Thumbs up for Sept. 2


Promoting leadership

Thumbs up to those involved in creating Leadership Greater Seymour more than 40 years ago — back in the summer of 1982. More than 800 local residents have had the chance to hone their leadership skills, learn about the community and become more involved in it and make connections with others through the program, which became Leadership Jackson County in 1984. A celebration and fundraiser with the theme of “Celebrate our past, look to our future” is planned for 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at Pewter Hall in Brownstown. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the Jackson County Chamber, 105 S. Chestnut St., Seymour, or online at

Wall of famers

Thumbs up to the six recent Seymour High School Wall of Fame inductees. The 11th class of inductees includes Dan Deputy, who retired as a captain with the U.S. Coast Guard after 29 years; Dr. Eric Fish, president and chief executive officer of Schneck Medical Center; Teri Moren, who is in her ninth year as the head coach of the Indiana University women’s basketball team; and Teresa Wessel, who was a business leader in central Indiana and up and down the East Coast before entering the nonprofit sector. The remaining two inductees, longtime educator and administrator John Emhuff and businessman and community leader Richard “Dick” Elmore, were inducted posthumously.

Hoosiers homesteaders

Thumbs up to the three Jackson County farm families who were recognized with Hoosier Homestead Awards in August during the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. The Mellenbruch/Otte/Rieker farm, in operation since 1847, and the Siefker farm, in operation since 1848, both received Centennial and Sesquicentennial awards, while the Meyer/Borgman family earned the Sesquicentennial Award for their farm that dates back to 1866.

Doggone fun

Thumbs up to the Humane Society of Jackson County for organizing the 20th annual Dog Days Dog Show on Saturday at the Keach Parking Lot in downtown Seymour, and a related thumbs to everyone who showed up with their canine friends to have a little fun and compete for prizes. It’s a good activity for the dogs, their owners and dog lovers.

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