Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – June 15


Ace on the mound

Thumbs-up to Seymour native Zack Brown for being named to the Southern League South Division All-Star Team. The right-handed pitcher for the Biloxi Shuckers along with eight teammates will play in Southern League All-Star Game on Tuesday at Regions Field in Birmingham, Alabama. Brown is 5-0 with an ERA of 2.84 and has 76 strikeouts in 76 innings pitched through Monday. The Shuckers are the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Eagle Scout soars

Thumbs-up to Chandler Day who recently completed his Eagle Scout project at Reins to Recovery Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center near Seymour. The 16-year-old, who just completed his sophomore year at Brownstown Central High School, built three stalls for horses at the center with the help of fellow Scouts and other volunteers. Day is a member of Boy Scout Troop 559, based at Asbury United Methodist Church in Columbus. Reins to Recovery offers therapeutic riding, equine-assisted psychotherapy, equine-assisted learning and recreational lessons to children and adults with disabilities, victims of violence and abuse and at-risk youth.

Flying high

Thumbs-up to members of Seymour Elks Lodge 462 for their annual presentation about the history of the U.S. flag to celebrate Flag Day. Thanks to the lodge, many local schoolchildren can tell you the 13 alternating red and white stripes each represent one of the original 13 colonies, and the 50 stars are there for each of the 50 states. Flag Day, which is always June 14, is a time to think about the values, such as freedom and sacrifice, our flag symbolizes. Without the sacrifice of those who fought and died for those principles, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the freedoms we do today.

No fire starters

Thumbs-down to people who set fires that destroy the property of others. No one has been injured in a recent string of arson fires in the county, but innocent people can be injured or even killed by intentionally set fires or unintentional ones for that matter.


Thumbs-down to people who flee from police instead of stopping. It’s something that seems to happen on a daily basis in Jackson County anymore. A related thumbs-down to people who refuse to correctly identify themselves after being arrested. Both actions waste precious time and resources that could be used to fight real crime.

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