Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – June 2

Remembering

Thumbs-up to all who took the time on Memorial Day to remember those who died serving their country. Without the sacrifices of the men and women remembered on Memorial Day, we wouldn’t have the freedom to enjoy the family gatherings, picnics and other special activities we do on that day.

Riding to the top

Thumbs-up to Isston Phillips, who recently was named grand prize winner of the Indiana State Library’s third annual InfoExpress Bookmark Design Contest. This year’s theme was “Race into Reading,” and Phillips’ bookmark features Phillips, a Medora Elementary School third-grader, with a book riding on the back of a dinosaur. He also included the slogan “We Speed Through Chapters Faster than Raptors.” For his efforts, Phillips received a certificate from the state and 200 bookmarks bearing his design for his fellow students at the school.

Tops on the track

Thumbs-up to Trinity Lutheran’s Hailley Peters for winning the high jump at the Bloomington North Regional to advance to the 44th annual girls track and field state finals, which is Saturday at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex at Indiana University in Bloomington.

A related thumbs-up to the other Jackson County girls to advance to the state meet: Seymour’s Ashton Chase, 1,600-meter run; Crothersville’s Breanna Barger, 800-meter run; Brownstown Central’s Trinity Vaught, discus; and Brooklyn Snodgrass, 100-meter dash.

Thumbs-up to Brownstown Central’s Joe Barnes and Colton Ritz and Seymour’s Seth Ragon for advancing to the 114th annual boys track and field state finals. Barnes finished third in the shot put at the Bloomington North Regional; Ritz was third in the pole vault; and Ragon was third in the high jump. The boys meet is today at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Parking on sidewalks

Thumbs-down to people who park their cars on city sidewalks. Such actions make it unsafe for people trying to walk on the sidewalks and also damages the sidewalks over time.

Abandoned

Thumbs-down to absentee property owners who fail to keep up their properties. It’s particularly noticeable at this time of year when grass goes unmowed.