Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – June 1

Never forgotten

Thumbs-up to all who took the time on Memorial Day — or the day before in Brownstown’s case — to remember those men and women who died serving our country. Without the sacrifices of those remembered on Memorial Day, we wouldn’t have the freedom to enjoy the family gatherings, picnics and other special activities we do on that day.

Congratulations, grads

Thumbs-up to the more than 525 graduates or soon-to-be graduates at Brownstown Central, Crothersville, Medora, Trinity, Sandy Creek and Seymour for completing the requirements to receive their high school diplomas. Good luck in all of your future endeavors. A similar thumbs-up goes to all of the area residents who completed all of the requirements for college degrees this spring.

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Caring and compassionate

Thumbs-up to the medical personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services and the Seymour police officer who responded to a report of a clerk suffering from a diabetic issue while working at the Murphy USA station at 1552 E. Tipton St. They acted with great care and compassion while helping the man receive treatment.

Bernard Gray, Medora

Regional champs

Thumbs-up to Brownstown Central’s Colton Ritz, who was crowned champion in the pole vault by clearing 14 feet, 6 inches at the Bloomington North Regional on May 24, and to Seymour sophomore Lance Roark, who claimed top honors in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 3 inches that same day. The two along with Brownstown Central’s Caleb Bollinger advanced to the Indiana High School Athletic Association state finals, which will be Saturday at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington. A related thumbs-up to Bollinger along with the five local girls who advanced to the girls state finals, which are today at IU in Bloomington. The girls advancing are the four members of 4×800-meter relay of Ashton Chase, Claire Loebker, Makenna Sunbury and Abby Voss from Seymour High School along with Chase, who advanced in the 1,600-meter run, and Brownstown’s Brooklyn Snodgrass, who advanced in the 100-meter dash.

Sectional champs

Thumbs-up to members of Trinity Lutheran High School’s softball squad for beating Orleans 12-3 to capture the Class A Sectional 62 crown May 24 at Campbellsburg. The Cougars, who also won the sectional in 2016, fell to 5-2 at home against Lanesville on Tuesday night in the regional.

Another school year down

Thumbs-up to all of the teachers in Jackson County who have completed another year educating our students. Enjoy your summer break.

It’s hot outside

Thumbs-down to unseasonably warm temperatures that have made it feel like the dog days of summer in the spring, which we really never had.

Don’t text and drive

Thumbs-down to motorists who continue to text and drive even though we all know it’s dangerous.