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Stepping up to serve

Thumbs-up to all of the men and women who have served in our military. The service of those veterans is celebrated Nov. 11 each year but should be remembered by those enjoying the freedoms they gave us every day. A related thumbs-up goes to all of the men and women who currently are serving the country.

Saluting their service

Thumbs-up to Jackson County schools, organizations and businesses that took time out on or around Veterans Day to honor people who have served in the military.

Making it count

Thumbs-up to the 17,974 Jackson County residents who cast their ballots for the Nov. 8 general election, either by going to the polls that day or voting absentee. That’s 59 percent of the county’s 30,532 registered voters who cast their ballots. A related thumbs-up goes to Jackson County Clerk Amanda Lowery, her staff and all of the poll workers who kept the election running as smooth and efficient as possible.

Collecting for the kids

Thumbs-up to Crothersville resident Nancy Rypma for volunteering to serve as the relay center coordinator of Operation Christmas Child at Cornerstone Community Church in Seymour. Cornerstone is one of about 4,500 locations across the country collecting shoeboxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items, toys and other items for children living in poverty overseas. Shoeboxes will be accepted from 3 to 7 p.m. today, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at Cornerstone. For information, call 812-522-7804 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Regional winners

Thumbs-up to the Brownstown Central Braves for capturing the school’s first Class 3A regional football title. The Braves defeated Evansville Memorial 30-7 on Nov. 11 at home. At 7:30 p.m. today, Brownstown will play at Lawrenceburg in a semistate clash, with the winner earning a berth in the Class 3A state championship game. Brownstown’s previous semistate appearances, both in Class 2A, were in 2004 and 2008. The school moved up to Class 3A in 2011.