-- — THUMBS UP: To Valdosta State University Blazers baseball players Bryant Hayman, Matthew Fears, and Mike Reed for being named to the All-South Region team. Players make the team by playing exceptional ball which is what these three VSU players have done throughout the season.
THUMBS UP: To the James H. Rainwater Conference Center for being named to the 2014 Elite 50 Conference Centers in the South. Conference centers are judged by a number of criteria: meeting technology and amenities, facility aesthetics, décor, appearance, meeting planner reviews and recommendations. ConventionSouth magazine offers the prestigious award.
THUMBS UP: To Downtown Valdosta for the third time being a stop on the Georgia Cities Foundation Heart and Soul of Georgia Bus Tour. It happened this week, several officials arrived in Valdosta to see what the city is doing right downtown. Visitors toured the ongoing Ashley House renovations, the CJB and Cotton Corner Building, and Covington’s, 306 North.
THUMBS UP: To Carol Mikkelsen who retired after 44 years at Valdosta State University. Since 1970, she has taught vocal performance; through the years, she has produced numerous opera productions for the school. She arrived in 1970, thinking she might stay with Valdosta State for two years; in 2014, she retires with a life of service to VSU and untold lives changed by her influence.