Here’s another round of applause for individuals and organizations doing great things in the community.
Georgia Association of Water Professionals presented the Elizabeth McEntire Award to Jason Barnes, Valdosta water plant superintendent. The award was presented earlier this month at the Annual GAWP Conference in Savannah. The award is presented to a member who has excelled in the operation of a public water system in the state, according to GAWP representatives. “Jason Barnes was awarded the GAWP Elizabeth McEntire Award which recognizes excellent achievement in the direct operation of water supply, water treatment and or water distribution system. Jason was promoted superintendent of the water plant in December of 2014. The utilities department and the City of Valdosta are proud to have Jason as a member of our team,” said Darryl Muse, city utilities director. Barnes has been with the City of Valdosta water plant for 24 years and has licenses as both a water lab analyst and a Class 1-3 water operator.
Mayor John Gayle and Russ Henry, Coleman Talley representative, announced the winners of the 11th Annual Valdosta People’s Choice Photo Contest at an awards reception Monday at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts. For the past month, residents have voted for their favorite contest photos, which are currently on display in the Tillman Gallery, center representatives said. Winners are: First Place: Nicholai Courtenay, “Swamp Thing.” Second Place: Blake Allison, “Fire in the Hole.” Third Place: Tawanna Southall, “Cali Marie.” Honorable Mentions: Nicholai Courtenay, “City Nights.” Sophia Coronado, “Fountain on Bennie.” Keir Smith, “Perspective of Beauty.” Javon Longieliere, “Cheryl Road.” Kaitlyn Davis, “Bella the Bird Dog.” Youth Winner: Stella Cofield, “Country Canopy.” Honorable Mention: Kingston Courtenay, “Duck Tales.”
The Valdosta Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution recently presented Tim Brogdon, South Georgia Medical Center’s former EMS chief, with one of the organization’s highest honors, the Emergency Medical Services Commendation and Medal. According to SAR, any chapter can make awards to recognize great leadership within the community. “Brogdon was recognized for being one of the first paramedics in Valdosta and Lowndes County and for his leadership in making the EMS and the SGMC paramedicine program the outstanding services they are today,” according to organization representatives. Brogdon worked for SGMC for more than 40 years and used his considerable passion and knowledge to make the EMS service a model others emulated. “Tim Brogdon deserves much of the credit for developing the skilled, efficient, mobile health-care services program we have today,” said Johnny Ball, SGMC assistant administrator for communication and public affairs. Brogdon helped develop protocols for new standards of care for the treatment of stroke and heart attack victims, SAR representatives said. He was instrumental in developing EMS protocols to begin pre-hospital treatment of addicts using illicit narcotics.