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Civic pride doesn’t end with holiday

Published 10:14am Thursday, May 30, 2013

For the Memorial Day weekend Ironton and Lawrence County truly looked beautiful, an impressive display of well-groomed lawns, flower decorations and patriotism. The community was inviting, the type of place people want to visit and, ultimately, live.

The challenge for each of us — as citizens, property owners and business owners — is to maintain that level of enthusiasm for making the county beautiful all year long.

It is never easy and human nature dictates that we will relax the focus, but the community pride that makes our region special during Memorial Day can do the same for all 365 days in the year.

People looking to move to the community or grow a business here are impressed by this type of spirit. Southern Ohio has this but we must make sure that it is on display all year long.

If each of us will spend just a few minutes each week making our yard, business or property look nice, the whole will be greater than the sum of the parts.

Memorial Day simply provides the channel and outlet for our community’s civic pride to shine through, but we truly believe it exists in Lawrence County all year long.


  • Poor Richard

    I wonder if there is some way to capture and convict those people stealing from cemeteries? Could law enforcement possibly ‘plant’ a GPS tracking device in some of the plant containers to be able to track the culprits? Something maybe similiar to a dog tracking collar? I am sure there are local businesses that would donate for the devices. Maybe also have names or tags etched into the containers? My friends and family would really like for those stealing from Rome and Union Hill cemeteries to be revealed and prosecuted. Sick individuals.

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