Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – March 16


State champions

Thumbs-up to the Immanuel Lutheran School eighth-grade girls basketball team for winning the Lutheran Schools Athletic Association’s state championship Feb. 25 in Fort Wayne. Members of the team are Kendall Sterling, Kayla Goecker, Grace Schrader, Saige Stahl, Camryn Sterling, Kendrick Sterling, Kailene Cockerham, Lillie Wessel and Hannah Durham. The Warriors are coached by Jennifer Penner and Hayden Stuckwisch, and the managers are Hannah Kerkhof and Ella Christopher.

Stepping up

Thumbs-up to George Burge for recently receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Indiana. Burge, diagnosed with prostate cancer nearly a year ago, has been a volunteer for the organization for eight years. The 79-year-old Brownstown man didn’t let his treatment schedule interfere with the time he spends with his Little Brother, Noah Sarver of Brownstown.

Chamber stars

Thumbs-up to the award recipients recognized March 8 during the 87th annual Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce dinner. The award winners were Jennifer Regruth, Ann Tormoehlen and Cindy Ault, Educators of the Year; John Beatty, Citizenship Award; Bob Poynter, Corporate Citizen of the Year; Mike and Katie Hall with The Pines, Small Business of the Year; and Dr. Matt Pierce, Rising Star Award.

A Bench for Caps

Thumbs-up to the fourth-graders in Abbi Young’s classroom at Brownstown Elementary School for their ongoing community service project. Earlier this year, they began collecting plastic caps and lids to be recycled into benches to be placed outside the school. The public can participate by dropping off caps and lids at Door 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Door 19 one the back side of the school.

Above and beyond

Thumbs-up to Seymour Officer Ryan Cherry and Cpl. Devin Cornwell for cleaning up a dog after it had been found cold, shivering and covered in dirt and sludge inside a dumpster behind a restaurant March 7. Dallas was taken by police to the Humane Society of Jackson County after being discovered by a restaurant employee. He was given food, water and a blanket and later reunited with his owner, Donna Coffey, who believes the dog left with someone who had been at her residence.

Nice gesture

Thumbs-up to the Crothersville Police Department for recently donating a decommissioned police car, equipped with new lighting and decals, to the Clifford Police Department, which didn’t have a squad car.

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