Great honor

Morgan Proffitt, a hometown hero from the Columbus North High School soccer program, recently earned the 71st Robert L. and William P. McCahill Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a Marquette University student-athlete. It’s given to a student-athlete who has achieved in athletics, scholarship and service to the university.

Proffitt graduated from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, private university last spring — and next up looks forward to her second year in the National Women’s Soccer League. While at Marquette, she was involved in community service activities such as Relay for Life, Hunger Clean Up and TOPSoccer.

Proffitt is a great role model for Columbus student-athletes who aspire to be and do their best.

Team’s importance

On Jan. 5, the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested seven people in Columbus, including one described as one of the most prominent drug dealers in Columbus, and seized of 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $60,000, drug paraphernalia, stolen property and nearly $24,000 in cash.

The team, which started in 2015, includes officers from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office. Its purpose is to target the manufacture and abuse of dangerous drugs in the city and county.

The recent drug bust and arrests once again demonstrates the importance and value of the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team in getting drugs and drug dealers off the streets in the community.

Terrific project

Boys wishing to attain the rank of Eagle Scout have to do service projects. Ethan Eavey of Columbus established Free Little Libraries around the city for his project.

The Free Little Libraries concept started in 2009 in Wisconsin and is intended to promote reading and literacy in a free way with tiny libraries at locations in communities. The libraries are essentially boxes with donated books that people can come and borrow as they wish.

Eavey, 15, a member of Boy Scout Troop 555, established three such libraries. Two are at First United Methodist Church — one on Eighth Street and the other on Lafayette Street — and the third at Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center. Eavey’s project adds free community resources from which residents can benefit. That’s appreciated and a great idea by the Scout.