Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – July 8

On the Record

Growing a program

Thumbs-up to Troy Hehman of Seymour, who recently decided to give the $2,500 award he earned from Monsanto Foundation’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities to support Seymour High School’s agriculture department and FFA chapter. The money will be used by the local farmer’s alma mater to purchase specialized ag science laboratory equipment.

A breath of life

Thumbs-up to Sean Miller with Boy Scout Troop 526 for selecting an Eagle Scout program that could help breathe life into a small portion of a historic, yet long-neglected cemetery in Carr Township. The Seymour High School student’s project will involve cleaning three of the tombstones and resetting one in Heighton Hill, a cemetery on West County Road 150S, north of Medora in southwestern Jackson County.

Feeding the world

Thumbs-up to everyone involved in the Seymour Christian Church project to collect more than 32 tons of food for local food pantries and making 40,000 meals to send to Haiti. Many people in the community donate their time and effort to the annual food collection program that occurs during the church’s vacation Bible school program.


Thumbs-up to the Brownstown Fund for the Arts for bringing the Columbus City Band, which features many Jackson County residents, for the annual patriotic concert on the lawn of the courthouse on the last Sunday of June. It’s a great way to kick off the Fourth of July celebration.

An easier way

Thumbs-up to the Seymour-Jackson Elementary School Habitat Club and the school’s PTO for working with Seymour Community Schools to make upgrades to Addie’s Walk in the outdoor nature lab. The upgrades will allow easier access for the wheelchair-bound and those who have to use walkers.


Thumbs-down to people who abandon cats or dogs they no longer want along country roads. A similar thumbs-down to people who decide to abandon their broken-down vehicles along a street or road, in a parking lot or on someone else’s property.

Double parked

Thumbs-down to motorists who take up two spots in a parking lot.