Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – August 21


Stuff the Bus success

The United Way just wrapped up a very successful, seventh-annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive. I’d like to give a thumbs-up to the 100-plus volunteers who braved sweltering heat to collect school supplies for the students in the four school districts of Jackson County.

Bonita Dobbs

Jackson County United Way project manager

Effort pays off

Thumbs-up to all the 793 4-H’ers in Jackson County for taking the time to complete their projects along with the county’s FFA chapters and everyone else including the volunteers who put together exhibits for the Antique, Family Arts and other buildings. All helped make this year’s Jackson County Fair successful and their efforts make our fair one’s that fun and attractive to county residents as well as those from surrounding counties.

Home grown

Thumbs-up to local growers who are participating in the Indiana Grown initiative design to make it easier for Hoosiers to identify, find and purchase products grown, produced and processed right here in Jackson County and elsewhere in the state. The free program should benefit producers and put more Hoosier-grown and processed food on the tables of everyone who calls this state home.

World Series winners

Thumbs-up to Jackson County’s Zoe Stuckwisch and Saige Stahl and other members of the Southern Indiana Impact 10U softball team from Columbus that recently claimed the Future Stars of Sports World Series championship trophy in Johnson City, Tennessee.


Thumbs-up to employees at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, who recently celebrated a milestone in giving back to the hospital. Members of the Employee Partners Invested in Caring group have donated $1 million to the hospital over the past 14 years.

Still competitive

Thumbs-up to 1979 Seymour High School graduate Jane Emke for competing in the 2015 National Senior Games in Minnesota. The Medford, Oregon, resident plays in the 50 to 54 age group on the San Diego Wildfire basketball team and the Mike Fence Battle Ax softball game.

No parking

Thumbs-down to motorists who violate no-parking regulations by leaving their vehicles parked in places where they shouldn’t be left while going to auction, a garage sale or just stopping to visit family or friends.

Better left unsaid

Thumbs-down to The Tribune for publishing a story about a Seymour woman who was found unclothed up a tree. Very tacky.


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