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UP: To the energy and drive displayed by 5-year-old RayLee Townsend, who decided on her own to start a small business (a lemonade and Kool-Aid stand) to earn enough money to buy herself a special toy, after her surgery to remove a mass from her hip. RayLee has been through a lot lately — hospitalized with Lyme disease, which led to the discovery of a mass that was so large it was fracturing her hip bone; and then surgery to remove that mass. Here’s hoping the spirit she displayed in deciding to earn a little money to treat herself after such a rough time will carry her through recovery, and into plenty of playtime. Go, RayLee!

UP: To the state’s reaching an understanding that it must distribute the federal funds it received through the C.A.R.E.S. Act to meet the payroll needs of municipalities and county governments that properly applied for the funding. Bureaucrats in Charleston were apparently waiting to be told by the feds “Yes, you DO have to distribute the money we gave you for precisely the thing they asked.” In fact, the U.S. Treasury Department guidance on the matter was the money can be used for payroll and benefits of employees “whose work duties are substantially dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency.” We are glad Charleston got that one sorted out.

UP: To the various arts and historical organizations in our region who have found ways to reach audiences with their valuable work even if it must be a virtual experience. The continued effort by these folks is filling quite void when we do not yet know how long it will be before those activities can be experienced face-to-face once more.

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