Thumbs-up to everyone in the community who has shown their support for local police officers, firefighters and other emergency personnel after the recent shooting deaths of five officers in Dallas, Texas. That support ranges from bringing cookies, doughnuts and other food to police station, providing meals for them at local restaurants, signs and messages of support along streets and roads in the county, and even cash donations including one $200 gift to Seymour Police Department by a person who choose to remain anonymous.LegendaryThumbs-up to former Seymour Owls football coach Joe Goodman for his selection as one of six “legends coach” for the 50th annual North-South All-Star football game July 15 at North Central High School in Indianapolis. The Indiana Football Hall of Fame coach compiled a record of 202 wins and 133 losses during his 32-year career as head coach at Seymour and Maconaquah.


Thumbs-up to all those involved in establishing the John Britton Seymour High School Baseball Fund. The idea for starting an endowment recognizing the longtime Owls baseball coach came out of a dual reunion of the 1965 and 1975 Seymour baseball teams a year ago. Britton put together a record of 243-137 during his career that began in 1965 and continued until 1978.

Fighting cancer

Thumbs-up to employees of Brewskey’s Grub & Pub who recently organized a memorial benefit ride for Dennis “Peach” Cole, who lost his battle with cancer in January 2016. The ride was June 12, and proceeds from the event were donated to Schneck Cancer Center in memory of Cole. The total amount raised was $3,757, including a $1,000 gift from Dana Myers.


Thumbs-up to all those involved in helping Lucy, a 3-year-old Goldendoodle, find a new home with Pamela Vandercook of Ormond Beach, Florida. Vandercook traveled all the way from her home in the Sunshine State to Jackson County to adopt Lucy, who had belonged to Suanne Reynolds of Vallonia. The two women connected because of a Facebook posting shared by Red Sky Rescue in Medora.

Still standing

Thumbs-down to the owners property who refuse to tear down homes that are no longer habitable. Police receive calls nearly every day about people living in them or kids slipping in and out of them.