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The Faith Ministries men's ministry group in Columbus donated 90 bags of classroom supplies to teachers at Clifty Creek and Taylorsville elementary schools. From left is Faith Ministries Pastor Tony McClendon, Clifty Creek Principal Michael Parsons, Taylorsville Principal Sydell Gant and Joseph Jefferson, a member of the men's ministry and superintendent of grounds and buildings at Faith Ministries. Submitted

Kind gesture

The men’s ministry of Faith Ministries recently provided a helping hand to Clifty Creek and Taylorsville elementary schools by donating 90 bags filled with needed supplies: pencils, dry-erase markers, facial tissue and sticky notes, for example.

The donations assist teachers who often have to pay for these items for their classrooms out of their pockets. The group said it plans to help other Bartholomew Consolidated schools in the future.

This generosity is appreciated and helps ensure that teachers have fully stocked classrooms that make the school day function more smoothly.

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Life savers

A woman is alive thanks to the quick thinking of a Bartholomew County family. After the driver crashed into a utility pole in the 800 block of North County Road 250W, the Jones family – Russ, Kenya and their son Loren – saved her life with quick thinking and quick action.

Russ and Loren Jones pulled the woman safely from her car and Kenya called 911 for emergency assistance before the car became engulfed in flames.

Their compassion for the lives of others is worthy of special mention.

Benefiting youths

The Columbus Youth Triathlon, which features swimming, biking and running components, started six years ago. Since 2014, it has included both a June and August event, allowing members of a youth triathlon club who participate in both events to track their progress.

The most recent youth triathlon on Aug. 12 at Donner Park drew 37 participants ranging in age from 6-14.

Those who created the triathlon and organized and operated the latest one deserve thanks for their efforts. Events such as this promote active lifestyles for children and give them the opportunity to participate in a type of event that has become popular with local adults, as the annual Foundation For Youth Columbus Challenge has for more than 20 years.