Valdosta Daily Times

January 24, 2014

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The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — 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.