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Kate Brundage returns the ball as coach Shelly Connors watches at Auburn girls tennis practice in August.

The Citizen file

HIT: To recognition for a job well done.

Auburn educator Shelly Connors has been honored as a Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year for her work with students. Connors, who teaches physical education at Auburn Junior High School and also coaches varsity tennis at the high school, was recognized by the state Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Connors has 21 years experience, with 17 years in Auburn, and emphasizes student interaction and teamwork as well as the benefits of being active. "I'm really glad she's at Auburn and working with our kids," athletic director Tamela Ray said.

MISS: To people who just don't get the message — and put others at risk.

Police agencies make no secret that they are out looking for drunk drivers around holidays. They publicize that fact to encourage people to think twice before making a poor decision. At least two area drivers apparently didn't listen. One, who police said had a blood-alcohol content three times the legal limit, crashed in the town of Victory Friday night. Another crash, this one in Sennett on Christmas Day, involved an alleged drunk driver who was convicted of DWI back in 2008.

As New Year's Eve weekend arrives, we hope that people who choose to drink will also choose to let someone else do the driving.

MISS: To fires ruining the holidays for two area families.

A fire in an attic in an Auburn home late last week caused extensive damage to the roof and the electrical system, forcing a family of four to find someplace else to live. And a home in Scipio was destroyed by flames in an early morning blaze the day after Christmas.

The only silver lining is that no one was injured in either of the fires.

The Citizen editorial board includes publisher Rob Forcey, executive editor Jeremy Boyer and managing editor Mike Dowd.

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