Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – November 11


Thumbs up

Defending champs

Thumbs-up to the Brownstown Central Braves for capturing the school’s second straight football sectional championship, the third in four years and the 12th in the past 19 years. The Braves cruised to a 50-14 win at Southridge on Nov. 4 in the Class 3A Sectional 31 title clash and will play Evansville Memorial, a winner against Sullivan in the Sectional 32 title game, tonight at home for the regional crown.Helping Arc outThumbs-up to those receiving awards from The Arc of Jackson County during the organization’s annual dinner and awards program Nov. 3 at the Knights of Columbus in downtown Seymour. They were Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott, Community Service Award; Jeanine Wilhelm, Baxter Service Award; Mary Smith, Educator of the Year; Carlus Moss, Melvin Maynard Award; and Abygaile Daniels with Executive Management, Employer of the Year.

Laying it on the line

Thumbs-up to all of the candidates for local, state and federal offices in Tuesday’s General Election. It’s good to know there are some people still willing to take the time and trouble to run for office. There’s always room for more. A related thumbs-up goes to every one who decided to get out and vote on Election Day or in the days leading up to Nov. 8. It would be nice to see that kind of turnout for the general election in November of 2018.

Fostering hope

Thumbs-up to the 15 Jackson County residents who are providing mentoring for children at elementary schools in the county this school year through the Foster Grandparent Program of South Central Indiana. The program, established in 1965 under President Lyndon Johnson as a “War on Poverty” project — and locally in 1973, helps seniors living on fixed incomes and allows students to receive some one-on-one help. To become involved, call 866-644-6407 or search Foster Grandparent Program of South Central Indiana on Facebook.

Thumbs down

Failing to stop

Thumbs-down to motorists who are in such a hurry that they can’t take the time to come to a complete stop at intersections. A rolling stop puts the lives of others, including pedestrians and cyclists at risk.

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