Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

June 13, 2014

Rant & Rave for Saturday, June 14, 2014

--- — THUMBS UP: To Gwen Register-Thomas. Known as the “Pool Lady,” Thomas raises money to buy children pool passes at the Mildred Hunter Community Center. This is the second year she has helped children in need enjoy summer swimming. After a story ran earlier this week in The Times, Thomas quickly received more than $300 in donations for swimming passes.

THUMBS UP: To House of Heroes. The program repairs, refurbishes, and adapts the homes of military veterans who are physically unable to do these projects. House of Heroes is helping six more veterans this year. Dozens of youths will help in the project later this month. The public is invited to attend a ceremony to honor these selected veterans, 2 p.m., June 24, Lake Park United Methodist Church. More information: Visit

THUMBS UP: To Chris Hatcher. The one-time Valdosta State player then national championship VSU coach was named as a member of the inaugural class of the Gulf South Conference Hall of Fame. Known for his “Hatch Attack,” Hatcher led VSU to its first national NCAA Division II championship in 2004.

THUMBS UP: To the Leadership Lowndes group that hosted the Miracle League of Valdosta’s derby. Last weekend, the organization held a successful home run derby at Billy Grant Field. The Miracle League offers people with disabilities the opportunity to play sports. The event helped raise funds for a $1.2 million handicapped-accessible synthetic rubber field at Freedom Park.

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What We Think
  • Focus now on what lies within

    Forty-three years ago the federal mandate to desegregate Valdosta City Schools was necessary.

    July 30, 2014

  • The Times belongs to you

    The Valdosta Daily Times belongs to you. As we move forward with new leadership in our newsroom, we want you to know about our continued commitment to the communities we serve.

    July 28, 2014

  • The art of plenty to do

    In Sunday’s paper, readers found an extensive list of shows, exhibits, concerts and more for the upcoming arts seasons in Valdosta-Lowndes County.

    July 27, 2014

  • The power of One

    Christine Batson wondered the same thing that many people wonder.

    July 26, 2014

  • Thumbs Up

    THUMBS UP: To Air Force Lt. Col. David Rayman. The 75th Fighter Squadron commander recently logged 3,000 flight hours in the A-10C Thunderbolt II. A rare feat. In presenting a Moody Air Force Base story on his accomplishment in The Times, it’s good to see the face and know the name of one of the many pilots who cross our South Georgia skies. Congratulations on 3,000 and thank you for your service.

    July 26, 2014

  • Closing another summer chapter

    The South Georgia Regional Library brings its 2014 summer reading program to a close this weekend with an event that celebrates readers and writers.

    July 24, 2014

  • Countdown for voter apathy

    If you don’t think your vote counts, talk to Ellis Black and John Page today.

    July 24, 2014

  • Vote to remove signs

    Congratulations to the winners in the primary runoff election Tuesday.

    July 23, 2014

  • Runoff election counts today

    Today is an election day that started just a little more than two months ago.

    July 21, 2014

  • PSST! Only one week left

    Peach State Summer Theatre enters its final week of performances for the 2014 season. This means there are only a few more opportunities left to see “Mary Poppins,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” and “42nd Street.”

    July 20, 2014

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