Less than six months after being in business in Seymour, the Signal Food Store at the intersection of U.S. 60 and highways C and K is giving back to the community.

In this instance, that giving back means buying a new public-address system for the Seymour Merchants’ Association to use at its events, including the annual Seymour Apple Festival.

Last week, after reading about the theft of the P.A. system in the association’s storage building behind the south side of the Seymour square, Sean Bumgarner, vice president of the Scrivener Oil Company, parent corporation of Signal, asked officials of the Seymour Merchants’ Association about the cost of a new system.

He was told $1,500.

At that point, Bumgarner said the company would give $750 toward the purchase of a new system and possibly could give $1,000.

On Monday, Bumgarner called again after a Scrivener board meeting.

“We’re going to give the full $1,500,” he said.

“The more we talked about it, the more it ticked us off that someone would steal property from an organization that does so much for the Seymour community. We want to help as much as we can, and I hope that donating the full $1,500 needed to get a new system will do that.”

Bumgarner said company owner Rich Scrivener led the charge to fund the full $1,500.

“Rich is all about helping the communities where we have the privilege to do business,” he said.

Grady Bennett, general chairman of this year’s Seymour Apple Festival, said the donation by Scrivener Oil and the local Signal store shows the company’s commitment to the community.

“This is above and beyond,” Bennett said. “I can’t thank Signal enough for doing this. And I hope people remember this when their gas tanks are empty.”

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