Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

March 1, 2013

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-- — THUMBS UP: To area law-enforcement for making arrests in the Christmas arson-burglary of Ousley Road Church of God in Christ. Lowndes, Brooks and Thomas counties sheriffs’ offices worked the case, which resolved several church burglaries from throughout the area. Authorities also determined the arson was not a hate crime but rather the actions of suspects while burglarizing the church. Team work paid off in this case.


THUMBS UP: To St. Paul A.M.E. Church and its congregation. This weekend into the coming week, St. Paul hosts the A.M.E. South Georgia Conference, featuring the regional Bishop Preston Warren Williams II and an expected 2,000-2,500 visitors to Valdosta. Events will be held at Mathis City Auditorium and at the recently renovated St. Paul A.M.E. Church sanctuary on South Ashley Street. Welcome to Valdosta, A.M.E. conference visitors.

THUMBS UP: To Serena Huang and all involved with the annual Azalea International Folk Fair.        Students from Taiwan participated in this year’s fair as numerous area school children took a tour around the world within the halls of the James           H. Rainwater Conference Center. The festival is a special way to bring other cultures to South


THUMBS UP: To the area individuals and organizations for taking a stand to change Valdosta and Lowndes County’s voting process 30 years ago. Before then, the region had a system where candidates who received the most votes were elected, leaving some areas without representation. Demands and a lawsuit created the district system which the city and county have today. Districts allow for fairer representation of various communities throughout Valdosta and Lowndes.

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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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