Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – April 24

Preventing tragedy

Thumbs-up to all who helped at the Medora wreck Friday (April 10). Thank God for the timing. Seconds prevented a real tragedy here.

Gilbert Ray Carpenter, Freetown

A good deed

Thumbs-up to members of Boy Scout Troop 529 for their efforts to clean up the Seymour Museum at Third and Chestnut streets and a home at 308 N. Chestnut St. that Mary Vehslage donated to the museum upon her death earlier this year.


Thumbs-up to Trinity Lutheran High School freshman Morgan Gabbard for throwing a no-hitter against Crothersville in a softball game April 15. No-hitters are hard to come by no matter what level of play.

Budding artists

Thumbs-up to the winners of the Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library Bookmark Contest. They were Justin Dubben, kindergarten; Patience Chilton, first grade; Blake Robinson Jr., second grade; Elijah Plasse, third grade; Cole Reed, fourth grade; and Brayden Morris, fifth grade. Honorable mention honorees were Connor Hall, first grade; Krista Leep, second grade; Leslie North, third grade; Morgan Womack, fourth grade; and Ella Plasse, fifth grade. The contest was conducted in conjunction with National Library Week, which began April 12 and ended April 18.

Marching for babies

Thumbs-up to Salatiel “Sal” and Jodi Mendez of Columbus for serving as the Seymour Ambassador Family for the March of Dimes’ March for Babies on Saturday at Seymour High School’s Bulleit Stadium. The couple, who have numerous ties to Seymour (Jodi was born and raised here), lost their two sons, Marcello and Manuel, after they were born prematurely Dec. 27, 2013.

Open for business

Thumbs-up to Shawn and Sara Todd for deciding to bring the former dairy bar in Medora back to life. The couple plan to open the business, one of just a few in that small southwestern Jackson County town, as Courtside Café within a month or two.

No newspaper

Thumbs-down to The Tribune carrier who threw The Tribune on the ground along U.S. 31 on Tuesday. I am a subscriber, but I assume my neighbors are not, so I don’t think they will be picked up.


Theft of services

Thumbs-down to those who steal electricity, cable and other utility services from their neighbors or the utility. Not only is it theft, but it also can be a dangerous practice.