Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

March 29, 2013

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ADEL — THUMBS UP: To the quick action of Echols County Sheriff Randy Courson and his sheriff’s deputies. Receiving word that a car was not only speeding but running other vehicles off of the road, the Echols County Sheriff’s Office responded to make a traffic stop. While they clocked the vehicle traveling 88 miles per hour and charged the driver with DUI, they discovered a backseat passenger was wanted as a suspect in a Tallahassee, Fla., murder. Courson and his deputies’ quick work kept their roads safe and brought a fugitive to justice.

THUMBS UP: To Valdosta High School students Dexter Sharper II, 16, a sophomore tenor; brother Dylan Sharper, 14, a freshman tenor; cousin Joshua Sharper, 15, a freshman bass singer; and friend Antonio Hall Jr., 17, a junior bass. Together, these teens brought another state title to TitleTown this month by winning first-place male quartet singing in the six-A Georgia High School Association State Literary Competition. They beat six other high school quartets from across Georgia to win this honor.


THUMBS UP: To Options Now, the preganancy support clinic. for hosting Pam Tebow this week. Pam Tebow shared how a doctor once advised her to have an abortion for health reasons many years ago. She decided to have the baby. That baby grew up to become famed New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow.

THUMBS UP: To the Lowndes County Children’s Advocacy Center. This week, the CAC planted 957 pinwheels in the lawn of Valdosta City Hall. Just the sight of nearly a thousand pinwheels spinning in the breeze is enough to catch the eye, but learning the symbolism of the pinwheels can break one’s heart. Each pinwheel represents a child-abuse case reported last year in Lowndes County. That means 957 child-abuse cases were reported in Lowndes County last year. April is Child Abuse Awareness Month,      we would encourage all to visit the pinwheel garden and take into account just what that number means.

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What We Think
  • If I were mayor

    Each year, the City of Valdosta holds an essay contest, “If I Were Mayor,” with students in the area writing their ideas about what they would do as the head of the city.

    April 16, 2014

  • The real lessons of a mock drill

    Valdosta High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions held a powerful mock demonstration Monday morning on the school’s campus.

    April 14, 2014

  • Kudos to VPD

    Followed by a stellar report on Sunday about the drop in the crime rate in the City of Valdosta, city police officers prove their worth once again by arresting a dangerous fugitive in our community.

    April 13, 2014

  • It just plain stinks

    After every rain event, the pungent smell of sewage can be detected around the rivers and streams of south Georgia, and Florida residents brace for more to float their way.

    April 13, 2014

  • Pennsylvania school stabbings: Why?

    The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday, April 10:

    April 11, 2014

  • European bans on emails unlikely in America

    Several European countries are banning work emails to employees before and after normal working hours, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., in an effort to curb the perceived abuse of employees by corporations.

    April 11, 2014

  • Strength of character

    It was an unusual friendship — a tiny 8-year old girl with long blonde hair and the 6’10” Michigan State basketball player.

    April 10, 2014

  • Daly’s return a boost for Valdosta

    Flashy, colorful and always a hit with the fans for his long drives and humble demeanor, John Daly’s return to Kinderlou Forest and the South Georgia Classic is a boon for Valdosta.

    April 9, 2014

  • Too many pinwheels

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, with numerous volunteers assisting the Child Advocacy Center in placing pinwheels on the lawn of the Valdosta City Hall. Each pinwheel represents one child that was a victim of abuse in 2013. Volunteers placed 887 pinwheels in remembrance.

    April 8, 2014

  • Take some kid time this week

    Spring break returns this week for many South Georgia schools. Both Valdosta and Lowndes County school systems are out through the week for the traditional spring break.

    April 6, 2014

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