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07 Need help finding a dependable business?

39 Options Now offers free

40 100 Fun things to do in Valdosta

07 Military discounts offered

42 Peach State Summer Theatre celebrates Silver Season

08 Valdosta State University

Enhances recruiting efforts to help active duty Military and Veterans earn a degree

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10 Make a right turn to Nashville

12 Security Deposits Yours or the landlord’s?

13 Are you a “Stress Mess”?

Find out how to deal with stress

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Turner Art Center Cultural

opportunities for military families

17 Downtown Happenings

See what is going on in Valdosta

18 Lakeland-Lanier loves company!

21 Park University offers higher

education options to accommodate a diverse community of learners

pregnancy counseling to Moody moms

22 10 Advantages of a New Beginning

24 The Colonel Contributions

These four men have so much in common, besides just living in South Georgia

29 Job-Hunting tips for Moody Spouses

Retired Air Force Colonels Wayne Edwards, Clarence Parker, Nick Lacey and Jim Galloway didn’t retire, they “rewired”! Each has continued to contribute to his community in a significant way since retiring from the USAF. (Read more on pages 24-27)

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34 SEEDS Business Center Need help starting your own business?

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Welcome to your new home!

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ll of us at the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber want your time at Moody and in our community to be a great experience. When our Chamber calls on top Air Force personnel at the Pentagon each year, we always are gratified to hear that Moody is a favorite assignment. Air Force leaders tell us that our community has a reputation for being “Air Force-Friendly.” It’s true. ValdostaLowndes County is incredibly proud to host Moody AFB in our community. We work hard to ensure that the men and women of Moody feel welcome and become a part of our community. Our motto is, “Moody is us!” We sincerely want to help you and your family as you settle into your new home and your new community. Let the Chamber assist you as you search for businesses and professionals that you can count on and trust. Please take note of the advertisers in this publication. These are reputable local businesses that genuinely care about Moody personnel and your families. Whenever you need a referral, call us at the Chamber (229-247-8100), or visit our website at www.valdostachamber.com, and select “Directory” for a classified listing of our members.

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January 2014 / Volume 2 Publisher and Editor: Myrna Ballard Creative Director: Wanda Stanley Cover Photo: Wes Sewell Photography Advertising: Krystle Farlow Special thanks to back cover Photographers: Jenny Johnson, Candi Pettit, Rachel Koch, Misty Wellborn, Sarah Glaser, Adeana Dillon and The Valdosta Daily Times.

Advertising for the 2015 edition of Moody Link magazine will be available in August 2014. For information please call 229-2478100 ext. 229.

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

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Leading Businesses. Leading Communities. TM

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

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Looking for reputable businesses in Valdosta?

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

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

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Valdosta State Helps Active Duty Military and Veterans Earn a Degree

Dr. Jerry Merwin, director of AMP, says the focus of the department is to recruit more adult learners, assist with the admissions process, and provide support until degree completion. The primary goal is to assist students who have families, careers, and a wide range of life experience; however, the AMP staff also welcomes traditional

students who might benefit from the resources the program can offer.

It is often difficult for students of all ages to navigate a large and complex higher education system,” Merwin said. “I have been an adult learner, so I think I understand what they face when they decide to go back to college and earn a degree. It is often a real challenge to try and balance family responsibilities and work. We want to help the students with their planning and decision making so that they can make better choices.

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aldosta State University is committed to innovative efforts to improve access and college completion for adult learners (age 25 years and older), especially members of the military and veterans. To help the growing number of adult learners earn a degree,Valdosta State established the office of Adult and Military Programs (AMP) to improve degree completion.

A Military Presence Building on a strong partnership with Moody Air Force Base,Valdosta State is expanding its recruiting and support efforts to active duty military personnel and veterans. For several years Valdosta State has been designated a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine. As part of the university’s outreach to active military and veterans,Valdosta State added the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) to its Pathway Program. Active and retired military personnel who have earned an associate degree from CCAF are eligible to begin working on a Bachelor of

Mark Smith, coordinator at Valdosta State University Center at Moody AFB, assists Tech. Sgt. Richard Mize with course selection. The VSU Center is located at 310 Robinson Road, Building 328, Room 107, Moody AFB.

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By: Thressea Boyd, Director of Communications for Valdosta State University

The online course structure was appealing to Tech. Sgt. Richard Mize, stationed at Moody Air Force Base, who earned an associate degree through the CCAF in January 2013. The online format provided through Valdosta State allows Mize to continue his education while still serving in the military.

construction applications at Moody AFB. “I would like to be a shop teacher at a high school or an instructor at a vocational school.

Science in organizational leadership or Bachelor of Applied Science in human capital performance. Both degrees are offered online and are specifically designed to meet the needs of military members and working adults.

Pathway to Education Valdosta State, in partnership with regional technical colleges, has developed the Pathways Program to increase the number of Georgians earning a college degree. In 2012, institutions in both the University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia submitted plans to achieve the ambitious goal of adding more than 250,000 postsecondary graduates to Georgia’s workforce by 2020.

My goal after leaving the military is to continue teaching my trade to others,” said Mize, who manages renovation projects and conducts trainThe first Pathway Program was ing of interior and exterior developed by Valdosta State and

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. The program allows students with an Associate of Applied Science degree from Wiregrass to transfer to Valdosta State and work toward a bachelor’s degree. After students successfully complete their associate degree from Wiregrass they can begin working on a Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership or a Bachelor of Applied Science in human capital performance. Valdosta State has Pathway Program agreements with other Technical College System of Georgia institutions. For more information on Valdosta State’s adult and military programs visit the website at http:// www.valdosta.edu/academics/amp/ welcome.php or call 229-253-2873.

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

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Make a Right Turn to

Nashville

Discover the charm of smalltown Nashville just 20 minutes from Moody Air Force Base RAY CITY PLOW DAY March 15

COTTON BLOSSOM ROUNDUP RODEO March 21-22

ENIGMA FIRECRACKER CELEBRATION July 4

HARVEST FESTIVAL September 27

ALAPAHA STATION CELEBRATION November 7-9 OTHER THINGS TO DO • Shop for one of a kind treasures in historic downtown • Enjoy southern cuisine at locally owned restaurants • Relax with a wine tasting at Horse Creek Winery • Guided quail hunts at Shadow Oak Plantation • Great fishing for the whole family at Patrick’s Paradise THINGS TO SEE: • Berrien County Courthouse built 1898 is one of the oldest courthouses in the State. Tours Daily • Berrien County Jail built in 1903, was used until 1965 and hosted two infamous hangings. Tours Daily • Downtown Mural and Walking Tours showcase the community’s history • 85 Indexed cemeteries for genealogy research • The first WWI Doughboy monument in USA OTHER EVENTS May: Classic Car Cruise In October: Trick or Treat on the Square December: Christmas Parade, Breakfast with Santa, Snow in the Park

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Security Deposits

By: Mike Hill Mike Hill Real Estate

Yours or the landlord’s?

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rental security deposit is your money, the landlord just gets to hold it while you live there. Whether you get it back or not depends on how you respond to the lease. An evil landlord? Here are four ways to protect your money.

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Know the lease!

While your credit is being checked, ask for a blank lease and READ it. If confusing, ask questions or have Base Housing review it. Base Housing will also have information on local managers.

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Give at least 30-days notice ALWAYS,

even if breaking the lease or the lease is up or you’ve gotten orders. Georgia Law requires it. There are legitimate reasons for breaking a lease, including change of station and extended TDY, and if other terms of the lease are met, all your security deposit comes back.

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

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Get the landlord’s cleaning checklist – and follow

it, when moving. Just to be in business, cleaning companies have costs you don’t have, so even an hour of a cleaning business time may pull $100 out of your security deposit. Sure, it’s boring, but doing it yourself is like paying yourself that hundred bucks. Easy money.

because the place wasn’t left ready for the next tenant or I have to find a new tenant without a 30-day head start. That means more work for my management company and a loss for the owner, some of them former MAFB personnel who still have a home here – and a mortgage they depend on rental income to at least partially offset.

As a property manager, I really, really don’t want your security deposit. If I have to pull money out of it, it’s

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Establish movein condition.

Question a landlord who doesn’t provide a move-in/move-out form. Detail move-in condition, have the landlord sign off on it and keep a copy, it’s your protection against being charged for pre-existing conditions at move-out.

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f ife would be boring and uneventful without stress. It prompts us to meet life’s challenges. Military personnel and their families are faced with unique stressors. Deployment, redeployment, combat, PCS, and TDY’s are among the changes in a military life that bring on stressors. While most of us can handle high levels of stress, demanding situations over a long period of time can lessen our coping skills. The result is a negative impact on health, happiness, and productivity. Learn to manage stress so it does not manage us. Begin by eliminating those areas destructive to our well-being, and including areas that will be beneficial to our well-being. Evaluate the physical, emotional and spiritual areas of our lives and take corrective measures.

Avoid self-medicating. Drugs and alcohol serve to numb stress and emotional pain. Once the numbness is gone the stress is still prevalent and often with negative physical effects. This can also lead to more prolonged use and even an addiction. Structure your lifestyle. Manage your time to include rest, nutrition, and exercise. A structured lifestyle is a more relaxed and productive lifestyle. Exercise regularly. Research indicates that physical exercise is a more effective means to avoiding depression than medication. Release your pressures through physical activities such as walking, running, aerobics, weights, and Zumba. Pet therapy has proven to be a therapeutically sound means of dealing with stress and it lowers one’s blood pressure, so walk your dog!

Stress is an everyday fact of life.

Rest and nutrition. We need proper rest and nutrition to fend off the negative effects of stress on our body. Also it improves the ability of the mind and body to work together. Talk about your feelings. “Unloading” stress helps us to feel lighter, see things from a different perspective and is the first step in problem solving. Talk and cry. Don’t hold back! Crying relieves tension and pressure. Breathe and focus. Participate in yoga, meditate, pray or take a few minutes to “tune out” distractions. Be in the moment, breathe and focus; allowing tension to leave your body. “Doing” is the most important element of stress management. Stress is not what happens to us, it is how we choose to respond to what happens to us. We can control the level of stress in our lives so let’s take control before it controls us!

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Welcome to our community! At ELEAD1ONE/Fresh Beginnings, we are proud to be part of the community. We warmly welcome you and your family to South Georgia. Established over 25 years ago here in Valdosta, Fresh Beginnings began as a customer retention organization to the automotive market. Initial offerings to Car Dealers were customer thank you gifts, such as cookies and direct mail pieces sent at regular intervals to their customers. In recent years Fresh Beginnings has expanded it product line of cookies, specialty candies and gourmet treats packaged in custom tins that are sold to corporate and retail accounts outside the automobile industry. In 1999, to satisfy a growing need for an independent third-party to conduct customer satisfaction surveys, ELEAD1ONE Call Center was developed.

4001 Coleman Road North, Valdosta, Georgia 229-242-0237 • Email: hr@eleadcrm.com

ELEAD1ONE is a leader in automotive marketing and customer service nationwide and is constantly growing! To meet these needs, we have immediate openings for full and part-time employees. Our flexible scheduling makes it easy for everyone seeking employment to get just the schedule they need – second income, retirees, students, and moms or dads seeking work while the kids are in school or spouse is deployed. ELEAD1ONE/Fresh Beginnings is a key contributor to our community because our business brings money from outside of our community and adds it to our local economy. The company, its management team and employees offers their time and talents to the community in a variety of ways. Some of the ways our team has served our local community include: Second Harvest Food bank, Rotary, and Humane Society to name a few.

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Cultural Opportunities for Military Families

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Congratulations on your assignment to Moody Air Force Base and WELCOMEthe Arts is th to our community! You’ve just lit in a a multi-coun wonderful place in which to live … center a of dow place where culture thrives. We invite beautiful gal YOU to become an integral part of our refuge, from local arts scene!

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The Annette Howell Turner Center for AFB, but a v the Arts is the hub of cultural activity in a multi-county area. Located near the you feel like We’d offer y center of downtown Valdosta, our beautiful galleries offer a respite, no a admission admission, but you don’t need one … we’re open to the public andyou there’s refuge, from the chaos of a busy world. always welcome. During deployment, we’ll be a home We’re just ten miles south of Moody away from home for your spouse and children. AFB, but a visit to the Center makes you feel like you’re in a different realm. We’d offer you a military discount on Our offerings include pottery, painting and culinary classes admission, but you don’t need one … we’re open to the public and there’s no admission fee!! Moody families are for adults and children, concerts, gallery talks, writers’ always welcome. During deployment, we’ll be a home away from home for your spouse and children. workshops, free Yoga classes, professionally-produced,

national touring shows through our Presenter Series, Our offerings include pottery, painting and culinary classes volunteer freetalks, Gallery for adults andopportunities, children, concerts, gallery writers’ Opening Receptions, workshops, freeMonth, Yoga classes, professionally-produced, Youth Art and much more. The Center is an national touring shows through our exquisite gathering placePresenter whereSeries, you’re sure to make new volunteer opportunities, free Gallery Opening Receptions, friends, learn and new things, life in a new and Youth Art Month, much more. Theexperience Center is an delightful way. exquisite gathering place where you’re sure to make new friends, learn new things, experience life in a new and delightful way.

Check our website often (www.turnercenter.org). Please come visit us often soon and let us show you around. The Turner Check our website (www.turnercenter.org). Please come visit us soon and let us show you around. The Turner Center is YOUR art center … CLAIM IT! Center is YOUR art center … CLAIM IT!

Sincerely, Sincerely,

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Valdosta Main Street-

It’s Happening Downtown!

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very community with an Air Force Base is different...special in its own way. One of the things that makes your assignment at Moody so special is the opportunity to get to know our unique Downtown Valdosta. It’s not hard to get Downtown from Moody. Just hit Bemiss and head south!

First Friday

Held the first Friday of each month, First Friday is your opportunity to come Downtown and enjoy great food and drinks from local restaurants (see pages 36-37).You will often find live bands and other activities along the streets of Valdosta on these nights.

Art After Dark

Held the third Friday of each month, Art After Dark is the perfect time to experience art inside and out.You are invited to stroll through Downtown’s historic buildings, streets, and alleys to enjoy the beauty of Downtown Valdosta and the art created by local artists. Experience the most fabulous, offbeat, intriguing artwork, as well as extraordinary shopping and dining in Downtown Valdosta.

Brown Bag

From May 5-9 Downtown Valdosta will fill with live music during lunchtime for the week-long Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series. The free concerts take place from 11: 30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on the Lowndes County Courthouse Lawn with lunches being sold by downtown restaurants. Bring your friends and family to this free community event and see what Downtown Valdosta has to offer.

Farm Days

Farm Days is a farmer’s market held around the Historic Lowndes County Courthouse Square from May until October. Come Downtown to find the delicious taste of farm fresh food picked just for you! The market showcases locally sourced produce, food items, plants, and more from surrounding areas.

Be sure to bring your children downtown on Dec. 6 to participate in the Downtown Holiday Open House and Christmas Parade featuring Santa! These are just a few of the many events you can take part in downtown. For more information “LIKE” Valdosta Main Street on facebook.com/valdostamainstreetfans or visit www.valdostamainstreet.com. 2014 / MOODY LINK 17


Lakeland - Lanier loves company! Banks Lake, 4,000 acres

on GA Hwy 122 1.5 miles east of downtown; The lake is part of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Cycle along the Robert Simpson Mountain Bike Trail.

In our community of Lakeland-Lanier - we just Want to slow down a bit and escape the traffic? “Georgia’s Historic Mural City” Then stroll through downtown Lakeland as you view the numerous murals on the walls of our buildings, you’ll step back into the 1920s when there were more cows on the road than cars. “If those walls could talk” is not just a saying around here, many of the murals actually do! Check out the QR Code audio tour. In 1925, the city of Milltown was renamed Lakeland. Depicting this era are historic mural creations on the walls of downtown buildings; Mural artists Ralph Waldrop and Billy Love of Columbia, South Carolina created all of the 30-plus murals. Outdoor Sports And speaking of tall tales, the fact that Lanier County is known as a “Fisherman’s Paradise” is no exaggerated fish story. Bass, trout, catfish, 18 MOODY LINK / 2014

blue gill and crappie are just some of today’s catch in the lakes and rivers around here. With its eerily beautiful black water and moss draped cypress trees, Banks Lake is a perfect place to picnic and fish. But that’s not all there is for the sports’ enthusiast we also have great trails to bike and wonderful places to hunt as well. Sheltered in the piney woods of South Georgia, southeast of Lakeland, The Ford Farm offers the perfect destination for Bobwhite Quail hunting. Simple, secluded and quiet, the charm of the location will make you feel as if you’ve slipped back in time. Guests will find the game plentiful, accommodations comfortable and atmosphere relaxed. It’s a marvelous spot to share with friends or family. Come go hunting with hunters!

love company.

Governor E. D. (ED) Rivers Home We treat each other like family around here…and we like to brag about our family’s accomplishments. In the 1930s ED Rivers was Governor. He was responsible for turning on the lights and bringing electricity to rural Georgia. Visitors can explore his ranch style home near Banks Lake. Lanier County Tastes Delicious Mother nature has certainly blessed Lakeland-Lanier with good weather and good soil. Here you’ll find farmto-table pure extra virgin olive oil, sweet buttery pecans, fresh blueberries and blackberries to share with friends and family. In early 2009, five farmers in Southeast Georgia gathered with the dream of ressurecting olive oil production in Georgia and the Southeast US. In 2011, Georgia Olive Farms harvested the first commercial crop of olives grown east of the Mississippi


from their orchards near Lakeland. Georgia Olive Farms continues to encourage and support the development of the olive oil industry in the Southeast by increasing their own orchard and other investors who have the same vision. The oil is sold under the Georgia Olive Farms brand in stores in downtown Lakeland.

Georgia Olive Farms, northeast of Lakeland, on U.S Hwy 221 North

Patten Pecans - For over 60 years Patten Seed Company has been known as the “Grass People” and “Producers of Lifetime Lawns.” Over 30 years ago we began producing and marketing pecan nursery trees and establishing pecan orchards to utilize our personnel during the off season. Patten orchards produce quality nuts branded under the Patten name and sold through out the year online and in the Lakeland Welcome Center. Gayla’s Grits began in 1997, when Kevin Shaw (of Georgia Olive Farms) and his wife, Gayla, began grinding naturally grown white corn into grits for their personal consumption. They began bagging and giving their grits as Christmas gifts after family and friends raved over the unique creamy flavor. Due to the overwhelming amount of positive feedback, Kevin and Gayla decided to market their 100 percent all natural grits. Gayla’s Grits can be bought locally and at the Welcome Center. The Roquemore Memorial Park is located across the road from Lanier County Primary School. The park had its beginning as a public park established in 1994. A 9-11 Prayer Garden was added in memory of those who

died on that day. The gazebo, the park’s focal point, is a popular venue for weddings, photography, band performances and religious services. Each year, a memorial service is held Roquemore Memorial Park, near downtown on U.S. Hwy 221 South in the park when trees, benches or tables are dedicated to loved ones. The Robert Simpson Mountain Bike Trail is located on GA 135 just north of downtown Lakeland. The property backs up to the The town’s famous train mural is across from the Welcome Center. Nature Trail on Temple Street. Dine Out in Lakeland The trail is open daily from dawn to dusk. For more information, please call Mozzarella Momma’s, El Carrisal, Subway, McDonald’s, Huddle House, the Chamber at (229) 482-9755. Dogwood Cafe, China One, Milltown The Robert Simpson Nature Trail Brewing Company (opening downtown in late Spring), Hardees, Burger Shack has its trail entrance at the Lake Irma (located in the city) and Lighthouse Grill, dam one block from downtown on six miles east of Lakeland on GA 37. North Temple Street. Check out the Alapaha River Canoe and Kayak Trail. A concrete boat ramp is located east of Lakeland on GA 37 and gives boaters access to the river. The entrance is on the south side of the highway. The Flatlanders Arts and Crafts Show, which the Lakeland-Lanier County Chamber proudly supports and organizes, is one of Georgia’s longest running arts and crafts events. The show started in 1974. Thousands come to the Labor Day weekend event at the Theater Center campus on US 221 just south of Lakeland.

Lakeland current festivals and events include: • • • • • • •

Milltown Murals Motorcade April 5, 2014 Flatlanders Arts & Crafts Show August 30, 2014 Military Appreciation Day November 1, 2014 Remember Our Veterans November 11, 2014 Lighting of Lakeland, December 4, 2014 Christmas Parade December 4, 2014 Lake Irma Luminary December 13, 2014

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By: Juanita Walker, Park University

Park University Offers Accelerated, Convenient Higher Education Options

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ffering alternative methods for acquiring a college degree is not an innovative concept. In fact, many colleges and universities across the nation offer online and accelerated degree options for students. However, combining convenience with a quality higher education experience that instills global competency, critical thinking, effective communication, and lifelong learning and service to others at an affordable cost are the ingredients that set Park University aside from the rest.

Serving the Valdosta Community

Established in 1875, Park University is a nonprofit, independent, fully accredited educational institution that is highly regarded as a national leader in post-secondary education. The University has 20,964 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs at 40 campuses located in 21 states nationwide and online. Park is proud to serve the Valdosta community, offering face-to-face classes that are available days, evenings and weekends at Moody Air Force Base and online. Courses are open to civilians as well as active duty military, veterans and their families, and can be completed in eight-week sessions rather than traditional 16-week semesters. Sessions begin five times a year, allowing convenient entry points to accommodate busy lifestyles and extenuating circumstances.

Our students get individual counseling every term, and the accelerated eight-week courses allow them to complete their degrees quickly,” said Moody AFB Campus Center Director, Juanita Walker. “We are proud to offer accelerated and online courses to accommodate a diverse community of learners in the Valdosta community.

Central to Park’s Promise is ensuring student success through preparing students in fields with the greatest potential for income and impact. Park’s Moody AFB campus offers many of these degree options, including 11 undergraduate degrees - seven bachelor’s degrees and four associate degrees offered online or face-to-face.

professionals with face-to-face and online options. In addition, it is one of the University’s 34 campus centers nationwide located on a military installation. Park’s ongoing support of the U.S. military has garnished international recognition, including a “Best for Vets” rating among all private colleges/ universities from Military Times.

Long History of Serving the Military

The University takes pride in offering alternative methods for acquiring a degree while combining quality and affordability. Park is ranked the seventh-most affordable private university/college in the nation for tuition and fees, according to a report by U.S. News and World Report.

Park University recognizes the enormous contributions military personnel make in our society, and has enjoyed an educational partnership with the U.S. military that stretches back more than a century. Part of that relationship includes providing accessible degree options for traditional and nontraditional students at a reasonable price. Moody AFB is one of Park’s 40 campus centers nationwide that offer a wide variety of degree opportunities for civilians and military

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

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The Colonel Contributions By: Mike Hill

Col. Clarence Parker, as he prepares for his last flight of active duty.

Besides living among us, the four men on the next few pages have many things in common.

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etween them, they’ve served over 110 years in the Air Force, and have flown over 100 military and civilian airplanes for over 7,500 hours of air time, many of them combat hours.

(That’s over two years in the air)!

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ll four were stationed at MAFB. Two took pilot training at Moody as 2nd lieutenants, then came back in positions of much greater authority. All held command positions at MAFB, one as Wing Commander. All were fighter pilots, but have flown over 100 different military and civilian airplanes all over the United States and in, literally, dozens of countries throughout the world. There’s a Silver Star, and an honorary knighthood of the Royal British Empire among them, plus a couple of the highest security clearances awarded, among 24 MOODY LINK / 2014

other high achievements. Collectively, their medals, honors and commendations would fill a truck. And they have one more thing in common, – after living in towns and cities literally all over the world, they all chose to retire in SOUTH GEORGIA. And South Georgia is a better place for it. Retired Colonels aren’t used to sitting back. These four have made – and continue to make – contributions too many to list on these pages that have made Valdosta and this area a better place to live for them and for all of us – and we

thank them for it!


Col. Clarence Parker

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olonel (ret’d) Clarence Parker learned to fly at 20, paying for it personally, and joined the Air Force before it was the Air Force. “On January 10th, 1941, I was in the air,” he said. “When I landed, I heard Pearl Harbor had been bombed.” Had that not occurred, he said “I probably would have retired from the oil business, not the Air Force, but I wanted to fly.” (The U.S. Air Force was formed from the Army Air Corps in 1947.) Col. Parker retired in Valdosta after being MAFB Wing Commander from 1968 – 1971, when George W. Bush trained there, having flown “35 to 45 different airplanes, both single and multi-engine” over several different continents, racking up over 7,500 hours in both military and civilian airplanes during his career. Now 93 , he gave up flying at 91 with two years left on his physical. “I miss it,” he said, “but it was time.” After WW II, he took part in the whole of the Berlin Airlift, which flew as many as 1,500 United States, British and French supply planes a day into West Berlin to support 2.5 million people, after the Russians cut all other transportation to West Germany. It was the beginning of the Cold War. “I volunteered for the Airlift and served the entire time it operated,” he said, “it was the most interesting assignment I had.” It also resulted in

The visit was probably a major factor in keeping Moody as an active Air Base,” said Col. Parker. Local leaders then and now say there is no “probably” about it and that Col. Parker continues to be a major community asset.

Col. Parker’s being awarded the Order of the British Empire, the Sixth Order of Knighthood of England. In Vietnam, he served under General William Westmoreland, Commander of U.S. operations there and later U.S. Army Chief of Staff, and had lunch with Henry Cabot Lodge, then U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam. Born in Houston, stationed in several foreign countries and all over the United States, he retired in Valdosta. “I had to decide what kind of community to live in,” he said. “I liked the town, I liked the people and the relationship between MAFB and Valdosta was exceptional.” Encouraged by Don Schutt, then president of First National Bank, to go into banking, he did, also adding another degree to those he’d picked up in the Air Force. His civic contributions to Valdosta would fill the page. Steve Everett, current Airport Authority chairman, had this to say about Clarence Parker. “He was the first Chairman of the Valdosta/Lowndes County Airport Authority and served in that capacity for 17 years. His hard work and dedication led to many improvements at the airport including our runway lengthening to over 8,000 feet, the Commercial Airline Terminal building, and many other projects. His achievements will be forever appreciated by pilots, aviation enthusiasts and the community.” He may have retired from the Air Force, but didn’t retire his relationship

with MAFB, the Air Force and Congress, becoming a civilian giant in representing Valdosta to both the military and Washington government. In 2005, Washington and the Air Force were debating which pilot training base to close. Col. Parker traveled to Washington for a meeting with powerful Senator Sam Nunn during which they discussed Sen. Nunn inviting General David Jones, Air Force Chief of Staff, to meet Sen. Nunn in Valdosta to tour Moody Air Force Base. Col. Parker likes to tell the story of being on base when the Wing Commander at the time came up and said, “I bet you don’t know who’s about to arrive.” Sen. Nunn and Gen. David Jones, Col. Parker told him, and because the visit was a tight secret until the last minute, the Wing Commander was astounded. “How’d you know,” he said. “Because Sen. Nunn and I planned this meeting a few weeks ago in his office,” said Col. Parker, who’s continued to maintain contacts of that sort in his strong and continuing efforts to protect Moody for the benefit of his adopted hometown. “The visit was probably a major factor in keeping Moody as an active Air Base,” said Col. Parker. Local leaders then and now say there is no “probably” about it and that Col. Parker continues to be a major community asset. 2014 / MOODY LINK 25


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South Georgia is a superb place to live. It doesn’t have the grinding congestion of big cities, but has all the amenities.

recent graduate of the USAF Academy in 1964, Colonel Nick Lacey (ret’d) flew his own small plane to MAFB for pilot training. Looking for a place to land where he might also be able to keep his plane, he landed uninvited on a grass strip outside Ray City belonging to a Berrien County farmer. The farmer agreed to allow Col. Lacey to fly his plane at the grass strip. Several months later, the farmer’s daughter, a Berrien County High School student, introduced him to one of her high school teachers. After a year and a half of courtship, Col. Lacey and Patricia Creed, the Berrien County High School science teacher, were married in the Ray City United Methodist Church, the church they both attend today. “That was almost 48 years ago,” he said. During his 31 years in the Air Force, Col. Lacey had two combat tours during the Vietnam War, flying the F-105 on 100 missions over North Vietnam in 1966 and flying the A-7 in the Search and Rescue role at the very end of the war. During each year-long tour, Patricia and their children returned to the Valdosta area. Col. Lacey was awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and 12 Air Medals. Among other assignments, he had two 26 MOODY LINK / 2014

tours at the Pentagon, was Base Commander at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, was USAF Europe Director of Inspections, leading the inspection team on unit inspections throughout Europe, and was Defense and Air Attaché at the US Embassy in London. All total, Col. Lacey spent 8 ½ years outside the United States. “With Patricia’s family here, there was no question of where to retire, it meant getting Patricia back here to care for her aging Mother.” “Of course,” he said, “it helps that South Georgia is a superb place to live. It doesn’t have the grinding congestion of big cities, but has all the amenities.” Between 1994 and 2006, he served as director of the Lowndes County 911/Emergency Management Center. His other contributions to South Georgia include being a member of both the Berrien County Planning Commission and the Berrien County Development Authority. He’s also co-chair of the South Georgia Military Advisory Council and former chairman of the Lowndes County Partnership for Health, where he still serves on the board, among a half-dozen other things.

Col. Wayne Edwards

When you’re welcomed warmly, you want to return something to the community,” he said, “It just makes you want to be a good citizen and we’ve tried to do that.

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ayne Edwards reached the rank of Colonel as he rose from Commander of the 68th Fighter Squadron to Operations Group Deputy Commander to Support Group Commander - all while serving at Moody AFB, an unusual occurrence.

He spent twenty-four years in fighter aviation, actively flying in all but two of those years. A member of the initial cadre of F-16 pilots, he was a tactics developer, technical writer, and test pilot for operational testing of that aircraft. While an F-16 Squadron Commander, he led many suc-

cessful overseas deployments. As an F-5 instructor pilot assisting the Royal Saudi Air Force, he traveled and lived in the Middle East. While an F-16 instructor pilot for four NATO countries plus Israel, Egypt, and Pakistan, he lived and traveled extensively in Europe. When Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Republic of Korea Air Force, he lived in South Korea, flew with ROKAF F-16 units, and traveled throughout East Asia. All of this means he’s lived, worked and traveled all over this country and the world, yet he retired in Valdosta. Why?


“Of course, my family liked the community” he said, “It was similar to our home town. I was already here, of course, and by the time I considered retirement, we had become very involved in civic and church affairs and had developed many wonderful relationships.” Asked about relationships between the towns and bases in his other duty stations, Colonel Edwards said, “They’re often cordial, but the towns can be ambivalent about the base being there”, unlike Valdosta’s connection to MAFB. After retirement and a brief stint flying for Southwest Airlines, Colonel Edwards became involved in the investment business, working for Merrill Lynch before opening a Raymond James branch office and then opening the independent firm of Southeast Capital Investment Group, of which he is president and owner. Always remaining active in his adopted community, Colonel Edwards currently serves as Chairman,Valdosta State University Foundation Board of Trustees, President, Camp J. D. Tygart, Inc. (a Methodist facility), and board member of the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. “When you’re welcomed warmly, you want to return something to the community,” he said, “It just makes you want to be a good citizen and we’ve tried to do that.”

Col. Jim Galloway

What sealed the deal,” he said, “was applying for and being selected in 2011 as executive director for the Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority and manager of the Valdosta Regional Airport.

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olonel (ret) James P. Galloway, III earned his wings in 1982, retiring 29 years later (2011) as Commander of Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. In between, other assignments included squadron commander at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, then a return to Kadena as installation inspector general for the base where he got to know numerous HH-60 crewmembers and para-rescue professionals. “I would reunite with many of those on arriving at Moody as Mission Support Group Commander, MAFB in 2004,” he said, and by the time he was reassigned in 2006 to his last command at Maxwell, where he retired in 2011, he and his family had adopted Valdosta. After living in interesting and exciting places all over the world, he was asked what attracted him to retire in Valdosta, a town in which he’d only been stationed from 2004 – 2006? “We already knew we liked the people and especially the relationship between the base and the community,” he said, “so when assigned to Maxwell AFB, we made a family-based decision. My wife would continue to teach school here and I would drive back and forth on weekends.” That, he said, would allow their son to attend one high school, instead of several, as their daughters had done. It also allowed his wife, while continuing to teach, to get her master’s degree at Valdosta State University.

“Before I arrived here, I’d heard about Moody’s relationship with Valdosta,” he said, “and it proved to be true. I immediately enjoyed the feeling of being at home.”

What sealed the deal, he said, was applying for and being selected, in 2010, as executive director for the ValdostaLowndes County Airport Authority and manager of the Valdosta Regional Airport. “It’s a magnificent position,” he said. “I couldn’t have asked for things to turn out any better than they have and I am very thankful.” But Colonels don’t often rest easy. Col. Galloway is also a graduate of Leadership Lowndes, serves on the board of directors of the Greater Valdosta United Way, is secretary and a board member of the Georgia Airports Association and is on the board of directors of the Valdosta Rotary Club, although this is not a complete list of the contributions he continues to make to his adopted hometown. FLYING TIME Between getting his civilian wings in 1975, USAF wings in 1982 and retirement, Col. Galloway flew over 4000 hours in fighter planes and civilian aircraft, including flying tours in the F-15 and the F-3 Tornado with the Royal Air Force (RAF). As an exchange pilot with the Royal Air Force, he deployed with the British to Saudi Arabia for Operation Granby, the British contribution to Desert Shield during the first Gulf War. Airplanes he’s flown include the T-37, T-38, AT-38, Hawk, F-3 Tornado, F-15 Eagle and, as he said, “a myriad of civilian aircraft” for which he’s a licensed commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings. 2014 / MOODY LINK 27


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Job-Hunting Tips for Moody Spouses

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eamTemps Personnel Staffing, Inc. values the relationship Moody Air Force Base has with our community. We have hired and placed hundreds of Moody spouses and dependents in our 28 years in the employment industry. We feel there’s no better way to thank the men and women who serve our country and the spouses who support their efforts than to give back to them in this way through our business. As a local employer, we have been pleased with the quality of employees that come from Moody Air Force Base. These dependable individuals are equipped with the skills, drive and the abilities that today’s employers are looking for, and as a bonus, their life experiences bring a little something extra – a unique perspective into the working world and a strong desire to succeed. We’ve found that when assisting Moody spouses and dependants in job placement, it’s best to keep these five basic ideas in mind in order to make the process easier and more rewarding:

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Do a little homework and research the industries you would like to work in. If you’re not sure what you want to do, take this opportunity to see what’s available in the area and look at the “Help Wanted” section of the newspaper. If you have experience or a passion for something specific (i.e., medical, manufacturing, insurance, etc.), reach out to employers in that field with a phone call, resume, etc. Valdosta has a very diverse employer base and there are many different industries and companies ranging from small Mom & Pop’s to Fortune 500’s.

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Be sure to utilize the resources available to you at Moody. Also, talk to your network of friends, neighbors, and Moody family. Ask about their experiences and any advice they might have for you. Then, apply, apply, apply!!!

By: Sean Panizzi, Branch Manager of TeamTemps Personnel Staffing, Inc.

It has been said that you must treat your job search as a job. The more places you apply and interview with, the better your chances of getting that great job you want.

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Once you get the interview, learn about the company you’re trying to get a job with and, if possible, the individual that you’ll interview with. Ask questions about the job and company. Remember that this is a two-way conversation; you’re there to sell yourself, so let them know what you can bring to the organization and how you can help them.

TeamTemps wishes you well with your job search and appreciates the sacrifices you and your family make for our nation.

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First, get settled into your new home before you hit the street in search of a new job. The job search itself can be stressful, so it is helpful if you’re prepared with the proper attire, a current resume, etc. Seek assistance from employment agencies like TeamTemps Personnel Staffing, Inc. We work with many of our local employers and have access to jobs that may not be advertised elsewhere.

Currently, Sean Panizzi at TeamTemps employs three Moody spouses at their central office. These three spouses exemplify the same dedication to their job as their enlisted counterparts do in protecting our great nation. 2014 / MOODY LINK 29


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plete programs online as well as online academic tutoring. Wiregrass has a partnership with the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) called General Education Mobile (GEM). Through GEM, military members can take the required general education courses online from Wiregrass for credit with CCAF towards a bachelor’s degree.

Wiregrass operates a satellite campus on Base where staff members work one on one with active duty military men and women as well as their family to advise them on the best educational path for their needs.

Military personnel and their dependents who are stationed in Georgia, and who meet the eligibility requirements, may qualify for the HOPE Grant. The HOPE Grant provides financial resources to cover a portion of tuition for certificate and diploma programs at Wiregrass.

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

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

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

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Helping Veterans Find Jobs By: Tony McKenzie, Local Veteran Employment Representative at the Georgia Department of Labor Valdosta Career Center

LVERs work with other service providers to promote veterans as job seekers who have highly marketable skills and experience. The DVOPs work specifically with veterans who have barriers to employment to assist them in overcoming those barriers to become work ready. The DVOPs coordinate services with other organizations such as the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and other veterans services organizations to assist the veterans.

As a LVER, I work with the local business community to ensure that employers understand the many advantages of hiring veterans and that veterans have opportunities for employment and training. We offer a variety of services, such as seminars for employers and job-search workshops for veterans. And, prior to showcasing a veteran to an employer, the veteran is screened for experience, education and skills to make sure he or she is the right job candidate for the employer. Each year, I plan two job fairs and participate in others to promote GDOL services to veterans. We conduct employer visits with a focus on federal contractors. We promote credentialing and training opportunities for veterans with employers, colleges and service providers.

Tony McKenzie, Employment Representative at the Georgia Department of Labor helps Anthony Guthrie write an effective resume.

My job gives me the opportunity to work with veterans like Anthony Guthrie, whom I as-

sisted in getting a part-time position with a large logistics company here in Valdosta. We helped Anthony write an effective resume, provided him job search training, and improved his interview skills. Obviously, that assistance paid off for him. With many years experience as a trained air traffic controller, manager, trainer and supervisor, he has a plethora of transferable skills. Anthony is looking for a full-time position and I will continue to assist him in developing his new career.

I enjoy what I do. It is very fulfilling to work with the men and women who have served our country to help ensure that their lives after separating from the military are successful and rewarding. Plus, I have the pleasure with working with a team of professionals at the Georgia Department of Labor who are committed to serving all Georgians with their employment needs.

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am a Local Veterans’ Employment Representative (LVER) in the Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) Valdosta Career Center.

For more information please call the Georgia Department of Labor at 229-333-5211

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Dining Guide 229.247.8100

You won’t go hungry with this dining guide! Restaurants in red offer discounts to Moody

Baytree Area Manny’s Sub Shop 1211 Baytree Road 229.219.7710

Downtown Area 306 North 310 N. Patterson Street 229.249.5333 bas bleu 121 N. Patterson Street 229.244.2248 bleu PUB 116 W. Hill Avenue 229.219.2289 City Market 101 N. Patterson Street 229.219.0007 Covington’s Dining & Catering** 310 N. Patterson Street 229.242.2261 Dairy Queen 701 N. Ashley Street 229.242.4095 El Cazador 1600 N. Ashley Street 229.333.0554

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Giulio’s Greek Italian Restaurant 105 E. Ann Street 229.333.0929

Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q @ Lake Park** 1088 Lakes Blvd. 229.241.8090

Jessie’s Eats and Treats** 111 W. Central Avenue 229.247.4670

The Fish Net Restaurant @ Lake Park 3949 Sportsman Cove Road 229.559.5410

Kentucky Fried Chicken 1203 N. Ashley Street 229.247.2395

Hill Avenue & Mall Area

Caribbean Delight 1715 W. Savannah Avenue 229.469.6041

Applebee’s** 1301 N. St. Augustine Road 229.241.9933

McDonald’s 715 S. Patterson Street 229.671.9908

Austins Cattle Co. 2101 West Hill Avenue 229.259.9333

McDonald’s 2102 N. Ashley Street 229.671.9833

Azalea’s Restaurant & Lounge** 1805 West Hill Avenue 229.247.9500

Steel Magnolias 132 N. Patterson Street 229.259.0010

Hahira & Lake Park Area Church Street Coffee @Hahira 107 S. Church Street 229.794.3383 McDonald’s @ Lake Park 7207 Lakes Blvd. 229.559.9552

Beijing Café 1715-C Norman Drive 229.253.0808 Bojangles 1725 West Hill Avenue 229.242.4202 Bubba Jax Crab Shack 1700 West Hill Avenue 229.469.4368 Buffalo Wild Wings 1553 Baytree Road 229.241.724

Cheddar’s Casual Café 270 Norman Drive 229.247.5551 Chick-fil-a @ St. Augustine 1100 N St. Augustine Road 229.247.2625 Cracker Barrel 1195 St. Augustine Road 229.244.5258 Crystal River Seafood 958 St. Augustine Road 229.249.9515 Dairy Queen 1836 West Hill Avenue 229.242.5446 Denny’s Restaurant 1328 N. St. Augustine Road 229.253.9388 El Toreo Mexican Restaurant 1713 Gornto Road 229.259.0444 Fazoli’s** 1307 N. St. Augustine Road 229.241.7780 Honey Baked Ham** 1601 Baytree Road 229.244.6833 Hooters 1854 Clubhouse Drive 229.293-9110


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Longhorn Steakhouse 1110 N. St. Augustine Road 229.333.0100

McDonald’s 4109 Bemiss Road 229.671.9940

McDonald’s 1177 St. Augustine Road 229.251.1457

Papa John’s 2139 Bemiss Road 229.241.1000

McDonald’s 1840 West Hill Avenue 229.671.9833

Rodeo Mexican Restaurant 2801 N. Ashley Street 229.671.1866

Mori Japanese Steak House 1709 Norman Drive 229.244.5299

Smok’n Pig B-B-Q** 4228 N. Valdosta Road 229.245.8227

Ole Times Country Buffet 1193 N. St. Augustine Road 229.253.1600

Subway 4622 Bemiss Road 229.245.8090

Olive Garden 1315 St. Augustine Road 229.244.9990

SurEste Cantina 3209-B N. Oak Street Ext. 229.249.0057

Shane’s Rib Shack** 1525 Baytree Road, Suite M 229.469.6950 Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q** 1701 Norman Drive 229.241.8090 Texas Roadhouse 1874 Clubhouse Drive 229.242.7700 Zaxby’s** 1102 N St. Augustine Road 229.244.3273

Summit Pointe & North Valdosta Area

The Egg & I 2953-A N. Ashley Street 229.300.2960 Two Friends Café 3338-B Country Club Drive 229.242.3282 Wooden Nickel Pub 3269 Inner Perimeter Road 229.247.7750 Zaxby’s** 3250 Inner Perimeter Road 229.219.0402

Sweets and Treats

Applebee’s** 3254 Inner Perimeter Road 229.257.0003

The Cup & Cake Shop 1808 Plum Street, Suite C 229.300.1239

Blimpie Subs & Salads 414 Northside Drive 229.245.1885

PammyCakes 1900-E Gornto Road 229.249.9866

Burger King 4464 Shiloh Road 229.247.6593

Smallcakes 3209-A N. Oak Street Ext. 229.469.4892

Chick-fil-a @ North Valdosta 3147 Inner Perimeter Road 229.245.0144 Chicken Salad Chick 3249 N. Oak Street Ext. 229.469.7017 Dairy Queen & Stuckeys 4598 N. Valdosta Road 229.219.7772 Marcos Pizza #8081 4320 Kings Way 229.245.9595 McDonald’s 4185 N. Valdosta Road 229.242.8444

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By: Marilois Campa, Community Relations Director at Options Now

Options Now offers free pregnancy

and options counseling to Moody moms

Amanda’s story is based on several women’s real life situations,” stated Becky Deas, Executive Director. “At Options Now we are honored

to serve the Moody AFB families. Many Airmen are far from home and we are here to support them no matter their situation. An unexpected pregnancy can be difficult when you are alone, but we are here to provide resources, information, and a safe haven.

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manda and her husband had recently been transferred to Moody AFB, and then her husband was deployed. When Amanda suspected she may be pregnant, she came to Options Now for a free pregnancy test. She and her husband were waiting to start their family, so the news of the positive pregnancy test was a surprise. Amanda needed more than just a pregnancy test, she needed a listening ear. She talked to her counselor about her fears and her counselor provided emotional support. Amanda chose to participate with the “Earn While You Learn” program. During the program she learned what to expect throughout her pregnancy and delivery, as well as helpful information about newborn care and beyond. She also earned a new car seat and many of the things she needed to prepare her nursery. The support Amanda received at Options Now was just what she needed. Now she was prepared and excited to become a mother.

more about our services visit, www. OptionsNow.org or call 229-5065017. Volunteer opportunities abound at Options Now. Call our Clinic Director, Maryann Meli, for more information, 229-333-0080. Several former volunteers as well as members of our medical staff have been affiliated with Moody AFB. We appreciate the contributions the servicemen and women and their spouses make to our community!

Options Now is a life-affirming medical clinic serving the women of Moody AFB. We provide free pregnancy testing, limited ultrasound to confirm pregnancy and options counseling in a non-judgmental atmosphere. We offer many resources including our “Earn While You Learn (EWYL)” program, which provides opportunities to earn gift certificates to be used in the Repeat Boutique Thrift Store. First time moms are able to earn a new car seat through this program. EWYL is overseen by staff counselors and volunteers with a heart to empower and educate women with regards to their pregnancy. To learn A Life-Affirming Clinic Serving So. GA and No. FL 2014 / MOODY LINK 39


Valdosta

has so much to offer families of Moody and we wanted to make sure you don’t miss anything! Check out the list below and enjoy...

1. View local and regional artwork at Spring Into Art or the Draw Project at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts. 2. Print out a copy of Valdosta’s Historic Driving Tour and discover over 50 historic buildings as you drive through Valdosta’s four National Registered Historic Districts. 3. Art After Dark - Experience fabulous artwork, bands, & shopping discounts in downtown Valdosta on the third Friday of every month. 4. Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY! Visit the petting zoo or take an excursion tour at Tiger Stripes Exotic Animal Sanctuary. 5. Born to be Wild! Join a local riding club. 6. Sneak a peek at some of the most beautiful and well-appointed homes at Valdosta’s Home and Garden Tour every spring. 7. Give your time to one of many local service clubs to make the community a better place. 8. Polish your public speaking skills with the Valdosta Toastmasters. 9. Get festive! Be a part of a tradition by attending a local festival. 10. Tune up your musical skills by taking piano, guitar or voice lessons. 11. Enroll in a cooking seminar or learn new computer skills in a Continuing Education Class. 12. Fish at the Withlacoochee River. 13. Shop for old and new merchandise, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, clothing and much more at a local flea market or consignment shop. 14. Go wild at Wild Adventures Water and Theme Park! 15. Experience a glimpse of life in the 1920’s by viewing the Milltown Murals in Lakeland. 16. Gaze at the night sky and learn about constellations and visible planets at VSU’s Planetarium Show. 17. Attend one of three musicals put on every summer by Peach State Summer Theatre, the Official Musical Theater of the State of GA. 18. Practice your putting and more at Jungle Jym’s Family Fun Center! 19. Hang out at a local coffee shop. 20. What’s for dinner? Head to the local farmer’s market for fresh produce and meats. 40 MOODY LINK / 2014

21. Take a guided tour of The Crescent House and gardens, an 1898 neoclassical mansion. 22. Ride your bike down the Azalea Trail or join the Azalea Bicyclists. 23. Fish, canoe, hike or camp at Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area. 24. Shop discount prices at the Preferred Outlets at Lake Park or visit the Valdosta Mall for the latest fashion. 25. Play a round or two at one of Valdosta’s best golf courses. 26. Sample and learn about a variety of different wines at wine tastings sponsored by local wineries and establishments. 27. Go quail hunting at the Quail Creek Shooting Preserve. 28. Kick off the holiday season by attending Merry Marketplace, an art and craft show in which all proceeds go to local charities. 29. Train your dog to tackle the dog obstacle-course at the dog park. 30. Learn about our local area by visiting one of our local museums. 31. Enjoy beautiful music performed by the Valdosta Choral Guild at their annual Christmas or Spring Concert. 32. Thrifty? Spend your Saturday finding treasures at local yard sales. 33. Investigate paranormal activity in Valdosta with the Vapir Paranormal club, the closest thing towards becoming a Ghost buster in Valdosta, Ga. 34. Treat yourself to a relaxing spa day. 35. Visit the VSU Fine Arts Gallery to see exhibitions showcasing both student, faculty, and regional artwork. 36. Check out a book, listen to a story, or join a book club at one of many public libraries. 37. Tap into your creative side and take an art class. 38. Buy a corned beef sandwich from Temple Israel. 39. Looking for the perfect outfit for a special occasion? Check out the local boutiques. 40. Farm Days – Shop Local! Head to Downtown Valdosta on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from May to September to buy locallygrown produce and locallyproduced artisan items. 41. Practice your shot at one of Valdosta’s shooting ranges. 42. Attend a Moody Air Force Base air show.


43. Enjoy a Valdosta Theatre Guild’s theatrical production at the ‘Dosta Playhouse. 44. Fly your remote control plane with the Valdosta RCA Flyers. 45. TITLETOWN for a Reason! Cheer on our local high school athletes. 46. Sample International cuisine at a local restaurant. 47. Attend the South Georgia Classic, a Nationwide PGA tour annual event at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club. 48. Lace up your running shoes and participate in one of Valdosta’s 5K races. 49. Garden with one of nine gardening clubs with the Valdosta Garden Center . 50. Bowl a strike at Jac’s Lane. 51. First Fridays Downtown! Gather to eat and socialize in our beautiful, historic downtown area the first Friday of each month. 52. Unwind from a long day or work week by singing karaoke, playing trivia, shooting pool or throwing darts at a local pub. 53. Catch a flick on the big screen. 54. Get organic and healthy at an organic or natural food store. 55. Enjoy a ballet production put on by one of the local dance companies. 56. Sample a variety of foods while raising money for local charities at the annual Taste of Valdosta event. 57. Load up the kids and head to an inflatable playground 58. Vroom! Vroom! Start your engines and head to the South Georgia Motor Sports Park, a racing facility consisting of a ¼ mile NHRA drag strip and ½ mile paved oval racetrack. 59. Try out a new look and get a makeover at a local salon. 60. Enjoy a fine dining experience in restaurants offering delicious cuisine and intimate atmospheres 61. It’s great to be a VSU Blazer! Dress in your red and black gear and enjoy VSU Athletics. 62. Have a party! Let someone else do the cooking and hire a caterer. 63. Get it while it’s hot! Eat a hot, fresh doughnut from Daylight Donuts or Dixie Cream. 64. Surprise a loved one with flowers from a local florist. 65. Have a picnic at one of Lowndes County’s 36 public parks. 66. Listen to classical music performed by the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra comprised of the region’s finest and musicians. 67. Take a leisurely walk or go for a jog on the Camellia Trail at Valdosta State University. 68. Indulge in a southern BBQ sandwich. 69. Peruse the works of local artists in local art galleries. 70. Grab the girls & head to the annual South Georgia Bridal Expo. 71. Re-fuel your body with a refreshing fresh-squeezed juice, smoothie or wheatgrass shot. 72. It’s fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A. Join the local “Y”! 73. Head out to the fields and pick seasonal fresh fruits at a local farmer vendor.

74. Help preserve the art of quilting with fellowship as a member of a local quilter’s guild. 75. Pitch a tent and go camping at a local campground. 76. Greet newcomers or get to know others new to the area with South Georgia Newcomers’ Club or MetroOne. 77. Decorate your home or find the perfect house-warming gift at one of several home interior stores. 78. Enjoy a VSU Theatre production at Whitehead Auditorium. 79. Take a guided hunting tour. 80. Play frisbee or work on your tan on the front lawn of Valdosta State University’s campus. 81. Earn a black belt or learn self defense at a martial arts class. 82. Looking for some bling? See what local jewelry stores have to offer. 83. Attend a local place of worship. 84. Grab your lawn chair and line the streets to watch a parade in Downtown Valdosta. 85. Head out to Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge to enjoy South Georgia’s natural beauty. 86. Mentor a child or train to be an advocate with children. 87. Get involved at a City Council meeting at the historic City Hall building or a County Commission meeting at the Lowndes County Judicial Administrative Complex. 88. Visit Sunset Hill Cemetery, a Victorian style cemetery established in 1861, where you can see the graves of many of Valdosta’s notable and historic persons. 89. Beat the heat and enjoy an ice cream or frozen treat. 90. Attend a FREE Lunch and Learn at the City Hall Annex. 91. Design on a Dime. Take home improvement classes and do it yourself. 92. Channel your inner Yogi at a yoga class 93. Experience life in a cotton mill town by strolling through the mill houses in the City of Remerton, developed after Strickland Cotton Mills was built in 1899. 94. Hear a band at a local venue. 95. Broadway comes to Valdosta! Purchase season tickets to the Presenter Series and enjoy award-winning musicals and plays performed by traveling companies. 96. Attend the annual 100 Black Men of Valdosta Top Barbecue Chefs Cook-off on the courthouse lawn in August. 97. Give back! Donate blood or build a house. 98. Join an underground beer and wine club and try new beers and wines every month. 99. Get in shape and have fun doing it! Take a Zumba, ballroom, latin, or ballet dance class. 100. Join the roller derby with the Valdosta Venom-Roller Derby Team!

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Peach State Summer Theatre has a Silver Celebration Season By: Jacque Wheeler, Artistic Director, Peach State Summer Theatre

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he upcoming 2014 season of Peach State Summer Theatre will mark 25 years of professional summer musicals produced by Valdosta State University. Peach State Summer Theatre has been designated as the Official Musical Theatre of Georgia in recognition of the quality of these productions. The 2014 anniversary season is sure to be a hit and includes three guaranteed-to-please shows. The first production will be Disney’s MARY POPPINS, based on the 1964 Disney movie and the stories of P. L. Travers. MARY POPPINS will open on June 6, 2014. The second show of the season will be SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller. The revue with no dialogue showcases such hits as “Poison Ivy,” “Yakkety Yak,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Fools Fall in Love,” and lots more. SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ will open on June 20, 2014. The third production of the season will be 42nd STREET, a big 1930’s Hollywood style musical about an effort to produce a Broadway musical at the height of the Depression. “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle off to Buffalo,” “We’re in the Money,” “I Only Have Eyes For You,” are included in a score that will surely have you tapping your feet. 42nd STREET will open on June 27. All performances take place in Sawyer Theatre in the Fine Arts Building on the Valdosta State University campus. Performance times can be found on the website at www.valdosta.edu/psst. You can also like us on Facebook.

Early bird season memberships are available through Feb. 14, 2014 and can be purchased online. We invite you to join us as we celebrate 25 wonderful seasons of musical theatre productions and look forward to producing musicals for another 25 years! 42 MOODY LINK / 2014


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