Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – September 2

Drug education

Thumbs-up to Seymour residents Shawn Malone and Jackie McClintock for organizing a seminar about how to use Narcan to slow, stop or even reverse the effects of heroin overdoses. The two had originally planned to conduct the seminar at The Brooklyn Pizza Co. in September but moved it to Aug. 29 after a surge of overdoses in Jackson and Jennings counties. There were at least 17 overdoses reported in the area, including one that left a 52-year-old North Vernon woman dead. Overdose Lifeline provided the training.

Police power

Thumbs-up to Seymour Cpl. Devin Cornwell for going above and beyond the call of duty when he recently encountered a motorist whose vehicle had issues. Instead of calling for a wrecker, Cornwell helped push the motorist’s van more than six blocks to his home.


A similar thumbs-up to Jackson County officers Rob Henley and Jeff Walters for recently taking time from their meal break to answer a little boy’s questions about their equipment and jobs. Maybe he’s one child that won’t ever find his way to jail.

New chief

Thumbs-up to Seymour Fire Chief Brad Lucas for being selected as the next president of the Indiana Fire Chiefs Association.

Helping out

Thumbs-up to the Fraternal Order of Eagles for recently donating $1,000 to the Jackson County Guardian Ad Litem/Court Appointed Special Advocates program. The agency’s mission is improving the lives of children by being a voice in court and helping ensure abused and neglected children live in a safe, permanent home as soon as possible. CASA volunteers provided a voice for 81 children in abuse/neglect, termination of parents and juveniles delinquency cases in 2015.

Senior showman

Thumbs-up to Payton Farmer of Brownstown for winning 4-H senior grand champion beef showman at the Indiana State Fair. Farmer is a sophomore at Brownstown Central High School. Hospitable Thumbs-up to Janet Fields of Seymour for receiving a 2016 Hoosier Hospitality Award from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for outstanding contributions to the tourism industry during a ceremony Aug. 19 at the Indiana State Fair. Fields oversees the housekeeping staff at Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Seymour. The person who nominated Fields said she goes above and beyond to make the hotel a hospitable place.