Software specialists

Thumbs-up to Brownstown Central High School students Noah Greene and Austin Ault who earned the right to compete in Certiport’s 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship in Orlando, Florida. Greene was the state champion in Word 2013, while Ault was the state champion in Excel. The two recently finished up their junior years at Brownstown Central.

Top educator

Thumbs-up to Brownstown Central Middle School Principal Doug McClure for being named Indiana Association of School Principals District 9 Middle School Principal of the Year. McClure recently moved from Seymour Middle School to Brownstown Central to be closer to his home.

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A similar thumbs-up to Brownstown native Grant Peters, who recently took over the reins as principal at Greensburg Community High School.

Cemetery supporter

Thumbs-up to Janet Longest for her efforts to reset monuments at the historic Heighton Hills Cemetery in Carr Township. The Plainfield woman has never lived in Jackson County, but her family ties to the area are strong enough to bring her back to the area often.

Senior Open winner

Thumbs-up to Seymour native Tony Pancake for winning the Indiana PGA Senior Open at Tippecanoe Country Club. The title is the first PGA tournament win in 20 years for the 1981 Seymour High School graduate, who is director of golf at Crooked Stick Golf Club.

On display

Thumbs-up to the members of the Jackson County Conservation Council for completing a project to install three new aquariums at the Jackson County Fairground. The new display will allow fairgoers a better view of the fish and turtles in one of the more popular exhibits during the fair, which begins July 26. The old tanks leaked and were difficult to view, especially for people with disabilities

Money savers

Thumbs-up to Pat Reinhart, Jamie Land, Jamie Hall, Alex Eddy and Tom Martin. The Duke Energy workers saved taxpayers money by using a 100-foot bucket truck to change the lights at the city pool at Shields Park.


Mowed down

Thumbs-down to people who mow their grass and throw the clippings onto streets and roads.

Wasting water

Thumbs-down to people and businesses who water their grass even when its raining.