Here in Chatterland, we get a lot of emails.
Most of them are junk, and some of them are news tips.
Like this one from a concerned buffet eater:
"Golden Corral on Manchester Expressway has been without a properly working air conditioning unit since yesterday. Isn't that a health code violation ?"
That email coupled with today's story about the post office led one reporter to think out loud.
"How horrible would it be if a post office worker went to Golden Corral after work? I bet they'd go postal."
Only kidding. We hope for cooler days for you all.
We know you folks out there in Chatterland are the giving kind.
That's why an upcoming event to raise money for The Family Center in Columbus may be just what the philanthropic heart doctor ordered.
The 4th Annual Ray of Hope Raffle is coming up Aug. 15 (a Saturday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.) at the National Infantry Museum, 1775 Legacy Way, on the city's south side.
It's actually a reverse raffle, organizers say, with losing tickets drawn first, leaving the final stub as a $10,000 grand prize winner. Only 500 of the $100 raffle tickets will be sold, and although one doesn't have to be present to win, those purchasing one and attending receive a dinner for two and can enjoy live music by The Relics, dancing and a silent auction.
"Proceeds from the event directly benefit The Family Center to support our continuing efforts to empower and equip individuals and families facing adversity to lead healthy, stable lives and achieve their potential," the agency says of its cause. "Empowered families build strong communities."
Just in case you didn't know, The Family Center supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Chattahoochee Valley, Families and Schools Together (FAST), Consumer Credit Counseling Service of West Georgia/East Alabama and Family Counseling of Columbus.
They're all great organizations, so here's your chance to help those in need and have fun doing so. In essence, how can you lose?
For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.rayofhope10k.com or contact Jacob Nguyen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-327-3238.
And good luck to y'all!
Speaking of giving. For those of you who missed it, Chester Jackson has had bikes stolen from his body shop on Farr Road again this year. Last week, Jackson issued a news release asking for help catching the bicycle bandits and for some kind soul to donate a trailer so he can store the bikes securely for his annual Christmas Bike Giveaway.
Well, Jackson got at least one of his wishes. Two brothers, Albert and Arthur Smith, of Smith Transportation Group in Midland, donated a 53-foot dry van trailer to help Jackson with storage.
Those who stole the bikes still haven't been apprehended. But Jackson is appreciative of the kindness of strangers.
During the Muscogee County School Board meeting Monday night, superintendent David Lewis honored retired chief academic officer Ronie Collins and retired chief financial officer Sharon Adams. Collins concluded her remarks with her version of the priestly blessing:
"May God bless you and keep you. May His face shine upon you and bring you peace."
That sure seems like a good way to end this week's Chatter.