Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – January 24


Going to the dogs

Thumbs up to Brownstown Central Middle School sixth grader Melanie Ault who is raising money for Red Sky Rescue and her church by painting pictures of people’s dogs. People can reach out to her mother, Amy Ault, via Facebook and send a picture of their dog to have Melanie paint it. Red Sky Rescue is a nonprofit dog shelter in Medora that rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes abandoned dogs in Jackson County.

Braves of the Month

Thumbs up to the three Brownstown Central Community School Corp. Students of the Month for January 2020. First-grader Noah Davidson, sixth-grader Madison Bennett and senior Blaney Phillips were recognized during the board of trustees meeting Jan. 14 in the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria.

All-star singers

Thumbs up to the Seymour High School choral students who performed with the Indiana Music Education Association All-State Honor Choir on Jan. 17 at Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne. They were Anna Massengale, Amanda Massengale, Levi Croquart, Carly Kaiser and Liza Stuckwisch.


Thumbs up to the four Seymour High School students who performed with the Indiana Music Education Association Honor Band. They are Chandler Skinner, William Rodenbeck, Justin Jones and Harrison Cottrill.

Award-winning work

Thumbs up to Seymour’s Bobby Eldridge who worked on The UPS Store’s 2020 Rose Parade float “Stories Change Our World.” The float won the sweepstakes award on New Year’s Day during the 131st Tournament of Roses Parade. The Crothersville native also worked on The General Society of Mayflower Descendants’ “The Voyage of Hope-1620,” which won the parade’s Americana Award for most outstanding depiction of national treasures and traditions.

Turn around

Thumbs up to the motorists who continue to ignore the simple request by police to avoid floodwaters when they cover area roads. Heavy rains this winter have already forced the East Fork White River to go well over its banks two times since Jan. 1, and yet motorists have still had to be rescued from floodwaters. There’s more on the way as we head into spring. There were seven rescues between Jan. 11 and 14 because of flood-covered roads and at least one more this past weekend. It’s a lot easier on everyone involved but especially firefighters and medical personnel to turn around than driving into floodwaters.

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