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    Orchids to…

    • Hauser girls softball team for winning their sectional, from the Hauser lunch ladies.

    • Jim Fleming, Gary Spiker, Al White and Asbury United Methodist Church for providing sound for the “Show Biz” buffet dinner theater, from the Lasting Impressions.

    • Texas Roadhouse management for always being professional and very helpful, from a happy server.

    • Brother Bob and Sister Alice Reeves for the swing set frame, from little Brantley.

    • Bob and Priscilla Brown on their retirement, from the staff at Brown’s Antiques & Furniture Restoration.

    • Rich Gold, Jim Leinhoop and Chuck Wilt for your intelligent and truthful letters regarding the way our city is being run, from a concerned voter.

    • Mayor Kristen Brown for working tirelessly, despite adversity, to advance Columbus and bring us into compliance with Indiana laws.

    • the Columbus Board of Public Works and Safety for allowing JCB NeighborFEST to return to the 300 block of Washington Street.

    • Craig Fields for a good, logical letter regarding the gun madness, from Gary Hallum.

    • JCB for a great NeighborFest.

    • Eli and Blake for another awesome year of school and Keagan for receiving the Presidential Award and graduating sixth grade, from g-ma and poppy.

    • the sandwich shop at 17th and Orinoco for the great beans and cornbread, from a grateful customer.

    • Bud Herron for pointing out that Indiana’s gun laws are broken and do not serve the public.

    • Bill Riley for his right-on letter, from Jim.

    • the kind, honest lady who found my debit card and returned it to me in the Dollar Tree store.

    • Jim Lienhoop, Richard Gold, Jim Hartsook and Chuck Wilt for their spot-on letters, from a former city employee.

    • Hailey Kinser for passing to the first grade, from Grandma Bev Floyd and Meme Shumaker.

    • Ronnie Smith for reaching flower pots for me and the employee who took them to my van, from Sandy Retz.

    • the two gentlemen who pulled me out of the mud at Rockcreek School, from Catherin.

    • the city council statement read by Jim Lienhoop at the Tuesday night meeting, from Karen.

    • Mayor Kristen Brown for standing up for what is right and being honest.

    • The Republic for the great column written by Ernie Pyle, from Tom Rust.

    • Craig Fields for the right-on letter to the editor, from Sheila Deiwert.

    • off-duty State Trooper Brian Meeks for stopping to see if we were OK on the side of the road, from Miss Larrison and Miss Bear.

    • Onions to…

    • liberals for wanting more gun control.

    • the staffing company for cheating me out of work hours.

    • the businessman who cheated employees out of pay.

    • the city council for not doing the city’s business.

    • whoever caused all the resignations from city offices and boards since 2012.

    • bicyclists riding on Lowell Road during rush hour.

    • the city for concrete bike busters in the middle of the People Trail on Jonathan Moore Pike.

    • anyone who wants to spend tons of money on buildings and other things when there are hungry people and those losing their homes in Columbus.

    • the city council that read the letter full of lies.

    • the business that fired an employee for looking for a job with benefits.

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