Around Town – January 4

Orchids to …

• Public Works Director Bryan Burton and the city of Columbus for a timely response and making Columbus a better place to live.

• the Clarion Hotel for waking the city up that we need to stop worrying about gateways and walking paths and start worrying about a solution for future flooding.

• Mark at Lowe’s for going above and beyond Friday afternoon to help me find a register vent cover.

• the Fodrea first-grade students who have chosen to support the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, from local supporters.

• the person outside the department store for handing out tickets to people in handicapped parking spots with expired vehicle stickers.

• all our newspaper customers for your kindness and generosity over the years, from Albert and Jessica Crider.

• Cheri and Sally for their hard work at Columbus Transit and to their future success.

• people at the west side Walmart for finding my wallet and notifying me, from a grateful customer.

• Heather at the Kroger pharmacy for outstanding service.

Onions to …

• the man in the truck who drives across the driving range near the golf course to let his dog run.

• people who haven’t figured out that Columbus does not have the power, control or money to keep supporting the visions of one person.

• The Republic for leaving the Columbus Icemen out of the top 10 sports stories of the year after making it to state for a third straight year and winning the Henry G. Schallert Team Academic Award for highest grade-point average in Indiana.

• those who do not realize that not all residents are happy that a local band is participating in such a controversial inauguration.

• people who complain that businesses are closed after the holiday, when that time off is so employees have time with their families.

• folks being able to use food stamps to buy frosties at the gas station.

• parents who have money for cigarettes, beer and lottery tickets but use food stamps to buy food for their kids.

• governmental unit that allows a department head to live outside the required geographical area.

• the businesses that are closed a day after the holiday.

• those who litter the Orchids section with nonsense.

• drivers who are in such a hurry that they don’t let pedestrians cross in front of them.

• the people who trashed the Putt-Putt course, who should be ashamed of themselves.

• those driving in inclement weather with no headlights on.

• the elitist attitude that someone is inferior simply by how they voted.

Happy Birthday to …

• Deanna Kurtz, from your family and Donna.

• Larry Lucas, from Brenda, your family and Donna.

• Deanna Perry, from your family and Donna.

• Flo Whited, from Pastor Lewis and The Who So Ever Will Community Church.

• Julia Glick.

• Anita Crull.

• Mary Jo Herman.

• Abby Hunnicutt.

• Michelle Wager, from Zachary, Caitlin, Nathan and Mom and Dad Beeker.

• Tommy Curd, from Grandma Jean, Grandma Joan, Grandma Kim and Grandpa Mark.

• Vera Hill, from the family.

• Imogene Weisner, from Joseph Hart Chapter DAR.

• Mary Jo Hermon, from Joseph Hart Chapter DAR.

• Ruby on No. 90 and Bella Lewis, from your friends at Fairington Apartments.

• Chester Caudill, from the family.

• Abigail Dickey and Jean Weisner, from friends at the Moravian Church.

Happy Birthday to …

• Hailey Shaw, from the Mize families.

• Beverly Crouch, from Lena.