THUMBS UP: To Sierra Berry, 13, for winning in her age division at the USA World Showcase Competition in Las Vegas. Berry won a chance to compete against other winners for the Grand TV Viewers Trophy and a cash prize. Another Thumbs Up goes to those in the community who made it possible for Berry and her grandmother to travel to Las Vegas.



THUMBS UP: To the five local attorneys named Georgia "Super Lawyers" by Law and Politics and Atlanta Magazine. Honored were Converse Bright, Bob Clyatt, Roy Copeland, Roger Dodd and Walter Elliott.



THUMBS UP: To Valdosta City Council for pursuing a grant for technology that will cut the fire department's response time in emergencies. The signal preemptive system triggers a green light on traffic signals when an emergency vehicle approaches.



THUMBS DOWN: To the low turnout at the public forum the Lowndes County School System conducted Thursday to discuss the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. How will local voters make an informed decision on SPLOST when they refuse to educate themselves on the school system's needs? Another forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Lowndes Middle School.

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