Valdosta Daily Times

August 9, 2013

Thumbs up, thumbs down

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — THUMBS UP: To Leo and Mary Nell Wells of Valdosta. The couple has celebrated 70 years of marriage. He’s 92. She’s 89. Their secret to a long-lasting relationship? Simple: Love and respect.

THUMBS UP: To Ray’s Millpond. The Berrien County landmark celebrates 50 years of serving great seafood to generations of South Georgians. Located in Ray City, the restaurant has hewed close to the family’s early secrets to success. As Dan Booth said, “We are still basically doing things the way we did back in 1963. We still focus on cooking fish with catfish being our largest seller. We still grind our corn meal just like when my grandmother started.”

THUMBS UP: To the Sales Tax Holiday. Continuing today, the Sales Tax Holiday allows families the

opportunity to buy items for back-to-school students without paying state taxes. The tax break covers

numerous items from clothing to books to computers.

THUMBS DOWN: To the timing of the Sales Tax Holiday. While we love the concept, it always seems to arrive a day late and a dollar short. Most South Georgia students returned to class this past week, days before the Sales Tax Holiday, meaning most parents felt compelled to purchase needed school supplies and new clothes last weekend.