Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – April 12

Saluting Vietnam vets

Thumbs-up to all of the Vietnam veterans, including the 18 recognized during a National Vietnam War Veterans Day dinner and program March 29 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925 in Seymour. Those attending and receiving a free meal, gifts, cookies and American flag cake that night were Louis Jackson, Joe Palmer, Norman Babbs, Terry Skaggs, Russell Box, Tom Cooley, John Schafstall, Ed Hall, Paul Otte, Lonnie Harvey, Larry O’Neal, Toby Milroy, Carl VonDielingen, Daniel Boone, Richard Banks, Rick Roberts and Gary Dyer. Russ Byrkett was unable to attend because of health issues but also was recognized.

Youths of the Month

Thumbs-up to Brownstown Central High School senior Brooklyn Snodgrass who recently was named the Brownstown Exchange Club Youth of the Month for December and Brownstown Central senior Cassidy Isaacs for being named the club’s Youth of the Month for January.

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Talented fundraisers

Thumbs-up to the students and staff at Seymour Middle School for raising $1,000 for the American Cancer Society in a recent two-day period that ended with a talent show, which school officials hope to make an annual event. Thumbs-up to Kaelin Grube, Titus Boyd, Lucy Horton, Briawna Jones, Lucas Jablonski, Malaine Lampkin, Carter Wiesman, Marissa Henderson, Rayna Murphy, Margaret Brown, Gretchen Booher, Tom Lucas, Kurt Newkirk, Keith Stam, Kinsley Folsom, Carly Kaiser and Elizabeth Stuckwisch for participating in the talent show.

Workout wonder

Thumbs-up to Brownstown Central High School senior Michael Boshears for earning an invitation to Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 60 senior boys workout March 31 at Marian University in Indianapolis.

Raising child abuse prevention awareness

Thumbs-up to all of the local school groups and others who participated in pinwheel ceremonies across the county in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. In Indiana, there are 19,141 children involved with the state’s Department of Child Services because of abuse or neglect, including 126 in Jackson County. Ninety-two children in the county are out of their home, meaning they are not with their family, parents or siblings and their home environment. The only good news is 52 percent of those children are placed with relatives.