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.