Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – April 28

Helping hands

Thumbs-up to the Seymour High School football team for helping out with the electronics and household hazardous waste collection and document destruction program at Cummins Inc. Seymour Engine Plant on April 15. They gave up some of their free time on a Saturday to assist with a program to help their community and their hard work was truly appreciated.

Pulling together

Thumbs-up to everyone who helped pull together this year’s Kids Fest. The 20th annual event featured several new family-fun activities and there’s always plenty of helpful information about services available in the community to benefit the people most important to our future — the kids.

A Good Citizen

Thumbs-up to Crothersville High School senior Gabriella Walters, who recently received the Fort Vallonia¬† Daughters of the American Revolution chapter’s Good Citizen award for 2016-17. The award is given annually to a high school senior in Jackson County on the basis of their dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Walters, the daughter of Stephanie Walters, also had to write an essay and her winning entry has been entered in the Indiana DAR Scholarship contest.

Moving the Needle

Thumbs-up to the organizers of “Moving the Needle: Community Forum” on April 19 at The Commons in Columbus and the 650 people who attended it. The purpose of the event was to allow those in attendance to learn more about what can be done to stop the heroin overdoses and deaths that continue to occur in communities across the state including Seymour and Jackson County. The epidemic didn’t arise overnight and it won’t be solved quickly, but talking about trying to address it certainly can’t hurt the cause any.

Little wrestler, Big heart

Thumbs-up to 8-year-old Clinton Shepherd of Seymour for achieving All-American status after placing third in the National United Wrestling Association for Youth’s Nationals at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Michigan. Shepherd, who wrestles in the 67-pound intermediate division, is a member of the Seymour Wrestling Club.