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Thumbs down to whoever found a billfold down at Stack’s on Jan. 7. The money that you took was what she was to live on this month from her small pension. Sure hope you enjoyed it, and I hope it bothers you that you took the money instead of turning it in to Stack’s.

Jeaneta Neal, New Castle

Thumbs up to Believe & Achieve Mentoring (B.A.M.) which is preparing for the annual Bowlathon at the Rose Bowl in New Castle. This year’s event is Saturday, Feb. 23. Anyone interested in participating or forming a team is welcome to contact Executive Director Ashley Huffman at 765-524-9674, or email her at Ashleyh.bam@gmail.com.

Thumbs up to George King, Noel Hunter and Sarah Derrick who have made Olde School Cafe possible inside Kennard Senior Living. Breakfasts and lunches are served 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and pizzas are available 5-9 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. All are open to the public. For information contact King at 765-624-9342.

Thumbs up to retiring Courier-Times Publisher Tina West whose last day was Friday after 41 years in the newspaper industry. Thumbs up as well to the new Courier-Times Publisher Marka Sonoga who has assumed duties. Thumbs up to all the friends, family, readers, advertisers and community leaders who attended the open house Wednesday at the newspaper office. To reach the front desk of The Courier-Times directly, call 765-575-4619.

Thumbs up to local businessman John Montgomery, owner of Montgomery’s Restaurant who is proposing to build a new hotel so desperately needed by the New Castle-Henry County area. It takes little to say our county needs this or that. It takes great commitment and conviction to back the talk with action – and a bank account. We applaud Montgomery for taking a leap of faith to solve a longstanding county problem. With all the tourism efforts made here in the past few decades – the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, Summit Lake, the horse shows, Wilbur Wright Birthplace and Hoosier Gym – it has been a shame this area hasn’t had enough quality lodging to match those venues. We look forward to the day when a new sign can be placed along I-70, inviting motorists to stay at Henry County’s newest hotel.

Thumbs down to the numerous potholes on Ind. 38 between its split with Ind. 234 and Cadiz. Some of them are pretty deep now and could cause a blown tire.

Thumbs down to distracted motorists. We should all re-evaluate our own driving habits and work harder at focusing on the road in front of us instead of the phone in our pocket, the fast food in our hands or the worrisome thoughts in our heads. With all the potholes out there, many crews will be out working to make our roads safer. They shouldn’t have to risk their lives doing it.

Thumbs up to Shenandoah High School junior Silas Allred for being champion of the 195-pound weight class at the New Castle wrestling semi-state on Feb. 9 and advancing to the state finals for the second year in a row.

Thumbs up to high school seniors Hayden Lohrey of Shenandoah and Jake Combs of Hagerstown for finishing second in their respective weight classes at the New Castle wrestling semi-state Feb. 9 and qualifying for the state finals.

Thumbs up to Shenandoah High School seniors Gabe Young and Faith Muterspaugh for signing letters of intent to play their sports in college, Young in football for Olivet Nazarene University and Muterspaugh in softball for Anderson University.

Thumbs up to the Blue River Valley High School girls basketball team for reaching the “Elite 8” in the IHSAA Class A state tournament.

Thumbs up to Henry County Chief Deputy Jay Davis for the 34 years he has already given to our community and the years of continued service he hopes to give as the next sheriff.

Thumbs up to Kelsey Meyers from Purdue Extension for hosting the first local mental health first aid training day this week. And thumbs up to everyone who attended. By recognizing and helping people in crisis, we as a community might be able to save our neighbors from turning to drugs and alcohol for peace.