Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

May 11, 2013

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-- — THUMBS UP: To mail workers, volunteers and food bank staff for gathering food for the annual Stamp Out Hunger postal food drive today. A plastic bag designated for canned goods and other non-perishable food items should have arrived in your mailbox earlier this week. If you haven’t already, take a few moments to fill the bag with food and hang from your mailbox. If you didn’t receive the special Stamp Out Hunger bag, any plastic bag filled with food will do. This food drive helps feed thousands of South Georgians annually. Valdosta-Lowndes County often donates more food than nearly all other cities and counties in Georgia.

THUMBS UP: To Albert Sandford. While working at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., and appearing on the CBS reality show “Undercover Boss,” the young man received a scholarship from employer Herschend Family Entertainment. He had a full scholarship to college anywhere as long as he worked at an HFE park during the summer. After looking at HFE parks throughout the United States, Sandford chose Valdosta State University, which he called a “gem” of a school with a “stellar” business program, which is also a neighbor with HFE park Wild Adventures. Now a junior, Sandford was featured Friday on “Undercover Boss: Epic Employees.”

THUMBS UP: To the Valdosta-Lowndes County Regional Crime Laboratory. In the past few weeks, the lab has been accredited for processing drug evidence and, this week, attained the ability to fully analyze firearms in-house. These developments mean area law-enforcement will have to rely less on the over-burdened State Crime Labs for drug work and ballistics, which means many Valdosta Police Department and Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office cases should be processed more expediently.

THUMBS UP: To Loomis Orange, 41 South, Trailer of Tears, Jack Rabbit Slim, and Too North. These are more than just an odd assortment of names. They are the area bands that shared their musical talents with folks this past week during the annual Brown Bag Concert Series in Downtown Valdosta. These concerts are so fun, it makes one wish that in addition to the week-long event, there might be a weekly concert series throughout the summer months on the grounds of the historic Lowndes County Courthouse.

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