Good morning Columbus. What you need to know — remembering Savanna, area scouts going to Puerto Rico, Gerber Baby, will there be another Pence in Washington?

Greetings Columbus —

Savanna Jessie

Life is so very fragile.

One moment, Matt Jessie is tucking his daughter into bed and kissing her good night. The next morning, 7-year-old Savanna is gone, way too soon.

On Wednesday, Matt Jessie spoke with The Republic’s Julie McClure about the days leading up to Savanna’s death and the precious memories he has of his little girl with a smile as wide as the moon.

You know, it’s usually not the so-called grand gestures we remember in life — the expensive gift, the fancy birthday party.

Really, it’s the little things —  the time spent just hanging out, playing catch, baking cookies together, conversations around the kitchen table — that end up mattering the most. These are the moments that stick to our hearts when it is all said and done.

And that’s what Matt Jessie spoke so eloquently about. Some of best times he spent with Savanna were just being with her, drawing pictures and “making stuff.”

Today, the family will gather for Savanna’s funeral.

Spend a moment remembering the first-grader who was a ray of light to her classmates, teachers and family.

Then go and hang out with your kids. Hug them too.

Because it’s the little things that are really the big things, and life is so very fragile.

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Here’s what else you need to know —

Another Pence in Washington?
Vice President Mike Pence’s brother wants to be a congressman just like his younger brother was. “The president of the United States (Donald Trump) along with my brother  have inspired the heck out of me for what I think they’re going to do for the middle class and for the U.S. economy, and help people in this country,” Greg Pence said. Friday’s Republic.

Lucas Warren, Gerber Baby

Gerber Baby 2018: This will make you smile.
Meet Lucas Warren. He’s the first Gerber Baby with Down Syndrome. Story here.

State Bound: North swimmers looking for speed.
North coach Logan Schaefer said anything can happen at the state meet, and the girls are going in with the mindset that it’s a new meet and a new opportunity. Story here.

Helping out in Puerto Rico.
Two area Boys Scouts are following a scout guiding principal: Do a good turn daily. Learn what Jacoby Ward and Kayeden Messina will be doing to help others. Read the story here.

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