THUMBS UP: To Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk, who has been named Sheriff of the Year by the Georgia Sheriff's Association for the second time. He won this award in 1998, and with the 2003 award, he becomes the first sheriff in Georgia history to win this award twice. Congratulations!
THUMBS UP: To the Valdosta Asian Cultural Association for its recent festival at Mathis Auditorium. Valdosta and Lowndes County comprise a diverse community, and this group contributes greatly to celebrate the region's many cultural heritages.
THUMBS UP: To Valdosta City Schools for recognizing the importance of the arts in education by building a showcase for its performing arts on the Valdosta High School campus. This investment shows that city school leaders are not interested in only boosting football by rebuilding an aging stadium. They're interested in other aspects of helping to create well-rounded students.
THUMBS DOWN: To commissioners in Rhea County, Tenn., who tried to ban homosexuals from their county this week until their attorney advised them they could be subject to criminal charges. As this nation becomes increasingly divided over issues of gay marriage and rights, this over-the-top action strikes a bad chord with everyone. Who would tolerate this kind of hate?
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