Thumbs up... to this week’s news that Pittsburg State University is in the running to host the Division II National Championship football game.

Thumbs up... to this week’s news that Pittsburg State University is in the running to host the Division II National Championship football game. Bringing this game to Pittsburg would create a positive impact on the local economy for years to come. 
Thumbs down... to news that Crawford County’s unemployment rate rose 0.8 percent for the month of May.
Thumbs up... to Tuesday’s groundbreaking on a multi-million dollar expansion and renovation project at Girard Medical Center. The $7.1 million construction project will add 30,000 square feet to the hospital — doubling its size — and will renovate 6,000 square feet of the existing facility.
Thumbs up... to the announcement that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $889,200 grant for preliminary engineering studies on a potential new bypass through Crawford County from north of Arma south to U.S. Highway 400.
Thumbs down... to news that this year is the third straight of sub-par local wheat harvest yields. 
Thumbs up... to the Crawford County Commission, for putting its seal of approval on a deal between RFD No. 2 and the city of Arma to put a fire station in Arma’s industrial park. This was the culmination of four-to-five years’ work on getting a new fire station put into place for the district.
Thumbs up... to Crawford County’s fried chicken restaurants, for being named one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas Cuisine. The restaurants include Chicken Annie’s, Chicken Mary’s, Pichler’s Chicken Annie’s, Gebhardt’s Chicken and Dinners, Barto’s Idle Hour and Chicken Annie’s Girard.
Thumbs up... to Crossland Construction of Columbus. The company was selected to build the Kansas City Chiefs’ indoor practice facility at Missouri Western State University. Crossland submitted a base bid of $9.4 million, the lowest of 14 general contractors competing for the building project.
Thumbs up... to area prep runners Todd Brennon of Northeast, Aaron Ward of Southeast and Andy Hill of Humboldt, who were selected to represent the East in this year’s Road Race for Charity. The event is being staged as both a fundraiser for the Kansas Shrine Bowl and as a way of getting more young Kansas athletes involved in Shrine Bowl Activities.
Thumbs down... to news that new U.S. home sales fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 342,000 — down nearly 33 percent from May last year. Experts say that this is another sign that the housing market’s recovery will likely be gradual and prolonged.
Thumbs up... to PSU senior distance runners Venessa Lee and Jon Garrett, who recently garnered ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors.

Jacob W. Brower, for The Morning Sun