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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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    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

  • Feed the hungry, adopt a duck

    If you haven’t already adopted a duck, you have a little more than a week to do so.

    April 17, 2014

  • 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

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