Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

August 30, 2013

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-- — 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.

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    THUMBS UP: To Carol Mikkelsen. Valdosta State University Opera’s “Dido and Aeneas” marks the last production before Mikkelsen’s retirement
    after 44 years with Valdosta State and the creation of the opera program. She plans to continue
    working with VSU part-time, but this weekend’s performance marks her last full-time participation with the opera productions. Ovations all around for her work.

    April 18, 2014

  • Feed the hungry, adopt a duck

    If you haven’t already adopted a duck, you have a little more than a week to do so.

    April 17, 2014

  • 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

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