To local actor winners – The Aiken Community Playhouse held its annual award ceremony, and made the most of the strong performances of the many fine local actors, directors and others who give so much of their time to help entertain our community.

To fewer political sign problems – With the general election less than two months away, city zoning officials said they’re having fewer problems than usual with improperly placed campaign signs. Let’s hope the candidates and their supporters continue the good behavior.

To the Music Ministry of Aiken – The nonprofit group is collecting hymnals for Hayden Baptist Church, which was destroyed by fire in July. The church lost everything in the fire, and has been singing hymns from memory during its services at Smith-Hazel Recreation Center.

To Clemson and USC football – Football fans in the Palmetto State have never had it better than this - rivals Clemson and South Carolina in the top 10 nationally for the first time. The schools have certainly had their landmark moments separately, including Clemson’s 1981 national championship and the Heisman Trophy won by South Carolina’s George Rogers in 1980. But the schools had never shared a spot among the country’s 10 highest ranked teams before last week: the Gamecocks are seventh and the Tigers 10th.

To the iPhone 5 – The lighter, thinner, faster new iPhone 5 came out last week, but with a few grumbles – like a new mapping app that might not get you where you need to be.

To Fall – Autumn officially began on Saturday, and with it we look forward to cooler temperatures. After the summer of 2012, we deserve it.

Thumbs downTo no smiles – The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission has banned smiling faces on driver’s licenses. Why? Those smiles could interfere with facial recognition software. Now all New Jersey licenses will look police lineup photos.

To obesity – South Carolinians are headed down a dangerous road to obesity on a collision course to developing new cases of major obesity-related diseases, according to a study released last week. The 2011 obesity rate for South Carolina was 31 percent, and the new study predicts South Carolina will have an obesity rate of 63 percent by 2030.