Around Town – January 18

• Thought For the day

• “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. … I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

• — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 1929-68

Orchids to …

• six-year-old Colten for giving up his birthday party and gifts and asking for food donations and giving them to the poor instead.

• the excellent article by Jane Sims. Guns are a plague on our society.

• Michael Greven for his well-reasoned criticism of President Barack Obama.

• Mr. Jarnigan at the Kroger Pharmacy for going above and beyond for me.

• The Republic for the nice design and layout changes, and the smaller size conserving paper.

• Frank at the Walgreens store on U.S. 31 for all of his patient help downloading and editing my pictures, from Nancy.

• Harold Snyder of Jonesville Christian Church for retrieving my cane.

• Ashley at The Republic circulation department for her awesome help Sunday morning, from a Ninth Street customer.

• the Columbus East JV and varsity basketball girls and the Columbus Christian girls basketball team for three exciting wins Saturday.

• Jordan Bowman for qualifying for regionals in bowling, from Rick.

Happy Birthday to …

• Steve Allamanno, from your family and Donna.

• Mary Beth Wert, from Dave, Donna, Lori, Karen, Billie and Chris.

• Glenda Tays, from your family and Donna.

• Russ Brown, from Bethel Baptist Church.

• Roy Anderson, from Pastor Lewis and The Who So Ever Will Community Church.

• Tori DeBusk on No. 9, from Abby and Emily.

• Jacob Simo, from Grandma and Grandpa Weddle.

• Jeff Thixton, from Mom, Dad, Amy, Tye, Trey, Jeremy, Brittney, Kaylin, Morgan, Jamie, Tammy, Kendra, Dylan, Carrie and Tyler.

• Barbara Whipker, from Friends at the Moravian Church.

• Cole Allison, from Friends at the Moravian Church.

• Thelma Kissling.

• Connie Jessce.

• Kylin Rae Eckelman, on No. 3, from Nema.

• Mikayla Rosenbaum, from your family.

• Tim Coomer, from Kay and Aaron.

Happy Anniversary to …

• Bob Comdon, on No. 58, from Charlotte.

• Happy Belated Anniversary to…

• Merrill and Norma Clouse, on No. 74, from Friends at the Moravian Church.

ANOTHER beautiful morning