Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – May 5

All honors

Thumbs-up to Julie VonDielingen Shelton, who was recently named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. The 1989 Seymour High School grad helped the Owls win three girls basketball regional titles and advance to the state finals in 1987. She was named to the 1989 Indiana All-Star Squad. Shelton, who is now an assistant coach for Butler’s women’s team, also scored 2,018 points as a Butler Bulldog and coached the Mount Vernon High School team to 260 wins and a Class 3A title in 2013.

Non-stop Bible readers

Thumbs-up to the members of the community who came together to read aloud the Bible from cover to cover, nonstop from Wednesday morning to Thursday evening at One Chamber Square in downtown Seymour for the annual National Day of Prayer.


Thumbs-up to Sgt. E5 Lauren Townsend, a 2006 Seymour High School graduate, who surprised her mother, Sharon Townsend, by coming to Seymour for an unannounced visit after wrapping up a deployment to Kuwait that started in October 2015. Lauren, who spent four years on active duty, is now a member of the California Army National Guard and lives in Long Beach, California, where works in information technology.

Centennial celebration

Thumbs-up to Florence Amelie Carter on her 100th birthday, which was April 26. Centenarians are always hard to find. Congratulations Florence.

Staying power

Thumbs-up to Seymour Country Club, which recently celebrated its 95th birthday. While not quite as old as Carter, it’s always good to see any establishment with that kind of staying power. According to a 1910 newspaper account, there was a course at the present site as far back as 1907.

Fighting the good fight

Thumbs-up to the family of Mike Hunsucker Sr., who died of esophageal cancer in May of 2014. Family members including his wife, Bonnie Hunsucker, and his son Mike Hunsucker Jr., and his wife, Shannon Hunsucker, for organizing the Backroads Ridin’ 4 a Cause. The charity ride raised $1,400 for HOPE Medora Goes Pink in 2016. Money raised from this year’s ride planned for Saturday will benefit the Don and Dana Myers Cancer Center in Seymour, where Mike Hunsucker Sr. received treatment.