The Seven Virtues

June 28, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

Nicholai Shaver aims for the unexpected as Southport Artistry Committee prepares for its largest exhibit to date

Nicholai Shaver is on a “quest to find something new and never done before” by putting his own artistic view into the topics of charity, kindness, humility, chastity, temperance, diligence and patience. As part of the Southport Artistry Committee’s (SoArt) largest exhibit yet, The Seven Virtues, Shaver is one of nine artists who will display their work from July 5-31 at the Athenaeum ArtSpace, 401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis.

“It’s going to be a big event,” Shaver said. “We wanted to have the best event we could put together. With the group, we’re dedicating our time to a cause and a theme. We’ve really stepped it up with promotion. We’re trying to push the envelope as a group to show we can do this.”

While participating in an art show more than three years ago, Shaver said he was approached by Melodie Ramey, founder of SoArt. She encouraged him to come to one of their meetings. Shaver said as someone that sticks with things he feels can lead to better opportunities; he could tell this group was just that. An art history major at Herron School of Art and Design, Shaver says he has worked hard to make a successful career out of his art. Along with the current SoArt exhibit, he is working on an installation for the Indianapolis Airport and constantly searching for additional, bigger venues to sell his work. He said in the last three years, SoArt has opened up opportunities he never could have found by himself.

“We started very slow, as no one knew anyone yet,” Shaver said. “As time grew, we attracted more members. We’ve done more events and things around Southport like window painting. I see the people that work really hard here and I’m confident working with them. Overall, the group has found ways to become more than a group. We’ve bonded as friends.”

SoArt’s latest endeavor, The Seven Virtues, will have an opening reception on July 5, 6 – 9 p.m. at the Athenaeum Artspace with food, wine and music by Myah Evans, a vocalist and guitarist. A commission of each painting sold through the month will benefit the artist’s selected charity.

Shaver, curator for the event, is painting seven pieces; one for each virtue to ensure that there is plenty of work displayed through the gallery, though all of the pieces may not get displayed. The topic was chosen because it’s something each artist can interpret as they envision. The seven virtues are based on a list of characteristics that oppose the seven deadly sins and help people stray away from temptation. Throughout time the exact virtues have varied slightly, which Shaver said has led to some confusion on what they are.

“It’s a good theme for artists to interpret it their own way,” Shaver said. “So even though we have the seven virtues, there may be 30 shown because it’s such a changing list.”

For the poster created to advertise the exhibit, Shaver said they chose a painting which many of the SoArt artists had a hand in creating and painting. As he is finishing up his own work, he says he cannot wait to see the pieces all together, creating thought-provoking and inspiring images for the audience. He said a successful show is 50 percent of the art and its theme and 50 percent of what the audience will think. He has aimed to take a risk and create unexpected relations to the virtues.

“The turnout is what I’m looking forward to seeing,” Shaver said. “We’ve put in so much effort; it’s seeing how much our reach has gotten people’s interest. It will show our group as a whole working on a nice project.”

For more information on SoArt and the The Seven Virtues, visit

Equine education

June 28, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

From left, Amber Davis, Klaire Tardiff and Jennifer Abel stand with horse, Happy at Four Willow Farm.


Greenwood’s Four Willows Farm hosts classes for all interested in horse care and behavior

By Nicole Davis

Four Willows Farm will host a new Adult Equine Education Classes beginning July 1 for everyone from horse enthusiasts to those who have never handled a horse. The first time they’ve offered a class for education-only, owner Jennifer Abel said they saw the need for teach about the animals in the Greenwood and surrounding area, as even horse owners may not know all of the materials they will teach.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” Abel said. “There are so many people out there who have horses but don’t know how to care for them. That’s how we started; we bought them and we learned.”

Classes begin June 27, 7 p.m. at the farm, 1213 N. Franklin Rd., Greenwood with the topic based on Equine anatomy, parts of the hoof and the benefits of grooming. Abel said the classes focus on horse care, but goes more in depth. She says horses are more delicate than people may think, so learning about proper care is a must. The classes continue on July 2, 11 and 25 and August 1, 8 and 15. The cost is $15 each.

The adult classes will be taught by Abel and staff members, Klaire Tardiff and Amber Davis, both pursuing college degrees in the equine field. Tardiff said she would encourage anyone interested to attend because horses are animals which always have something new to teach.

“We’re really excited about this class to share what we’ve learned,” Tardiff said. “There are things that Jen knows that I will never learn, but we can pass on what we have learned. We can help (participants) understand these horses have their own brain. They can do what they want when they want.”

For more information, call the farm at (317) 862-4691.


What else is happening at Four Willows Farm?


Oct. 5, 6 p.m. – Ladies Night ($65)


Oct. 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fall Horse Camp, 11 years & older( $75)


Oct. 15, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fall Horse Camp, Ages 7 – 10 yrs. ($75)


Oct. 16, 1 – 4 p.m., Fall Horse Camp, Ages 4 – 6 yrs. ($45)


Oct. 25, 4 to 6 p.m., Hallowhinny (free to community)


Nov. 16, 6 p.m. – Ladies Night ($65)


Dec. 26 – 10 a.m.  – 4 p.m., Winter Horse Camp, 11 years & older ($75)


Dec. 27 – 10 a.m.  – 4 p.m., Winter Horse Camp, 7-10 years. ($75)


Dec. 30 – 1 – 4 p.m., Winter Horse Camp 4-6 years ($45)

Faces of Freedom

June 28, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

Articles compiled by Steve Milbourn, VFW

Puckett’s 3 Bn., 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne

was in Viet Cong’s Crow Foot Mountains

As an infantryman in the bush, the daily grind consisted of cleaning your weapon, making sure you had ammo and the other items needed to make it through the day as well as search and destroy missions. Showers and baths were all but non-existent and especially in the jungles of South Vietnam.

Sgt. Gail K. (G.K.) Puckett’s time in Vietnam was with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. He served in 1969 and 1970. In April 1970 his company was assigned to the Crow’s Foot Mountain area which had been held by the Viet Cong (VC) for years before the U.S. intervened.

Puckett who was from Fairfield, Ill. was sent to Ft. Leonard Wood for basic Training and on to Ft. Lewis Washington for his infantry training. After arriving in Vietnam his battalion continued finding small caches of weapons, ammunition and even recent graves of North Vietnamese regulars. Incoming mortar rounds were regular each evening causing harassment rather than killing many soldiers.

After being in the field for two weeks, Puckett’s platoon persuaded his platoon leader, a lieutenant, to take a bath in a stream near the base of a mountain. Each squad from the platoon took turns bathing while the others waited patiently on guard for enemy soldiers. Puckett’s squad went last in the rotation. As his squad was taking a bath, a U.S. Air Force jet flew over their position. The jet came back around and made a second pass over their position.

As they were getting out of the water to gather their clothes and equipment the jet flew over for the third time. “This time (the jet) was moving faster and lower”, Puckett said. “On this run he dropped napalm and it exploded on impact, dropping flames all around us” he stated. The trees at the stream’s edge blocked much of the flames. No one was burned, however one soldier cut his foot on a rock as they were all running away from the napalm.

The incident ended when the young lieutenant got on the radio and tried to call off the jet. The jet did make two additional passes over the area. Puckett remarked, “Just another day in Vietnam”.


Commander has overseen Bingo each Wednesday at VFW for last six years

Nearly every Wednesday throughout the year you will find Bill Clark, outgoing Commander at VFW 5864 in the banquet room with the bingo volunteers. Clark remarked, “I have been doing bingo about six years and I really enjoy our crowd. We have fun”. He is completing his second term as Commander of VFW Post 5864.

Clark served on the U.S.S. Saratoga aircraft carrier CV-60 from November 1971 until March 1973. He worked on the flight deck and served in the waters off Vietnam from May of 1972 until February 1973. The sailors were on a 28-day rotation, however, their first rotation was 58 days to allow some of the other ships in the area to stand down and get some needed rest. While stationed on the ship they visited Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

Recently at a District meeting in Brazil, Indiana Bill accepted the U. G. Stewart award on behalf of the Post. The award is a “travelling trophy” and is presented to the best all-around Post in District 7 annually.

During the month of May Bill works at the Indianapolis 500 as a “yellow shirt” to assist the public on the grounds. He is also busy five days a week working as a maintenance man at the Indiana School for the Deaf near the fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Lastly Bill recently earned a “white hat” for his role in being one of the best Commanders in the State of Indiana. He has been named as the Chairman of the Teacher of the Year Award for 2013-2014 by incoming Dept. Commander Greg Baker.

Although Bill’s term as Commander of the Greenwood Post has concluded after two years, he is continuing to help the VFW in other ways.


Former WW-II prisoner of war

remembers capture by Germans

Purple Heart recipient, Ewing Franklin Napier was drafted into the U.S. Army just three days shy of his 21st birthday, on Sept. 19, 1943. From fighting in the Battle of the Bulge to being captured as a Prisoner of War (POW), nothing could have prepared the Kentucky native, who had moved to Indianapolis in 1941, for the experiences he would have during the second world war.

Napier spent 15 months in the United States training for combat duty overseas, learning to fire an automatic rifle, survival techniques and hand-to-hand combat as well as other infantry techniques. Napier was an Expert Marksman. He served with the 179th Infantry Regiment which was attached to the 45th Infantry Division. His division began the war in Italy and moved westward by ship to the shores of Normandy in Southern France where he landed on July 15, 1944. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and on the hills and in valleys throughout France. Little did PFC Napier know that 138 days later he would become a POW and be placed in a German POW camp near the German-Czechoslovakian border. The camp, Stalag 4b Muhlberg Sachsen 51-13 was home to over 8,400 soldiers and civilians through the years.

Although he was released on May 30, 1945, his six months of grueling captivity, slave-labor work and starvation took him from 179 pounds to a mere 119 pounds. Napier says, “From the prison camp we walked 6 miles to and from our work area every day. Our job was to clear train tracks of snow so the Germans could resupply their troops in the European Theatre of operation. The railroad tracks were at the bottom of a mountain and strong winds and snows would pile the snow up as high as six to eight feet over night and we would be moving snow from the same area day after day.” He said the American soldiers weren’t equipped with the proper clothing to handle the extreme cold and harsh winters. Breakfast consisted of a piece of bread, there was no lunch and supper was a bowl of soup after returning to the POW camp. They worked 10 to 12 hours daily.

“One night we were all hauled off to large barns and locked inside and told not to open the doors nor leave the area,” Napier says. “At the break of day on May 30, 1945 I went to the barn door and slowly pushed it open, and a few people in the area said the war was over.” The prisoners marched night and day to get to Prague, Czechoslovakia. They were then transported by U.S. Air Force C-119’s to France where they were taken to a hospital and checked out. A ship took the soldiers to Norfolk, Va. and Napier was sent home on a 75-day furlough. He was given a 15-day extension and then reported to Ft. Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis to complete his time in the military.

He is also the recipient of the Combat Infantry Badge, American Theater Ribbon, European Theatre of Operations Ribbon with one bronze star, Good Conduct Medal and the World War Victory Medal.

Napier worked at General Motors and Allison in Indianapolis prior to his retirement. His wife Dean and he were proud parents of a son, Jeffery; and two daughters. The daughters, Linda Napier Wilson and Sharon Napier Riggles survive. At 90 years of age he enjoys going out to eat and an occasional trip to a home he owns in Scottsville, Ky.

He is a member of Greenwood VFW Post 5864 and the Disabled American Veterans.


Hudson receives Purple Heart

for wounds during Vietnam tour

Bobby Hudson, a Center Grove High School graduate was drafted right out of high school in 1966.

After his Basic and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Hood, Texas he was transferred to the 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Armored Division, Troop B. Hudson had trained in armor (M-48A1 tanks).

Upon completion of his AIT training he was sent to Vietnam in Sept. of 1967 until Aug. of 1968.

He was a PFC E-3 and a loader on tanks the first three months of his tour, then he promoted to driver of a tank. After that he was made a gunner. Hudson served in Chu Lai and Tam Ky, South Vietnam.

Once he was promoted to Spec.-5 in May 1968 he was the tank commander.

A North Vietnamese mortar round struck near the tank he was in on March 9, 1968 and he received a Purple Heart for facial wounds. Hudson’s tour of duty ended in Vietnam in August 1968 and he returned to Greenwood.



Chaplain helps soldiers find solace in Bosnia and Afghanistan conflicts

Rick Ebb began his military career in 1977 after graduating from high school in Waupun, Wisconsin. During his Basic Training stint he volunteered to become a paratrooper and spent the next four years in the 82nd Airborne Division.

Although never being deployed during that part of his military service, Rick’s unit was alerted twice; once to put down an uprising in Zaire in 1978 and again in 1979 when the U.S. Embassy was over-taken over in Iran. Following his tour with the 82nd, Rick enrolled in college in Wisconsin. He attended the Wisconsin Military Academy’s Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1983. Ebb spent the next 14 years as an Armor officer in the United States Army Reserves in Wisconsin.

In 1999 he graduated from seminary and joined the Indiana Army National Guard as a Chaplain. In 2004 Chaplain Ebb deployed with the Indiana National Guard to Bosnia as a part of the Stabilization Forces. Following that deployment he was sent immediately to Afghanistan where he provided ministry to forward bases returning to the United States in July of 2005.

In 2006 he again returned to Afghanistan as the Base Chaplain at Bagram Airfield as the major staging base in the country. Upon return from overseas duty Chaplain Ebb became the Installation Chaplain for Camp Atterbury, south of Indianapolis, supervising the religious support for thousands of Guard and Reserve soldiers heading to Iraq or Afghanistan.

Rick joined Greenwood VFW Post 5864 in 2008. Ever since he was a small child he had always wanted to be a member of a veterans’ organization. Seeing veterans handing out ‘Buddy Poppies’ in front of stores on Memorial and Veterans Day always had a strong impact on him. His grandfather served in World War I as an aerial photographer and later became a Post Commander of his local American Legion Post.  Becoming a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars has been an honor to Rick as he sees himself following in the footsteps of his grandfather, father, uncles, and cousins.


Vietnam vets celebrate 58 years of friendship


Steve Milbourn and Danny Wilson met in the late summer of 1955 just before they entered Public School 27 in Indianapolis. Steve was going into the fourth grade and Danny was entering the third grade.

The two young men walked about seven blocks to school each morning, home for lunch, back to school and then home again. Their time together consisted of playing cowboys and Indians and soldiers in the Army. When the other neighborhood kids came out – basketball, football and baseball were on the venue.

In 1963 when he was a freshman at Tech High School, Danny’s mother was involved in a terrible accident while visiting relatives in Kentucky and Danny and his sisters moved there. Steve’s family had moved to 79th and White River Dr., but the two found the means and time to see each other before Danny left for Kentucky. Steve then moved just over the state line into Illinois where his family had originally came from. The next summer Danny would start his senior year and Steve had graduated. Danny decided to join the U.S. Army in June 1964 and Steve followed suit in December of the same year.

Both met up in Danny’s hometown of Glasgow, Ky. near Christmas 1964. Neither would see the other nor know what each had done until June 1966 when Danny was sent to Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division and was based at Phan Rang. Steve was already there having arrived in April of the same year. Danny’s tour ended in August 1967 and Steve had extended his tour to October 1967. Both returned to Indianapolis after their military service.

Upon arriving “in country” both took a refresher course which was around two weeks long to get acclimated to the heat and the new M-16 rifles. They even learned some Vietnamese. The first several months they pulled guard duty around the base in sand-bag bunkers. The North Vietnamese would shoot mortar rounds most of the night from a hill on the other side of the base to keep us awake. In addition, they helped clear the perimeter around the base, walked patrol and travelled in convoys on numerous occasions hauling supplies and ammunition to forward operating bases.

In December 1966 both men made a non-combat parachute jump in Kontum Province with the 327th Infantry of the 101st Airborne. Being young and impressionable, neither knew what to expect. They had never endured not taking a shower for over two weeks, eating cold food out of cans, getting mail once or twice a month and the extreme heat. During their tour they also spent time in Con Thien, Cu Chi, Chu Lai and Nha Trang.

Danny returned home to marry as did Steve and the two couples ended up living in Greentree Apartments on S. Madison Ave. In 1969 Danny and wife Linda Napier purchased a home in Greenwood and Steve and his wife bought a small house in New Whiteland. Steve moved to the Columbus, Ohio area a couple of years later, but still made several trips a year back to visit his friend. Danny was blessed with two sons and Steve has three daughters.

In April 2012, Steve and Patti found a condo next door to his old friend Danny, bought it and moved in late December. Now the two see each other almost daily as they did when they were much younger.



Clandestine “Black Ops” group operated in

North, South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

Although 19-year-old Hoosier Steven H. Keever had no idea of what to expect when he joined the U.S. Army, he knew he would probably be “in the thick of it.” He was specially trained as a Special Forces (Green Beret) soldier and was airborne qualified and subsequently sent to South Vietnam to be a part of the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Studies and Observation Group (MACV-SOG). The group was a highly classified, multi-service United States special operations unit which conducted covert and unconventional warfare operations prior to and during the Vietnam War.

Established on Jan. 24, 1964, the unit conducted strategic reconnaissance missions in South Vietnam, the North Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia; carried out the capture of enemy prisoners, rescued downed pilots, and conducted rescue operations to retrieve prisoners of war throughout Southeast Asia; and conducted clandestine agent team activities and psychological operations.

The Special Operations Group was controlled by the Special Assistant for Counterinsurgency and Special Activities (SACSA) and his staff at the Pentagon. This command arrangement through SACSA allowed tight control (up to the presidential level) of the scope and scale of the organization’s operations. The mission of the organization was “to execute an intensified program of harassment, diversion, political pressure, capture of prisoners, physical destruction, acquisition of intelligence, generation of propaganda, and diversion of resources, against North Vietnam.”

The unit participated in most of the significant campaigns of the Vietnam War, including the Gulf of Tonkin incident which precipitated increased American involvement, Operation Steel Tiger, Operation Tiger Hound, the Tet Offensive, Operation Commando Hunt, the Cambodian Campaign, Operation Lam Son 719, and the Easter Offensive. The unit was formally disbanded and replaced by the Strategic Technical Directorate Assistance Team 158 on 1 May 1972.

In Oct. 1967, MACV-SOG had 275 U.S. personnel and 7,615 South Vietnamese personnel. According to one study, MACV-SOG achieved a 100-1 kill ratio. In nine years of fighting, 163 MACV-SOG personnel were killed.

By the end of 1969, SOG was authorized 394 U.S. personnel and a support contingency of over 10,000 military and civilian personnel either assigned to or working for MACV-SOG.  Keever was assigned to Recon Team Illinois at Forward Operating Base 2 and Command and Control Central 351 with their headquarters in Kontum Province, South Vietnam. He was one of 38 team members in 1970 and 1971.

He stayed on that team until March 1971 when he was reassigned to the Launch Site as a Covey Rider. Keever was the team leader from May 1970 to March 1971. Covey Riders rode back seat of Air Force piloted planes as a Forward Airborne Controller to provide communication and air support to recon teams and hatchet force elements on the ground in Laos. Keever left Vietnam in August 1971.

He is a member of Greenwood VFW Post 5864 and serves as Chairman of the House Committee.


Civil War Encampment

Take a step back in time to 1863. Our country was in the midst of the Civil War and the future of our fledgling nation was at stake. To experience what life was like during that historic period, come out to Greenwood VFW Post 5864 on the weekend of June 28 through the 30. In conjunction with Greenwood’s Freedom Festival, the Greenwood VFW at 333 S. Washington St. (behind the Bureau of Motor Vehicles) will host its second annual Civil War encampment featuring units of the 44th Tennessee, 4th Virginia, 42nd Indiana, 19th Indiana plus a U.S. Army Medical unit.

The festival begins on Friday night when the Civil War re-enactors will present historical music and period comedy at the Post. For those who are history buffs, this is a great opportunity to hear and experience the life of a Civil War soldier through music and entertainment. The festivities continue all day Saturday where spectators can stroll among Civil War tent sites and speak with members portraying historic individuals.

The goal of a Civil War re-enactor is to experience the 19th century soldier’s lifestyle.  The majority of units attend one or two re-enactments or encampments a month during the season which begins around April and continues until October. In addition to re-enactments, groups and individuals provide educational presentations at schools and community events. Most units try to attend at least one national event where re-enactors from all over the world participate. The units that will be participating in this year’s Freedom Festival come from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and many re-enactors will be celebrating in Pennsylvania.

At re-enactments you only see history – modern items are hidden. Re-enactors eat the same food the Civil War soldiers did, wear the same wool uniforms, shoes, weapons and gear. Equipment is all reproduced from the original equipment. Uniforms are based on original patterns. Most often they are purchased but may be custom made after research of the unit the re-enactor chooses to portray.  Everything they use is real during the re-enactment – except no bullets. You will see the difference in material used in the eastern forces verses the west. For example, many western troops wore wide brim hats – they were farm boys and they knew how to keep the sun off their faces. Medical surgeons use replicated instruments and reenact medical activities just as they occurred on or off the battlefield. This year’s encampment will include a surgeon’s tent where people will be able to witness recreations of medical procedures.

Civil War re-enacting is a family hobby.  Many of the wives and children are involved in re-enactments but as civilians. They wear period costumes and only do things that people in the 19th century would do. That means no electronic devices for the kids. To entertain themselves they can only use what children would have played with 150 years ago.

The Civil War event at the VFW is free and open to the public. In addition to the displays, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting their annual Fish Fry.


A soldier’s remembrance of Martha “Col. Maggie” Raye 

Many soldiers had the privilege of meeting Martha Raye, or Col. Maggie as she was known to Special Forces soldiers, during the Thanksgiving weekend of 1970. The location was an obscure forward launch site known as Dak To, South Vietnam. This site was used as a departure point for reconnaissance teams to be transported by helicopter to various locations within enemy territory to perform a variety of missions of intelligence gathering nature. At any given time there were only a handful of personnel at this location: only a team to provide security and assistance when necessary, other teams ready to insert or which had been extracted from their mission and the helicopter pilots who supplied the transportation.

That particular week had been uneventful due to the monsoon climate having the entire area immersed in clouds and rain. An accommodating commander had a helicopter “low level” underneath the clouds along a highway to ensure the team received a hot, traditional Thanksgiving Day meal. The following day brought the departure of the rain and the resumption of normal operations. The rain during the week also suppressed the activities of the North Vietnamese Army but with good weather the pursuit of locating our teams escalated. By Saturday their efforts had proved successful. A number of teams were in trouble and requiring air support assistance. For those involved, it was a highly intense situation.

Unbeknown to the soldiers, Col. Maggie had come to the base compound to do what she did best, provide entertainment and moral support to those troops she so dearly loved. She had come without fanfare or ostentatious entourage. Upon learning of the heightened activities at Dak To, and disregarding any personal safety considerations, she arranged for a helicopter to take her to see the action first hand.  She arrived to find the Special Forces team of two other Americans and five Montagnards preparing for insertion to assist a team which was in enemy contact, had an American killed and other team members wounded and was having difficulty defending itself while retrieving the body. Without reservation or question she offered her assistance and support wherever needed. This elegant lady was quite a novelty to those indigenous team members with whom she had no commonality of language or culture. She lifted their spirits and lessened their fears in true vaudevillian fashion.

Col. Maggie stayed around a few days. She participated in the memorial remembrance of a fallen comrade and hurt as we did when a fellow warrior had given his life in the performance of his duty. She lived and socialized among us soldiers because she was one of us.

Her lifetime of service to our country’s veterans was duly recognized when she was awarded the Medal of Freedom. For all those who had experienced her love and camaraderie, it was an accolade long overdue.

We will miss you Col. Maggie. You were one sweet lady!

-Steven H. Keever, Greenwood

Obituaries 6/27/13

June 28, 2013 in For the Record, Obituaries by Carey Germana

Daniel Thomas Cunningham, 71, Indianapolis, died June 19, 2013.  He was born March 21, 1942 in Indianapolis.  He was a graduate of Cathedral High School and Butler University, where he attended on a football scholarship. He began his master’s degree at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and completed it at Indiana University-Purdue University. He started his teaching career in the Indianapolis Public School System and at his alma mater Cathedral High School, where he later served as Vice Principal. He spent the majority of his teaching career at Perry Meridian High School, where he taught English for nearly 30 years prior to his retirement in 2004. He was an active member of St. Roch Catholic Church and a dedicated volunteer of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He is survived by his daughters, Maureen, Karyn, and Michelle Cunningham and his son-in-law Robert Pratt. He is also survived by his father-in-law, Charles Gearns; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Patrick and Katy Cunningham, Francis “Lefty” and Sharon Cunningham; his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Carl McClelland; his brother, James Cunningham; his sisters-in-law, Marilyn Cunningham and Nora May Cunningham; and his numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 38 years, Judith (“Judy”) Cunningham; his parents, Edward and Bridget (née McGinley) Cunningham; his brothers, Michael, John, Charles (“Chad”), Edward (“Eddie”); and his sister, Cathline Mullin.  A Mass of Christian Burial was held on June 24 at St. Roch Catholic Church. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73123-1718 or St. Roch Catholic Church, 3600 S. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46227.


Timothy “Scott-O” Scott Cyphers, 49, Indianapolis, died June 20, 2013. He was born Feb. 14, 1964 to Bennett F. and Shirley Ann (Barnes) Cyphers. His father preceded him in death. He was self-employed in auto body repair work. Survivors include his mother; daughter, Miranda Kay Cyphers; sisters, Kimberly J. Werner, Melissa Ann and Penny M. Sells. A service was held June 25.


Rose Ellen (Weaver) Dalton, 79, Indianapolis, died June 21, 2013. She was born Jan. 6, 1934 in Martinsville to the late Charles and Lucinda (Landrum) Weaver. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Pastor Larry L. Dalton; sons, Larry J. (Janice), Gratton Lee and Philip Dean Dalton; daughters, Lucinda Marie (John) Holt, Becky Sue Bohr, Belinda Joyce Sanders, Deanna Jo (James) Coffee; sister, Martha Lou Beacraft; 23 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Services were June 26 at Fountain Square Mortuary.



Ethel Marie Drager, 90, Indianapolis, died June 17, 2013.  She was born Aug. 2, 1922, in Rush County to the late Jessie & Grace Marie (Burton) Fry.  She retired from Diamond Chain in 1983, after 42 years working as a press operator.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Drager; and sisters, Nina May Mantock and Dorothy Jean Stearns. Services were entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory, Stirling-Gerber Chapel.


William “Bill” Spencer Fishback, 84, Indianapolis, died June 22, 2013.  He was born on April 24, 1929 in Bloomington to the late Edward L. and Georgia R. Fishback. He worked at Allison’s prior to serving in the Army during the Korean War as an interpreter, being assigned to the Pentagon and foreign correspondence in Italy. While in Italy, he was baptized in the Bay of Naples. After serving in the Army, he graduated from Indiana University, receiving a Master’s Degree in Education. He taught French at Arsenal Technical and Arlington High Schools, retiring as Head of the Foreign Language Department. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Prospect Chapter and the Scottish Rite. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward (Barbara) Fishback. He is survived by his brother, Richard L. Fishback; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 4 – 8 p.m. on June 27 at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave. Additional visitation will be held on June 28 from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.


Phillip E. Dyer 64, Indianapolis, died June 15, 2013.  Survivors include his daughter, Michelle Ferrando of Indianapolis; brother, Chester (Liz) Dyer of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Ashley Chapman and Seth Ferrando; and niece, Rachel Dyer of Indianapolis.  Private arrangements handled by Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center.


Steven Michael O’Hare, 55, Indianapolis, died June 14, 2013. He was born in Indianapolis on Dec. 18, 1957 to Robert H. and Norma Haines O’Hare. He was a 1977 graduate of Plainfield High School and worked for the city of Indianapolis for 24 years most recently as a Senior Project Manager. He was active in his church, serving as a parish committee member. He also served on the board of directors of the Edgewood Athletic Association, was a member of the Plainfield Elks Lodge #2186. He was preceded in death by his mother in March of 2013 and is survived by his father; wife, Danna Osen O’Hare; sons, David O’Hare and Daniel O’Hare (Ashley Moline); and his brother, Kenneth Alan O’Hare. Funeral services were held June 24 at University Heights United Methodist Church.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Edgewood Athletic Association.


Orville Clarence Jinks, Jr., 89, died June 22, 2013.  He was born in DeWitt, Ill. A Pearl Harbor survivor, he served in the Navy on the USS San Francisco, a recipient of the Presidential Unit Citation, 17 major battles, ranked third most in WWII, including Guadalcanal. He was a former Indiana State Chairman of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and spoke about his experience to schools and community groups. He was an active member and volunteer at the New Bethel Baptist Church for nearly 40 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Jinks; father and mother Orville and Dorothy Jinks; brother, Dale Jinks; sisters, Wilma Jinks Rose and Margie Jinks Bochel.  He is survived by his daughter, Dixie Jinks Roe; sons, Gregory (Brenda) Jinks, Steve (Sue) Hodgson, and Terry Jinks; grandchildren Monica Roe (Seth) Nicholas, Kari Points, Matthew (Angie) Roe, Evan Jinks, Wesley Jinks, Chris Hodgson, Laura Amenn and Christopher (Daisy Castro) Jinks; and 11 great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held June 25 at Little & Sons Funeral Home ,4901 E. Stop 11 Rd., with the burial in Orchard Hill Cemetery, Wanamaker.  Memorial Contributions

may be made to the New Bethel Baptist Church.


James Edward Manning, 78, Indianapolis, died June 24, 2013. He was born March 12, 1935 to George and Mary (Ratliff) Manning. Survivors include wife, Margaret (Peggy) Manning; sons, James Edward II and Brian Dale; daughter, Joni Lynn; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brothers, Tom, John, Chuck, and Dan Manning and sisters Norma Kelly, Dot Francis, and Deb Boling.



Robert L Mason, 88, died June 19, 2013.  He was born in Guilford, Ind. to the late Joseph and Ruth Mason. He was a career educator with the Franklin Township School System, first as a teacher from 1949-1960; vice principal from 1960-1966; principal from 1963-1966; and as Superintendent from 1966 until his retirement in 1982.  He was a graduate of Purdue University and a WWII Navy Veteran. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Eljean Mason ; children, Jeryl Lee (Joe) Colter, Jana (John) Gruner, and Darla (Frank) Terry; grandchildren, Andrea Carrothers, Allison Bodine, Adam Gruner, and Mason Terry; twin great-granddaughters, Elise and Marin Bodine; brother, Roy Mason; and sister, Naomi Hostetter. Funeral services were June 24 at Southminster Presbyterian 24 Church, with the burial in Orchard Hill Cemetery, Wanamaker.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Southminster  Presbyterian Church.


Patricia Ann Bickers McQueen, 83, died June 23, 2013. She was born March 26, 1930 in Indianapolis. During her working life, she was employed at the Circle Theater where she met her future husband. She also worked at Western Electric (until she went to lunch). Pat was the school bus driver at St. Roch School, for the Roncalli High School band and extra school activities. She retired after working at the Indianapolis International Airport as a transit security agent. Pat was a member of St. Roch Catholic Church for more than 45 years and was a winter member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Moore Haven, Fla. for over 20 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Cleste Seamon Bickers; her husband of 57 years, Robert D. McQueen Sr; her grandson, Thomas Q. McQueen; her brothers, Wesley Bickers Sr., Charles Bickers, and her sister, Gertrude Day. She is survived by her sister, Betty Hussion; seven children, Carolyn Sharp, Robert (Lynette) McQueen, Donald (Monika) McQueen, Nancy (Ronald) Butler, John (Maryann) McQueen, Larry (Robin) McQueen and Patricia L. McQueen; 20 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on June 27 at 10 a.m. in St. Roch Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Roch Church Memorial Fund.


Mary Lou Mourning, 64, Indianapolis, died June 20, 2013. She was born on Oct. 10, 1948 in Indianapolis to the late David Patrick Webb and Bertha Louise Webb. Survivors include her son, Timothy Mourning; granddaughter, Christen Carlisle; brother, Terry Webb; and sister, Cathy Avila. She was preceded in death by husband, Roy Mourning; and daughter, Tina Carlisle. A service was held June 23 at G.H. Herrmann East Street Funeral Home.


Agnes B Reese, 99, Indianapolis, died June 24, 2013.  She was born on April 2, 1914 to the late John and Ellen Dow Moriarity in Indianapolis.  She was a graduate of St. Patrick’s Grade School and St. Mary’s Academy.  She was a private duty nurse and a longtime member of Sacred Heart Church.  She also belonged to the Third Order of St. Francis, the L.P.N. Association and was a former member of the Red Hat Society.  She was preceded in death by her husband, James D. Reese and her siblings of whom she was the youngest of nine. Survivors include her children, Thomas J. Reese (Betty), Mary Ellen Hazard, Elizabeth Kelly, Cecelia Scott (Dallas), Katie Reese Burnett (John) and Patty Failey (Bill); 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Sacred Heart Catholic Church on June 29 at 9:30 a.m. with prayers being said in the funeral home prior to mass at 9 a.m. Visitation will be June 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral home. Memorial contributions are encouraged to Sacred Heart Church. The family would like to thank the Altenheim and St. Francis Hospice for their excellent care.


Ruth E. Snyder, 89, died June 20, 2013.  She was born in Buffalo, N.Y. to the late Frank and Vivian Marks. She spent her childhood on Grand Island, N.Y.; moved to Clifton, N.J. in the 1937; and moved to Indianapolis in 1941. She married Thomas Snyder on June 19, 1945. They worked for Western Electric for 32 years and were active with the travel group Voyager 1000 for which she was a cabin attendant. After retirement they headed a volunteer organization called Toys of Love that repaired damaged toys and donated them to orphanages. In 1995 these toys ceased to be available, and shortly thereafter she became involved with an association that repaired Talking Books for the blind. She was a charter member of the Indianapolis Zoo and the Senior Promise organization associated with St. Francis Hospital. She is survived by her son, Harry Snyder; granddaughters, Elizabeth Snyder and Dawn Koehn, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Tom; and daughter, Sharon. A funeral service was held June 24 at Little & Sons Funeral Home Beech Grove Chapel, with the burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association.



Mercedes S. Torres, 95, of Indianapolis, died June 23, 2013.  No local services. Arrangements entrusted to Little & Sons Funeral Home, 4901 E. Stop 11 Rd.


Lucille Spadorcia Wright, 90, Indianapolis, died June 21, 2013. She was born Oct. 14, 1922 in Indianapolis. She was a longtime Southside resident, growing up on Stevens Street along with fellow Italian families. She attended Holy Rosary School and attended Holy Rosary Church as a child. She joined the Air Force in 1946 and was a WWII veteran. After her service, she worked as a telephone operator for Indiana Bell and was the Secretary for the AFI-CIO until the mid 60’s. She later worked at St. Francis Hospital as the operator there, having retired in the late 90’s. She was known for her generous spirit, having had strongly supported organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Roch Church, and various other charities. She was preceded in death by James W. Wright; parents, Mary and Dominic Spadorcia; sisters, Rosemary, Florine, and Adeline; brothers, John and Julius. Survivors include her children, Suzanne (John) White, Carol Wright Turner, David Wright, Daniel Wright, and Julie Wright (Scott) Shannon; sister, Margie Gaddis of Indianapolis. She was also blessed with eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Services were held June 24 at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, with the burial in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of choice.


At Play Calendar 6/27/13

June 28, 2013 in At Play, Community by Carey Germana



Rummage Sale • The church’s annual rummage sale will offer clothing, furniture, kitchen items, books, games, toys and more. There will also be a snack bar and a bake sale. | When: June 27, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; June 28, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; June 29, 9 a.m. – noon. | Where: St. John’s Church (corner of US 31 South and Southport Road) | Info: Call (317) 881-2353.


Fish Fry • The church will host its annual fish fry for the public. A full menu features fish, tenderloin, hot dogs, coney sandwiches, sides desserts and drinks. Proceeds benefit the Mexico mission project. | When: June 28-29, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Where: Irvington Presbyterian Church, 55 Johnson Ave. | Info: Call (317) 356-7225.


Dancing with the Docs • Sponsored by Franciscan Physician Network, several physicians will dance, play instruments and display hand-made creations in the Talents and Arts Showcase. The event is open to the public and will have a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the Franciscan St. Francis Hospice House. | When: June 29, 7 p.m. | Where: Allison Mansion, Marian University campus, 3200 Cold Spring Rd. | Info: Tickets can be purchased by calling (317) 528-6049.


Pork Chop Dinner • The Beech Grove Lions will have their annual pork chop dinner in conjunction with the Beech Grove fireworks event. Proceeds will benefit the local community and Lions State projects. | When: July 3, 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Where: Sarah T. Bolton Park, Beech Grove | Cost: Pork chops, pulled pork and nachos are $6 each and drinks are $1 | Info: Call Don Stowers at (317) 862-9064.


Symphony Concert • The Carmel Symphony Orchestra, with a special appearance by The Wright Brothers, will perform an outdoor concert to benefit the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization. | When: July 6, 7 p.m. | Where: Mallow Run Winery, 6964 W. Whiteland Rd., Bargersville. | Cost: $15 in advance and $20 day-of. Children 15 and under are free. | Info: Visit




Know Your Neighbor • Farm tours and experts will be available to speak on grain equipment and technology, farm safety, grain production and 4-H livestock. Fun games, activities and prizes for children will be available. | When: June 29, 8-10:30 a.m. | Where: Morris Family Farms, 3592 N. S.R. 135 | Cost: Free admission. | Info: Call (317) 422-4762.


Camp Invention • Children entering grades one through six can attend a weeklong summer enrichment program. The program creatively immerses and engages its participants through hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This year’s camp features a Duck Chucking devise using everyday objects. | When: July 8-12 | Where: Greenwood Christian Academy, 835 W. Worthsville Rd. | Info: Visit


Southport Class of 1968 Reunion • Alumni of the Southport High School class of 1968 are invited to rekindle old memories during the 45th reunion. | When: July 20, 6:30 – 11:30 p.m. | Cost: $30 per person (must pay by July 6) | Info: Contact Ann at (317) 888-4591.




Late Night in Genealogy • Volunteers will be available to help assist with discovering information about your family ancestors or local history and agriculture. The museum library has an extensive 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.


Home Safety • The Greenwood and White River chapters of the Rotary Club collaborate to help Hoosiers that are facing the responsibilities and trials of caring for a loved one. The seminar will raise awareness through education and support, as well as offering safety means and ideas, for Alzheimer’s and Dementia related sufferers to remain at home for as long as possible. | When: July 16, 6-7:45 p.m. | Where: Greenwood Public Library, 310 S. Meridian St. | Info: To register contact Regina at (317) 220-2907.




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


Willy Wonka Junior • The Roncalli High School Junior Rebel Theatre Camp will perform a rendition of Willy Wonka for the public as a part of the summer theatre camp. | When: June 28, 4 – 7 p.m. | Where: Roncalli High School, 3300 Prague Rd.  | Cost: $5 for adults and $2 for children 14 and younger. | Info: Call (317) 787-8277, Ext. 249.


A Night of Cabaret • Local acts will perform selections in the cabaret style such as “Material Girl,” “Sisters” and many more from popular shows. Food will be supplied by Creation Café and is included in the admission price. | When: June 29, 8 p.m. | Where: Spotlight Players Theater, 524 Main St., Beech Grove | Cost: $25 at the door and $20 in advance. | Info: Order tickets from


Smoke on the Mountain • Back by popular demand, the public can enjoy this bluegrass Gospel comedy live on stage. Ticket prices include a dinner buffet. | When: July 5 – Aug. 18 | Where: Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 N. Michigan Rd. | Cost: $37.50-$62.50 | Info: Call (317) 872-9664 or visit




Whitney Erin and Buffalo Creek • Erin has won over audiences with her powerful vocals. She has performed previously at The American Cabaret Theater in Indianapolis. | When: June 27, 7 p.m. | Where: Greenwood Park Mall, US 31 in Greenwood | Cost: Free admission. | Info: Call (317) 881-6758.


Greater Greenwood Community Band • Directed by Thomas Dirks and Ora Pemberton, the band will present a free concert. The focus of the evening will be on remembering the birthday of our country and honoring those who have sacrificed to help maintain our freedoms. A generous sponsor has provided hotdogs and soft drinks for the audience. | When: June 28, 7 p.m. | Where: Surina Square Amphitheatre, Greenwood. | Info: Visit




Movie • The public is invited to come together to watch Peter Pan. | When: June 27, 1 p.m. | Where: Common Room, Beech Grove Public Library, 1102 Main St. | Info: Call (317) 788-4203.


Job Center • The library presents a free class for unemployed or underemployed individuals to receive one-on-one assistance to enhance their employment skills. The session focuses on job search strategies, interview skills, resume development and instruction on basic computer skills. | When: July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Where: Southport Branch, 2630 E. Stop 11 Rd. | Info: Call (317) 275-4510.


Cave Painting • All ages are welcome to try their hand at cave painting. Participants will make a large mural and individual pieces to decorate the cave. | When: July 2, 3:30 p.m. | Where: Franklin Branch, 401 State St., Franklin | Info: Call (317) 738-2833.


Summer Showtime Films • Children and families are invited for a showing of the film, “Frankenweenie” (PG). Free tickets are available 30 minutes before the showing. | When: July 9, 10:15 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.; July 10, 10:15 a.m. | Where: Franklin Road Branch, 5550 S. Franklin Rd. | Info: Call (317) 275-4380.


Starlight Movie Night • Hosted by the Greenwood Public Library, crafts, games and a performance by the Greenwood Community Band will begin the evening, followed by an outdoor screening of the hilarious SciFi spoof “Galaxy Quest” (PG). There will be a SciFi costume contest and costumed Star Wars actors from the 501st Legion. | When: July 12, 6 p.m. | Where: Old City Park, 304 S. Meridian St. | Cost: Free admission. | Info: Call (317) 881-1953 or visit




Featured Funkyard Artist • Illustrative surrealist, Gabriel Lehman will exhibit his art for the public. He uses hidden light sources to create mystery, cool and warm tones, complimentary colors and simple imagery. | When: July 5, 7 – 10 p.m. | Where: Funkyard Art Gallery and Coffee Shop, 1114 Prospect St. (Fountain Square) | Info: Call (317) 822-3865.





100 Year Anniversary • The church is celebrating its centennial year anniversary reunion and homecoming. The Sunday service features music through the decades, special sharing and a reception. | When: June 30, 9:30 a.m. | Where: Garfield Park Baptist Church, 1061 E. Southern Ave | Info: Call (317) 784-7068.




Quilt Connection Guild • During the meeting, the Guild will provide the main course and Guild Members are encouraged to bring a pot luck dish to share and your own plate, cup and utensils. A game will be played, so bring 20 strips of fabric that are 2.5 inches wide. If you enjoy sewing and have been thinking about making a quilt, please join the meeting the learn more about the art form. | When: July 11, 6:30 p.m. | Where: Greenwood United Methodist Church, 525 N. Madison Ave. | Info: Visit

Weekly Movie Review 6/27/13

June 28, 2013 in At Play, Opinion by Adam Staten

White House Down; the re-release of Olympus Has Fallen


I imagine, during situations when an individual is in a life or death circumstance, when the deep, entrenched, intrinsic will to survive takes over, there’s not much else on one’s mind, except to survive. During these moments, all of the day-to-day worries of life, such as the price of gas or what to eat for dinner, are probably as irrelevant in our thought process as Justin Bieber in three years. Getting back to the topic at hand, let’s say that not only is your life in jeopardy, but the life of a loved one as well. Just for fun, let’s add the fate of the nation and just for kicks, why not add the entire planet to situation while we’re at it. What would you do? Well, this is the scenario played out in the film, White House Down, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx.


White House Down stars Tatum as Cale, the well-intentioned, but ever absent and disappointing father. Cale currently works as a member of the Speaker of The House’s security detail, but longs for much more and through a lucky break gets an interview with the secret service. During the interview, we learn that Cale is the type of guy who starts things, but has a hard time seeing anything through to completion and his chances of getting the position are slim to none.


After Cale’s disheartening interview, Cale and his daughter tag along with a White House tour group. The tour group encounters some welcomed and some not so welcomed surprises along the way.  Soon enough, as fate would have it, Cale soon finds himself racing against the clock to protect himself, his daughter, the President, and the entire world from certain destruction.


As I mentioned, Channing Tatum is the lead here.  Now, in the past, to me, that meant I was going to have to endure a lifeless, cheesy, and generally terrible performance, but that’s not entirely the case here.  Don’t get me wrong, he’s not great, but he is getting better, when comparing his previous work. Jamie Foxx, playing President Saywer, is more or less what you expect in a role in a film like this.  He’s nothing spectacular either, but he does provide most of the film’s laughs as he and Tatum do play fairly well off of each other. Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Woods both give surprising weak performances, however.


The story is unquestionably the film’s downfall.  The first noticeable problem is the fact that we’re supposed to believe Tatum is the father of a 13 year old girl.  From that point on, the longer the film goes, the more outrageous, outlandish, and ridiculous the plot becomes with every passing moment.


White House Down has been done again and again and as recent as a couple of months ago; identical story, same basic characters, except louder, longer and with a more ridiculous and insane plot. White House Down is nothing more than the re-release of Olympus Has Fallen.

On the Southside 6/27/13

June 28, 2013 in Opinion by Scott Emmett

What’s the story behind Greenwood’s abandoned grain elevator?

One of the tallest buildings in my hometown of Greenwood is an abandoned grain elevator. It is close to what appears to be an also abandoned bus station. I have not investigated the bus station but I did ask a local city official what the story was on the grain elevator. He admitted that he had lived here since birth and the elevator had always been there. He explained it was once the local co-op and, as such, was a beehive of activity when it was open and operating. No, he did not recall when it closed but he did remember a rope-powered elevator that took folks and stuff from floor to floor. He told that story with a gleam in his eye which led me to believe there was another story there. I did not get a chance to follow up on the rope ladder but I will the next time I see him.

So, we have this long abandoned grain elevator prominent in our city landscape. I am not sure who owns it and there does not seem to be any movement towards removing it. It’s there and the alleged bus station is just around the corner. Stuff like this is fodder for the conspiracy theorists. Hmmm.

It could be a rally point for some malevolent secret society whose plan is to rule Greenwood and, in the long term, to rule all of the Southside. Good luck with that. Southsiders don’t take to being ruled over. No, I don’t think this theory holds much water.

Oh! Maybe, just maybe, the supposed bus station is a transfer point for aliens and they hide in the grain elevator. I’ll bet that’s it. It’s the perfect hiding place. Well… wait a minute. Aliens can’t sneak the distance between the bus station and the elevator. They’re way too noisy. You know what? I just figured it out. Zombies. That’s it. The zombies are hiding in the elevator and they use the bus station as their headquarters. It figures they would choose the Southside.

Maybe, just maybe, it’s an abandoned grain elevator and bus depot. I’ll let you know if I find anything else out.

Scott Emmett lives in Greenwood with his wife of thirty four years, Karen, and an ornery old cat named Toby. Need a speaker for your senior citizen group?  Write to

Your right to know it’s GMO

June 28, 2013 in Health, Lifestyle, Living by Wendell Fowler

True perfection comes from our divine creator. Driven by their insatiable appetite for profit, soulless bioengineers attempt to ‘improve’ creations works; akin to flipping off God.

America’s no longer the breadbasket for the world. Countries like China, Russia, Greece, Italy and dozens more across the globe are banning U.S. GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods to spare their citizens from the health hazards of GMO foods. Monsanto leads the global atrocity. Even in Zambia and Kenya, millions facing famine refuse them.


There’s global moral outrage against Monsanto for crimes against nature. Many don’t think it’s fair to give people food without disclosing what’s in it. And to be untrue and not telling consumers what they’re eating, is definitely an evil. Many religious leaders oppose genetic modification and say it’s abominable. I like the way God made the stuff in the first place. It’s perfect.

The health dangers of GMO’s have not been sufficiently studied for their health impacts. It’s about everyone’s right to know what‘s in their food. Suspiciously hiding research that the twisted seeds they genetically modify can cause cancer, liver and kidney damage, Mon’Satan’ spent $7,100,500 to date on fighting California’s proposition 37, requiring  companies who use food or food byproducts grown using Monsanto’s seed, to label their products and inform customers what they’re consuming. Caveat Emptor.

If they stand behind their products and feel they’re so safe, then why would they spend so much money to keep companies from having to label their food and drink products stating GMO’s are used in their production?


This is the amount they spent in just one state, so if you want to know how much money they are willing and aggressively prepared to spend to keep companies who sell products that use GMO foods and food byproducts, such as poisonous high fructose corn syrup (80% of all corn products in the United States are GMO), multiply this by at least 50. More states are adding initiatives like this to their ballots. In the US, GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional grocery processed foods.

Greedy corporate ‘MonSatan’ bullies aren’t satisfied with the way God made things, so they ‘improve’ upon nature. Snicker. It’s nothing short an insane blasphemy to tamper with DNA and hormones to alter the natural checks and balances God built into nature. Their illiterate rationalization: “How would we feed the world’s population?” Let me count the many ways.

It is a violation of God’s law to technology transfer genes between species to create combinations of organisms that could never naturally occur in nature. Karma baby, karma.

Torry's Top 10

June 28, 2013 in Opinion, Torry's Top Ten by Torry Stiles

Top Ten things I do NOT want to see at the County Fair


by Torry Stiles


10. My heart doctor as I’m standing in line at the deep-fried Snickers bar trailer.

9. Anybody wearing a cowboy hat with biker shorts.

8. The 20-something kid trying to look goth with the 40-something father trying to keep his mullet and the 60-something grandfather with the Elvis sideburns and Conway Twitty pompadour.

7. Family member’s pictures in the Sheriff’s exhibit.

6. Teenagers waving corn dogs in the Swine Barn while whispering, “You’re next.”

5. Boats stored in the Cattle Barn. (“Is that a cow, Daddy?” “No, son. That’s a Chris-Craft.”)

4. Nuts and bolts raining down from the Ferris Wheel.

3. Anything deep-fried that still has eyeballs.

2. The Democrats and the Republicans T-P-ing the Libertarians’ tent.

1. Anybody with tattoos arguing to get the children’s discount.


Will the Madison Avenue corridor receive community support?

June 19, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

Officials offer opportunities for residents to speak on economic proprosal

By Brian R. Ruckle

City and economic development officials are counting on a show of community support at three upcoming hearings on the proposed Madison Avenue Economic Development Area aiming to revitalize a 5,690-acre stretch from I-70 to the Johnson County line.

A group of 32 city officials, area business owners and citizens met Thursday, June 13 at the University of Indianapolis’ Stierwalt Alumni House for a final public discussion before the area moves to three hearings beginning with a declaratory resolution at the Metropolitan Development Commission Wed. July 17 at 1 p.m. in the Public Assembly room of the City County Building at 200 East Washington Street.

Richard May, assistant administrator at the Division of Community Economic Development, asked for participation from the community.

“I am looking for two types of folks at these three meetings. One are speaker presenters that will talk about a certain topic… It is also good to come be a supporter to sit in on the meeting. We will probably ask you at some point to stand up in support of the Madison Avenue Economic Development area,” May said.

May said that after the July meeting, the City-County Council will on Aug. 19 refer a resolution to the Metropolitan and Economic Development Committee for a hearing on Monday, Aug. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 260 of the City-County building. The Metropolitan Development Commission will hold a confirmatory resolution and final public hearing on Wed. Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. in the Public Assembly room.

“Based on this timeline, which is subject to change if one of these meetings were not to occur as presently scheduled, we are looking at passage by the City County Council on Sept. 9, and after the Oct. 16 confirmatory resolution we will have an area of economic development,” said May in an interview.

Kathleen Blackham, a senior planner in the city of Indianapolis Division of Planning, said the boundaries include the commercial areas along the three main corridors of Shelby Street, East Street and Madison Avenue and the neighborhoods that are served by those areas.

“That is how we arrived at the boundaries that you see on this map. Now these are not etched in stone by any means. They can be changed. Once you get into the future and start making plans, you can go in there and adjust those boundaries but you need to start from somewhere,” she said.

Jeff Miller, councilor for district 19 said in an interview that the area has been neglected and that stretches of empty buildings or no buildings could be revitalized with this plan opening it up to federal, state and local funding sources.

“This establishes that this is an important historic corridor that has great meaning for the city. It also says that that the health of the corridors is not just about a street and some buildings on the street, it is about the health of the neighborhoods around it,” Miller said.

Blackham said the Madison Avenue project has moved faster than others with which she has been involved and she praised the attendance.

“I have been with this group since you started and I am amazed by this enthusiasm,” she said. “We usually start with a bang and then it dwindles down. This is really encouraging and it makes us feel good in the city knowing we have support here.”

Councillor for District 24 Jack Sandlin said the area will stabilize some of the deterioration in the Southside.

“It gives us opportunities to brighten up the corridor and try to bring small and medium sized businesses back into the community. We have some really big holes such as were the old Marsh store was taken out by the tornado,” he said.

“It opens up a tool box of economic development aids that can come into play to serve as an impetus for development or public investment in the corridor,” added District 23 Councillor Jefferson Shreve in an interview.




What would this mean to the Southside?

“The whole idea is, Madison Ave. from South Street to County Line Road, parts of it are in pretty tacky shape business wise, economic wise. We have way too many car lots, old strip centers and some pockets that look pretty good like Homecroft and the University of Indianapolis. But as a whole, the whole Madison Ave. Corridor could use some help…

We need more small businesses, more neighborhood kinds of businesses. It’s been hard to attract them. They have been more likely to look at Greenwood, Center Grove, downtown, where things have been going on. It’s time to have more incentives. We need to find a reason to bring people back to this corridor.” – Joan Miller, president of the Greater Southport Business Alliance.