Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – November 20

Sectional titlists

Thumbs-up to the Brownstown Central High School football team for capturing another sectional championship — the school’s 11th in football. The Braves dominated the Southridge Raiders in the Class 3A Sectional 31 title matchup Nov. 6 at Brownstown to earn the right to meet No. 1-ranked Gibson Southern on Nov. 13.

Award winning

Thumbs-up to those recognized with awards during The Arc of Jackson County’s annual meeting and awards banquet Nov. 12 in Seymour. They include Angie Schepman, Educator of the Year Award; Shelley Whitcomb, Baxter Service Award; and Schneck Medical Center’s rehabilitation services department and volunteer Andrea Zagata, Community Service Award. Also that night, Jackson Developmental Industries presented two awards. They went to Diane Thomas, The Melvin Maynard Award; and Denver Glenn, representing Aisin USA Mfg. Inc., Employer Award.

Students of the Month

Thumbs-up to Brownstown Central High School senior Trenton Rogers, Brownstown Central Middle School seventh-grader Nathan Koch and Brownstown Elementary School fifth-grader Kendall Berry for being honored as October Students of the Month.

No justification

Thumbs-down to those involved in the robbery and slaying of 78-year-old John M. Turner of Austin in his store on the afternoon of Nov. 7. There’s no reason a shopkeeper should have to worry about his life while earning his livelihood. On Nov. 13, Scott County Prosecutor Jason Mount announced he had filed official charges in Scott Circuit Court against James Matthew Caudill, 21, of Austin. Among the charges are murder and felony murder. That same day, Caudill’s brother, Christopher M. Caudill, 31, was charged with assisting a criminal, among other charges.

Clean sweep

Thumbs-down to people who rake or blow their leaves into city streets, blocking the grates to the stormwater drainage system and causing problems. People either need to pick it up and put it in bags or blow it back toward their yard.

Out of road

Thumbs-down to motorists who have trouble controlling their emotions while driving.