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January 31, 2014

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-- — THUMBS UP: To the people who answered a call for more bedding, blankets, pillows, etc., for the Salvation Army emergency shelter. The shelter regularly has nine beds for people in need each night. With recent cold spells, the Salvation Army has prepared room for as many as 15 people. With the past week’s severe winter weather forecast, the Salvation Army made room for more people, but needed the additional bedding to provide adequate housing. It’s a reminder of how much the Salvation Army does for the community throughout the year.

THUMBS UP: To area American Red Cross volunteers. While many people were hunkering down for the possibility of sleet and frozen roads Wednesday morning, Red Cross volunteers Bill and Chris Staples responded to a Valdosta house fire to offer aid to families affected by the blaze. Red Cross volunteers regularly respond to help area fire families night and day throughout the region.

THUMBS UP: To city and county road crews throughout South Georgia for keeping bridges and roads safe during the wintry blast last week.

THUMBS DOWN: To the folks both near and far who failed to understand the significance of possible winter weather for the South. Yes, compared to our American cousins in the north, where snow accumulations can be measured by several inches or even by feet, a “wintry mix” forecast seems silly. Yet, in the South, where even dipping to freezing temperatures is a rare occurrence, the forecast of potential ice and snow has the potential for dire consequences. There are no salt trucks, no plows, and few drivers with experience driving in such conditions. A wintry mix here is a recipe for trouble.

THUMBS UP: To the South Georgia Regional Library for replacing 19 computers in its Valdosta-Lowndes County Library branch. Numerous people use these computers daily. These new computers will ensure these folks have continued access to information both near and far.


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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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