Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – September 27


Thumbs up to Nigel Cooper from Seymour, who was amazing and courageous at the bus crash last week and should be recognized for this as someone for kids to look up to. We were impressed by his heroic acts and the way he immediately acted to check on things, and he even called 911 and checked on hurt passengers. We all need more people like this guy. Very impressive!

Spirited Olympian

Thumbs up to Special Olympics Indiana Jackson County athlete Jeremiah Griffin who received the Spirit of Special Olympics Athlete of the Year award for Area 2 on Sept. 18 during the Area 2 meeting in Corydon. The Seymour High School junior was nominated for the award by the Special Olympics Indiana Jackson County county management team.

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Thumbs-up to the students at Emerson Elementary School in Seymour who raised $12,079 during the annual walk-a-thon on Sept. 20 and to the students at Seymour-Redding Elementary School who raised $11,608.05 during that school’s annual walk-a-thon the same day. The walk-a-thons are a way to raise money for the school’s parent-teacher organizations without forcing students to sell candy, nuts, popcorn, cheesecake, butter braids or discount cards. It also is about the kids exercising and being active while having fun.

Above and beyond

Thumbs-up to Brownstown Police Department Detective Jac Sanders who helped 25-year-old Katelyn Collier make it safely off Interstate 65. Collier, who had been involved in a frightening crash a couple of weeks earlier, praised Sanders for his actions that showed he cared and that he went above and beyond what he should have done, easing her anxiety at the same time.

Helping hands

Thumbs-up to members of Seymour High School’s FFA chapter and students from life science classes at the high school who assisted the instructors recently during the 25th annual field day for Jackson County third-graders at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge.