Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – June 9


Thumbs-up to Mike Keltz for agreeing to share his struggle to overcome alcoholism with others and how Todd’s Place, a transitional housing facility in Seymour that helps men recover from drug and alcohol addictions, helped change his life. Keltz has recovered enough that he nows helps with Celebrate Recovery and Alcoholics Anonymous classes and church services at Todd’s Place.

Touching lives

Thumbs-up to 80-year-old Thelma Weaver who spent 51-½ year working for Brownstown Commuity School Corp. including the past 34 years in the library at Brownstown Elementary School.

A related thumbs-up to Seymour native Steve Stanfield worked at the Boys & Girls Club of Seymour for 43 years, including the past 37 as executive director. Stanfield touched the lives of thousands of kids who participated in programs at the club over the years.


Thumbs-up to Brownstown Central senior Joe Barnes for earning all-state honors by finishing third in the shot put with a throw of 56-3½ in the 114th annual IHSAA Boys Track and Field Tournament this past Saturday at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Top 10 senior

Thumbs-up to Medora resident Michael Powell for his recent selection as one of the top 10 seniors at Franklin College. Seniors selected for the recognition must have a grade-point average of at least 3.0; must be nominated by a faculty or staff member; and must show leadership on campus — both inside and outside the classroom — and an embodiment of the Franklin College values.


Thumbs-up to the organizers of the 42nd annual Crothersville Red, White & Blue Festival, which honors Old Glory and serves as a salute to veterans. It takes a lot of volunteers with a willingness to put in the effort to make a festival successful.

Moving on

Thumbs-up to the more than 510 students who graduated from Jackson County High Schools the past few weeks along with all the county residents who earned degrees from universities and colleges this spring.