WWII veteran one of three surviving Greenwood VFW charter members

March 26, 2009 in Front Page News by Sherri Coner-Eastburn

Sixty-three years later, shrapnel is still lodged in Wally Richardson’s cheek.

That tiny piece of steel — about the size of buckshot — became a part of his life, as present and somehow as natural as Richardson’s slow grin.

At 89 years old, Richardson readily recalls the specifics of a war that took so many lives yet saved so many, all at the same time.
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Turning expenses into education

March 26, 2009 in Front Page News by Sara Gentry

When Dick Turner was born in Fountain Square, there was no such thing as financial aid. Most people, he said, couldn’t afford college, and if they decided to go, they worked for a semester, saved, attended a semester and so on. Turner worked in the meat-packing industry to save college money, but he was drafted before he could meet his goals.

While in the military, he found a way to spend his free time: taking college courses. He took courses in marketing and business, and when his professor told him that finding a better, cheaper way to use funds that a company has already allocated for a certain purpose made you an invaluable employee, it stuck with him.
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Franklin Central High School selects new head football coach

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

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Mike Karpinski

Franklin Central High School recently announced that the Flashes have a new head football coach, Mike Karpinski. Karpinski is a Health and Physical Education teacher in his 9th year at Franklin Central. During his time at FCHS, he’s been involved with the football program, serving as assistant coach at many levels. Previous to his time at FCHS, Karpinski coached football at the University of Indianapolis for six years.

An alum of Hillsdale College in Michigan, Karpinski said he is “very excited for this opportunity and is looking forward to the challenge” of coaching the FC Flashes. Franklin Central Principal Mr. Kevin Koers added that Karpinski will bring a lot of enthusiasm to the program. “We’re looking forward to having him with us for a long time.”

Obituaries for the week of 03.26.09

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

Rosemary Clark, 60, died March 18, 2009. She was born in Indianapolis on March 5, 1949, to Walter & Margaret (Edwards) Adams who preceded her in death. She is survived by companion Earl G. Hafley; son, Donald Duvall; brothers, Bobby (Angie), William (Brenda), Ricky (Darlene), Harry Adams; sisters, Ruth Anne Duff, Corrina (Jack) Pinkston, April (Vernon) Eversole. Burial was held March 23 at New Crown Cemetery.
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At Play Calendar for the week of 03.26.09

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

The Easter Bunny • Everybody’s favorite bunny is making his long-awaited arrival in Indianapolis and he’s not coming alone! Despereaux, The World’s Bravest Mouse, will join the Easter Bunny as children young and old wait anxiously to get their picture taken with the terrific twosome. | When: March 21 – April 11 | Where: The Greenwood Park Mall. | Info: Call 881-6758.

Easter Egg Hunt • When: April 11, activities begin at 11 a.m., hunt at noon | Where: Outreach Community Church, 3091 S. Honey Creek Rd., Greenwood.
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Some 25-year-olds are already miserable, old cranks

March 26, 2009 in Opinion by Mike Redmond

A young friend of mine, who says we Baby Boomers® got all the good stuff and had all the fun before everything started to go you-know-where in a handbasket, recently forwarded an article intended to put Boomers® in our place.

“Old Age Begins At 27,” was the headline. “Our mental abilities start to decline at age 27, after peaking at 22,” said the article, from Asylum.com. “Researchers from the University of Virginia gave a series of mental tests to 2,000 men and women over a seven-year period. They found that in nine of the 12 tests, the top score was achieved at age 22, and that 27 was the first age at which some of the abilities – including reasoning and speed of thought – began to decline significantly.”
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I remember a different Beech Grove

March 26, 2009 in Letters to the Editor by Submission For The Southside Times

Remember when Beech Grove had the best city services? When the mayor’s office was in City Hall and had an open door policy? When our snow removal set the standard for the state? When you could drive through Sarah Bolton Park?

Remember when Main Street business buildings were all fully occupied? When City Council Meetings were conveniently held at City Hall and shown live on BGTV? When city intersections looked sharp with brightly painted curbs and cross walks?
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Top ten signs you shouldn’t have joined the police force

March 26, 2009 in Opinion by Torry Stiles

10. All your best friends are your best customers.
9. “You have the right to remain silent, so please shut up.”
8. You’re using Mace-scented cologne.
7. “Don’t bother me with another robbery alarm call … it’s time for ‘Dancing with the Stars.’”
6. There’s another disciplinary letter in your file for dotting your “i’s” with smiley faces on your traffic tickets.
5. Your wife gets mixed up and keeps sewing your kids’ Boy Scout patches on your uniform.
4. The guys at the motor pool refuse to paint your cruiser to look like Dale Earnhart’s Goodwrench #3.
3. The other officers are complaining about your cape and utility belt.
2. You find yourself arguing that Barney Fife was merely misunderstood.
1. During the driver training you can’t stop making the “Woo-woo!” siren noise.

Canada geese: Nuisance or terrorists?

March 26, 2009 in Opinion by Kevin Kane

Homeland Security has been looking in the wrong direction.

For the past several years, this department has sought after bad guys and any evildoers seeking to threaten our American way of life. We enjoy a particular lifestyle, and they want to preserve it.

But while monitoring terrorist groups and identifying shady individuals, Homeland Security completely missed one of the American public’s traditional foes: Canada geese.
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Facebook: Connecting former foes

March 26, 2009 in Opinion by Sherri Coner-Eastburn

A few weeks ago, I joined Facebook.

Every time I visit the site, I feel like I’m attending a mini reunion. But I don’t have to worry about what I’m wearing or how I plan to avoid people I never liked.

Yesterday, I got a Facebook message from someone I hadn’t spoken to since I got my first training bra. For privacy, we’ll call her Bertha. Shall we?
Can’t tell you how shocked I was to read an apology from Bertha.
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