Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – May 10

Thumbs-up, thumbs-down for May 10

Aubrey Woods | The Tribune

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Police praise

Thumbs-up to Dustin Collman of Seymour and others who helped Seymour Officer Crystal Schapson after a man she was attempting to arrest tried to punch her during a recent incident at Shields Park in Seymour. Police Chief Bill Abbott said he was grateful for how Schapson and the other people reacted to the situation.

An important process

Thumbs-up to the candidates who were willing to put their name on the line and run for public office in Tuesday’s Seymour city primary. A related thumbs-up to everyone who either voted early or took the time to head to the polls to cast a ballot on Election Day. It’s such an important process and one that only works if everyone participates.


Thumbs-up to Seymour Main Street which was recently designated an accredited Main Street America program for meeting performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. The accreditation benefits the community by allowing Seymour Main Street to apply for additional grants and providing extra learning opportunities and resources for Becky Schepman, who is executive director of the organization established in the mid-1990s.

Growing a program

Thumbs-up to Seymour’s Beth Sharer, who leads Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus’ Division of Health Sciences. Sharer, who joined IUPUC in 2009, recently was awarded an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Spirit of Philanthropy Award for her work in transforming the nursing program at the college. That program has grown from nine students to more than 100 annually.

Weigh master

Thumbs-up to Michael Buckley who recently was named the 2018 Indiana State Police Ralph Ray Reed Motor Carrier Inspector of the Year. During an awards ceremony April 26, Superintendent Douglas Carter presented the award to Buckley. The criteria for the honor goes beyond statistics. In 2018, Buckley, who works at the Seymour and West Harrison weigh stations, made 793 commercial vehicle inspections, issued 87 out-of-service violations, made five public appearances at events such as job fairs, carrier safety meetings and recruit testing events and recovered two missing children/runaways in two separate events while working at the Seymour weigh station.