Around Town – June 22

Orchids to …

• all city employees who continue their departmental work with integrity, honesty and diligence.

• Keith Reeves for his 30-plus years of leadership and public service to Columbus.

• Cindy, the post office employee, who went way above and beyond in both customer service and kindness.

• Vera for sharing your paper with me because I usually pass it on.

Onions to …

• the company that has no respect for its employees.

• those who think after this water crisis we should be handing out participation trophies when people need to be fired.

• the person paying more attention to other drivers’ mistakes instead of focusing on their own driving abilities.

• people who can never be satisfied.

• hypocritical voters who have an endless supply of money for vices but shirk their civic obligation to pay taxes.

• grandparents who teach their grandchildren how to spend their money foolishly.

• those who don’t understand that if there are many false-positive tests then it may be time to learn how to correctly do the job.

• those who submitted accusatory Onions regarding the boil water advisory without knowing all the facts.

• people who became hysterical over what turned out to be a false crisis.

• parents and grandparents who refuse to take their children out of church when they are causing a disturbance.

• the officials testing the water who should’ve put out a boil water advisory immediately when the first test came back positive for E. coli because I would much rather be inconvenienced by boiling my water than possibly getting sick.

• city officials who are obsessed with raising our taxes.

• those in charge of building apartments within the required 100 feet from a cemetery.

Happy Birthday to …

• Christy Baker, from Bethel Baptist Church, and from your family, co-workers and Donna.

• Joe Blanchard, from Suzanne, Henry, co-workers and Donna.

• Bill Sullivan, from the Who So Ever Will Community Church.

• Jean Martin, from Joseph Hart Chapter DAR.

• Emery Roxanne Tyree, from Grandma Hege.

• Austin Ashbrook.

• Elisha Hoover.

• Emily Titus.

• Jim Hancock.

• Marion Crumb.

• Albert T. Burton, from Steve.

• Chelci Talkington on No. 24, from Mom and Dad Simmons.

• Elizabeth Harmon (Mamaw) on No. 91, from Todd and Michelle.

• Ryan Ritchison, from Mom.

• Tammy Keller.

• Sammy Nolan, from brother Dylan, sister Katelynn, Gabby, Mom, Shawn, Grandpa, Aunt Retha, Aunt Becky, Aunt Jan, Aunt Vera and the rest of the family.

Happy Belated Birthday to …

• Crystal Perry, from family and friends.

Happy Anniversary to …

• Steve and Karen Nading and Ed and Lauri Hendershot, from friends at the Moravian Church.