Anne-Marie Wolff is retiring from her job as Valdosta Planning and Zoning Coordinator and moving to Montana. Chairman Ken Sherrill on behalf of the Greater Lowndes Planning Commission awarded her the title of Honorary Commissioner.
Many people have talked about the recidivism problem, but here's a group trying to do something about it. Helping people right out of jail to learn how to get a job, convincing employers to hire them, mentoring them longterm with life coaches, lawyers, and accountants,
and with some helping them start their own businesses and employ others.
Jimmy Boyd is the principal organizer, and Steve Johnson is the outreach coordinator.
They have some more people already signed up in a core team, and are looking for
additional people, not to mention grants.
CHANCE had an organizational meeting 7 Jan 2010 at Floyd Rose's Serenity Church.
Videos by Gretchen Quarterman for LAKE.
Help give some people a needed push?
Take responsibility and help solve a problem what will reduce crime by increasing employment?
Here's a chance to do that.
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The Valdosta City Council inducted three members:
Deidra White (first time), Alvin Payton Jr. (re-elected), and Robert Yost (re-elected). The Council then elected John Eunice Mayor Pro-Tem.
a playlist for the whole thing:
Sugar peas, butter lettuce, red and white Spanish onions, cauliflower and other veggies filled the 4-by-8-foot planter boxes, which Lozano gave them. With four children of their own, the Lopezes live in a small house with two other families, 14 people in all.
The modest harvest won't eliminate Lopez's trips to the food pantry, but it does save the family the cost of fresh vegetables it would otherwise have to buy at the market.
"This is saving us quite a bit of money," said Arturo Lopez, a wall-framer who hasn't worked since injuring his back last year. "Our children are eating better. They come back here and eat a leaf of lettuce like candy."