Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – April 15

Including all

Thumbs-up to the organizers and participants of the second annual Inclusion Revolution track and field meet recently conducted at Seymour High School. The event was held in conjunction with a varsity track and field meet as part of the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s Champions Together program. That program is designed to allow students with disabilities the chance to feel included by competing in three modified events — softball toss, standing long jump and 50-yard dash.Clean sweepThumbs-up to the Leadership Jackson County social concerns team and some teen and adult volunteers they drafted to help clean up the trail at Hemlock Bluff Nature Preserve. Few people knew the 44-acre preserve off West County Road 200S in far western Jackson County even had a trail before the project was completed.

Farming fun

Thumbs-up to Seymour High School FFA members for organizing and sharing what they have learned about agriculture with others during the annual Ag Day event recently conducted at Cortland Elementary School. The program is designed to teach elementary school students at city schools about farm animals and some of the basics of farming.

Celebrating 200 years

Thumbs-up to the Bicentennial Planning Committee of Jackson County and other volunteers for organizing celebrations for Brownstown’s 200th birthday April 8. The committee also has a number of other celebrations planned throughout the remainder of this year, which saw the county celebrate its bicentennial Jan. 1 and will see the state celebrating its 200th birthday Dec. 11.


Thumbs-up to the students at Margaret R. Brown Elementary School who recently raised $4,902.52 for the American Heart Association by conducting the Seymour school’s first Walk for Heart.


Thumbs-up to officials with Carr Township Volunteer Fire Department for working to procure a $3,150 grant from the Owen-Carr Township Community Fund to fund the cost of leaf blowers to help fight brush, field and woods fires. The equipment will be placed on firetrucks stationed on each side of the CSX Transportation rail line that runs through Medora to ensure it can be dispatched when fire calls are reported, regardless of whether a train is running through town.