Thumbs up to New Castle High School senior wrestler Jack Taylor for finishing second at 220 pounds in the New Castle semi-state Feb. 13 and qualifying to wrestle at this weekend’s IHSAA state finals in Indianapolis.

Thumbs up to girls basketball players Abby Thornburgh, Ally Madden, and Maci Chamberlin of Blue River Valley, Shenandoah’s Erikka Hill and Kathryn Perry, and Honour Ellis from Union (Modoc) for being named to the All-Mid-Eastern Conference Team.

Thumbs up to New Castle resident and radio announcer John Harp for his 25 years of broadcasting Trojan basketball and football games.

Thumbs up to University of Minnesota volleyball freshman Melani Shaffmaster, a 2020 NCHS graduate, for being named the Big Ten Setter of the Week.

Thumbs down to people using snow-throwing machines for pitching the snow on their driveways and sidewalks out onto the streets after the snow plows already have cleared the streets.

Thumbs up to Connor Lewis and his dad, Ron, who helped provide up-to-date stats to The Courier-Times at last weekend’s girls basketball regional. Thumbs up to the Viking girls as well on another outstanding season.

Thumbs up to the Good Samaritans across Henry County who went the extra mile to plow neighbors out from under the latest snow storm. They are anonymous heroes who deserve our unanimous applause.

Thumbs up to the Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation for suspending textbook fees starting next school year.

Thumbs up to New Castle High School Red Hot Blues for winning grand champion in their competition last weekend.

Thumbs up to classic car owners and as New Castle is scheduled to have all its Broad Street Cruise Ins this year.