Column: Weekly rewards

Thumbs-up to Tim and Melissa Shunney of Seymour. They won first place in this summer’s sixth annual Indiana Special Needs Team Safety Competition in Indianapolis. They will compete in March at the national level in Texas. The Shunneys are school bus drivers for Seymour Community Schools. All school bus drivers deserve our appreciation for a job well done on safely delivering our children to and from school.

Thumbs-up to the Indiana Department of Natural resources for planning a public hearing Oct. 4 in Plainfield on proposed rules changes. Those changes include approval of the CheckIN Game system of electronic registration of bagged deer and wild turkey. The program should aid Hoosier hunters. Public hearing and public comment periods allow the public an opportunity to voice its support and displeasure with proposals. Public input should be encouraged whenever possible.

Thumbs-up to United We Stand, Leadership Jackson County and their supporters for bringing speaker Jim Williams of Nashville, Tenn., to area schools. Williams recently delivered his anti-bullying message to schools around Jackson County. He’ll return in October and January for more sessions. It’s important for children — and adults — to know that they should not tolerate being bullied and that they should stand up when they see others being tormented and bullied.

Thumbs-up to organizers and volunteers who staged another successful Norman Station Conservation Club Fall Bluegrass Festival. The annual event brings together folks in the Norman area for a homecoming of sorts as well as celebrates bluegrass music.

Thumbs-up to those who organized and supported the Seymour Fall Festival earlier this month at Chateau de Pique Winery near Seymour. The event raised money to benefit Girls Inc. of Jackson County.

Thumbs-up to Hamilton Township Volunteer Fire Department and community members who supported the department’s annual chicken barbecue fundraiser earlier this month. The event at Cortland Elementary School serves as a community homecoming, political stump event and fundraiser to aid the local volunteer firefighters. It’s also a great place to find a piece of delicious homemade pie.

Thumbs-up to organizers and the hundreds of volunteers who turned out recently for the second Thousand Ten Project in Seymour. The event brings people together to help others in need. It’s a good example of grass-roots volunteerism making a difference in the lives of others.

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