Thumbs up, thumbs down for Jan. 27


Thumbs up to Seymour native Teri Moren who became the winningest head coach in the history of the Indiana University women’s basketball program with the Hoosiers’ 83-72 win on Jan. 19 on the road over No. 21-ranked Illinois. The victory gave the then-No. 6-ranked Hoosiers an overall record of 17-1, the program’s best record through 18 games to start a season since its inaugural season in 1971-72. The win was Moren’s 189th with IU. She added another win to her total with the squad’s 92-83 victory at Michigan on Monday and had the chance to add another with a win Thursday night against No. 2-ranked Ohio State at home.


Thumbs up to Brownstown Central High School junior Jack Benter who set the school record for points in a game with 48 on Monday when the Braves finally finished their game with Silver Creek and defeated the visiting Dragons 85-74. The next night, Benter bettered that record by scoring 51 points in the Braves’ 81-45 win at Austin. For the record, Jack’s dad and the Braves’ coach, Dave Benter, was the previous record holder. He scored 47 points against Brown County in 1992.

Youth of the Month

Thumbs up to Brownstown Central High School senior Carson Darlage who recently was named Brownstown Exchange Club’s Youth of the Month for November.

Gold medalist

Thumbs up to Seymour native Kim Douglass who earned the gold medal in the assembly category of Toyota Material Handling Group Skills Competition in December in Takahama, Japan. Douglass, who works for Toyota Material Handling in Columbus, placed first in the assembly category, beating competitors from other Toyota-based companies in China, France, Italy, Sweden and other U.S. competitors.

Winning welders

Thumbs up to Seymour High School FFA members Ethan Alberring, Mitchell Mellencamp, Dylan Peters and Brayden Rorick who qualified for the Indiana FFA state welding contest, which is set for Saturday at the J. Everett Career Center in Indianapolis. Rorick and Peters won the advanced division and Mellencamp and Alberring won the beginners division in the District XI contest in Bedford.

Top unit

Thumbs up to the Seymour Young Marines organization, which was recently named District 5 Unit of the Year.

Centennial celebration

Thumbs up to Elvira Preuss who celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday. After educating children for 41 years, the Seymour native spent many more years serving the community through the Schneck Medical Center Guild. In 2008, she had been a volunteer with the guild for 18 years and was awarded an accolade for the 10,000 hours she contributed since she began volunteering.

Cleaning up

Thumbs up to the young woman who recently picked up some trash along North Chestnut Street in downtown Seymour on her way into the office.

Throwing it out

A related thumbs down to the people who throw litter out of their vehicles on streets and the yards of residents throughout Jackson County. If they put their trash in a trashcan instead of throwing it on the ground, others wouldn’t have to pick it up.