Thumbs up to all of those involved in this year’s Clothesline Project, which is designed to increase awareness of the impact of violence and abuse. The list includes Turning Point Domestic Violence Services, which has an office in Jackson County, Cummins Seymour Engine Plant and the 78 SEP employees who decorated T-shirts for the project in memory of domestic violence victims in Indiana other the past year and the Centra Credit Union employees who decorated the remaining 16 T-shirts. A related thumbs up to the three local residents who were recognized with awards for 2022 for their support of Turning Point. They were Emily James, who received the Community Partner Award; Stacy Findley, who received the Mission Partner Award; and Keira Linville, who received the Teen Volunteer of the Year Award. James is program director for the Boys and Girls Club of Seymour; Findley is director of the Seymour Parks and Recreation Department; and Linville is a sophomore at Seymour High School and is active in the Teens for Change program, which is designed to teach students about the importance of healthy relationships, leadership and more.
Thumbs up to the past and current members of Immanuel Lutheran Church Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, which recently celebrated its 80th birthday. As Lutheran Women in Mission, the group joyfully proclaims Christ, supports missions and equips women to honor God by serving others. The LWML’s major emphasis is the support of mission and ministry throughout the world by means of Mite Box offerings. Those offerings have funded more than $100 million in mission grants since the organization’s inception.
Thumbs up to Seymour Main Street for organizing the annual Downtown Trick or Treat on Monday and the businesses and organizations that took the time to provide treats to the hundreds of children with parents and others in tow. A related thumbs up to the Seymour Evening Lions Club for organizing its annual Halloween parade and costume contest. All of the events make the downtown come alive. Regan and Carrie Rigsby, who raised funds for Saints on Our Side Animal Rescue in Brownstown with their outdoor Halloween display of 5,000 lights and eight projects, also earn a thumbs up.
Thumbs up to Brownstown Central High School senior Madison Edwards, who recently was named a commended student in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. Edwards earned the honor after placing in the top 50,000 students in the nation.
Braves of the month
Thumbs up to Brownstown Central High School junior Rylee May, Brownstown Central Middle School sixth-grader Keaton Peters and Brownstown Elementary School second-grader Jaedyn Johnson. The three recently were recognized as Students of the Month for September during a Brownstown Central Community School Corp. board of school trustees meeting.