THUMBS UP

To John Osteen – The 86-year-old Couchton man opens his replica 19th century farm to the public every year around Thanksgiving. It's his gift to the community. Thank you Mr. Osteen.


To the One Table organizers and volunteers – More than 150 people have been working hard to prepare for the annual One Table Thanksgiving dinner. The event started with 400 people attending. This year organizers are expecting 3,000.


To SRNS employees – Savannah River Nuclear Solutions employees donated nearly $1.2 million during this year's SRNS Employee United Way Campaign.


To Dancing with the Aiken Stars – This event just keeps getting bigger. In just three years the fund-raiser has had to move small venues in town to the USCA Convocation Center. The beneficiaries of this year's event, held Thursday, was the Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County and the Community Medical Clinic of Aiken County.


To the end of The Twilight Saga movies – The last of four movies on the three book series was released this weekend and it's expected to earn $150 million. We wonder what the next vampire saga will be.


To no more Twinkies – Hostess, which has been making Twinkies and other baked goodies for 82 years, is shutting down. The company, which is in bankruptcy, wasn't able to come to agreement with the bakery union. Now 18,500 people are out of work and plants across the country are closing.


To parents aiding in an escape – A mother and stepfather who helped their son flee the country, when he was accused of rape, were sentenced Thursday, ending a six-year saga. Robert S. Carver, 29, of Wagener, fled after warrants were sworn out for his arrest on charges of kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct, two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child and malicious injury to personal property. To aid Carver's escape, the Kitchings bought him and a girlfriend tickets to Cancun, Mexico.


To election problems in Richland County – Election Day problems in Richland County included hours-long voting lines and broken machines, with many not actually voting until well after polls had closed, and others giving up their quest altogether. State election officials have said Richland was the only one of the state's 46 counties that reported serious problems.