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Thumbs up to the family cooks, bakers, fryers and pitchers-in who helped make Thanksgiving meals happen in and around Henry County.

Thumbs up to everyone who supported local businesses on Shop Local Saturday and everyone who is going to take part in #GivingTuesday by donating to local charities.

Thumbs up to all the first responders, hospital personnel, gas-station and convenience-store employees as well as others in the community who had to spend their Thanksgiving Day at work serving the community rather than with their own families. We appreciate their willingness to be available to serve in a number of ways as others enjoyed the day.

Thumbs up to the dedicated volunteers who put together the annual Octagon House Christmas Walk. The fully-furnished and decorated farmhouse will be open to the public not only for touring but for home-cooked meals on two upcoming weekends, 4-8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and Dec. 7-8. The tour is free but there is a charge for the meals. The historic site is at 400 S. Railroad St., Shirley.

Thumbs up to city officials for the compassionate way they handled the unique case of a city resident’s pot-bellied pig. The decision to grant six months for relocating the animal was more than fair. Even though the petitioners may not have liked the outcome, the way they were treated here was, in our view, far better than they would have fared in other, larger communities. City officials are correct in fearing this instance would set a precedent. Pot-bellied pigs belong in fields and not in New Castle neighborhoods.

Thumbs up to you, the reader. We are indeed thankful for your continued support of this newspaper. Even in our increasingly digital world, we still believe there is a place for good local newspapers. We are grateful for you and hope to continue providing the news you can’t get anywhere else.

Thumbs up to the service clubs and volunteers who have started ringing The Salvation Army Bells again this season. The bells remind us we are all called to serve and help each other. The bell ringers show us how to put the desire to serve into action. We encourage everyone to give as they can this season to this most worthy cause.

Thumbs up to sisters Mabrey and Melani Shaffmaster for being named C-T Volleyball Co-Players of the Year.

Thumbs up to the 30 girls who were named to either the C-T All-Area First Team or Second Team for volleyball this season.

Thumbs up to New Castle girls varsity basketball player Cameron Tabor for being named Player of the Week in District 2 by the IBCA and for signing a letter of intent to play women’s college basketball at Davidson University.

Thumbs up to New Castle senior Luke Bumbalough for signing a letter of intent to play men’s college basketball at Ball State University, close enough so that friends and family in New Castle can go and see him play in person.

Thumbs up to the Blue River Valley boys basketball team for winning its season opener for the first time in 10 years.