Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – July 10

Triple the fun

Thumbs-up to the 44 youth who participated in the third annual Boys & Girls Club of Seymour Youth Triathlon on June 27. It’s never too early to start exercising regularly in an effort to remain fit, and organizers hope the nontraditional sport may encourage kids to join the club.

Leading the way

Thumb-up to the golfers who participated in the third annual city golf tournament recently at Seymour Country Club and Shadowood Golf Course, especially Ben Wisler, who won the championship flight with a 71-74-145; Devin Shiller, who won the first flight with a 78-89-167; Melvin Barnes, who won the senior championship flight with a 77-74-151; and Richard Beatty, who won the senior first flight with a 90-90-180.

Budding florists

Thumbs-up to Mark and Leslie Adams of Crothersville for putting together a project to beautify that southeastern Jackson County community. The couple found more than 50 sponsors for a flower pot project that is the first of what the couple hope might be many such projects to better the community.

Help wanted

Thumbs-up to the core group of nearly 20 people who have started planning for the Jan. 1, 2016, Jackson County bicentennial celebration; the April 8, 2016, Brownstown bicentennial celebration; and the Dec. 11, 2016, Indiana bicentennial celebration. The Bicentennial Planning Committee also has started searching for volunteers to help organizing activities for each of those celebrations.

United front

Thumbs-up to Heather Lewis, Amy Petit and Ann Windley for agreeing to join the board of Jackson County United Way in late June. The hardworking board is always in need of people willing to give of their time, and we’re sure the three newest board members will bring strong leadership skills to the table.

Democracy at work

Thumbs-up to everyone who decided to run for political office in the city Nov. 3.

And not working

Thumbs-down, however, to the many people deciding they did not want to seek office. The dearth of candidates means there will be just two races on the ballot for the Seymour city election this fall, and the lack of a mayoral and clerk-treasurer races will make it far from exciting and lead to low voter turnout.


Thumbs-down to Mother Nature for providing us with rainfall on what seems like a daily basis. The rain has affected crops and also has had an effect on revenues at two municipal swimming pools and the beach at Starve Hollow Lake.