Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – October 23

Promoting history

Thumbs-up to the organizers of the 47th annual Fort Vallonia Days festival. It always has been a crowd-pleaser, and this year’s event — conducted Oct. 17 and 18 — was no different.

Battling cancer

A similar thumbs-up to the organizers of the sixth annual HOPE Medora Goes Pink on Oct. 10. The annual cancer awareness event, established by Medora resident Debi Wayman in memory of her mother, who lost a battle that began with breast cancer, raises money for expenses to help those fighting all types of cancer in Jackson, Jennings, Lawrence, Monroe, Scott and Washington counties.


Thumbs-up to the Brownstown Central Middle School eighth-grade volleyball team for finishing the season with a 23-0 mark. The Braves capped off an incredible three-year feat — finishing their middle school careers with a perfect 49-0 record.


Thumbs-up to Amberly Bohall for becoming the first woman in Seymour United States Bowling Congress history to roll a perfect 300 game at Kingpins Bowl.


Thumbs-up to everyone involved in the effort to safely extricate Dennis Seldon from his semitrailer cab after he wrecked early on the morning of April 14, 1998, near Uniontown. The effort took more than five hours, but Seldon, who is now 53, didn’t lose either of his legs in the incident. The Toledo, Ohio, man recently returned to the Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department’s station to thank everyone involved in the effort to free him from his truck.

Baking bosses

Thumbs-up to the winners of the annual Oktoberfest baking contest — Lavena Hauer for her peanut butter pie, Kathy Nelson for her carrot cake with cream frosting and Alexys Thompson for her Oktoooober Hat cookies.

Discourteous drivers

Thumbs-down to people who stop in streets to let someone out instead of parking and letting that person out. It is discourteous to other motorists and can be dangerous.

Untimely end

Thumbs-down to the person who recently shot and killed a deer that lived in an enclosed fenced area at Walmart Distribution Center on Seymour’s east side. Drivers and others watched over the deer, nicknamed Bucky, who hung out there, grazing, eating food left by truckers, associates and others and watching trucks roll in and out.