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Thumbs-up to absentee and early-voting workers who helped more than 3,100 Jackson County residents cast ballots at one of two early-voting sites, through mail-in balloting and the roving absentee board. They helped make sure the votes of those residents counted in Tuesday’s elections for seats ranging from school boards to county council to the state and U.S. House of Representatives and the White House.

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Thumbs-up to precinct poll workers, as well, who turned out before the polls opened at 6 a.m. and stayed after they closed 12 hours later. They worked hard to make sure people found where they needed to vote when unsure, helped ensure that all who showed up to vote had the opportunity to do so and delivered their votes to the Jackson County Courthouse at Brownstown.

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We’ll give another election-related thumbs-up to Jackson County Clerk Amanda Cunningham Lowery and her staff. The clerk’s office and Voter Registration Office did a good job of ensuring that the election ran smoothly and that results were made available to the public in a quick and efficient manner.

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Thumbs-up to Schneck Medical Center for seeking and receiving grants from the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust. The funds, which are financed through the purchase of breast cancer awareness license plates, ensure that local women who cannot afford screening mammograms receive them. A screening mammogram is one of three important tools for the early detection of breast cancer. Other tools include self-examinations and clinical breast examinations by health care providers. For information, call Schneck Patient Financial Services at 522-0413.

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Thumbs-up to Girls Inc. of Jackson County for participating in the national She Votes mock election. The program offered information about the electoral process to girls enrolled in Girls Inc., a Jackson County United Way member agency. The children cast ballots for president (locally, the vote ended in a tie between incumbent Democrat Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney) and whether recycling should be mandatory at the North O’Brien Street facility.

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Thumbs-up to Seymour Evening Lions Club for recently staging its 42nd annual Halloween Costume Parade and Contest in downtown Seymour. Also to Seymour Main Street for organizing its annual Downtown Trick or Treat event. Pairing the two events several years ago was a wonderful decision, bringing hundreds of families downtown for a fun-filled afternoon and evening. It’s a good thing, seeing so many people packing the sidewalks and streets. And let’s not forget the Seymour High School Marching Owls. The band helps police and firefighters lead the parade, and the colorful costumes of many band members are always a highlight.

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