Hack Bartley surely would be proud, and rightfully so. We are also proud that his son, Jake, and the Jake Bartley Band are up for Grammy consideration with their album “Brotherhood.”

The album made the final 50 cut, so there’s still a ways to go toward snagging that Grammy, but making the final 50 alone is worth a huge thumbs up to Jake, Matt Miller, Andrew Crawford and Adam Plott.

That’s a home run for Greenwood County, and a sure-fire thumbs up.

And while some would say it’s nothing short of a miracle, it really isn’t too much of a surprise that in a caring Greenwood the funds needed were raised to replace the playing field, thus keeping the Miracle League up and running.

Kids who otherwise would have no viable opportunity to take to a baseball field were all smiles Saturday when the new field opened up. And that was thanks to the kindness of corporations and individuals who opened up their wallets, raising the $100,000 needed to replace soft-surface tiles.

Uptown isn’t just for topiaries anymore. And Ninety Six is into the fun too. Louisville, Kentucky, has its iconic bedazzled fiberglass horses year-round and Greenwood has its fine array of topiaries that dot the Uptown area from just prior to the SC Festival of Flowers in June until sometime after the Festival of Discovery wraps up in July.

Now, in between the summer months and in November when holiday decorations go up, we have a fall theme Uptown with customized scarecrows participating businesses have put together. The idea sprouted in Ninety Six too.

Judges will pick a winning decoration for the Uptown district, but we think all participants are winners for getting on board with the idea. We suspect it will be on an even grander scale next fall.

So, with hay grasped in our hands, we extend a thumb up to all those participating in the scarecrow displays.