Valdosta Daily Times

March 29, 2013

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The Valdosta Daily Times

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.