Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – January 23

A ‘great’ grandmother

Thumbs-up to Donna Lampkin for helping Emerson Elementary School obtain a $20,000 grant for playground equipment from the Box Tops for Education. Lampkin has a grandson and granddaughter who attend the Seymour elementary school.

Saluting our veterans

Thumbs-up to Jackson-Jennings Co-op for helping the Indiana Salute to Veterans bring its 50-by-80-foot American Flag to the Seymour-Jennings County games Jan. 16 at Seymour. A second thumbs-up to the 80 players, cheerleaders, co-op employees and other volunteers for helping present the flag for the playing of the national anthem before the game.

First meeting

Thumbs-up to members of the David Benton chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution for organizing the annual Winter Delegates meeting of the Indiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution on Saturday in Seymour. This was the first time the state organization, which consists of 17 chapters, has met in Jackson County. The David Benton chapter is located in Brownstown.

Record setting

Thumbs-up to Trinity Lutheran freshman Maddie Roark for scoring a school-record 35 points in the Cougars’ win Jan. 15 at New Washington.

Top bowlers

Thumbs-up to the Seymour High School’s girls bowling squad for winning the Southeastern Indiana Conference.


Thumbs-up to area teachers such as Brownstown Central High School’s Melanie Preston who look for nontraditional teaching methods to motivate our children.

Helping hand

Thumbs-up to the many volunteers in the community such as those with Home Depot who are helping renovate two apartment buildings Anchor House recently purchased to expand the center. The efforts of those people and their employers, who often donate materials, will help keep the cost of the project down.

Free advice

Thumbs-up to local attorneys including Mark Risser of Seymour and Joseph Payne who offered free legal consultation to the underserved on Talk to a Lawyer Today. The annual event is sponsored by the Indiana State Bar Association and is held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day each year.

No seat belts

Thumbs-down to motorists who fail to wear their seat belts all the time. Police state that usage rises significantly after they conduct special enforcement periods of state laws regarding seat belt usage.

No hurry

Thumbs-down to motorists who are in such as hurry that they think nothing of running other motorists off the road. Those actions lead to wrecks.