Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – March 27

Sagamore of the Wabash

Thumbs-up to Gary Meyer for recently being named a Sagamore of the Wabash — the state’s highest civilian award — by Gov. Mike Pence. Meyer, president and CEO of Schneck Medical Center, is retiring April 3 after more than 40 years at the Seymour hospital. The Dubois County native also has been active with Jackson County Industrial Development Corp., Jackson County United Way, Community Foundation of Jackson County, the Jackson County Education Coalition, Boys & Girls Club of Seymour and the Lions Club. He’s also an active member at Zion Lutheran Church.




Thumbs-up to students at Seymour-Redding and Cortland elementary schools for raising nearly $16,000 through recent Jump Rope for Heart activities.

Top donors

Thumbs-up to Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals for being recognized as Jackson County United Way’s Company of the Year on March 5 during the Indiana Association of United Ways and Funds annual State Leaders Conference. Between employee contributions and the company donation, the company’s campaign total exceeded $135,000 or 18 percent of Jackson County United Way’s goal.

Adult recreation

Thumbs-up to Brent Jameson and Jason Kleber with the Seymour Parks and Recreation Department for conducting an adult dodgeball tournament March 14. More than 50 people on eight teams participated for good, recreational fun. Just a little something different.

Leon Pottschmidt, Seymour

Chamber award winners

Thumbs-up to those recognized by the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce during its recent annual dinner — the chamber’s 84th. Those honored included Wayne Huddleston, Chris Rose and Sherry Dart, Teachers of the Year; Dr. Nate Otte, Rising Star Award; Luecke Audio Video & Appliance, Small Business of the Year; Jackson County Industrial Development Corp., Corporate Citizen of the Year; and Dave Geis, Citizen-ship Award.

Helping children

Thumbs-up to the student council at Brownstown Central High School for raising more than $2,900 for Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis. The funds were raised during the March 19 Mr. BCHS competition.

Rude people

Thumbs-down to rude people who tell those waiting in line to receive food from a mobile food pantry to “get a job,” from one of those waiting in line.


Thumbs-down to those who vandalize the property of others and public property. Such incidents cost everyone money and serve no purpose.