Around Town – January 3

Orchids to …

• the city of Columbus for the prospect of four amazing years with a new mayor.

• the Hope town officials for giving pay raises and vacation time to their employees.

• Carson Rogan for the well-written and important letter on plant-based diets.

• Mayor Jim Lienhoop for sharing your vision and giving us hope to unite our city when we have others who are still trying to drive wedges.

• men and women in uniform for your hard work and dedication and take it in to 2016.

• The Republic circulation and newspaper delivery person on Ninth Street for awesome service, from a Ninth Street resident.

• the mail delivery lady on Ninth Street for awesome service, from a Ninth Street resident.

• Mayor Kristen Brown for doing such a good job as I’m sure we’ll miss her.

• Hilda at the Dollar Tree for donating to my classroom prize box on New Year’s Day, from a grateful second grade teacher.

• Brandon Andress for his touching article about staying present in the moment, from Jan and Roger.

Happy Birthday to …

• Max Lay, from your family and Donna.

• Earl Jasper, from Pastor Lewis and The Who So Ever Will Community Church.

• Hailey Shaw, from all the Mize family.

• Bryson Davis, from Aunt Teresa, Craig and Natasha.

• Emma Gross, from Jean Patrick.

• Vernon Jewell, from Browns Corner Chapel Church.

• Wendell Lee Burton, from Marvin, Brenda, Etta and families.

• Brooklyn Dawn, on No. 16, from Nana and Pa.

• Adisyn Dean Smith, from Mom and family.