Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – September 18


Thumbs up, thumbs down for Sept. 15

Caring for others

Thumbs up to the more than 100 people who volunteered for 26 projects during Jackson County United Way’s 24th annual Day of Caring. The had originally been set for May 12 but was postponed until Sept. 11 due to the pandemic. Friday also was the annual National Day of Service and Patriot Day, which is Sept. 11 each year in memory of the people killed in the terrorist attacks that occurred on that date in 2001.

Celebrating community

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Thumbs up to members of Crothersville FFA, which conducts a dinner for local first responders on Patriot Day as a way to show appreciation for their service. For the second year in a row, an evening meal was served at the Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department station on Moore Street. The previous two years, FFA members served a breakfast at the school.

Community collaboration

Thumbs up to those involved in a recent community collaboration that resulted in the Southern Indiana Flying Eagles remote control model airplane club having its runway redone at very little cost at Freeman Municipal Airport in Seymour. The list includes Seymour Parks and Recreation Department staffers Chad Keithley, Harry Taylor, Kerry Bevers and Rick Cockerham; United Granulation Services of Seymour, which donated 400 pounds of fertilizer; Brownstown Central High School FFA members Macey Stuckwisch, Abby Stuckwisch, Brocker Bottorff, Tim Edwards, Daniel Weiler, Cody Burnside, Keaton Weber, Jared Thomas and Kyle Eglen and Adviser Blake Hackman, who spread fertilizer and seed and put down straw, donated by Bob Stuckwisch; and Jackson-Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kurt Fenneberg, who watered down the seed and straw. The recent work took out the bumps and leveled the existing grass runway.

Conference champs

Thumbs up to the Brownstown Central High School girls golf team for winning the Mid-Southern Conference tournament Saturday at Shadowood Golf Course in Seymour. The squad, which consisted of Kelsey Ault, Ashlyn Fox, Lexie Satterthwaite, Payton Ault and Hannah Hackman, finished with a team score of 405, two strokes better than second-place Scottsburg. The Braves also won girls golf conference titles in 2009 and 2012.

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