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August 3, 2013

Aug. 3, 2013: Cheers & Jeers

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“The family of Michael Andry sends this Cheer to the people who helped them through a terrible family tragedy.

“Grant County Sheriff’s Lt. Michael Andry was killed in a motorcycle accident July 12. Our family has received monumental support via cards and emails, flowers and food, charitable donations and dozens of visitors.

“On behalf of Mike’s daughter, mother, father, sister, brother and girlfriend, we send a heartfelt thank-you to Mike’s extended family, his many friends and co-workers, the Blue Knights motorcycle group and his many fellow riders.

“A special thank-you must be extended to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, the Rev. Darrell ‘Chappy’ Smith (the department Chaplin), and their Honor Guard for their delicate handling of our desperate situation.

“Arms & Hunt Funeral Home, Grace Community Church and Mike’s fellow Masonic brothers all worked admirably with the Sheriff’s Department to create a majestic funeral service that was attended by hundreds of law officers, firemen, EMTs, judges, lawyers, prosecutors, Mike’s 1982 Eastern High School classmates and motorcycle riders from all over Indiana.

“As the huge funeral procession passed through downtown Marion, we were absolutely amazed by the huge American flag that was displayed outside the Sheriff’s Office, and the crowds of citizens who lined the streets.

“What an overwhelming tribute to this officer of the law.

“Mike’s family now offers our proudest salute to all of you!”

Postal Service ‘failed miserably’

Duane Powell of Kempton sends this Jeer for the U.S. Postal Service:

“Several weeks ago I purchased three reserved-seat tickets, valued at $270, for the Brickyard 400 and gave them to my mother-in-law and two of her friends in Columbus.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, they found out they would be unable to attend the race, and on July 15, she put the tickets in a plain, unassuming envelope and mailed them back to me first class.

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