Thumbs Up! Feb. 17, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: See who deserves a thumbs up this week.

Prom night is one that every girl remembers. As a senior, it is the last big event of a long road toward graduation day. There’s the excitement, the date, the music, the decorations, the hairdo and, most importantly, the dress. Girls start looking for and dreaming about the perfect prom dress months before the event. That’s the scenario in a perfect world, one not a reality to many. A relatively new organization in Albany hopes to help the prom dress dream come true for at least 100 girls. Women in Law Enforcement includes officers, deputies, and employees from the Dougherty County Police Department, the Albany Police Department, the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office and the Dougherty County District Attorney’s Office. Lt. Tamiko Whitlock, a detective with DCPD, said this is the group’s first time collecting prom dresses but it will not be the last. The women will work with area agencies to make sure the dresses go where they are needed most. A goal of 100 dresses has been set but there will certainly be no dress turned away. Eagle Cleaners has already agreed to clean 10 dresses free of charge and others in the community will likely follow suit. If you can help, call any of the agencies named above.

An addition to the lower campus at Deerfield-Windsor School has nothing to do with bricks and mortar. Last week retired Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Nick Nicholson of the Albany Exchange Club visited the campus for the dedication of a new Freedom Shrine. Since 1947, Exchange Clubs across the nation has donated and installed the shrines in libraries, schools, state capitols, city halls, airports and universities. The donations always include replicas of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. DWS’s historical collection also includes the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation and inaugural addresses by various presidents. Nicholson spoke to the students about how our country was founded and the importance of history on their young lives. The Freedom Shrine will serve as a permanent reminder to these students and all that follow.

Two weeks from today will be day one of qualifying for the May 20th primary. It looks as if the line could be long in Dougherty County. Many candidates have thrown their hats into the ring already, with more expected to come. U.S. House District 2, Georgia House District 153, the Dougherty County Commission, including the chairman’s seat and the Dougherty County Board of Education all have the opportunity to see news faces. Or, if satisfied with things as they are, incumbents that choose to run again, can be retained in their seats. Until qualifying is over, the possibilities are endless. To all that have and all that will, a special thank you for stepping up to the political plate. By exercising the right to vote, it will become the citizen’s choice as to wins these important government seats. Primary winners will face off November 4.

Free for All ads are a popular part of The Albany Herald. Folks wanting to sell items for less than $200 can place an ad without charge. It’s a great place to find used furniture, clothes, toys, appliances and more. An entry last week was of particular interest. It simply read: Free firewood for elderly who cannot afford to pay. Two telephone numbers were then given. To the submitter, your generosity brings a smile this day.

Congratulations are in high order for the Pelham High School Lady Hornets. The 2013-14 basketball team sealed a perfect season when the last buzzer sounded on Feb. 8. The girls did what no other team in school history has been able to accomplish. These Hornets stung their way into the record book with its 23-0 season.