Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – January 5

Remembering Hailee

Thumbs-up to members of Girl Scout Troop 6128 and their former leader, Darlene Beavers, who are collecting plastic caps and lids to be recycled and made into two benches in memory of Hailee Jones. Hailee, who had autism and epilepsy, liked spending time with the other girls while participating in a variety of activities and field trips during her four years as a Girl Scout. On July 23, 2014, she had a seizure while sleeping and died. Anyone interested in contributing may contact Beavers at 812-525-0207 after 5 p.m.

Feeding the community

Thumbs-up to Shawn Malone with The Brooklyn Pizza Co. and Brian “Bubba” and Jessica D’Arco with Bubba’s Place and the more than 100 volunteers who helped them put together and deliver more than 1,000 free hot meals on Christmas Day. The meals came about six years ago as a way for Malone and the D’Arcos to thank the community for its patronage of their businesses. Others businessmen and women, including Mike and Katie Hall with The Pines, have since become involved in the event, and others donate food and their time and efforts to the project.


Thumbs-up to the Seymour Jaycees who continue to see the importance of providing local first responders with automated external defibrillators. The organization recently donated five of the portable devices to the Crothersville Police Department. This marks the fifth year the Jaycees has donated AEDs to area agencies. The organization uses proceeds from the Fear Fair haunted attraction each year to cover the cost of the AEDs. During the first five years of the program, the Jaycees have donated 36 AEDs to local police and fire departments.

Helping hand

Thumbs-up to the city resident who reported a homeless man sleeping in a car and then offered to let the man stay at his residence to get out of the subzero cold.