Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – February 19

Record setting

Thumbs-up to Seymour High School’s 200-yard medley relay girls swimming team of Katie Turner, Sarah Montgomery, Alexis Anders and Kenzie Persinger for setting a school-record time of 1:53.92 during the Floyd Central Sectional on Feb. 6.The Owls’ 200-yard freestyle relay team of Turner, Montgomery, Persinger and Nastya Yakovlyeva also earned a thumbs-up for a setting a school-record time of 1:40.08 in that event at the sectional. Turner also deserves a thumbs-up for setting a school record in the 100-yard butterfly at 1:00.13 at the sectional.

Lending a hand

Thumbs-up to the kindergarten students at Emerson Elementary School who recently helped Seymour firefighters put the department’s new Engine 2 in service at Fire Station 2 with a wash down and push back ceremony.


Thumbs-up to the students at Cortland, Seymour-Jackson and Seymour-Redding elementary schools for raising thousands of dollars for the American Heart Association through the Jump Rope for Heart program. Students at Margaret R. Brown and Emerson elementary schools in Seymour also will be raising funds for the Jump Rope for Heart program later this school year.

On the job

Thumbs-up to George Hoffman who recently celebrated his 70th birthday with staff at Seymour Middle School. Hoffman, who has cognitive disabilities, has been a custodian for Seymour Community Schools for 47 years and doesn’t plan to retire any time soon.

Helping out

Thumbs-up to Seymour officers Benjamin Miller and Jim Handley who recently responded to a report of a man and woman shoplifting at a local store. Although the couple were arrested for theft, Handley gave the couple all of the money he had on him, and Miller provided them with a gift card to purchase dinner.


Thumbs-down to people who pretend to be police officers and stop motorists. It’s an activity that’s being reported more often.


Thumbs-down to people who drive slowly in an effort to be careful while talking on their cellphones.