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Thumbs down to whoever is in charge of paving Garner Street in New Castle. The intersection there where motorists turn off of Ind. 3 has been continually plagued with potholes, making it difficult to turn into. Garner has become an important street in our community because of its quicker access to Henry Community Health and the hospital. It seems to us more attention needs to be paid toward fixing this intersection once and for all.

Thumbs up to everyone connected with 1414 Venue, the meeting place directly across from 1400 Plaza. Thursday’s 2019 Henry County Convention & Visitors Bureau annual luncheon was held there. The facility now has a very attractive floor and interior. The former home of C & A Music certainly strikes the right chord for any kind of event.

Thumbs up to the Class 2A No. 1 Hagerstown High School baseball team for winning the Tri-Eastern Conference title.

Thumbs up to Shenandoah sophomore Erikka Hill for winning the shot put competition with a new sectional record and finishing second in discus at the Pendleton Heights girls track & field sectional and qualifying for the regional.

Thumbs up to New Castle sophomores Tristan Barr and Bailey Cox for winning the pole vault and 1600-meter run, respectively at the Pendleton Heights girls track & field sectional.

Thumbs up to Tri’s Averi Phelps for winning the discus competition at the Connersville girls track & field sectional.

Thumbs up to New Castle’s Emma Thurman, Anyssa Hall, and Grace Smith, Blue River Valley’s Ally Madden and Joslynn Witham, Tri’s Gracin Jessup, and Hagerstown’s Madison Pruitt, Kassidy Oliger, and Kaelynn Shultz for also qualifying for their respective girls track & field regionals with second or third finishes in their events at the sectional.

Thumbs down to raising gasoline prices locally after the national TV news states that gasoline prices are falling across the country.

Thumbs up to Cerebral Palsy of Henry County and organization officers Chad and Joan Crister who have worked so hard for many years during May to sell silk Memorial Day flowers in New Castle to raise money for needs of families touched by CP. The flower sales are in their 30th year of helping the community.

Thumbs up to long-time Courier-Times columnist Chuck Avery who is still producing entertaining and thoughtful columns after about three decades. At 84, he’s upbeat and busy with a variety of hobbies ranging from writing to learning to play guitar and improving his pool game.