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Pluses outweigh minuses

Many good things happened in Lawrence County last week. Here are a few of the highlights:

• This year’s Dean’s Gala at Ohio University Southern commemorated the institution’s 20-year anniversary of its electronic media program. Students from the program have gone on to excellent careers in radio and television thanks to the hands-on instruction at OUS.

• Harvest for the Hungry partnered with Stoker Bar-B-Que last weekend for a “Pig Out to Feed the Hungry” fundraiser. So many people took advantage of the special event that organizers nearly ran out of food. Money raised through the sale of food went to help fund the downtown Ironton food pantry.

• More than 50 people attended the first Death to Negative Attitudes (DNA) meeting hosted by Ironton aLive. The meeting was at Buffalo Wild Wings and was all about promoting positivity in the community. Attendants at the meeting were asked to write positive ideas on note cards that will be discussed at a future meeting.

• The Live Healthy, Live Well Spring Wellness Challenge, which is co-sponsored by Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Ironton aLive and the Ohio State University Extension, has planned its kickoff events for the six-week health challenge that begins April 7.

There are many groups and individuals working very hard to make this community a better place to live and their efforts should be applauded.

If you know of people helping out in a positive way in the county, please let us know. Submissions can be emailed to editorial@irontontribune.com.