VALDOSTA — THUMBS UP: To all those who qualified as candidates in county and state races. The decision by state Sen. Tim Golden to not seek reelection to his District 8 seat created a political vacuum that sent many office seekers scrambling. But the change also spurred many candidates to enter the primary race. The more candidates, the better opportunity for the public.
THUMBS UP: To the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority for hosting the annual Special Olympics this week. Four-hundred-thirty special-needs students and their teachers from South Georgia schools attended the area event.
THUMBS UP: To Chandler Cargile. The 17-year-old Valwood student is in Mulwala, Australia, competing in the Barefoot Water Ski World Championships, which continue through this weekend.
THUMBS UP: To the Valdosta State University Theatre & Dance students attending the American College Dance Festival Association Southeast Regional Conference this coming week. Catherine Schaeffer, a dance professor, has taken students to the regional conference for the past several years.