Thumbs-up, thumbs down for June 10


Congratulations graduates

Thumbs up to the 541 students who recently graduated from one of the six high schools in Jackson County and those local residents who recently graduated from college, university or a trade school. Graduation is one of those milestone events.

Dashing finish

Thumbs up to William “Bill” Koleszar of Seymour, who recently competed in the National Senior Games for the first time. The 70-year-old won the 50-meter dash in the 70-74 age division with a time of 7.23 seconds during the event held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Koleszar, who brought home a gold medal for his efforts, competed in three other track and field events and earned medals in two of them — the 100 meter dash (third) and the 65 and over 4×100 relay (second).

A related thumbs up goes to Seymour native Jane Emkes, who now lives in Ashland, Oregon. Emkes, 60, played for the Zips basketball squad in the 60-64 age division and they finished 5-2 and in second place in the National Senior Games and also played for Team Battleaxe, which fell in the championship contest of the 60-64 age division of the softball tournament.

Hall of Famers

Thumbs up to Andrew Nehrt, who recently was inducted into the Crothersville Athletic Hall of Fame along with the late Danny Wright. Nehrt, who coached the Tigers girls basketball squad from 2005 to 2010, ran cross-country and track for four years and played basketball for two years before graduating in 1982. Wright, who graduated from Crothersville in 1972, coached middle school basketball from 1988 through 1994, then coached the Tiger varsity girls basketball team from 1999 to 2005. He died after a battle with cancer earlier this year.

No dumping

Thumbs down to the individual or individuals who “dumped” a woman who was overdosing at Freeman Field Recreation Area in Seymour on Monday evening. Police report that no one called police or emergency services to get the woman help, and she was only located and revived through a combination of happenstance and diligence on the part of Seymour Police Department Officer Gabe Jordan, who deserves a thumbs up. Police asked that anyone needing emergency assistance call 911 so proper lifesaving measures can be taken.

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