Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – June 28



Thumbs-up to Delores Frost of Seymour who celebrated her 90th birthday June 15 with a party at Zion Lutheran Church in Seymour.

The best of the best

Thumbs-up to recent Seymour High School graduate Rachel Kaufman for being selected to play in the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association’s North-South All-Star softball game Saturday at Indiana University in Bloomington. She struck out four and walked one while pitching for the South squad, which had a roster of 21 players.

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Inspiring change

Thumbs-up to those who participated in a poverty simulation June 20 at Seymour-Jackson Elementary School. The purpose of Rethink Poverty: Real Life. Real Choices is to promote poverty awareness, increase understanding and inspire local change. Let’s hope some real change can come from the simulation, which was organized by Jackson County United Way and the Community Foundation of Jackson County. A related thumbs-up to the 34 volunteers from various companies and community service organizations who participated in the event, which was a simulation of a month of a family in poverty.

Growing a program

Thumbs-up to the 2019 senior class at Medora High School for donating the remaining balance of $2,739.27 in its account to a project to buy fencing for the school agriculture department’s new grow lab and greenhouse being constructed across from the school. A related thumbs-up to David Gorbett Construction, which donated $250 toward the grow lab and greenhouse, and Carr Township Volunteer Fire Department for giving a $300 donation to Medora FFA to allow members to attend the state convention.


Thumbs-down to the motorist who backed his trailer into my yard on Father’s Day. His trailer was stuck so bad it had to be pulled out and left my yard damaged. The man involved told a neighbor he would come back and repair the damage to my yard, but he has not done so yet.

Melvin Barnes, Seymour

Turn off the tap

Thumbs-down to Mother Nature for the nearly relentless amount of rainfall we have had in recent weeks, which has slowed planting to a standstill and led to some deciding to stop worrying about this year and looking at next year’s planting season. As of Tuesday, we’ve had 13.47 inches of rain over the annual average.

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