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Yellow Ribbon honor

Douglas County Commissioner Bev Bales was presented with a certificate of appreciation Tuesday for her service to the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program. This network offers help to military members and their families while they are deployed and after they return from deployment. Owen Miller (front) is chairman of the local Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group and he was joined by (back row) Alexandria Police Officer Jim Gripne, Milt Libaire and Sergeant Scott Kowski in presenting the certificate to Bales. She was instrumental in starting up local efforts. Currently, Commissioner Jerry Johnson, a veteran, serves on the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon committee. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)