THUMBS UP: To Lowndes County School Board members for spending a day touring schools. The county system is facing explosive growth, and the board is taking an aggressive look into the problems and challenges each school faces.



THUMBS UP: To Lowndes High School's Georgia Bridgemen for representing our community so well at Thursday's inaugural parade for President Bush in Washington, D.C. The Department of Defense even selected the marching band to carry a special banner in the parade.



THUMBS UP: To the Children's Advocacy Center for opening the doors to its new facility at 200 W. Moore St. The center needed more space for its important work -- serving and protecting children who have been sexually or physically abused. For information on how to help the CAC pay off its mortgage, call 245-5369.



THUMBS DOWN: To the Industrial Authority, city and county for not finding a way to work with Firstline Corporation to resolve the lawsuit over tax abatements stemming from the company's 1999 expansion. As the arbitrator for the court stated, just because they are not legally obligated does not mean that the continuing refusal to help is justified.



THUMBS UP: To the 3rd Flying Training Group at Moody Air Force Base for making 6-year-old Ethan Fricke a "pilot for a day." Fricke and his family spent the day at the base Tuesday thanks to Moody and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Fricke got to wear his own flight suit, attend the demo team's flight practice and experience the flight simulator.

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