Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – March 8

Top sellers

Thumbs-up to the Girl Scouts in Jackson County who sold nearly 15,000 boxes of cookies during the annual fundraiser. A special thumbs-up goes to Avery Williams of Troop 1239 in Seymour. She was the top preselling Girl Scout in the county. She presold almost 900 boxes of cookies to help her 15-member troop lead the county in presales at 3,600 boxes. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from Girl Scout cookie sales is retained by the originating council and troop to allow members to do community projects and fun activities.


Thumbs-up to Seymour High Schol seniors Avery DeHart and Nicole Elmore for advancing to the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s 47th annual state girls gymnastics meet with sixth-place finishes in their events on March 1 at the Columbus East Regional. DeHart finished with a score of 8.6 in the bars, while Elmore scored a 9.35 — tying a personal best — in the floor exercise.

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Thumbs-up to everyone who helped raise nearly $16,000 during the fourth annual Fur Ball on Saturday night at Pewter Hall in Brownstown. The fundraiser has become the real backbone of the Jackson County Dog Shelter presently under construction behind the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown. The shelter is scheduled to be completed early this summer depending upon the weather.


Thumbs-up to Brownstown Central High School senior Austin Fleetwood for his work in putting together a 30-page paper in hopes that the school-based coffee shop Brewed Awakening would earn gold certification from DECA Inc. That work recently paid off, as Brewed Awakening became one of only three in Indiana to achieve gold certification for the first time this year in food operations. The recognition was extra-special because Brownstown’s DECA chapter, coffee shop and school are much smaller than the other two Indiana schools chosen — Snider in Fort Wayne and Brownsburg.


Thumbs-up to the Rev. Neal and Susan McCory of Brownstown who will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary March 12. Neal and the former Susan Cummings were married March 12, 1959, at Norman Pentecostal Church. The Rev. E.R. Gray officiated.