Southside Times Year in Review

December 30, 2009 in Front Page News by Sara Gentry

Before we ring in the new year, we can take a look back at what made news in 2009. From January to December, here are some of the stories that made headlines in The Southside Times this year.

Greenwood, WRT fill merger committee

Seven members of the study committee responsible for exploring the feasibility of a merger of White River Township (WRT) and the City of Greenwood were appointed in the first weeks of 2009. The WRT board voted on Jan. 6 to appoint Forrest Chamber and Paul Reed, both Republicans, and Dale Tumey, Democrat, to the reorganization committee. Greenwood selected Dr. Eric Kapke (D), David Payne (I) and Pat Sherman (R). The seventh member appointed was Don Hanlin.

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Obituaries for the week of 12.30.09

December 30, 2009 in Obituaries by Submission For The Southside Times

Marcus Eugene Anderson, Jr., 49, of Indianapolis, died Dec. 19, 2009, at Wishard Hospital. He was born August 7, 1960, to Marcus Eugene Anderson Sr., and Littie (Roe) Anderson, who preceded him in death. He was a truck driver for ABC Trucking Company. He is survived by his wife, Nancy L. (Gamstetter) Anderson; brothers, William (Michelle) Anderson and Anthony Anderson; sisters, Lillie Browning, Agnes (John) Duncan and Janet (Timothy) Duncan. Burial was held Dec. 23, 2009, at New Crown Cemetery Chapel.
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Which way to the revolution?

December 30, 2009 in Opinion by Mike Redmond

I suppose this is as good a time as any to get started on some New Year’s Revolutions.

Yep. Revolutions, with a v. I’ve come to the conclusion that New Year’s Resolutions, with the s, just aren’t cutting it anymore. They’re just promises to yourself (“This is the year I give up those miniature Hershey bars once and for all! Especially the Krackles!”) that you end up breaking by Groundhog’s Day (“Well, they were on sale”).
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The Colts’ streak is over — I’ll start a new one

December 30, 2009 in Opinion by Kevin Kane

In an effort to be more cliché, I decided I should write on either my New Year’s resolution or the Colts’ recent forfeit of history. Since the latter still makes me grind my teeth, I chose not to relive that traumatic experience and instead focus on my pledge for next year.

This time 12 months ago, I issued a challenge to my facial hair, calling for it to come in fuller or stop growing altogether. That, like every other resolution I’ve ever made, wasn’t upheld. I’m still growing a faceful of hair with the same thick patches and random bald spots.
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Top ten signs your company Christmas party bombed

December 30, 2009 in Torry's Top Ten by Torry Stiles

10. This year they invited spouses and kids … and learned that the forklifts were not childproof.
9. They passed around the hat to buy the boss a present … he got the hat.
8. John and Missy in the mailroom learned too late that the security camera is actually a Webcam and their spouses are now subscribers.
7. Somebody in Accounting had a little too much cheer and emptied the checking account buying ringtones.
6. What started out out as wassailing developed into wrassling.
5. Your Christmas bonus envelope held only your Unemployment Benefits application.
4. Thanks to a crockpot failure the potluck dinner wasn’t lucky for most.
3. The lighting of the tree was followed by the calling of 911.
2. There was more nog than egg.
1. Santa arrived in a sled and left in a paddy wagon.

Hot flashes are the devil’s work

December 30, 2009 in Opinion by Sherri Coner-Eastburn

Yesterday afternoon, when I stuck my face against a bag of frozen yeast rolls inside the family freezer, I had to admit that my hot flashes are now a big problem. They are inconsistent and sudden and overwhelming.

One minute, I’m living my life. And the next minute, I might as well be rolling around in the clothes dryer.

Hot flashes bring out the worst in me. Frankly, I get meaner than a snake about the fact that, at any moment, my husband could fry an egg on my very flushed face.
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Roker’s literary effort is fun, if not original

December 30, 2009 in At Play by Terri Schlichenmeyer - The Bookworm

One look in the mirror confirmed it: Yep, you looked as bad as you felt.

Cold, flu or just some nasty bug? Didn’t matter. You croaked in sick to work, then hunkered down on the sofa beneath a warm blanket, with some daytime TV to sleep by. Could there possibly be a better place to recuperate?
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Restaurant of the Week

December 30, 2009 in At Play by Lindsay Irwin

If you’re anything like me, you need to have a cup of coffee in the morning to get you moving in the right direction. Furthermore, not only do you need a hot cup of coffee, but you can’t settle for just any gas station-worthy cup of Joe. We need something hot and rich, preferably with some type of pastry or breakfast sandwich on the side.

It is for these exact reasons that I started frequenting the Hula Bean in Greenwood. I was tired of the same old thing and I desperately needed to change it up.
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Make specific goals with PLANTS

December 30, 2009 in Outdoors by Carol Michel

New Year’s Day is not a good time to make resolutions about gardening! It seems that whatever we resolve to do better in the garden, like maybe keeping up with weeding, we can’t really do until spring arrives. Then when spring arrives, it’s just as easy to forget those resolutions as we rush about preparing for warm weather.

For better results, set some goals for your garden. This is a great activity for the winter months when there is time to dream, a chance to plan, and no pressure to start digging tomorrow.
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Grilled-cheese redo: Nothing lost in translation

December 30, 2009 in Living by Wendell Fowler

Gosh, until recently I assumed everybody grew up eating grilled-cheese sandwiches accompanied by a steaming bowl of canned tomato soup. Alas, no.
Twenty, 30 and 40-somethings are unfamiliar with this warm-and-fuzzy indigenous comfort food due to several generations of fast-food-oriented moms and dads indifferent to handing down tradition, opting instead for pre-made convenient, machine cuisine.
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