Valdosta has a lot to offer, but the most delightful aspect of the community is the people. Our Valdosta Scene magazine’s July issue highlights some ordinary folks taking extraordinary adventures.

Tim Davis and his son built a boat and sailed it, exploring the waters of the Northwest and Alaska. He kept a detailed journal which we have excerpted for our readers. Their story is inspiring and full of adventure.

After reading our December issue, Pete Portz called me to say he and Ann Wegener of Quitman were preparing to leave on the Silver Jubilee cruise of the QE2 and he offered to stay in touch and share stories about their trip. I received postcards and letters from him throughout their nearly four month long cruise, as well as a couple of ship-to-shore calls from exotic ports. They have beautiful photos and entertaining stories about their trip of a lifetime.

If you’re more interested in staying close to home, the Scene features the Glo lounge, top barbecue chefs preparing for the annual 100 Black Men BBQ Cookoff downtown on Aug. 4, and many, many photos and features on people you know and places you go.

On the business side, the July/August issue of South Georgia Business is also now out and features a look at the devastating effects the wildfires had on the region, along with a look at real estate, features on interesting South Georgians and tips on estate planning.

Copies are available at the Times and area stores, including Books a Million. Read and enjoy!

Business Roundup

The new Commercial Banking Company branch on Baytree has opened, or at least I hope it has since they tore the old bank building down. Located at the edge of Remerton, the new branch was built directly behind the old one.

Speaking of tearing down old and building new, the latest McDonalds revamping on Hill Avenue looks to be nearly complete and should be reopening soon.

It sounds like Chili’s is moving along well through the planning process, and I look to hear about a groundbreaking for the new restaurant before the end of the summer. It will be located between Walgreen’s and the center with Marble Slab Creamery and Quiznos in front of the movie theatres.

The JC Penny renovation and expansion is under way at Colonial Mall, and there continue to be rumors of restaurants looking at property beside the mall, but none confirmed.

The new residential condos on Country Club Road are apparently ready or close to it, as are the ones by the interstate. The new office condo complex on North Ashley Street is moving along very well and there should be announcements soon on businesses that will be locating there.

I’m sorry I can’t do it yet, but I’ll have an announcement on a large new development on James Road next weekend once some of the details have been worked through. It’s a good one.

With the holiday coming up and the heat lately, it looks like things are slowing down a bit, but hopefully soon we’ll have groundbreakings on a few of the projects which have been announced for months but are still not quite ready to get under way.

Until then, if I’ve missed anything, please let me know, and have a happy and safe Independence Day!

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