Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – May 12

Top inspector

Thumbs-up to Mary Eglen of Cortland who was honored April 21 at the Indiana Government Center in Indianapolis as the 2016 Motor Carrier Inspector of the Year. Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter presented Eglen with the Ray Reed Award, which is named after a commercial motor carrier inspector who was killed in the line of duty in 1995 in Marshall County. Eglen has spent the past 27 years enforcing state and federal laws and regulations to ensure commercial motor vehicles are in compliance with regulations and has no plans to retire at this time.

A winning attitude

Thumbs-up to the more than 200 students in preschool through eighth grade who competed in track and field events and skills stations May 2 at Seymour High School’s Bulleit Stadium during the second Seymour Community Schools’ Champions Together Unified Game Day. Half of the athletes were special needs students with physical and/or developmental disabilities, and the other half were peer mentors, who spent the past few weeks volunteering to help train their fellow schoolmates in their adaptive physical education classes. They all were winners in our book.


Thumbs-up to the more than 250 participants and the organizers of the 20th annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life held May 5 at Seymour Middle School. The first Relay for Life was held June 20-21, 1997, in the parking lot at what was then known as Tanger Outlet Center. The goal was $10,000, but it raised $12,000. The 2016 Relay for Life was held on May 20 and by the end of that day, $44,871 had been raised to help fund cancer research and America Cancer Society programs. This year’s goal was $50,000 and more than $36,000 of that had been collected by the time this year’s relay began at 6 p.m. May 5.


Thumbs-down to motorists, even those who are unfamiliar with Jackson County, who ignore warning signs about flood prone areas and drive into high water. Every motorist who does that puts their lives at risk as well as the lives of those are sent to rescue them. Even the possibility of being fined as much as $500 for driving into floodwaters doesn’t appear to faze some motorists.