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February 2, 2013

Cheers & Jeers: Feb. 2, 2013



‘They too are exceptional people’

Sharon Grier, co-chairwoman of the recent Martin Luther King Jr. 2013 Celebration, sends this Cheer for all the “Unsung Heroes” the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority honored:

“Thanks to the Kokomo Tribune for recognizing Dr. Herbert Miller, whom we honored at our Martin Luther King Jr. 2013 Celebration as an ‘Unsung Hero’ of this community. He is truly an outstanding person and has lived as an exceptional example of a hero.

“However, we would have liked that the other unsung heroes honored at that occasion had been mentioned also. They were Bill Hall, Kokomo historian of African American history; Janie Young, first African American woman to serve on the Kokomo Common Council; Dietra Jackson, the first African American female hired as a police officer in Kokomo, and Claude Liggin, the first African American to be licensed as a real estate salesman in Howard County. They too are exceptional people of this community and are worthy of the title ‘Unsung Heroes’.”


Favors’ Dinner serves more than 2,000

Judy Favors of Kokomo sends this thank-you to the community:

“To all the people who helped me make this a record year for the Favors’ Free Christmas Dinner, I want to say I’m sorry for this thank-you taking so long.

“With God’s help and all your help, we served more than 2,000 meals.

“I usually write thank-you notes to a lot of people, but you know the person who brings me one pie or one dollar is just as important and needed as the ones bringing me 50 pies or $100. So to each and every person who helped in any way, be it driving, serving, giving or just saying a prayer for us, thank you. You gave me the most blessed joy and happiest year I have ever had in all my 73 years.

“Happy New Year to you all. I hope to see you all next year.

“One more thing: To all of you who have enjoyed my Christmas decorations for the last 30 years, I would like you to know that I have donated them to We Care Park. So if you still want to enjoy them, visit them there for years to come.”

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