Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – November 6




Thumbs up to Richart Beckort of Seymour, who recently received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. Beckort, the agriculture and natural resources educator for Purdue Extension Jackson County, has spent the past 31 years as an educator in Jackson County.

Cancer contribution

Thumbs up to the 100 players and 39 sponsors of the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Outing held Oct. 11 at Shadowood Golf Course. A special thumbs up to Ryan Myers, the owner of the Seymour course, who established the event in October 2012 in honor of his mother, Mary Myers, and her courageous battle with Stage 4 breast cancer that ended with her death March 29 of this year. The 2020 outing raised $5,700, which was given to the Don and Dana Myers Cancer Center in Seymour.

Professional excellence

Thumbs up to Robin Meffert, an executive assistant at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, who recently received the Administrative Professional Excellence Award from the Indiana Hospital Association. Dr. Eric Fish, president and chief executive officer of Schneck, said Meffert’s dedication, perseverance and leadership in support of Schneck exemplifies excellence.

Deserved diploma

Thumbs up to former Seymour resident Kenneth Ritz, who recently received his high school diploma after 75 years. The 94-year-old Columbus resident was serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II and didn’t get to graduate with the Shields High School Class of 1945.

An important process

Thumbs up to the candidates who were willing to put their name on the line and run for public office in Tuesday’s general election A related thumbs up to everyone who either voted early or took the time to head to the polls to cast a ballot on Election Day. It’s such an important process and one that only works if everyone participates, and there was sure a lot of participation in Jackson County this year as turnout was around 68%.

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