Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – June 4


Remembering the sacrifice

Thumbs up to the group of dedicated volunteers that spends countless hours placing flags on the graves of veterans in Jackson County in the days leading up to Memorial Day. The list of volunteers taking on that task this year includes members of Immanuel Lutheran Church’s Trail Life USA Troop IN-2206 and American Heritage Girls Troop IN1273.

A similar thumbs up to the veterans and other volunteers who organize Memorial Day services at Fairview Cemetery in Brownstown and Riverview Cemetery in Seymour each year and to those who attend the services. Remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so we could live free is important and something every American should do every day of the year.

Headed for state

Thumbs up to Seymour’s Josh Pennington and Brooke Trinkle and Brownstown Central’s Avery Koch for earning berths in the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s track and field state finals. Pennington, a senior, will compete in the 110 hurdles during the 117th boys meet Friday night at Ben Davis High School. Trinkle, a sophomore, will compete in the mile Saturday during the 47th girls meet at Ben Davis High School, while Koch, a senior, will compete in the discus.

Hall of famers

Thumbs up to Donald “Duck” Engle and David Schill, who recently became the newest members of the Crothersville High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Engle, a 1965 Crothersville grad, played basketball for four years, baseball for one year and participated in cross country for three years and track and field for two years. Schill, a 1980 Crothersville grad, played basketball for three years and ran track for one. He also has been the Tigers’ public address announcer for boys and girls basketball and volleyball games for about 25 years.

Skills showcase

Thumbs up to Maddy Hackman and Jack Benter of Brownstown Central and Bailey Tabeling of Trinity Lutheran for being invited to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Underclass Showcase at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. The girls will participate June 18, and the boys will participate June 19. A total of 120 girls and 122 boys have been invited.

Long lived

Thumbs up to Vera Brittingham, a resident of Covered Bridge Health Campus in Seymour, for recently celebrating her 103rd birthday.

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