Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – July 26

Pays dividends

Thumbs up to everyone who gives of their time each year to make the Jackson County Fair such a success. The fair seems to be getting better with age, likely because of the work of the volunteers, including the nearly 30 members of the fair board. It also includes the nearly 800 youth in 30 4-H clubs who completed entries in different projects for the fair and the 180 volunteers who guided them. Keep up the hard work.

Helping hands

Thumbs up to Brownstown Central High School senior Sydney Loudermilk, her sister, Taylor Loudermilk, and Kirsten Raisor, both sophomores at Brownstown Central. The three youth, who are members of Jackson County 4-H, created a new project for the 2019-20 program called Hunger Eliminating Leadership Program or H.E.L.P. Their first project was building five Little Food Pantries to be placed in areas where there isn’t easy access to larger food pantries and five raised gardens. The food grown in those 2-by-4-foot gardens were given to five people to take home at the end of the Jackson County Fair.

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Thumbs up to Brownstown Police Chief Tom Hanner and Assistant Chief Joe Kelly for their actions on the morning of April 3 during a domestic disturbance outside the police station on South Poplar Street. The woman involved in the incident credited Hanner and Kelly with saving her life that morning. Jackson County Prosecutor Jeff Chalfant agreed after reviewing the Indiana State Police investigation into the incident and clearing Hanner and Kelly from any wrongdoing in the incident that led to the death of 53-year-old Barry Rucker. The two officers recently received Lifesaving Awards during atown employee luncheon and First Responder of the Year awards from the Brownstown Exchange Club in June.

Top workplace

Thumbs up to Schneck Medical Center for being one of only 45 hospitals in the nation to receive Press Ganey’s Survey Solutions 2018 Workplace of the Year Award. The annual award recognizes hospitals and health systems that have achieved the highest levels of employee engagement coupled with below-average levels of employee disengagement within the Survey Solutions national database.