Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – July 24

Helping hands

Thumbs up to Terry and Marylin Durham, who recently received a $500 donation from their Sunday school class at Seymour Christian Church to purchase 100 duffel bags. Members of the congregation also deserve a thumbs up after stepping up to help fill the bags with items to be delivered to the Jackson County Department of Child Services, which will distribute them to kids who have been removed from their homes.

Award-winning artists

Thumbs up to SaRai Fontanez and Harley Koons. The Seymour girls recently took first place in the 2021 Cooperative Calendar of Student Art contest conducted by Indiana Connection and participating Indiana electric cooperatives for Hoosier students in kindergarten through 12th grade since 1998. Fourth-graders who entered the contest were drawing art for the month of May in the 2021 calendar. The contest winners, who also received $200, were announced in the July issue of Indiana Connection magazine and will be featured again in the November issue. 


Thumbs up to recent Seymour High School graduate Hannah Romero De Gante, who has been named one of 12 students to be included in the Next Generation Philanthropists Class of 2020 by the Riley Children’s Foundation. Being a Latino student, De Gante led an effort to increase engagement in the SHS Dance Marathon within the local Hispanic community.

Staying healthy

Thumbs up to the Healthy Jackson County coalition, which recently created the Hispanic Health Task Force to help the Hispanic population stay as healthy as possible during the COVID-19 epidemic by providing helpful information in Spanish.

Feeding on fear

Thumbs down to fraudsters who are using coronavirus-related fears to obtain personal and financial information from unsuspecting victims. The Federal Trade Commission recently reported receiving more than 117,000 consumer complaints involving COVID-19 scams with approximately half of the people reporting losses totaling $75 million.