Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – July 6


Going to the dogs

Thumbs-up to the committee, including chairwoman Debbie Hackman, that has led the effort to raise $200,000 to build the Jackson County Dog Shelter and to everyone who has contributed to the cause. Construction of the 42-by-85-foot shelter that will hold 72 dogs is expected to begin later this summer and be finished before the end of the year, although $25,000 more in donations is needed to reach the goal. The dog shelter has been a long time in the making but is something that is needed to relieve the efforts of Red Sky Rescue, a shelter in Medora founded by Ruth Riley.

A lifetime labor

Thumbs-up to Jim Plump, who became executive director of Jackson County Industrial Development Corp. in the summer of 1984 and remains in that position 34 years later. He recently received the Lifetime Achievement in Economic Development award from the Indiana Economic Development Crop. for his work with JCIDC, which was formed in June 1984 with funding from 13 private and public agencies. The goal at the time was lowering the county’s unemployment rate of 13 to 14 percent by attracting industry to the county. To say Plump, a Washington County native, has done well at that job would be an understatement.

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A hand up

Thumbs-up to the congregation of First Baptist Church of Crothersville for providing space to Lighthouse Tabernacle for church services and Sunday school classes. Lighthouse Tabernacle at 500 N. Armstrong St. in Crothersville was destroyed by a fire June 3. First Baptist is not the only church to offer to help out after the fire. In fact, every church in Crothersville, another in Brownstown and two in Seymour also offered to help.

Patriotic performance

Thumbs-up to the 65-plus members of the Columbus City Band, including many from Jackson County, for making the trip to Brownstown on June 24 to perform a patriotic concert. The band, which has been performing the patriotic concert on the courthouse square in June for 14 years, was able to overcome the theft of the trailer used to haul percussion instruments and other band equipment to concerts and pull the show off without a hitch.

Trailer theft

Thumbs-down to the person or persons who stole the trailer the Columbus City Band uses to haul percussion instruments and other band equipment back and forth to concerts. The theft occurred sometime in late May or early June at a local business in the Walesboro area.

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