THUMBS UP

To the Jiffy Lube Aiken Thrashers team — The team will be heading to Miami for the final round of the J-Team All Stars competition in March. The team from the Pine Log Road Jiffy Lube station conducted an oil change in 4 minutes and 13 seconds while following all company standards. They will compete against two other teams for the grand prize of $10,000.


To the South Aiken High orienteering program — Three varsity members, Jacob Pryzware, Josh Livingston and Alex Hightower finished in the top five individual competition of the U.S. Navy National Championship – helping the varsity to a first-place finish over 27 other teams from throughout the country. The entire team in all divisions took fourth overall at the meet in Maryland.


To Recleim — The startup recycler Recleim announced plans to establish its first recycling plant in Graniteville in one of the closed mills. It’s a $40 million investment and 200 new jobs for the area.


THUMBS DOWN

To the plane crash in Thomson – A small private jet carrying a surgeon and members of his clinic staff aborted its landing at a Georgia airport before it hit a 60-foot utility pole and crashed in a flaming wreck, killing five people onboard and injuring two. Investigators don’t yet know why the plane aborted its landing at Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport, a small terminal with a 5,500-foot runway.


To meddling legislators — Why is the S.C. General Assembly spending its time trying to change who controls high school sports in South Carolina rather than dealing with important issues? Could this be another way of putting off the big decisions while flexing their muscles?


To all this rain — When we don’t get enough we complain. When we get too much we complain.