Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – April 10

Good service

Thumbs-up to the staff at AutoZone for changing my headlight bulb for me. Thanks for the service.

Sally Spurgeon, Seymour


Thumbs-up to Austin High School graduates Lindsey McDonald, 25, Chantel Worley, 24, and Erin Hopkins, 25, for refusing to let the recent HIV outbreak turn their hometown into a community of fear. The three are organizing a series of sweeps of locations in the Austin area where drug users may have left syringes behind. The first sweep will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11 in Austin, and volunteers should meet at The Church of the New Covenant, 1054 Clay St. They also have plans to visit Crothersville in the future.

Braves support Riley

Thumbs-up to the Brownstown Central High Schools youths who recently participated in the annual Mr. BCHS competition. The event raised more than $2,900 for Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

Animal lover

Thumbs-up to Ruth Riley, owner and operator of Red Sky Rescue in the Medora area, for her work with saving the lives of dogs brought into the shelter by owners who decide they no longer want or can handle the responsibility of caring for the animal. Riley also has been accepting animals found abandoned along roads in the county. Riley said she has a 93 percent success rate in finding homes for dogs that wind up at the shelter she has operated for years with volunteer help. Health issues and a lack of help have forced her to stop taking dogs brought to the shelter at this time unless they are brought in by the county animal control officer.

Flying high

Thumbs-up to members of the Southern Indiana Flying Eagles for recently sharing their passion for radio-controlled aircraft with the public at the Seymour Library.

Abandoning pets

Thumbs-down to people who take on the responsibility for caring for a dog, cat or other pet and then later decide they no longer want the responsibility. That often leads to animals being dumped along county roads.

No headlight driver

Thumbs-down to the not-so-smart person driving a dark vehicle off the interstate with no headlights on, in the twilight of a cloudy evening and driving from north Interstate 65 onto west U.S. 50 clear past Jackson Park Drive. Thankfully, there was no accident involving them or anyone else.

Sally Spurgeon, Seymour

Closed for business

Thumbs-down to skateboarders skating at a bank after hours.

Sally Spurgeon, Seymour


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