Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – March 27

A helping hand

Thumbs-up to everyone who contributed to the GoFundMe online fundraising website for Amanda Newby and her family. The account was started by Cortland Elementary School staff after the Newbys lost their home and everything in it to a fire Feb. 16.



Thumbs-up to Greg Schepman, a passer-by of Canary Outdoor Power Equipment in Uniontown, who spotted smoke coming from the business’ storage building on the night of Feb. 26. His quick call to police and the fast response by Crothersville-Vernon, Jackson-Washington and Jennings township fire departments helped avert major damage to the building.

Speidel family support

Thumbs-up to boys basketball players from Columbus North and Seymour, their parents and their fans who took a break from their rivalry to participate in Speidel Night during the annual meeting between the two teams Feb. 25 at Seymour. Proceeds from the event, which totaled $3,215, went to help David and Lisa Speidel with medical expenses related to the Feb. 1 accident that left their son, Josh Speidel, hospitalized in a coma. Josh plays basketball for Columbus North, and his parents both work in Seymour. They say the support they have received from everyone has helped keep them strong during their son’s recovery.

Top-notch bowlers

Thumbs-up to Seymour High School sophomore Hannah Kaufman for finishing fourth in the singles portion of the state bowling tournament and to Kaufman and her teammates, Angela Pelfrey, Jess Hoevener, Kearstin Ruddick, Trista Phillips, Kylie Jones and Madison Brackemyre, for finishing eighth as a team.

First in the pool

Thumbs-up to Seymour senior Jon Montgomery for advancing to the state swimming meet this past weekend in Indianapolis. He advanced by winning the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.32 on Feb. 24 during the Floyd Central Sectional. A similar thumbs-up goes to Montgomery’s teammates as 20 of the remaining 23 posted lifetime bests and 22 finished with season-bests as the Owls finished third in the sectional with 310 points.

No shoveling

Thumbs-down to business owners and homeowners who failed to clean snow from the sidewalks of their stores and shops after a storm. Mother Nature can’t always be counted upon to clear away the snow, even here in southern Indiana.

No help

Thumbs-down to those who push snow from their driveways onto state highways, county roads and city streets. Such actions just mean more work for snowplow drivers, who have a tough enough job even seeing the roads at times during winter storms.

Rough roads

Thumbs-down to Mother Nature. After a relatively easy winter, the past two weeks have been pretty tough on streets and roads, and a sure sign of spring — potholes — have begun to pop up everywhere.