Thumbs up ... to the Pittsburg Fire Department for reaching the final stages of the Assistance to Firefighters grant program. The potential grant will assist the department in purchasing a new ladder truck to replace its current, aging vehicle.

Thumbs up ... to the Pittsburg Fire Department for reaching the final stages of the Assistance to Firefighters grant program. The potential grant will assist the department in purchasing a new ladder truck to replace its current, aging vehicle.

Thumbs down ... to the appearance of some buildings located in downtown Pittsburg. City Commissioner Marty Beezley was correct in saying that she was ‘embarrassed’ by how some of those buildings look. A small number of eyesores can take away from some of the great progress other businesses have made to the overall looks of their buildings in an important, viable part of Pittsburg.

Thumbs up ... to Alexa Deghand for being named the Area 5 Outstanding Student at the BACCHUS Network Peer Health Education Conference earlier this month. Deghand is the first Pittsburg State University student to receive the honor.

Thumbs up ... to a report this week that the Besse Hotel construction could generate $1.2 million in local economic impact to Pittsburg and Crawford County.