Have you ever heard someone in Valdosta say there's nothing to do in this town? I have, very recently, and I'm always amazed, because in any given week, I have far more to do than I can possibly get to.

If you are interested in helping charitable causes, get involved this week by attending one or both of the big events going on Friday night. The first is the Humane Society's annual Paws for a Cause silent auction. This is one of the major fund-raisers for the organization held each year. The event is Friday at the Conference Center and I'm sure you can purchase tickets at the door.

Also beginning Friday night is the annual Relay for Life, the cancer walk at the Valdosta Middle School that's held each year to raise funds and awareness of the disease. You can get involved by volunteering to walk or by simply attending.

As for other events this week, it's also time for the annual Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series held on the Courthouse lawn. A different band plays each day and lunch is available from vendors or you can bring your own.

And for our military readers, Col. (soon to be General) Brad Heithold is leaving Moody AFB. His change of command ceremony is Thursday and he'll be passing the torch to Col. Joe Callahan. The commander has done so much on Moody in his tenure there, making both cosmetic changes to the base's appearance as well as overseeing the improvements for the base's security. I wish the Heitholds well on their next assignment and I'm sure they'll be back at some point, as this area seems to hold some sort of allure for our military.

In other words, there's no excuse for not getting out and finding something to do that interests you this week.

Business Roundup

The new Generations Furniture store next to Girardin's Jewelers is now open, but I haven't had a chance to go in there yet to see what they have to offer.

I got word this week that a new bank is coming to town, appropriately named The Bank of Valdosta, which will open somewhere on the north end of town. That's all I've got so far, but will keep you posted.

Kinderlou Forest recently had its first anniversary. The golf course is doing well and the residential section is

apparently sold out, with

a second phase starting soon. Who would have thought just a few years ago that a development of this caliber could be carved out of land in Lowndes County that quickly and do so well so fast?

And I understand, that even though they were burglarized earlier this week, Crystal River Seafood restaurant will still be opening in the next two weeks.

Other than all of the new housing and apartment complexes going up all over town, it's been slow, but things will pick up soon as warm weather always spawns more construction. Now if it will just spur the mall development on....

As always, if I've missed something, I'm counting on you to let me know.

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