Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – January 11

A sporting chance

Thumbs-up to everyone involved in organizing the 37th annual Seymour Noon Lions Club Special Olympics Basketball Tournament on Saturday at Seymour Middle School and the Boys and Girls Club of Seymour. The list includes the 35 to 40 volunteers who helped run clocks, coach and referee games, and Special Olympics Indiana Jackson County, which had 15 athletes on a five-on-five team and two three-on-three teams in the tournament.

A Spartan

Thumbs-up to Seymour native Tyler Dean who recently traveled to Greece to compete in the 2018 Spartan Trifecta World Championship. Dean, who lives in Westfield but grew up in Jackson County and graduated from Seymour High School in 2011, came home with five medals. Currently, he trains at Circle City Martial Arts and Fitness.

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A future leader

Thumbs-up to Crothersville High School and Indiana University Southeast graduate Jonathan Pearce who recently wrapped up a stint in the White House Internship Program, which has a mission of making the “People’s House” accessible to future leaders from around the nation. The public service leadership program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills.


Thumbs-down to motorists who drive into floodwaters. Police and other emergency workers spent more than five hours rescuing four individuals from three vehicles this past week alone. The East Fork White River and the Vernon Fork of the Muscatatuck River flood as many as half a dozen times or more a year, and water rescues take emergency personnel away from other duties.

Defacing a landmark

Thumbs-down to those responsible for damaging the historic Medora Covered Bridge by spray-painting it with graffiti. The number of incidents involving graffiti has increased over the last few months at the bridge, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. The bridge — constructed by J.J. Daniels in 1875 — is one of the county’s biggest attractions, drawing about 20,000 visitors annually. It’s touted as the longest historic covered bridge in the country, spanning 430 feet over the East Fork White River along State Road 235. It also underwent a $1.1 million renovation project in 2011.