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Memories Abound At The Old Milner School, Now Linda’s Dream Come True Long ago, according to an 1881 plat book, The Milner School sat on the north edge of George Weed’s 160-acre plot in Bedford Township. No one attached to the building today is sure when it was built, but they believe it was among the finest one-room schoolhouses around, with two cloak rooms and even a small library. The school operated until 1949 when consolidation took students to Cisne. In the early 1950’s, Everett Brach rolled the building on logs to his place an eighth-mile to the west, closer to Rt. 45, where he used it to store and sell seed and bales of hay. That property has been owned for the past 30 years by Todd and Linda Barnard, who have used the building for storage and a place for their kids to play ping pong. Linda Barnard of Cisne is pictured in the remodeled Milner School, which she now Until recently. uses for her favorite pasttime--cooking for family and friendly gatherings. Fulfilling a 20-year dream, Linda has converted the structure to a place where she can prepare meals and entertain friends and family, which she does several times a month. A two-month renovation undertaken last fall culminated with the first Barnard Family Christmas Eve being held there, and since then The Milner School has become a popular place for folks to hang out and enjoy food and fellowship. “This is where I’m happiest, because I love to cook,” grinned Linda, on a day when a group of senior citizen— four of whom attended The Milner School in the 1940s— met there to enjoy breakfast and visit with friends. “It’s just a place for people to gather and have fun.” The menu is exquisite. Breakfast quiche, hash browns, scrambled eggs, bacon rolls, coffee cake, red velvet stuffed cookies, and fruit salad, displayed on attractive tableware and served on decorative meat platters (she has collected over 70 in the last 25 years). And that’s just one meal! “I don’t sleep much,” she laughed. Her guests boast about the delicious food and spend Continued On Next Page

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Bernadine Keyser (left), Bernard Grove, JoAn Sons, and Jack Fearn attended The Milner School as children. Now, they meet there to visit and enjoy Linda Barnard’s cooking. Inset are images of JoAn and Jack, taken in a class picture at the school in 1946.

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Continued From Last Page the morning swapping stories. And boy, do they swap stories. Take Bernard Grove, 86, of Cisne, for instance. He started his first year of school at Buckeye, but finished up at Milner before moving on to Cisne High School. A mischievous grin spreads across his face when he recalls how familiar he was with the corner between the two chalkboards. “They had me standin’ in that corner often,” he chuckled. What did you do to deserve that, Bernard? He chuckles again and the whole room busts out laughing at his response. “I don’t think I done anything.” Those Grove boys had no shortage of getting into trouble. “One of the students was acting up and the teacher had a ribbon of some sort and tied him to the pull on the window,” remembered Bernadine Keyser, 84, of Fairfield. She was 11 or 12 years old when that happened. “He was acting like a donkey, so she tied him up!” Was that you, Bernard? “No,” he said. “That was my brother, Leland.” More laughter. Can you imagine a teacher getting by with that today? As sure as coffee continues to flow in abundance, so do stories. “It brings back lots of memories, being here,” said former student Jack Fearn, 80, of Cisne. “After we’d get done playing ball, we’d all come up here to the pump and somebody would pump while somebody else would hold their hands together (and fill them up with water). Everybody would get a drink until they got tired, and somebody else would hold their hands. “We all drank out of that pump,” he quipped. “And we Continued On Next Page


Meeting at the old Milner School for breakfast recently were (from left) Bernard Grove, Sue Grove, JoAn Sons, Linda Barnard (hostess), Jack Fearn, Bernadine Keyser, Rosemary Warren, Sandra Vandeveer, and Mary Jo Bruce.

Old Milner School Has New Purpose Continued From Last Page all lived.” JoAn Sons (Bernard’s sister), 76, of Fairfield, remembers Bernadine’s sisters stopping by to walk with her across the field to school when she was just a little thing, about age six. And Bernard recalls one particularly cold day when snow was piled up as high as the fencerow. “I’m gonna tell one on Bernadine, I guess,” he said. “We used to walk and she’d come past the house when we’d go to the was cold! We had two fences to cross, and we went across the field to her grandparents’. She stopped there and I went on down to the school (walking on top of the frozen snow), and.” And what? He pauses. “Nothin’ happened,” he said. More laughter. “We were the only two that made it to school, us and the teacher. So we went back home.” Not everyone on hand went to Cisne area schools, but they still love coming to The Milner School for food and fun. Rosemary Warren went to Tom’s Prairie in Boogerville and Sandra Vandeveer attended one-room school houses in White County. Both enjoy the atmosphere which reminds them of their upbringing. Sandra remembers taking sandwiches of mashed beans and mustard to school for lunch while Bernadine remembers swapping her lunch with kids whose families lived at the nearby Pure Oil Camp back in the day.

“I had pork chops and they had bologna sandwiches. I traded with them, because I wanted bologna,” she said. Another memory shared came from Bernadine, who recalled having to jump a ditch to get to the outhouse (they had electricity, but no indoor plumbing). “I was probably in the third or fourth grade, and my mother had made some kind of underwear for me,” she said. “The big boys were standing out by the coal house, and when I jumped across the ditch they all started laughing and said ‘homemade ones! homemade ones!’ Oh, I was embarrassed! Now, I think it’s funny.” The thrill of getting a new pencil. The ink well in one kid’s desk that made an awful mess. Spelling tests on Continued On Next Page

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As Linda Barnard began remodeling the old Milner School, she had one end partitioned for a kitchen. Here are the before and after images (pictured with Linda are Mary Jo Bruce and Sandra Vandeveer).

Linda Living Her Dream After Converting School Continued From Last Page Fridays--same day the county nurse came around to give shots. So many recollections. If the stories don’t stir up memories, the building and its decor surely will. “We tried to keep everything original: ceiling, woodwork, floor, and the chalkboards came from Center Street School (except a smaller one from Zif School that weighs 108 pounds). I wanted black slate, like the original,” said Linda. The windows are also original, although those may have to be replaced because they let out too much heat and cool air. Other items are reflective of the era, including a work bench that was at Todd’s family home (used now to set food on), and a buffet made from the original doors of the school. And for decoration, there’s an old phone on the wall, an aging Coca Cola machine from Arkansas, and the high chair Todd used when he was a baby. Bar stools came out of the Cisne American Legion, a small desk was purchased at Joe and Pauline Felix’s auction, and a bicycle and tricycle are mounted above the partition leading to the kitchen, used by Todd’s late mother, Betty Barnard, when she was a child. The building does have a new tin roof, put on after the old clapboard roof and asphalt shingles were torn off. “I do want to mention Todd and how he supported my idea to do this, 4

and my chief engineer, Greg Caudle of Cisne. I would give him an idea and he’d run with it,” Linda said, adding that Mike Gosnell of Geff did all the plastering and painting, successfully keeping everything in its original color. “I love this!” Linda said. “And it’s very rewarding to be able to give back and to have a place where people can gather. “The building sat here and was calling for Todd and I to do something with it,” she added. “When I got to researching the history of The Milner School with Jack, and knowing him and Bernadine went to school here, I knew I had to do it.”

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Craft/Vendor Show, Christmas Cookie Walk, Chili Cookoff At Cisne Dec. 3rd The Cisne Eastern Star will hold its annual craft/ vendor show along with the Village of Cisne Christmas Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 3rd, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with cookies, coffee, and hot chocolate being served! This year’s event will feature a new location—the fire station on the west side of the square, and a new event— a chili cookoff, to be held at Farmer T’s Fresh Market Cafe & Smoothie Bug, on the square in Cisne. In addition, guests are invited to stop by Hosselton Funeral Home from 9 a.m. to noon for refreshments and to register for a door prize. Bring the kids to visit Santa in his house on the Cisne square! More booths are anticipated at this year’s craft/vendor show, as the location allows for additional space. Cost is $10 per space, along with the donation of a raffle item. All proceeds from the vendor fee and raffle tickets will be split between the Mt. Erie and Johnsonville Elementary Schools. As of the Outlook’s deadline, vendors planning to be on hand included Snap Jewelry, Norwex, doTerra Oils, Jamberry Nails, Diplicious Dips, Pampered Chef, flowers, Rada Cutlery, Scentsy, Paparazzi Jewelry, Norwex, hair

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Wayne Co. Family Enrichment Claims National Recognition The Wayne County Family Enrichment Program has earned an endorsement by the national Parents as Teachers office as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate, making it one of the top performing early education and home visiting affiliate programs within the international Parents as Teachers network. The official designation was made October 1st. Parents as Teachers is an internationally-recognized network of affiliates supporting more than 212,000 children in all 50 states as well as six other countries. Through a proven parent education model featuring in-home visits with parents and their children, Parents as Teachers affiliates equip parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children for a stronger start in life and greater success in school. Being named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate affirms that the Wayne County Family Enrichment Program is a high-quality member of the home visitation and parent education field, implementing the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity. Wayne County families are positively impacted by the program’s services, which include home visits, group connections, child screening and connections to community resources. To earn this recognition, staff members in the past year completed the intensive Quality Endorsement and Improvement process through the Parents as Teachers national office. The Wayne County Family Enrichment Pro-

Erica Burris (left) and Hannah Hyder, parent educators, are pictured with a certificate honoring the Wayne County Family Enrichment Program. Not pictured is Julie Williams, parent educator, and Dr. Jill Andrews, supervisor. gram demonstrated that it meets 100 percent of all the Parents as Teachers Essential Requirements and of the Parents as Teachers Quality Standards. The designation as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate is good for five years, until September 30, 2021 as long as the program continues to meet the Essential Requirements. The Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process is designed to help ensure and recognize quality impleContinued On Next Page

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Man Paralyzed In Hunting Accident Thankful To Still Do What He Enjoys The Most by Joshua Gill December 9, 2001. The last day of the hunting season. It was just another day, another normal hunt. Robert “Bobby” Knowles, along with his father, Bruce Knowles Sr., and another man they wish to leave anonymous, were hunting whitetail near the Little Wabash River in Edwards County. “It was a cloudy day. I remember there being so much moisture in the air,” Bobby said. Bobby and the other man went into the woods on foot, while Bruce took a boat further up river to lay-in-wait as the men drove out any deer and sent them his way. “We knew we had three deer out in this river bend. It was the last push of the day…getting late in the evening,” Bobby said. But what started as a normal day turned to tragedy in a moment. “I was walking closer to the river’s edge. I could see the deer ahead of me close to where dad was sitting, so I just sat my gun up against a tree and waited. I heard him (Bruce) shoot, and I saw one deer run back between me and the other guy,” Bobby remembered. “I was watching…I didn’t even have my rifle in hand. Then I heard the whiz of a bullet (from the other hunter), and caught just a glimpse of it as I heard the shot. “It all happened so fast. That’s when I fell back, and I’d never hit the ground so hard in my life.” The bullet had struck Bobby in the neck, damaging his C5 vertebrae, causing him to become paralyzed from the chest down. “I never passed out or anything. I was awake and aware through it all,” he said. “I remember laying there, unable to move, but the thought of being paralyzed never occurred to me.” Bobby was soon loaded onto a

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Being paralyzed in a hunting accident 15 years ago hasn’t stopped Bobby Knowles of Edwards County (right) from continuing his life as an avid outdoorsman. He’s shown with his dad, Bruce Knowles Sr., after a hunting trip last May. stretcher and placed on a boat to cross the river back to his home and a waiting ambulance. “As they were pulling me up the boat ramp the rope tied to the boat snapped, and I slid back into the river,” Bobby chuckled. Once in the ambulance he was rushed to Richland Memorial Hospital where he was immediately taken to St. Louis via helicopter. “I really don’t remember much from (the) Olney hospital. I just remember them saying how much blood there was when they cut my clothing off,” he said. “I Continued On Next Page

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Continued From Last Page remember on the ride to the hospital, I kept asking the EMT if I was going to die, and she said, ‘No you’re not going to die on my watch.’ I still remember that to this day.” Bobby was in the Intensive Care Unit for two months, where he spent the first few weeks lying flat on a bed, unable to move. “I honestly can’t remember what I felt when they told me I was paralyzed. I just remember looking up and saying ‘Now what?’,” Bobby said. “I found out later that when my family was told, my dad went into a hysteria and my mother just laid her head in her hands.” Soon after, Bobby slipped into the first of two comas. After awakening—still in ICU—the rehabilitation process began. At first, he was on a breathing machine, with tubes down his throat; he was unable to speak. “I remember after the machine, when I could finally talk, my first words were ‘I love you, mom.’” Doctors told him it could take weeks, even months, for him to be able to breathe on his own. But he was doing that in little more than a week. “They had me hooked to this machine for only a few minutes at a time to monitor my breathing. Any time I wasn’t able to breathe, a loud alarm would sound right next to my head. Honestly, I think it was that annoying alarm more than anything that motivated me to breathe,” he grinned. “After I was able to breathe on my own, I had a nurse come in every day to move and stretch out my arms, in hopes that loosening them up would help get them moving again.” When Bobby went into the hospital he was paralyzed from the neck down, but thanks to rehab therapy, he recovered limited mobility in both arms and hands. “At first it was my left arm. I started to be able to move it. Though my right was being stubborn, it was stuck in a position across my chest, but eventually it came around, too.” The doctors told Bobby that the damage to his C5 vertebrae was so extensive that he would never recover movement in his arms. But they didn’t know of Knowles’ tenacity and strong will—he was moving his arms in a matter of weeks. Still, he fell into deep depression. “It’s truly a miracle that I can move at all,” he said. “(But) I just kept thinking, what kind of life can I have now? My life is over.” When he came into the hospital, Bobby weighed 200 pounds of mostly muscle. But since he was unable to eat, he was given liquid food via a feeding tube—and was shocked when he first sat up and saw himself in a mirror: muscle atrophy had his body feeding on it’s own protein, decimating the muscle he once had. He was gaunt, down to 150 pounds. After months of rehabilitation in ICU, Bobby was moved to The Rehab Institute of St. Louis. “The place had just opened…it was really just a stroke of luck that I got in,” he said. There, Bobby began working on his legs, trying beyond hope to regain mobility. Therapists began stretching and moving his legs, just like what had been done to his arms, and after awhile, he was put into a pool where ther8

apists tried to help him get on his feet and walk—to no avail. He was released to go home after six total months of rehab. He fought depression for awhile, thinking about the old days of hunting and fishing. But before long, things began to look up. “It was great to be home, back out here by the river,” Bobby said. “One of the biggest things that kept me going was when we found a way for me to shoot again! The Buck Masters Association sent me a crossbow, for free!” The crossbow is made with a crank system to pull back the string. With Bobby’s arm functioning, he can crank it, himself. Then with an electric bite trigger (a device that fits onto the trigger guard of the crossbow or rifle, and when bit down on, depresses the trigger), he can fire the weapon. “Once I got the hang of shooting again, I got another electric wheelchair and put some outdoor wheels on it to use on the trails,” said Bobby, whose home sits in the woods along the river, surrounded by paths he can navigate with his chair. “After awhile, my dad started to build me custom blinds (camouflage structures) with ramps to get into them. He handmade multiple blinds that we have around the woods.” Not only has Bobby continued to hunt, but to boat and fish, as well. His father custom-modified the boat to fit his chair so Bobby can drive it, himself, using yet another custom-made lift to get the chair and Bobby into it. “Being able to do these things that I used to do is just such a blessing,” he said. Now Bobby lives his life, to quote a popular country song, huntin’, fishin’, lovin’ every day, surrounded by friends and family that love and support Cont. On Pg. 14

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Former Local Woman Working To Bring Good Out Of Son’s Suicide This is a story of crushed dreams and a hopeful vision. Unspeakable grief and undying optimism. One mother’s worst nightmare, and her best effort to see that something good comes out of it. It was Thursday evening, September 8th, this year. A weekday that unfolded like every other weekday until 5:42 p.m. when Fairfield native Lori (Sullivan) Lofton received the last text message that she would ever get from her son, Brody, 12. “I’m so sorry for what I’m about to do. I love you and (16-year-old brother) Brock, and it’s not your fault,” he wrote. “I want to end the pain of life.” “Can you imagine?” said Lori, who two minutes earlier had gotten into her car to drive home to Newburgh, Indiana from her job at Viamedia Advertising in Evansville. “I immediately called him. No answer.” How could this be? This was a boy who had the kind of life that a lot of kids envy: love and attention, hugs and kisses, support and care. No need went unmet, and he even got some of his wants. He did well in school, was never in trouble, and had lots of friends. No instances of being bullied, either. “We just didn’t have a lot of sadness in our house,” Lori said. “He was such an outgoing kid and full of energy.” Lori immediately called a neighbor who is a nurse practitioner, and asked her to check on Brody while she raced down the Lloyd Expressway, wishing she wasn’t 20 minutes from home. Through the phone, Lori could hear her neighbor open Brody’s bedroom door. “She said ‘oh Brody’ or ‘no Brody’, I don’t know which,” Lori recalled. “Then she said ‘hang up and call 9-1-1’. I asked ‘what’s going on?’ and the phone clicked.” Thank God for caring neighbors, she said. “If I’d have found Brody, I don’t know if I’d be sitting here.” Brody was found dead from a self-inflicted bullet wound to his head, using a hunting rifle that was in the house. He had never shown interest in the gun, and no one realized he knew how to fire it. Even if he did, they never imagined he’d use it. Not like that. Now, Lori has the cremated remains of two loved ones in her home. One urn for Brody, another for his dad, Andy Lofton, who shot himself with a stolen weapon in the garage of their home on November 23rd, 2009, almost ten years after he married Lori. They had divorced a couple of years prior, not due to lack of love,

Brody Lofton, 12, son of Fairfield native Lori (Sullivan) Lofton, took his own life in September. but because of the turmoil inflicted in their lives as a result of Andy’s mental illness. “He threatened suicide every day. I heard it for years,” recalled Lori, who remains close to her in-laws, Charles and Joyce Lofton of Lake Ozark, Missouri. “Andy was in and out of Deaconess Cross Pointe and had lots of therapy. He wanted to get well so badly, but did not have the capacity. He was wired differently.” How, exactly? That’s hard to say. “He was adopted, so we knew nothing about his heritage,” said Lori. “All we knew is that both of his parents were college students and they gave the baby up.” Divorcing him and turning him over to mental health professionals was the hardest thing she’d done up to that point. But the illness prompted Andy to exhibit consistently erratic and self-threatening conduct, and Lori had done everything else she knew to protect their boys from the stressful atmosphere of his behavior, and to keep Andy safe. Continued On Next Page 9

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Lori (Sullivan) Lofton is pictured with her sons, Brock (left) and Brody. tified until acting-out behaviors are noticed. Those that suffer quietly frequently stay under the radar,” she added. That’s exactly how Lori described Brody, as someone who “flew under the radar.” Sometimes, she can’t help but beat herself up over it. Did she miss something? “If I could go back, what would I have changed? I couldn’t love him any more. He didn’t need for anything. Continued On Next Page



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Continued From Last Page “We were doing everything we could to protect him, and that’s hard to say about someone you love,” she said. “It was awful.” It wasn’t just the suicide that illustrated the depth of Andy’s struggle. It was his actions leading up to it. “I could not get a protective order on him, because he had only threatened to hurt himself, not me or the boys. He had emergency detention, which means authorities would take him in for treatment, and he always had to have supervised visitation with our boys, so he could not be alone with them. And he couldn’t have a firearm,” she explained. “Authorities had him, but he was bailed out a few days before he died on Tuesday before Thanksgiving.” That day, Andy broke into Lori’s home, then called her, telling her to not let the boys come home after school. She called 9-1-1, and that resulted in a six-hour standoff between Andy—who was holed-up in the house—and authorities. Even the Red Cross brought food in, and a Vanderburgh County SWAT Team fired tear gas into the house (Lori wasn’t able to return home until January, then only after replacing drywall in three rooms). The standoff ended when Andy took his own life. Brock was nine years old when it happened; Brody, five. Statistics indicate that children of parents who commit suicide are at a higher risk of committing suicide than other kids. According to the Johns Hopkins Medicine website, between 7,000 and 12,000 children lose a parent to suicide annually. While less than one percent of kids with living parents are considered a suicide risk, that number increases to just under three percent among children who lose a parent to suicide. Still, that means that just over 97 percent of kids who lose a parent to suicide won’t follow in their footsteps. And in Brody’s case—besides the fact that his dad committed suicide—there was simply no obvious indication that he might become a victim. And this observation is from an adoring mother who knew the signs, having learned a great deal from her late husband’s challenges and behavior. Some people, she reasons, are simply good at hiding their pain. Like her older son, Brock, observed: ‘Brody would have hidden it, mom, because he didn’t want you to worry’. It’s not all that unusual for people to exhibit no signs that they are struggling, said Jill Barnfield, LCSW, Clinical Therapist at Horizon Healthcare in Fairfield. “I wish I could say that most people show clear and consistent signs. We have been able to identify common signs that many people struggling with various issues tend to display, but each individual responds differently,” said Barnfield, who has 20 years of experience. “What is most frequently seen by friends and loved ones are changes in how the person is behaving and interacting with others.” However, “Emotional issues are sometimes not iden-

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Lori Starts Suicide Awareness Fund Continued From Last Page He was definitely in my world,” Lori said. “But he was broken on the inside, and we didn’t know it.” How could they? Lori and the boys often joined her boyfriend, Victor Koontz, son of Richard and Betty Koontz of Fairfield, and his kids (a 12-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter) on family outings. Eleven days before Brody died, they went to Holiday World. The weekend before (Labor Day Weekend) they joined friends and Lori’s parents, Mike and Donna Sullivan of Fairfield, for a lakeside cookout “and had a blast,” Lori said. That Monday, he visited his great-grandma Grace Sullivan at Brookstone Estates in Fairfield and had a picture taken with her. And the day before his death, he had his seventh grade picture taken. It all just looked…so normal. Every day, Brody called his mom at 3 o’clock when he got home from school. The last conversation they had, they chit-chatted about his homework and the next night’s football game between Castle and Bosse. They even discussed their plans to visit Victor and his kids that weekend. Lori called Brody again about 4:20; he didn’t answer. Not unusual, she said, because he told her he was getting a snack then would be doing homework. At 5:40, Brody texted Lori and said “where are you?” Lori answered: “Just leaving work, going to grocery. You need anything?” Brody replied no, and told her that Brock wasn’t at home (he was at work). Two minutes later, she received his final text. It was unlike any other. No one-liners. No abbreviations, like he typically used. This was long, thoughtful, detailed. Sounded like something Andy would have said, Lori thought. Oh, dear God. Nothing prepares a parent for that. What could? As if the anguish of the suicide itself

isn’t enough, there are the residual effects that you don’t count on. That’s an ugly side of suicide that nobody tells you about. The decontamination squad that was called to clean up (it took six hours and cost $6,000—a Go Fund Me account raised $10,000, which covered Lori’s $2,200 deductible and funeral expenses); repairs to Brody’s bedroom (the carpet and every other piece of fabric was ripped out, and with all repairs figured, that cost $4,000), and…what to you do with his clothes? Lori gave them to Brody’s best buddy. But that wasn’t all. Have you ever picked up the death certificate of a victim of suicide? Do you have a clue what’s on it? Who were all those law enforcement people in her home afterwards, and why didn’t anybody tell her what they were doing? And that night, when she went to bed, where was her son’s body? “I wanted to know details, but didn’t have that opportunity,” Lori said. Over 1,500 people attended Brody’s Celebration of Continued On Page 13


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Lori Trying To Bring Good Out Of Son’s Tragic Death Continued From Page 11 Life Ceremony at their church, Crossroads Christian in Newburgh. Such a beautiful boy. Such a beautiful life, cut short due to an apparent mental illness that nobody knew he had. A big brother, crushed, along with Brody’s uncle, Tony Sullivan of Fairfield, and his cousin, Darby Dickey of Sims. One set of grandparents left to deal with not only the suicide of their son, but their grandson. Another set of grandparents and a great-grandmother, devastated. And then, there was the woman who brought him into the world. They had plans, you know. Eventually, when Brock got out on his own, Lori and and her youngest would join Victor and his children in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Until then, they’d endure the long-distance (90 miles) relationship, while Victor works as the Sergeant of Narcotics for the Mt. Vernon Police Department. But things don’t always work out like you plan. “My life has changed so drastically since Brody passed away. I went from knowing I’d be a parent—with a child at home for six more years—to this,” Lori said. “The most devastating thing is, if I could go back, were there signs that I missed? Did I not ask the right questions? Should we have talked about things more?” That’s a reaction that is seen in the mental health field all to often. “This story saddens me because sometimes there aren’t any answers. It just shows that we don’t always know what others are thinking,” said Lauren Griswold, LCSW, sixth-year Senior Life Solutions Therapist through Fairfield Memorial Hospital. “It is a natural response to self-blame and to question what could have been missed. “One has to accept in their heart that they did all they could and that we are limited in what we can know.” Since Brody’s death, Lori has tried to push the negative thoughts out of her head. Like what happened in those final moments? “Was he crying? Scared? I don’t wanna know,” Lori said. “If I thought about it, I’d be devastated.” Instead, she has dedicated herself to trying to prevent this from happening to other people. She launched the Brody Lofton Suicide Awareness Fund, and has already raised about $7,000 just from the sale of “5015” t-shirts, highlighting a verse from the Bible, Psalm 50:15: “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” She hopes that funds raised will help the Youth First organization in Evansville get more social workers in the local school system. She also wants to work with Helping Other People Everyday (HOPE), a volunteer organization of Deaconess Cross Pointe which works to decrease the likelihood of someone committing suicide. Lori has to wait two years from the day of Brody’s death to get involved (a rule of HOPE), although other team members think she’s qualified to help now. Lori wonders what people think of her sometimes. She hears it a lot: “You’re so strong.” She doesn’t know any other way to respond; if she didn’t focus on a positive way to deal

Schoolmates left notes on Brody’s locker after learning of his passing. Inset is a picture of Brody when he was his happiest--anytime they were at Lake of the Ozarks. with Brody’s suicide, it would be the death of her. “I’m not trying to be an inspiration, I’m just making something positive out of this senseless tragedy,” she said. “The uncertainty is hard to live with. He was a Christian boy. I know he’s walking the streets of gold, and I’m going to see him again. But I have to have an answer; that’s my personality. But I will never have these answers, and that’s the hardest thing in my world right now. “But I honestly don’t have an answer as to what I could have done differently, and no matter what I do or how I act, I’m not gonna get Brody back,” she said. “I still have life to live, and a son to love and care for.” Focusing on educating others is a healthy thing for Lori to do, indicated Barnfield. And it’s much needed. “We as a society need to do a better job at using preventative measures concerning mental health issues,” she said. “There are certain circumstances and situations in life that we know have a tendency to produce emotional difficulties. We need to continue working toward adopting attitudes of anticipating emotional need and providing coping skills training, whether warnContinued On Next Page 13

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According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an estimated 43.6 million or 18.1 percent of Americans ages 18 and up have experience some form of mental illness. “Half of adult mental illness begins before the age of 14, and three-fourths before the age of 24. More than 40 percent of youth ages 13 to 17 have experienced a behavioral health problem by the time they reach the seventh grade,” noted Dana Shantel Taylor, LCSW, ACSW, Director of Organizational Development at Fairfield Memorial Hospital, with 22 years of experience. “In addition, suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth ages 15 to 24, after accidents and homicide.” With that, Outlook posed some questions to mental health professionals at Fairfield Memorial Hospital, in hopes that their answers would shed light on mental health issues, and how to address them:

each individual responds differently. What is most frequently seen by friends and loved ones are changes in how the person is behaving and interacting with others. Emotional issues are sometimes not identified until acting-out behaviors are noticed. Those that suffer quietly frequently stay under the radar. Considering this, we as a society need to do a better job at using preventative measures concerning mental health issues. There are certain circumstances and situations in life that we know have a tendency to produce emotional difficulties, we need to continue working toward adopting attitudes of anticipating emotional need and providing coping skills training whether warning signs are displayed or not.”

Outlook: Do most people show signs of their mental health struggle? In what ways do they manifest? What can loved ones look for? Jill Barnfield, LCSW, Clinical Therapist at Horizon Healthcare, with 20 years of experience: “I wish I could say that most people show clear and consistent signs. We have been able to identify common signs that many people struggling with various issues tend to display, but

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Lori Seeking The Good Continued From Page 13 ing signs are displayed or not.” Lori is willing to speak about her experiences and QPR (Question. Persuade. Refer) Suicide Prevention Training to any organization, church group, families, etc. You can message her on Facebook (Lori Sullivan Lofton) or give her a call at 812-253-0138. If you’d like to help Lori in her efforts in the area of suicide prevention, checks can be made out to Brody Lofton Suicide Awareness Fund, and mailed to 6477 Pebble Point Court, Newburgh, IN 47630. Also, donations can be dropped off at any First Security Bank in the Evansville area.

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Professionals Weigh In Continued From Page 14 pist, with six years of experience: “In my experience, those with an active support system are better able to cope with their life stressors. If you have a loved one that you feel might be experiencing a mental illness, get involved! Ask them about their feelings and listen. Have them help educate you on what they are experiencing. Allowing people to just talk about their feelings can be freeing. The biggest majority of my patients have said that they don’t have many people that they could talk to for fear of being judged or not wanting to bother others with their problems. Let your loved ones know that you want to help them and that they don’t have to face these issues alone.” Outlook: What are the biggest mistakes people make with regard to dealing with a loved one who exhibits signs of struggle, or tries to tell a loved one that they are struggling? Griswold: “There are a lot of things one should avoid when it comes to supporting someone with a mental illness. Such as, don’t judge or criticize; avoid comparisons; don’t minimize; and avoid trying to ‘fix’ them. With all this said, I feel as if one of the biggest mistakes in regard to mental illness is lack of education. If you can’t relate to the feelings they are expressing or understand the symptoms they are exhibiting, then educate yourself. It is easy to pass judgment or criticize when you aren’t the one struggling. Therefore, learn as much as you can about the illness so you can learn to support them the best way possible.” Outlook: Is the Christmas season harder on folks? Becky August, LCSW, Clinical Therapist at Horizon Healthcare, with 18 years of experience: “The Christmas season brings joy for many, but also brings stress. Christmas can be especially stressful for people who are struggling financially, have recently lost a loved one, are alone on the holiday, have conflict in their families, have to work during the holidays, and those who tend to be perfectionists.

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DAE HARVEY (8 years)--Dae is a fifth grade teacher in the Fairfield Public School District 112. She is also involved in coaching cheerleading and volleyball. She worked at Merriam Grade School prior to consolidation, and has also worked with Title I at Center Street Grade School. SHELIA HOWELL (10 years)--A Summa Cum Laude grad of EIU, Shelia is a Title I teacher at New Hope, where she’s involved in enrichment classes and activities. She credits becoming a grandmother with inspiring her to become a teacher. “I do love watching students learn and grow. It’s so exciting and rewarding to see the light of understanding enter the eyes of a student,” she said. DEBRA (DEBBIE) YORK (34 years)-A second grade teacher at New Hope, Debbie has also served as a gifted teacher, summer school teacher, cheerleading sponsor (1982-85), New Hope NEA/IEA Vice President/President, and a negotiations committee member. Her honors include Teacher of the Year and Who’s Who Among Teachers Award. “I love seeing the excitement of a child learning a new concept, building skills, and feeling success,” she said.

FMH Senior Life Solutions To Observe 10th Year With Open House Dec. 8th Fairfield Memorial Hospital Senior Life Solutions is inviting the community to celebrate ten years of renewing the hope of senior adults in the community with an open house Thursday, December 8th from 1 to 3 p.m. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available to all at this event. The Senior Life Solutions staff will be on hand to provide tours and answer questions about the program. “If you have never visited or learned about this program, now is a great opportunity to do so,” said Susie Devoy, RN, Program Director of Senior Life Solutions. “We also would love to see familiar smiles of those who have been through our program. Community members will receive a personal tour of the facility located in the Mattie B. Rinard Clinic during the Open House.” Pictured are FMH Senior Life Solutions Staff and Clients. Senior Life Solutions is an outpatient program offered to help older adults with life’s challenges. The program helps seniors cope with ily members, and the family physician, the FMH Senior depressed mood, unresolved grief, anxiety, nervousness, Life Solutions Team includes: Susie Devoy, RN, Program worry, isolation or loneliness, difficulty coping with health/ Director; Susan Renshaw, Unit Clerk; Blair Heisner, RN, physical changes, difficulty concentrating, sleep or appeContinued On Next Page tite changes, feelings of hopelessness or helplessness, anger, low self-esteem, and personality changes. The program provides group, individual, and family therapy as well as medication management for behavioral health diagnoses. It also assists with transportation and provides a noon meal on treatment days. The treatment team coordinates patient care with the individual’s primary care physician. Treatment lasts six to 12 weeks (two-to-four days per week), and provides follow-up care after discharge. There is also an Alumni Support Group that meets monthly for individuals who have graduated from the program, which is unique for this region and serves Wayne, White, Edwards, Clay, Richland, Jefferson, and Hamilton counties. The Fairfield Memorial Hospital Senior Life Solutions Team is multi-disciplinary in design to ensure the best quality patient care possible. Along with the patient, fam-

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Understanding & Treating Depression Continued From Page 15 • A professional at a mental center. Contact Fairfield Memorial Hospital to begin the process. • A trusted family member. • Your family doctor. • Your clergy. • A school counselor or nurse. • A social worker. • A responsible adult. • An online hotline. They Just Need Treatment! Having depression doesn’t mean that a person is weak or that they are a failure; it doesn’t mean they aren’t trying, it just means they need treatment! Most people with depression can be helped with psychotherapy, medicine, or both. Short-term psychotherapy means talking about feelings with a trained professional who can help you change the relationships, thoughts, or behaviors that contribute to depression. Medication can effectively treat depression, even that which is severe or disabling. Antidepressant medications are not ‘uppers’ and they are not addictive. Sometimes, several types may have to be tried before you and your doctor find the one that works best. Treatment can help most depressed people start to feel better in just a few weeks. While most people who are depressed do not commit suicide, depression does increase the risk for suicide or suicide attempts. It is not true that people who talk about suicide do not attempt it. Suicidal thoughts, remarks, or attempts are always serious, so if they happen to you or a friend, you need to tell a responsible adult immediately! Warning Signs Of Suicide: • A recent suicide of a family member or friend. Teens are especially vulnerable when close family member or friend commits suicide. The grieving process and depression can interrupt normal thought processes. • Trouble coping with recent losses, death, divorce, moving, break-ups, etc. • Experience with a traumatic event. Sometimes a significant traumatic event can create feelings of hopelessness and despair. • Making final arrangements, such as writing a will or eulogy, or taking care of details such as closing a bank account. • Gathering of lethal weapons (buying weapons, collecting pills, etc.). • Giving away prized possessions such as clothes, CD’s, sports equipment, treasured jewelry, etc. • Preoccupation with death, such as death or dark themes in writing, art, music lyrics, etc. Note that today’s music has more of this type of content that’s not necessarily related to suicidal feelings. 18

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Senior Life Solutions Open House Dec. 8th Continued From Last Page Program Nurse; Lauren Griswold, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Primary Therapist; Kathie Hill, LCSW, FMH Social Service Director and Therapist; Ron Johnson, MD, Psychiatrist, and Jerry McFadden, Ultra Group Regional Director. If you’d like to discover how to handle life’s challenges, keep your body strong, and enjoy life once again, Fairfield Memorial Hospital Senior Life Solutions can help. Call 618-847-8298 to refer a friend, to get more information, or attend the open house event on Thursday, December 8th between 1 and 3 p.m. for a tour or to talk with the program team.



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Lewis, Jolly Win First Annual Outlook TV Mr. Football Honors Jayden Lewis and Lance Jolly were named winners of Outlook TV’s first annual Mr. Football awards during FCHS’ fall sports awards program November 10th at the school gym. The award is sponsored by Outlook TV and its Anchor Sponsors for this year’s online sports broadcasts: Fairfield Memorial Hospital, Fairfield National Bank (FNB) and LeMond’s Chrysler Center. Making the selection was Outlook TV’s football broadcasting team of Jeff Vaughan and Matt Brown. Their decision was based upon the player who they believed most positively and consistently impacted the game, when given the opportunity. Lewis, a junior, won the award for offense because “he was the most dominant player at his position (tight end) that we saw,” said Vaughan. Jolly won the award for defense because “he was a force…and kept his high level of play against the toughest opponents,” said Vaughan, of the junior linebacker. “He was always making plays, even if they weren’t flashy ones.” Outlook’s Penny Shreve presented the awards. “Last year, Outlook TV awarded year-end trophies for basketball for what we called King and Queen of the Court. This was based upon the number of post-game awards given by our broadcast team,” she said. “This year, we wanted to add similar awards for football, for both offense and defense. Since there are considerably fewer games in football than basketball, we did not base this trophy upon the number of post-game recognitions.” Like Outlook TV’s basketball awards, Mr. Football awards are not based upon statistics. Everyone who plays a reasonable amount of time on varsity has the chance to win it.

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ee mem e o t e a e ee awarded their American FFA Degrees during the National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis in October. They are Erin Smothers, Amber Scarbrough, and Clayton Titzer. Curt Robbins is the FFA Sponsor at FCHS. Smothers is majoring in Agriculture at SEMO, with plans of earning her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Plant Breeding or Plant Genetics. Her parents are David Smothers and Kelli Smothers. Scarbrough is the daughter of Michael Scarbrough and Lisa Scarbrough. She is a graduate of Wabash Valley College with an Ag Business degree, and her plans are to pursue a career in Agriculture Business. The son of Rick and Laura Titzer, Titzer is a student at SIU-C, where he is working toward a degree in Mechanical Engineering. To be eligible to receive the American Three Fairfi eld FFA members were awarded the prestigious American FFA Degree from the National FFA Organi- FFA Degree at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October. Dezation, members must have already earned gree recipients were (from left) Erin Smothers, Amber Scarbrough, and Clayt e State De ee. t e a cat on ton Titzer, along with their instructor, Curt Robbins. include, but are not limited to: ~Have completed the equivalent of at least three years (540 hours) of systematic secondary school instruction in an agricultural education program, or at least the equivalent of 360 hours of systematic secondary school instruction in agricultural education. We invite you to join us for our ~Have in operation and have maintained respecial Christmas programs: cords to substantiate an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program, through which Dec. 4, 10 a.m.--The Secret of Snowflake County the member has exhibited comprehensive planChildren’s Program. n n an mana e a an nanc a e e t e. ~After entering agricultural education, must Dec. 11, 10 a.m.--A Child Is Born Christmas Cantata a e ea ne at ea t 10,000 an o ct e Dec. 18, 10 a.m.--March to Manger. n e te 7, 00, o ea ne an o ct e ne te ,000 an o e , 0 o n e ce Dec. 24, 7 p.m.--Christmas Eve Service. of scheduled class time. Dec. 25, 10 a.m.--Christmas Worship. ~Have a record of outstanding leadership and community involvement, and have achieved a high school scholastic record of C or better. FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ~Have participated in at least 50 hours of community service within at least three different 109 South First Street activities. These hours are in addition to and can- Fair el , not be duplicated as paid or unpaid supervised air el umc or agricultural experience hours.

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Mt. Carmel graduate and two-time Illinois Miss Basketball Tyra Buss has become the quickest player in Indiana University history to score 1,000 points. In the second game of this season, Buss, a junior, eclipsed the mark with a left-handed layup in transition 33 seconds into the second quarter enroute to a 94-61 n o e an e t. t a t e t t me n ten years that the I. U. women’s team has beaten an SEC team in regular season play. Buss needed just three points to top 1,000 an n e t 11 o nt , e a t , an four steals for the #23-ranked Hoosiers. “She’s willing to…look at herself every day and see her shortcomings and work on those. That’s the thing I love about her,” said I. U. Coach Teri Moren. “The 1,000 points is great, but she wants to win a championship, and she’s always going to give credit to those players that she plays with every day, and that’s her teammates. “It’s a tremendous blessing to coach a kid like that.” Buss already has scored the most points ever for I. U. in two seasons, compiling 982 through last year. Her 622 points as a sophomore was the third best singleseason scoring effort ever. She needs about 400 more points to make the top-ten all-time scoring list and about 800 to make her the #1 scorer at I. U. As of Outlook’s deadline, Buss had scored 1,055 points in 68 games for a 15.5 ppg career average. Her 24 points in an 8574 loss to Western Kentucky November 19th The jumbotron at Indiana University’s Assembly Hall lit up after Mt. Cara e 1 t t a t ame n o e e mel’s Tyra Buss eclipsed the 1,000 point barrier for the I. U. women’s basketball team November 13th. for the 3-1 Hoosiers.

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My Case For Christianity Dear Bob, I wrote to you recently about God. I have to follow that letter up. I hope I convinced you that there is a God. Now you need to know what to do with that knowledge. I just read a thing about a Christian Protestant denomination that opened its general assembly with a Muslim prayer. They were wrong. I saw an interview of our president and he was asked what was in his pocket. He pulled out Hindu icons, and Islamic and other religions symbols. He was showing he respects all of them. He is completely wrong. In this pervasive political correctness we’re required to positively love whatever anyone thinks or does. We’re required to give our approval, and even admiration for other customs, beliefs and even perversions. We are learning to believe in everything. That really means we’ll believe in nothing. Bob, I’m here today to tell you that Christianity is the only way to God. Being religious, a good person, or whatever, doesn’t lead to God. Let me tell you why. All religions except Christianity require you to do something to achieve heaven, or nirvana, or a higher plane of existence. Christianity demands that you accept the gift of Christ, and that is all. If you were the only person on earth, Christ would still have died, and been resurrected from the dead, for you. Sometimes a member of a religion is required to follow a list of actions to get to God, and to heaven. You have to pray in a certain


harlie elton way. You have to eat in a certain way. You have do A, B and C prior to doing D. In some cases, a follower has to hope that they are one of the elite few that will be chosen. This can be based on any number of qualities that are inborn or acquired. Many people of all creeds believe that living a good life and doing good things helps you to get closer to God. By doing good things a person builds up points to be cashed in after death. This is a pervasive, common belief everywhere. They teach that if you do the right things you can become like God, which is wrong. Every one of these situations is wrong. They are all wrong because Christianity is correct. It’s simple. Christianity is true because Christ offers everything and it costs us nothing. Here’s what I mean by that. Continued On Page 28

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Charlie’s Case For Christianity Continued From Page 26 The Bible offers us eternal life. It offers us an eternity of happiness and contentment. It offers the cure for insecurity, all pain and every weakness. It tells us that we will be with Jesus, and with God, for eternity. That is an unfathomable offer. That offer surpasses all others. It isn’t dependent on our actions, which would always fall short. The offer costs you nothing, other than belief. You only have to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died and arose for you. That’s profound. Imagine that you see a new Mercedes. You’re told you only have to believe it’s for you and you can have it. You may say “I’ll be careful with it” or “I’ll do the work for it”. You’re missing the point when you think that. The car is a gift. You didn’t do anything to earn it. You can’t earn it. That is why Christianity is true. It is now worldwide because it offers everything at no cost other than love and acceptance of Christ. Here is where we all goof up. We forget that we have a at on eca e o t e t o t an ac ce o each one of us. We start to think that putting money in the collection plate has something to do with salvation. We start to think that going on a mission trip brings us salva-

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tion. We think wrong. Doing things is nice. Doing things is commendable. Doing things doesn’t save us and give us eternal life. Just like the Mercedes we talked about, we didn’t earn it. It would be impossible for anyone to earn salvation. It can’t be earned, it is a gift. Bob, that’s why Christianity is the only true way to God. It costs nothing but your belief…and it offers everything.

Coach Conrad “Connie” Allen (center) is pictured with the top six players from his 1954-55 team, which in December that season played in the first annual Conrad Allen Holiday Tourney. Players are (from left) Paul Collins, Kermit McCormick (deceased), Max Allen, Ernie Cates, Bill Wood (deceased), and Bennie Greenwalt.

THE TOURNEY THAT BEARS HIS NAME Conrad Allen Excited About 63rd Hoop Showdown In Wayne City’s New Gym

It’s hard to imagine December without the Conrad Allen Holiday Tourney in Wayne City. After all, it’s unfolded every season since it was launched by Conrad Allen, himself, in 1954. But what may be even harder to imagine is the Conrad Allen Tourney not being played in the original gymnasium, which was torn down along with the rest of the old school this year. Every creak of that floor, every crack in those walls, every fiber of every thing in that old gym could’ve told tales if they could’ve talked. No worries, says the 89-year-old Allen. He’s excited that the community now has a brand, spanking new school and plans to be in the audience for the last three games of this year’s tourney in the brand, spanking new gym. The showdown runs December 10th-17th. “I had mixed emotions (about the demolition), to be

honest. There were so many memories made in that old gym, and in one way I was saddened,” confessed Allen, who along with his wife, Betty, recently moved to Washington, Illinois, where they share a two-bedroom condo with their son, Mike, a teacher and Athletic Director at Riverview Grade School. “But I was tickled to death to see the people get to move into a new school.” Younger guys who have close ties to the school think the world of Conrad Allen. WCHS Principal Myron Caudle is looking forward to showing him the new facility, because Allen hasn’t seen it yet. “You can’t have the Wayne City Holiday Tourney without thinking of Conrad Allen,” said Caudle. “I’ve heard his stories (about the tourney) before. I can tell you that Connie has a million of ‘em, and they’re gold. He knows every one of ‘em by heart.” Continued On Next Page


Allen Recalls Start Of WCHS Tourney That Bears His Name

Continued From Last Page Wayne City Elementary Principal Tony Richardson, who played basketball when he attended WCHS, later coached it, and served as Athletic Director through last ea , can t a t to n o t at en t n o t e ne gym. “And it’s gonna be exciting to have the teams come into our new gym. It’ll be interesting to see what they think,” he said. “Hopefully we will have strong teams, and continue to have a long run in holding the tournament.” Allen probably could tell a million stories about the six past decades of the tourney, but it’s important to tell the e t one, eca e t e to ne a mo t n t a en. First, the background: Allen graduated from WCHS in 1944 then served in the Army until 1947. He then met Betty, who was from Bluford, on a blind date, and they’ve now been married for 67 years. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from McKendree and a Master’s in Administration from Washington University. During his 31-year career in education at WCHS, he coached basketball for ten years, and worked as a teacher as well as a principal (for 21 years). He retired in 1983. The tourney that bears his name was launched during his coaching tenure. While Allen was in high school, his ag teacher, who was from Centralia, had season tickets to the Orphans’ games and let him use them during Centralia’s holiday tourney. That’s where Allen got the idea. “I decided that if I ever got out of college, and was coaching, that I’d start a tourney for small schools,” he said. “When we started, there wasn’t another smallschool holiday tourney in Illinois. The only others were (big school tourneys) in Pontiac, which started in 1927, and Centralia, which started in 1942.” Thus, the Conrad Allen is the third longest-running holiday tourney in Illinois, and the longest-running among small schools. t ta t n o t, e a mo t co n t n eno team to participate, because very few coaches and administrators wanted to make such a big commitment during the Christmas season. At that time, it was held in the days after Christmas. “When we started, Wayne City was in the Little Ten Conference and Bluford was in another conference. If it hadn’t been for Bluford, I’d have never gotten it going, eca e co on et e team om o con e ence to do it,” Allen said. “But the coach at Bluford was able to et e team om t e con e ence, a o, o e ta te with ten teams in 1954.” Within six years, they’d graduated to 16 teams, and eo ea ate e a a atn t to et n, en said. It’s dwindled back down to about ten teams since Continued On Next Page


Conrad Allen, his senior year at WCHS in 1943-44.

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Continued From Last Page then, mostly because 13 schools that used to be in the tourney are no longer in existence, due to consolidation or small enrollment. Allen’s all-time favorite memory from the tourney is from 1956, in a em na ame. “We were trailing by seven point with 58 seconds to go, and Bennie Greenwalt stole the ball twice and we scored,” he said. “At the time, they had this silly rule that you couldn’t throw the ball in under your own basket in between the free throw line. Well, a kid from Allendale did, so they turned it over, and we scored again. “We had 15 or 20 seconds left, and we stole the ball again, believe it or not. They fouled us and we hit the free throws to win it.” Do you remember who hit those free throws, Connie? “Yes! C. L. Wood,” he said, without hesitation. “They didn’t even get the ball across the center line after

Wayne City has won 15 Conrad Allen Tourney title trophies, including last year. t at. en e eat oo a n 1 o 13 n t e na . Greenwalt remembers that tournament well. “We were very, very happy. We’d been trying to accomplish it (since the tourney began in ‘54), and with 16 teams in it back then, that was quite an accomplishment,” he said. But more than that, Greenwalt remember the impression that Coach Allen had on him. “We never even had a (grade school) team until Connie Allen started coaching me in the seventh grade. All I had was a mom, and he pretty well took me under his wing from that point, on. He took me to ballgames everywhere, and he took me to the state tournament when I was too poor to do anything as a freshman, and furnished everything,” Greenwalt said. “We went to the state tournament together for 50-some years, then he got to where he Continued On Page 33

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Conrad Allen Reminisces About Holiday Tourney That Bears His Name

Continued From Page 31 just couldn’t get up and down the stairs very good.” All the boys thought the world of Allen, he added. “I never heard anybody speak against him at all. He was fair. He could be pretty much a disciplinarian, too, but I needed that, I really did,” he said. “In fact, it was a good thing he got hold of me, ‘cause if not I’d have turned out a lot different.” Instead of going down a lesser path, Greenwalt set his mind to attend McKendree, where he intended to play basketball. That dream was cut short after an automobile accident late his senior year at WCHS left him with a bum knee, but he still wanted an education. “I attended college because of Connie, and I wanted to go to McKendree because he went to McKendree, so I followed in his footsteps,” said Greenwalt, who became a teacher and taught for 19 years before going into the construction business. “I loved him as a coach, and I respected him. “If Connie Allen didn’t know it, nobody knew it.” Greenwalt also coached at WCHS, succeeding his mentor in the early 60’s. After winning the Conrad Allen Tourney as a player in ‘56, the Indians didn’t win it again until ‘70 with Greenwalt at the helm. Then they didn’t win it again until his son, Dean, played in ‘76, then not again until his son, Terry, played in ‘79. In all, WCHS has won 15 Conrad Allen Tourney t t e , nc n t e na o o n nt eo m last year. Besides Waltonville (‘73-’75) and Webber (‘94-’96), they’re the only team to have won it three years in a row (‘97-’99). Caudle hopes they can make it two in a row this month as the Indians t to na t e t t t e n t e ne m, an e excited about showing off the facility to the teams, players, and fans. “I’m interested to see what the emotions are gonna be like, because we’ve never experienced ‘em yet,” he said. “It will be interesting calling it the Conrad Allen Holiday Tourney--in a new gym.” Although the new school also includes an impressive grade school gym, that facility will not be in use for the holiday tourney; they’ll play all the games in the high school gym. However, Richardson said consideration is being given to expanding the event to include jayvee games or even a girls basketball tourney. “We’d like to do something like that since we’ve got both gyms right next to each other,” he said.

Conrad “Connie” Allen is pictured when he was a senior at Wayne City High School (class of 1944), and today, at age 89.

Melvin Tennyson (55) is shown jumping center for WCHS in the 1965 Conrad Allen Holiday Tourney. 33

Pictured are the Wayne City Indians after winning the last Conrad Allen Tourney to be held in the old WCHS gym, last December. At the right is Conrad “Connie” Allen. Over the past few years, the players have made it a priority to involve Allen in the tourney that bears his name. Last year, he got a hand-shake from all of the boys, and “that made me feel really, really good,” he said.

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First-team cheerleaders for WCHS in that fi rst Conrad Allen Holiday Tourney were (from left) Brenda (Wood) Hiatt, Margie (Gross) Loker, Jeanette (Jackson) Brashear, and Carline (Preiss) Collins (deceased). At the right is the back of a schedule card for Wayne City High School basketball from 1957-58.


Pictured outside the newly-remodeled sleep study rooms at Clay County Hospital’s Flora clinic are (from left) Chief of Clinic Operations Mike McClane, Clay County Hospital Foundation members Mary Beth Stine, Dr. Scott Suntrup, Bryan Knapp, Phil Wiley, Barb Bright, Jesse James, Larry Brant, Lisa Cash, Glenda Duke, and CCH Interim President Michael Zilm.

CCH Foundation Authorizes More Than $80,000 In Purchases For Hospital, Clinics Keeping patients relaxed is a big key in effectively diagnosing sleep disorders. That’s why the Clay County Hospital Endowment Foundation has funded a complete remodel/upgrade of the sleep study areas at the Flora Clinic, including new furniture, to help make sleep study patients more comfortable. Surveys suggest that 50-70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, and 60 percent of adults report having sleep problems a few nights a week or more. Most of these problems go undiagnosed and untreated. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder whereby a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain —and the rest of the body—may not get enough oxygen. If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems including high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, heart attack, diabetes, depression, ADHD, and headaches. In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be respon-


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DOUBLE K TRADING POST Thrift shop, antiques, gifts & collectibles; 1107 CR 1725 E, 2.5 mi. N of fairo n , a e 1 - 0 4835, 618-237-0417; hrs. M-F 10-5 & by appt. “THE HUB” NEW HOURS Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & every third Saturday of the month, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Primitives, artwork, home decor, clothing. 120 E. Main Street, a e , , 1 -919- 7 .

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DOUBLE K TRADING POST 1107 17 , a e Horse tack now available! Saddles, bridles, reins, etc. Feed buckets/pans. Like us FREE ALASKA on Facebook! 2.5 miles N CRUISE & CRUISETOUR of Wayne Co. Fairgrounds. PLANNING WORKSHOP Open M-F 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Join Michelle Winters with Escapes Travel & Cruises, GRAND OPENING Carmi, for a meeting about OF NEW SHOP! Primitive & country decor, Alaska Cruises & Cruise1303 CR 1625 N in Cisne. tours for the 2017 season Grand Opening/ Christmas (May–Sept.) in the downOpen House Dec. 2-3, 10 stairs meeting room at the a.m.-8 p.m. Hand made Carmi Public Library, 103 primitive/country décor, one Slocumb Street, Carmi, IL -of-a-kind items; WarmGlow candles; santas, snowmen, on Tues., Dec. 6, 2016 from signs, mixes in a bag and 6 to 7:30 pm. Refreshments jar, wreaths, scented pine- will be served and door prizcones, ornaments & more. es will be given away. Call Owner Sheila Gill. Call for Michelle at 618-383-4800 directions, 599-2008. to register. Space is limited.


Home Care Services Wayne County’s home care provider! 24 hours a day / 7 days a week Call us at 1-800-544-4406 for Home Health or Hospice consultation

Choosing a provider you can trust to come into your home is an important decision. We’ve been a trusted home care provider in Wayne County for the past 50 years!

Celebrate the birth of Christ with us this season! May joy fill you r home and heart! Always serving you, our loyal patients, with all dental services at one convenient location.

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1000 West Main ~ Carmi, IL 62821


Timothy W. Roser, DMD

December 2016  
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