Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – March 18

Helping out

Thumbs-up to Mike Couch of Brownstown for establishing a charity to help aid kids with amputations who are in need of funds for medical and prosthetic assistance. Fur-raising Thumbs-up to all who helped support the Fur Ball fundraiser for the new Jackson County Dog Shelter. The event raised more than $24,000 toward the construction of the shelter. The project has some additional fundraisers planned for the year in an effort to raise the $200,000 needed for construction of the shelter to house 200 dogs near the jail in Brownstown.

Brian Wolka, Vallonia

No fear

Thumbs-up to everyone working or donating materials and money to create a new food pantry at Anchor House Family Assistance Center in Seymour. The 300 percent increase in size will allow for faster service for clients and for the pantry to be open more often. The volunteers helping make the project possible include a number of people involved with Fear Fair, a haunted attraction in Seymour, who recently spent time clearing out the center’s former warehouse area.

A long toss

Thumbs-up to Joseph Barnes of Medora, who recently finished first in the shot put at the Bloomington North Invitational with a throw of 49-11½ inches. Here’s hoping it’s a sign of good things for the Brownstown Central High School junior this spring.

Date knights

Thumbs-up to Heather Chase for creating a Mother and Son Date Knight. Proceeds from the event April 23 at Boys and Girls Club of Seymour will benefit the Cops and Kids program organized by the Fraternal Order of Police Donald M. Winn Lodge 108 in Seymour. Cops and Kids, formerly known as a Shop with a Cop, provides toys and clothing for children in need at Christmastime.

Community cheerleader

Thumbs-up to Crothersville native Scott McKain. The Crothersville Town Council recently decided to name a stretch of Armstrong Street (U.S. 31) in honor of the 1973 Crothersville High School graduate who graduated from Franklin College in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. The professional speaker has spoken in every state and 17 countries and always talks about his hometown first.