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Thumbs up to those who let the flag fly on Sept. 11th! – Ben Bunch (Iron Man), New Castle

Thumbs up to New Castle’s Grace Baptist Church’s team of 11 who took a summer mission trip to Botswana, Africa. There, they met up with members Mike and Cindy Haley who are full-time missionaries there.

Thumbs up to the many various Henry County community members who made the time to be interviewed by The Courier-Times to share what they view as “stellar” about Henry County and its individual communities and people in those communities. The special stories will be shared in three separate special sections inside your Courier-Times on Thursdays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26.

Thumbs up to the teachers and volunteers all across Henry County who take time before and after school to sponsor different clubs for their students. Robotics, creative writing, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FFA, criminal scene investigation, table tennis, the list goes on and on. These programs teach our kids more than any standardized test can show.

Thumbs up to community members who serve as administrators for a variety of Facebook groups that keep residents informed about different goings on throughout the county. Call reporter Darrel Radford at 765-575-4653 or email dradford@thecouriertimes.com to let the paper know about your favorite local Facebook group.

Thumbs up to the New Castle High School volleyball team for remaining No. 1 in Class 4A and for winning its first five matches of the season.

Thumbs to to the Hagerstown High School volleyball team for going undefeated in its matches since a season-open loss to Class 3A No. 1 Muncie Burris.

Thumbs up to Indiana University football Head Coach Tom Allen, a graduate of New Castle High School, for guiding his team to a season-opening win against Ball State in Lucas Oil Stadium.

Thumbs up to the Spiceland Town Council and particularly member Scott Fitch for laying the ground work on potential trash pick up services there that include a curbside recycling option. Many in larger communities are no doubt envious that such a thing is even being discussed in a small town.

Thumbs up to Jeff Smiley and the continued development of Northfield Park. What began with the Henry County YMCA has led Smiley’s development north of New Castle into a bonafide success story that continues to grow with future plans for an eight-screen theater and condominiums. Coupled with the neighborhood pharmacy, pediatrics office and dialysis center, this once-vacant field continues to yield new and exciting possibilities for the north side of New Castle.