Perry principal drenched for success

February 26, 2009 in Front Page News by Tia Nielsen

Senior class officers Katie Felix and Arlene Aurellano (hidden) dumped celebratory water on Perry Meridian High School Principal Joan Ellis during a school pep rally after the seniors successfully collected the most cans in a two-week food drive.

Senior class officers Katie Felix and Arlene Aurellano (hidden) dumped celebratory water on Perry Meridian High School Principal Joan Ellis during a school pep rally after the seniors successfully collected the most cans in a two-week food drive. Photo by Doug Wampler

Senior class chooses principal for food-drive deluge

Perry Meridian High School Principal Joan Ellis knew that on Friday, Feb. 20, she might end the school day drenched in cold water. And this deed would be administered by the senior class officers, president Arlene Aurellano and vice president Katie Felix. Mrs. Ellis arrived wearing orange rubber shoes.
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Local bank expands

February 26, 2009 in Front Page News by Bryan Unruh

Michael Stewart is the executive vice president of First Merchants Bank.

Michael Stewart is the executive vice president of First Merchants Bank.

Beginning April 15, all Lincoln Bank franchises will switch to First Merchants Bank locations.

The Muncie-based First Merchants merged with Lincoln Bank Dec. 31. Lincoln is based in Plainfield, with five locations in the Greenwood area.

Michael Stewart, executive vice president of First Merchants, said the merger was an attempt to grow the franchise rapidly without straying from its Indiana roots. He said the Lincoln board also valued the local connection when it chose between multiple merger proposals.

“One of the criteria was to be acquired by an Indianapolis bank,” he said. “I don’t think our offer was the highest, but the idea of serving Indiana customers from an Indiana headquarters was important.”
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Date nearing for final AdoptaPlatoon shipment

February 26, 2009 in Front Page News by Submission For The Southside Times

Preparing its last shipment of care packages to its adopted platoon, the City of Beech Grove is accepting contributions of cash, donations of supplies and thank you notes for its 52 adopted soldiers serving in Iraq. The deadline for all contributions and donations is close of business on Friday, March 20.

“This shipment will be our third and last one before these dedicated soldiers complete their mission and return home,” said Mayor Joe Wright. “We want to let our adoptees know we continue to think of and support them as they courageously serve our country, far from their homes and loved ones.”
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Obituaries for the week of 2.26.09

February 26, 2009 in Obituaries by Submission For The Southside Times

Joseph K. Ake, Jr., 93, of Indianapolis, died February 17, 2009.  He was born on April 27, 1915 in Indianapolis to the late Rev. Joseph K. and Lida (Conaway) Ake. Joe married Katherine Cooper June 28, 1939, who survives. He was a States Coast Guard during WWII. He is also survived by his nine children Ruth (Charles) Mercer, Vicki (Dwayne) VanMeter, Nancy Deem, Julia Butler, Sally (Mike) FitzGibbons, Carol (Roger) Evans, Deborah (Matthew) Kauffman, Joseph (Melahni) Ake and Katherine (Tracy) Zirkelbach, and 20 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his grandson Joshua Deem and sisters Esther Phillips, Dorothy Harger and Ruth Josephine Ake. Services were held February 23 at Christ United Methodist Church. 
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St. Francis chosen as pilot site to aid cancer patients

February 26, 2009 in Community by Submission For The Southside Times

St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers has been selected by the Association of Community Cancer Centers as one of six national pilot sites for a project to develop and expand Nurse Navigator programs to help cancer patients and their families.

The ACCC Patient Navigation Program provides guidance and experience that will enhance the current St. Francis Nurse Navigator program. Navigators are experienced oncology nurses who help cancer patients, survivors, families and caregivers steer their way through health care system from the time of a cancer diagnosis to the completion of treatment and beyond.
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At Play Calendar for the week of 2.26.09

February 26, 2009 in At Play by Submission For The Southside Times

The Ladies Man • This hilarious portrayal into the romantic misadventures that occur in, of all places, a doctor’s waiting room will leaving you wanting more. | When: March 3 – 22. Show times vary. | Where: Indiana Repertory Theatre. | Cost: $29, $34, $39. | Call 635-5252.

Mauritius • Theresa Rebeck’s mystery drama, Mauritius, portrays a woman’s death that reunites two estranged half-sisters who find a rare collectable that ends up putting the girls in a dangerous situation. | When: March 5 – April 4. Show times vary. | Where: The Phoenix Theatre | Cost: $15-$25 | Info: Call 635-PLAY
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No cabbage, no eggs, no grapefruit, no labels

February 26, 2009 in Opinion by Mike Redmond

My endless quest to lose my parade-balloon body has led me to do some pretty weird things, I’ll admit.

There was the egg diet of the early 1970s, where just about all you ate was eggs. You lost weight, all right. You also sprouted pinfeathers and started scratching in the yard.

This was followed by the grapefruit diet, which was just like the egg diet only with grapefruit. The bad thing is, after a while you never want to eat grapefruit again. The good thing is you re-acquire your taste for eggs.
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It’s time to re-prioritze

February 26, 2009 in Opinion by Sherri Coner-Eastburn

I’ve been thinking about how much America has changed in the last half-century.

We have bought into the easy-way-out.

And so, instead of natural consequences, bail-outs are the trend.
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Men v. women in the bathroom dunk tank

February 26, 2009 in Opinion by Kevin Kane

This isn’t exactly something from the news or even relevant to what’s going on in the world today, but I had an interesting thought the other day about what seems to be a very common problem.

Men of all ages are often stereotyped as less-than-courteous urinaters who leave the toilet seat up more often than not. That’s probably closer to fact than mere perception, and there’s no denying we are at fault for frequently forgetting this responsibility.

However, men are often told that, as a result of their carelessness, unsuspecting women often venture into the restroom and, not knowing the seat is still up, fall into the toilet as well.
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Top ten signs that it’s not spring yet

February 26, 2009 in Torry's Top Ten by Torry Stiles

10. The Cubs are still in the pennant fight.
9. The Girl Scout cookie sellers are still pleasant.
8. You can’t smell what the lazy cats have been leaving under the porch.
7. You start thinking about maybe someday eventually digging out the lawnmower to get it serviced before the rush.
6. The biggest argument in the house is about when to take the plastic off the windows.
5. You’d even be grateful for a blast of hot air from Washington.
4. You find yourself enjoying TV bowling shows.
3. Florida’s hurricane season brings you joy.
2. It’s not warm enough to worry about the Christmas lights but you DID scrape the frozen pumpkin off the porch.
1. What you hoped were the spring peepers is actually the furnace blower giving up.