Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – October 12


Four-time champs

Thumbs-up to the Crothersville girls cross-country team for recently winning a fourth straight Southern Athletic Conference title. Members of the squad, coached by Carl Bowman, are senior Piper Hensley and juniors Bekah Cook and Cami Keasler, sophomore Grace Wilson and freshmen Kaylyn Holman, Ella Plasse and Kiarra Lakins. Holman receives a second thumbs-up for winning the individual conference title with a time of 20 minutes, 4 seconds. Then Saturday, the squad became the first girls cross-country team from the school to advance to the Brown County Regional by finishing fourth in the Southwestern (Hanover) Sectional. Holman also won that race, finishing in 20:08.


Thumbs-up to the 11 people who participated in the Hairless for the Homeless fundraiser for Anchor House Family Assistance Center and Pantry. The contestants, Kathi Combs-Byrd, Mark Dennis, Tim Lush, Matt Nieman, Justin Poole, Brad Smith, Zach Spicer, Keegan Lohman, Justin Graham, Orlando Munoz and Rick Meyer, raised $24,458.60. A second thumbs-up goes to Dennis who finished first by raising $5,430.

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Thumbs-up to family and friends of John "Mooney" Vehslage for establishing Mooney’s Buddy Bench and a scholarship in his memory. The purple bench, inscribed with the name of Vehslage, who died of a brain tumor March 1, will be placed outside the Boys & Girls Club of Seymour. The purpose of the bench is if a kid is by himself or herself or needs a buddy, they can sit on the bench and others will come and talk to them and ask them to play.

A free ride

Thumbs-up to the Seymour Oktoberfest committee and Luehrs’ Ideal Rides for coming together to provide free rides to more than 80 people, including kids with special needs and their parents and other family members and caregivers, during this year’s Oktoberfest. The group was able to spend an hour riding five rides set up at the carnival in the B&O Parking Lot as many times as they wanted, and they also were given treats from a concession stand.

No littering

Speaking of the 46th annual Oktoberfest, thumbs-down to the festivalgoers who litter instead of using the many trash cans made available to collect trash. Thumbs-up, however, to the employees of the Seymour Department of Public Works who pick up all of the trash to make downtown sidewalks and streets presentable each day.

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