Thumbs-up, thumbs-down for Friday 9-22


Thumbs-up to Kris and Angie Hunley who recently received the Seymour Shine award for opening Todd’s Place. The transitional housing and detox facility in Seymour has helped 22 men remain clean and sober since opening in May 2016. It is the fourth time the city has bestowed the award since creating it in 2014 to encourage residents and business owners to take care of their properties and to recognize those who make noticeable improvements.


Thumbs-up to Ron Duncan, Bill Abbott, Justin Amos, Doug Gregory, Karen Brooks and Tucker Gregory for building a ramp to allow Mike Emily to leave his Seymour home for the first time in nearly a year. The 42-year-old was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in July 2016.

Hairless for the Homeless

Thumbs-up to the 11 candidates willing to raise $1,000 apiece for this year’s Hairless for the Homeless fundraiser for Anchor House Family Assistance Center and Food Pantry in Seymour. The candidates are Bob Tabeling, the Rev. Dr. Jeremy Myers, Dr. Eric Fish, Robert Walls, Jim Lucas, Brad Lucas, Heather Grube, Bill Abbott, Dr. John Hiester, Dave Hill and Drew Markel. Deb Bedwell, executive director of Anchor House, set a goal to raise $2,000 and recently exceeded it, so she will have her head shaved along with the candidate who raises the most money. To participate in the fundraiser, visit or Anchor House at 250 S. Vine St. in Seymour or mail a donation to P.O. Box 765, Seymour, IN 47274.

Derby fun

Thumbs-up to everyone who competed in the 11th annual Seymour DARE Soap Box Derby on Sunday along with the organizers with the Seymour Police Department. Although deemed a fundraiser for the department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education program for youth, the event is more about bringing kids and adults together for an afternoon of good family-friendly fun than raising a lot of money, said DARE Officer Tim Toborg.


Thumbs-up to Brownstown Central Community School Corp. officials who recently rededicated Blevins Memorial Stadium in memory of James T. Blevins. The assistant principal, athletic director and coach was shot and killed March 22, 1974, in the high school parking lot after he got out of his car around 8 a.m. The original stadium, dedicated in the 1944 Brownstown graduate’s name Oct. 11, 1974, was replaced this past summer. Several family members were able to attend the rededication ceremony, which occurred before the Sept. 15 football game against visiting North Harrison.