Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – January 31


Supporting those who serve

Thumbs up to Jenel Matlock of Seymour for starting a Facebook group several weeks ago to support servicemen, servicewomen and their families. Matlock plans to collect personal care items, non-perishable snacks and other items about every three months to send to different units. The organization, Jackson County Supports Our Troops, also provides information about ways the community can be involved in helping local military families and troops overseas. Matlock served six years in the National Guard, and her husband, Jason Matlock, currently is serving.

A Maverick

Thumbs up to Trinity Lutheran High School senior Cassidy Burnside who won the ninth annual Jackson County Maverick Challenge business planning competition for high school students. Twenty-eight teams submitted a written plan for the challenge held Jan. 15 at the Community Foundation of Jackson County. Burnside, who lives in Vallonia, gave a presentation on Classic Iron Restoration, an antique tractor restoration business she started in mid-2019.

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Topping 20

Thumbs up to the Brownstown Central High School girls basketball team for posting their first 20 win season since the 2011-12 season. The Braves moved to 20-3 on Saturday night with a victory over the visiting West Washington Senators. On Thursday, Brownstown Central traveled to North Harrison, where they could gain a share of the Mid-Southern Conference title with Salem.


Thumbs up to the members of the Immanuel Lutheran Church quilting group who have been meeting every Thursday for years to make quilts to give to the Jackson County Clothing Center, Schneck Medical Center Hospice, Jackson County Cold Night Out Shelter, Orphan Grain Train and some special baby quilts that go to Clarity Pregnancy Services. Current members of the group include Wayne and Rosellen Weihe, Janet Cooper, Esther Becker, Janet Benter, Norma Kilgas, Patricia Moorman, Prima Heideman and Maxine King. Vicky Linke sews quilt tops at home and then takes them to the church.

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