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Link Moody

2015

A publication of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce

Thank you to those that

serve our country

and protect our freedoms!


JAN. 2015

CONTENTS 33

9 FEATURES 05 Need help finding a dependable business?

18 A great place to LIVE, A fun place to PLAY!

35 The Importance of Healthy Living

05 Military discounts offered

19 Park University offers continuing education options

36 Restaurant & Dining Guide

06 Should I get involved? 08 Welcome to Moody Air Force Base 09 Operation Moody Transition. Moody is Us! 10 Why do I need Renters Insurance? 11 Make a right turn to Nashville 12 Security Deposits - How to keep your CASH! 14 Building and maintaining a personal support network 15 Traveling with PETS 16 Lakeland-Lanier loves company!

20 The advantages of a New Beginning 22 Your dream vacation is waiting! 24 Healthy smiles start at a very early age! Dr. Worthington welcomes you to Valdosta 27 The importance of saving from Southeastern Federal Credit Union 29 Taking care of your upholstery 30 Certified Military Friendly Supporting those who serve

40 100 Fun things to do in Valdosta 44 Accelerated Builders - Turning houses into homes

About the Cover: Dr. Worthington Family Dentistry greets Lt. Col. Chris Jones, Mrs. Dennisse Jones, Alyssa Jones and Tony Jones.

(Read more on pages 24-25)

Link Moody

2015

A publication of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce

32 SEEDS Business Resource Center - Need help starting your own business? 33 Helping Veterans find jobs Thank you to those that

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serve our country

and protect our freedoms!

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Welcome to your new home!

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ll of us at the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber want your time at Moody and in our community to be a great experience. When our Chamber calls on top Air Force personnel at the Pentagon each year, we always are gratified to hear that Moody is a favorite assignment. Air Force leaders tell us that our community has a reputation for being “Air Force-Friendly.” It’s true. Valdosta-Lowndes County is incredibly proud to host Moody AFB in our community. We work hard to ensure that the men and women of Moody feel welcome and become a part of our community. Our motto is, “Moody is us!” We sincerely want to help you and your family as you settle into your new home and your new community. Let the Chamber assist you as you search for businesses and professionals that you can count on and trust. Look for the “Chamber Certified Military Friendly” seal of approval! And please take note of the advertisers in this publication. These are reputable local businesses that genuinely care about Moody personnel and your families. Whenever you need a referral, call us at the Chamber (229247-8100), or visit our website at www.valdostachamber.com, and select “Directory” for a classified listing of our members.

Welcome to Moody! - The Staff of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce

Link Moody

VALDOSTA-LOWNDES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

January 2015 / Volume 3 Publisher and Editor: Myrna Ballard Creative Director: Wanda Stanley Cover Photo: Wes Sewell Photography Advertising: Miranda Moore Wanda Stanley

Advertising for the 2016 edition of Moody Link magazine will be available in August 2015. For information please call 229-2478100 ext. 232.

Printing:

Copyright by Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce. © All rights reserved. Moody Link is produced and published annually by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce. Reproduction in whole or in part of this publication without the expressed written consent of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce is prohibited. All claims, materials, photos appearing herein are believed by the editors to be accurate. However, no responsibility or liability is assumed, and is expressly disclaimed, by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce for any inaccuracies, errors or omissions. Advertisements, articles, photos, editorial information, and other materials submitted for publication herein are subject to the unrestricted right to the edit of and by our editors and publisher. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Moody Link Magazine, 416 N. Ashley Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31601.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Leading Businesses. Leading Communities. TM

416 North Ashley Street Valdosta, Georgia 31601 (229) 247-8100 • Fax: (229) 245-0071

www.ValdostaChamber.com

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Looking for reputable businesses in Valdosta?

Do business with these

Chamber members who offer a

Real Living Realty Advisors

Offers Military Rebate

1817 Green Circle • Valdosta, GA 31602

229-333-4622

Southern Flooring of Valdosta

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e know it can be difficult for Air Force personnel to know who to trust when you move to a new community. Our Chamber is here to help you out. If you are looking for ANY type of business or organization, call the Chamber first at 229247-8100 or you can visit us online at www.ValdostaChamber.com/directory. Chamber members are the BEST of the BEST! HERE’S WHY: Chamber members support efforts to grow our local economy. They invest time, money and other resources to help the Chamber realize its mission.

10% Military Discount

808 N. Patterson Street • Valdosta, GA 31602

229-242-5668

Waller Heating & Air Conditioning 10% Military Discount on all Service Calls

405 N. St. Augustine Rd. • Valdosta, GA 31601

229-244-1200

Longevity of Chamber members — nearly half of Chamber members have been one for more than five years. They weathered the recession and are continuing to serve their customers and the community.

Don’t Google it, CHAMBER IT! So how do you find Chamber members?

Its as easy as....

1.ValdostaChamber.com 2. Select DIRECTORY 3. Search by category, keyword or member name or call 229.247.8100!

Stay connected with the Chamber through social media.

Scan this code for instant directory access! 2015 / MOODY LINK 5


Should I

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s a “military brat”, as well as an Army veteran, I know what it is to move from one duty station to another. It is always a challenge learning one’s way around a new base, getting acquainted with the new work environment and new personnel, as well as getting acclimated to the city and area. We leave old friends, acquaintances, and familiar surroundings, and we have to develop new relationships.

It is important to get out of the “comfort zone” of the base and get involved in a local church and in the community. We can easily think that we don’t want to go through the process over and over again of learning a new place, going to a new church, and making new friends just to leave again in a few years. I have been there personally. But we can bring much more meaning and purpose into our lives by

being involved in the local community.

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Then the question becomes, what do we really want to become a part of? Church can be such a vital part of a single man or woman or a family. As a pastor, I believe that a local church brings us into a context where we can worship, learn, and develop new friendships. We can enjoy an atmosphere of acceptance and belonging. We can find comfort, solace, and encouragement, as we are often far from family and familiarity. Getting involved in a church connects us with an extended spiritual family where we experience the love of God. There are also many community groups in which a person can get involved. Whatever a person’s interests may be, there are a number of meaningful groups that would welcome our military men and women. The Chamber of Commerce is one of the important sources to find what community groups are in the area.

By: Wayne Hughes, Pastor of Abundant Life Church of God

The bottom line is this: step out, be a part, make a difference. Your service to our country is so valuable and means so much to us all. Your sacrifice is appreciated more than you may know. But, you can be a part of the community where you are stationed and make a difference there, too.


FEATURES: • • • • • • • • •

Gated community • Exercise room Intrusion alarm system • Interior laundry room One car garage with interior access Extensive sound proofing and fire protection Jacuzzi garden tub and separate glassed-in shower Swimming pool with state-of-the-art filtration system Granite counter tops and travertine flooring Outside kitchen and flat screen TV for entertaining ENERGY STAR rated; environmentally friendly and energy efficient

3531 Club Villas Drive Valdosta, GA 31602 www.thegardensvaldosta.com

229.242.9372

Welcome Home!

Office Hours:

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Monday - Friday 9am until 5pm Saturday and Sunday by appointment

“Supporting YOU in your quest for health, strength and vitality.” 2922-B North Oak Street valdosta, GA 31602

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call us TOdAY for your appointment!

Dr. Shameel S. Patel D.C.

lcome Home!www.chirocarechiropractic.com ServiceS Offered: • • • • • • • •

Hands on Chiropractic Care Certified Massage Therapy X-Ray on Site Accepting New Patients Military Discounts Nutritional Assessment Decompression Therapy Affordable Cash Plans.

free Initial Consultation for New Military Patients value of $175.00 free.

(Need to bring coupon with you to be valid.)

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Welcome to Moody Air Force Base Valdosta-Lowndes County Area!

By: Marilois Campa, Community Relations Director at Options Now

We hope you find our community to be a wonderful place to live!

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eing in a new community can be exciting. Adding an unexpected or even planned pregnancy can be overwhelming, bringing feelings of fear and sometimes hopelessness or despair. Options Now is dedicated to offer support to those in the Moody AFB community facing an unexpected pregnancy. Catherine came to the clinic seeking services. She and her husband were new to the area, having recently been transferred to Moody AFB. When Catherine suspected she may be pregnant, she came to Options Now for a free pregnancy test. She and her husband were waiting to start their family, so the news of the positive pregnancy test was a surprise. Catherine needed more than just a pregnancy test, she needed a listening ear. She talked to her counselor about her fears and her counselor provided emotional support. Catherine chose to participate with the “Earn While You Learn” program. During the program she learned what to expect throughout her pregnancy and delivery, as well as helpful information about newborn care and beyond. She also earned a new car seat and many of the things she needed to prepare her nursery. The support Catherine received at Options Now was just what she needed. Now she was prepared and excited to become a mother.

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Catherine’s story is similar to the stories of the women we help every day,” stated Becky Deas, Executive Director. “The staff and volunteers at Options Now are privileged to serve those at Moody AFB. Many Airmen and their families are far from home and we are here to support them no matter their situation. An unexpected pregnancy can be difficult when you are alone, but we are here to provide resources, information, and a safe haven.

Options Now is a life-affirming medical clinic serving the women of Moody AFB. We provide free pregnancy testing, limited ultrasound to confirm pregnancy and options counseling in a non-judgmental atmosphere. We offer many resources including our “Earn While You Learn” program, which provides opportunities to earn gift certificates to be used in the Repeat Boutique Thrift Store. First time moms are able to earn a new cars seat through this program. EWYL is overseen by staff counselors and volunteers with a heart to empower and educate women with regards to their pregnancy. To learn more about our services visit, www.OptionsNow. org or call 229-506-5017. We appreciate the contributions the servicemen and women and their spouses make to our community. Enjoy your time in the Valdosta-Lowndes area!

A Life-Affirming Clinic Serving So. GA and No. FL


Operation Moody Transition: Moody is Us!

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aldosta-Lowndes County and the surrounding areas have a national reputation for their ardent support of Moody AFB and its personnel. In 2014, as the drawdown began to take effect, leading organizations within the community took to heart the need for a rapid response. As a result, Operation Moody Transition was born. The OMT team worked to develop a bridge between those separating and the employers who need a highly skilled work force. Veterans being released need to know what options are available to them that can help anchor them to the community as they adjust to civilian life. Their spouses and children are here, working and playing alongside those of us who have always called this area home. As a result, Operation Moody Transition will continue to provide information and resources to those who have served. For more information about Operation Moody Transition, call (229) 247-8100, Ext. 222

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Why Do I Need Renters Insurance? By: Christi Marsh, State Farm Insurance

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or approximately the cost of a delivered pizza dinner each month, renters insurance can protect your personal belongings. It takes a lot more than pocket change to replace everything you own. Your clothing and furniture are just a start to your possessions. What about your electronics, your treasured heirlooms and the things you use in your leisure activities? In an instant, fire, theft or damage resulting from other perils can happen. And you could lose it all.

But doesn’t my landlord’s policy cover my belongings, you may ask?

The answer is NO.

Your landlord’s policy only covers the building where you live, not your personal property. Your landlord’s policy does not provide coverage when you are found liable for damages or injury to another person. A renters policy does. The purpose of renters insurance is to cover your personal belongings at home and away from home as well as liability to protect you financially against costly claims and lawsuits.

By: Mike Hill Mike Hill Real Estate

Get a new lease on renters insurance.

For a list of trusted property management companies visit www.ValdostaChamber.com

Just pennies a day. Did you know your landlord’s insurance only covers the building? Protect your stuff. There’s no reason to take a chance. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.® CALL ME TODAY. State Farm since 1994.

The average two-bedroom apartment has $30,000 worth of personal property. Many renters underestimate the value of their possessions and would be surprised by how much it would cost to replace the items they have accumulated. Most insurance companies offer value estimation calculator tools. There are a lot of reasons to buy renters insurance, the most important of which is the peace of mind and security you get for a relatively low cost. If you’re renting your home, call your local insurance agent TODAY for complete details. 10 MOODY LINK / 2015

Christi Marsh, Agent 2241 Bemiss Road Valdosta, GA 31602 Bus: 229-506-5429 www.christimarsh.com

0901142.1

State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, State Farm General Insurance Company, Bloomington, IL


Make a Right Turn to

Nashville

Discover the charm of smalltown Nashville just 20 minutes from Moody Air Force Base RAY CITY PLOW DAY March 21

COTTON BLOSSOM ROUNDUP RODEO March 27-28

ENIGMA FIRECRACKER CELEBRATION July 4

HARVEST FESTIVAL September 26

ALAPAHA STATION CELEBRATION November 13-15 OTHER THINGS TO DO • Shop for one of a kind treasures in historic downtown • Enjoy southern cuisine at locally owned restaurants • Relax with a wine tasting at Horse Creek Winery • Guided quail hunts at Shadow Oak Plantation • Great fishing for the whole family at Patrick’s Paradise THINGS TO SEE: • Berrien County Courthouse built 1898 is one of the oldest courthouses in the State. Tours Daily • Berrien County Jail built in 1903, was used until 1965 and hosted two infamous hangings. Tours Daily • Downtown Mural and Walking Tours showcase the community’s history • 85 Indexed cemeteries for genealogy research • The first WWI Doughboy monument in USA OTHER EVENTS October: Trick or Treat on the Square December: Christmas Parade, Breakfast with Santa, Snow in the Park

Shop - Dine - Explore www.berrienchamber.com 229-686-5123

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Security Deposits

By: Camille Whittaker The Residences at Five Points

How to Keep Your CA$H!

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here is a lot to think about when renting a condo, apartment, or home. Obviously, location is a top priority along with amenities and prices. However; there are several smaller details that renters don’t think of when signing a lease. Renting a new home can be exciting and we often overlook or neglect to read important details before signing. One of these details renters are often disappointed over is the loss of their security deposit. If one wishes to have their security deposit returned in full at the end of their lease, he or she must be wary of the steps to take throughout the lease term. Before ever signing a lease, a renter should thoroughly read over the agreement pertaining to the security deposit. Some leases state that only a portion of the security deposit can be returned, where others return the deposit in full depending on the condition of the home. Before signing anything, you should inspect the home for any damaged areas that need attention. If there is something that needs repair or cleaning, one should report this to the property manager immediately. Upon move-in, a “move-in inspection” sheet should be given to the new resident. This is a list of things in the apartment that need to be checked by the resident right away to make sure they are working properly. The resident should turn in a copy of this to the property manager as well as

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keeping a signed copy themselves. This way, at the end of their lease, they will have it for reference if there is any question about a damaged area in the apartment. During your lease term, it is best to be cautious over what could and could not cause damages. Thumb tacks and nail holes are usually acceptable. Before doing any kind of painting, it is wise to make sure that is OK with your property manager. If you acquire a pet during your stay, you should make sure they are allowed on the property or community. Pet hair damage is easily detected and an illegal pet is a way to almost always lose your security deposit. When a renter is moving out, he should make sure to remove all possessions and trash from the home. A thorough cleaning should be done, paying close attention to bathrooms, kitchens, and carpet. A lot of renters think that because a property will be cleaned by a professional service that they are not required to clean, however; this is not the case. Cleaning services expect to do fine-detail cleaning. If one leaves a stove, microwave, toilet, and balcony untouched, the property manager will have to pay the cleaning service more due to the extra time they will have to spend making sure the home is up to

their standard for the next resident. In apartments, be careful during your lease term not to damage the carpet or put big holes in the walls. Security deposits for apartments are usually no more than $500, and if you do these kinds of damages, not only will you lose your deposit, but you could be billed extra for damages. When you are finished cleaning for your move-out, take pictures of the state of the apartment so you have documentation of its condition. Have your property manager come and do a walk through inspection of the apartment as soon as possible. After you turn in your keys, the manager may do another inspection. Usually security deposits are mailed to the tenant after a month or so. Make sure that the forwarding address you give the manager is correct and somewhere you will have access. If you haven’t received your deposit after a month, you should call and check on its whereabouts.

The most important thing you can do when renting is to read through your lease thoroughly and keep a copy of it for yourself so you can be educated on what exactly you are signing.


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Building and Maintaining a Personal Support Network By: Judy By: Martin Trexler, LCSW Judy Martin Trexler, LCSW

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TRAVELING with PETS By: Dr. Kelly C. Barrett, Hahira Veterinary Clinic

When traveling with your pet there are many things to consider. One of the most important things to consider is whether your pet can handle traveling because of illness, injury or temperament. If your pet has any health concerns or does not deal well with stress or changes in environment, then boarding your pet may be the best alternative.

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nce you decide your pet is fit for travel, it is a good idea to make sure where you are traveling is pet friendly. Many places have restrictions on size and type of pet, so be sure to ask when making your reservations. If staying with family and friends be sure your pet will be a welcome guest, and they will be compatible with both people and other pets. There are also items to consider taking with you for your pet’s comfort and safety. Be sure your pet has a well-fitting collar or harness and accompanying leash. It is also a good idea to have a crate for your pet with familiar bedding and toys so your pet can be confined if necessary. A crate may also be very useful while driving to keep your animal calm and allow you to focus on driving. Be sure to carry a supply of food with accompanying water and food dishes. Many animals become either very anxHahira ious or develop motion sickness while Hahira traveling. Therefore it isVeterinary aHahira good idea to Veterinary plan ahead and get sedatives and motion Veterinary sickness medications from Clinic your veteriClinic narian if necessary.

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There are several things you may need to talk to your veterinarian about before travel. First has your pet been microchipped? A microchip is the best permanent means of identification in case your pet is lost. Second is your pet up to date on vaccines? It is important when traveling because your animal may be exposed to diseases which vaccines can protect against. Thirdly does your pet need a health certificate? A health certificate shows your pet has been inspected by an accredited veterinarian and is healthy and not showing signs of disease. Every state has its own requirements so it is important to check with your veterinarian. Also you may check online at U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and

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Lakeland - Lanier loves company! Banks Lake Wildlife Refuge,

4,000 acres on GA Hwy 122 1.5 miles east of downtown; The lake is part of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

Cycle along the Robert Simpson Mountain Bike Trail.

In our community of Lakeland-Lanier - we just Want to slow down a bit and escape the traffic? “Georgia’s Historic Mural City” Then stroll through downtown Lakeland as you view the numerous murals on the walls of our buildings, you’ll step back into the 1920s when there were more cows on the road than cars. “If those walls could talk” is not just a saying around here, many of the murals actually do! Check out QR Code audio tour. In 1925, the city of Milltown was renamed Lakeland. Depicting this era are historic mural creations on the walls of downtown buildings; Mural artists Ralph Waldrop and Billy Love of Columbia, South Carolina created all of the 30-plus murals.

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love company.

South of Lakeland on US 221 at the corner of Burnt Church Rd. The former Oaklawn Academy building was moved to its present location in 2006. Festivals, weddings, parties and corporate events are held here throughout the year. For information on reserving the Center call the Lakeland Chamber at (229) 482-9755.

catfish, blue gill and crappie are just some of today’s catch in the lakes and rivers around here. With its eerily beautiful black water and moss draped cypress trees, Banks Lake is a perfect place to picnic and fish. But that’s not all there is for the sports’ enthusiast - we also have great trails to bike and wonderful places to hunt as well.

The Jim & Mary Threatte Arts & Civic Center hosts weddings, corporate events, parties and festivals throughout the year.

Sheltered in the piney woods of South Georgia, southeast of Lakeland, The Ford Farm offers the perfect destination for Bobwhite Quail hunting. Simple, secluded and quiet, the charm of the location will make you feel as if you’ve slipped back in time. Guests will find the game plentiful, accommodations comfortable and atmosphere relaxed. It’s a marvelous spot to share with friends or family. Come go hunting with hunters!

Outdoor Sports And speaking of tall tales, the fact that Lanier County is known as a “Fisherman’s Paradise” is no exaggerated fish story. Bass, trout,


Governor E. D. (ED) Rivers Home We treat each other like family around here…and we like to brag about our family’s accomplishments. In the 1930s ED Rivers was Governor. He was responsible for turning on the lights and bringing electricity to rural Georgia. Visitors can explore his ranch style home near Banks Lake.

Lanier County Tastes Delicious

Mother nature has certainly blessed Lakeland-Lanier with good weather and good soil. Here you’ll find farmto-table pure extra virgin olive oil, sweet buttery pecans, fresh blueberries and blackberries to share with friends and family. In early 2009, five farmers in Southeast Georgia gathered with the dream of ressurecting olive oil production in Georgia and the Southeast US. In 2011, Georgia Olive Farms harvested the first commercial crop of olives grown east of the Mississippi from their orchards near Lakeland. Georgia Olive Farms continues to encourage and support the development of the olive oil industry in the Southeast by increasing their own orchards and supporting farmers and investors who have the same vision. The oil is sold under the Georgia Olive Farms brand in stores in downtown Lakeland including The Welcome Center, 8 S Valdosta Rd. Gayla’s Grits began in 1997, when Kevin Shaw (of Georgia Olive Farms) and his wife, Gayla, began grinding naturally grown white corn into grits for their personal consumption. They began bagging and giving their grits as Christmas gifts after family and friends raved over the unique creamy flavor. Due to the overwhelming amount of positive feedback, Kevin and Gayla decided to market their 100 percent all natural grits. Gayla’s

Grits can be bought locally and at the Welcome Center. The Roquemore Memorial Park is located the road across from Lanier County Primary School. Roquemore Memorial Park, near downtown on U.S. Hwy 221 South The park had its beginning as a public park established in 1994. A 9-11 Prayer Garden was added in memory of those who died on that day. The gazebo, The town’s famous Milltown Air Line train mural is across from the the park’s focal street from the Welcome Center. point, is a popular venue for The Flatlanders Arts and Crafts weddings, photography, band perforShow, which the Lakeland-Lanier mances and religious services. Each year, a memorial service is held in the County Chamber proudly supports and organizes, is one of Georgia’s park when trees, benches or tables longest running arts and crafts events. are dedicated to loved ones. The show started in 1974. Thousands come to the October event at the The Robert Simpson Mountain Bike Trail is located on GA 135 just Theater Center campus on US 221 just south of Lakeland. north of downtown Lakeland. The property backs up to the Nature Trail Dine Out in Lakeland on Temple Street. The trail is open Mozzarella Momma’s, El Carrisal, daily from dawn to dusk. For more information, please call the Chamber Subway, McDonald’s, Huddle House, Dogwood Cafe, China One, Hardees, at (229) 482-9755. Milltown Brewing Company (opening in Spring 2015) and Lighthouse Grill, The Robert Simpson Nature Trail has its trail entrance at the six miles east of Lakeland on GA 37. Lake Irma dam one block from downtown on North Temple Street. Lakeland festivals & events: Check out the Alapaha River Canoe and Kayak Trail on GA 37 east of Lakeland. Call the Chamber for more information – (229) 4829755

The welcome mat’s out - whether you’re a nature lover, foodie or a history buff, we invite you to drop on by.

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A Great Place to LIVE, A Fun Place to PLAY By: Tim Riddle, James H. Rainwater Conference Center

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irst let me start out by saying, if you are new to Moody – Welcome to Town! I moved here myself 2 ½ years ago though it seems like just yesterday. If you are like me you may have thought of Valdosta as a neat stop when traveling I-75 south with lodging and restaurants close at hand when pulling off the interstate. That, and I knew they had an amusement park! After living here I can certainly say – that not only doesn’t make a dent in it, it barely scratches the surface! It’s true that the largest area attraction is the Wild Adventures theme park. Do you know how many cities our size have one of those? Virtually none! Having that wonderful playground in our back yard makes Valdosta unique…but wait, there’s more!

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We are so fortunate to have both Valdosta State University with its 11,000+ students and Moody Air Force Base with its 6,000+ civilian and military personnel! They provide a strong foundation to the community’s economy. As a huge bonus, VSU’s Media and Arts Department helps provide a magnitude of cultural enrichment to our community that is beyond most cities that are much larger. The Valdosta Symphony and Peach State Summer Theater are prime examples of benefits VSU helps bring to our community. Add to that the local Theatre Guild’s offerings – live performances abound! In addition, there’s a rich “southern” history complete with antebellum homes and an up and coming arts segment – we now have five artists with shops in downtown Valdosta! And being a great interstate stop also lends itself to having a plethora of restaurants and shops that we locals get to take advantage of as well. There’s the usual “chains” but we also boast some unique cuisine. You must visit downtown to take advantage of some “off the chain” dining at places like 306 North, Steel Magnolia, the Bistro (and I’m sure I’m leaving something out!). Take advantage of Valdosta’s “First Fridays” program to check out downtown; shops stay open later and you might even find some music in some art decorated alleyways. Did I mention

music? In addition to giving us a huge playground – Wild Adventures has an annual concert series that brings a wide variety of musical acts. Classic rock to Christian rap and everything in between – newcomers and legends; you can usually see some of it all during their seasonal offerings. How could I forget sports? Our community is nationally known (with a trophy to prove it) as “Titletown USA”. We could rightfully claim to be the mecca of high school football with three schools often in the state title mix in Valdosta High, Lowndes High and Valwood High. Like college sports – again VSU brings it! They boast 3 national titles in football as well! PGA level golf, quail hunting, wake boarding, kayaking the Alapaha – there’s just too many activities to list in this small space – go exploring! If you add it all up, we have places for lots of fun, many opportunities for cultural enrichment and entertainment and lots of places to relax and enjoy a good meal after all of the above. I used to wonder why so many “transplants” to VSU and/ or Moody stay and retire here. I wonder no more.


Continuing Education: Never Stop Learning

During the 1990s, the number of continuing-education programs rose from 25 to 50 universities and the number of people enrolled in university continuing education programs grew to 76 million by 1997.

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istorically, continuing education was geared toward the professional for professional development. These professionals were known as the non-traditional student, the student who perhaps worked full-time, had children or dependents, single parents, did not complete their college degree and over 23 years of age. Workers, such as teachers, nurses, cosmetologists, and office workers attended one and two day seminars and workshops to learn the skills needed to remain employed, to keep up with the advances in their fields and get promoted. In addition, business kept skilled workers. The advent of technology prompted institutions of higher education to look at this group of non-traditional students. The realization that there was another classification of students who wanted and needed to complete their degrees, train for a different career, compete in the job force, and advance in their companies led the institutions to create alternatives to the traditional style of teaching, such as daytime classes, 16 week semesters and four year completion. Online courses, accelerated schedules such as eight week classes, hybrid classes, and evening classes were

By: Juanita Walker, Park University

added and the realization that this class of students would take longer to graduate. The addition of these alternatives provided the flexibility and access required for the nontraditional student to return to the classroom or go back to school in his or her own homes. While looking for work, many students decide to make themselves more marketable by taking advantage of continuing education courses of a combination of eight week online classes. According to Sharpe, n.d., Reference for Business, Encyclopedia of Business (p.1), during the 1990s, the number of continuing-education programs rose from 25 to 50 universities and the number of people enrolled in university continuing education programs grew to 76 million by 1997.

The local schools in Valdosta and on Moody AFB offer a variety of continuing education opportunities for the non-traditional students. We want to keep our educated and qualified students local to become part of the workforce.

For more information on Park University, visit www.park.edu or contact Park’s Moody AFB Campus Center at mood@park. edu or (229) 245-7077

Civilian and Military Welcome Contact us today at (229) 245-7077 or mood@park.edu visit us online at www.park.edu/mood

A.S. Information and Computer Science A.S./B.S. Criminal Justice A.S./B.S. Social Psychology A.S/B.S. Management B.S. Management– Health Care B.S. Management– Human Resources B.S. Management– Computer Information B.S. Early Childhood Education and Leadership

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The Advantages of a New Beginning Article from Karen Reissiger and Patti Minton Moving is not easy; adjusting to living in a new city can be painful and very difficult. However, it’s also a chance to start your own life and make it better than it ever was before. Whatever your attitude toward the move, the fact is that there are a lot of decisions to be made. You will probably need to find a new house, new school if you have children, new job, new doctors, new friends, and new routines. Basically, everything changes. A move can give you the chance to have a new beginning. Here are a few things that can help you see the brighter side of a move and appreciate your new beginning:

Karen Reissiger and Patti Minton, co-owners of The Greeting Service, have been welcoming newcomers to the Valdosta area for 20 years. They strive to help newcomers get orientated to the community and connected with trusted local businesses and services.

1 Moving means relinquishing control of all your material possessions as that moving truck leaves your driveway. Remember that the most important thing is the people in your life, not things. 2 Good communication is the key to transitioning to a new place. Talk to your spouse about how you are feeling and be open to the needs of your children. 3 Remember that all the things that are old to you are new to the people that you meet. This includes your wardrobe, furniture and everything else. Now is a good time to prioritize your life and make time for what is important to you. 4 Experience your new culture by seeking out local restaurants and cultural opportunities. To find where the locals like to eat, visit www.fyidining.com. It will also show what restaurants offer discounts and kid’s specials.

5 Think permanent, not temporary! Oswald Chambers once said, “Many of us refuse to grow where we are put; consequently, we take root nowhere.” 6 Settle in with rituals and traditions! Start a new tradition with this move, or continue with an old tradition that brings continuity to your family. 7 Moving to a new state means a LOT of changes - even to your vehicle. Visit www.dds.ga.gov and click on Driver’s Info on the menu to the left and then “New to Georgia” for detailed instructions. 8 Southern Hospitality is part of our culture. Be a good neighbor. Often, being the newcomer, we wait for the neighbors to reach out first. Take the first step, share fresh baked cookies with your next door neighbor. This could be a great beginning to a new friendship!

Change is difficult for everyone...especially kids Welcome Home Readjusting to the family dynamic when a parent returns home can be a stressful time. Remember to be patient with your kids. Moving Tips • Make sure that you have a box of essential items with you so that you have them right when you move in (including special blankets and toys). • Help your kids meet new friends and get involved in activities right away so they feel more settled. Photos Courtesy of Moody AFB 20 MOODY LINK / 2015

• Go exploring! Take time to find the parks and other fun things in your area.


Welcoming Newcomers to Valdosta and Moody AFB for Over 50 Years Contact Contact us us for for your your FREE welcome FREE welcome packet packet or or sign sign up up at at the the Right Start briefing Right Start briefing 229-245-8383 southgeorgianewcomers.com

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Your Dream

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By: Jane Shelton, South Georgia Travel

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e are so excited to work with and support our military clients because we appreciate so much their service to our country! Several of our suppliers, both land and cruise, offer military discounts that we love to pass on to military personnel. Moody Air Force Base is a great location for weekend travel with the beaches being so close, and one should never overlook the close proximity of the cruise port in Jacksonville, Florida for a getaway to the Bahamas. A little further drive, you will find the ports at Port Canaveral and Tampa, Florida which open the door to several Caribbean destinations, such as Key West, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, and many other exotic islands. Also, with an airport in Valdosta, it is a quick connection to not only the all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, but other destinations in the United States like Las Vegas and New York for great getaways. Whether you are looking for a romantic reconnect, or a little more quality time with the family, the professionals at South Georgia Travel are ready to personalize your vacation dreams!

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Healthy smiles start at a very young age!

Welcome to Worthington Family Dentistry! We are committed to listening to your concerns and desires regarding your smile. Together, we will carefully plan your treatment, using state-of-the-art computer and digital imaging technology. We are a general dentistry practice; therefore, we can address all of your concerns associated with your oral health, from baby teeth to smile preservation with age.

Dr. Samuel E. Worthington, IV, DMD

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FREE Whitening, with Every Cleaning! We want each of our patients to be as excited about your smile as we are. So with every cleaning and “check-up” exam, for patients 18 years and older, we offer free professional teeth whitening. Unlike many over the counter products which often cause tooth sensitivity and can even erode tooth enamel, we use a professional product, “Nupro White Gold”. This is a long established product that uses 10% Carbamide Peroxide which is the least likely of whitening products to cause sensitivity. This product usually takes a few weeks, providing most patients a deep, rich and stable color change.

Military Benefits Offered Thank you for you and your family’s service to our country. We continually seek to better serve members of our military and their families by being a United Concordia/Tricare provider and offering military discounts.

Our staff will always treat you with the utmost respect and compassion. We understand that dental treatment can be intimidating, and we will do our best to maintain a peaceful and relaxing environment in which to serve you. (Back Row L-R: Cindy, Amy and Evan. Front Row L-R: Tenilus, Kristi,

Dr. Worthington, Brandi and Anne)

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Thank you for your service!


Taking Care of your

By: Tim Carroll, Farmers Home Furniture

Recliner and Motion Upholstery

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ne of the most popular upholstered pieces in a home is the recliner. It is typically a big, comfortable and relaxing place to sit, read or nap. More homes today are also including reclining sofas and loveseats to match - commonly referred to in the industry as motion furniture. In selecting the best to fit you and your home, knowing what colors will work in your home décor is first. Since most motion upholstered pieces are covered in solid colors, choosing one can be fairly easy.

The next step is finding the one that fits you and your home best. Sit down, recline and imagine how it fits you and how it functions. The predominant choices today are either rocker or wall-hugger models with some including a swivel base. But you will also find power recline and lift-chair models on most showroom floors. Once you have narrowed the selection down – here are a few construction features to look for: 1) All steel mechanism. 2) Solid core seat cushions. 3) Hardwood seat box. 4) Plywood frame construction.

5) A good warranty with at least 5 years coverage. 6) Look for manufacturers that specialize in motion furniture such as Catnapper, La-Z-Boy, Franklin, Homestretch, Southern Motion and Flexsteel to name a few. Prices will run from $199 up, with a good selection in our area in the $299 to $599 price range. Good customer care of the fabric, frame and mechanism will help ensure a long useful life.

Enjoy selecting your furniture!

Furnishings for your life!

Proud supporters of the Airmen of Moody for over 25 years!

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armers Home Furniture is one of the top 100 furniture companies in the country and one of the largest employee owned companies based in Georgia. We are committed to providing our customers with the best possible service and selection - that’s why we tailor each store to its town, matching product selection to the customers.

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elocating to a new base can be a hassle. In addition to relocating, you want to know which schools offer your children the best education, which residential areas best fit your needs, and which retail stores offer military incentives and discounts. It can take a long time to thoroughly learn a new community, so in order to help you with your transition, we have developed a program to help newcomers to Moody AFB identify the businesses that show specific support to our troops.

Certified Military Friendly

Businesses that meet program criteria apply for Chamber Certified Military Friendly status and are denoted by both a CCMF seal and are listed on the Chamber website.

In order to be considered Chamber Certified Military Friendly, businesses must:

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Be a Chamber member in good standing Have NO unresolved issues with the Better Business Bureau Offer military discounts (if allowed by corporate policy) Support the South Georgia Military Affairs Council, which supports Moody Air Force Base

Each of these critera demonstrates a level of support that goes above and beyond to display community support for your service and our base. We are sure that you will find that our business community is proud to have you here and that your presence is appreciated. As you settle in, we also hope that you will develop a sense of belonging in your new community. We thank you for your service. Welcome home!

We encourage you to visit the following founding members of the Chamber Certified Military Friendly program!

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SCAN and Go!

Welcome to our Community!

Valdosta Properties is a full service property management company serving Lowndes County, Moody AFB and surrounding counties. Valdosta Properties offers a wide variety of services catering to all of your housing needs.

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SEEDS Business Resource Center

Start A New Business

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oody Air Force Base with nearly 11,000 personnel is a tremendous asset to our community. We appreciate your service to our country, and the SEEDS Business Resource Center offers our services to you. Anyone interested in starting a business can receive free resources compliments of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber and the SEEDS Center.

Where do I START?

Start with a free consultation at the Chamber. Find out what is required to start a business and discuss the feasibility of your business idea. A detailed industry report will make you aware of recent developments within the industry and which associations and publications are available to give you a better understanding of the business that you are interested in starting. We can help you find out more about your competition with a detailed competitor list. A custom demographic report will help identify how many people are in your target market. Our Guide to Starting a Business provides explanations, addresses, phone numbers and websites that are needed to help you fully prepare to legally start your business in Valdosta-Lowndes and Georgia.

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How can I GROW? Whether you need to apply for a loan or you’re ready to write a business plan for your business, the SEEDS Center has a business plan format and assistance for you. We can help you identify your target market. Reach more of your target market with custom business leads based on the industry or size. Consumer leads can be generated based on search criteria such as age, income or location. Visit www.SEEDSBusinessResourceCenter.com for more information including upcoming business seminars and workshops. Contact Varian Brown at 229-247-8100 today.

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For complete information visit: www.SEEDSBusinessResourceCenter.com


Meet Tony McKenzie, the Labor Link By: Tony McKenzie, Local Veteran Employment Representative at the Georgia Department of Labor Valdosta Career Center

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top priority at the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is providing employment services to veterans. State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler is committed to ensuring that our veterans get the services they need to be successful in the work place. And, my job provides me the opportunity to help fulfill that commitment. I am a Local Veterans’ Employment Representative (LVER) in the GDOL’s Valdosta Career Center. As an essential part of the labor exchange system, LVERs and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists make-up the veterans staff at GDOL career centers across Georgia. DVOPs and LVERs work in tandem to prepare veterans for new careers. LVERs work with other service providers to promote veterans as job seekers who have highly marketable skills and experience. The DVOPs work specifically with veterans who have barriers to employment to assist them in overcoming those barriers to become work ready. The DVOPs coordinate services with other organizations, such as the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and other veteran service organizations to assist the veterans. As a LVER, I work with the local business community to ensure employers understand the many advantages of

hiring veterans and that veterans have opportunities for employment and training. I have two primary goals: getting veterans back to work by linking them with an employer who needs their skills and ensuring that employers find employees with the necessary skills to help them be successful and grow their businesses.

• Providing vocational guidance through work skills assessment and labor market information through various resources; and • Referring veterans to training supportive services through partnerships with academia, community organizations, and VA supportive services.

In order to accomplish these goals, we offer a variety of services, such as conducting seminars for employers and job-search workshops for veterans. And, prior to showcasing a veteran to an employer, the veteran is screened for experience, education and skills to make sure he or she is the right job candidate for the employer.

My job gives me the opportunity to work with veterans who have a wide variety of interests, skills, levels of education and training, and career goals. Some of them require assistance with showcasing their skills in a proper manner in their resumes, while others are ready to start working and just need job-search assistance or career guidance. Many veterans we work with have a host of transferable skills and career-specific skills that employers are seeking. We help them showcase those skills so that civilian employers and human resource managers will easily understand what they have to offer, and why whey will be valuable employees for their companies.

Each year, I plan two job fairs and participate in others to promote GDOL services to veterans and businesses. We conduct employer visits with a focus on federal contractors. We promote credentialing and training opportunities for veterans with employers, colleges and service providers. I provide and facilitate a full range of employment, training and placement services to meet the needs of veteran jobseekers. The services may include: • Conducting job search workshops for veterans, creating job development, and providing job referrals;

I enjoy what I do. It is very fulfilling to work with the men and women who have served our country to help ensure that their lives after separating from the military are successful and rewarding. Plus, I have the pleasure of working with a team of professionals at the Georgia Department of Labor who are committed to serving all Georgians with their employment needs. For more information please call the Georgia Department of Labor at 229-333-5211 2015 / MOODY LINK 33


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By: Kelly Barcol, Owner/Coach of CrossFit Winnersville

The Importance of Healthy Living

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ealthy Living is typically communicated as what we eat (or don’t eat) and how much we exercise. These are very important parts of being healthy physically, which is only one core area of healthy living. To experience healthy living at its best, we need to have a balanced focus on three core areas – physical, mental, and spiritual health.

When I think about the importance of healthy living, I believe in a very holistic approach including all three areas, and all three are of equal importance to living healthy as an individual. If we lack in any one of these core areas, we will not function at our highest potential. Also, we cannot isolate one area, because ultimately they are interconnected and affect one another naturally. So, how do we live healthy? We need to first come up with a plan for each of these and commit to it. Second, we need to invite others to keep us accountable to working the plan. Doing these in community, alongside others, gives us a greater chance for success.

Let me share my plan for healthy living in 2015: My physical health plan is to eat Paleo with one cheat day a week and work out one hour a day at least five days a week, which provides the community and accountability I need.

My mental health plan is to read books on leadership, take at least one full day off work per week, and receive Life Coaching for major decisions in my life. My spiritual health plan is to spend quality time reading the Bible and other resources as well as praying daily. I will be committed to weekly church attendance, generous giving and developing relationships with others who don’t know God. Now it is your turn to write a healthy living plan. Then, go public with your plan by sharing it with family and friends, maybe even on Facebook. Lastly, find a community where you are surrounded by people striving for a healthy living lifestyle too! If you are looking for a community of people to encourage you in your pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, consider joining a local fitness group or gym. The Chamber directory can help you find local options. Visit www.ValdostaChamber.com TODAY!

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Dining Guide

You can’t go hungry with this dining guide! Restaurants in red offer discounts to Seniors! Baytree Area Jimmy Johns** 1337 Baytree Road 229.333.9747 Chubby’s Chicken Fingers** 1211 Baytree Road 850.339.8672

Downtown Area

www.ValdostaChamber.com 229.247.8100 It’s All Good 118 W. MLK Jr. Street 229.269.6060 Jessi’s Eats and Treats** 205 N. Ashley Street 229.247.4670 Kentucky Fried Chicken 1203 N. Ashley Street 229.247.2395

306 North 310 N. Patterson Street 229.249.5333

McDonald’s 715 S. Patterson Street 229.671.9908

Bleu Cafe 121 N. Patterson Street 229.244.2248

McDonald’s 2102 N. Ashley Street 229.671.9833

bleu PUB 116 W. Hill Avenue 229.219.2289

Steel Magnolias 132 N. Patterson Street 229.259.0010

Covington’s Dining and Catering** 310 N. Patterson Street 229.242.2261 Dairy Queen 701 N. Ashley Street 229.242.4095 Giulio’s Greek Italian Restaurant 105 E. Ann Street 229.333.0929 Grassroots Coffee Co. 133 N. Patterson Street 229.253.0602 36 MOODY LINK / 2015

Hahira & Lake Park Area Church Street Coffee @ Hahira 107 S. Church Street 229.794.3383 Frogtown South 7495 Union Road 229.794.1600 McDonald’s @ Lake Park 7207 Lakes Blvd 229-559-9552

Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q @ Lake Park** 1088 Lakes Blvd 229.241.8090 The Fish Net Restaurant @ Lake Park 3949 Sportsman Cove Road 229.559.5410 The Slice 962 Highway 122 229.794.1222

Hill Avenue & Mall Area Austin’s Cattle Co. 2101 West Hill Ave. 229.259.9333 Azalea’s Restaurant & Lounge** 1805 W. Hill Avenue 229.247.9500 Beijing Café 1715-C Norman Drive 229.253.0808 Bojangles 1725 W. Hill Avenue 229.242.4202 Bubba Jax Crab Shack 1700 W. Hill Avenue 229.469.4368 Buffalo Wild Wings 1553 Baytree Road 229.241.7246

Cheddar’s Casual Café 270 Norman Drive 229.247.5551 Chick-fil-a @ Valdosta Mall 1700 Norman Drive 229.247.2487 Chick-fil-a @ St. Augustine 1100 N. St. Augustine Road 229.247.2625 Crystal River Seafood 958 St. Augustine Road 229.249.9515 Denny’s Restaurant 1328 N. St. Augustine Road 229.253.9388 El Toreo Mexican 1713 Gornto Road 229.259.0444 Fazoli’s** 1307 N. St. Augustine Rd. 229.241.7780 Gondolier Italian Trattoria 282 Norman Drive 229.232.4948 Honey Baked Ham** 1601 Baytree Road 229.244.6833 Hooters** 1854 Clubhouse Drive 229.293.9110


Longhorn Steakhouse 1110 N. St. Augustine Road 229.333.0100

Chicken Salad Chick 3249 N. Oak Street Ext. 229.469.7017

McDonald’s 1177 St. Augustine Road 229.251.1457

Friends Grille and Bar 3338-B Country Club Drive 229.242.3282

McDonald’s 1840 W. Hill Avenue 229.671.9883

Kentucky Fried Chicken 3026 N. Ashley Street 229.247-0666

Mori Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar 1709 Norman Drive 229.244.5299

Mama June’s 3186 Inner Perimeter Road 229.245.6062

Ole Times Country Buffet 1193 N. St. Augustine Rd 229.253.1600 Olive Garden 1315 St. Augustine Road 229.244.9990 Ragazzo’s Pizza and Grille 1700 Norman Drive-1142 229.834.4844 Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q** 1701 Norman Drive 229.241.8090 Tandoor 3008 James Circle 229.232.4044 Texas Roadhouse 1874 Clubhouse Drive 229.242.7700 The Mill Pizza Buffet 1337 Baytree Rd., Ste. A 229.460.0721 The Mix 1803-B Jerry Jones Drive 229.563.2813 Zaxby’s** 1102 N. St Augustine Road 229.244.3273

Summit Pointe & North Valdosta Area Blimpie Subs & Salads 414 Northside Drive 229.245.1885 Burger King 4464 Shiloh Road 229.247.6593 Cactus Flower Café 3209 N. Oak Street Ext. 229.232.4120 Chick-Fil-A @ North Valdosta 3147 Inner Perimeter Road 229.245.0144

Marcos Pizza #8081 4320 Kings Way / 229.245.9595 McDonald’s 4185 N. Valdosta Road 229.242.8444 McDonald’s 4109 Bemiss Road 229.671.9940 Papa John’s 2139 Bemiss Road 229.241.1000 Shorty’s Steak House 4038 N. Valdosta Road 229.247.2186 Smok’n Pig B-B-Q** 4228 N. Valdosta Road 229.245.8227 Smoothie King 3219 N. Oak St. Ext. 229.469.4090 Subway** 4622 Bemiss Rd. / 229.245.8090 Subway-Inner Perimeter 3255-A Inner Perimeter Road 229.241.8250 The Egg & I 2953 A N. Ashley St. 229.300.2960 Wooden Nickel Pub 3269 Inner Perimeter Road 229.247.7750 Zaxby’s** 3250 Inner Perimeter Rd. 229.219.0402

Georgia Power Salutes the men and women of the United States Air Force

At Georgia Power, we commend the men and women of the United States Air Force for their bravery and dedication in serving and protecting our country. And we understand that kind of dedication, because we are dedicated to our customers and to serving the Valdosta area. That’s why we work hard to keep rates as low as possible while delivering safe, reliable energy and excellent customer service. On behalf of Georgia Power and the citizens in the greater Valdosta area, we want to say thank you!

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Welcome to Moody AFB and Valdosta, Georgia Regional Center for Continuing Education 903 N Patterson Street • 229-245-6484 • www.valdosta.edu/ce Continuing Education at Valdosta State University welcomes and invites YOU to be a part of our community! We offer non-credit classes where you can explore interests, update skills, and engage with community members in a fun and friendly learning environment.

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Bringing Learning to Life! 2015 / MOODY LINK 39


Welcome Home!

Valdosta

has so much to offer seniors and we wanted to make sure you don’t miss anything!

Check out the list below and enjoy... 1. View local and regional artwork at Spring Into Art at the Turner Center for the Arts. 2. Print out a copy of Valdosta’s Historic Driving Tour and discover over 50 historic buildings in Valdosta’s four National Registered Historic Districts. 3. Art After Dark - Experience fabulous artwork in downtown Valdosta on the third Friday of every month. 4. Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY! Visit Tiger Stripes Exotic Animal Sanctuary. 5. Born to be Wild! Join a local riding club. 6. Sneak a peek at Valdosta’s Home and Garden Tour. 7. Give your time to one of many local service clubs. 8. Polish your public speaking skills with the Valdosta Toastmasters. 9. Get festive! Attend a local festival. 10. Take piano, guitar, or voice lessons. 11. Enroll in a cooking seminar or learn new computer skills in a Continuing Education class. 12. Fish at the Withlacoochee River. 13. Shop for collectibles, antiques, and jewelry at a local flea market or consignment shop. 14. Go wild at Wild Adventures Water and Theme Park! 15. Visit the 1920’s at Milltown Murals in Lakeland. 16. Learn about constellations and visible planets at VSU’s Planetarium Show. 17. Attend Peach State Summer Theatre, the Official Musical Theater of the State of GA. 18. Practice your putting and more at Jungle Jym’s Family Fun Center! 19. Hang out at a local coffee shop. 20. Head to the local farmer’s market for fresh produce and meats. 21. Tour The Crescent House and gardens, an 1898 mansion. 22. Ride the Azalea Trail or join the Azalea Bicyclists. 23. Fish, canoe, hike or camp at Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area. 24. Shop at Lake Park or visit the Valdosta Mall. 25. Play a round or two at one of Valdosta’s best golf courses. 26. Sample wines at tastings sponsored by local wineries. 27. Visit the Farmers’ Market at the Brooks County Skillet Festival of crafts and antiques! 40 MOODY LINK / 2015

28. Kick off the holiday season by attending Merry Marketplace. 29. Train your dog at the dog park. 30. Visit one of our local museums. 31. Enjoy beautiful music performed by the Valdosta Choral Guild at their annual Christmas or Spring Concert. 32. Thrifty? Find treasures at local yard sales. 33. Find something new in Lakeland at the Flatlanders Fall Frolic Arts & Crafts show and more! 34. Treat yourself to a relaxing spa day. 35. Visit the VSU Fine Arts Gallery to see exhibitions showcasing both student, faculty and regional artwork. 36. Check out a book, listen to a story or join a book club at one of many public libraries. 37. Tap into your creative side and take an art class. 38. Buy a corned beef sandwich from Temple Israel. 39. Check out what the local boutiques offer. 40. Farm Days – Shop Local! Head to Downtown Valdosta on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from May to September to buy locally-grown produce and locallyproduced artisan items. 41. Practice your shot at one of Valdosta’s shooting ranges. 42. Attend a Moody Air Force Base air show. 43. Enjoy a theatrical production at the ‘Dosta Playhouse. 44. The place to BEE is at Hahira’s Honeybee Festival, complete with pageant and parade! 45. TITLETOWN for a reason! Cheer on our local high school athletes. 46. Sample international cuisine at a local restaurant. 47. Attend the South Georgia Classic. 48. Participate in one of Valdosta’s 5K races. 49. Garden with the gardening clubs at the Valdosta Garden Center. 50. Bowl a strike at Jac’s Lane. 51. First Fridays Downtown! Gather to eat and socialize in our beautiful, historic downtown area the first Friday of each month.


52. Sing karaoke, play trivia, shoot pool, or throw darts. 53. Catch a flick on the big screen. 54. Get organic & healthy at an organic/natural food store. 55. Enjoy a ballet production by one of the local dance companies. 56. Sample a variety of foods while raising money for local charities at the annual Taste of Valdosta event. 57. Load up the kids and head to an inflatable playground. 58. Vroom! Vroom! Start your engines and head to the South Georgia Motor Sports Park. 59. Try out a new look and get a makeover at a local salon. 60. Enjoy a fine dining experience in restaurants offering delicious cuisine and intimate atmospheres. 61. Dress in your red and black gear and enjoy VSU Athletics. 62. Have a party! Let someone else do the cooking and hire a caterer. 63. Get it while it’s hot! Eat a hot, fresh doughnut. 64. Surprise a loved one with flowers from a local florist. 65. Have a picnic at one of our 36 public parks. 66. Listen to a performance by the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. 67. Take a leisurely walk or go for a jog on the Camellia Trail at VSU. 68. Indulge in a southern BBQ sandwich. 69. Peruse the works of local artists in local art galleries. 70. Grab the girls & head to the annual South Georgia Bridal Expo. 71. Re-fuel your body with a refreshing, fresh-squeezed juice, smoothie, or wheatgrass shot. 72. It’s fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A. Join the local “Y”! 73. Head out to the fields and pick seasonal fresh fruits at a local farmer vendor. 74. Help preserve the art of quilting as a member of a local quilter’s guild. 75. Pitch a tent and go camping at a local campground. 76. Greet newcomers or get to know others new to the area with South Georgia Newcomers’ Club.

77. Decorate your home or find the perfect housewarming gift at one of several home interior stores. 78. Enjoy a VSU Theatre production at Whitehead Auditorium. 79. Take a guided hunting tour. 80. Play frisbee on the front lawn of VSU’s campus. 81. Earn a black belt or learn self-defense at a martial arts class. 82. Looking for some bling? See what local jewelry stores have to offer. 83. Attend a local place of worship. 84. Grab your lawn chair and line the streets to watch a parade in Downtown Valdosta. 85. Head out to Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge. 86. Mentor a child or train to be an advocate with children. 87. Get involved at a City Council or a County Commission meeting. 88. Visit Sunset Hill Cemetery, a Victorian style cemetery established in 1861, where you can see the graves of many of Valdosta’s notable and historic persons. 89. Beat the heat and enjoy an ice cream or fro-yo treat. 90. Attend a FREE Lunch and Learn at the City Hall Annex. 91. Design on a dime. Take home improvement classes. 92. Channel your inner Yogi at a yoga class. 93. Experience life in a cotton mill town by strolling through the mill houses in the City of Remerton, developed after Strickland Cotton Mills was built in 1899. 94. Hear a band at a local venue. 95. Broadway comes to Valdosta! Enjoy award-winning musicals and plays performed by traveling companies in the Presenter Series. 96. Attend the annual 100 Black Men of Valdosta Top Barbecue Chefs Cook-off. 97. Give back! Donate blood or help build a Habitat house. 98. Join an underground beer and wine club. 99. Take a Zumba, ballroom, Latin, or ballet dance class. 100. Celebrate Independence Day with Fireworks!

Visit ValdostaChamber.com to print out the list and learn more about fun things to do in Metro Valdosta! 2015 / MOODY LINK 41


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Limited time offer; subject to change. At participating stores. Eligible device trade-in, new device purchase, qual’g credit, voice line port-in from AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint, & qual’g postpaid plan req’d. Payment will consist of: (1) instant credit of device trade-in value, and (2) prepaid MasterCard card if cancellation fees exceeds instant credit received on device trade-in. You must submit your final bill showing cancellation fees within 2 calendar months of transaction and be active and in good standing when payment is processed; allow 4-8 weeks. Additional validation may be required. Up to 5 lines; all must be activated in same T-Mobile market with same billing address and area code. Check your contract with your carrier for your rights and obligations. MasterCard card is reimbursement on new device, service, and port-in; payment may be taxable, consult a tax advisor. T-Mobile and the magenta color are registered trademarks of Deutsche Telekom AG. Un-leash is a trademark of T-Mobile USA, Inc. ©2014 T-Mobile USA, Inc.

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“Serving South Central Georgia for over 10 Years”

Accelerated Builders has built custom homes, commercial buildings and remodel projects for over a decade in South Central Georgia. Eric Somers & Fred Carlo started the company in 2004.

Accelerated Builders believes in a “hands on” approach with all of our customers offering custom changes by experienced design professionals that help make decisions easier and surprisingly within budget. Our customer’s also have access to our interior design team making color decisions easier in the selection process. They will help you coordinate smooth transitions from the flooring, cabinets, countertops, backsplash, tile showers, etc.

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Accelerated Builders is committed to a smooth project with the customer and will guide you through the construction process from finding financing to picking out the materials and selecting colors.

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MOODY Link Advertisers Abundant Life Church of God / Page 6 Accelerated Builders / Page 44 & 45 Berrien Chamber of Commerce / Page 11 ChiroCare Chiropractic / Page 7 Comfort Suites / Page 23 Cross Fit Winnersville / Page 35 FactorXFitness / Page 28 Farmers Home Furniture / Page 29 Furniture Express/Beds for Less / Page 34 GTFO Moving Company / Page 38 Georgia Power / Page 37 Georgia Self Storage / Page 28 Hahira Veterinary Clinic / Page 15 House of Joy / Page 28 & 46 Judy Martin Trexler, LCSW, LLC / Page 14 Kilby Family Dentistry / Page 31 Lakeland-Lanier Chamber of Commerce / Page 16 & 17

LOCAL NON-PROFITS & CHURCHES House of Joy (Presently meets at Valwood School) 4380 US Highway 41 Valdosta, GA 31602

Little Actors’ Theatre of Valdosta, Inc. Valdosta First United Methodist Church 220 N. Patterson Street Valdosta, Georgia 31601 229-292-4742

YMCA 2424 Gornto Road Valdosta, GA 31602 229-244-4646

Langdale Ford / Page 34 Langdale Hyundai / Page 39 Lighthouse Baptist Church / Page 28 Little Actor’s Theatre of Valdosta, Inc. / Page 46 North Valdosta Church of Christ / Page 46 Park University / Page 19 Options Now / Page 8 Rainwater Conference Center / Page 18 Real Living Realty Advisors / Page 38 Repeat Boutique Thrift Store / Page 28 South Georgia Medical Center / Page 22 South Georgia Travel / Page 22 South Georgia Vein Centers / Inside Back Cover Southeastern Federal Credit Union / Page 26 Southern Flooring of Valdosta / Page 5 State Farm/Christi Marsh / Page 10 Studstill Firm, LLP / Page 42 T-Mobile / Page 43 The Gardens / Page 7 The Greeting Service / Page 21 The Residences at Five Points / Page 13 Valdosta Properties / Page 31 Valdosta State University Continuing Education / Page 39 Waller Heating & Air / Page 5 & 23 Wes Sewell Photography / Inside Front Cover Worthington Family Dentistry / Cover and Pages 24 & 25 YMCA / Page 46

Would you like to advertise your nonprofit organization or church in the 2016 edition of Moody Link magazine? Call 229-247-8100 ext. 232

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Thank you to those that

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