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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, “Captivate by Nupro.� This is a long established product that uses 15% 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.

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      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

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.

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This is a Town Square Publication created and produced for the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce 416 N. Ashley St. | Valdosta, GA 31601 Phone: (229) 247-8100 | Fax: (229) 245-0071 Email: apace@valdostachamber.com | www.valdostachamber.com

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Copyright© 2016 Town Square Publications 155 E. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005 www.townsquarepublications.com Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The Chamber and Town Square assume no responsibility for misinformation. Please contact the Chamber with any additions or corrections. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission of the Chamber and Town Square is prohibited. Chairman, CEO and Publisher Douglas K. Ray President and Chief Operating Officer Scott Stone Vice President/Director Scott Ray Production Manager Joe Nugara Editor Gail Gaboda Content Coordinator/Client Liaison Stefanie Nugara Graphic Designer Kirsten Riedl Ad Production Coordinators David Abraham and Tiffany Salerno Directory Coordinator Michael Sumrak Photos Wes Sewell Photography

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iverse and vibrant, the city of Valdosta is a vivid example of modern southern culture. Traditional values like honor, hospitality and personal independence meld in perfect harmony with the pluralism encouraged by a modern college town. The city exemplifies many aspects of local culture that are sources of pride for the region: A diverse population, varied cuisine, as well as a wide variety of religious and ethnic traditions.

This diverse population, working cooperatively, makes the Valdosta/Lowndes County region an exceptional place to live, work or visit. “Deeply committed to fostering a culture of fairness, equity, and the inclusion of its diverse students, faculty, staff and other key stakeholders,” Valdosta State University’s Office of Social Equality “promotes enrichment and opportunity through diversity” by actively seeking ways to fulfill their mission of inclusion and cultural awareness. This commitment originates from a fundamental belief that a variety of viewpoints increases perspective, and thus, encourages critical thinking. This sentiment is echoed throughout VSU and the Valdosta region. In Lowndes

County, people from a variety of life paths that represent different ethnic, gender, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds are considered a necessary and integral facet of growing a thriving social and economic environment. “Achieving Excellence through Diversity,” Valdosta State University’s African American Studies program honors graduates at its annual Multicultural Sankofa Awards every spring in the campus Student Union Theater. “Sankofa” is a West African word that means “to go back and get it” – “looking back in order to move forward.” The Sankofa bird symbolizes revisiting history so that progress can be made.

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This ceremony is an opportunity for community members to celebrate the achievements of students whose individual successes might not otherwise be acknowledged in a more traditional commencement ceremony. The culture of the African American community has had a tremendous influence on the region. “Winnersville” pride wouldn’t be possible without the contributions of AfricanAmericans and other ethnicities to the local culture. Jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, various cuisines and many religious customs – Christian and otherwise – would not exist without the multiethnic contributions from the region’s diverse population and history. As the local minority population continues to grow, Valdosta/Lowndes County continues to foster inclusiveness by encouraging a culture that celebrates diversity.

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Imagine a downtown supermarket that sells halal meat next to fresh vegetables and Indian spices; Lowndes County cuisine is a far cry from a simple choice between the two or three traditional groceries. In addition to traditional chain supermarkets and fast food, Valdosta also features a farmers market, multiple independent grocers, fine restaurants and the La Jalisco Super Mercado-turned-taqueria that cranks out all-you-can-eat tacos on handmade corn tortillas for only $10. Filling choices range from carne asada to cow tongue. Additionally, Mina’s popular Asian market and bakery sells exotic plum sauces and pancit noodles alongside delicious homemade blueberry cupcakes. Hosted by the Valdosta Asian Cultural Association, the famous annual Azalea International Folk Fair invites participants to immerse themselves in a dazzling global experience. Featuring an Asian experience, a Latin excursion and an African exposition, the Azalea Folk Fair has a sampling of nearly every influence that makes the Lowndes County region rich and diverse. Festival attendees enjoy the opportunity to experience dances, exhibits, ceremonies, games and food from a variety of cultures represented in the Lowndes County area. For six years, Valdosta has been the location of the South Georgia Pride Festival celebrating the bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender community. South Georgia Pride was organized with the intent of charitably benefiting the equality and rights of the LGBT population in the region. www.valdostachamber.com

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In addition to a wide range of area Christian churches, Valdosta is also home to a Jewish synagogue, a pagan covenant and a Muslim cultural center. Although small, the Valdosta Muslim community is remarkably diverse, including both Sunnis and Shiites. Immigrants and native-born Malaysians, Bangladeshis, Iranians and Pakistanis are all represented. Members come from a broad range of occupations, and several are international students who attend Valdosta State University. The local center is vital because the nearest center of worship for Muslims is about 90 miles away in Albany, Georgia. This year, Valdosta State University hosted an interfaith discussion on religious holidays and traditions featuring a panel consisting of an Episcopalian priest, a Jewish rabbi and three members of the local Pagan Unitarian Universalist Covenant. Valdosta consistently “looks back in order to move forward.” The modern local culture is quite diverse with multiple influences and is a far cry from its Antebellum roots. The increasingly rich variety of perspectives in the Lowndes County region continue to ensure a steady flow of social capital and the kind of enduring success southern cities like Valdosta are known for in the face of adversity. ■

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or decades, countless innovative community ideas have started in the century-old Chamber house. From Leadership Lowndes and the Tourism Authority to the annual Bird Supper, the historic Barber home has had a positive impact on the Lowndes County region. The Barber House is more than a building where the chamber conducts business; it has contributed to the growing success of the community and surrounding area.

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HOUSE Envisioned and constructed in 1915 by a prominent local entrepreneur, the presentday Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber House has a history as rich and exceptional as the original mansion was at its inception. E.R. Barber erected his abode with the intention of exhibiting the finer things in life. The original house plans included five bedrooms, a sunroom, an electric elevator and a baseboard vacuum system. Barber’s daughter, Ola, inherited the stately home in 1965.

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Not long after inheriting the house, Ola Barber Pittman had to fight protect it. At the time, the government tried to acquire her land for much-needed parking near Valdosta’s new post office. Pittman tirelessly fought to save the home – even going so far as to take her complaints to the federal government to ensure her father’s legacy was preserved. In the end, Pittman’s gritty determination prevailed, and she lived out most of her remaining years in the family home. At the time of her death, Pittman left the house to the citizens of Valdosta and established a trust for its upkeep with precise directions for its use. It was her wish that the home would be preserved for the

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Because Pittman spent the last two years of her life in a skilled nursing facility, the house required quite a bit of work before its trustee could even consider what to do with her palatial posthumous gift. Richard Hill and other members of the Southwest Georgia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects tackled the landscaping and overgrown shrubs that shrouded the onceopulent home. With a path finally cleared to the front door, Gelaine Foster and other brave members of the Valdosta Junior Woman’s Club commenced the monumental task of clearing the house for much-needed repairs and extensive renovations. Countless hours of labor were necessary to first purge, and then polish the cluttered and abandoned house. Volunteers spent more than two months cataloging and cleaning its vast contents. This lengthy cleanup spurred the inception of the Valdosta Heritage Foundation; Over stacks of crumbling papers, historical books and piles of trash, volunteers discussed the need for preservation of other historic homes in the area. When the cleanup was finally completed, the groundwork was laid for the

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people of Valdosta to “provide a place where persons may come and sit, reflect and think in an atmosphere of beauty and solitude.” With the cooperation of several community organizations, the Chamber has been able to preserve the Barber House legacy.

future of the heritage foundation and Valdosta’s Chamber of Commerce was approached about transferring its location to the Barber House. Great pains were taken to preserve as much of the original integrity of the home as possible. Community members responded, donating time and money to ensure the house was restored as close to its former glory as possible. In 1981, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce moved its headquarters to the restored home. “The Front Door of the Community,” the Chamber house continues to be a significant asset to the region. The Barber House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Every year, more than 2,800 visitors experience the house in its fully restored glory. Over the years, several updates have enhanced the safety and comfort of the historic house, such as a modern electrical system and central air conditioning. Funds from the Barber trust were used in the initial renovation of the home, and the trust has ensured the historic integrity of the home is maintained.

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Growing Healthy Together Welcome to the new face of health care in South Georgia. SGMC campuses and affiliates in Lowndes, Berrien, Lanier and Clinch counties provide access to superior quality care and a team of health care professionals who take your well being seriously. Visit sgmc.org/about to learn why SGMC is the Region’s Premier Health System and Destination for Health Care.

The Chamber recently completed a successful capital campaign to ensure the original trust is consistently replenished with funds necessary to maintain the historic home. The house is a gift for every citizen of Valdosta to enjoy and “a place where they may come and sit, reflect, and think in an atmosphere of beauty and solitude.” ■ www.valdostachamber.com

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iving well has a special meaning at South Georgia Medical Center where “Growing Healthy Together” is its motto. The 330-bed acutecare facility whose main campus is located in Valdosta, serves a diverse population across South Georgia and North

CENTER Florida. SGMC provides innovative care from nearly 300 affiliated physicians and approximately 2,500 health care support personnel. While SGMC provides comprehensive preventive, diagnostic, treatment and recuperative health care services, primary

service lines include heart and vascular, stroke, cancer, spine care, orthopedics, imaging, women and children’s, emergency and surgical services. The SGMC Dasher Heart Center has grown from humble beginnings to a program of regional prominence over the last decade, and recently opened the SGMC CardioVascular Institute. From cardiac and endovascular emergencies to diseases that progress over a lifetime, SGMC provides a wide range of cardiac care. With a team of five highly skilled cardiologists, two

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cardio-thoracic surgeons and a vascular and endovascular surgeon, larger numbers of complex procedures are being performed in South Georgia to meet patients’ cardiac and vascular needs. SGMC’s Stroke Program was honored for outstanding stroke care by the Georgia Coverdell Acute Stroke Registry for the third consecutive year in the medium-sized hospital category. The award is granted to one hospital in each bed-size category ranging from very small to large, based on a point system. SGMC also received the American Heart & Stroke Association’s Target Stroke Honor Roll Gold Plus ELITE Award. SGMC also carries the Certificate of Distinction for Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. Pearlman Cancer Center patients benefit from three-time nationally ranked cancer care with a patient-centered approach, advanced technology and advanced clinical trials. Pearlman Cancer Center continues to exceed state and national averages for breast, colon and rectal cancers established by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

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A multidisciplinary approach to assessment and treatment ensures care custom-tailored to patient spine care needs. Choices range from outpatient physical therapy to more aggressive nonsurgical management to state-of-the-art spine surgery. The orthopedics program offers total knee replacements, endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery and arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, to name a few. The program offers specialization in a range of patient needs, from trauma care to joint replacement to sports injury medicine.

SGMC believes that a child’s birth is an event to be cherished for a lifetime. For the past 30 years, SGMC’s Birthplace is the region’s choice for childbirth. Delivering an average of 2,000 babies annually, the Birthplace provides a safe and nurturing birth experience for each family based on their individual needs. SGMC’s care extends beyond the walls of its main campus with locations and affiliates in Lowndes, Berrien, Lanier and Clinch counties. As a nonprofit hospital

system, SGMC is owned by the citizens and strives to provide outstanding health care to all. Because of its nonprofit status, SGMC’s earnings are reinvested back into its services and facilities, ensuring many millions in benefits are provided to the community every year. For more information on services offered by SGMC, recent recognitions or community benefits, visit sgmc.org. ■

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hen Henry David Thoreau wrote “heaven is under our feet, as well as over our heads,” in awe of Walden Pond, he could have easily been musing about Valdosta and its surrounding landscape. Shaded by live oaks draped in ethereal Spanish moss, the “Azalea City” is also home to more than 29 natural recreation areas. Valdosta is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Slow down and experience the region’s storied past while enjoying a scenic drive on one of the areas many historic byways. Just outside of the modern conveniences of Valdosta, the land spreads out and the country streets move into small communities, each of which offers its own one-of-a-kind charms and captivating history. Visitors will discover an outdoor paradise: Lakes seem to overflow with a variety of fish, Woodlands are rife with wildlife and rivers flow unwaveringly across the landscape. In addition to myriad parks, hiking, hunting and fishing opportunities, the year-round, subtropical climate ensures that there is never a bad season to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors in the Lowndes County region.

Valdosta and its surrounding area offer a variety of recreational pastimes that range from urban experiences to backcountry settings. Whether you want to play a round of golf, waste the day away angling for a

record-breaker or simply relax and soak up the sun in a gorgeous natural setting, you will find the perfect opportunity in Valdosta and Lowndes County.

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In addition to five area golf courses, countless parks, several shooting ranges, gorgeous winding rivers and mystical swamplands, the region offers a variety of organized recreational sports leagues for men and women in multiple age divisions. Residents enjoy three-season softball, basketball, volleyball and a year-round tennis program. Valdosta also has a full range of athletic programs for young girls and boys, including baseball, softball, basketball, football, soccer and cheerleading. From card clubs and arts and crafts to dance classes, bowling, martial arts classes and the Senior Olympics, the region provides an array of activities that keep locals active and on the go – even the opportunity to travel as a community across the nation and the world with a Travel Club.

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Valdosta’s Azalea City Trail is a multi-use pathway constructed by the city to provide recreational opportunities for residents and a healthier alternative for commuters. The 12-foot-wide concrete path links the Valdosta State University campus with various city parks, neighborhoods, schools, dorms and shopping centers. The trail stretches for 2.7 miles from the Craig Center, a city park, to the Youth Complex, a sports and recreation facility owned and operated by the City of Valdosta. Locals and visitors alike do not have to travel far to experience the countless natural wonders of the Valdosta/Lowndes County Region. Outdoor adventurers can kayak or hike through a wetland or one of the areas many scenic rivers and trails located just minutes from downtown Valdosta. Nearby lakes offer swimming, boating and fishing, and with the Grand Bay Wetlands Center providing environmentally friendly outdoor and educational experiences, there’s no need to leave the state for an exciting or educational outdoor experience. Additionally, the three state parks in close proximity to Valdosta add to the already expansive local outdoor options with even more great hunting, fishing, hiking and camping opportunities. A popular local destination, Reed Bingham State Park is only an hour’s drive north of Valdosta. Reed has more than 40 campsites and a 375-acre lake that includes three boat ramps, a fishing pier and a marked swimming beach. Okefenokee State Park is a bit farther than an hour away, but well worth the drive. www.valdostachamber.com

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Upon arrival, visitors find themselves in the midst of a 400,000-acre refuge with magnificent forests, marshland and lakes. Boasting nationally recognized lakes teeming with more than 30 species of fish, Okefenokee is an angler’s paradise. Canoeing, kayaking and nine miles of hiking trails add to the adventure of this incomparable outdoor refuge. The Okefenokee is also a blackwater refuge for gators, endangered bird species and soft-shell turtles. It is accessible by 120 miles of paddling trails. Visitors also have the opportunity to sign up for an overnight guided paddling excursion through bog, cypress forests and animal habitats. Trip options range from one to five days. Just a little more than two hours south by car, the Apalachicola National Forest has four rivers and lakes for recreational boating and fishing. The forest also offers more than 10 hunting camps in addition to 39 miles of hiking trails, 172 miles of motorized trails, 68 miles of motorcycle trails and 182 miles of equestrian trails.

Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area is a 13,500-acre swamp partially located in Lowndes County. It contains the Grand Bay Wetlands Management Area and educational center. Popular for both locals and tourists, Grand Bay features a boardwalk, education rooms and an observation tower. The center also offers natural wetlands education programs, field trips and accredited teacher training. Grand Bay is part of an 18,000-acre wetlands complex of wooded swampland that pales in size only when compared to the Okefenokee Swamp. The area is open year-round, Saturday through Sunday, for outdoor sports including fishing, paddling, hiking, camping and hunting. It is also a popular spot for boaters and kayakers. A launch site for paddlers north of Valdosta leads through a dizzying array of natural habitats in the area. Boats are limited to 10 hp. Hikers can follow a 2,600-foot wooden boardwalk to a salvaged fire tower where hundreds of wood ducks nest in man-made boxes.

Additionally, there is a shorter three-mile hiking trail through the native pine flat woods that leads to a primitive camping area open on weekends. A list of Georgia’s truly beautiful scenic wonders would not be complete without including the Withlacoochee River. Originating north of Valdosta, it flows south along the Cook County line into Lowndes County, where it is joined by the Little River. Smaller and shaded along its northern branch, but curiously beautiful, the Withlacoochee is one of a handful of Coastal Plain rivers in which limestone ledges form. Another distinctive feature of the river is the occasional white sandbar on the insides of bends – perfect for swimming or primitive camping. The Withlacoochee River flows past the South’s most scenic swamplands, sandcovered beaches and limestone bluffs. A destination for novices and experienced paddlers, it is relatively easy to float. While there are several rapids and quite a few bends, the course is relatively easy to follow. ■

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ecognized as the educational, leisure, cultural and business hub of Southern Georgia, Valdosta boasts a wealth of amenities, attractions and natural beauty. The city’s excellent quality of life consistently draws visitors to return year after year. A winning combination of smalltown charm, Southern hospitality and bigcity conveniences, Valdosta is a great place to live, work and play.

park to cool off on those balmy South Georgia summer days. The park also offers several annual community events throughout the year, including boy scouts day, “All American Weekend” in the summer and special Halloween and winter holiday-themed events.

The 10th largest city in Georgia and also a thriving historic college town, Valdosta is conveniently located halfway between Orlando and Atlanta on I-75, Valdosta’s moderate southern climate is perfect for year-round activities. Wild Adventures Theme Park has been a fixture in Valdosta since 1996 and, like the rest of the city, has experienced rapid growth over the years. Wild Adventures has something for guests of all ages to enjoy, such as rollercoasters, exotic animal exhibits, live performances and a water

Often referred to as “Winnersville,” Valdosta is home to the “winningest” high school football team in the country, the Valdosta Wildcats. With high school football wins totaling over 800 and six state championships under its belt, Valdosta was dubbed “TitleTown USA” by ESPN in 2008. The city’s enduring commitment to community, tradition and success combined with the “never-quit attitude” of local athletes and residents exemplifies Valdosta’s “Winnersville” traits. Moody Air Force base is located a few miles northeast of Valdosta. A major employer

in the region, Moody AFB provides air support, protection and search and rescue operations aiding national security. Founded on the patriotic concerns of local residents looking to assist the growing national defense effort in 1940, the base now generates a tremendous amount of revenue for the region’s economy annually totaling over $300 million.

Valdosta State University, which opened as a two-year college for women in 1913, has grown into a regional university with over 11,000 students currently enrolled from across the U.S. and more than 60 countries. VSU offers more than 100 academic programs, including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Wiregrass Technical College started in 1963 and today has campuses in Valdosta, Fitzgerald, Douglas, and Sparks serving an 11-county area in South Georgia. The college offers more than 100 programs of study, including credit and noncredit courses, and distance learning options. Degree options include Technical Certificates of Credit, diplomas and associate degrees. With over 5,000 students enrolled from Wilcox, Ben Hill, Irwin, Coffee, Irwin, Berrien, Atkinson,

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LOCAL SPOTLIGHT Downtown Valdosta This year marks the 32nd anniversary for the Valdosta Main Street Program, however downtown Valdosta is much older than that.

But downtown Valdosta didn’t die as many of the other shopping areas did. Downtown has the power to recreate itself where the others never could recover. What makes downtown different is that it is not just a destination, it’s a community and a lifestyle.

From its 1860s beginnings, downtown Valdosta

Those who have discovered downtown Valdosta

was a center of commerce and government

know that it offers a wealth of unique shopping

for Lowndes County. During the early years

experiences, convenient access to the city and

churches, government buildings, stores and

county government, live theatre productions

residences began gathering together in and

and a multitude of restaurants that offer the

around the downtown area.

best dining around. The downtown offers

After World War II, America began the move to suburbia and from the 1970s through the 1990s, the shopping concept of the mall became popular. Valdosta’s mall opened in 1983 and instantly became popular. Shopping areas, such as downtown, began losing some of their businesses.

full-line salon and spa services, art and framing services, fine gifts, stylish jewelry and accessories, wedding gowns, professional photography, trendy clothing shops and more. You are invited to stroll thought the historic buildings, streets and alleys to enjoy the beauty of our historic downtown.

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The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts is just one example of the many culturally enriching opportunities available to residents. Located in downtown Valdosta, this premier regional arts center offers a wide assortment of art opportunities to residents of Valdosta and Lowndes and surrounding counties. Its six airy galleries offer a diverse selection of works by local and national artists in multiple limited exhibits. Two galleries house permanent collections, including an African art collection and an assortment of antique European fine porcelain. The center is a vital meeting place for community, business, social and nonprofit functions. Its gift shop features unique items created by local artists: one-of-akind pottery, jewelry, prints, stained glass and wood carvings.



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South Georgia Medical Center is just one of the many health care facilities in the Valdosta/Lowndes County region. Founded in 1955 as a small community hospital, SGMC has expanded along with the rest of the area to become a modern, multi-campus facility. Over the years, South Georgia Medical Center has also grown to achieve national recognition within the health care community. Boasting more than 25 state- and national-level awards for excellence in health care, SGMC is currently the largest private employer in Lowndes County and serves more than 350,000 residents in the bi-state area. â– 

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healthy pace while the costs of living and doing business remain competitive. To help new entrepreneurial businesses thrive, Valdosta will soon be home to a business incubator. A business incubator is just as it sounds – a nurturing environment for startup businesses to grow and thrive. The Chamber, Small Business Development Center and Valdosta State University are working together to determine the best location for a small business incubator for Valdosta. Much more than inexpensive office space, a business incubator provides the high tech-high/touch support that today’s knowledge-based businesses require

for success. Assistance in identifying target markets, conducting competitor intelligence, and getting the day-today support, oversight and advice from experienced business mentors can make the difference in whether a small business makes it past that “magic� two-years-inbusiness mark. “If we are going to meet our goal of growing jobs, especially for our technical college and university graduates, most of those jobs are going to come from homegrown entrepreneurs, many of whom are already in business and are ready to go to that next level,� said Chamber President Myrna Ballard.

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Through the incubator, business owners will also have access to several resources, including the Valdosta State University Small Business Development Center, The Valdosta Small Emerging Business (VSEB) Program and the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneurship Program at the SEEDS Business Resource Center. The Small Business Development Center provides one-on-one counseling, business plan development, classes, internet assistance and networking to service providers, funding sources and an index of federal, state and local resources to small business owners VSEB strives to equip local small businesses with the necessary tools to efficiently compete for government contracts, and to eliminate barriers to entry and build capacity for local small businesses. The SEEDS Business Resource Center provides current economic information for aspiring entrepreneurs, start-up businesses, existing businesses or residents looking for customized market data, industry profiles, demographic reports, competitor information, targeted sales leads and more. All services of the SEEDS Center are free of charge to anyone in the region. The Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute also helps companies, entrepreneurs, economic developers and communities improve their

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Economic growth Valdosta is home to a diverse mix of industry, manufacturing and logistics, and in the last several months has seen over $26 million in capital investments from existing industries creating over 150 new jobs. According to the Georgia County Guide, Lowndes County’s overall retail “pull factor” was the second highest in the entire state. Retail pull measures the regional market draw to a community. Since Valdosta is the county seat as well as the

largest city in Lowndes County with the greatest economic impact and home to more than 80 percent of the businesses located in Lowndes County, Valdosta is credited for these figures. Retail sales in Valdosta/Lowndes County exceed $3 billion annually. As the southernmost county in Georgia, Valdosta has the unique advantage of capitalizing on the economic benefits of Georgia while benefitting from short transportation times to Florida. The cost of doing business in Florida is a tremendous benefit to the local economy. There has been a significant amount of northern business migration. Site Selection magazine named the city the “third hottest metropolitan statistical area in the nation for industrial recruitment and

expansion.” Many of those businesses are coming from Florida. Getting to Valdosta is easy, thanks to the rail lines and I-75 corridor. The infrastructure has propelled Lowndes County’s status as a warehousing and logistics center. Lowe’s recently expanded its regional distribution center in Valdosta by 600,000 square feet to total more than 1.6 million square feet. FedEx also recently expanded its package-processing center by 40,000 square feet. Steeda Autosports, a leading seller of aftermarket parts for Ford Mustang, Focus and pickup trucks, decided to move its manufacturing and engineering division from Pompano Beach, Florida, to a $10 million, 100,000-square-foot facility in Valdosta.

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he Valdosta/Lowndes County region is positively abuzz with the sights, sounds and exponential growth of its thriving culture and arts community. A clear commitment to the arts is evident, from the preservation of historical entertainment venues to the cutting-edge art facilities at Valdosta State University. Founded in 1990, the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra contributes to both Valdosta’s culture and Valdosta State University’s academic mission. The orchestra’s membership is an eclectic blend of local residents, faculty members, students and carefully selected professionals from a multi-state region. Supported by a board of directors, the Valdosta Symphony Guild, VSU and corporate and individual patrons, the orchestra has become an integral facet of the cultural and artistic life of the region. The state-of-the-art Valdosta State University Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery is “committed to providing an artistic educational environment that serves a diverse student body and local

audience.” The gallery fills an otherwiseabsent niche in the Valdosta/Lowndes County region as a one-of-a-kind venue for exhibitions showcasing student artwork. Diverse exhibitions serve the entire regional community by providing cultural enrichment and expanded educational opportunities for everyone. Located in the VSU Fine Arts Building, the gallery has recently been completely renovated and updated with high-end lighting, sound and state-of-the-art video systems, climate control, security system and portable walls. The primary venue for visual art in Valdosta is the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts. The 17,000-squarefoot facility offers new exhibits every six weeks in six galleries. The works of local, regional, national and international artists are featured. Its permanent collections include an East African art collection and antique porcelain. The Roberta George Children’s Gallery features art by or for children. Community-centered programs include youth art camps, art classes, yoga and cooking classes.

Opened in 1941, the ‘Dosta Playhouse was a small one-screen movie theater in downtown Valdosta. It is one of only two remaining theaters from the Martin Theatre chain that still stand. After the last movie credits rolled, it was closed for several years, and later served as a furniture warehouse. The local arts center and community members cooperatively raised funds to restore the building to its original state.

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The original red marquee was preserved with the theater name standing out in black letters on each side, and neon lights line the marquee. The upstairs bathrooms and projection booth feature unique porthole windows. The historic balcony face bears the Martin Theatre logo in red, gold, and white.

Today the ‘Dosta Theatre is known as the ‘Dosta Playhouse and is home to Theatre Guild Valdosta. The Guild purchased the building in the 1990s and then later bought the adjacent buildings for expansion. The guild produces a total of six shows each year. Dinner is served at the four top

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT Valdosta Symphony Orchestra Conductor Howard Hsu Valdosta Symphony Orchestra Conductor Howard Hsu is the orchestra’s music director, and also currently serves as assistant

shows. The acting troop is quickly gaining popularity in the area and the old ‘Dosta Theatre is proudly once again a source of entertainment, culture and historical community pride. ■

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G o v ern m en t Welcome to Valdosta – a city without limits GOVERNMENT

Named Georgia’s first EntrepreneurFriendly Community and Georgia’s first “Cities of Excellence” for being one of the state’s “best managed and most livable cities” for quality-of-life issues, Valdosta is a vibrant and scenic city where southern charm meets 21st century innovation.

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Valdosta is the county seat of Lowndes County, Georgia – which also includes the cities of Hahira, Remerton, Lake Park and Dasher – and is the hub for the Valdosta Metropolitan Statistical Area, which was ranked 24th out of 363 MSAs across the country in regard to the health and vitality of locally owned businesses. Smart leadership and policymaking have ensured Valdosta’s continued growth throughout the difficult economic climate.

For the people, by the people The City of Valdosta operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The elected officials are the policy makers who establish a vision for our city, and together they hire the manager to carry out policy and ensure that all citizens are equitably served. The mayor and members of city council invite and encourage the citizens of the City of Valdosta to attend city council meetings whenever possible, because good government depends on the interest and involvement of citizens. City council meetings are held on the first and third Thursday following the first Sunday of each month, at 5:30 p.m., on the second floor of city hall, located at 216 E. Central Ave., in downtown Valdosta.

Customer-centered departments Valdosta’s customer-centered departments continue to effectively communicate with and serve our citizens with accessible leadership and a variety of information tools. Department staff are also partners in the greater community, with our employees investing their time and resources in over three dozen community organizations and nonprofits. www.valdostachamber.com

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Public information programs, such as the Valdosta City Government 101 Citizens Orientation, provide citizens with information about how city departments operate. Annually, this program puts 25 citizens face-to-face with city leadership in an exchange of information and allows them to tour government facilities. Valdosta 101 is one of several adult and youth education programs hosted by the city – Citizens Police Academy, Citizens Fire Academy and Valdosta Youth Council are other examples – all designed to give citizens of all ages a closer look at their local government. A number of graduates of these programs have utilized their experiences and knowledge gained to pursue public service opportunities, such as serving on local boards and commissions and other public offices.

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Valdosta has the area’s highest credentialed public safety agencies. The Valdosta Police Department is the area’s only internationally accredited, state-certified law enforcement agency. The ValdostaLowndes County Regional Crime Laboratory is the only internationallyaccredited local crime lab in Georgia. The Valdosta Fire Department in the only Class 1 ISO rated fire department in South Georgia.

Partners in serving Valdosta citizens participate in accomplishing the business of the city by serving on 22 boards, commissions, authorities and advisory committees. Interested applicants may view the vacancies from the city website and complete the required forms. The mayor and city council evaluate the applications and appoint individuals to the vacancies during city council meetings, at least four times a year.

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Contact the city In 2016, the City of Valdosta launched a new city website, a Valdosta Click ‘N Fix mobile app and an improved e-news publication, making communicating and sharing public information with citizens easier than ever before. Citizens may access these tools at www.valdostacity. com or contact Public Information Officer Sementha Mathews at (229) 259-3548. Metro 17 – Valdosta’s government access channel on Mediacom Channel 17 – also provides a variety of programming for citizens, which is also available on demand from the city’s YouTube channel. ■

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LOCAL SPOTLIGHT Councilman Tim Carroll Valdosta’s smart leadership is exemplified by City Councilman Tim Carroll who serves District 5 citizens.

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Now in his third term, Carroll is seeking new ways to improve his district and the City of Valdosta as a whole. “Our community continues to experience change. We cannot be afraid nor timid, but rather we must engage it. My goal is to be a community leader who works

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to ensure that these changes yield positive outcomes for our city and its citizens,” he said. With extensive experience in land usage and community planning, Carroll is no stranger to community service. He has served as chairman of the Valdosta Chamber of Commerce, as well as on the Chamber's Military Affairs Committee and numerous other community committees. Carroll is also a 1994 graduate of Leadership Lowndes. He has been a member of the Greater Lowndes Planning Commission and served on the board from 1993 to 1998.

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A savvy businessman, Carroll opened Farmers

1978, completed over 140 hours of municipal

Home Furniture in 1984 and currently

elected official training and graduated from the

manages store operations. He is a member

Georgia Academy for Economic Development

of the Valdosta/Lowndes Conference and

in 2010. Additionally, Carroll served on the

Tourism Authority Board, the South Georgia

City of Valdosta/Brownfield Grant Task Force,

Military Affairs Council, as well as the City

the Storm and Waste-Water Task Force and the

of Valdosta Banking and Audit Task Force.

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Air Valdosta Regional Airport is situated on 760 acres south of Valdosta and has three runways for commercial and general aviation use. Commercial air service is offered by Delta from Valdosta with daily flights connecting through Atlanta HartsfieldJackson International Airport. Delta has three arrivals and three departures per day six days per week and two arrivals and two departures on Saturday. Once in Atlanta, travelers can connect to hundreds of destinations worldwide. Jacksonville International airport is only 132 miles Southeast of Valdosta/Lowndes County and features eight major airlines.

Rail Valdosta/Lowndes County is served with rail services by CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads. Major metro markets that can be reached by a truck in one day include Atlanta, Orlando, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Tampa, Miami, Birmingham, Nashville, Tennessee Columbia, Jackson, Charlotte, Memphis, New Orleans and Lexington.

Water The Valdosta/Lowndes County connection to port facilities and state-of-the-art telecommunications network gives industry and businesses the advantage they need to succeed. Nearby freight ports include Savannah, Jacksonville, Brunswick and Bainbridge. â– 

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E du c a t i o n Valdosta City Schools Valdosta City Schools (VCS) is home to nearly 8,000 students attending 10 schools. The district has five elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, an early college academy and an alternative school. VCS is one of the top five employers in the Lowndes County community with over 1,100 employees. Elementary schools within the district are J.L. Lomax, Pinevale, Sallas Mahone, S.L. Mason and W.G. Nunn. Middle schools are Valdosta Middle and J.L. Newbern. The historic high school, Valdosta High, has maintained accreditation for over 100 years. Valdosta Early College Academy and Horne Learning Center each offer educational opportunities from sixth through 12th grade.

Valdosta High School is an International Baccalaureate school, one of only 26 in the state of Georgia. The district also provides Advancement via Individual Determination, advanced placement courses and Move on When Ready opportunities through Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, Valdosta State University and Georgia Military College. VCS was recently given District Accreditation by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission. The AdvancED accreditation team rated Valdosta City Schools well above world averages in all areas of evaluation. The district is also accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission. For more information, visit www.gocats. org and the YouTube Channel, GoVCSCats. Connect with VCS on Facebook (Valdosta City Schools), Twitter (GoValdostaCats) and Instagram (valdostacityschools).

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Lowndes High School graduation rate for the class of 2015 was 86.9 percent, and the school was recognized as a 2015 Advanced Placement STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) School, a 2015 AP STEM Achievement School and a 2015 AP Humanities School.

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Lowndes County’s nine private schools serve more than 1,500 students. With the largest enrollment of approximately 350 students, Valwood is an independent college preparatory school that has been serving families of pre-k to 12thgrade students in the Valdosta/Lowndes County region since 1969. Its rigorous academic program is based on the teaching and mastery of the foundational skills necessary for academic and personal success. Valwood graduates have earned admission to some of the finest colleges and universities in the country. Valdosta’s Highland Christian Academy is a Christian education institution founded in 1999. Highland Christian Academy exists to “educate and train students to engage their community and world with academic excellence and Christ-like character.” The Academy expects its students to engage their community, nation and world with a “Christ-like character and sharpened intellect.” Georgia Christian School is unique in many ways. The school is located on 36 acres of land with large oak trees and historic buildings. Former students have gone on to become small business owners, engineers, veterinarians, nurses and teachers. Georgia Christian understands that not everyone

wants to attend a four-year college, so it continues to offer a vocational diploma. Its goal is to help their students be prepared for whatever they may choose to do in life. St. John Catholic School has been providing quality education to Valdosta families for more than 70 years. St. John serves not only the Catholic community of South Georgia, but also welcomes students from all races, backgrounds and faiths. From its original enrollment of 34 students to its current enrollment of over 180, it is a leading private educator in the South Georgia region.

Higher education Valdosta State University boasts an enrollment of over 11,000 students from throughout the United States and 67 countries. With more than 100 areas of study and a student-to-faculty ratio of just 18:1, VSU is the perfect combination of advanced education in a laid back setting. The university is located in the heart of Valdosta on more than 160 acres. The campus boasts more than 85 historic buildings and offers student housing, an outdoor art collection, multiple dining halls and a student union featuring meeting space, a theater, game room and food court. Valdosta State University recently signed an agreement with West Georgia Technical College, simplifying the process of student transition between the two institutions of higher education. The Pathways Program agreement will allow West Georgia Technical College students with an Associate of Applied Science in the programs to maximize the transfer of credits in order to complete either a Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership, a Bachelor of Applied Science in human capital performance, or a Bachelor of Science in office administration and technology in two years or less at Valdosta State University.

Wiregrass Technical College campuses in Valdosta, Georgia, Fitzgerald, Douglas and Sparks serve 11 counties in South Georgia. The college’s mission is workforce development and it exists to meet the needs of students and the community through this mission. Wiregrass offers more than 100 programs of study, including credit and noncredit courses and distance learning options, continuing education courses for personal development and economic development courses to meet the professional development of individuals for business and industry. In addition, the college’s adult education program assists students who need to improve their basic skills or obtain their GED. Wiregrass provides students with handson educational experiences designed to prepare them to successfully enter, or to enhance the skills needed to advance in their chosen career. Through partnerships with many four-year colleges and universities, students are able to transfer their associate degree level courses if they choose to continue their formal education. Parents across the 11 counties have saved $2,164,744 in college tuition fees thanks to the Move On When Ready program (MOWR) offered at Wiregrass. MOWR allows high school students to take academic degree-level courses that will transfer to any Technical College System of Georgia or University System of Georgia school, or occupational courses and diploma-level core courses. All college coursework taken through MOWR is fully covered through MOWR funding, and students are required to pay out of pocket for tuition, college fees or textbooks. The only fees students may be responsible for are course-specific fees determined by the college. No hours taken through the MOWR program will count towards a student’s HOPE Grant or Scholarship Caps. ■

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LOCAL SPOTLIGHT Valdosta Early College Academy Several years ago, VSU’s College of Education and Human Services collaborated with Valdosta Schools to come up with solutions to address the high drop-out and low college

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enrollment rates in the region. The result is known as the Valdosta Early College Academy. The program has received national recognition for excellence in education. The original goal of VECA was to start with

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one group of sixth-graders and implement accelerated approaches to their education on VSU’s campus. Each year, two sixth-grade classes are accepted. The intended population for VECA includes low income, first-generation college students with “potential for success.” The students become actual members of the VSU campus community with access to university resources. VECA students are required to be dedicated, hard working and put forth the effort necessary to achieve their potential. “The first two years the students came to the campus and had class,” said Dr. Brian Gerber, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Valdosta State University who collaborated on the project. “The school buses dropped the kids off right in front of our building, and the kids came in here and spent

Staff members and faculty acknowledged it

In 2010, VECA moved from the college campus

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increase graduation rates for the students,

City Schools. Ensuring a continued involvement

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gone on to college. “Right from day one

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education,” Gerber said. Many of those early

classes in lots of our schools.” Several

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success. VECA students repeatedly perform significantly better than their counterparts on

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“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 Open Bible Christian School offers classes for all grades K3 thru 12. We are accredited by the Georgia Association of Christian Schools. Phone - (229) 244-6694 • Fax - (229) 244-1687 3992 N. Oak St. Ext. • Valdosta, GA 31605 www.openbiblechristianschool.org

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oody Air Force Base has been a key facet of the Valdosta/ Lowndes County region and economy for decades. Since its inception in 1941, the base has contributed to the area’s economic development and has become a valuable asset to creating jobs, and improving the economy and labor force within its surrounding communities. Located 30 miles north of the Florida border and 10 miles northeast of the City of Valdosta on Georgia Highway 125, the base opened in 1941 when the U.S. War Department was granted exclusive use of the land by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Valdosta Airfield opened in September 1941 and was renamed Moody Army Airfield that December in honor of Major George Putnam Moody, an early Air Force pioneer who died in the line of duty on May 5, 1941, while serving with the Beech Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas. Moody was working on the AT-10 transitional trainers, which were later sent to the air force base.

Lt. Col. Sam Milam, 75th Fighter Squadron commander, taxis his A-10C Thunderbolt II to its new home at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Aug. 7. This aircraft is the first of approximately 50 upgraded A-10Cs moving to Moody as a part of a base realignment. The move is expected to be complete in early spring 2008 as aircraft are converted from A-10A to A-10C models. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Parker Gyokeres

Moody AFB is home to the 23rd Wing, which organizes, trains and employs combat-ready A-10Cs, HC-130P/ Js, HH-60Gs, Guardian Angel and support personnel. The wing consists of approximately 5,500 military members and civilians including geographically separated units in Nevada, Florida and Arizona that execute worldwide operations providing close air support and rescue capabilities. With nearly $400 million in positive annual economic impact on the local community, Moody aids in national security as well as the strong financial security necessary for

businesses to thrive. The base accounts for over 5,000 active duty personnel, with their dependents and civilian employees making up another 5,000. Currently, the Air Force’s only low-level ground strike aircraft, are stationed at Moody AFB. In a speech before the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. in February, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter stated that “the A-10 “Warthog” fighter has been “devastating” in its use against ISIS and would be kept for at least another six years pending its replacement with a new aircraft.”

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Designed as a “tank buster,” the A-10 entered service in the 1970s to provide air support for ground targets. The Warthogs have been modernized several times over the years, including the addition of autopilot systems, inertial navigation, and a ground collision alert system. In 2014, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed retiring the fleet of tank-killer planes for an estimated savings of over $3 billion over five years. The Department of Defense eventually plans to replace the A-10 with the modern F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The first A-10s were delivered to Moody Air Force Base in 2007. Approximately 75 “Warthogs” are currently assigned to Moody. ■

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he City of Valdosta is fortunate to have a diverse mix of business and industry that contributes to the overall makeup of the workforce, provides jobs for local citizens and continues to expand the local economy. The city is the economic, service, professional, retail, health care and tourism hub for a multi-county region that produces goods such as forestry products, pecans, specialty automotive parts and water crafts, and is a fertile ground for other major sectors such as education, health care and construction, as well as professional, technical and social services. The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce serves as a unifying force and central meeting place to enhance the social, economic and cultural well-being of the residents and regional community it serves. The Chamber “seeks to accomplish its mission by being the voice of business

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within the community; by addressing economic, political and quality of life issues, and through a selective business plan to achieve attainable community goals.� In addition to providing a historically beautiful venue for shopping, dining and entertainment, the Valdosta Main Street office manages the process of revitalizing downtown utilizing the Main Street Approach, a unique preservationbased organizing framework of good design, economic vitality, organization and promotional practices that revitalize the downtown district by leveraging local assets. The Valdosta Main Street Program is a part of a nationwide movement through the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation that has spanned three decades and taken root in more than 2,000 communities – a movement that has spurred $56 billion in reinvestment

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in traditional commercial districts. The people who make up Main Street America are passionate advocates, dedicated volunteers, influential stakeholders and community organizers who work every day to turn the tide in their communities — catalyzing reinvestment, creating jobs and fostering pride of place.

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In the years since the $12 million downtown streetscape project was completed in the late 1990s, public/ private investments in the historic, vibrant downtown totaled over $50 million, and the heart of the city is home to over 8,200 jobs. In addition, a five-story, 125room Wyndham Garden Hotel project is underway that includes a rooftop restaurant, lounge, conference space and green space that can be used

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for community events. This $12 million hotel project is expected to spur growth in downtown Valdosta and encourage future economic development in the heart of the city. Valdosta’s tourism industry is anchored by over 4,000 hotel rooms, generating nearly 900,000 sold-rooms annually with annual gross lodging sales of approximately $60 million. According to the state of Georgia, those room nights and hotel sales generate total revenue of $256 million from hotel guests alone, over $526 million in expenditures from tourists and visitors annually, and when added to those who reside in the region and come to Valdosta for dining, retail and entertainment, the total revenues from nonresidents is $1.58 billion annually.

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The James H. Rainwater Conference Center is a prized jewel for the City of Valdosta. The 47,000-square-foot complex is a beehive of activity year-round. For the last fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, the center played host to 409 events that generated an estimated $6.65 million in economic impact for the area. The facility was just shy of 46,000 attendees at various events comprising over 62,000 attendee days with some attendees visiting for more than one day. Approximately 17 percent of those guests traveled from outside the area to attend conferences. Attendance for the year was up 25 percent over last year. More events with more people coming to them. That’s exactly what the Conference Center is here for and it is meeting its mission of being a positive factor in the area’s economic development. ■

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LOCAL SNAPSHOT Top Valdosta Employers Top Valdosta employers include Moody Air Force Base, South Georgia Medical Center, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, Valdosta State University and Wild Adventures Theme

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Valdosta State University, with over 11,000 students, 2,600 faculty and staff, is one of only two regional universities in the state of Georgia and has an annual economic impact of $350 million on the community and local economy. Students come from all 159 counties in Georgia, from all 50 states and from multiple countries around the world.

Wild Adventures Theme Park, a Herschend Family Entertainment owned facility, is a destination for families, drawing visitors from all over the United States. A large visitor

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populations comes from communities within a three-hour radius in Georgia, Florida and Alabama, such as Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville and Tallahassee, Florida.

Not only is Wiregrass Georgia Technical College serving Lowndes County by providing employers with educated and skilled workers, but the college’s economic development department is also directly impacting the communities served by providing continuing education for established industries. In 2015 the college served 71 companies, provided 93,309 total training hours and served 3,549 students. In 2015 Wiregrass’ enrollment was 5,469 students across the 11 counties. In Valdosta, the college served 338 students who started GED classes. Wiregrass students mainly come from the 11 counties served: Wilcox, Ben Hill, Irwin, Coffee, Irwin, Berrien, Atkinson, Cook, Lanier, Lowndes, Brooks and Echols. Wiregrass

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dates, times and locations is available on SGMC’s website, www.sgmc.org. For more information or to register for a program by phone, call Community Health Promotions at (229) 433-1074.

Growing healthy together with SGMC

Smoking cessation

At South Georgia Medical Center, its campuses and affiliates, nothing is more important than your health. SGMC not only strives to offer the best medical care in the region, but also to provide programs to keep you healthy. Often, the medical center collaborates with community partners to achieve maximum results.

Ready to quit smoking? SGMC provides the American Lung Association’s “Freedom from Smoking” program at no cost to area tobacco users. Call (229) 433-1074 to register for an upcoming session.

SGMC’s programs offer something for everyone in the community. SGMC’s highly trained staff is committed to providing the know-how to increase your family’s personal health and wellness to make the region healthier. A list of classes, programs,

The “Freedom from Smoking” program is eight sessions long and uses a positive behavior-change approach to help participants quit and become nonsmokers for good. Participants learn how to deal with recovery, control weight, manage stress and fight those urges to go back to smoking.

Sessions are offered at SGMC’s main campus in Valdosta, SGMC Berrien Campus in Nashville and SGMC Lanier Campus in Lakeland.

Cardiac rehab If you are diagnosed with cardiac disease, SGMC is offers cardiac rehabilitation services that are certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Cardiac rehabilitation programs help people with cardiovascular problems, such as heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, chronic chest pain or angioplasty, recover faster and improve their overall quality of life. Cardiac rehab includes exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families. It is an important component of the complete continuum of care available locally at SGMC’s Dasher Memorial Heart Center.

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Anyone whose physician recommends a program of exercise can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation. SGMC cardiac rehab encourages lifestyle modifications that help reduce the risk of recurrent cardiac problems. There are three phases to the program, which begin during an inpatient stay and conclude with supervised exercise at the YMCA. Heart health is too important to take for granted. For more information, contact SGMC’s cardiac rehab at (229) 245-6211.

Behavioral health for senior citizens SGMC wants to bring awareness and help the community address the behavioral health needs of aging citizens. Affecting nearly 5.4 million Americans, Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. Early diagnosis provides the best opportunities for treatment and support. The SGMC’s Dogwood Senior Health Center is here to help. Located in Nashville, Georgia, at the SGMC’s Berrien Campus, Dogwood provides inpatient care for seniors with behavioral health issues, as well as free, quarterly education for caregivers and seniors on the signs and symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Call the SGMC Dogwood Senior Health Center for more information at (229) 433-8680.

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Cancer education and support The Pearlman Cancer Center is recognized for excellence by state and national organizations. These awards and accolades are made possible because of the dedication and progressive thinking of the PCC affiliated physicians and staff. Several support groups are offered: Best Buddies is a support group for breast cancer survivors. It is held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the Pearlman Cancer Center conference room. Look Good…Feel Better for Ladies is a free workshop dedicated to helping female cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. It is held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on the second

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Since 1966, CuraCare: Public Health Home Health & Personal Support Services has been providing health care services at home, to hundreds of patients and their families in Valdosta, GA and the surrounding areas. CuraCare: Public Health Home Health & Personal Support Services 3169 Inner Perimeter Road Valdosta, GA 31602

Monday of each month at the Pearlman Cancer Center. Preregistration is required; call (229) 249-5444. Head & Neck Support Group provides education and support tailored specifically to patients being treated for head and neck cancers. It is held from 2 to 3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Pearlman Cancer Center. Registration is required; call (229) 259-4630. CLIMB! (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery) provides emotional support to school-age children whose parent or primary caregiver has been diagnosed with cancer. This six-week emotional support group is held at the Pearlman Cancer Center. Registration is required; call (229) 249-5444.

Nurses on call 24 hours a day Phone: 229-253-1242 Fax: 229-253-1151 Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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We believe that every life is precious. Our desire is to help families create special and personalized tributes for their loved ones. We help families understand the options they have and design memorials that meet their need to honor and remember their loved one. Carson McLane Funeral Home 2215 N Patterson Street Valdosta, GA 31602 229-242-5544 info@mclanecares.com

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Diabetes education & support

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South Georgia since 1979

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SGMC’s Diabetes Management Center (DMC) provides evaluation, treatment and education on diabetes and diabetesrelated conditions including Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes in a non-emergency outpatient setting. The team at DMC consists of affiliated endocrinologist Dr. Jennifer Lawrence, a physician assistant, nurse practitioners, certified diabetes nurse educators and a registered dietitian. A free support group, Life with Diabetes, usually meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at SGMC Outpatient Plaza. The public is welcome to attend.

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• Short and Long-Term Rehabilitation • Care Management • Community Services and Adult Day Care • Single Source Solutions for Multiple Patient Services

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Diabetes Management Center is located at 3018 North Patterson Street, Valdosta. For more information, call (229) 433-7200.

Be proactive about your health SGMC, its campuses and affiliates care about your health and encourage you to engage in a proactive program of health and wellness. These programs are just a few of the medical center’s total offerings. For more information, call (229) 433-1074 or visit www.sgmc.org. ■

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epeat visitors and residents know Valdosta is more than a pit stop on the road to Orlando or Atlanta. Planning a visit to Valdosta is easy. Deciding how to divide your time among the many attractions and offerings is the hard part.

Get wild

One of Valdosta’s most popular attractions is Wild Adventures Theme Park. Part amusement park, part zoo, part waterpark, Wild Adventures and the attached Splash City Water Park offer something for everyone. Adrenaline-spiking rollercoasters, informational animal exhibits and relaxing private cabanas are just a few of the amenities guests enjoy during their visit.

Enjoy the great outdoors

Hit the links

Sporting and outdoor enthusiasts will have no trouble filling a day (or a week) with exciting adventures. The Valdosta/ Lowndes County region is surrounded by diverse natural features that offer a plethora of sporting opportunities regardless of the season. Hiking and kayaking through the Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area, angling on one of the region’s numerous lakes or streams or camping out under the stars at one of the area’s state parks are just a sampling of the many exciting outdoor adventure options available to visitors year round.

Those who want to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather at a slightly slower pace will enjoy spending time at one of Valdosta’s well-appointed golf courses. Kinderlou Forest Golf Club was designed by Davis Love III. It offers generous fairways; knowledgeable staff, a wellstocked pro shop and 18 holes spread out over 77,000 yards. The nearby Kinderlou Inn and locally-owned Austin’s Cattle Co. restaurant offer easy access to a cold beer, a perfectly cooked steak and a warm bed after a long day on the links. Kinderlou Forest hosts the annual prestigious Web. com PGA tournament. Stone Creek Golf Club’s 18 holes span more than 6,700 well-maintained yards. Stone Creek’s impeccable grounds, knowledgeable staff and famous southern dishes served daily at the golfers’ grill have made it one of the most popular golf courses in the area.

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At Valdosta Country Club, golf members and guests enjoy 27 challenging holes designed by world-renowned architects Joe Lee and Bobby Weed. The course was carved out of the South Georgia woodlands and pines that once encompassed the Cherokee Plantation during the Civil War. Its three distinctive nines (Bottom, Plantation, Bellemeade) create three challenging 18-hole, par 72 courses using four sets of tees that offer yardages ranging from 5,100 to 6,900 yards providing a challenge for all skill levels.

in 1899 to meet the housing needs of the Strickland Cotton Mill workers, Remerton was later officially incorporated as a mill town. Currently, the preserved houses of the historic village have found new life as shops, restaurants and boutiques.

The 18-hole Francis Lake course at the Francis Lake Golf Club facility in Lake Park, Georgia, features 6,714 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72.

Venture into the past For history buffs, Valdosta’s Crescent House offers informational tours of the historic house and surrounding property. The house joins several others in Valdosta on the national historic register. The house is named for its semi-circular patio supported by 13 columns, representing each of the original American colonies. It is currently the location of the Garden Club of Valdosta. The estate’s grounds boast scenic and fragrant gardens, an octagonal schoolhouse, a small chapel and an activity room. Completely surrounded by the City of Valdosta, Remerton Historic Mill Village is distinctly a town-within-a-town. Built

On stage For those looking to inject a bit of drama into their visit to Valdosta, the Peach State Summer Theater fits the bill. Each summer, a company of about 60 actor-

singers, dancers, technicians, managers and creators reside in Valdosta for a 10-week season. During that time, they rehearse, build and present three musicals in rotating repertory. This summer’s program includes a production of Disney’s “Beauty & the Beast,” “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” a jazz-infused tale of bootlegging and betrayal set against the backdrop of the Prohibition era.

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familiar with Valdosta’s convenient 24-hour Walmart Supercenter. The Valdosta Mall also boasts a broad range of shops from Aeropostale to Zales. Downtown Valdosta features many unique shops, including antique dealers, home décor stores, jewelers, fashion boutiques, flowers shops and folk art and photography studios. City Market is a unique department store featuring boutique-style gifts and goods for all occasions. TOURIS M

Grab a bite After a day of exciting adventures, driving and shopping, fast-food eateries such as Jersey Mike’s Subs, Chik-fil-A and McDonalds offer a variety of dining options to suit any budget or appetite. For those seeking a sit-down meal, Valdosta offers several options that range from casual to upscale. Award-winning Steel Magnolias and Smokin’ Pig BBQ offer traditional southern fare. For those looking for exotic eats, Mori Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar has a hibachi grill as well as a sushi menu. Taverns like The Wooden Nickel Pub offer unique ambiance and spirits.

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Covington’s and 306 North are two of Valdosta’s most popular restaurants. Locally owned and operated by the same family for more than 30 years, the restaurants feature a mix of southern sophistication in a casual environment. Using locally-sourced ingredients, owners Stan, Sue and Amy Cox strive to provide great food including fresh produce, cheeses and farm-raised meats. Covington’s also features a catering menu and event planning services. Daily specials include homemade soups and salads.

On the farm To experience life at a slower pace and closer to the earth, plan a visit to Raisin’ Cane, a produce market and agri-tourism business located in Lowndes County. The market hosts fresh, local produce, fresh baked breads, casseroles and many other food and gift items. Raisin’ Cane is a family effort of the Ken Corbett family. Ken and Kim Corbett operate a farm in Lake Park. Their three children all work full-time for the family farm as well. Visitors to Raisin’ Cane will “experience agriculture” by touring a real working farm and learning where their food comes from. There are also many activities for families to enjoy at Raisin’ Cane, including hay rides, a corn maze, Little-ville and farm animals. ■ www.valdostachamber.com

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round out the diverse assortment of accommodations available in the city and surrounding region. Valdosta/Lowndes County students, families, and retirees enjoy a wealth of housing options such as high-end, gated rental properties and natural amenities such as an abundance of beautiful outdoor and recreational spaces. In fact, more than 60 percent of Valdosta residents live within walking distance of a park. Added to the year-round warm, Southern Georgia climate, it’s no wonder students, retirees and families have relocated to the Valdosta region. Combining unique, modern design elements with carefully preserved classic

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architecture, downtown loft living blends history with contemporary features. Downtown Valdosta delivers a true, vibrant downtown experience, complete with apartments, nearby retail businesses, restaurants, office space, cultural institutions and public art. When it comes to rentals, the possibilities are almost endless in the Valdosta/Lowndes County region. From tidy apartments, modern condos and detached houses to townhomes, and urban lofts, the Valdosta region offers a wealth of rental choices. Valdosta renters also have the advantage to choose between newly constructed dwellings or buildings bursting with historical charm.

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Valdosta features three golf course communities that are quite popular with both retirees and young families. Twenty years ago, a team of architects and planners transformed a cattle ranch into a residential utopia with 700 beautiful homes situated against an idyllic backdrop including a lake and an 18-hole golf course lined with mossdraped live oaks. Although it’s located right off I-75, Stone Creek feels like an island paradise. Residents enjoy golfing and fishing without having to leave the neighborhood. For those who appreciate tradition, the smooth rhythm and deep roots of the century-old Valdosta Country Club are irresistible. Sports like golf and swimming in the Olympic-sized pool, as well as

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socializing, have always been mainstays of the community. With the club’s emphasis on family and enduring focus on modernization, living at the Valdosta Country Club feels as fresh and welcome as a cold one at the golfers’ grill after a long day on the links. Kinderlou Forest is a modern and luxurious gated community offering both expansiveness and quality in homes and amenities. Shaded streets lined with beautiful homes surround an 18-hole championship golf course designed by PGA professional Davis Love III.



Valdosta’s treasured history and community spirit ensure that whether it’s a college student in need of an apartment within walking distance to VSU, a family seeking a friendly neighborhood, or a retiree searching for the perfect round of golf, the Valdosta region offers it. Friendly and affordable, Valdosta, Georgia is a great place for everyone to call home. ■

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he word “community” implies people living together: unified in their commitment toward common goals. This implied definition of community exemplifies the culture of faith and worship in Valdosta and the surrounding regions. Dr. Bob Moon assumed the duties of pastor at First United Methodist Church in Valdosta in 2009. Born in India to United Methodist missionary parents, Moon said his Indian education also carries over into his personal ideology and sermons: “Growing up overseas, I have always been convinced we need to break down racial and denominational barriers.” www.valdostachamber.com

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Rabbi Moshe Elbaz leads one of only a few synagogues left in the southeastern U.S. Temple Israel serves most of the Jewish community in Southern Georgia. While the congregation consists primarily of Conservative and Reform Jews, the Rabbi was educated in the Orthodox tradition, which makes this the temple unique. Although Valdosta has had Jewish settlers since 1841, it was not until the early 20th century that a Jewish community was formally established. The whole community threw its weight behind several fundraising ideas, and in 1919 construction began on the first Temple Israel. The building was dedicated in 1920. Since its inception, Temple Israel has maintained an active presence in the Valdosta community. The original Temple Israel stood for almost 40 years until the new and modern Temple Israel was built in 1960.

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Women have been at the foundation of the Valdosta Jewish community throughout history. Jewish women raised enough money for the first synagogue to be built, and maintain the temple and its grounds. Temple Israel currently has its largest congregation to date. It has become one of the few places for families in smaller surrounding towns to attend holy days and participate in the Jewish community. In a pure example of the culture and pluralism of Valdosta, worshipers of diverse faiths gather under the blazing

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Georgia sun every May in Valdosta for an interfaith worship. Last year’s gathering began with a spiritual on the guitar by Nephtali Santiago. Next, speakers representing a variety of beliefs offered prayers on a common theme of unity. Dr. Theresa Thompson of the local Buddhist Tibetan study group explained how the prayers of Buddhism are for “all sentient beings.” Rabbi Moshe Elbaz of Temple Israel sang a prayer in Hebrew. “We come to this event because we recognize that before we are anything else ... we are all human,” said the Rev. Floyd Rose of Serenity Church. The City of Valdosta is a multi-faceted mosaic pieced together by the history, culture, experiences, and beliefs of many people. Going forward, Valdosta seeks to strengthen the diversity that reveals its inherent beauty. Deacon David Lasseter of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church said he could “remember when such an interfaith gathering would have been impossible, in days of not only hatred but ignorance.” ■

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he Valdosta/Lowndes County region has several dedicated local initiatives, organizations and programs in place to promote the beautification and increase the energy efficiency of the surrounding communities. The City of Valdosta offers curbside recycling service in addition to weekly trash collection. Valdosta was also named Georgia’s “Smart Energy Municipality of the Year” by the Technology Association of Georgia for its “consistent energy saving initiatives and efforts to serve its residents and promote economic growth through sustainable and smart energy.” For example,

Valdosta offers two compressed natural gas pump stations available for trucks utilizing this clean-energy source. Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful (KLVB) organizes a number of cleanups and recycling events throughout the year. Its signature event is The Great American Cleanup, a community improvement and litter prevention program held in the spring. The organization also will participate in two cleanup days for the annual Make-A-Difference Day. Rivers Alive is Valdosta’s annual fall volunteer waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in the region,

including rivers, lakes, streams, beaches and wetlands, and is sponsored by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division Outreach Program. Children learn how their waste affects the earth and how they can help at the annual Magic of Recycling program, a highlight of KLVB’s annual fall electronics recycling program. The show, which coincides with America Recycles Day, draws about 5,000 local students. The City of Valdosta Public Works Department hosts two annual electronics recycling events that provide citizens with a simple solution to dispose of broken and outdated electronics. Annually, the city collects around 30,000 pounds of electronics. Since the inception of the e-cycling events in 2006, the city has diverted over 240 tons of electronic waste from landfills. ■

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Fowler, Holley, Rambo & Stalvey, P.C. Curtis Fowler 3208 Wildwood Plantation Dr. Valdosta, GA 31605 (229) 244-1559 cfowler@valdostacpa.com www.valdostacpa.com Our commitment to personal, professional and educational growth assures our clients that we will stay one step ahead in the areas of financial planning, taxation, auditing, accounting, management services and succession planning.

Lee & Associates Accountants 601 N. Ashley St. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 247-1040 admin@leeassoc.net We are a small local accounting firm specializing in individual and small business clients. Our CPAs and Enrolled Agents provide clients with customized assistance ranging from bookkeeping services, payroll, start-up services, and tax planning

Gary R. Zeigler, P.C. Gary R. Zeigler 609 N. Patterson St. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 244-3262 gary@grzeiglercpa.com www.grzeiglercpa.com An established professional service firm providing a full range of tax, audit, accounting, advisory, financial, and business consulting services.

Advertising Fairway Outdoor Mike Coleman 369 Enterprise Dr. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 219-4489 mike.coleman@fairwayoutdoor.com http://fairwayoutdoor.com

Georgia Printco, LLC Sheldon Hurst 90 S. Oak St. Lakeland, GA 31635 (229) 482-3428 shurst2@georgiaprintco.com www.georgiaprintco.com Georgia Printco is an award-winning provider of magnificent displays that are used as signs, banners, advertisements, and decorative purposes.

Agricultural Chemicals

DuPont Crop Protection Aneesha Johnson 2509 Rocky Ford Rd. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 242-8635 www.dupont.com DuPont Crop Protection is partnering with growers today to meet the needs of tomorrow. Their experiences help us create insect, weed and disease control solutions that improve crop yield and quality.

Waller Heating & Air Conditioning Bill Slaughter 405 N. St. Augustine Rd. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 244-1200 bswaller@bellsouth.net http://wallerhvac.com No matter how big or small your project may be, our experienced technicians are ready and willing to get started. You’ll never have a reason to doubt the work we leave behind.

Air Craf t Sales & Services

Valdosta Flying Service, Inc. William Lewis 2626 Madison Hwy. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 242-3175 valdostaflying@bellsouth.net http://vfs.aero Fixed Base Operation at the Valdosta Regional Airport (KVLD). In addition to refueling services, we offer aircraft rental, flight instruction, pilot supplies, aircraft storage and aeronautical chart sales.

Apartments/Condominiums

The Links Apartments Lindsay Huffstuttler, Danette Fender 3715 N. Valdosta Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 333-0999 thelinks@invmgt.com www.thelinksapartments.com Located in beautiful Valdosta, GA, The Links offers a lifestyle of carefree living with beautiful, affordable and spacious apartment homes. We offer peace of mind with controlled access gates and video monitoring.

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The Residences at Five Points Tabatha McGee 100 Garden Dr. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 293-7317 live@fivepointsapts.com www.fivepointsapts.com LUXURY...LOCATION...LIFESTYLE‌ this is our motto at The Residences at Five Points. Conveniently located near Moody AFB, VSU, & SGMC in the emerging Five Points area, you will love to Thrive at Five!

Agricultural Consulting

Landis International 3185 Madison Hwy. Valdosta, GA 31603-5126 (229) 247-6472 www.landisintl.com LANDIS INTERNATIONAL, INC. has been serving the agricultural industry since it was founded in 1982 with extensive experience in all of the agricultural disciplines including research and regulatory fields.

Air Conditioning Contractors Valdosta Mechanical Company Kim Howell 1810 E. Park Ave. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 242-5670 kim@valdostamechanical.net www.valdostamechanical.net

The Gardens 3531 Club Villas Dr. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 242-9372 thegardens@invmgt.com www.thegardensvaldosta.com If value is a consideration in your search for a new home then look no further! The Gardens takes great pride in providing new and innovative lifestyles, free from the everyday worries of owning a home

Spring Chase Apartments Margaret Fountain 1601 Norman Dr. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 247-8472 sprchase@bellsouth.net www.springchaseapartments.com Located approximately 20 minutes from Moody Air Force Base and within walking distance of all the finer restaurants, as well as, the Colonial Mall. We are also only seven short minutes from Valdosta State University.

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Fellowship Home at Brookside, Inc. John LaHood 470 Fellowship Home Ln. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 244-9200 john@fellowshiphome.net www.fellowshiphome.net Our goal is to provide superior, family-style care in a Christian environment for seniors who may require assistance with their activities of daily living

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Moody Law Firm, LLC Walter D. Moody 701 Baytree Rd., Ste. C Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 232-4873 walt@moodylawfirm.net www.moodylawfirm.net A full-service estate planning law firm. We believe estate planning is a process designed to improve the quality of life for your loved ones.

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Law Office of Paul W. Hamilton, LLC Paul W. Hamilton 2918 N. Oak St., Ste. C Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 232-8056 brittney@paulwhamilton.com http://paulwhamilton.com We have the experience to see you through the complexities of our legal system. Whatever your need may be, we will always do our best to exceed your expectations.

Ameris Bank Michael T. Lee 3140 Inner Perimeter Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 241-2851 michael.lee@amerisbank.com www.amerisbank.com At Ameris Bank, our customers and the community are always at the center of everything we do. From big-ticket decisions to every-day services, we’re committed to serving our neighbors in Valdosta

Southwest Georgia Bank Mr. Jeff Hanson 3500 N. Valdosta Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 244-4444 jeff.hanson@sgfc.com www.sgfc.com Southwest Georgia Bank offers comprehensive financial services to consumer, business, and governmental customers. The bank serves Lowndes, Colquitt, Tift, Worth, and Baker Counties in Georgia.

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John’s Body Shop, Inc. John Manning 703 E. Hill Ave. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 247-8698 johnsbodyshop@bellsouth.net

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Valdosta State University — Community/Regional Relations Keith Warburg 1500 N. Patterson St. Valdosta, GA 31698 (229) 333-7444 jwwarburg@valdosta.edu www.valdosta.edu Valdosta State University offers the best of both worlds — the extensive academic, cultural, and social opportunities of a major university and the small classes and close personal attention found at smaller institutions.

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Earl Copeland Garage, Inc. Earl Copeland 1000 N. Ashley St. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 242-5795 earl@earlcopelandgarage.com www.earlcopelandgarage.com Earl Copeland Garage, Inc. was built on simple downhome principles: Treat the customer right, fix it right the first time and always strive to be the best in our field.

NE-RO Tire & Brake Svc. Elaine Strickland 2311 S. Patterson St. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 244-8353 estrickland1@mediacombb.net www.neecetire.com We specialize in providing our customers with the latest technology in auto repairs and tires, but not at the latest prices. Yancey Brothers Danny West 2966 Hwy. 84 W. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 242-8610 danny_west@yanceybros.com

Citizens Community Bank Tim Jones P.O. Box 3788 Valdosta, GA 31604 (229) 242-2225 tjones@citizenscommunitybank.net www.citizenscommunitybank.net 24-hour ATM services. Lobby hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Drive-in hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

First State Bank & Trust Co. — Inner Perimeter Bill Cowart 3650 Inner Perimeter Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 242-5725 billcowart@fsbtc.com www.fsbtc.com Drive-up Service, Mortgage, Brokerage, Insurance, Trust, Private Banking, Loan Originator.

America’s Home Place Mark Mashburn 282-B Norman Dr. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 245-8560 markm@americashomeplace.com www.americashomeplace.com With more than 40 building centers in 12 states, America’s Home Place maintains a wide-reaching service area to bring new home construction from all walks of life.

Quillian Powell Construction Co., Inc. Quillian Powell 308 Tucker Rd. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 245-0838 info@quillianpowell.com www.quillianpowell.com It is our goal to provide the highest quality construction at the most competitive price and to implement the principles of strong leadership, ethical business practices, and uncompromising standards of safety and quality.

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Scruggs Concrete Company R. S. Ingram 807 River St. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 242-1170 info@scruggsconcrete.com http://scruggsconcrete.com This is what drives us at Scruggs Concrete; knowing that what we do plays a small part in making the extraordinary communities where we live.

Slone Associates, Inc. William L. Stone 835 Gil Harbin Industrial Blvd. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 244-6709 wslone@sloneassoc.com www.sloneassoc.com A Georgia-based company, Slone Associates, Inc. is a professional firm providing facilities construction, environmental and infrastructure construction and facilities management services.

Southern Builders Supply Terry C. Hurst 1301 Madison Hwy. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 242-4750 thurst@southernbuilderssupply.com http://southernbuilderssupply.com Southern Builders Supply is a full line building supply store for the commercial and residential building contractor, as well as the do-it-yourself customer.

Air Methods John Wilkinson 160 Ridgeview Dr. Newnan, GA 30263 (678) 371-5512 jwilkinson@airmethods.com www.airmethods.com Air methods is dedicated to air medical transport, focusing on quality of care to patients & safety in aviation.

Brookfield Academy Stacie Dean 409 Brookfield Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 253-1329 staciedean@brookfield-academy.com http://brookfield-academy.com Brookfield Academy provides a secure, nurturing, and educational environment for children; a place for children to bloom into responsible, considerate and contributing members of society.

Cowart & Son Storage Trailers, Inc. Julie Cowart 2317 Old Clyattville Rd. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 247-6466 tammy@cowartvaldosta.com Containers and portable offices. Containers 20ft and 40ft. Pick up and delivery. Rental and sales.

ir pr ct r Care Medical — Spine & Pain Center Dr. J. Ryan Moorman 2804C N. Oak St. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 241-8925 jryanm7@yahoo.com www.caremedicalcenter.com

urc e Get It “Write” Caterina Orr 3811 Rosewood Cir. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 548-4807 caterina@getitwrite-consulting.com https://getitwrite-consulting.com We provide excellent proofreading and editing services for students, businesses, and non-profit agencies.

South Gerogia Powersport and Outdoor Equipment, LLC Jessica Huerta 2713 Bemiss Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 242-6006 powerhouseoutdoor@yahoo.com www.southgapowersports.com Building lasting relationships with our partners and employees while serving the recreational and travel community. Our core values shall be based on honesty and integrity and service to the community.

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Abundant Life Church of God Pastor B. Wayne Hughes 3419 Knights Academy Rd. Valdosta, GA 31605 (229) 242-4252 abundantlifeval@gmail.com www.abundantlifevaldosta.com Abundant Life is a Full Gospel Church that is affiliated with the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee). North Valdosta Church of CHRIST 4313 N. Valdosta Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 224-8630 www.northvaldostacoc.com One mile east (towards downtown Valdosta) from I-75, Exit 22 • “Speak where the Bible speaks, be silent where the Bible is silent” • Children’s Bible classes • Bible Correspondence Course Available.

Cab inets

S&S Woodworking Robert Strickland 5015 Inner Perimeter Rd. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 244-6362 rstrick929@aol.com www.sandswoodworking.com At S&S Woodworking, we specialize in custom cabinetry, mantles, entertainment centers, and a wide variety of other handcrafted wood products.

Southland Church Johanna M. Vrboncic 2206 E. Hill Ave. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 245-8188 jvrboncic@southlandchurch.net https://southlandchurch.net Southland Church Vision: “Every member a minister and every person a preacher.” Southland Church Purpose: “To worship God, to equip God’s people and to evangelize the nations.”

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Preferred BUSINESS Cleaners

Pleats & Creases Evan W. Miller 209 Northside Dr. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 242-7000 ewm103@bellsouth.net www.pleatsncreases.com Pleats & Creases is a full-service laundry and dry cleaning enterprise. We have 5 convenient locations to serve you. Monday to Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. We accept all major credit cards.

Club s

Stone Creek Golf Club Mark Tillman 4553 Greenway Dr. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 247-2527 mark@gagolf.com www.gagolf.com Championship Golf Meets Southern Hospitality.

Valdosta Country Club Malissa Staten 3500 Country Club Rd. Valdosta, GA 31605 (229) 242-3706 malissastaten@valdosta-country-club.com www.valdostacc.com The centerpiece of the community, Valdosta Country Club, is a private equity club and the only completely member-owned country club in Valdosta.

Conf erence Centers

James H. Rainwater Conference Center Tim Riddle 1 Meeting Pl. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 245-0513 triddle@valdostatourism.com www.rainwaterconferencecenter.com The Rainwater Conference Center offers great space, flexible sets and a beautiful outdoor venue overlooking a lake. Parking and Wi-Fi are on-site and complimentary with your booking.

Counselors — L icensed

Peaceway Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc. Dr. F. Tirrell Andrews 2405 Bemiss Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 333-2351 tandrews@peacewaycms.com www.peacewaycms.com PeaceWay Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc. is a Valdosta-based clinical practice that focuses on helping families and individuals with putting the pieces together through therapeutic interventions.

Credit Unions

LISTINGS Dentists Hester and Morris Orthodontics Crystal Rowan 3229 N. Oak St. Ext. Valdosta, GA 31605 (229) 245-1800 crystal.rowan@hmorthodontics.com www.hmorthodontics.com Dr. Wayne Hester and Dr. Greg Morris are proud to offer the finest and most current orthodontic care available to the communities of Valdosta and Waycross, GA.

Holloway Orthodontic Pati Ruane 1525 Baytree Rd., Ste. 1 Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 293-1360 valdosta@orthodon.com http://hollowayorthodontics.com At Holloway Orthodontics, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards in orthodontic care and providing the best possible service to our patients.

Worthington Family Dentistry, P.C. Amy Worthington, Office Manager 3362 Greystone Way Valdosta, GA 31605 (229) 242-0063 www.worthingtonfamilydentistry.com We offer complete dentistry for the entire family including cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, free whitening, nitrous oxide, treatment for TMJ, implants, dentures and partials. Please give us a call at (229) 242-0063.

Department Stores Southeastern Credit Union Courtney Gooding 3501 N. Valdosta Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 244-2732 x1266 cgooding@southeasternfcu.org http://southeasternfcu.org We are committed to serving our members by providing the best financial products and services to improve their quality of life.

Walmart Supercenter #2615 Damon Manning 3274 Inner Perimeter Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 253-0312 www.walmart.com/store/2615 Open 24-hours.

E mployment Agencies

New Hire Solutions Gerrell Aldridge, Recruitment & Sales Manager 2904-E N. Patterson St. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 316-1320 gerrell@newhiresolutions.net www.newhiresolutions.com New Hire Solutions is a full service payroll and staffing company. We will take on the interviewing, reference checking, testing and all other functions related to the hiring of employees assigned to your business

Express Employment Professionals Tripp Templeton 1712 Gornto Rd. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 293-0030 tripp.templeton@expresspros.com www.expresspros.com/valdostaga Express provides a full range of employment solutions that include full-time, temporary, and part-time employment in a wide range of positions, including professional, commercial, and administrative.

F inancial Planning Consultants

Stifel Barry Barr 3555 N. Crossing Cir. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 293-1125 barrb@stifel.com www.stifelvaldosta.com Stifel opened the Valdosta branch in 2010. Stifel is the nation’s 6th largest full-service investment firm in terms of the number of Financial Advisors. Stifel has provided investment services since 1890.

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BUSINESS F looring & Window

Treatments

Southern Flooring of Valdosta, LLC & Kimblewood Blinds & Shutters 808 N. Patterson St. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 242-5668 Southern Flooring and Kimblewood Shutters and Blinds has for over 25 years’ experience providing flooring, showers, and window treatments. We are a full service company that can meet all your needs.

F ood Products

F uneral Directors

Carson McLane Funeral Home J. Britt McLane 2215 N. Patterson St. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 242-5544 britt@mclanefuneralservices.com www.mclanefuneralservices.com We help families understand the options they have and design memorials that meet their need to honor and remember their loved one.

Grocers

LISTINGS H ealth Care/Physicians/Medical

75 Valdosta Medical Clinic, P.C. 3207 Country Club Dr. Valdosta, GA 31605 (229) 242-8480 www.valdostamed.com Valdosta Medical Clinic is a multi-specialty clinic, providing medical care to the community since 1989 in Internal Medicine, Family Practitioner, Gastroenterology and Cardiology.

H ealth Services Sunset Farm Foods, Inc. Thomas G. Carroll 1201 Madison Hwy. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 242-2952 t.carroll@sunsetfarmfoods.com www.sunsetfarmfoods.com Having been around since 1918, it’s no wonder that Sunset Farm Foods makes such delicious products! Smoked and fresh sausage like no other.

F ork L if ts

Georgia Home Health Lynn Petermann 3404 Greystone Way Valdosta, GA 31605 (229) 247-4663 lynnp@gahhs.com www.gahhs.com Above all else, we are committed to caring for our patients and improving quality of life. To demonstrate this commitment, we deliver quality, cost effective home health care in our communities.

H ome H ealth Services/ Personal Support Services Mr. B’s IGA Jesse Billingsley 1405 N. Lee St. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 245-8300 mrbsmarketinc@bellsouth.net www.mrbs.iga.com Mr. B’s IGA specializes in the groceries your family needs. Whatever you are looking for, you’ll find it at Mr. B’s IGA. Visit our supermarket and see what we have to offer.

H ardw are Store Southern States Toyota Lift Max Lewis II 1865 Business Pkwy. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 247-8377 mlewis@sstlift.com http://sstlift.com As a leading provider of Toyota forklifts in Florida and Central Georgia, we offer a single source solution for new and used material handling equipment sales and equipment rental.

H ome H ealth Services

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South Georgia Vein Centers Theba Howell 3338-L1 Country Club Rd. PMB 342 Valdosta, GA 31605 (229) 259-9666 www.valdostaveins.net Thanks to revolutionary new medical techniques, you can now quickly, conveniently, economically, and permanently say goodbye to painful and unsightly varicose & spider veins.

H igher E ducation

Miller Hardware Company Jonathan Miller 211 E. Hill Ave. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 244-0924 sales@millerhardware.com www.millerhardware.com Miller Hardware Company has been serving the people and communities of South Georgia and North Florida since 1908. In 1948, Miller Hardware established its current location in downtown Valdosta after its move from Lakeland, Georgia.

CuraCare Health Services, Inc. Cindy Felton 3169 Inner Perimeter Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 253-1242 servicesp@bellsouth.net www.curacare.com Our mission is to provide the highest quality home healthcare services available in order to rehabilitate our patients to their optimum level of functioning or to assist them in coping with disability or terminal illness.

Troy University Albany Site Keith Gaines 321 William Jr. St. Albany, GA 31707 (229) 639-0303 Tollfree (866) 288-2097 albany@troy.edu www.trojan.edu/albany The Albany Support Center of TROY Online provides support for prospects and students of Troy University throughout Southwest Georgia. Experience the Warrior Spirit of Troy University!

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LISTINGS

H ospices

PruittHealth — Hospice, Inc. Doug Griner 407 Cowart Ave. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 242-1187 dgriner@pruitthealth.com www.pruitthealth.com Our integrated care model is governed by a stringent commitment to quality: quality of expertise, quality of care, quality of service and, most of all, quality of life.

H ospitals

South Georgia Medical Center 2501 N. Patterson St. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 433-1000 www.sgmc.org With campuses and affiliates in Lowndes, Berien, Lanier and Clinch counties, SGMC is the region’s premier health system and destination for healthcare. Visit sgmc.org to learn more.

H otels

Comfort Suites Valdosta Mall John Camarillo 1332 N. St. Augustine Rd. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 249-8880 gm.ga491@choicehotels.com www.williamshotelgroup.com The Comfort Suites® hotel in Valdosta offers all the essentials you need to stay on your game and be your best.

Days Inn at Conference Center Raymond Upchurch 1827 W. Hill Ave. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 249-8800 daysinn16@williamshotelgroup.com www.williamshotelgroup.com Book your room at our Days Inn Valdosta at Rainwater Conference Center hotel near Wild Adventures Theme Park and enjoy a memorable vacation at a rate that will make you smile.

Days Inn/Super 8 at Valdosta Mall Gayle Shiver 1383/1389 St. Augustine Rd. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 244-7600 daysinn18@williamshotelgroup.com www.williamshotelgroup.com Enjoy all the comforts of home at our Days Inn/Super 8 Valdosta Mall hotel, located off Interstate 75

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ty O’Steen 1330 N. St. Augustine Rd. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 249-8900 ty@hiexvaldosta.com www.williamshotelgroup.com Located off I-75 at exit 18, our hotel is the place to stay for easy access to the area’s most popular businesses and attractions.

Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center David Fontaine 1805 W. Hill Ave. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 244-1111 dfontaine@hivaldosta.com www.williamshotelgroup.com Experience true southern hospitality and charm at The Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center of Valdosta, Georgia. We put the best of South Georgia at your fingertips.

Super 8 at Conference Center Neil Carter 1825 W. Hill Ave. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 249-8000 super16@williamshotelgroup.com www.williamshotelgroup.com Our Super 8 Valdosta / Conference Center Area hotel offers great value, whether you are traveling for business or pleasure.

Williams Investment Company/ Williams Hotel Group Rick Williams 1221 W. Fourth St. Adel, GA 31620 (229) 896-4511 x219 rick@williamshotelgroup.com www.williamshotelgroup.com This is an example of the approximate size of a thirty-word description. This is an example of the approximate size of a thirtyword description. Thirty-word description. Thirty-word description. Thirty-word description.

Williams Investment Company/ Williams Hotel Group Rick Williams 1221 W. Fourth St. Adel, GA 31620 (229) 896-4511 x219 rick@williamshotelgroup.com www.williamshotelgroup.com This is an example of the approximate size of a thirty-word description. This is an example of the approximate size of a thirtyword description. Thirty-word description. Thirty-word description. Thirty-word description.

I nsulation Contractors Williams Investment Company/ Williams Hotel Group Rick Williams 1221 W. Fourth St. Adel, GA 31620 (229) 896-4511 x219 rick@williamshotelgroup.com www.williamshotelgroup.com This is an example of the approximate size of a thirty-word description. This is an example of the approximate size of a thirtyword description. Thirty-word description. Thirty-word description. Thirty-word description.

Will Insulation Company Wesley Blanchard 4464 Val North Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 242-1270 debbie@willinsulation.com http://willinsulation.com

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BUSINESS I nsurance

Blanton & Griffin Insurance Agency Benjamin R. Blanton 2314 N. Patterson St. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 247-6500 bblanton@blantongriffin.com http://blantongriffin.com Blanton & Griffin Insurance Agency has built a tradition of excellence for over 75 years by working hard to protect the investments of thousands of individuals and businesses that have placed their faith in our agency.

Manuf acturers Brooker Insurance Agency, Inc. Robbie Brooker 2406-A Bemiss Rd. Valdosta, GA 31605 (229) 242-2099 robbiebrooker@aol.com www.brookerinsurance.org With over 29 years of experience and a long-standing reputation for truly personal service within the community, it’s no wonder why countless homeowners, renters and commercial clients utilize our services for all their coverage needs

Farmers Insurance — Andrew Denmark Agency Andrew Denmark 3189 Inner Perimeter Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 247-9608 adenmark@farmersagent.com www.farmersagent.com/adenmark As your local Farmers® agent in Valdosta, GA, I help customers like you identify the insurance coverage that best fits your needs. This process is straightforward and personalized to help make you smarter about insurance.

LISTINGS

L andscaping

Stony Creek Landscaping & Irrigation Brian Harrell, Supervisor 174 Big Star Dr. Thomasville, GA 31757 (229) 228-4617 brian@stonycreekonline.com www.stonycreekonline.com Full service design-build firm serving commercial and residential clients throughout the South Georgia/North Florida region.

Jacuzzi Luxury Bath Sherrie Tripp 512 Highland Dr. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 671-7990 sherrie.tripp@jacuzzi.com

Ring Container Technology Mike Porter 1699 Clay Rd. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 219-7669 mike.porter@ringcontainer.com www.ringcompanies.com Focused on finding sustainable solutions for the consumer packaging industry, our company has grown to be one of the largest plastic container manufacturers in North America.

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SAFT America, Inc. Naomi Silver 711 Gil Harbin Industrial Blvd. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 247-2331 naomi.silver@saftbatteries.com www.saftbatteries.com Our Saft Valdosta facility has over 40 years of world-class manufacturing capability, employing 262 employees. We manufacture nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries for aviation, rail and telecommunication markets. TM Polyfilm, Inc. Vicki Rowe 503 Gil Harbin Industrial Blvd. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 247-7734 vickir@tmpolyfilm.com www.tmpolyfilm.com

Medical Practice Consultants

Azalea Health Douglas Swords 105 W. Central Ave. Valdosta, GA 31601 (877) 777-7686 info@azaleahealth.com www.azaleahealth.com Azalea Health is the heart of your practice, giving you the power to connect the clinical side with the financial side. It is a true cloudbased solution so you don’t have to worry about maintaining servers and software.

Presbyterian Homes of Georgia Alex Patterson 1901 W. Screven St. Quitman, GA 31643 (229) 263-6100 apatterson@phquitman.org www.phgainc.org As you plan for your retirement living, consider Presbyterian Homes of Georgia. A Christian ministry providing exceptional services, we offer gracious retirement living in five outstanding communities for those 62 and older.

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PruittHealth — Crestwood Valerie A. Fawcett 415 Pendleton Pl. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 242-6868 vafawcett@pruitthealth.com www.pruitthealth.com Our integrated care model is governed by a stringent commitment to quality: quality of expertise, quality of care, quality of service and, most of all, quality of life.

Office Furniture & Equipment

Colson Business Systems Pat Colson 3166 Inner Perimeter Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 247-4461 pat@colsondirect.com www.colsondirect.com Copiers, Printers, Printer Cartridges, Fax Machines, Shredders, Scanners, MFPs, and more!

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Preferred BUSINESS O rganiz ations

Little Actors’ Theatre of Valdosta, Inc. Diane Tovar, President 1108 S. Patterson St. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 292-4742 cell (229) 247-0059 (office) diane@littleactorstheatrevaldosta.com tovardiane@hotmail.com www.littleactorstheatrevaldosta.com Little Actor’s Theatre is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) all children’s theatre. LAT offers classes, workshops, and the thrill of live stage performance in a nonjudgmental way. We serve all children regardless of their race, religion, ability, or socio-economic st

Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority James P. Galloway III 1750 Airport Rd., Ste. 1 Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 333-1833 x21 jgalloway@flyvaldosta.com www.flyvaldosta.com Served by Delta Air Lines. Currently, three arrivals and three departures per day six days per week and two arrivals and two departures on Saturday. All flights are to/ from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Pharmacies

Peach State Summer Theatre Jacque Wheeler 1500 N. Patterson St. Valdosta, GA 31698 (229) 333-5820 jwheeler@valdosta.edu www.valdosta.edu/psst Peach State Summer Theatre is Valdosta’s premiere professional summer stock theatre! Each summer, a company of some 60 actorsingers, dancers, technicians, managers, and creators will reside in Valdosta for a ten-week season.

Hogan’s Pharmacy Adam R. Moore 2704 N. Oak St., Bldg. B-1 Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 244-5353 carolynathogans@aol.com https://stores.healthmart.com/ hoganspharmacy/stores.aspx Our Health Mart pharmacy specializes in serving our community with fast, friendly, professional service and the highest-quality medicines and health products.

Physicians & Surgeons

Southern OB/GYN Dr. Thomas Moseley 220 Northside Dr. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 241-2800 csingleton@southernobgyn.net www.southernobgyn.net For over 60 years, Southern OB/GYN’s staff and physicians have been committed to providing the highest quality, personalized assistance for all of our patients.

LISTINGS Plumb ing Contractors

Pub lic Utilities

Plumbing Service Company Steve Cook 200 Herbert St. P.O. Box 1608 Valdosta, GA 31603-1608 (229) 247-1144 plumbingservco@bellsouth.net www.plumbingservicecompany.net Plumbing Service Company is a residential, commercial and industrial plumbing contractor that is dedicated to quality. We succeed only when we meet and exceed the expectations of our customers.

Colquitt EMC Dixie Lightfoot 273 Norman Dr. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 244-6893 dixielightfoot@colquittemc.com http://colquittemc.com As a not-for-profit consumer-owned electric distribution system, Colquitt Electric Membership Corporation strives to keep costs as low as possible now and in the future.

Printers

U.S. Press Kent Buescher 1628-A James P. Rogers Dr. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 244-5634 kbuescher1@aol.com www.uspressdirect.com Choose from a variety of full-color printed products including postcards, brochures, flyers, posters, catalogs and booklets, presentation folders, point of purchase displays, banners, signs, vehicle wraps and trade show displays.

Georgia Power Jason Manley 509 N. Patterson St. Valdosta, GA 31601 (888) 660-5890 jemanley@southernco.com www.georgiapower.com Value: It’s a promise. Reliability: Flip the switch and the light turns on. Service: A little Southern hospitality from Georgia Power. Stewardship: Taking care of the state we call home.

R eal E state

RE/MAX Realty of Valdosta — Terri Tolbert Taylor Tony Barker 1216 Baytree Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 300-1318 territaylor@remax.net www.territaylor.remax-georgia.com I work hard to provide my clients with the most positive real estate experience possible. A vital part of today’s real estate industry is technology, and to that end I provide my clients with state-of-the-art web tools and marketing.

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BUSINESS R eal E state/Property Management/R entals/F arm/ L and/Commercial

Real Living Realty Advisors Clay Browning 1817 Green Cir. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 333-4622 clay@ronborders.com www.getrealvaldosta.com Either buying a home, selling a home or just wanting to know more about Real Estate, we are ready to serve, and assist you in all your real estate needs.

R eal E state Management

THE HERNDON COMPANY Real Estate Laurie Gulliksen 1100 N. Patterson St. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 244-1992 herndon@herndoncompany.com www.homesinvaldosta.com The Herndon Company offers full-service real estate specializing in residential, commercial, property management, farms and land in the Valdosta and South Georgia area. Voted “Best of South Georgia” Real Estate Agency 10 out of the past 12 years!

R estaurants LRE Platinum Property Services Teri E. Wilson 2410 Andover Dr. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 242-9293 twilson@lexusrealestate.com www.lexusrealestate.com Our company was founded on a commitment to professionalism and customer service that remains the core of our business philosophy today. We are skilled in managing apartments, town homes, single-family homes, condominium units and commercial properties.

LISTINGS R etail Stores

The Pool Store Amy Stecz 3363 N. Valdosta Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 247-6440 sales@thepoolstore.net http://thepoolstore.net We have everything one could want to turn your backyard from plain to paradise! Patio furniture, Playnation Playsets, D1 Spas, Big Green Egg Grills, above ground pools, toys & floats.

R V Dealers Alliance Coach of Georgia Jessica Johnson 5355 Mill Store Rd. Lake Park, GA 31636 (229) 559-1555 jessica.johnson@alliancecoach.com www.alliancecoach.com

Schools

Denny’s Restaurant Marc Myels 1328 N. St. Augustine Rd. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 253-9388 dennys6650@rremcrestaurants.com www.dennys.com Denny’s is America’s diner. This is where guests have come for over 60 years now to sit back, relax and enjoy delicious, hearty meals 24/7, every day of the year.

Texas Roadhouse Luke Boyette 1874 Clubhouse Dr. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 242-7700 store_valdosta@texasroadhouse.com www.texasroadhouse.com The Texas Roadhouse story is simple. Legendary Food, Legendary Service® — all with lots of Legendary Fun!

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Georgia Christian School Bradford Lawson 4359 Dasher Rd. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 559-5131 blawson@georgiachristian.org www.georgiachristian.org Georgia Christian School will provide a Christian foundation that promotes a passion for learning, responsible citizens, and the skills necessary to lead through character development, spiritual guidance and excellent academic instruction.

79 Open Bible Christian School Peter D. Smith 3992 N. Oak St. Ext. Valdosta, GA 31605 (229) 244-6694 openbible@bellsouth.net www.openbiblechristianschool.org Open Bible Christian School, established in 1971, was founded upon the teachings of God’s Word the Bible. OBCS is a ministry of Open Bible Baptist Church. Our school has classes for K3 through the 12th grade. Valwood School Kim Lerstang 4380 Old U.S. Hwy. 41 N. Hahira, GA 31632 (229) 242-8491 klerstange@valwood.org www.valwood.org Valwood enrolls students in PreKindergarten through twelfth grade. Our academic program has always been based on the teaching and mastery of the foundational skills necessary for academic and personal success in college. Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Cheryl Acree 4089 Val Tech Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 333-2100 cheryl.acree@wiregrass.edu www.wiregrass.edu Wiregrass Georgia Technical College exists to meet the needs of students and the community through our mission of educational and workforce development.

Telecommunications Services

VisionQuest Technology, LLC Randy Sharp 131 River Ln. Quitman, GA 31643 (877) 413-9879 visionquest@vqtech.com www.vqtech.com We are a premier provider in the southeast for telecom products and services. Our “total solutions” approach provides our customers the best possible solutions for the best possible value.

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Preferred BUSINESS Tractor Dealers

Nashville Tractor Jennifer West 4342 N. Valdosta Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 242-9900 jenn@nashvilletractor.net www.nashvilletractor.net Proudly serving the South for over 25 years. Nashville Tractor is home to the South’s finest Ag products, service, and all-around friendly folks.

Transportation — Personal

Travel Agencies & Bureaus

South Georgia Travel Jane Shelton 1300 Baytree Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 244-2324 jane@sgatravel.com www.sgatravel.com The goal of our agency is to match the travel experience, with your travel expectations. Building relationships and getting to know you, allows us to apply our travel knowledge and experience to create your personalized vacation.

Utilities — Natural Gas Fourstar Freightliner, Inc. Sherrie Moore 1527 Madison Hwy. Valdosta, GA 31601 (334) 387-3180 sherriemoore@fourstarfreightliner.com www.fourstarfreightliner.com We pride ourselves on providing our customers with world class truck products and a full spectrum of services. We maintain one of the most comprehensive networks of dealerships and service centers in the Southeast region.

Transportation Consultants Southern Shipping Solutions, LLC Connie Ledbetter 3470-G2 N. Valdosta Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 249-0997 connie@sss4u.com www.sss4u.com We are proud to offer best-in-class service in: Less than truckload, truckload services, air freight, ocean freight, parcel shipping, logistics management, state-of-the-art technology.

LISTINGS

Hahira Veterinary Clinic Dr. Doug Ruff 600 GA Hwy. 122 W. Hahira, GA 31632 (229) 794-0040 office@hahiravet.com www.hahiravet.vetsuite.com The professional and courteous staff at Hahira Veterinary Clinic seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients.

Warehouses — Commodity & Merchandise Georgia Warehouses John Sineath 2410 Andover Dr. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 548-8182 johnsineath@icloud.com www.gawarehouses.com

Water Well Drilling & Service

SCANA Energy Helen Stembridge 3344 Peachtree Rd. Atlanta, GA 30326 (877) 467-2262 http://scanaenergy.com SCANA Energy is your best choice for natural gas in Georgia. From Atlanta to Savannah, from Rome to Valdosta, we offer competitive rates and payment options that fit your needs.

Cowart & Son Well Drilling, LLC J.C. Cowart 2317 Old Clyattville Rd. Valdosta, GA 31601 (229) 247-6466 Residential well drilling 2” to 10”. Pump sales and service. Locally owned and operated. Serving Valdosta and surrounding areas for over 30 years.

Veterinarians/DVM Baytree Animal Hospital Dr. Jeff Creamer 2004 Baytree Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602 (229) 244-5052 baytreevet@bellsouth.net www.valdostavet.com When you bring your pet to Baytree Animal Hospital, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of a staff that are capable and compassionate.

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A dv ert i s er INDEX Nashville Tractor...............................................................................5

Air Methods/OmniAdvantage ...........................................................11

NE-RO Tire & Brake Service .............................................................12

America's Home Place ............................................. Inside Front Cover

New Hire Solutions ...........................................................................7

Ameris Bank ..................................................................................43

North Valdosta Church of Christ ......................................................68

Azalea Health.................................................................................52

Open Bible Christian School ............................................................39

Blanton & Griffin Insurance Agency ..................................................47

PeaceWay Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc. ..............................14

Brooker Insurance ..........................................................................67

Peach State Summer Theatre ..........................................................29

Brookfield Academy ........................................................................36

Pleats & Creases .............................................................................4

Carson McLane Funeral Home.........................................................53

Plumbing Service Company .............................................................64

Citizens Community Bank..................................................................6

The Pool Store ...............................................................................63

Colquitt Electric Membership Corporation .........................................10

Presbyterian Home & Retirement Community....................................50

Colson Business Systems, Inc. .........................................................4

PruittHealth — Crestwood Nursing Home .........................................55

Cowart & Son Storage Trailers, Inc. ..................................................62

Quillian Powell Construction Co., Inc. ...............................................24

Cowart & Son Well Drilling, Inc. .......................................................62

RE/MAX of Valdosta .......................................................................65

CuraCare, Inc. ................................................................................53

Real Living Realty Advisors..............................................................41

Denny's .........................................................................................68

The Residences at Five Points .........................................................63

Dupont Crop Protection ...................................................................45

Ring Container Technologies ...........................................................24

Earl Copeland Garage, Inc. ..............................................................19

S & S Woodworking ........................................................................60

Express Employment Professionals..................................................46

SAFT .............................................................................................25

Farmers Insurance — Andrew Denmark............................................63

SCANA Energy ................................................................................26

Fellowship Home at Brookside.........................................................82

The Scruggs Company ....................................................................24

First State Bank ...................................................... Inside Front Cover

Slone Associates, Inc. ....................................................................47

Fowler, Holley, Rambo & Stalvey, P.C. ..................................................8

South Georgia Medical Center .........................................................13

The Gardens ..................................................................................61

South Georgia Powersports and Outdoor Equipment .........................65

Gary R. Zeigler, P.C. .........................................................................51

South Georgia Travel .......................................................................65

Georgia Christian School.................................................................39

South Georgia Vein Centers ............................................................15

Georgia Home Health Services ........................................................54

Southern Builders Supply ................................................................64

Georgia Power ................................................................................17

Southern Flooring of Valdosta ..........................................................60

Get It "Write" Consulting, LLC .........................................................36

Southern OB/GYN ..........................................................................51

Hahira Veterinary Clinic ...................................................................22

Southland Church ...........................................................................69

The Herndon Company Real Estate ..................................................66

Spring Chase Apartments ...............................................................61

Hogan's Pharmacy .........................................................................14

Stone Creek Golf Club ....................................................................19

Holiday Inn / Azalea's Restaurant & Lounge

Stony Creek Landscaping & Irrigation .................................................7

Williams Hotel Group .....................................................................3 Holiday Inn Express & Suites / Comfort Suites /

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Abundant Life Church of God ...........................................................67

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Sunset Farm Foods, Inc. .................................................................44 Texas Roadhouse ...........................................................................23

Williams Hotel Group ...................................................... Back Cover

Troy University ................................................................................37

Holloway Orthodontics ....................................................................37

U.S. Press .....................................................................................27

James H. Rainwater Conference Center ...........................................57

UniHealth Source of Valdosta. .........................................................55

Landis International........................................................................12

Valdosta Flying Service ...................................................................34

Law Office of Paul W. Hamilton ........................................................31

Valdosta Medical Clinic ...................................................................49

Lee & Associates Accountants, Inc. .................................................22

Valdosta Regional Airport ................................................................35

Lexus Real Estate ..........................................................................60

Valdosta State University ................................................................21

The Links Apartment Homes ...........................................................61

VisionQuest Technology ..................................................................44

Little Actors Theatre .......................................................................39

Waller Heating & Air Conditioning.....................................................66

Miller Hardware Company................................................................23

Walmart.........................................................................................23

Moody Law Firm, LLC ......................................................................12

Worthington Family Dentistry .................... Inside Front and Back Covers

Mr. B's IGA ......................................................................................8

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FREE Hot Deluxe Breakfast FREE Manager’s Reception Mon-Thurs FREE High Speed Wired and Wireless Internet 43” Flat Panel HDTV’s with 74 Channels & HBO Micro-Fridges/Coffee Makers/Radios w/iPod & mp3 Port Sleeper Sofas in all Suites Jacuzzi, Executive & 2-Room Suites Meeting Space, Fitness Center & Business Center Swimming Pool & Guest Laundry Great Location!

FREE Hot Deluxe Breakfast FREE Manager’s Reception Mon-Thurs FREE High Speed Wired and Wireless Internet 43” Flat Panel TV’s with 74 Channels & HBO Micro-Fridges/Coffee Makers/Radios w/iPod & mp3 Port Sleeper Sofas in all Suites Jacuzzi, Executive & 2-Room Suites Meeting Space, Fitness Center, Business Center Swimming Pool & Guest Laundry Great Location!

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I-75 (Exit 16) & Hwy 84 229-249-8800

I-75 (Exit 18) near Mall 229-244-7600

I-75 (Exit 16) & Hwy 84 229-249-8000

I-75 (Exit 18) near Mall 229-244-8440

I-75 (Exit 16) & Hwy 84 229-244-1111

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