Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – October 18


A success story

Thumbs up to everyone who helped make the 10th annual HOPE Medora Goes Pink cancer awareness event a success Saturday. As of Sept. 7, $130,100 in funds raised by the event had been distributed in the form of $50 gift cards for fuel and food or $100 money orders to help people battling cancer with expenses.

Braves of the Month

Thumbs up to the three girls recognized as Brownstown Central Community School Corp. Students of the Month for October during a recent board of trustees meeting. Those honored were junior Lela Hendley, sixth-grader Hailey Bair and fourth-grader Loralei West.

Sectional sensations

Thumbs up to members of Seymour High School boys tennis team who recently won the Seymour Sectional for the third year in a row by defeating Austin 5-0. Members of the team, which finished with an 18-3 record and captured the school’s 11th sectional crown, were singles players Vincent Camboulas, Isaac Hardin and Braden Handloser and the doubles teams of Will Rinehart and Brandon Hubbard and Trey Hohenstreiter and Andrew Levine. After defeating Greensburg 3-2 in the Bloomington North Regional, the Owls lost to third-ranked Columbus North 5-0 in the championship.

A related thumbs up goes to Brownstown Central’s Ethan Issacs, who fell to Bloomington North’s Nick Shirley 6-0, 6-1 to end his season in the regional semifinal of the singles tournament.

Loyal fans

Thumbs-up to all those who braved the less-than-favorable weather Friday night to support their favorite high school football teams as well as the players, coaches, cheerleaders, band members and others. After weeks and weeks of relatively good weather on Friday nights, Mother Nature sure delivered some bone-chilling conditions.

Deep cuts

Thumbs down to the Jackson County Council for cutting a request from The Arc of Jackson County, which usually receives $31,500, from the 2020 budget and a request from Thrive Alliance, which usually receives $16,100. The Arc of Jackson County serves people and families with developmental disabilities, while Thrive Alliance serves the county’s elderly population. Those seem like pretty small amounts considering council members voted unanimously in favor of a $12,280,322 budget for next year.

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