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January 24, 2014

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-- — THUMBS UP: To Brandi Roberts and Valdosta School of Ballet. By reaching out several years ago to Valdosta State University Theatre & Dance, Roberts and her Valdosta School of Ballet have raised $80,000 for the university’s theatre and dance students. Today and Sunday, the VSB and VSU are expected to raise thousands of more scholarship dollars with two performances of “Cinderella.”

THUMBS UP: To Billy Ingram. The Brooks County musician was recently named to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame for his years of playing country music. Yet, even more than this achievement, Ingram has provided a place for people to come at little cost to enjoy country music on weekend nights in Quitman for nearly a dozen years.

THUMBS UP: To the Valdosta Early College Academy’s Second Annual Spelling Bee held Friday morning. In this day of autocorrect and spell check features, some may thinks spelling skills are passé. Yet, when one considers how often words are misspelled even with these technological helpers, spelling

bees may be one of the last, great hopes to future communications between people. Spelling bees also serve as a reminder that competition is not just a trait for the sports field but a tool for success in all fields.

THUMBS UP: To Lowndes County 4-H. The recent purchase of a new mini-bus means the organization can safely take more youngsters on trips, to competitions, and other 4-H activities. The mini-bus is also a symbol of an organization’s perseverance. Lowndes County 4-H has been striving to purchase this vehicle for years. The popular annual Kids Dig It was created to raise funds to purchase a new and larger 4-H vehicle. Year after year, the organization collected funds just for this purchase. Mission accomplished.

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What We Think
  • Feed the hungry, adopt a duck

    If you haven’t already adopted a duck, you have a little more than a week to do so.

    April 17, 2014

  • 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

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