UIndy’s Stam crowned Miss America

January 29, 2009 in Front Page News by Submission For The Southside Times

At the University of Indianapolis, senior communication major Katie Stam is known for her scholarship, leadership and volunteer work.

First as news director and later as operations manager for startup campus cable station UIndy TV, she led her team to an underdog win as the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters’ 2008 TV School of the Year. The aspiring journalist — who carries a 3.6 GPA and has interned at local stations WISH and WTHR — claimed first place in the TV News Anchor and TV News Package categories. Previously, she took second place for TV Hard News Reporting in the national Broadcast Education Association’s annual competition. Read the rest of this entry →

Fishers join inaugural festivities

January 29, 2009 in Front Page News by Tia Nielsen

After an unforgettable year, the Beech Grove couple celebrate with the new president

Mike and Cheryl Fisher had a New Year’s Eve phone call that popped the cork on a stunning new year. They were invited to the Inauguration of the 44th president of the United States. And would they please join the presidential train ride from Philadelphia into Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Jan. 17? And would they also attend the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball? President-elect Barack Obama would like them to share the stage with him.

The Beech Grove couple didn’t have to think a long time about their answer: it was yes. Read the rest of this entry →

Greenwood Parks Board looks past water park to Tracy Trail

January 29, 2009 in Front Page News by Mike Alexander

Forget the $6.5-million aquatic center in Freedom Park on Greenwood’s southwest side.

After eight years of discussing and planning the park that included a lazy river, water slides, zero-depth entry, spray grounds as well as a swimming pool, the Greenwood Park Board was thwarted in its plan to issue a $11.5-million bond issue to finance the overall 72-acre park. Read the rest of this entry →

Obituaries for the week of 1.29.09

January 29, 2009 in Obituaries by Submission For The Southside Times

Leonard A. Eck, 89, died Jan. 20. He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Eck. He is survived by sons Leonard (Tobie), Ron (Linda) and Raymond (Nancy) and daughter Mary Louise (Arthur) Lady. Daughter Beverly Hoff preceded her parents in death. Also surviving are 19 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and sister Catherine Wagner. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Jan. 23 at Holy Name Catholic Church. He was buried at Entombment Calvary Cemetery.

Brandi Renae Hammel, 26, died Jan. 19. She was born Dec. 25, 1983. She is survived by her son, Kendon L. Wood, Jr. (age 2) and her fiancee, Kendon L. Wood; her father, James Hammel; her mother, Sandra L. Corlette; a brother, Nicholas Hammel (Cierra); sister Caila Corlette; grandparents, Marian Hammel and Lily Ford. Services were held Jan. 24 at Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations to help with funeral expenses may be made out to Bernadette Clifford c/o O’Riley Funeral Home.

Evelyn Irene (Sinders) Moats, 84, died Jan. 14. She was born June 17, 1924, and grew up in Greene County. She married John Samuel Moats, preceded her in death, in 1948. She was a homemaker, but in her later years, worked for the Indiana Employment Security Division. She is survived by children Cynthia (Steve) Byrkett, Rochelle (Ron) Covert and Kenneth (Mary), 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services were held Jan. 19 at G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, and Moats was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.ghherrmann.com.
Mildred S. Monroe, 95, died Jan. 24. She was born Jan. 21, 1914. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie D. Monroe, Sr., son, Charlie D. Monroe, Jr., daughter, Rosemarie J. Palmer and her husband, Ronnie, and great grandson, Luke. She is survived by her children, Bill L. Monroe, Rosalee J. (Ed) Forey, Ingrid S. (Bob) Thayer, and Angela F. (Herman) Cholewinski, and a sister, June Sherman, 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and 10 great-great grandchildren. Services for family and friends will be held at Little & Sons Beech Grove Chapel on Friday at 12 p.m. with visitation there from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

At Play Calendar for the week of 1.29.09

January 29, 2009 in At Play by Submission For The Southside Times

Luke Austin Daugherty • As a singer/songwriter and Pulitzer nominated poet, Daugherty has released seven indie label CDs and three poetry books and is ready to bring his show to the road for an unforgettable experience. | When: Friday, 7–10 p.m. | Where: The Chateau Thomas Winery | Cost: Free | Info: Located at 6291 Cambridge Way in Plainfield. Call 887-2900.

Guitarist to perform at Arts Garden • Classical and flamenco guitarist John Alvarado is slated to perform some of his original pieces for audiences to enjoy. | When: Friday at 12:15 p.m. | Where: The Indianapolis Arts Garden | Cost: free | Info: Located above the intersection of Illinois and Washington Streets Downtown. Call 624-2563. Read the rest of this entry →

Men just tend to get weirdly hairy as they mature

January 29, 2009 in Opinion by Mike Redmond

I’m sure we all saw the story about the guy down in Bloomfield who had his eyebrows trimmed for charity.

We didn’t?

Well, then, sit back and get ready for … EYEBROWS IN THE NEWS! Read the rest of this entry →

Pass the Pepto — another meatloaf mishap

January 29, 2009 in Opinion by Sherri Coner-Eastburn

Yep. Did it again. Went right into that kitchen, dizzy with delusions.

“What’s that smell?” the farmer asked as he walked into the house.

It might sound innocent enough. But actually, that was a loaded question. Read the rest of this entry →

Top 10 signs the county snow removal budget is shot

January 29, 2009 in Living by Torry Stiles

By Torry Stiles
10. Instead of salt, the trucks are spreading leftover “Hillary ‘08” buttons.
9. The tow truck company is going through your neighborhood passing out flyers.
8. The folks in Carmel are complaining they can’t get to the bars in Broad Ripple.
7. The folks doing their Community Service are told to bring their own shovels.
6. Instead of salt, the trucks are spreading french fries.
5. The mayor is on the radio encouraging everyone to keep driving until the storm has passed.
4. The salt truck operator is going door-to-door, and he’s only taking cash.
3. School closings are announced a week in advance.
2. The police canine unit traded their German Shepherds for Huskies.
1. You realize that all the panhandlers at the off-ramp are wearing DOT jackets.

Tia Today: Super Bowl party foods for fitness

January 29, 2009 in Living by Tia Nielsen

Sunday is the Super Bowl, a time for gridiron rivalries matched by human revelries all the while eyeing the battle on television. This festive, food-laden time can be a conundrum for the fitness-minded soul. What can you eat in good conscience?

Well, probably not buffalo wings slathered in barbeque sauce. Heavy-duty guacamole might be a problem too. But never fear! There are delectable solutions. Read the rest of this entry →

Answering a few more frequently asked questions

January 29, 2009 in Personal Finance by Steve Maple

Most of us overly complicate our lives. We create legal problems that could be solved with some planning and advice.

Q. I own three small houses, which I rent. Do I need a written lease? Read the rest of this entry →