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Thumbs up: to the shining lights recognized by the community through the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce. Citizen of the Year Andy Yaryan hit the mark when he said all those who were nominated are “hinig lights” because someone thought enough to nominate them for the award. The Chamber also recognized Jason Graves as Small Business/Entrepreneur of the Year for his success in building CK Fasteners; and gave the Beautification Award to the Fayette County Historical Museum. It’s important for the community to publicly recognize and express appreciation those who contribute so much to local life; we thank the Chamber for doing this year after year. 

Thumbs up: to Ron House, who recently retired from UPS after 47 years, and to Charles House, who retired after 46 years with Ready Machine Tool & Die. – Jean Brock

Thumbs up: 200 out-of-breath thumbs ups to the people who took part in the W4K – Warriors for Kathryn – fundraising event on Feb. 2. And to the organizers and workers at the event – great job! 

Thumbs up: to those working hard to bring broadband internet to all of Fayette County, especially the Intelligent Community Task Force. Dan Parker of the Economic Development Group of Fayette County has been pivotal in organizing the effort to extend high speed, high capacity internet service to all areas of the county. The group recently met with representatives of three rural electric cooperatives, which could provide the service under the right conditions. If they succeed, they’ll make it possible for businesses and farmers to do business with the rest of the world, and for local school children to participate more fully in e-learning. That will makes this area more attractive when people and businesses look at places to locate.

Thumbs up: to all the students who organized and performed at the Connersville High School talent show on Friday. Money raised will go toward entry fees in various contests and activities that can further develop their stage talents.

Thumbs up: to the Fayette County Public Library for hosting activities such as the Lego Club for children. The programs allow the children to explore and develop their creativity and imagination.

Thumbs down: to the massive ups and downs of this winter weather. From wind chill of 40-degrees-below-zero degrees one day to 60 above the next; then rain closing local roads. All we can do is endure, but that doesn’t mean we have to like it.