-- — THUMBS UP: To J.D. Rice. After more than 18 years as Valdosta fire chief, Rice announced he would retire at the end of the year. With 35 years in fire services, Rice said he wishes to retire to become a teacher.
THUMBS UP: To Joe Christian of Naylor. The 75-year-old is expected to run his 1,000th logged race this morning. In 1980, in his early 40s, Christian began running foot races with the Flatlanders Fall Frolic’s Dawg Gone Good Race. He returns to the 40th anniversary run today for his thousandth run. He starts his second thousand races with a Valdosta run Monday. Good luck, Joe!
THUMBS UP: To Hunter Cothron. Last weekend, the 13-year-old Lowndes County resident discovered his neighbor trapped under a refrigerator. The neighbor had been trapped for several hours under the 200-pound refrigerator. Hunter lifted the appliance, freeing his neighbor. Job well done, Hunter!
THUMBS UP: To Brother Colbert and Joyce Croft of South Georgia who present their 25th Annual Labor Day Sing Monday, with a free bean dinner, 3 p.m., and music starting at 5 p.m. The Crofts have written and composed an estimated 5,000 gospel songs, with several becoming contemporary Christian standards. Expect to hear a lot of gospel music from several performers this Labor Day and expect to hear many Croft songs.
THUMBS UP: To Tony Kincaid of Nashville. The South Georgia man conducts business internationally and contracted malaria and dengue fever. With help from area physicians and an indomitable spirit, Kincaid survived his medical ordeal and is ready for more adventures.