Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

February 2, 2013

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To Wiregrass Georgia Technical College and area representatives for starting the Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy. The GaTAPP will train people with degrees in other fields to become certified teachers. This means they can apply their original training in the classrooms. The program will benefit people seeking other avenues of employment as well as students. 


To the Vex Robotics Design Systems High School Competition held last weekend at Lowndes High School. Through designing and building competitive robots, area students receive a fun introduction to the possibilities of entering developing technological fields in the future. 


To the Valdosta City School Systems’ citywide spelling bee. In this age of spell check and auto-correct, it’s refreshing to see the tradition of spelling bees continue in our schools. On Friday, 24 children, who won spelling bees in their respective city elementary and middle schools, competed. The continuation of traditional educational forms spells success. 


To Kay Powell, the retired Atlanta-Journal Constitution obituary editor and a one-time reporter for The Valdosta Daily Times. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, Quitman United Methodist Church, Powell will share with participants how to write an obituary that reflects the personality and experiences of the family member who has passed away. Given her acclaim for preparing such obituary stories daily for 13 years for the AJC, Powell’s commentary should be insightful.

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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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