Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – August 7

Helpful hands

Thumbs-up to Amanda, a young lady who helped an 85-year-old that doesn’t remember much and doesn’t get around like she used to but is thankful for what the Lord has given her. She took the cap off my gas can when I couldn’t, and she later came back, took it and filled it up with gas for me. I’m just thankful for the help.

Betty Jane Hamilton, Medora

Inspector recognized

Thumbs-up to Mary Eglen of Seymour who recently was recognized for her 25 years of service to the Indiana State Police Motor Carrier Enforcement Division. We’re sure Mary has seen a lot and has plenty of stories to tell from her years as a motor carrier inspector.

Local talent

Thumbs-up to the more than 150 people in the community who showed up early the morning of July 17 at Seymour High School to stage a parade for a Jackson County United Way video. The organization plans to use the video to spread the word about its upcoming fundraising drive, which supports 20 partnering agencies serving county residents. A goal for this year’s campaign has not yet been set, but the United Way raised $765,694 this past year, which exceeded the $745,000 goal.

Community contributors

Thumbs-up to everyone who contributed to the Jackson County United Way’s Stuff the Bus campaign to collect school supplies for children who cannot afford the necessities for learning.

Building blocks

Thumbs-up to everyone involved in Seymour Christian Church’s annual Raising Tons of Food project, including the more than 200 boys and girls involved in vacation Bible school. Organizers of the fifth annual event set of a goal of collecting more than 20 tons of food to distribute to local food pantries, and they wound up with 29 tons. The project also included a partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Jackson County and Crossroads Missions of Louisville, Kentucky, to construct the walls of a house for a local family.

Main attraction

Thumbs-up to everyone involved in bringing the state Little League tournament for 10- and 11-year-olds to Seymour this past week. The event involved 14 teams from around the state and brought in an estimated $216,000 for area hotels and motels, restaurants and other businesses.

Dangerous distractions

Thumbs-down to people who multitask at times when they probably ought to be focusing on the task at hand, such as driving their vehicle.