Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – August 3


Best of show

Thumbs-up to everyone who contributed to the effort to raise money for the purchase of Morgan Bobb’s hog, Frank the Tank, during Saturday’s annual Jackson County Fair 4-H livestock auction. Their efforts raised $15,000, a record-setting amount for one animal at the auction, for Bobb, who is the daughter of the late Matthew Lynn “Matt” Bobb. The meat from Morgan’s hog will be donated to local food pantries in memory of her father, who died from a heart condition Oct. 17, 2017. Matt spent much of his youth raising and showing hogs at the fair and remained involved in showing hogs until his death.

A related thumbs-up to all of the other purchasers of the 190 livestock sold during the auction, which netted $214,800 for the 4-H’ers. We’re sure they plan to put that money to good use, either purchasing another animal for the 2019 fair or stashing it away for college expenses.


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Thumbs-up to John Schafstall and Lt. Andy Wayman for taking such wonderful care of the seniors from St. Paul Borchers who visited the Jackson County Fair on Wednesday. You treated us like royalty.

Patricia Tangman

Top athlete

Thumbs-up to Seymour native Jessica Lucas for being nominated as Western Kentucky University’s 2017-18 NCAA Woman of the Year. The program, now in its 28th year, celebrates the accomplishments of female college athletes across all three NCAA divisions. Lucas was a setter for the Hilltoppers and graduated in the spring. She is a graduate manager with Purdue University women’s volleyball team.

A real impact

Thumbs-up to everyone who donated more than 14,000 items to the annual Rock’n Ready school supply program; to all of the businesses that served as collection points for the supplies; the 350 to 400 volunteers who helped collect supplies outside Walmart Supercenter in Seymour; the 85-plus volunteers who helped arrange supplies for distribution or helped with the distribution Saturday; and the 20 volunteers who helped with the Rock’n Run 5K walk and run. About 850 students in Jackson County were able to fill a backpack with school supplies and now have many of the things they will need to start this school year.

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