Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – December 11

Leading the way

Thumbs-up to 2006 Seymour High School graduate Eric Werskey for being named assistant coach at California State University-Northridge. The 28-year-old Auburn University graduate, who won state titles in the shot put in 2005 and 2006 and in the discus in 2006, will work with the Matadors throwers. Werskey, an indoor All American at Auburn in the shot put in 2009, also continues to train for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The long run

Thumbs-up to Russell and Margaret Camichael. The Brownstown couple recently celebrated 70 years of marriage when some marriages don’t last 70 days or even 70 minutes at times — it seems.

Ring on

Thumbs-up to those who take time during the busy holiday to help others. That includes those who ring the bell for the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign; grab an angel off a Christmas tree and buy a present for a child in need for Jackson County Sertoma Club’s annual Christmas Miracle; donate to the Donald M. Winn Fraternal Order of Police Lodge’s annual Cops and Kids program; or the thousands of others who help others in so many ways.


Thumbs-up to Dr. Kenneth Bobb for his 16 years of service as the county’s health officer. The 84-year-old has worked tirelessly to improve the services offered by the health department which in turn leads to a healthier Jackson County. The county health department board has found a replacement for Bobb in Dr. Christopher Bunce of Seymour who is expected to be officially named to that position by county commissioners on Tuesday.

No shaving

Thumbs-up to the Columbus Post Office employees who signed on for No Shave November for the chance to help one of the own, Bob Malone of Seymour. Malone, who worked at the Columbus office as a mail carrier for more than 20 years, retired in October after learning his Stage IV pancreatic cancer had spread to his liver. His post office co-workers saved the money they would have spent on haircuts and shaving to help Malone and his family with on-going chemotherapy treatments scheduled in Seymour and in Chicago. They raised about $800 and hope to do more.