Thumbs up... to news that the city of Pittsburg would receive $265,500 through the federal stimulus package to resurface two sections of Broadway, from Centennial to Hudson and from Cleveland to Williams.

Thumbs up... to news that the city of Pittsburg would receive $265,500 through the federal stimulus package to resurface two sections of Broadway, from Centennial to Hudson and from Cleveland to Williams. City officials say the money will fund the project 100 percent.
Thumbs down... to the bomb threat reported at Pittsburg High School on Thursday.
Thumbs up... to PHS staff and local authorities for evacuating the school and conducting a thorough investigation. No explosive devices were found.
Thumbs up... to news that seat belt usage by students at the six area high schools is up 8 percent since the Seat Belts Are For Everyone program began in December, with two schools reporting 17 percent gains.
Thumbs down... to the economic downturn leading to decreased turnout at Pittsburg State’s Teacher Interview Day on Tuesday. The event drew around 70 school districts, compared to over 100 last year.
Thumbs up... to Pittsburg State alumna Viola Hutcherson, who left approximately $285,000 to the university for math scholarships. Hutcherson died last April at the age of 93, but her legacy will live on at Pitt State through her generous gift.
Thumbs down... to news of the passing of Charles R. “Dick” Webb, founder of Watco Companies, Inc. Webb made a huge impact on the community and his life should serve as an inspiration to us all as we continue to pursue the American Dream.

Marilyn Bennett of Pittsburg writes...
Thumbs up... to area wrestlers for advancing to the 2009 Kids State Championship tournament this weekend in Topeka.

Jacob W. Brower, for The Morning Sun