Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – October 28

Repeat champs

Thumbs-up to the Trinity Lutheran High School girls volleyball squad for winning the Class A Sectional 61 on Saturday night. The Cougars defeated Orleans 25-19, 25-14, 25-8 at West Washington for the school’s third straight volleyball sectional title and the sixth since 2010.

New standards

Thumbs-up to Brownstown Central High School senior Gavin Bane for setting the new single-season touchdown and scoring standards for the Braves’ football team. Bane’s three touchdowns against Brown County on Oct. 21 gave him 31, bettering the previous mark of 28, and 196 points, breaking the previous high of 179. The Braves won 62-0.

On to state

Thumbs-up to the Seymour High School girls cross-country team for earning the school’s third straight berth in the state meet by finishing fifth in the Brown County Semistate on Saturday.

A healing tool

Thumbs-up to Cummins Inc. for teaming up with Turning Point Domestic Violence Services for the annual Clothesline Project at the Seymour Engine Plant. The project recognizes Hoosiers who have died because of domestic violence. None of the 53 victims between July 2015 and July of this year were from Jackson County, but the county will unfortunately have a name on that list next year with the recent murder of Jason K. Jackson, who was killed by his wife, Brandi Jo Jackson, who then turned the gun on herself. The event is designed to let people know that there are programs that can help prevent domestic violence and to raise awareness of the issue.

No horseplay

Thumbs-up to everyone who has helped Reins to Recovery Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center with the move to its new, permanent home along U.S. 31 north of Reddington. The effort has taken plenty of volunteer help and donations of money.

A sign of the times

Thumbs-down to those who steal the political signs of candidates. Although they may think of it as a harmless prank, it’s still theft and can be punishable with jail time.