is home to most advanced smart grid in the nation, customers are
enjoying Internet speeds that are almost 100 times faster than the
national average. Most Internet users in the U.S. have access to
about 4.5 megabits of Internet speed.
OK, you can get spees that fast here:
with Verizon 4G LTE,
not too many places via land access.
On Friday, October 5th I will be hosting a fundraiser called
“Rockin’ for a Cause” to help fight illiteracy in South
Georgia. Working with Dr. Marty Williams and Charlie Oliver, we hope
to raise $6,000 for the Literacy Volunteer Program (LVP) of South
Georgia. The LVP provides one-to-one tutoring to improve the
reading, writing, and arithmetic skills of functionally illiterate
individuals 16 years of age and older in South Central Georgia.
The ticket price for the event is $20 and includes an evening of
good-time music from The Backstreet Blazers band, one raffle ticket
for a chance to win a variety of great prizes, and an assortment of
delicious appetizers. Dr. James LaPlant has graciously agreed to
emcee the event.
“Rockin’ for a Cause” will take place on Friday, October
5th at The American Legion Post 13 located at 1301 Williams Street
(behind Bazemore-Hyder Stadium) from 7:00-10:30 pm. In addition to
an air-conditioned dance hall, the American Legion has a cash bar
for beer and wine.
If you are interested in purchasing tickets before the night of the
event, you may contact one of the following:
They have lots of other stuff on their
for tonight, including an appointment to the
Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBOA),
and an appointment to the
Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority.
ZBOA decides on variances to Valdosta’s LDR and Lowndes County’s ULDC,
including sign variances, much to the annoyance of
some local entitled rich people and of
What will you do? —John S. Quarterman @ VCC 7 April 2011
Regular monthly meeting of the Valdosta City Council (VCC),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 7 April 2011,
Videos by Gretchen Quarterman for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange.
Before I started, the mayor noted that many people needed to go to an event at 7PM
(he didn’t name it, but it was the
100 Black Men Annual Dinner.)
He offered to proceed with scheduled business and re-open Citizens to be Heard at the end of the meeting.
I had already waited until nobody else seemed to want to speak.
It’s an opportunity for those of us who are not currently
searching for our next meal to help those who need jobs,
and thereby to help ourselves, so they don’t turn to crime.
Like a burned-over longleaf pine, we can come back from this recession
greener than ever, if we choose wisely.
Switchgrass seemed like a good idea five or ten years ago,
but there is still no market for it.
Not just strictly organic by Georgia’s ridiculously
restrictive standards for that, but also less pesticides
for healthier foods, pioneered as nearby as Tifton.
That’s two markets: one for farmers, stores, and farmers’ markets
in growing and distributing healthy food, and one for local
banks in financing farmers converting from their overlarge
pesticide spraying machinery to plows and cultivators.
Similarly, biomass may have seemed like a good idea years ago,
but with Adage backing out of both of its Florida biomass plants
just across the state line, having never built any such plant ever,
the biomass boom never happened.
Meanwhile, our own Wesley Langdale has demonstrated to the state
“…and The Langdale Company for the supply of waste wood to the project.
“Renewable energy is the next frontier for the working forest, which
has been creating jobs and cleaning our air and water for generations,”
said Wesley Langdale, President of The Langdale Company. “Working with
partners such as AREVA and Duke Energy gives our 115-year-old company
confidence in the viability and sustainability of the project.” Langdale
and ADAGE made this announcement during the Forest Landowners Association
annual conference in Amelia Island.
Hamilton County, Florida is of course just across the state line from
Lowndes County, Georgia, home of The Langdale Company.
What will removing the nearby competition do for Wiregrass Power LLC’s
proposed biomass plant in Lowndes County, Georgia, which
still has no suppliers of wood?
Will Adage’s failure to build any biomass plants ever serve as a model?
Or will something else happen?
Look through the shell companies like Adage to the real backers.
Why is the source of
the recent news about Adage biomass
the Charlotte Business Journal?
Adage is “An Areva/Duke Energy advanced biopower company.”
And Charlotte is where Duke Energy is based.
The joint venture has yet to build a biomass plant anywhere. DePonty
says it is clear that Adage will not achieve the goal announced when
Duke and Areva formed it to build 10 to 12 biomass plants around the
country by 2013.
Mayor Anthony Baker of the City of Gretna announced today that in light
of Adage, LLC’s decision to suspend activity on its proposed Bioenergy
facility slated for construction in Gretna (as well as suspension
of its application for an air permit through the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection) that the City now considers this matter
closed and will take no further action on Adage’s request to locate
this facility in Gretna. Inasmuch as the Bioenergy Plant could neither
legally operate nor be sited in Gretna without an air permit, the City
concluded that this was no longer a viable project and Adage’s decision
to suspend activity on its air permit indicated that further consideration
of the project by the City was unwarranted. Since there were no issues
pending before the City of Gretna requiring action by its Commission
relative to the Plant, the Mayor deemed termination of the project as
final disposition of this matter as far as the City is concerned.