-- — THUMBS UP: To Patten Seed Company for celebrating nearly 60 years of business. The company has literally and figuratively grown as golf courses became works of art as well as venues for the game, and grass replaced the hard-scabble dirt lawns of past American households. Congratulations!
THUMBS UP: To the Greater Valdosta United Way for putting the “fun” in fundraising. The charitable organization which supplies funding for numerous South Georgia services has two back-to-back events scheduled for late August. On Aug. 23, the United Way hosts its annual Day of Caring with an Amazing Race-style competition between participating teams; the teams must visit several United Way-recipient organizations where they learn about the services and compete. On Aug. 24, the United Way hosts its second prom which invites participants to dress as they would have for their big high school dance, while raising more money through votes for a prom queen and king.
THUMBS UP: To Annie Fisher. For 12 years, she has served as an elected member of the Valdosta Board of Education. For decades, she worked in area classrooms as a teacher. Come Dec. 31, she will retire from the school board. We wish her well and salute her dedication to area education.
THUMBS UP: Mark Webb seems to fit the definition of an all-around good guy. He’s a licensed marriage and family therapist. He writes a relationship advice column for Valdosta Scene magazine. And he’s a world-championship, fifth-degree black-belt in tae-kwon-do. Recently, Webb won his ninth world championship title at the Tae-kwon-do Top Ten World Championships in Little Rock, Ark. Congratulations!