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    Orchids to…

    • Anita at the Columbus Elks Lodge for helping us make our parents’ 50th wedding anniversary a huge success, from Karyn Stickan.

    • Gregg Macklin, who has his eyes wide open.

    • Rennie Haeseley, Janie and Tommy for watching all the kiddos and always being there, from the Fox and Higgins families.

    • Shorty’s Restaurant for their assistance, from John Tinkey.

    • Bush, Daily, Hackman, Nienaber and Whipker Farmers Markets for your generous donations to “Night of a Thousand Jacks,” from Advocates for Children.

    • Don Goodwin for your well-thought-out letter to the editor, from Mike Imlay.

    • Rick Thompson for taking down a tree and for always being helpful, from your neighbor.

    • Oscar Rains for the great job remodeling our kitchen and then some, from the Rawlinsons.

    • Cathy Anderson, the BCSC phone technician, for going above and beyond, from Jan at Parkside.

    • the entire Columbus North boys soccer team for an incredible season and to all 13 seniors for an amazing four years.

    • Don Goodwin for his letter to the editor.

    • our grandson Jake Baker for making the gold honor roll at CSA Lincoln.

    • everyone who has helped me, especially Janet Quillen and Bev Fields, Hope Moravian Church and the Ridge, from Janell Coomer.

    • those runners who have shiny reflectors on their shoes and bicyclists who have flashing lights on their bicycles at night so they can be seen.

    • Joe Harpring on his retirement and for being an outstanding photographer and always being a kind and caring person, from a Republic reader.

    • Kyla and the crew at Texas Roadhouse for being such a good part of the community, from the Taylorsville United Methodist Church.

    • Shannon Palmer for her beautiful letter to the editor, from Colene Rich.

    • my family and friends who made my 90th birthday celebration so special and a great success, from Dorothy Shelton.

    • Mckayla Moreno on getting all A’s on her report card, from Mommy and Nana and Papaw Vaughn.

    • David and Deborah Kleinschmidt for their work regarding their son, who was lost in Afghanistan, from Keepsake Village.

    Onions to…

    • the occupants of the house on the east side for having garbage on the front porch and overflowing out of the garage, making the value of surrounding homes decrease.

    • drivers who cruise through the stop sign at County Road 525 and Goeller Boulevard, especially northbound.

    • tenants of the rental house in the Caldwell Addition for leaving trash and tree limbs spilling into the alley.

    • joggers who jog on the city golf course instead of using the People Trail, which goes right by the golf course.

    • the county office for putting me on hold for 30 minutes then hanging up on me.

    • any politician who has to hire a personality coach to help them.

    • those who cannot understand that disagreeing with Obama’s policies has nothing to do with race.

    • apartment residents that do not put their trash in the Toters, letting it blow into neighboring backyards.

    • those who preach and write about freedom of speech but criticize others with different political viewpoints.

    • the person who filed a false police report over the weekend.

    • the small town athletics department for corruption.

    • the organization for paying people to collect donations instead of asking or requiring those who receive their benefits to donate their time.

    • those responsible for spending $3 million on school sports improvements and ignoring the $250,000 that could save the International School.

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