Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

February 7, 2014

Thumbs Up

VALDOSTA — THUMBS UP: To all of the area athletes who enjoyed a successful Signing Day this week. Numerous high school athletes signed their intentions of attending various colleges and universities, furthering their educations while pursuing the schools’ hopes for future championship seasons.

THUMBS UP: To Bailee Flaherty. The 15-year-old freshman is the first female to join and stay on the Lowndes High School wrestling team in 20 years. She began wrestling in 2013 with the area Devil Dogs at South Georgia Athletic Club. She hopes to continue wrestling throughout high school and into college.

THUMBS UP: To John Smoltz. The former Atlanta Braves pitcher visited Valdosta this week to help Lowndes Associated Ministries to People raise money and awareness of the organization’s homeless shelter and other works in the community. LAMP took Smoltz on a tour of its facilities, organized a golfing outing at Kinderlou Forest, and featured the legendary baseball player as the keynote speaker at a fundraising banquet.

THUMBS UP: To Moody Air Force Base and its new community center. The center will be able to host numerous events for military personnel and their families. As 23rd Wing Cmdr. Col. Chad Franks said, “When I took command about six months ago, I had three priorities for the wing: that was mission, family and fun. This facility ... hits all three of those.” A well-deserved addition for the men and women who serve and their families who give so much to our community and nation.

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What We Think
  • 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

  • Take some kid time this week

    Spring break returns this week for many South Georgia schools. Both Valdosta and Lowndes County school systems are out through the week for the traditional spring break.

    April 6, 2014

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