THUMBS UP: To Glenda Anthony, a practical nursing student at Valdosta Technical College who was named college winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL). Anthony was recognized at the GOAL recognition meeting March 19 at Val Tech. She will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Atlanta where, for three days, Anthony will compete with students from 38 other technical colleges and divisions in Georgia for the title of State GOAL Winner, the GOAL medallion, and a new automobile as the grand prize. The Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education sponsors the GOAL program statewide.



THUMBS UP: To Jim Carter, Lowndes County’s special projects director, for being named the new Tift County manager. Carter, a Waycross native, has spent most of his career in either Ware or Lowndes counties. Before joining the Lowndes government, he was an information technology instructor at Okefenokee Technical College and worked as an IT specialist for the Ware County Board of Commissioners. While he will be missed here, Carter is prepared to apply what he learned in Lowndes to benefit Tift County.



THUMBS UP: To Oscar winner and Adel native Ray McKinnon for coming home and conducting a program with Valdosta State University Theatre students Tuesday. McKinnon, who has appeared in material as diverse as “O Brother, Where Art Thou” and “The X-Files,” caught the acting bug as a VSU student in the early 1980s. McKinnon won his Academy Award for “The Accountant,” named best live-action short film in 2002.

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