Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – January 10


Comforting comforters

Thumbs up to Diane Vance of Seymour and her granddaughters, Brinley Peak and Kayci Vance, who recently made and donated 24 quilts to Anchor House Family Assistance Center and Pantry in Seymour. A related thumbs up to some of Diane Vance’s friends who helped with the fancier stitches along the way. They include Nilah Simmons, Alexis Ruddick and Stacy Robbins.

Serving Special Olympics

Thumbs up to members of the Seymour Noon Lions Club for organizing and sponsoring the 38th annual Special Olympics Basketball Tournament on Saturday. The event, which featured 21 five-on-five teams, 19 three-on-three teams and a skills competition, was conducted in Seymour High School’s Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium and auxiliary gym. A related thumbs up to all of the volunteers who served as referees, scorekeepers, timers and coaches.

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Downtown draw

Thumbs up to Seymour native John Mellencamp and his family for donating $50,000 to establish a plaza in the city parking lot adjacent to the mural of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member. The mural, which is on the side of This Old Guitar Music Store, 106 W. Second St., was painted by Indianapolis artist Pamela Bliss. The 35-foot mural already has become a drawing point for Mellencamp fans from near and far and is sure to do so for years to come.

State qualifiers

Thumbs up to Jackson County robotics teams that qualified for the state tournament. In the elementary division of a VEX IQ tournament Dec. 14 at Immanuel Lutheran School in Seymour, Team 520C and Team 520G from Immanuel were the teamwork champions. Team 520C consists of Rylan Adair and Emory Helton, and Team 520G consists of Christopher Pumphrey and Adam Alberring. Those duos along with 12075A Riverbots, which won the excellence award, earned invitations to the Indiana VEX Robotics State Championship on March 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Tool thieves

Thumbs down to anyone who thinks it’s OK to steal from others, especially those that threaten the livelihoods of contractors by stealing tools and equipment from their trailers. 

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