Katie Douglas carries on

June 25, 2009 in Front Page News by Tia Nielsen

Douglas (left) drives past Deanna Nolan of the Detroit Shock. Photo courtesy of Pacers Sports & Entertainment

Douglas (left) drives past Deanna Nolan of the Detroit Shock. Photo courtesy of Pacers Sports & Entertainment

By Tia Nielsen and Lael Nielsen

Furious Fever defense produces win on emotional weekend

How did you honor your father on Father’s Day? Katie Douglas, former Perry Meridian and Purdue basketball standout, faced a painful memory on Father’s Day weekend: the anniversary of her father’s death to cancer. It also closely coincided with the same sad anniversary of her mother’s passing.
So, Katie did what her parents asked her to do.
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Lutheran senior to play in Adidas All Star game

June 25, 2009 in Front Page News, Sports by Submission For The Southside Times

Brandi Lawson, student at Lutheran High School of Indianapolis, will play in the 2009 Adidas Futures All Star game in Boulder, Colo., on June 30. - Photo Submitted

Brandi Lawson, student at Lutheran High School of Indianapolis, will play in the 2009 Adidas Futures All Star game in Boulder, Colo., on June 30. - Photo Submitted

Brandi Lawson, a senior at Lutheran High School of Indianapolis, has been nominated to play in the 2009 Adidas Futures All Star game. This game will be played in Boulder, Colo., on Tuesday, June 30, at 7 p.m. Lawson will be playing on a team of 2010 graduates from 11 different states. Last year this event had over 1,500 spectators and more than 150 college coaches in attendance. This event will kick off a week-long College Exposure program and is the largest exposure event of the summer. Players from all over the U.S. will compete with more than 300 college coaches in attendance.
Lawson plays on the Lutheran High School Lady Saints softball team, which was the IHSAA Class A state runner-up this year.

CrossRoad Engineers invests $12,000 in park improvements

June 25, 2009 in Community, Front Page News by Submission For The Southside Times

Thanks to a $12,000 contribution by CrossRoad Engineers, rehabilitation of the north and south basketball courts in Sarah T. Bolton Park will begin as soon as this week, weather permitting.

The investment by the engineering company, located on Sherman Drive in Beech Grove, will fund half of the cost of the improvements with the remaining $12,000 coming from the Parks Department. CrossRoad staff also will donate its design-planning time for the drainage and surface work for the courts.
According to CrossRoad Engineers Vice President Trent Newport, with their office around the corner from Sarah T. Bolton Park, staff uses park amenities on a regular basis and noticed the courts’ deteriorating condition.

“Being a longtime Beech Grove corporate citizen, we feel at home here and and use the basketball courts on a regular basis. We recognized the age of the courts and the impaired drainage in the area, so we want to do our part to invest in a valuable asset of a park we enjoy.
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Obituaries for the week of 06.25.09

June 25, 2009 in Obituaries by Submission For The Southside Times

Clay Barker, 13, of Indianapolis, died June 21. He was born October, 28, 1995. Clay will be lovingly remembered by his mom and dad, Chris and Tina Barker; sister, Natasha Barker; brothers, Chris and Nathan Barker. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, at G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Avenue. Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 26, at the funeral home. Clay will be laid to rest in Round Hill Cemetery.
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Southside military news

June 25, 2009 in For the Record by Submission For The Southside Times

Air Force Airman Colin M. Conway graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
He is the son of Jeff and Conny Conway of Woodgate Lane, Greenwood.
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Summer is VBS season

June 25, 2009 in Community by Nathan Pace

Photo by Nathan Pace

Photo by Nathan Pace

Preschool children were jumping and spinning to songs played at the Vacation Bible School at Stones Crossing Church. Little kids dancing to up-tempo songs about Bible stories is a scene happening at local churches this summer, and Stones Crossing is no exception. Stacey Fisher is the woman in charge of the church’s Vacation Bible School program.

“We don’t set it up like school at all,” Fisher said. “It’s just a fun experience for preschoolers.”
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Sikand receives UIndy Distinguished Alumni Award

June 25, 2009 in Community, Education by Submission For The Southside Times

Beenu Sikand (UIndy, ’99) has become a leader, role model and mentor to many Indian immigrants in her community. Sikand is one of the top Indiana Realtors with Century 21 in residential and commercial real estate. In addition to her success as a Realtor, she has an Insurance Agency and launched “Guldusta” in 2006, a magazine used as a platform for South Asian businesses. She was not satisfied finding success solely for herself and her three children; she also strives for other Asian families to find success as they make the transition to Indiana. She helps other Indian immigrant families achieve home ownership and obtain jobs as well as provides information pertaining to schools, doctors and other aspects of everyday life. She helps women and kids going through divorces to build a life for themselves. The purpose of the Distinguished Alumni Award is to recognize outstanding professional accomplishments or long-standing devoted service in a chosen occupation or profession. The level of accomplishment or service must clearly distinguish the alumnus or alumna among his or her peers.

Greenwood Freedom Festival

June 25, 2009 in At Play, Community by Submission For The Southside Times

FRIDAY

Picnic & Greenwood Community Band Concert (6-8 p.m.) • Bring a picnic and a blanket and settle in to enjoy the music of the Greenwood Community Band as they perform an hour-long concert at 7 p.m. playing a variety of patriotic classics at the Greenwood Amphitheater, located behind the Greenwood Community Center at 100 Surina Way, Greenwood, Indiana, 46143. Enjoy Chips and Queso compliments of Moe’s Southwest Grill at 6 p.m.

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At Play Calendar for the week of 06.25.09

June 25, 2009 in At Play by Submission For The Southside Times

Forbidden Broadway • You will want to reserve your tickets now for the one show in town the takes your average Broadway play and punches it up a notch. Only in this one show can see the parodies of 20 different Broadway plays and also catch dinner while you’re there. | When: July 8–August 27. Actual dates vary. | Where: The Mansion at Oak Hill | Cost: $45 for the dinner and show, $25 for show only | Info: Reservations are required by calling 843-9850.

Tavis Smiley and STAND • Join Tavis Smiley as he premieres his new documentary, STAND, which follows Smiley and group of his closest friends as they travel throughout Memphis and Nashville in the summer of 2008. You will see as they pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and watch the rise of President Obama. | When: June 26 at 7 p.m. | Where: Clowes Memorial Hall | Cost: Free | Info: Call 940-6444.
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Further thoughts on the oxymoron that is ‘reality TV’

June 25, 2009 in Opinion by Mike Redmond

OK, quick show of hands. Who, besides me, has had it Up To Here with “Jon & Kate Plus 8”? Or, as the tabloids at the grocery store checkout line would have it, “Jon & Kate Plus 8 Plus Two Teams Of Divorce Lawyers”?

It seems to me that their 15 minutes of fame are long past up. And I’m talking 15 minutes for every member of the family. Including pets.

I bring this up for a couple of reasons:
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