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Thumbs up: to Connersville Police officers, who will be issuing tickets to children. Say what, you ask? These tickets are special, in that they praise local kids for doing positive things. They are for doing the right thing and they’re redeemable for an ice cream cone at Burger King.

Thumbs up: for the beginning of construction on a new fieldhouse and administration office at Connersville High School. It is an exciting time to be involved with, or be a fan of CHS sports, and the building will provide an added element of safety to what has been an open campus for more than four decades.

Thumbs up: to the Betterdayz Thru Jesus Christ founder, Derrick Harrison for being drug free. He now helps others through what he went through. Betterdayz will be celebrating its fifth anniversary on Saturday, March 16, with a special meeting at  the place it started, PTC Ministries, 1892 W. State Road 44. Regular meetings are at 5 p.m. Mondays at Faith Christian School, 2635 Iowa Ave.

Thumbs up: to the Whitewater Valley Arts Association for displaying high school art this month, after a successful month with the elementary school art show. It’s great for students to see their artwork on display for the public to see. It helps build their confidence and will lead them to want to do more and better things. It also gives the public a view of the talents of the community’s young people.

Thumbs up: to the people who complete their high school education or take other courses through the Whitewater Adult Education program. The Adult Basic Education program’s director, Amy Engle, and the staff works with people to help them complete the HSE, which builds skills and self-confidence, and helps diploma holders find better employment.  

Thumbs down: to shoppers who leave shopping carts in parking places rather than take them back to the store or walking a few feet to the cart corral. The carts take up parking spaces and could roll into a vehicle.

Thumbs up: to the work of the Fayette County syringe exchange program. It allows people to exchange used needles for unused, helps stem the spread of serious or fatal diseases. County Health Officer Dr. Wayne White says the program is a bandaid. Like him, we wish it wasn’t necessary, but until someone figures out how to keep people from injecting themselves with illegal drugs, it’s an important part of improving public health. Special thanks for Fayette Regional Hospital for taking over the program and for the dedicated staff who keep it going. 

Thumbs up: to all the athletes from elementary to high school who completed the winter sports season. It is hard work but the lessons learned from winning and losing will be of value in years to come.