Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – November 11

Providing a spark

Thumbs-up to the Medora High School seniors who once again helped make improvements on the Knobstone Hiking Trail, which passes through Sparksville and the Sparksville-Jackson County Park. The community service project continues to be a priority for the students. It’s a partnership with the Knobstone Hiking Trail Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the completion and upkeep of the trail, which is planned to stretch from Indianapolis to Louisville but is not yet completed.

National recognition

Thumbs-up to 2016 Crothersville High School graduates Madison Isenhower and Derrick Maxie on receiving their American FFA Degrees during the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The degree, which is the highest an FFA member can achieve, is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence.

A real treat

Thumbs-up to local organizations that provided free activities for families to celebrate Halloween and businesses that supported the events. That included Seymour Main Street’s Downtown Trick or Treat; the Seymour Evening Lions Club’s Halloween parade and costume contest; Brownstown/Ewing Main Street, Brownstown Chamber of Commerce and the town of Brownstown’s Halloween parade; and Crothersville Parks Board’s Haunted Trails and Glow Walk. A related thumbs-up to the Seymour High School Marching Owls for once again leading the parade in Seymour.

Tail-waggin’ good time

Thumbs-up to the 18 local people who participated in the In the Doghouse fundraiser to help build the Jackson County Dog Shelter. They combined to raise $10,100, lifting the dog shelter committee’s fundraising total to nearly $114,000. It will take $200,000 to build the facility near the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown.

Thief strikes

Thumbs-down to whoever stole sentimental items from the front porch of a home on Kessler Boulevard in Seymour. It has caused concern among residents in that area, which they used to consider a nice neighborhood that didn’t have many problems.