The Publisher

May 29, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

The Southside Times, formerly the Perry Township Weekly, will celebrate 85 years in business this year. In recognition, we caught up with former publisher, 

Jerry Sargent, as he shares of a time when he “Covered the Southside like the Sunrise”

By Nicole Davis

Jerry Sargent is a man of many talents – from being a publisher for the Perry Township Weekly, now The Southside Times, to an advertising representative, a columnist, a congressional representative, a military officer, and hosting a radio show through the University of Indianapolis.

“I got around a lot in those days,” said Sargent. “I was a real, so-called go-getter. I became a Mr. Know-It-All.”

Sargent’s involvement with the Perry Township Weekly began in the 1950s when he was introduced to the owner, Louis Lukenbill. He began selling ads for the publication and even helped design the former Beech Grove office at 301 Main St. in 1968. Sargent purchased the newspaper from Lukenbill in April of 1968. He cut the circulation from 40,000 to under 30,000 and transformed it into a more multifaceted publication. At the same time as running the paper, Sargent served as an officer in the United Army Reserve in the grade of Coronels, and said he received a lot of lessons for running a business from his experiences there.

“I was an officer in WWII and the Korean War,” Sargent said. “The staff training emphasized staff action, where you delegate staff members, give them a lot of responsibilities and hold them strictly accountable. That way they grow up or grow out. You need to operate that way to run a multifaceted company. A lot of those people (I employed) grew to run a successful industry of their own.”

The newspaper industry was exciting. If it wasn’t, Sargent said he wouldn’t have purchased the paper since he already had a job with an ad agency in downtown Indianapolis. When he published the Perry Weekly, they did their own printing, melting down lead in the backroom – a time before OSHA regulations. He said it stank like lead, but who cared? They quit printing and farmed the job out in 1970 because they wanted to concentrate on selling and not so much being a print shop.

“Getting the paper out Wednesday morning and seeing the paper hit the streets, it was like having 30,000 babies every week,” Sargent said. “Putting the paper together on Tuesday night was a real boo-rah-rah. There was cheering and yelling on the ads that were sold.”

Sargent said he remembers staying up late Tuesday nights, putting the paper together and fixing last-minute mistakes. When the papers were delivered to their racks the next morning, he said he enjoyed watching people buzzing like bees around them.

“All those efforts were free enterprise – taking the risk and trying to make a profit,” Sargent said. “Small business turns the country. The guy with the doughnut shop is just as keen with making a profit as, say, General Motors. We made the paper successful and were able to sell at a profit.”

When he wasn’t selling ads, Sargent would write a weekly Indiana history column. He estimates that he turned 200-300 of those into lectures, which he titled the Hoosier Traveler.

The paper’s motto at the time was “We Cover the Southside Like the Sunrise,” something he took seriously. He said people did and still do love their community papers for putting out news that larger companies wouldn’t – their child’s picture in the paper, when the next potluck will be.

“There were 20 community papers around and the Perry Weekly was a leader because we were progressive,” Sargent said. “Our biggest competition was The Spotlight on S. Meridian. Ten papers banded together and sold advertising as a ring around the city. Those were heady, happy days. We were an influence in the city of Beech Grove and Indianapolis. We were a big deal.”

Most of those newspapers have dismantled. Sargent sold the Perry Weekly to the Martinsville Times in 1980, but his involvement didn’t cease. He continued to work from his office and sell ads. Currently retired, residing in Franklin, Sargent said he still enjoys reading newspapers.

“Papers are still the heart of journalism because it puts something in place,” Sargent said. “Whereas electronic is gone in a millisecond… History is not static; it’s constantly moving. If you’re going to keep up with the speed of the world, to do that journalism is the key.”


Jerry Cosby and Sargent

Jerry Sargent, former publisher of the Perry Township Weekly, and Jerry Cosby, former publisher of The Spotlight, spoke together at a Perry Township / Southport Historical Society meeting on May 28.

“I think they Southside has been blessed over the years to have two good competing newspapers,” said Barry Browning, historical society member, near the end of the meeting.

Discussing their times running a newspaper, both men spoke of how they got into the industry and the great meaning community newspapers have to readers.


Tribute to a good friend

Jerry Sargent first met Marty McDermott while making a cold call for advertising for the Perry Township Weekly. McDermott was the president of Martin’s Fine Furniture. McDermott passed away in December 2012.

The work relationship grew into a very close friendship. Sargent would help McDermott produce a television ad at no charge, while McDermott continued to advertise with the Perry Weekly.

As Sargent reflects on his friendship, he says some of his favorite times were lunch meetings with McDermott at Red Lobster, always wanting the check to be on someone else.

“Marty and I were the closest friends,” Sargent said. “He was a unique individual with a wry sense of humor. You find these people like stars that glimmer in the past – Marty was one of them.”

Conversations with a comic

May 29, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

Jim Kraft signs a book for Danny Billheimer, Henry Burkhart fifth grader.

Jim Kraft speaks to Henry Burkhart students about his paths to becoming a comic strip writer

By Nicole Davis

Jim Kraft has written thousands of Garfield greeting cards, t-shirts and other merchandise along with over 1,000 Baby Blues and Zits comic strips. Speaking to Henry Burkhart Elementary students on May 24, Kraft told of the many paths in his life that led to becoming a comic strip writer.

“You never know what path your life is going to take,” Kraft said. “That’s why it’s very important to do the best job you can on anything. That little job can lead to a bigger job.”

Graduating from a college in Ohio, Kraft said he was working in a library when he saw an ad for Gibson Greeting Cards wanting a card writer. He wrote hundreds of cards before they got a license to create Garfield cards, a growing figure at the time.

“How it had a lasting impression on my life is I got to work with the creator Jim Davis,” Kraft said.

Still living in Cincinnati, Kraft said he would drive to Muncie, Ind. to meet with Davis. When Kraft’s wife, now a doctor, got her residency in Indianapolis, he wrote a letter to Davis asking if he needed a writer.

“He did,” Kraft said. “He didn’t have anyone other than himself to write. And he was growing so big; they needed someone to write all this additional copy.”

Kraft wrote for Davis for more than seven years, for greeting cards, t-shirts and even approximately 40 children’s books including Garfield and the Tiger, Garfield and the Teacher Creature, Garfield the Magician. After leaving the company in 1994, Davis wrote children’s books on his own, his first picture book titled Cowboy Cal.

“Probably the most important lesson you can lean about writing is rewriting,” Kraft said to the students. “If you really want to do good writing you need to revise and revise.”

Kraft currently helps write comic strips for Baby Blues and Zits, each placed in well over 1,000 news mediums every day. Showing the elementary students numerous examples of his work, he emphasized that though this isn’t what he intended to do, he loves what he does. Never take any opportunity for granted.

Weekly Movie Review 5/30/13

May 29, 2013 in At Play, Opinion by Adam Staten

Fast & Furious 6; insane, over the top and average


From fast food to Nascar to amusement parks claiming to have the fastest ride on earth, one thing about America is abundantly clear: we’re a nation addicted to speed.  With a nation seemingly unable to get its fill of speed, it’s not a shock that a film franchise built around speed and adrenaline, the Fast and Furious films, would be so successful.  As has become the norm, this summer brings another Fast and Furious film. The latest, Fast & Furious 6, directed by Justin Lin, stars familiar faces Vin Diesel and Paul Walker.

Fast & Furious 6 begins with our anti-heroes, Dominic (Diesel) and Brian (Walker) weaving in and out of traffic, pulling hair pin turns on a narrow thoroughfare.  When they reach their destination, what they encounter changes Brian and Dom’s life forever. Soon after this life altering event, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) approaches Brian and Dominic needing help capturing a group of international criminals wreaking havoc and evading police. Initially, Brian and Dom are uncooperative, but both relent when learning a character previously thought dead may be alive.

The entire gang from Fast Five is off enjoying their new riches in exotic locales with private jets, expensive cars and beautiful women. Their picture perfect life is quickly interrupted when they all are summoned back into action by Brian and Dom. They all drop what they’re doing and the entire squad is reunited. What follows is a film filled with car chases, action, bulging biceps and more testosterone than Lance Armstrong during the Tour de France.

Fast & Furious 6 is peculiarly written and directed. Anyone buying a ticket to a film in the Fast and Furious franchise knows what they are in for; fast cars, car chases and some decent action sequences. And Fast & Furious 6 comes with all of the above in an overwhelming amount and that’s when the film works. But for whatever reason, the story goes off into several tangents that have nothing to do with the central story what so ever. It’s not only distracting, it slows the film and gets away from what made it so successful; the action and car chases. The film also spends an unnecessary large amount of time trying to explain the reappearance of a major character which could have been done in a few scenes.

The story is not bad at all. In fact, despite the undisciplined direction, the story is able to hold your attention. However, the dialogue is very, very bad. Almost all of it consists of characters speaking in usual tough guy cliché’s. The acting is ok, except new comer Gina Carano, who is Razzie- worthy bad.

The Fast and Furious franchise has produced some decent to average films (the original) and some not so great ones (Tokyo Drift ).  Fast & Furious 6 starts off on a high note, but as it progresses, the more outrageous and absurd it becomes.  Fast & Furious 6 isn’t the worst in the franchise, but it’s not the best either.

On the Southside 5/30/13

May 29, 2013 in Opinion by Scott Emmett

Searching through my not-so-smartphone

            Why do they call them smart phones? I am in possession of one these so called smart phones and have come to the conclusion that they are not anywhere near as smart as one would be lead to believe. This “smart phone” won’t do a thing I tell it to.

By way of example, it will not talk to any of my other technological doodads. Come to think of it, none of them talk to each other. My oh-so-brilliant smart phone will not trade secrets with my tablet which won’t talk to my two laptops or my desktop. The smart phone will talk to my laptop but it duplicates everything so I have two sets of contacts for every person I know.

Among my arsenal of organizational tools, I have five calendars, four to-do lists, and have lost count of the number of contact files that are stored away in the mass of data spread throughout these machines. It’s kind of like a bunch of little kids on the playground. Each one has a couple of secrets that they think they are the sole possessors of. Fact of the matter is they have the same information but want you to think they and they alone are the sole arbiters of the information one requires. If they do tell you, well, they just don’t.

The other day I needed to find some information on my buddy Doug (he sells insurance on the Southside). I looked in my smartphone to no avail. I turned to both laptops, the desktop at home, and on the tablet. After all that looking, I could not turn up any useable contact information. The smart phone is supposed to be the final arbiter of my life’s collection of friends and colleagues. I even bought the thing a scanner that would read and file business cards. You’d think it would be cooperative. I thought about letting its battery run down once just to teach it a lesson. My buddy, Regina (she is a “nerdette” and also a Southsider), warned me against that. I don’t argue with Regina.

After all that, I managed to dig up Doug’s contact info in a gadget called a phone book. Imagine that.




Scott Emmett lives in Greenwood with his wife, Karen, and an ornery old cat named Toby. Write to Scott at

Torry's Top Ten 5/30/13

May 29, 2013 in Opinion, Torry's Top Ten by Torry Stiles

Top ten thoughts about my 52nd birthday

by Torry Stiles

10. I may never make my mother proud by becoming a doctor but at least I can say I hang out with a lot of them.

9. Nobody even bothers with candles on a cake. I barely have enough breath to blow out a match.

8. I prefer watching the sod grow BELOW me.

7. If I cut anything more out of my diet plan I’ll be better off eating the paper it’s printed on.

6. I find myself worrying if my choice of cane clashes with my shoes and belt.

5. My kids have learned to run as soon as I say, “I remember when…”

4. I’ve lived life less famously but longer than Michael Jackson.

3. Birthday presents are far less important than being present for another birthday.

2. The dogs, cats and pig are NOT happy with the lack of greasy left-overs.

1. I find myself watching those extreme sports shows just to laugh at people stupid enough to intentionally fall down a lot.

The Great Fluoride Controversy

May 29, 2013 in Health, Lifestyle, Living by Wendell Fowler

Toothpaste: “WARNING: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek PROFESSIONAL HELP or contact a POISON CONTROL center immediately.”


A crushing body of evidence and the raised eyebrow of the FDA incriminate Fluoride in toothpaste and mouthwash as a toxic drug “not fit for human consumption.”

Breaking Fox News: “EPA Reverses Itself on Fluoride.” Unaware there’s a problem? That happens when folks blindly trust, don’t question authority and live in blissful ignorance.

For decades fluoride’s been marketed as obligatory for oral hygiene. It’s in most toothpastes and mouthwashes while parents are aggressively encouraged to give their kids fluoride treatments. After all, 9 out of 10 ‘Experts’ can’t be wrong. Cue cynicism.


Historically, our leaders have a dreadful track record acknowledging health risks associated with certain corporate chemicals, especially when its agencies have already determined these products as “safe”. Sad how times change, but truth does not. It’s taken government 60 years to admit American’s have been overexposed to this harmful chemical though several studies by the National Toxicology Program show fluoride causes bone cancer, particularly in young men. This jive’s with studies documenting it causes cellular mutations associated with cancer. Drinking Fluoridated water causes damage to the brain and kidneys, compromises the pineal gland, trashes immunity, lowers IQ, and in Washington DC specifically, they determined people drinking only one quart from their public water supply each day ingest more than 1,428 times the safe dose of fluoride which explains the current political zeitgeist of DC.


In 1950, Procter and Gamble tossed three million dollars at IU Bloomington bio-chemists to produce contrive a cavity-preventing prototype. They ran clinical trials on 1,500 innocent children and 400 naïve adults. After testing, a good half of the participants showed substantial decrease in dental caries viola, Crest was invented. Back in the 40s, our ‘scholarly’ leaders encouraged municipal water authorities to add fluoride to community’s drinking water. According to the CDC approximately 70 percent of the U.S. population ingests fluoride through drinking water; in Europe only 10 percent.


In an encouraging reversal, Fox reported the EPA will lower the maximum amount of fluoride in drinking water because of growing evidence supporting fluoride’s snarky effects to children’s temples. In 2006, the National Academy of Sciences reported dental fluorosis, caused by too much fluoride puts children at risk of developing breakdown of tooth enamel, discoloration and pitting. In addition, another study found excessive ingested fluoride increases the risk of bone fractures and abnormalities.


That’s why I lovingly badger you to be vigilant, due diligence and admit “experts” are often dead wrong. Revisit your dental hygiene ritual, read labels, and look for xylitol on the label.

A reverse osmosis system can remove fluoride.

At Play Calendar 5/30

May 29, 2013 in At Play, Community by Carey Germana



Menards Pet Supply Drive • May is National Pet month and Menards is serving as a pet donation drop site for a local non-profit animal organization. The drop box will be near the exit door to collect new and unwrapped pet supplies. | When: Now-May 31. | Where: Menards, 7140 S. Emerson Ave. and 300 S. Marlin Dr., Greenwood. | Info: Visit for store hours and locations.


Spa and Shop Day • The event features manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing and massages by appointment. Vendors will be on hand with various products such as jewelry, makeup, décor, cooking and other items. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds will be donated to fund mission projects. | When: June 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Where: Concordia Lutheran Church, 305 Howard Rd., Greenwood. | Info: For appointments or further information, call (317) 859-8844.


Car Wash • Heather and Hannah Reid will hold a car wash with other teens adults from Southside schools and churches to raise money for their summer mission trips to Nepal and Panama with Global Expeditions. | When: June 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Where: Donatos Pizza, 2260 S. US Hwy. 31, Greenwood. | Cost: Free-will donation.



Swing for a Cure Golf Classic • Presented by Wells Fargo, more than 144 golfers representing several local corporations and the Cathedral High School Football Team, along with families and volunteers are participating to benefit JDRF, an organization dedicating to helping those diagnosed with type-1 diabetes. A dinner and awards ceremony will follow the event. Will Oberndorfer of Clay Middle School will be honored for donating proceeds from his JDRF designed t-shirts to the organization. | When: June 6, registration, 11 a.m., shotgun, 12:30 p.m. and dinner, 6 p.m. | Where: Highland Golf and Country Club, 1050 W. 52 St. | Info: Visit


Fish Fry • The public can enjoy food and entertainment while helping to support youth programs and mission projects for the Center United Methodist Church. Dine in, carry out or drive thru options are available. | When: June 7-8, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Where: Center UMC, 5445 Bluff Rd. | Info: Call the church at (317) 784-1101.



CGI Empower Golf Outing • The Center for Global Impact will host a golf outing, open to the public. All proceeds benefit CGI’s mission to empower the poor and open a door for the Gospel through projects. | When: June 7, (registration) 7:30 a.m. and (tee off) 8:30 a.m. | Where: Winding River Golf Course, 8015 Mann Rd. | Cost: Registration is $50 per player prior to May 1st and then $60 until the event. | Info: Visit or call (317) 522-6092 for more information on the event and possible sponsoring.



Recycle Fest • The event combines environmentally responsible initiatives through an all day festival featuring live music, demonstrations, activities and education. Pattern Magazine will host a “recycled fashion” area to collect donated clothing. The Indianapolis Food Truck Alliance and Sun King Brewery will provide refreshments. | When: June 1, noon – 10 p.m. | Where: Garfield Park, 2505 Conservatory Dr. | Cost: $15 | Info: Visit



Summer Horse Camp • Kids ages four and up can spend the summer learning about horse care, participate in horse related activities and all day campers will ride twice each day. | When: (Ages 11 and up) June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; (Ages 7-10) June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; (Mini camp for ages 4-6) June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 1 – 4 p.m. | Where: Four Willows Farm, 1213 N. Franklin Rd., Greenwood. | Cost: (ages 7+) $75 per day and (ages 4-6) $45 per day | Info: Call (317) 862-4691.


Memorial Benefit Ride • The 5th annual James Lee Rike Memorial Benefit Ride will be held. All proceeds benefit the IDt James Lee Rike Education Center and Children’s Death Benefits. Live entertainment, silent auction and poker run will be after the ride. | When: June 8, registration 10 a.m. – noon with the ride beginning at noon. | Where: American Legion, Wayne Post No. 64, 601 S. Holt Rd. | Cost: $15 registration. Kids are free. | Info: Visit



Ladies Night • All adult ladies are welcome for an evening of riding, crafting and dinner. Food and wine will be provided, but guests can bring their own beverages. | When: June 8, 5 – 9 p.m. | Where: Four Willows Farm, LLC, 1213 N. Franklin Rd., Greenwood | Cost: $65 (bring a guest and receive a $5 discount) | Info: Call (317) 862-4691.


Music Ties Us Together • The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association fundraiser will be featured in their annual meeting, luncheon and style show. Proceeds benefit bringing the gift of music to children in Indiana. | When: June 15, 10 a.m. | Where: Schwitzer Student Center, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. | Cost: Adult, $35, Child, $10 | Info: RSVP by contacting Thelma Wagner at (317) 787-7892.






IMCU Celebrates Summer Reading • The Indiana Members Credit Union will host an event for children to register for the Indianapolis Public Library summer reading program and receive a prize. They can also enjoy snacks, games and activities. | When: May 30, 2 – 4 p.m. | Where: Indianapolis Public Library Southport Branch, 2630 E. Stop 11 Rd. | Info: Visit


Radio Radio • Indiana native Cory Williams will perform his to-be-released solo record, The Outcome. | When: May 31, 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. | Where: Radio Radio, 1119 Prospect St., Fountain Square. | Cost: $10. | Info: Visit


CGLL Basketball Clinic • The Indianapolis Indians will host a youth clinic. During the event, kids will take the field as the Indians and coaches lead those ages 14 and under in throwing, fielding and pitching drills. A portion of the tickets will benefit the Center Grove Lassie League. Participants should bring a glove. | When: June 6, 5 p.m. | Where: Victory Field, 501 W. Maryland St. | Cost: $11 | Info: Visit



Kids Night Out • Drop off your kids for an evening of hand-on art activities while you head out to the galleries for First Friday. The kids will play games, watch movies and create masterpieces. Prompt drop-off and pick-up required. | When: June 7, 6 – 9 p.m. | Where: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Dr. | Cost: $12 for first child and $10 per additional sibling. | Info: Call (317) 327-7135.





Fire Safety in Your Home • The church will host a free program for senior citizens. The speaker is Lana Niederhauser, a certified public educator at the Indianapolis Fire Division, Department of Public Safety. | When: June 5, 6 p.m. | Where: Irvington Presbyterian Church, 55 Johnson Ave. | Info: RSVP by calling Senior Services Coordinator Joanna Morse at (317) 356-7225.


Paint and Hang • Adults can bring their friends and favorite food and beverage for an evening of fun, conversation and painting. Painting supplies will be provided. | When: Thursdays, June 6-Aug. 15, 6 – 9 p.m. | Where: Garfield Park and Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Dr. | Cost: $30 per session. | Info: Register online at


Teen Creative Writing Camp • High school juniors and seniors interested in creative writing can hone their talents in a week-long camp hosted by nationally recognized writers from the University of Indianapolis Department of English. Students can choose to focus on fiction, poetry or a combination of the two. | When: June 24-28 | Where: University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. | Info: Registration information can be found by calling (317) 788-2018 or visit



Late Night in Genealogy • Volunteers will be available to help with discovering information about family ancestors or local history and agriculture. The museum library has a collection of official Johnson County court records, subject files, and more. | When: June 28, 4 – 10 p.m. | Where: Johnson County Museum, 135 N. Main St., Franklin | Cost: Free. | Info: Visit or call (317) 346-4500.




Summer Reading Kickoff Party • The summer reading theme is “Read Together Right Now.” Readers can kick off the event with a party, including crafts, bringer and international folktales. | When: June 1, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Where: Beech Grove Public Library, 1102 Main St. | Info: Call (317) 788-4203.


Thursday Night Needlework Group • Bring your project and work while socializing with other needlework crafters. | When: June 14, 6 p.m. | Where: Lower level meeting room of the Beech Grove Public Library, 1102 Main St. | Info: Call (317) 788-4203.




Quilt Connection Guild • The monthly meeting features Lois Langford, who will present a program on “Antique Quilts.” Plan to bring an antique quilt or a new quilt you have been working on to show and talk about during the meeting. Anyone interested in learning more about this art form is welcome to attend. | When: June 6, 7 p.m. | Where: Greenwood United Methodist Church, 525 N. Madison Ave. | Info: Visit


Garden Meeting every third Thursday • The Cultivating Garden Club will meet in a neighborhood garden. | When: June 20, 7 p.m. | Info: Call Ginny O’Brien at (317) 783-4727.




The Sound of Music • The classic production is back and is a part of the venues 40th anniversary season. Tickets include a family-friendly buffet and select beverages. Parking is free. | When: Now- June 30 | Where: Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 N. Michigan Rd. | Cost: Varies. $10 Discount for kids ages 3-15. | Info: Visit


City of Angels • The musical is a tribute to the 1940s Hollywood. It tells the stories of a detective fiction writer and his fictional gumshoe hero. | When: June 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 8 p.m. and June 9, 16 and 23, 2:30 p.m. | Where: Buck Creek Playhouse, 11150 Southeastern Ave. | Cost: Adults, $17, Students and Senior Citizens, $15 | Info: Call (317) 862-2270 or visit


Where We Worship 5/30

May 29, 2013 in Community, In Spirit, Lifestyle, Living, Religion, Religion by Carey Germana

Uncompromised truth mends hearts

Southeast Couple Appreciates Holy Spirit Filled Services

For The Southside Times


Before visiting The Father’s House, Sue Seibel and her husband were not attending church at all, and had even stopped looking for a church home altogether after the last church they’d attended split and the Pastor left. Dr. Holland, Pastor at the Father’s House, happened to come by their place of business one day, and asked if he could pray for them.


Says Mrs. Seibel, “That’s the type of pastor Dr. Holland is. He cares about people – and not just those who attend his church.” Sue and her husband Steve started attending The Father’s House soon after that – and are now members. Mrs. Seibel continues, “The Father’s House is the first church we’ve attended where the Holy Spirit is allowed to minister during the worship service, and where the gifts of the Spirit are allowed to be expressed.”


Seibel believes this is why worship services at The Father’s House are so powerful. She says, “People experience healing both spiritually and physically, and their lives are strengthened so that they can press on in this troubled world.”


What is it about your place of worship that helps you to grow spiritually?

The Father’s House has helped us to grow spiritually by teaching us through sound doctrine and the word of God that we are to walk in the power and authority that we as believers have been given by Jesus. Our Pastors lead by example, and deliver the word with truth so that we may grow in the knowledge of our Lord and then glorify Him.


What is it about your place of worship that helps you to feel connected to your spouse, children or family?

Both my husband and I had been hurting – and because The Father’s House is a ministry that specifically speaks to those hurt by life – and even by church itself – our hearts have been mended. We received encouragement through sound biblical teaching so we could rebuild our lives, prepare for our futures, and even begin ministering to others with love.


What is one meaningful event that has taken place at your place of worship?

One of most meaningful events at our church – and one for which we are known locally – is our Free Vacation Bible School. This is not your “old school VBS.”  This year, literally every room and hallway is being transformed into a medieval kingdom complete with castles, horses, coats of armor, and epic bible adventures for “KINGDOM ROCK – Where Kids Stand Strong For God.”  VBS at The Father’s House will run June 24th - 28th, from 6:00pm – 8:30pm.


Why would you recommend your place of worship to someone?

I would recommend The Father’s House as a place of worship and as a church home because the uncompromised word of God is preached here. You will be convicted by the presence of the Holy Spirit, and your life will never be the same. You will be given strength to lead a productive and victorious life, and your children will grow strong so they will be able to withstand the negative influences of life today. And, you will be loved from the moment you walk in the door. As Pastor Holland frequently says ‘I love you, and there’s nothing you can do about it!’



The Father’s House

1600 S. Franklin Rd.

Indianapolis, IN 46239

(317) 358-8312

Obituaries 5/30

May 29, 2013 in For the Record, Obituaries by Carey Germana

Charlene Anderson, 76, Greenwood, died May 25, 2013. She was born Nov. 1, 1936 in Bloomfield, Ind. to the late Charles & Opal (Bridges) Laughlin. She was Executive Vice President at Midwest Title for over 20 years. She was the widow of her high school sweetheart, Robert Lee Anderson, of whom she shared 52 years with. Survivors include her children, Dennis (Sally) Anderson, Linda (Dan) Whalen, Steve Anderson, Susan (Dan) Hillman; sister, Nancy Baker; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Larry Laughlin. The funeral service will be May 30 at 10 a.m. at G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home. The entombment will be in Forest Lawn. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.


Joseph F. DeGuglielmo, 100, died May 27, 2013. He was born in Indianapolis to the late Frank and Anna DeGuglielmo. He was a baker for Kroger Grocery and also worked in the maintenance department for the Beech Grove City Hall. He was a WWII Army Veteran and a longtime member of Holy Name Catholic Church.
He is survived by his children Elizabeth (Richard) Griffith, Mary (Harold) Daniels, and Frank (Debra) DeGuglielmo; grandchildren Rick, Tim, and Mike Griffith, Matthew and Sean Daniels, and Amy and Jeff DeGuglielmo; 10 great-grandchildren; and nephew Melvin Jackie) Jarrett. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose; and sister, Angela McKinney. Visitation will be held June 2 from 2 – 7 p.m. at Little & Sons Funeral Home Beech Grove Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held June 3 at Holy Name Catholic Church at 10 a.m., with the burial in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor 2345 W. 86th St. Indianapolis, Indiana 46260.


Bill Gold, 87, Beech Grove, died May 28, 2013.  He was born to Joseph and Harriet (Klampt) Gold, on April 15, 1926. He was a Cathedral High School, class of 1944 graduate. He joined the US Navy and served a tour of duty in the South Pacific during World War II. Upon his return, he attended Butler University and embarked upon a career in sales, retiring from Gold Printing Supply Company in 1991. He was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Beech Grove, long-time member of the Knights of Columbus and served as Faithful Navigator in the 4th Degree from 1992 – 1993. He is survived by his two daughters, Janet (Steve) Taylor and Carol (Jeff) Taylor; grandchildren, Amy (Kevin) Johnson, Nick Gold, Dan (Jenny) Taylor, Courtney Taylor and Matt (Samantha) Taylor; and great-grandchildren, Hannah Gold, Olivia Johnson, Zachary and Nathan Taylor. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Milly; and sons, Joe and Jim. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on May 31 at 10 a.m. at Holy Name Church, 89 N. 17th Ave., Beech Grove.  Visitation will be on May 30 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Little & Sons Funeral Home, 1301 Main St., Beech Grove. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Holy Name Catholic Church at the above address.


Bernard Leroy Hawkins Jr, 65, died May 22, 2013. He was born on Oct. 20, 1947 in Indianapolis. He is survived by his children, Carl Hawkins, Buddy Hawkins, Jason Hawkins, Mary Hawkins and Rhonda Wilson; step-children, Tim Keller, Mark Keller, Heather Miller, Timothy Lee Hawkins, Robert Buskirk and Shawn Buskirk; sisters, Debbie Gross, Virginia Davis, Marsha Rains, Kathy Ruiz, Nancy Mendenhall; brother, Ronald Hawkins and many grand and great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by brother, James Hawkins; and father, Bernard L. Hawkins; mother, Jewell A. Hawkins. Services were entrusted to G.H. Herrmann East Street Funeral Home.


Sandra “Kay” Rieu, 54, Indianapolis, died May 23, 2013. She was born July 27, 1958 to the late Alvin DeWeese and Catherine Kemp. Survivors include her husband, Arthur L. Rieu, Sr.; children, Jeremy (Christina) Madriz, Diana (Manish) Bhagat, Arthur (Jamie) Rieu, Angie (Donald) Hicks, David Rieu; brothers, Calvin, Butchie and Jack DeWeese; sister, Colleen Begley; and 13 grandchildren. Her grandson, Zaidin; sister, Sandy Spray; brothers, Michael, Donnie, Dickie, and Eddie DeWeese, preceded her in death. Services were May 28 at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home.



Sandra S. Thompson, Indianapolis, died May 20, 2013. She was born on Aug. 6, 1937 to the late Paul R. and Hazelmary Cannaley. She is survived by her children, Jill Thompson, Nancy Thompson, Ted Thompson, and Jude Thompson; granddaughter, Alli. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Richard Allen Thompson. A Mass of Christian Burial was held May 24 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, with the burial in Calvary Cemetery.



Gracie Louella Warfield, 79 of Peru, Ind., died May 26, 2013. She was born June 22, 1933 in Eubank, Ky. to the late Jack and Julia (Price) Inabnitt. She is survived by one sister, Bessie Bullock; two daughters, Julie Dennis (William) and Lesa Neeman (Gary); two sons, Keith Bingham (Tracey); and Thomas Geoghegan (Shelley); 15 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Levi Warfield; sons, Lanny Bingham and Jeffery Bingham; daughters, Beverly Wesley and Robin Ballinger; brothers, Ansil Inabnitt, Tint Inabnitt, Berkley Inabnitt, and Kelly Inabnitt; sisters, Flossie Belcher, Tressie Chaney, Jessie Burdine, Betty Simmons, and Lessie Miller. A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on May 31 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St., Greenwood.  Friends may call from 4 – 8 p.m. on May 30 at the funeral home.  She will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 115 W. Washington St., Suite 1180-South, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Grad with Tenacity

May 22, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

Brooke Moreland-Williams surpasses odds of success after being homeless by obtaining her Master’s Degree this May

By Nicole Davis

As Brooke Moreland-Williams walked up to receive her Master’s Degree from Indiana University (IU) Bloomington this May, she was defeating many statistics that stated she couldn’t do it. Through two years of high school in the Indianapolis Public School System, where Brooke said there is a low graduation rate and low expectations of success, she was homeless, living with her mother and two brothers in their van or in shelters.

“I just wanted to get through the experience, do the best I could and not make any excuses for being homeless,” Brooke said. “Looking back, that was one of the best experiences in my life – it made me realize the importance of things. Maybe I don’t need an iPod. I may need a computer for school but a pencil and paper will work.”

Brooke said the transition into losing their home was slow, as her mother, Shona worked hard to keep things under control; and though it was hard packing up everything into their van, she said the family made the move successfully. Brooke didn’t tell her friends or teachers about her situation, not wanting to receive any pity for the situation beyond her control.

“When you think of someone homeless, there is a thought in your mind of what you think,” Brooke said. “I see a male, usually a minority, who has a mental illness. There are all kinds of stigmas to it. Nowadays homelessness and poverty look different. You don’t really visualize a mother and her children or literally a middle class family living off their credit cards and if the money doesn’t come through, they’re homeless.”

Brooke would walk to school, do her homework and push through the hard time. Having poor attendance, especially for her first period Spanish class, Brooke says she got past the school’s policy of missing no more than eight classes by doing every assignment in her textbook and maintaining an A, B average.

“My grandmother has been a really big role model,” Brooke said. “I was 14 when she passed away. Because she couldn’t get her education, she would constantly role model why it was important and talk with us about how education was truly the key. An education is something no one can take away from you. This is something she wanted for all of her family members. I really feel like by getting your education and sharing those experiences with others, you can encourage someone else.”

She remembers spending her 17th birthday at the Jullian Center, which she says was a frustrating experience. But through it all, she still had family support to persevere.

“I really feel that my mother had a different role,” Brooke said. “She served as my mother and father because she served as a single parent. She was a very supportive and nursing, caring parent while doing a balancing act. Even while we were homeless, we were still a family. We still talked, went on walks. She always maintained that positive energy that allowed us to stay positive during that situation.”

Knowing she wanted to defeat the odds of a low success rate for others in her situation, Brooke said she applied for so many scholarships; it was almost like a job. She ended up applying for the Downtown Indianapolis Kiwanis Club, Abe Lincoln Scholarship, which awarded her $15,000 to go to college. The Indianapolis Star ran an article about her and the essay she wrote for the scholarship on their front page, which she says is the only way her friends and teachers discovered that she was homeless. While going through the interview process for the Abe Lincoln Scholarship, she ended up speaking with the president of Butler University, who personally checked to ensure that she applied to attend the school there.

“There were individuals that discouraged me from going to the college I wanted to go to,” Brooke said. “The fact that I was a poor minority first generation college student, there are a whole lot of factors I could have internalized and said I couldn’t do it.”

All-in-all, she was awarded 23 scholarships, which covered her four years at Butler. Serving as an RA in college, Brooke said she received so many good experiences in mentoring at Butler that it inspired her to pursue an education in higher affairs. She decided to attend graduate school at IU. She served as a graduate supervisor at the residence halls. She graduated in May with a 3.6 GPA and accepted a membership into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, an interdisciplinary honors organization.

While still in school at Butler, Brooke said she began working with IPS students to mentor them and encourage them to finish school and discover that higher education is possible, founding a group called Holding Hands With Our Future. She is hoping to continue with that, and transform it into a nonprofit organization which she can grow. For more information, visit

“We teach them about making better decisions,” Brooke said. “We really target students that don’t want to go to college or feel like they can’t. The mentors spend the whole day keeping their minds open and bringing awareness of the conditions that could halt them from going to college.”

Still on the job hunt now that she has graduated, Brooke said she is proud to say that her family’s home situation has been stable for well over six years, her mother and brothers living on the Southside of Indianapolis. She is married to husband, Todd, a Pentecostal minister. She says her experiences have taught her the important things in life, and she wouldn’t change a thing now.

“As I look back, everything is connected,” Brooke said. “One choice and opportunity led to another. Looking back and being able to connect the dots, it was pretty awesome. It does teach you to treat everyone with kindness because you don’t know what’s going on in their lives. It teaches you to appreciate the opportunities in life. You don’t know how God plans to work the situation out. I have been blessed to graduate high school, go onto college and complete graduate courses.”

Brooke Moreland-Williams stands with her mother, Shona, at Brooke’s IU graduation.