The table is set. The food is warm. The prayers are said. Today, The Tribune gives thanks for a good year by offering a hearty Thanksgiving meal.
A slice of turkey… for Ginger Gillenwater, JD Thomas of Elks, Judge Andy Ballard, Stephen Dale Burcham, a Lawrence County Land Bank, Ironton Mayor Katrina Keith, Brent and Lou Pyles, Adam Riehl and Sarah Diamond Burroway of Ohio University, Brad Bear of Bear Media Services, Aaron Watson of Dawson Bryant, Carol Allen of Ironton in Bloom, Dr. Todd Davies of Marshall University, Carly Carver of Buddy’s Sensory Exchange, Joe Jenkins of Briggs Public Library, Ryan Young of Gr8r Gaming, Whitney Lowe of Ashland in Motion, Charlotte Gordon of Southern Ohio Museum, Anthony Forest and Joe Lewis of the Ironton Police team.
Mashed potatoes with gravy… Kelli, Bo, Sarah, Mark, Doug, Shawn, Bonita, Kandi Thompson, Tea Party Treats and Sweets, Harriette Ramsey and Mitzi Koukos of Burlington Elementary, Cindy Barnes of Peddler’s Family Restaurant, Sandra Frazier, Ernie, Evan, and Erica at Hall Funeral Home. Stephanie Burcham with Ohio University, Joe Freeman with Quality Care Nursing Services, Mike and Charlie Haas, Charlie’s Tire Sales, Father David Huffman at Saint Joseph, Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless and his entire team, Tayler Schmeltzer, all the students working hard and making honor rolls at area schools, Jim at Iron City Hardware, Friends of Ironton, Sam Heighton at Ironton aLive, Carlos Ortiz at the Casa Grande in South Point, All ODOT workers, Mary Cogan of the South Point Village council, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Commissioner DeAnna Holliday and our wonderful veterans.
Green bean casserole… Lawrence County Humane Society and the animal shelter, the health department, all of the area pet rescue groups that help to re-home and heal strays, Scherer-Mountain Insurance, Guy’s Floor Covering, Mary Pinkerton, Allyn’s Jewelers, Pastor Jason Porter of Gospel Light Baptist Church, Angela Wells-Coburn, OLBH, Daricka Hall, Perry Distributing, Cathy Coburn, Sanctuary of the Ohio Valley, Corey Pope, Venice Island Coffee, Jeff Gaskin, Maddy Cogan, Will McCollister, Rachel Fraley, Delores Sarpas, Rick Dunfee, Lawrence County Memorial Day parade committee, Chesapeake CAO, Lawrence County ESC, Ironton Child Welfare Club, Paramount Players, Lawrence County Homemakers, Lawrence County Museum, Chesapeake Area Citizens Coalition, and the Concerned Citizens of Burlington.
Homemade pumpkin pie …all of the people who return their shopping carts! Ironton Police detective Joe Ross, Pastor Rob Hale, Friends of Ironton, American Legion Post 433 Honor Guard, Charlie Cook, Sam Heighton, Consigned Books, Don Lee.
Leftovers… Toga, a 12ofyearofold Lab/Weimaraner mix, Biscuit, a 4ofyearofold miniofhippo, Daisy, a 2-year-old newfoundland/sasquatch, Sierra a Redbone Coonhound, Sassy the cat, Prince. A Pitbull, Pax, a Chihuahua, and Palmer, a Corgi, Brady, a St.Bernard, Kitty, aof orange cat, Vandy, Toffee, Megatron, Princess Sparklebutt (AKA Sparky), Smoky, Sammy, Timmy, Larry, and Lolita.
Scott Schmeltzer is the publisher at The Tribune. To reach him, call 740-532-1441 ext. 16 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.