of Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker.” These shows’ producers and casts should take a bow for keeping the region entertained and informed. Next week, VSU Music’s Pops in the Park and Theatre Guild Valdosta’s comedy “Love, Sex and the IRS.”
THUMBS UP: To Diane Howard and Partnership for Healthy Living for their series of Farm Days Cooking Demo and Tasting events. Throughout the past several bi-weekly Downtown Valdosta Farm Days, area chefs have presented healthy foods and recipes using produce and goods from South Georgia farms and businesses. The last of the series is scheduled for 10 a.m. today. This series has been as tasty as it has been informative.
THUMBS UP: To the Salvation Army for its commitment to the Empty Stocking Fund. For generations, the Salvation Army and The Times have partnered in this venture. Along with Guardian Bank, the Empty Stocking Fund ensures South Georgia children will awake to presents Christmas morning. But it is the Salvation Army that does the lion’s share of the work, especially Capt. Monica Nickum. For the past few years, she has been a surrogate Santa for thousands of area kids.