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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 1:20 pm

“Sure could use a little good news, today.” Those words, from a song, come to mind often, when I read or watch television news. I was a news anchor/reporter for the first 16 years of my career, and I can’t even count the number of times people would tell me, “I don’t watch news often, because I get tired of hearing all of the bad news.”

I honor and respect the profession of hard newsgathering and reporting.

People need to be informed, especially if it could impact your family’s safety. But I also understand viewers who say they want a little more good news to lift them through their days.

I made that same decision in 2000, leaving a hard news-anchor position in Dallas to use whatever media gifts God had given me to serve. But I wanted to serve back in the Midwest, so I could be closer to family in Ohio.

For a year, I had the opportunity to work as a producer for a television ministry in Ohio, but I missed my journalism roots and was excited to take the position, as WTHR community affairs director, 11 years ago.

Talk about good news! I’m blessed to host WTHR Cares Noon Focus community segments, profiling community issues, non-profits, and events. I host WTHR Cares Community Calendars showing Hoosiers how to get involved in their community. And, I lead all of the station-sponsored community service campaigns, such as Coats for Kids, the Race for the Cure and the United Christmas Service.

I am continually looking for ways to celebrate all that is good in our community, because I believe there is more “good” in the world than “bad,” and that we need to shine the spotlight, more often, on the humanity in all of us.

That’s where you come in. I would love for you to help me spread more of the good news in Central Indiana. I have started a new project called “Good Indeed!” which celebrates the good news or good deeds here and nationwide.

I share “Good Indeed!” stories on my Facebook page, on wthr.com and on our WTHR Cares Noon Focus interview segment. I share some stories through pictures, including a picture of 8-year-old Allie Wagner, who makes red, white and blue bracelets for WWII veterans, honoring their service.

Or, a picture of a week-long “Teeter-Totter Marathon,” from Butler University’s Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, which raised thousands of dollars for the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. And, there’s the picture of Central Indiana high school students hosting a “Kenya Carnival” to fund school tuition for students in Kenya, who were orphaned because their parents had HIV/AIDS.

Right here in Central Indiana, there is a plethora of good news happening every single day with people, young and old, serving their communities; people overcoming obstacles and inspiring others; and people breaking down barriers and uniting, as one, to serve.

If you want more good news, please share it. I’d love to hear from you. Let’s remind people that the good news outweighs the bad in this world. Email your “Good Indeed!” pictures or ideas to me at acain@wthr.com.

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