Valdosta Daily Times

April 5, 2013

Thumbs up

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — Thumbs Up: To Lowndes County officials and the demolition crews for the great job on the Courthouse Annex. The demolition work was done in a very neat and organized manner, the materials were all separated for recycling, and the new lawn looks very nice. The building’s removal has also allowed for a more attractive look to the downtown area.

Thumbs Up: To the Turner Center for the Arts on the annual Spring into Arts exhibit which begins with the opening reception Monday night. The Turner Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and the Spring into Arts exhibit is the largest they’ve ever had, spanning all six galleries. An incredible vision for the community, an incredible venue and a celebration of the artistic local talent.Thank you to all those who work and volunteer at the Arts Center for continuing to grow and enhance the arts in Valdosta.

Thumbs Up: To the City of Valdosta for hosting  today’s electronics recycling event in the parking area in front of City Hall. Computers, keyboards, monitors, old cell phones and all manner of equipment parts are recyclable and best kept out of the landfill. Televisions are expensive to recycle, so if you take one to today’s event, there is a $10 fee, but otherwise, it’s all free. And volunteers are manning the site so that you don’t even have to get out of your car!

Thumbs Up: To Mark Whatley, for his exhibition of courage and perserverance. The life lessons you have taught your children and others are invaluable, as you’ve worked so hard to learn to walk again following your horrific crash when your bicycle was run over by a motorist. Your story is inspiring and a lesson to all that not only can obstacles be overcome, but that attitude and determination are the driving forces behind anything worthwhile in life.