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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 editor@newsexaminer.com or by delivering them to the office.

Thumbs up: to those who are using the tornado that hit Bentonville Christian Church as a call to action in resolving a problem of long-standing: delayed weather notifications from the National Weather Service. The Fayette County Emergency Management Agency has now said it can pass along weather notifications from the Indianapolis NWS rather than waiting on later warnings from Wilmington, Ohio. Let's hope that the promised earlier notifications, transmitted to the county's 911 system and local emeergency responders, might help local residents know to seek shelter sooner. In the June 15 case, a tornado that destroyed Bentonville Christian Church arrived moments before the warning. Indianapolis had warned of nearby tornadic conditions several minutes earlier.

• Thumbs up: to Sophia Ryckman on being named the 61st queen of the Fayette County Free Fair. Hopefully her reign will be filled with precious memories she'll charish for years to come. And a special thumbs up to Kappa Kappa Sigma Zeta Chapter for continuing to organize and conduct this staple event of local life.

• Thumbs up: to Connersville Jaycees for a spectacular fireworks show on Thursday that attracted thousands of viewers and to Connersville Baptist Temple for its Freedom Fest celebration on Wednesday. 

• Thumbs up: to the Salvation Army in Connersville for its Stuff the Bus campaign. It's a great way help local parents of students who might be struggling otherwise to get school supplies.

• Thumbs up: to Bertie McKenna and Elsie Hofmann on receiving the Golden Hoosier Award. These two women have invested a lot of their time into the community. It's good that someone local nominated them for this honor and that the state has seen fit to recognize their hard work of many years.

• Thumbs up: to the members of the all-volunteer Whitewater Valley Railroad for hosting another visit by Thomas the Tank Engine. Several others also stepped up to help. The visit brings thousands of guests to Connersville for fun. They not only support the railroad but maybe purchase gas, eat at a local restaurant and visit other attractions as well.

Thumbs up: to Connersville Police Detective Dax Gunder for investigating the disappearance of three kayaks from a local backyard on May 27 and to Fayette County Prosecutor Bette J. Jones for charging two suspects with the crime on July 2. We're hoping the message comes through that there are consequences for every action.

Thumbs up: to the Words Matter! campaign of Communities That Care, trying to change the way we think of and talk about people who have substance abuse disorders. Reminding us that every person with a substance abuse disorder is someone's son or daughter, sister or brother, should remind us that they deserve to be treated with some amount of respect as we try to find help for them, rather than being tossed on the junk heap of our thoughts.