Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – January 27



Thumbs-up to Indiana Landmarks and Seymour Main Street for working together to nominate the Walnut Street neighborhood on the city’s north side for placement on the National Register of Historic Places. Since the National Register of Historic Places is primarily an honorary designation, there are no restrictions placed on property owners, meaning they can make changes to their homes as they see fit. But only those who follow historic preservation guidelines will be eligible for the tax credits of up to 20 percent if they spend at least $10,000 in improvements.

Preventing abuse

Thumbs-up to Child Care Network for starting Caring 4 Kids Jackson County, a charter council of Prevent Child Abuse Indiana. The purpose of the council is to do more to protect children in the area by stopping abuse before it happens and to educate the community, according to Kate Garrity, executive director of Child Care Network.

Offering HOPE

Thumbs-up to Matt Roberts, pastor of Haleysburg Church of the Nazarene, and Donna Baughman, a member of Brownstown Church of the Nazarene, for starting new group meetings called HOPE, which stands for Helping Others and Praying for Everyone. The purpose of the meetings is to offer hope, encouragement, prayer, support and information on what the group can do as concerned citizens to help the community learn how and what it can do to help those who are struggling with such issues as addictions. Those addictions could include drugs, alcohol, gambling, pornography and depression. HOPE meetings will be at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month.


Thumbs-down to motorists who continue to defy the odds by ignoring posted warnings about flooded roads and driving into floodwaters. Anyone who has lived in the Jackson County area for any amount of time should know which roads flood after heavy rains.

No smoking

Thumbs-down to those who smoke cigarettes at the same time they’re filling their vehicles with fuel at service stations and convenience stores.

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