Important tool

A Jan. 6 incident provided another good example of the benefit of Bartholomew County having a text-to-911 option, especially for domestic emergencies.

A woman used the function to alert authorities that she had been injured by a man in her home and needed help. The text-to-911 function allowed police to locate the house and apprehend the alleged perpetrator, who was arrested on charges of strangulation and domestic battery with a child present.

Text-to-911 helped a woman in trouble get the help she needed quickly. It should be reassuring for Bartholomew County residents to know that this important tool is valued locally and has proven its worth.

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Encouraging example

Donn Voyles, 84, Columbus, set a good example for senior citizens who want to stay active. He bowled a perfect 300 game on Dec. 22 at Columbus Bowling Center.

Voyles likes to fish, golf and play softball, but his favorite pastime is bowling. His perfect game is notable because not only is it the effort of someone who wants to be active, but it’s also only five years shy of the all-time record for the oldest person to bowl a 300 game.

The perfect game by Voyles is another good reminder that a person’s numerical age doesn’t necessarily equate to that person’s age at heart.

Kind gesture appreciated

Hauser High School is two states and hundreds of miles away from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, but that didn’t prevent it from assisting the community like a neighbor.

Gatlinburg, a popular vacation destination, suffered significant damage from wildfires in late November/early December. Hauser assisted residents of that community by coordinating a donation of disaster relief items. Dave Irvine, who just retired as Hauser’s athletic director, spearheaded the campaign that used sports events to encourage fans to lend a hand. Irvine said the donations filled half of a 5-foot by 8-foot rental trailer, and included non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, household items and toiletries.

Hauser staff who organized the relief drive and those who donated to it deserve a special thanks. Their efforts will help brighten the lives of residents who endured a frightening event.