Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – May 1

Women of the Year

Thumbs-up to Deb Bedwell, Mary Anne Jordan and RaeAnn Mellencamp for being named Women of the Year on April 24 during Girls Inc. of Jackson County’s annual Celebration Gala fundraiser. The three were recognized for their longtime community service and support of young women. Pictured from left are Mellencamp, Bedwell and Jordan.

Aiming for a cure

Thumbs-up to Megan Cravens of Seymour for her efforts to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis. The 17-year-old high school student has the disorder, and her goal is to find a cure. She does that by helping organize a series of events, including a dinner and an auction, which raised nearly $11,000 a year ago.

Budding artists

Thumbs-up to those who made the annual Seymour Community Schools’ Celebration of the Arts successful. That included the more than 800 students in kindergarten through 12th grade who displayed their works of art during the 30th annual show April 25.

Aiding agriculture

Thumbs-up to Don and Jennifer Shoemaker of Vallonia for donating the $2,500 they recently won from the Monsanto Fund to Lutheran Central School in Brownstown. The donation from the fund’s America’s Farmers: Grow Communities program will help the school implement agricultural and additional ag science courses.

Cheerleading specialist

Thumbs-up to Mya Johnson of Brownstown, who will compete in The Summit All Star Cheerleading Championship. The competition begins today at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.

Beyond the call

Thumbs-up to the Seymour police officers who helped me April 19 during a visit to McDonald’s for breakfast. I have Parkinson’s. A light rain started falling as I approached the door, and one Seymour officer opened that door for me and another officer helped me to the next door, where a third officer helped me inside. Three very caring young officers went beyond regular duties.

Evelyn Bunch, Seymour


I laid my wallet down in Walmart, walked across the store and realized it was gone. Another shopper turned it in to a worker who took it to customer service. I’m very thankful. Thumbs-up.

Cheryl, Seymour

Adding to the bill

Thumbs-down to those who walk out of restaurants and diners without paying for their meals or fuel up their vehicle and drive off without paying. Companies make up the cost of such losses by raising prices across the board.