Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – August 26

Lasting legacy

Thumbs-up to everyone in the community with ties to Immanuel United Church of Christ in Crothersville. The last service at church, which had met as a congregation for 153 years, was conducted Sunday. The church’s legacy will live on for many years in the memories of those who worshiped there and due to the financial arrangements the church made to support various organizations in Crothersville, the United States and around the world.

A helping hand

Thumbs-up to Bret Daugherty, owner of 13th Floor Music, for helping a local family in need. It’s rare to find individuals who will put themselves out there for others over the needs of themselves.


Thumbs-up to the those who cut the weeds along Tipton Street near Burkart Boulevard. It looks great.


Thumbs-up to Darren Collett of Seymour who spent nearly 10 years with Garrett Marquez as his “Big Brother.” Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Indiana recently recognized the pair as one of its most successful community-based matches in Jackson County. Marquez successfully aged out of the program this year after turning 18 and graduating from Seymour High School. What a nice testament to the power of a great program.

Forever home

Thumbs-up to everyone involved in Reins to Recovery Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center’s move this summer to its “forever home” on U.S. 31 north of Reddington. The nonprofit organization, which offers therapeutic riding, equine-assisted psychotherapy, equine-assisted learning and recreational lessons to children and adults with disabilities, victims of violence and abuse and at-risk youth, is a vital asset to all of us in south central Indiana.

Weed control

Thumbs-down to the business owners along Tipton Street from Interstate 65 to downtown Seymour who let their weeds grow out of hand. A lot of them have now been mowed but still need to be trimmed.

Not peachy

Thumbs-down to the grocery store that has been selling rotten peaches of late.

Not so fast

Thumbs-down to motorists who speed along West Second Street, which was recently reconstructed. A smoother road doesn’t remove the dangers of speeding for the people who live along that route.