Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

October 19, 2013

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

VALDOSTA — THUMBS UP: To Valdosta State University for winning the prestigious American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award for the second time in 10 years. The Christa McAuliffe award is given to institutions that are able to show their effectiveness in producing Pre-K through 12th grade learning outcomes. VSU was able to win this prestigious award for the second time thanks in large part to its work with the Valdosta Early College Academy (VECA).

THUMBS UP: To organizers of two art shows designed to help others this week. The Solicitor General’s Office sponsored a youth art contest in recognition of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts. The Lowndes County Partnership for Health hosted its Partnership Cancer Fund’s Art for Life Exhibition and Auction to raise money for the fund that helps Lowndes County cancer patients struggling to make ends meet.

THUMBS UP: To Lowndes High Vikettes for the softball team’s recent sweep in the first round of playoffs. In a double header this week, the Vikettes won 10-0 and 14-0. They play again in the coming week.

THUMBS DOWN: To companies that include utilities in the rent payments then fail to make those utility payments in a timely fashion. It’s happened at two Valdosta apartment complexes in the past couple of weeks, leaving residents uncertain if they would lose their water service. Residents who follow the terms of their lease and pay their rent on time deserve the peace of mind of knowing they will have water, electricity and other services when they come home each day.

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    April 23, 2014

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  • Thumbs up

    THUMBS UP: To Carol Mikkelsen. Valdosta State University Opera’s “Dido and Aeneas” marks the last production before Mikkelsen’s retirement
    after 44 years with Valdosta State and the creation of the opera program. She plans to continue
    working with VSU part-time, but this weekend’s performance marks her last full-time participation with the opera productions. Ovations all around for her work.

    April 18, 2014

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    April 17, 2014

  • If I were mayor

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    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.

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