Roses and raspberries, June 25

June 24, 2014 

Roses from reader Lynn Giddens to Orange County Investigator Tim Horne and SBI Agent Phillip Stevens.

“These two gentleman worked many tireless weeks and hours six years ago to bring justice for Joshua Bailey who was brutally murdered. They are heroes!” she writes.

“During the past six years as the trials of the murderers have been held, these men have come to court without fail. Without the dedication and caring of these two special people, the parents, family and friends of Joshua Bailey may still be searching for him today.”

Roses from Smith Middle School French teacher Robin McMahon and the NC to Normandy group to generous donors in the community.

“The students’ project of accompanying two World War II veterans to France and Belgium was fully funded thanks to your generosity and sweet notes,” McMahon writes. “Roses as well to the local media who helped us reach a wide and compassionate audience.

“Both veterans were honored at a small ceremony in Bastogne, Belgium and attended the Presidential Ceremony at the American Cemetery in Normandy with their family member. The students served as translators for the veterans as they stayed in a French family’s home.”

Find out more about this project and how you can meet the students and veterans in today’s letters to the editor.

Roses from reader Donna Parker to the folks at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Student Union. “For 22 years they have opened their doors to the annual Project Graduation Event for Chapel Hill/Carrboro graduating seniors,” she writes. “This year's event on June 14 was a huge success.”

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