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Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down

Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down is a column of brief editorial comments about local news of the past week as published in the Connersville News-Examiner. Unsigned comments are by the News-Examiner staff. Readers may submit their own comments, signed, by email to news@newsexaminer.com or delivering them to the office.

Thumbs up: to all the support that Connersville has given to one of its own, Brooklan Phillips. Diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, the Connersville High School junior has been forced to put everything on hold as she turns her focus to this fight for her life. With her eyes turned toward that, the community has pitched in to help both her and her family in so many ways, more than can be mentioned here. Many people helped out by purchasing pizza at Papa John’s this week, which donated some of the profits to her cause. It is great to see a community that really cares, #backingbrooklan.

Thumbs up: For the efforts that went into Rock the Night concert on Sept. 1 at the Roberts Park amphitheater. Performances by Jack Russell’s Great White and local musician Jay Bales kept the night rocking. Activities before and after the concert were meant to give those attending a fuller concert experience. The crowd, estimated at about 500 people, was smaller than hoped; rain didn’t help. But the money raised will go to the new Rivers Edge sports park. The city’s festival committee hopes to make such concerts a more regular affair at the amphitheater. 

Thumbs up: to both the Connersville Veterinary Clinic and the Connersville Parks and Recreation Department for their commitment to our furry friends at the Bark Park in Roberts Park. The veterinary clinic will host a vaccine clinic on Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the money raised going toward the Bark Park.

Thumbs up to Sugar Creek Brandworthy Food Solutions, which not only has added a new production line, but is also willing to help employees with transportation to and from the plant, located along I-70 north of Cambridge City. The growing company had a job fair here on Thursday.

Thumbs up: to the entrepreneurs who are investing in the community, particularly the new restaurants opening: Berry’s Pancakes, Daniel Girls Farmhouse Restaurant, Jack’s Donuts opened very recently, Broaster Chicken opened earlier this year and the coming Old Rooste. All have put their financial futures on the line.

Thumbs up: To a group of people coming together to try to plan for a transitional living facility that might accommodate up to 100 people who’ve been affected by addictions. Similar to the House of Ruth which has done good work here since 2010, it would provide a program of up to two years in duration. Participants would have jobs and the program would provide living space, counseling, group activities and supervision, with the hoped-for outcome of returning them to the community. The group includes Gary and Jamie Naylor, Sharon Cranfill, Scott Bevington, Chad Frank and Steve Robbins.

Thumbs up: to the steering committee for the upcoming Fayette County Bicentennial. The committee, chaired by Mike and Jenny Sparks, jumped right to work after being appointed by the Fayette County Tourism Board in July. It sounds as if the county will have a celebration that will include participation from as many areas and groups of the county as possible. We look forward to a good time celebrating local life in 2019.

And finally, Thumbs Up: To the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies that are involved in a dirty, labor-intensive search for human remains in a pond at Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary. If, as many hope, the search leads to remains of the long-missing Denise Pflum, it will be the answer to many prayers. If not, it is reassuring to know that our local law enforcement and other response agencies are going several extra miles in their efforts to solve mysteries.