Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – April 30


Serving their city

Thumbs up to the inaugural members of the Seymour Mayor’s Youth Council. The 13 members, Bryanna Bailey, Bryce Blevins, Paul Bontrager, Macy Casner, Ellie Cornn, Montana Crossman, Mary Higdon, Lucy Horton, Hannah Kerkhof, Mallory Moore, Cory Robinson, Cheyenne Stoffregen and Kaylee Waskom, have demonstrated academic and leadership skills and an interest in civic engagement during their time on the council. Online applications for the 2021-22 Mayor’s Youth Council are available on the city’s website at The deadline to apply is today.

Delivering dictionaries

Thumbs up to members of the Brownstown Lions Club who recently visited third grade classes at Brownstown Elementary School and gave each child, teacher and aide a dictionary from the club. 


Thumbs up to Liz Brownlee, a local farmer and executive director of the Oak Heritage Conservancy, who has been named a 2021 Hoosier Resilience Hero by the Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University. Brownlee is being recognized for her work connecting Hoosiers to the natural areas in the region and building a network of young farmers working to make agriculture part of the solution to climate change. Her work includes running the Oak Heritage Conservancy land trust, where she stewards 1,100 acres, working on her Crothersville farm that is committed to local food and carbon sequestration practices and co-founding the Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition, a community of sustainable farmers in Indiana.

Happy Glamping

Thumbs up to those who participated in the fourth Seymour Main Street Happy Glamper event this past weekend, including those who displayed their vintage campers in the Robertson Mill and Walnut Street parking lots. It was nice to see an outside event, which also featured the first Happy Glamper Sip ‘n’ Stroll, that people could attend after all of the canceled events earlier this year and in 2020 because of COVID-19.

Signal early

Thumbs down to motorists who fail to use their turn signals when making a turn. State law requires drivers to give a proper turn signal at least 200 feet before turning or changing lanes. If you are driving 50 mph or faster, you must give a proper turn signal at least 300 feet before turning or changing lanes. It’s a problem that seems to only be getting worse each year. 

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