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Orchids & Onions (December 20, 2013)

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Orchids to…

• Courtney and Canaan Bowman on the birth of your beautiful baby girl, from Mom, Dad and John.

• Sharon and Ray Long for being the sweetest neighbors a girl could ask for, from Taylor.

• the city of Franklin for a wonderful Christmas parade Dec. 7.

• Mrs. Karen O’Connor and Mrs. Sprague for attending our Simmons Schoolhouse field trip with us, from Mrs. Wenzler’s fourth-grade class.

• Westside Community Church ladies for the gift donations to brighten the residents’ Christmas, from a grateful activities director.

• Jermiha Gernert, grandson, for the beautiful pot of flowers, from Bea Badger.

• Jennifer Willhite for her article about the Festival of Lights parade.

• the person who found my black glove and placed it on the railing at my house, from Mrs. Campbell.

• the person who turned in my lost wallet at Menard’s on Saturday.

• Southside Elementary School crossing guard for the sweet treats, from the Southside bus driver.

• FBC Hartsville youth and leaders for the awesome caroling Sunday evening, from Becketts.

• students at St. Peter’s for the wonderful old-fashioned Christmas service and the beautiful processional of Hosanna.

• Natalie at Willow Crossing for doing Barbara’s hair and all of the CNAs and nursing staff for helping her the past two weeks, from her family.

• Barb Newton for hosting a delicious Christmas lunch, from the staff at First Presbyterian Preschool.

• Alma Wiley and the teachers at Dancers Studio for a wonderful “Nutcracker” production, from the Jacksons.

• Norman Funeral Home for the very nice and well decorated memorial open house.

• Onions to…

• the local business that wastes food instead of donating it to the needy.

• self-congratulatory nonsense.

• radio stations that broadcast sports instead of music.

• people who complain about not making enough money while playing with their smartphone, iPad, Xbox and Playstation.

• the driver of the Saturn with no lights of any type on the back of the car who caused a wreck then left the scene.

• the drug dealers who dealt drugs Tuesday afternoon in the open in front of children.

• the flower shop that sent wilted flowers in a bouquet taking advantage of a customer who lives out of town.

• past city officials for making deals that cost the city $300,000.

• the newspaper for not publishing junior high and grade school basketball scores.

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