Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

December 8, 2012

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VALDOSTA — THUMBS UP: To the Valdosta State University Blazers. Today, the Blazers battle Minnesota State-Mankato in the national semi-final game. The Blazers have played exceptional football this year. Fans who cannot make the trip can watch the game scheduled for 3 p.m. EST Saturday on espn3.com Let’s go, Blazers!

THUMBS UP: To Jane Osborn. This past week, Valdosta Civic Roundtable presented Osborn with its 2012 Louie Peeples White Award for Outstanding Community Service. Award presenter Donald O. Davis showed several filled pages of Osborn’s accomplishments and group memberships to the luncheon’s audience. She has made social work her life and Valdosta her home. The region has been blessed by her commitment to both.

THUMBS UP: To Valdosta High School Marchin’ Cats trombone player Kreshon McDowell for being chosen to perform jazz in Cuba recently. Having survived Hurricane Katrina, McDowell has returned to New Orleans each summer to participate in the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Jazz Camp.

THUMBS UP: To Lowndes High School Vikettes Cara Parker and Heather Robinson for being named to the all-state softball teams. Infielder Cara Parker was named to the First Team and named as a Senior All-Star, while utility player Heather Robinson was named to the Second Team.

THUMBS UP: To Times readers who continue giving to the Empty Stocking Fund, which ensures that more than 1,200 area children will have toys come Christmas morning. With the Salvation Army and Guardian Bank, The Times has supported the Empty Stocking Fund for decades. It’s a good cause that has brought joy to deserving children for generations.

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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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