Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – August 7


Thumbs up and thumbs down for Aug. 7


Thumbs up to the 648 Jackson County 4-H’ers who turned in 1,375 projects this year. The time and effort to produce those projects even though the 2020 Jackson County Fair was canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic is a testament to their dedication and willingness to work hard in a time of adversity. A related thumbs up to the 4-H volunteers, Purdue Extension educators and others who judged the projects. To see 4-H results from this year’s virtual Jackson County Fair, check out the videos online at and a listing at

Leading the way

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Thumbs up to the Leadership Jackson County youth project team of Brian Hamp, Shannon Hunsucker, Makenzie Smith, Jolie Voss and Jill Willey. The five decided to give the Medora town park a facelift for their project and raised $10,909 in donations to make the park a safe, fun place for kids and families. A related thumbs up to five youth, Ellie DeFriece and Taylee Thompson from Calvary Baptist Church in Seymour and Kylei Nichols, J.J. Myers and Dawson Chambers from First Baptist Church in Seymour, and adult leader Josh Cash who helped with the facelift and others involved in the project.

Back to class

Thumbs up to all of the teachers, staff and administrators at our area schools who have put in the extra time and effort needed to try to ensure everyone is protected as much as a possible from COVID-19 as students start returning to classes.

A related thumbs up to everyone who donated to Jackson County United Way’s seventh annual Rock’n Ready school supply distribution despite the coronavirus pandemic. Backpacks full of supplies have been distributed to students at they have started returning to class.

Wonderful workshop

Thumbs up to volunteers with the Jackson County Community Theatre for making the recent Jackson County Young Artists’ Theatre youth workshop at Starve Hollow State Recreation Area near Vallonia a success. The pandemic limited organized opportunities — even those outside — for children this spring and summer.

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