• Thumbs up to another successful Alamance Pride, which despite early rain, had more participants and visitors than in previous years.

• Thumbs up to Beauregard “Bug” Laughon, who at 97 years old has lived a lot of life, working for decades as a funeral home director.

• Thumbs up, or should we say a leg up, to Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano, who kicked a 63-yard field goal for a last-second win against the New York Giants. That’s tied for the second-longest field goal in NFL history.

• Thumbs up to the Elon Phoenix football team for beating powerhouse James Madison last weekend 27–24. That a huge turnaround from the previous season, in which James Madison beat Elon 63–14, and it meant Elon shot up to No. 5 in national rankings.

• Thumbs up to all the candidates who attended the Times-News forums this week and who plan to attend over the coming weeks.

• A bigger thumbs up to all those interested community members who showed up, participated and offered incisive, hard-hitting questions. You Alamance County voters are impressive.

• Thumbs down to the collective Allied Churches of Alamance County Board of Directors. They fail to understand they have a duty to communicate with the public from whom they seek support.

• Thumbs down to the Mill Creek homeowners association for denying a couple a hot tub when there are already 20 in the subdivision. That does not appear neighborly — or perhaps that’s the point.

• Thumbs up to Morrow Town for planning a second Community Fun day, which is being held today.

• Thumbs up to Alamance County Meals on Wheels, which raised $38,000 with its rubber duck race. That’s a lot of bread from ducks.

• Thumbs up to Pleasant Grove Elementary School, which collected more than 1,200 pounds of food, cleaning supplies and basic necessities for victims of Hurricane Florence.

• Thumbs up to Hannah Stout, for Western Alamance girls volleyball. She had 12 kills, nine digs and three blocks in a win over Eastern Alamance.

• Thumbs up to Sketch Night at Alamance Arts. That’s a fun family night.

• Thumbs up to the Alamance-Burlington School System for holding three forums on the upcoming bond issues. People should attend at least one of the three. The times and places were in Thursday, Oct. 11, Times-News.

• Thumbs up to the Alamance Artisans’ second annual event next weekend. Many local artists will be showing off — and selling — their pieces.

 

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