Riding herd

Thumbs-up to Josh Rorig of Brownstown for earning the right to compete in the National Junior High Finals Rodeo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines this week. Josh placed first in the cinch division at the Indiana Junior Rodeo Association state competition.

State semifinalists

Thumbs-up to Seymour junior Emma Wood and Karen Dringenburg, who recently graduated, for playing their way to the semifinals of the 25th annual girls state doubles tennis tournament before falling to Carmel juniors Emma Love and Lauryn Padgett. The Seymour duo are the first local girls to finish in the top four in the tournament.

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On stage

Thumbs-up to Clayton Abbott of Seymour for landing his first role in a professional theater production. The 2010 Seymour graduate recently was a cast member in the BOBDIRREX LLC’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Marian University Theatre.

Flag Day salute

Thumbs-up to members of American Legion Post 89 in Seymour for conducting the annual Flag Day ceremony at One Chamber Square in downtown Seymour. Flag Day is celebrated each year to honor what the flag symbolizes and the freedom, justice and liberty it stands for. A similar thumbs-up goes to members of Elks Lodge 426 for presenting a history of the nation’s flags during the ceremony along with the four-member honor guard from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925 and the Seymour Fire Department’s honor guard, which has participated in the program for years.

Addressing a need

Thumbs-up to the Jackson County Board of Realtors for joining with Jackson County Habitat for Humanity to identify potential candidates who could qualify for a Habitat home. It’s just another effort among many to try to address some of the needs of the community.

Obstructing the view

Thumbs-down to people who don’t keep their trees and bushes trimmed allowing them to obstruct the views of traffic signs at intersections and other places along public roads.


Thumbs-down to those who decide to leave vehicles they no longer want on the property of others, who then have to call police and find a way to dispose of those unwanted cars and trucks.