Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – February 12

Tops on the mat

Thumbs-up to Seymour wrestler Garrett Johnson for winning the 138-pound wrestling champion on Saturday at the Jeffersonville Regional and freshman teammate Brandon Penegar, who finished third at 120 pounds. The two advanced to the Evansville semistate. A related thumbs-up to Johnson, Penegar and the nine other Seymour wrestlers who earned berths in the Jeffersonville Regional. As a team, the Owls scored 158 points to finished third in the sectional at Jennings County High School.Making an impactThumbs-up to Brownstown Central High School juniors Devin Stuckwisch and Lance Goecker for their Google 20 Time project to work with special needs students in Lindsey Goshorn’s class at Brownstown Elementary School. The project is having an impact on the students and Stuckwisch and Goecker, who are raising money to purchase learning kits for the class.

Help for wounded veterans

Thumbs-up to Brownstown Central High School seniors Morgan Wehmiller and Austin Green for their Goggle 20 Time project to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, the nonprofit charity and veterans service organization that offers a variety of free programs, services and events for wounded veterans of military actions. The two, who want to make sure those veterans who come home wounded aren’t forgotten, organized a dinner on Tuesday to benefit project. Their goal was to raise $3,000.


Thumbs-up to Walter Kiste of Seymour, who recently retired after spending 50 years as a firefighter with Redding Township Volunteer Fire Department. It’s rare to find that kind of dedication and loyalty.


Thumbs-up to everyone who helped make the 2015 Jackson County United Way fundraising campaign. All that hard work by drive chairman Greg Prange and his team paid off with the campaign that netted $807,900 or 105 percent of the $765,000 goal.

Sign of the times

Thumbs-up to those involved in having the Indiana’s Historic Pathway’s signs installed on U.S. 50 in Jackson County. That includes Brownstown/Ewing Main Street and the Jackson County History Center. A special thanks goes to Dick Rumph for his leadership on the project.Linda McCormick, Jackson County’s representative on Indiana Historic Pathways board