Greenwood merger could mean drastic changes

December 31, 2008 in Front Page News by Tia Nielsen

It is expected that the seven members of the study committee responsible for exploring the feasibility of a merger of White River Township (WRT) and the City of Greenwood will be appointed the first week of 2009. The Greenwood City Council and the White River Township board both meet the first week of January.

By state statute, three of the study committee members will be appointed by the White River Township board, three selected by the Greenwood common council and one appointed by Greenwood mayor Charles Henderson. Appointees must come from multiple political parties with no single party having dominance. Read the rest of this entry →

BGHS again recognized as one of America’s best

December 31, 2008 in Front Page News by Submission For The Southside Times


U.S. News and World Report has named Beech Grove High School as one of America’s Best High Schools for the second consecutive year. BGHS was recognized for standardized test performance and proficiency rates of all students, including the least advantaged. Pictured with the award are student council president Danielle Winkler, principal Steve Cox and senior class president Nick Hurt.

Final update: One child waits…

December 31, 2008 in Front Page News by Tia Nielsen

Nearly 500 children from 200 families opened Christmas presents this year because of the labor of love of non-profit Servant’s Heart of Indy. Beech Grove resident and Servant’s Heart founder Bill Boone, along with his hardworking, all-volunteer board, continued to gather community support right up through the night the gifts were wrapped at a party at South Grove Intermediate School. Read the rest of this entry →

Obituaries for the week of 1.1.09

December 31, 2008 in Obituaries by Submission For The Southside Times

Joseph Blazek Jr., 76 of Indianapolis and Naples, Fla., died Dec. 17, 2008, following a long battle with emphysema and cancer. Joe was a 1950 graduate of Southport High School where he quarterbacked the only undefeated football team. He was a retired builder and developer of homes and commercial developments and was a former owner of Wilson-Blazek Builders, Inc. of Indianapolis.  He remained active in real estate developments he owned up until he died. He was a member of the Southside Sertoma Club, Indianapolis Valley of Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine and Southport Lodge No. 270 F. & A.M.  He and his wife, Janet, were members of the Messiah Lutheran Church of Naples, Fla. and the Southport Baptist Church in Indianapolis. Surviving are his wife, Janet (Gilpin) Blazek; his children, Sidney L. (Jeanne) Blazek, Vickie L. (Blazek) (Jeff) Miller, Robert J. (Sue) Blazek, Anthony W. (Kyla) Blazek, Joseph Q. Blazek and Jerold I. (Sandy) Blazek, all of Indianapolis; step children Lois (Jeff) Admire of Wesley Chapel, Fla., Alan T. Duncan of Indianapolis, and Amy K. (Robert High) Duncan of Alexandria, Va.; his brother James (Tina) Blazek; his sister, Mary Alice (Blazek) Fisher; and 23 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Ruth Elizabeth (Turner) Blazek Sr. A private ceremony was held Dec. 21, 2008 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Naples.  The family will also hold a Memorial Service in Indianapolis in the spring.  Memorials to Emerson Avenue Baptist Church Food Pantry in Indianapolis. Send online condolences to jjblazek@comcast.net. Local arrangements by Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center. Read the rest of this entry →

Southside Military News for the week of 1.1.09

December 31, 2008 in For the Record by Submission For The Southside Times

Army Pvt. Justin M. Sparks has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training. Read the rest of this entry →

At Play Calendar for the week of 1.1.09

December 31, 2008 in At Play by Submission For The Southside Times

Fellowship of Christ Baptist Church New Year’s Eve Service • Pastor Alonzo Wiggington invites attendance at the New Year’s Eve service. The service offers special singing, preaching, communion and foot washing. | Where: Fellowship of Christ Baptist Church, 1310 Main St., Beech Grove | When: Today from 8 p.m. to midnight. Read the rest of this entry →

At least I haven’t named any children after dictators, right?

December 31, 2008 in Opinion by Mike Redmond

In this season, as we leave one year and enter another, I find it helpful to think of things for which I am thankful.

I know, I know, I should have taken care of that back in November. Well, I was busy. Besides, I had a mouthful of mashed potatoes at the time. Read the rest of this entry →

A new New Year’s attitude

December 31, 2008 in Opinion by Sherri Coner-Eastburn

When I was younger, New Year’s Eve was my favorite holiday. I stressed about finding the perfect dress and the perfect party. I loved the noise makers and hats. I loved to dance. I loved it all. It was a magical celebration that filled my heart with hope.

A couple of minutes before midnight, my eyes filled with happy tears. Everything would begin again — brand new. What a cool moment to share with a big rowdy crowd of fun-loving strangers! Read the rest of this entry →

Readers' Views: Constable’s letter was ‘interesting’ — constable’s office is dishonest and patronizing

December 31, 2008 in Letters to the Editor by Submission For The Southside Times

Editor,

Roy Houchins’ letter to the editor in the December 18, 2008, publication of the Southside Times was interesting, to say the least. Read the rest of this entry →

Readers' Views: Avoid tampering with Medicare Part D in healthcare reform efforts

December 31, 2008 in Letters to the Editor by Submission For The Southside Times

Editor,

As President-Elect Barack Obama invites Americans to forums all across the country to offer suggestions about how best to solve the many challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system, I hope the new Administration and Congress will avoid tampering with Medicare Part D. Read the rest of this entry →