Redskin Rally

February 25, 2010 in Front Page News by Mike Alexander

) Manual basketball player Chrishawn Hopkins (second from left) was presented the McDonald’s All-American award by marketing manager Debbie Gilliland (at right). Looking on are Chrishawn’s mother (left), Tamika Slaughter, grandmother Sharon Watson (barely seen), Manual principal Rocky Grismore (third from right) and athletic director Chris Walker (second from right). Photo by Mike Alexander

Manual alums cheer All-American Hopkins and Redskins to victory

Manual High School and the Southside rose again.

About 1,500 — most of them alums — painted a sea of red in the Richard C. Cummins gymnasium Friday of last week.

They were there to pay honor and maintain tradition to the school, second oldest in Indianapolis behind Shortridge.
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A Noble Quest

February 25, 2010 in Front Page News by Mike Beas

» Charleston Shi Book Signing at South Grove Intermediate School Literacy Night Thursday, March 18 • 6 p.m. Books available for $16

Thirteen-year-old Charleston Shi of Avon puts his imagination to words with his 11-book series, “The Quest of the Phoenix”

The wheel spins. Swiftly and regularly it rotates, slowing to an eventual stop only when its owner, 13-year-old Charleston Shi, is fatigued enough to concede defeat and actually lay his head on a pillow. And even that’s a window left barely ajar considering the five to six hours of sleep he averages.

Asked about his thoughts, the ones enabling Shi, an energetic and ambitious eighth-grade honors student at Avon Middle School South, to write a new book every four months, the young man behind wire-rimmed glasses moves his right arm in a circular motion.
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Roncalli’s Braun stars as Aladdin in Beef & Boards production

February 25, 2010 in Front Page News by Submission For The Southside Times

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Tyler Braun, who plays the title character in Disney’s Aladdin Jr., is a student at Roncalli High School. Disney’s high-flying adventure won’t be grounded in March after all, as Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s Pyramid Players have extended the run of Aladdin Jr. The stage adaptation of the popular Disney movie, which opened the 2010 Live Theatre For Kids series, is now on stage through April 24.

Originally scheduled to close March 20, this exciting adventure has had 9 performances added. The audience has the opportunity to meet the cast of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. after each show for pictures and autographs.

Pyramid Players productions are one hour in length and are presented without intermission. Performances are for all ages, but offered particularly for children in preschool through sixth grade. All tickets are $12.50 and include a snack.
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Obituaries for the week of 02.25.10

February 25, 2010 in Obituaries by Submission For The Southside Times

Gary A. Dickey, 63, of Trafalgar, died February 19, 2010. Dickey was born September 21, 1946, in Indianapolis. He was President of Acadia Windows in Indianapolis. Survivors include his loving wife, Devon (Frazier) Dickey; daughters, Heidi (Travis) Sichting and Natalie Dickey; three grandchildren, Sierra, Alexis and Skyler; mother, Bea (Savin) Dickey and brother Ronald Dickey. He was preceded in death by his father, Forrest Dickey. Services were held February 24, 2010 at G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home.
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Curlers put the gray matter to work — and I’m hooked

February 25, 2010 in Opinion by Mike Redmond

Like many of you, I’ve been transfixed by the exciting Winter Olympics.

OK, that’s a lie. I’ve given it at most a few hours, and most of those have been here and there, not continuous viewing.

It’s not that I don’t like to watch winter sports. After all, you never know when you’re going to see one of those Agony Of Defeat guys fly out of his skis and go pinwheeling down the side of a mountain, and I’m always rooting for one of those tippy-toe skaters to do a face plant. It’s just that you have to wait around for these things to happen and right now I have other, more pressing things to do, such as have a life.
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Where’s my apology, Tiger?

February 25, 2010 in Opinion by Kevin Kane

Last Friday, Tiger Woods faced the nation and apologized for his recent unfaithful actions.

If you saw or heard the address, you may have noticed that Woods apologized to nearly everyone from his wife to the guy who washes his red Sunday shirts.

He was throwing out one “I’m sorry” after another, perhaps one for every mistress, as if he knew class-skipping college kids may be using it for a drinking game. Over and over again he apologized, but I personally didn’t get it.
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Top ten recent quotes from Will Rogers (were he alive today) #5

February 25, 2010 in Torry's Top Ten by Torry Stiles

10. “The doctor told me I can’t have any more bacon, ham or pork chops. I reckon they’re saving all the pork for Congress.”
9. “I’m guessing it really smarts to have them earrings put in their noses or dangly things in their eyebrows and what-nots. Probably the only smarts those kids have.”
8. “Things are warming up in Washington. Congress is back from vacation and there’s a lot more hot air.”
7. “Listenin’ is a lost art. Just look at all the folks talkin’ on their phones. Maybe if they listened a little better they wouldn’t have to talk so much.”
6. “I read that the kids at the university have to pay more these days. I reckon the kids are learnin’ what their parents already know.”
5. “Heard they had some buildings fall down in Southport the other day. Looks like the housing market isn’t the only thing crashing.”
4. “Seems every month some government group is spending another million dollars to study about building a new light rail system somewhere. They’ve been doin’ that for 40 years now. They must have a really nice school for this studyin’ but nobody ever seems to graduate.”
3. “When I call City Hall I have to dial “1” to talk English to ‘em or “2” to talk Spanish to ‘em. I want the number I dial to talk some sense to ‘em.”
2. “I like reading the paper. I always start with the funny pages. Then I open it up and read the comics.”
1. “Seems Washington wants to stimulate the economy by adding on some new taxes to the folks that are still working. Ain’t that kinda like trying to stimulate a drownin’ man with a bucket of ice water?”

Beaten half to death by the Bargain Bra

February 25, 2010 in Opinion by Sherri Coner-Eastburn

I’m a diehard bargain-hunting haggler, so of course I bought the bra.

It was marked down from $30 to $6, and I almost pulled a muscle when I grabbed that thing so quickly from the rack.

I also found a $4 sweater, so I sprinted happily to the cashier with my mega deals in hand.

Yesterday, I decided to wear my brand spankin’ new bra and my gorgeous, new, slightly-ugly-but-still-a-bargain sweater.
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Navigating tax season: How to avoid an audit

February 25, 2010 in Personal Finance by Steve Maple

The Liberty tax preparers are dancing on the street corners. The IRS is expecting a 1040 (and perhaps a check) from you. April 15 will come as surely as it snows in Indiana in January and February and March. Just as the TV stations warn you of impending storms, this article discusses ways to avoid an audit.

The good news is that less than 1 percent of our income tax returns are audited. That figure is probably greater than the odds of getting a speeding ticket. Yet most of us do get stopped by Officer Friendly. Let’s lower the audit odds.
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Plant your peas in early spring

February 25, 2010 in Outdoors by Carol Michel

With the snow melting, and hopefully warmer days ahead, it’s not too early to think about planting what are often referred to as “early spring crops,” like peas. There are just a few tricks to learn when growing peas, but learning them is well worth the time, because peas grown in your garden taste much better than any canned or frozen peas bought in a store.

Many new gardeners are surprised at how early we can plant peas in this area. My preferred date to plant peas is March 17, or whenever the ground has reached a temperature of around 45 degrees at about an inch deep in the soil, the depth for planting peas. Like most vegetables, they should be grown in full sun.
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