Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – February 23


Celebrating diversity

Thumbs-up to the teachers, administrators, staff members and nearly 660 students at Seymour Middle School for taking the time to organize the school’s third annual Culture Night on Feb. 15. The purpose of the event, first organized by Principal J.B. Royer, is to give people a chance to learn about other cultures and celebrate diversity.

Restoring history

Thumbs-up to the Lynn Street Colored School Center of Goodwill committee of Kay Shelton Welton, Aaron Shelton, Coleen Shelton, Xaviera Elrod, Sondra Gentry, Ron Duncan and Shawn Malone. The committee is restoring the building on the west side of Seymour with the idea of making it into a museum and working classrooms so local children can visit and experience life in a one-room schoolhouse. There also are plans to rebuild the south portion of the building for use as a community center.


Thumbs-up to Seymour High School junior Devin Ramsey for winning the diving competition Saturday at the Floyd Central boys sectional. The junior set the pool, meet and school records by piling up 533.15 points en route to his second straight sectional title. Then at Tuesday’s Bloomington North Regional, Ramsey finished second to advance to Saturday’s state meet at the Indiana University Natatorium on the IUPUI campus.

Dancing dads

Thumbs-up to the more than 250 dads for creating lifelong memories with their daughters by attending Girls Inc. of Jackson County’s annual Father Daughter Dance. Thumbs-up to the grandfathers, uncles and older brothers who may have filled in for Dad during the dance, which was first conducted in 1984.

Saving a festival

Thumbs-up to the seven members of a committee trying to ensure the two-day Freetown July Festival has future by conducting a series of fundraisers in the coming months. The festival is one of the oldest in the county and provides residents and former residents of the area a chance to get together and catch up new renew friendships at least one a year.

The gift of life

Thumbs-up to those who change the lives of others, including Matt Bruemmer of Seymour, by making the decision to donate a kidney or other organ. Such donations save lives and help improve quality of life for years to come for those receiving the transplant.

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