High school grads
THUMBS UP: Thousands of area 17- and 18-year-olds ended a big chapter of the lives last weekend by taking part in commencement ceremonies at their respective high schools. Now, for many, comes another much greater test: college. We've heard horror stories about the rising cost of college tuition, which seems to occur every year, and about the job market once students graduate from college. There's no doubt it's a tough world out there, but we have faith in our rural schools that they have fully prepared the outgoing seniors for their next big step and are confident our students are all ready to accept whatever challenges lie ahead.
School's out, games continue for some
THUMBS UP: The Independent wishes the best of luck to area golf, baseball, softball, and track and field teams still competing this spring in section tournaments. The school year might be over for a number of area schools, but plenty is still happening on the fields as area athletic teams are trying to lengthen their seasons as much as they can. So, good luck area athletes.
THUMBS UP: Oil prices are dropping, and the effect can be seen at the gas pump - good timing, too. Many feared that gas prices would spike around Memorial Day, but so far, not only is that not happening, prices are going down. Gas has dipped below $3.50 in some area cities, and while we would love to see it stay on this downward trend we should appreciate the fact that a year ago at this time we were paying around $3.80 per gallon.