The L-E's June 7 Sunday Living section featured a 65-year-old Columbus woman, Joyce Yarde, who won "a big prize" on a TV game show, but she wasn't allowed to disclose it before her episode of "The Price is Right" aired June 10. Making her story even more compelling, Joyce and her 35-year-old daughter, Danetta, certainly could use a new car or two after a series of mishaps.
Well, now Chatter is happy to report that, although Joyce didn't win any vehicles, she did win $11,000. After the state of California takes its 7 percent cut, Joyce plans to use the cash to help afford cars for Danetta and herself.
Joyce, a certified nursing assistant, enjoyed the viewing party at Spring Harbor, the continuing care retirement community where she has a client who has loaned her a car.
"We were in Spring Harbor's theater," she said, "and they put the show on the big screen."
Asked what she thought of seeing herself on TV, Joyce said with a laugh, "It was hilarious."
Thanks for sharing your story, Joyce, and congratulations.
If nothing else, we get interesting mail in this business.
After writing his story about Columbus Council passing a $265.7 million city budget and then getting wrapped around the axle on the subject of using plastic bags for yard waste, reporter Mike Owen received an email from a PR flack.
The subject line read: "Interested in speaking with plastic bag industry for perspective?"
"If you would like to speak to a representative from the American Progressive Bag Alliance for context in future coverage, I'd be happy to connect you," the man wrote.
With multiple car thefts reported in Columbus on a weekly and sometimes daily basis, people should always make an effort to avoid being the next victim.
Columbus police reports show that in many cases, people leave their vehicle unlocked with the keys inside. There have also been times when people will even leave their vehicle running, according to officials.
Though the biggest issue in these situations is the car thief's actions, people should always take the time to secure their belongings the best way they know how. It doesn't take long for an offender to snatch one of your most prized possessions.
We aren't saying it's your fault. We're saying help yourself.
Speaking of vehicles
We in Chattahoochee Valley Chatterland call this is a classic case of supporting the home team.
Point University, which in 2012 relocated its main campus from the Atlanta area to West Point, Ga., changing its name from Atlanta Christian College in the process, is outfitting its fleet with Kia vehicles.
That shouldn't be too much of a surprise considering its new college is smack dab in the area that also is home to Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, which employs about 3,000 workers and also has generated auto parts suppliers employing several thousand more people in the region. It's a fair bet that a good percentage of those employees and their spouses go to the college.
Point University said Wednesday it acquired two hybrid Kia Optima sedans in 2013, and has now added two more Sorento sport utility vehicles and a Soul to its fleet. The new vehicles are to be used for recruiting students and security patrols on campus and at student housing in Valley, Ala.
Stacy Barlett, Point's vice president of enrollment management, extolled the financial and environmental virtues of using gas mileage-friendly vehicles for university business, while athletic director Alan Wilson joked it gives his crew an edge when courting prospective student-athletes to become a Skyhawk, the team's name.
He said his 27 coaches would be jockeying to snag one of the vehicles for a recruiting trip.
"The competition is so intense when it comes to athletics recruiting, and any advantage a school can get is important," Wilson said. "For a coach to drive up to a recruit's home in a classy, stylish vehicle gives an outstanding first impression."
And it also appears Point University, a private, four-year liberal arts school, purchased its new vehicles from the Kia Autosport dealership in Columbus.
Once again, backing the home team, which we're certain those earning a paycheck connected to Kia certainly appreciate. With that said: Go Skyhawks!