Thumbs up, thumbs down for Sept. 23

Moving on

Thumbs up to the local girls golfers who advanced to Saturday’s Washington Regional with strong performances in the Bedford North Lawrence Sectional this past Saturday at Otis Park Golf Course. The list includes Seymour senior Lainey Jackson, who wound up winning a playoff to take the individual sectional champion title for the second straight year. Jackson, along with teammates Liza Stuckwisch, Katie Cottrill, Emily Windley and Emmy Followell, finished second in the sectional with a team score of 385 to move on in the 50th annual IHSAA Girls Golf State Tournament. Two Brownstown Central girls, Gracie Reynolds and Emma Hughbanks, also advanced by snagging two of the top three spots of individuals not on a team qualifying for the regional.


Thumbs up to Seymour native Brent Smith, who was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel during a ceremony Aug. 6 at Parkhurst U.S. Army Reserve Center in Darien, Illinois. Smith is assigned to the 416th Theater Engineer Command. The 2002 graduate of Seymour High School now lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Cicely, and their daughter, Avery.

Standing up for Jesus

Thumbs up to Sherri Fritz’s letter to the editor “Stand up for Jesus.”

Amberly Brewer, Christopher Brewer, Karlee Brewer and Kacee Brewer and Janet Smith, all of Freetown; Sandy Heideman, Leigh-Ann Murphin, Bev Rascoe, Larry and Beverly Courtney, Becky Hackman, Marilyn Kendall and Dan and Judy McKain

Poor planning

Thumbs down to the Indiana Department of Transportation for their inept planning on road/bridge repair north of Freetown en route to Nashville. They allow their contractors to close major roads into communities only to let the worksite sit idle for weeks after closure and then leave barricades and/or equipment blocking the road weeks after work has been completed. Now that the bridge has been resurfaced, the road is now closed for “emergency road repair” 100 yards north of the bridge worksite, a pre-existing project which could have easily been completed during the time the road was closed for the previous project. They simply do not care how much they inconvenience our community.

Roger Martin, Freetown