Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – May 3


Sharing their stories

Thumbs-up to Shawn Busby and his team for putting on the second Crossroads Acoustic Fest in downtown Seymour on April 26 and 27. The 18 acts consisted of singer-songwriters from Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Edinburgh, Scotland. Also, thumbs-up to Rails Craft Brew and Eatery, Jackson County Visitor Center and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 655 for providing the listening room venues.

Important exercise

Thumbs-up to the Jackson County Emergency Management Agency for organizing a simulated full-scale disaster exercise April 18 at Seymour High School with the assistance of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. And thumbs-up to the Seymour Fire Department, Seymour Police Department, Jackson County Emergency Medical Services and Seymour Community School Corp. for participating in the event to help officials put emergency plans into action.

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Saluting service

Thumbs-up to everyone who saluted the service of Joshua Trueblood, a 19-year veteran of the Seymour Fire Department who died April 18 after a four-year battle with brain cancer. Another thumbs-up goes to the Seymour Police Department for providing a police escort from the west side of the city to Woodlawn Family Funeral Centre for Kane, a 13-year-old full-blooded German shepherd who died April 22 after serving as Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles’ K-9 partner for eight years. Kane had been retired since July 2015, and he was euthanized because his health had begun to rapidly decline.


Thumbs-up to Jackson County REMC lineman Jason Morrison of Vallonia for recently working with 13 other linemen from around the state to provide electricity to 92 homes, two churches and a school in the village of San Jacinto, Guatemala. The Project Indiana team also helped the village receive electric power generated at a hydroelectric facility.

Very important

Thumbs-up to the 38 Brownstown Central High School students who were chosen as a VIP by staff members. During the 10th annual VIP Breakfast on April 18 at the school, each honoree was joined by his or her parents and the staff member who chose them for the honor. They ate breakfast together and then were recognized individually.

All about women

Thumbs-up to the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce for organizing the biennial Jackson County Women’s Conference, which drew around 300 local women April 24 at Pewter Hall in Brownstown. Kate Stam Irk, a Seymour native who was the 2009 Miss America, was the keynote speaker. Other speakers were Dr. Joyce Spurgeon, a psychiatrist at Schneck Mental Health and Wellness; Denise Connell, a Seymour attorney; and Jamie Marshall, a local professional photographer.

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