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Inside This Section... Michele Bohling......................................................................8 Kenny Bundy.........................................................................20 Robert Courson.....................................................................16 Glenda Ferguson...................................................................14
What makes a person a hero? It’s probably easy to choose the CPR-trained citizen
Rick Ferguson II.....................................................................10 Robert Henderson................................................................21 Janet Huber.............................................................................11 Tom Jones.................................................................................9
who sprang into action when someone collapsed, but there are plenty of everyday heroes, too. This year, we again honor those who have found ways to be an everyday hero. As an everyday hero, that person likely has no idea that they are doing anything extraordinary. As can be
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garnered from the stories in this publication, many are
community. They aren’t doing it for accolades. They’re
just helping their neighbors, churches, friends or their doing it because giving back seems like the right thing
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to do. More than 50 people were nominated this year, and inside you’ll read the stories of the 19 heroes chosen. The
ways they give back vary from coaching cross country to
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to someone in need.
helping veterans enjoy the outdoors to offering a meal
While these honorees may not want the accolades, it is important that we recognize that their efforts haven’t
gone unnoticed. While it may not seem like much, the
That’s worth celebrating.
works of these heroes have touched the lives of others.
Marci Creps Managing Editor
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Dena Judah & Parker Judah Family: Son, Lance Judah and his wife, Christie, and their son, Garrett, 7; daughter, Ana Brown and her husband, Matt, and their daughters, Westyn, 8, and Aktyn, 10. What’s your favorite dish you serve? Dena: “The Hot Mess. One day, while I was working in the food truck, Westyn told me, ‘Mim, you look like a hot mess!’ That was before ‘hot mess’ was a thing. I knew right then that I needed to create something and call it Hot Mess. It’s got French fries, pulled pork, melted cheese, barbecue sauce and sour cream on it, and I can tell you not a single person has ever asked me to leave anything off of it.” Parker: “My favorite thing to cook is a beef filet for Dena because it’s her favorite thing to eat, and I love to make the perfect one for her.”
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Food brings us together BY KRYSTAL SHETLER email@example.com
“These two fine folks love blessing others.” BEDFORD — That quote, submitted by one of their nominators, sums up Parker and Dena Judah as people who go out of their way to serve others. It’s been 16 years since the Judahs bought their food truck on a whim from a vendor set up for the Indianapolis 500. Since then, they’ve used it as a tool that allows them to embrace the community they love. “Food is the center of every single thing,” Dena said. “It is always what brings people together.” The Judahs operate a food truck for about six months out of the year, but also added catering to their repertoire a few years after finding success in the food truck business. Parker mans the grill while Dena serves. They love working together. “Everything we do, we do it together,” Dena said. “We’ve been best friends since Day 1. We work great together, and we get along great.” Parker retired from GE and Dena stopped her daycare work to take on the food business. They opted for a food truck and catering over a restaurant because of the flexibility. For example, they took off the entire month of August. “Family is always first for us,” Dena said.
In fact, the couple opens up their home every Sunday evening for a family dinner that always ends up including more than family. “Our philosophy is the more the merrier,” Dena said. “We never run out of food or conversation,” Parker noted. “I love to meet new people. That’s a huge part of this for us.” In submitting an Everyday Hero nomination for her parents, their daughter wrote, “They’re truly two of the most selfless, hard-working people I know. ... These two fine folks love blessing others. Whether it’s ... setting up their food truck on a weeknight to help the Burris-Hatfield Elementary PTO raise money for their field trips to feeding police officers, ... or from buying Lawrence County 4-H’ers livestock in the auction because 4-H holds a special place in their hearts, or simply just buying someone’s lunch for someone ahead of them in line, ... (they) never want any recognition because they are humble folks. ...These two are the definition of class and humility.” The couple also is active in the implementation of the annual Judah Festival, and their next focus will be on Alzheimer and dementia awareness after Dena’s mother suffered through the disease. “... Character is the person you are when no one is looking,” Dena said. “We use that saying throughout our lives. The Lord blesses you when you don’t have to be noticed. He has made all of this. ... When you’ve been blessed like we have, you’re supposed to give.”
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Morgan Lee Born to Serve BY BOB BRIDGE firstname.lastname@example.org BEDFORD — Law enforcement officers are employed to protect and serve. Morgan Lee, a sergeant with the Bedford Police Department, is renowned for his desire to go beyond the call of duty and serve the citizenry. Misty Grow, one of more than a handful of those nominating Lee as an “Everyday Hero,” said the popular officer was born to serve. “He protects all of us each day and in his spare time he organizes benefit rides and helps to give back to the community,” she explained. “He always has a smile and he doesn’t know a stranger. He’s a wonderful father, grandfather, son and brother.” Lee, a lifelong Bedford resident, said he was a latecomer to the law enforcement profession. “I attended Bedford North Lawrence High School and graduated in 1994,” he noted. “I became a father at 17 and worked several factory jobs.” In 2007, he learned the age requirements for Indiana State Police officers had been relaxed, so he decided to explore the opportunities. “It’s something I really wanted to do,” he said. Lee started with the county’s jail division before shifting to animal control. “I hired on with the Bedford Police Department in July of 2010,” he noted, “then graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in December.” Lee was named the department’s officer of the year in 2016. “I think the relationship with the community is one of the most important things about being a police officer,” he said. “While we have to enforce the law, we must also let people know we are here for them, to protect them and do what is best for them and our
Favorite Quote: “You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.“ (John Wooden) Passions: During the past six years, Morgan has helped host several benefit motorcycle rides to bolster support for those battling cancer or in need of special assistance. Career Goal: “If at least one person says I made a positive difference in their life, I’ve accomplished what I want as an officer.” Personal Goal: “My dad always told me to take pride in my last name. I hope I’ve done it justice and can continue to do so.”
community.” Lee insists he loves everything about his chosen vocation. “Every day, every call, every situation is different,” he explained. “It’s never the same. I like to think I’m helping — though maybe in a small way — to make Bedford a better place for us all to live.” He said Dumon McCain, who succumbed to cancer at age 14, continues to serve as an inspiration for him. “Dumon fought with bravery,” Lee explained. “He taught me a lot and gave me an uplifting perspective on life. No matter the situation, just smile, make the best of it, and don’t complain. That’s what he did.” Lee is a father to sons Morgan and Eli and daughter Elizabeth. He also has a granddaughter, Sophie Zollman. He recently became engaged to Rachael Keith, and they’ve set a wedding date for next September. He said his mission each day is to strive to be the best dad, husband, son, friend, officer and person he can be. Lee enjoys riding his motorcycle and hopes to someday steer his Harley from coast to coast.
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Dennis Matthews Finding what used to be BY DERREK TIPTON email@example.com OOLITIC — A historian for more than 40 years, Dennis Matthews knows a little bit about southern Indiana. The Lawrence County resident has authored multiple books, including one on the life of Bedford teacher Sara Schafer, who was murdered in 1904, and one on Lawrence County advertisements through the years. He also helped provide information about former Oolitic Town Marshal Pinkney Bough for the police memorial at the Lawrence County Courthouse. A native of Bloomington, Matthews has also written material pertaining to Monroe County’s history. He is currently indexing the book “Oolitic of Yesteryear” by Gerald Skinner. He first dived into the world of being a historian when he wanted to learn about his own family history. “What started this was a family tree on my dad’s side,” Matthews said. “I got interested in that, then it progressed into learning about the town. Then, it was about the county. ...What I think kick started it for a lot of people, too, was the TV show ‘Roots.’ Everybody started getting into family trees and I was one of them.” In December 2011, Matthews suffered a stroke, which was caused by a blood clot. He said he hasn’t worked since the stroke, but that doesn’t stop him. He’s often seen seen taking pictures of various locations in Lawrence County. “I like finding things that used to be,” Matthews said.
When he learned he was nominated as Everyday Hero, Matthews said he was surprised, but pleased. In addition, he’s a tutor with the VITAL reading program and has helped with Lawrence County History Festival. He’s also volunteered with the Middle Way House, Monroe County History Center and the Bloomington Area Arts Council Matthews served in the Army for eight years until he was honorably discharged as a specialist in 2000. His guard unit was activated to help with security at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. His commendations included the Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Ribbon and the Army Achievement Medal. Matthews and his wife Theresa have one son, Travis. Matthews also has a Facebook page called “Lawrence County, Indiana Then and Now,” which consists of thousands of members sharing memories and history through stories and pictures.
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Michelle Bohling A special gift for children with special needs BY CAROL JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org BEDFORD — A teacher of children with special needs, Michele Bohling is an Everyday Hero for the difference she makes in the lives of her students each day at Stalker Elementary School. Her nominator Judy Carlisle said Bohling has purchased shoes, toys and clothing for her students and makes an effort to get to know not just the student, but the student’s families. Bohling currently teaches children ages 5 and 6 with mild and moderate cognitive disabilities. “I enjoy what I do. All the kids I’ve had have been really special, you get closer to the families than you would in a gen ed classroom, it’s more of a partnership because of the necessity,” she said. Bohling said her interest in helping others started when she was growing up the youngest of six children in New Castle. “We had a state hospital in our town; our church would volunteer there. Our family got involved with the residents that lived there, and I got involved in helping people with special needs there,” she said. That early experience is what sparked an interest in becoming a special education teacher. “I love to see the growth they make, especially at this age,” she said. “They stay with me for two years. You see them at the very beginning of the year and by the end of the year to see how much they’ve learned and matured is really rewarding.” Carlisle also noted that Bohling, who returned to teaching in 2007 after being a stay-at-home mom for 15 years, has taught her four children the importance of giving to others. Her children added to her nomination. They wrote: “Mom always
finds ways to give back and volunteer in Lawrence County. From being an active member of St. Vincent Church, a special needs teacher, a weekly volunteer at the men’s shelter or preparing a meal to take to a shut-in, Mom always manages to balance her schedule in a meaningful way that emulates the importance of giving back and putting others first.” Another wrote: “Even over the summer, she gives to some of her students who may be less fortunate than others. I remember one student she went out of her way to help. She took him swimming, on picnics, and has bought him new shoes on multiple occasions. She continued doing this until he graduated high school. My mom is truly a great role model and someone I aspire to be when I become a teacher.” And another wrote, “No job or challenge is too big for her. My mom is always on the lookout for special toys and birthday gifts for her kids. She always gets so excited to see their faces when they open them. Even through the summer, my mom is always thinking about her kids and can’t wait to see them the following year. My mom is truly an Everyday Hero!” Bohling credits her parents with teaching her the importance of serving others. “I had wonderful parents with a strong sense of faith,” she said. “Church has always been a big part of our life and I’ve been blessed my whole life. The blessings I’ve had have made me want to help others and give back and to teach my children the importance of that.”
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Tom Jones A minister of all trades BY JEFF ROUTH email@example.com OOLITIC — It’s not unusual for Tom Jones to be found behind the register at Johnny Junxions in Judah. The business is owned by his son, and he sees his job as customer relations. Jones was born in Monticello, Kentucky, but the family moved to Lawrence County while he was still an infant. His dad came to work in the area stone mills. He grew up in Springville and went to school there for his first eight years. Then it was on to Oolitic for high school. Following high school, he went to work at RCA. “Within two weeks, I sensed the calling to enter the ministry,” he said. “But I liked the money I was making at RCA. Realizing I needed to follow the lead of the Lord, I left my job and moved to Kentucky to live with my grandmother, until I could figure out some kind of direction for my life.” While there, he met a beautiful young girl, fell in love and the rest is history. The couple raised four children, and now have five beautiful grandchildren. “Along the way, with my wife’s help, we have been in a pastor position or some role within the church for many years,” he said. Jones worked at Ford/Visteon for many years, until July of 2008. He went back to college and earned a degree in 2010. “I went to work for my son in 2010 until I could find something in my chosen field of study,” he said. “But I never found that job. But I liked working at Johnny Junxions and decided I didn’t want to look for any other work.” He works a couple of days a week, doing whatever is needed. But most of the time, he can be found behind the cash register. “Since I was a small boy, my grandmother taught me about the worth of prayer, going to church and trusting in Jesus,” he said. “After my baptism, my parents also decided to begin their walk with the Lord and they followed Him for many years, all the way up until they passed away.”
Jones and his wife are on the pastoral staff at Tabernacle of Praise and have been for the past 14 years. “I have done just about everything there is to do at church,” he said. “I’ve cleaned, painted, done all kinds of repairs to the building to being a senior pastor, Sunday School superintendent and doing hospital and nursing home visitation.” In addition to religious matters, Jones has been an active voter and has voted in every election for which he was eligible. He even ran for school board but lost the election. But instead of becoming disheartened, he became a member of the textbook selection committee for several years. “I have always had a heart for the little ones,” he said. “The babies that never get a chance at life. I have been on the board of Lawrence County Right to Life and the Hope Resource Center. Life is a gift, and it is up to each one of us to determine what to do with this gift we have been given.” This is the fourth year Jones has been nominated by his daughter. In her nomination form, Angelia Jones wrote, “Such a great godly man that is humble. I know in my heart he is my hero, and I hope you will feel the same by choosing him this time.” Married to Geneva Jones Father of sons, Steve and Tim, and daughters, Angelia and Kristin. Grandfather of five. Grew up in Springville and graduated from Oolitic High School. Pastoral Minister at Tabernacle of Praise
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Rick Ferguson Finding a need BY DERREK TIPTON firstname.lastname@example.org BEDFORD — When Rick Ferguson helped start the Lighthouse Financial Services annual drive for Becky’s Place, he was looking for some place special and underserved. “I’ve never heard of a place like that,” Ferguson said. “Everybody has their struggles. These women with different backgrounds, some have bad families and upbringings, some are in abusive relationships and some are just down on their luck ... Becky’s Place is a great resource for things like that. They can give training on how to get a job interview, how to present yourself and a place to stay. And they’re not just giving them a place to stay, they’re giving them hope for the future.” Ferguson, a Bedford mortgage broker for Lighthouse Financial Services, has helped spearhead the drive since its inception, which is preparing to enter its fourth year. Before working at Lighthouse, Ferguson worked for Jackson County Bank. He said Lighthouse afforded him the opportunity to get the drive started. The drive has brought in clothing, food and everyday household items such as deodorant and toothpase. “Banking is a funny thing, you have to work with what the bank’s priorities are,” Ferguson said. “Jackson County Bank does good things, but most of it is done in Jackson County. When I came here, I asked my boss if we could do something more locally.”
While Ferguson said it was a cool thing to be nominated as an Everyday Hero, accolades aren’t the reason for helping. “This should be focused on Becky’s Place,” Ferguson said. “... If you have a platform to help people, you should. ... Becky’s Place is a great resource for those who have nothing. To me, that’s a wonderful thing.” Ferguson was nominated by Michelle Keith, who said “He has literally put the pieces in place for this drive by himself. ... I don’t think you could find more deserving a person for this recognition than him.” Ferguson is originally from Bloomington and moved to Lawrence County in 2011. He graduated from Indiana University in 1996. He has a 19-year-old son. In his free time, Ferguson said he enjoys building palette furniture, golfing and hunting.
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Janet Huber A little boy’s Everyday Hero BY KRYSTAL SHETLER email@example.com BEDFORD — In the five years since her son died unexpectedly at the age of 35, Janet Huber is learning the importance of never missing out on the joys of life. “Janet Huber is a kind and generous person who is there when anyone needs her,” said Teena Ligman, who nominated Huber as a Times-Mail Everyday Hero. “She never shies away from working hard and giving whatever she does 110 percent. She has great ideas and encourages others to do their best. She has insights that are beyond wise.” Huber, who was a sixth-grade teacher at Parkview Intermediate, then Bedford Middle School before retiring in 2008, took on co-guardianship of her grandsons, Tyler and Kaden Huber, after their father’s death. At 74, she is raising 12-year-old Kaden while her daughter, Kristi Huber, is raising 13-year-old Tyler in Bloomington. “It’s wonderful to have the boys in that they remind me of Kyle,” Huber said. “I have these little walking memories of Kyle who carry so many of his traits. It’s wonderful when I see something from them that reminds me of Kyle. “After their father died, ... and I was offered guardianship, I remember my attorney telling me to take the weekend to think about it. I said, ‘There is no choice, no thoughts that are going to change over a weekend. Of course, I’ll take them.’” In many ways, being a grandparent raising a grandchild has limited the amount of volunteer time Huber can put in, but regardless, she finds the time in her schedule to give back. Much of her free time goes toward supporting and helping Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services, an organization aimed at assisting cancer patients who live in Lawrence County. Currently, she serves as treasurer for
Family: Son, Kyle, who died in 2012; daughter, Kristi, who lives in Bloomington; and grandsons, Tyler, 13, and Kaden, 12. Shares co-guardianship of Tyler and Kaden with Kristi. What did you love about teaching? “Years ago, it was fun. We did field trips, had pen pals and did all sorts of fun projects. We had pen pals in New York and New Jersey on 9-11, and some of those children knew people who were killed in the terrorist attacks. ... Those kinds of connections are instrumental to learning. I loved being able to do hands-on projects with my students.” Did you know? She is well-versed in American Sign Language, focusing on signing music. “I love music, so I really enjoy doing that.”
the group. “I think people know by now we aren’t the American Cancer Society and that all the money we raise stays right here in Lawrence County,” Huber said. “It’s a challenge, but it’s fun. ... I can’t imagine anyone retiring and being bored.” After her retirement, Huber spent several years traveling with her friend, Dinah Cox, who also retired as a teacher from North Lawrence Community Schools. Together, they spent time in Italy, Pompei, Ireland, Greece, Scotland and London, England. For Huber, who loves history, the trips were precious glimpses into places she had only dreamed of traveling. “I’m glad I had the opportunity then,” Huber said. Since taking Kaden into her home, Huber has slowed down a little. She still teaches Bible study classes on occasion at the First Baptist Church, and she and Kaden have a group of elderly widows whom they visit frequently. She is a member of a local book club, and she loves to entertain. “People don’t open their homes enough,” Huber said. “I want Kaden to have that social interaction. ... We all may be older, but you know, older people have a lot of wisdom.”
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Dustin Kelley Regarded as hero for seeing veterans’ heroism BY ROGER MOON firstname.lastname@example.org BEDFORD — Referring to Dustin Kelley as a hero assigns him a fitting label. But, it’s also an ironic one. Inspired by Kelley’s giving nature, his mother, Darlene Kelley, nominated him for the Everyday Hero honor. It was akin to what Dustin himself did when he declared that military veterans were his heroes. And, he, in following up, established a Bedford-based organization called Heroes on the Water, which is his way of thanking veterans for their service. Heroes on the Water exists to pursue a mission that’s very simply stated. It is “to give our veterans a chance to relax and spend time with their families while enjoying kayak fishing and the outdoors,” Heroes on the Water chapters are located around the country, with Indiana’s affiliate having originated following a conversation Kelly had with Chris Thomas, a one-time co-worker. Kelley said in a Times-Mail story published in June, “We were looking up stuff about kayak fishing online. We found this Heroes on the Water website.” The two pretty much decided then and there to start a Heroes chapter. Seven years ago, the two men started raising money to purchase boats. They applied for grants and asked for donations, and by early this summer, 28 boats had been secured. The two also began spreading the word about what the Heroes organization provided for veterans, with the Veterans Affairs office in Indianapolis helping to boost participation in the series of summertime outings on the water. Kelley said earlier this month that six outings took place this summer at three different southern Indiana locations, with most of them taking place at Starve Hollow Lake near Vallonia.
Dustin Kelley and his wife April are the parents of a 15-year-old son, Dylan, and a 3-year-old daughter, Destiny. Kelley encourages anyone who is interested in volunteering to assist with Heroes on the Water to find more information by visiting the Heroes Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HOWIndianaChapter/.
While some of the veterans who have participated have been local, Kelley said most have come from outside the area. “Probably 90 to 95 percent have been from around the Indianapolis area,” Kelley said. “There’s a ministry up that way … that has been bringing guys down. That’s new this summer.” Kelley estimated 20 to 22 veterans have participated at every event. He also said the number of volunteers has increased throughout the summer. “It’s for any veteran and it’s for their families. It’s not just the veteran,” Kelley said Kelley’s enthusiasm for the kayaking outings hasn’t waned over time. He said to see the veterans having a good time “is very, very rewarding.” Although Kelly said he plans to be part of the effort for only four more years, he is confident Heroes in the Water will continue in Indiana because one of the volunteers, Rusty Everage of Madison, who is learning the ropes. “He is planning on taking it over,” Kelley said. In nominating her son to be recognized as an Everyday Hero, Darlene Kelley said he and the other volunteers “have families, but still take time out for our vets.”
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Jill Vance Versatile Vance always on the run BY BOB BRIDGE email@example.com BEDFORD — Jill Vance was born in Michigan but grew up a Hoosier, residing in the modest burg of Auburn, just north of Fort Wayne. A 1999 graduate of Dekalb High School, Jill attended Indiana University where she earned a bachelor of science in Public Administration in Environmental Management. She later tacked on a post-graduate degree in Environmental Anthropology. Since then, she’s been on the run—both literally and figuratively. The 2017 “Everyday Hero” shines as a vision of versatility. “Jill contributes to our community every day whether it be in her position as the interpretive naturalist at Lake Monroe, head coach of the BNL girls cross country team or as an assistant coach for the BNL track team,” said Mona Gould. “She enthusiastically runs, gardens and cooks. She’s young enough to be my daughter, yet she’s a mentor to me in so many ways. Vance is seldom seen standing still. “I began working as a seasonal naturalist at McCormick’s Creek State Park the same month I graduated from college,” Vance explained. “Two weeks into that position, I was hooked! “Everything fit. I loved the concept of the job itself. I loved the people I worked with, and I fell in love with Indiana State Parks as a whole.” Two years later, Vance vaulted into the full-time naturalist position at Spring Mill State Park. Then, in 2011, she transitioned from Spring Mill to Lake Monroe to fill a newly created full-time naturalist position. Her passion for running was nurtured while at Dekalb. “Cross country was an enormously influential part of my high school years,” Vance said. “Things I learned from that sport and
Passions: “Aside from work and running-related activities, I am an avid reader. I love gardening, particularly growing herbs. I also have a bunch of four-legged children that are a huge part of my life.” Philosophy: “The old proverb that it takes a village to raise a child is dead on. It also takes a village to create a true community. Every person in our ‘village’ needs to be personally invested in creating a positive and healthy environment, for children and adults alike.” Goals: Leading the cross country team to the state finals; spending time in New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland and several locations in Central and South America; and convince people that snakes are awesome, vastly underappreciated animals.
the people that I shared it with are still part of my life today.” Following an 11-year hiatus from the sport, she slipped back into her sneakers just before she and her husband moved to Lawrence County. The timing proved propitious both for Vance and her new neighbors. “The running community here is full of the most amazing people,” she said. “They played a huge role in making us feel welcome.” The rewards of running inspired her to share the pastime with others. “After my husband began teaching at BNL, I approached the girls cross country coach, Bill Deckard, about volunteering with the team. At first, I just helped out once a week, but by the third year, I was there practically every day.” Her involvement led to an assistant coaching job with the BNL track team. Then, when Deckard decided to step down as head coach of the Lady Stars, Vance took over the cross country program. “Those girls are now such an integral part of my life,” she said. “I fervently hope that their time in cross country becomes as meaningful to them as it was for me.”
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Kappa Gamma professional educator sorority, Ferguson played a key
education role in the Buffalo Trace working group for the Indiana Bicentennial. The group received an Indiana Humanities Grant to create 70 educational boxes that were given to each school in the eight-county Buffalo Trace area in southern Indiana. The boxes contained hands-on items and activities that link children to their history and bring buffalo, surveyors, rangers and the early postal riders alive for kids. Items in the boxes included buffalo teeth, hide and horn as well as a teacher’s guide that walked teachers through lesson plans and linked them to Indiana standards.
Educator loves life-long learning BY KRYSTAL SHETLER firstname.lastname@example.org MITCHELL — “As a teacher, I believe I need to do that,” Ferguson said. “If I expect my students to learn, I’d better be learning, too.” That’s why you’ll find Ferguson, a fourth-grade teacher at Burris Elementary School, spending her summer vacation at literacy conferences, creativity workshops and in other professional development opportunities. In nominating her as an Everyday Hero, her nominator wrote, “You would think that after 30 years Glenda has been teaching, she would slow down, but that is not her style. Glenda doesn’t take the easy way and just maintain every year. She does more now than when she first started teaching. Every year she wants to do better for her students. “That’s why during the summer she keeps on learning new ways to teach. Athletes have spring training; Glenda has summer training.” Ferguson began her career in Mitchell as a Title I instructor nearly 30 years ago. When she was handed a classroom, taking on fourthgraders who are charged with learning Indiana history seemed to be the perfect fit. “It is my favorite grade level because, when I was a student, my favorite teacher was my fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Hutchinson,” Ferguson said. “She was amazing. We took field trips, did plays and worked on group projects. I knew that was the kind of teacher I wanted to be.” In addition to being active through the READ Council and Delta
Ferguson wrote all 16 lesson plans for the project. She spent her free time researching the historic buffalo trail and ensuring the lesson plans would be interesting to fourth-graders. “As I was doing it, my own students came to mind,” Ferguson said, “and I even tried them out on my students.” In 1999, Ferguson was awarded a Teacher Creativity Fellowships from Lilly Endowment Inc. Through it, she studied the background of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her “Little House” literature for children by visiting all the sites mentioned in the books. Born and raised in Missouri, Ferguson is a graduate of College of the Ozarks in Missouri and has a master’s degree with a reading endorsement from Indiana University at Bloomington. She came to Paoli with a friend who studied with her at the College of the Ozarks and soon fell in love with southern Indiana.
Glenda Ferguson lives in Paoli with her husband, Tim. They attend the Paoli Christian Church. What is your favorite thing about teaching? “Every day is something new, something different. It can be a challenge, or it can be humorous. And every day you get to try again.” What do you do when you’re not teaching or volunteering? “I just love to read and get out in my flower garden and pull weeds. I love to travel all over the area, too. It’s how I learned a lot of Indiana history.” Who inspires you? “My mom, grandmother and husband. My mom is a stroke survivor, and my husband is a cancer survivor. My grandma lived to be 100 and lived along up until two weeks before her death.”
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Robert C. Courson Jr. A heart to serve others BY JEFF ROUTH email@example.com MITCHELL — Bob Courson has a heart to serve others. He is a vocational minister, a teacher and helps in his community in any way he can. His nomination letter says he conducts three services a week at the First Church of God in Mitchell, teaches a class in prophecy, does funerals, hospital calls, nursing home calls, weddings, counseling, a jail ministry, as well as sets up tables for Bertha’s Mission, which recently ended its run at the church. In addition, he is a cancer survivor. He began his life in Danville, Vermillion County, Ill., the oldest son of Robert Sr. and Wilma Courson. He worked for his local IGA while in high school and a local nursery as a landscape designer when he was in college. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a Sergeant. Following his military discharge, he went to work for General Motors in both iron and aluminum plants while completing his associate and undergraduate studies at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. “I first moved to Bedford in 1984, as a salary transfer from the Danville Central Foundry Iron Plant,” he said. “Our move to Lawrence County was not only motivated as a career decision, but as a great place to raise my family due to the location and educational opportunities afforded in the local community that was welcoming and friendly.” He resigned from General Motors in 2000 after 22 years to enter the full-time ministry. “I ministered in the inner city of Indianapolis for three years while attending Crossroads Bible College, working street and shelter ministries,” he said. “I served with Child Evangelism Fellowship for several years, establishing after school Good News Clubs in public schools, then founded ‘Last Call Crusade’ to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those incarcerated, to impoverished
Son of Robert C. and Wilma Courson Sr. Husband to Linda L. Courson, a Lawrence County native and registered nurse. Father of four; grandfather of eight. He and his father share a passion for restoring antique automobiles. One of their cars, a 1924 Chrysler, is in the Chrysler Museum in Ellis, Kansas. It was a barn find and is the oldest production Chrysler in existence built by Walter P. Chrysler. My hero is Jesus Christ who died for me, that I might live for others.
neighborhoods, conducting tent meetings and church revivals.” He was installed as pastor of the First Church of God in Mitchell in January 2011. He authored his first book while he was undergoing chemotherapy in 2010-11. The book, “The Terminal Generation,” deals with prophetic end of time events according to a verse-by-verse exegesis of the Book of Revelation. During additional treatment on his liver in 2012, he completed his Master’s degree and Doctorate of Theology. He is currently working on his second published work, “Angels, Apes and Anthropology,” a trilogy that answers the questions, “Where did I come from? Why am I here? and Where will I spend eternity?” He and Barry Elliott reestablished the School of the Prophets, that was first brought to Lawrence County by Dr. Jack and Sister Becky Ryan. They are in their third semester of this teaching. Four of their students are licensed or ordained into gospel ministry. “At this stage of my life, my greatest joy is living my life according to Matthew 25:35-36; II Timothy 2:15; I Peter 3:15 and Matthew 5: 13-15, in the preaching and teaching of the Bible and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. You see in Christ alone there is hope for the hopeless, help for the helpless, forgiveness for the vilest of sinners, and grace and mercy for all who will receive him by just faith alone. John 3:16.”
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Deanna Kendall Shelter director ‘has heart of gold’ for homeless animals BY CAROL JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org PAOLI — Taking care of animals comes naturally to Deanna Kendall of Paoli. Living in the country, she said stray dogs and cats always seem to find their way to her home. “I guess I have a soft heart for animals because they don’t have a voice,” she said. “I’m an advocate for children also, but a lot of people will speak out for kids, not as many speak out for animals.” Deanna is the director of the Orange County Humane Society. She directs a staff of part-time kennel technicians and a shelter manager, is in charge of transports to rescue organizations in Louisville and Chicago that find homes for the shelter’s animals and she takes calls after hours from Orange County law enforcement on strays and injured animals. All of this she does without complaint and for no pay. Her nominator Kathy Condra writes, “She has turned our humane society from nothing into a place any pet would be taken care of with more love anyone could give. She has a heart of gold for these animals and gives her time selflessly.” Kendall has been shelter director for four years. She was a supporter of the shelter for many years before she became a volunteer. When she was first asked to join the shelter board about eight years ago, she said she would only become involved if the shelter became a no-kill shelter. About a year or two later, the shelter’s euthanasia percentage declined to the point it was officially recognized as a no-kill shelter. To maintain that status, the euthanasia rate must stay under 13 percent.
Today, Kendall is extremely proud of the shelter’s efforts to increase adoption. “In all of 2017, we have euthanized no animals except for cats that were sick and two dogs who were brought in with parvovirus,” she said. “We work with no-kill rescue group where we take dogs to other states where their laws are strict on spay-neuter.” In the last year, the shelter has made several upgrades to its facilities thanks to generous donations. A new building houses the shelter’s cats and even has a “maternity ward” for mama cats and kittens. Being shelter director can be all consuming, but Kendall said having strong community support and a good staff make it worth the hours. “I know every animal that goes through here. Knowing the animals we’ve saved, I can’t imagine them being put down for no reason,” she said. “I have to do this for my peace of mind. I enjoy doing it, and I’m not burned out on it yet.” The shelter partners with a spay/neuter clinic in Cloverdale to make sure the majority of animals coming into the shelter are spayed or neutered when they are adopted. Between 800-1,000 dogs and cats are brought to the shelter each year. Kendall said the shelter has already passed that number this year. “We’ve had more adoptions this year than we ever have, we’ve doubled our adoptions from last year, and that’s not counting the dogs that go out to rescues,” she said. “We now have people coming from Evansville and Columbus to adopt. A lot of people have worked very hard on this.”
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Bill Schrader, of Bedford, spent a career working in the newspaper business and retired in 1995 as the editor and general manager of the Times-Mail. In 2016, his accomplishments as a journalist were recognized when he was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. In addition to his involvement with highway advocacy, Schrader also helped organize the local community concert organization, which remains active today, and he helped found the Lawrence County Community Foundation. He and his wife Barbara are active members of Hillcrest Christian Church. They have three daughters and one son.
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Improving roads a priority BY ROGER MOON email@example.com BEDFORD — More than three decades of intensive lobbying by community leaders from southern Indiana led to the improved highways that carry traffic from Lawrence County to Interstate 64. While many people had a part in that goal finally becoming reality earlier this year, Bedford’s Bill Schrader was credited in April by former Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman as being “the glue that held the (lobbying) group together.” In nominating Schrader as an Everyday Hero, Adele BowdenPurlee, once the leader of Bedford’s chamber of commerce, praised him for his dedication and wrote that the years and hours he had devoted to the project were “too numerous to count.” Bowden-Purlee asked, “Why did he serve in this capacity?” She answered her own question by saying, “Because he cared. “ Schrader, for many years, served as the chairman of the Indiana 37/145 Association, which met for quarterly meetings for decades before, in April of this year, the group’s members gathered for the last time. Its work finally was done. And Schrader had no intentions of the highway advocacy group being called to a halt until he knew that the last inch of pavement was about to go down, making the north-south route safer and more efficiently traveled. Schrader, in an earlier newspaper interview, credited another Bedford man, Al Walker, with getting the ball rolling many years ago. When the association ended, Schrader said, “There were periods of encouragement and periods of discouragement, but in the end, it all got done. The way we looked at it from the getgo (was that) this wasn’t going to happen if there wasn’t a real strong grassroots movement to make it happen. It still took the
right political persuasions to be in office at the right time to move it ahead.” The highway association boasted an eventful history, spanning at least seven Hoosier governors (including the late Frank O’Bannon for whom the improved route was named), numerous legislators and a number of state highway commissioners and project managers who learned firsthand that the highway association was vigilant Bowden-Purlee said of Schrader, “He has worked diligently with the representatives from the state of Indiana, conducted thousands of community meetings and has always strived to make sure that Lawrence County and surrounding counties got the transportation benefits that we deserve. Thanks to Bill Schrader, the Highway 37/145 project was not diminished nor removed from the state of Indiana’s radar.” Bowden-Purlee called Schrader “most deserving” of recognition as a hero, and pointed out that, in reaching his accomplishments, he did so “while not seeking any recognition for his efforts.” Schrader is a retired editor and general manager of the TimesMail. Debbie Turner, who also is now retired but succeeded Schrader in that role once said, “Our company ... believed that to have healthy newspapers, you had to have healthy communities. Bill lived that principle. Besides his internal newspaper and printing work, he worked almost full-time at developing community.” In her nomination form, Angelia Jones wrote, “Such a great godly man that is humble. I know in my heart he is my hero, and I hope you will feel the same by choosing him this time.”
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Kenny Bundy Helping others end their addiction BY CAROL JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org BEDFORD — Kenny Bundy is as troubled as anyone by the national opioid epidemic that has gripped rural communities. Bundy has spent 23 years involved in the recovery community and knows from personal experience the challenges of addiction. Four years ago, he started Overcomers, an addiction recovery group to help people work through substance abuse, depression, anger or any life-controlling problem. What began with small group meetings in the living room of a church parsonage now has grown to about 20 people meeting once a week at the Englewood campus of Restoration Church of the Nazarene. The group is open to anyone at any point in their journey to positive change. “Lawrence County has more resources now than we’ve had in the last 23 years, but I felt like we needed more faith-based, Christcentered programming,” he said. “I went to Pastor Ken Bushey about starting an Overcomers support group and that’s how it got started. My motivation is to try and make a difference. If there are gaps in services, it’s important to fill those gaps.” Bundy works at Centerstone in adult and family services.
“I have a passion for trying to do whatever we can to help,” he said. “We have a nationwide opioid epidemic. It doesn’t matter if you come from Yale or jail, Park Avenue or a park bench, addiction doesn’t discriminate.” His nominator Casey Lemons wrote, “Through this program, residents of Lawrence County have been able to break chains of addiction that are rampant through our city. Kenny has been at the forefront, encouraging them, celebrating with them and directing them to a better path. “Even now when Kenny faces his own health crisis, he is present supporting the Overcomers and giving praise to God. Please commend Kenny for his dedication and choose him as an Everyday Hero.” Bundy said working with others who struggle has been a journey unto itself. “Early on when someone would relapse, I felt responsible, like I did something wrong. One of the things I’ve learned is I’m the messenger and only responsible for giving them alternatives for living a sober life. “Setting boundaries is important, I don’t take responsibility for anyone’s recovery. I am a person in longtime recovery, and I do it with the support of my church and my family. My faith in God keeps me going.”
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Robert Henderson The heart and soul of Orleans BY JEFF ROUTH email@example.com ORLEANS — Though not an Orleans native, few people have done more for Orleans in the past few years than Robert Henderson. Born in Indianapolis, his family moved to Orleans when he was seven years old. His Henderson ancestors had deep roots in Orange County, dating back to the time before Indiana was a state. He has served as Orleans Clerk-Treasurer since 2008 and was on the Orleans Town Council for three terms before that. During his 12 years on the council, he served much of the time as council president. He also served as president of the Orleans Public Library. He served as president of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce for over a decade and now serves as part-time executive director. In addition, he has been president of the Orleans Kiwanis Club, currently serving as treasurer; has served several stints as General Chairman of the Orleans Dogwood Festival. In 2015, he chaired the town Bicentennial celebration, with 200 days of activity, marking each year with a day. For that, he was recognized as a member of the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay, getting to carry the torch through downtown Orleans on the restored historic 1926 Peter Pirsch firetruck. The restoration was one of the town’s legacy projects. If that isn’t enough, he currently serves as president of the Orange County Historical Society; the Orange County Tourism Commission; the Orleans Alumni Association, Leadership Orange, Inc.; Orange County Republican Central Committee, Sons of the American Legion; Orange County Extension Board; and is an active member of the Orleans Wesleyan Church, serving as Spiritual Formation Director, is a member of the worship team and is vice-chairman of the board.
A huge fan of Abraham Lincoln, he has a collection of books and other items associated with the 16th president of the United States. Serving his third term as Orleans Clerk-Treasurer and served on the town council for 12 years Is the president of the Orange County Historical Society Has been named a Distinguished Hoosier and a Kentucky Colonel Chaired the Orleans Bicentennial Committee, celebrating the town’s 200th anniversary in 2015 and also served on the county’s bicentennial commission commemorating the state’s 200th anniversary.
Henderson’s hobbies are almost as varied as his volunteer interests. “I have been a student of and collector of anything having to do with President Abraham Lincoln,” he said. “I also collect old-time radio programs, television and film memorabilia and White House Christmas ornaments. I am an avid reader, a Sherlock Holmes aficionado, enjoy traveling and visiting Presidential Historic sites. “He goes way beyond his job description,” his nomination form reads, “because he loves Orleans and all the people who reside here. He is much appreciated and puts out tremendous effort to make the town what it is and does it willingly and with a smile on his face. He makes it his passion to know all about the history of Orleans and keeps it alive through many special events and activities.” “Henderson is the heart and soul of his hometown,” his nomination for the Bicentennial Torch Relay stated. “As the unofficial town historian, he is often called upon to speak at gatherings and provide information for publications and films. He maintains an extensive archive of information, photographs and other memorabilia regarding both Orleans and Orange County.”
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Nancy Sowder No desire to be in the spotlight BY DERREK TIPTON firstname.lastname@example.org BEDFORD — Nancy Sowder isn’t someone who particulary enjoys the spotlight. “I just try do what I can,” Sowder said. “You don’t have to talk about all the stuff you do.” Sowder, who is 75 years old, has lived nearly her entire life in Bedford, aside from a brief period of living in Ohio. She retired from Central Foundry, which is now General Motors. For the past eight years, Sowder has volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store. She also volunteered with the American Cancer Society, as her mother died from the disease, helping cancer patients travel to their hospitals. Sowder is also known for her cooking. In the past, she’s catered weddings, cooked for sick folks and cooked for funerals. She also feeds people breakfast once a month with church friends. “I love to cook,” Sowder said. “I do a lot of cooking.” Sowder attends Clearview Baptist Church. She said she’s been affiliated with the members of the congregation for about 19 years.
Living in Bedford for most of her life has been a good ride so far, she said. “I enjoy everything about Bedford,” Sowder said. “And I enjoy life. It’s easy to enjoy whatever comes your way.” When she was told she was nominated as Everyday Hero, her reaction was reserved. “There’s a lot more that deserve this besides me,” Sowder said. Sowder has a daughter, two grandchildren and a granddaughter. The person who nominated Sowder wrote of her many generous acts. “She is a Dave Ramsey failure,” the letter read. “She has cosigned many loans for cars to help young just getting started in her life. ...Never says no. (She has) collected money for people in need, sick or otherwise. “...(She’s) a good Christian donating time and money. ...Nancy (is) 75 years old and still going strong.”
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Bill Norman Heart of gold BY DERREK TIPTON email@example.com HELTONVILLE — Bill Norman still remembers the first day he took the first step to becoming a volunteer firefighter. “There was a house fire down the road, and I stopped there,” Norman said. “The chief then told me he would like me to join. ... I’ve been on it ever since.” Fast forward 31 years later, and Norman served 31 years on the Pleasant Run Township Volunteer Fire Department, where he spent time as chief. He served in that capacity for four years and retired from the role in July. In addition, he was also a first responder. “I just always enjoyed working with the people at the department with me,” Norman said. “There was a lost of good times up there, really. A Iot of work, but a lot of fun, too. ... I just like helping people. “ Norman said he now spends his time working at Independent Limestone Company, where he’s worked for the past 34 years, and helping his dad, Larry, on the farm. “One reason I got out is that my dad is 77 and he’s had three open heart surgeries,” he said. “I thought I could do my dad more good now. ... And I enjoy being on the farm.” Norman said it was an emotional moment when he read his
Everyday Heroes nomination letter. “This is the first time I’ve ever had anything like this, so it brought tears to my eyes,” Norman said. Melissa Short, a family friend who also worked with Norman at the department, wrote that he’s a man with a big heart and with compassion that is rare these days. “Bill has a heart of gold and any time we need him or the community needs him, he is always there ready to do whatever needs to be one in the middle night,” Short wrote. “... He is a great asset to the community and everyone knows Bill for his kind heart and helping hands. ... Here is a man that will give you the shirt off his back and go cold just so you are warm. “... His mission is to help no matter the cost of hours on scene, loss of sleep, missing holiday meals with his family ... you will never hear him complain one time.” For his free time, Norman said he likes to deer hunt, spending time with his family and attending Donica Church of God. “I like spending time with family, if something comes up, you have to make time for family,” he said. Norman is married to his wife Debbie. He two daughters, ages 18 and 22, and two stepsons, ages 26 and 22.
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Pat McKnight Septuagenarian exudes zest and goodwill By BOB BRIDGE firstname.lastname@example.org MITCHELL — As a rule, septuagenarians do not teem with energy and enthusiasm. Seven decades on the planet tends to take a toll on the human spirit. In that regard, Pat McKnight goes against the grain. She is as proud, purposeful and productive as most women half her age. McKnight, a 2017 “Everyday Hero,” continues to amaze her daughter-in-law with her ambitious agenda and active lifestyle. “She helps run a local dairy farm, milking cows two times a day,” Marnie McKnight explained. “Plus, she works another full-time job. “You would think being over 70 that would be plenty to do. But what makes Pat so special is she still finds the energy to volunteer her time and expertise to the Lawrence County Dairy Club. More importantly, she coordinates clothing drives and directs a year-round service at the church to provide clothing and other items for families so desperately in need.” Pat’s considerable contributions don’t cease there. “Despite her two jobs and volunteer work, she still finds time for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren,” Marnie said. “When I think of all she does and how much she gives to others, I’m amazed how she’s able to accomplish it all. Obviously, she has a big heart and a willingness to assist.” McKnight’s penchant for productivity is not a recent development. She served on the Lawrence County Fair Board for 28 years. “I loved it,” she said. “Charlie Craig was our president, and you couldn’t ask for a better leader. Those were good times.” She said the board always tried to keep its primary focus on the
Philosophy: When one door closes, God opens another one. Fair fun: While helping to coordinate the pie and cake contests at the fair, Pat was afforded the opportunity to taste test delicious desserts prepared by the county’s best bakers. Bucket list: Win a grant to fund an expansion of her church’s program that provides clothing for those in need.
4-H programs and local agriculture. Each day at 8 a.m. and 9 p.m., McKnight oversees the milking of dairy cattle. “We have machines now to do the milking so it’s mostly just the prep work and keeping an eye on the process,” she explained. “I enjoy the cows, but the price of milk is so cheap today. The market has really bottomed out. It’s hard to do any better than breaking even.” Pat’s second job is helping to operate Once Upon a Child, a used clothing store Marnie owns in Bloomington. She spends most of her “free” time directing Bedford Seventh-day Adventist Church’s clothing drive. “She works to collect items then organizes them,” Marnie said. “She answers all inquiries for assistance and designates special days during the year for families to get these much-needed items.” Pat noted 75 families participated in the church’s most recent distribution of clothing. “I’m sure there are many more out there who need this,” she said. “I think many are just too proud to accept help.” Asked about her determination to assist families in need, Pat modestly redirected the praise. “Marnie does more than I do,” she insisted. “She gives so much to that program, and we’re so happy to have her as part of our family.”
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We at the RT & MDT were overjoyed to get so many nominations for Everyday Heroes. We wish we could have done a story on every one of them. To make sure that all are honored, here is a brief summary of the remaining nominees and who nominated them. They are listed in the order in which they arrived.
A daily inspiration to those who know her, Mary is active in her church, community and on the golf course.
Known as a giving woman, Joanne will pray with you, for you or for anyone who needs prayer.
As a sergeant with the Bedford Police Department, David Booth is also the department’s training coordinator, DARE officer and a field training officer.
Danny is a great of example of an everyday hero who checks on the elderly, takes them to the store, visits nursing homes and even lets people borrow his car.
Robert (Bobby) Brown
A firefighter at Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department, Bobby is also a firefighter instructor who is dedicated to keeping everyone up-to-date and well trained.
Known for her efforts to educate people about Native Americans, Marilyn is a tireless worker who operates a food pantry out of her home with help from the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.
Gaye Tumey Conner
This Springville resident has battled cancer and volunteers at IU Health and its grief support group and cancer support
group while also serving on the patient and family advisory council.
Josh is a supervisor at St. Vincent Dunn/AMR ambulance service. A giving man, he receives accolades for his efforts to better the community.
Karen was nominated for her tireless efforts in caring for her son, Billy, who was injured in a 2015 logging accident. Until his death earlier this year, Karen helped her son maintain his independence, serving as his chauffeur, nurse, barber and legal aid.
Jamie is credited with making sure those around her are happy and have everything they need. She does this while caring for her mother who has Alzheimer’s.
Ken is a volunteer coach for Orbit Futbol Club and has spent more than two decades developing players and coaches. He was singled out due to his passion for the game and for the kids he coaches.
James C. Fisher
James is an active member of the Lions Club and works with its vision program. He volunteers at various schools, day cares and community events to set up and conduct vision screening for people of all ages.
For more than 50 years, Roland has been stopping to help
motorists stuck on the side of the road. Despite some helpful stops that lasted until the early morning hours, Roland is still credited with waking up with a smile on his face.
Becky is a foster parent and CASA who is always trying to recruit to meet the needs of both. She organizes a support group for foster parents and runs a foster care closet with supplies for those families.
A kitchen manager at Stalker Elementary School, Karla does more than fill plates. She’ll share hugs, smiles and love and do what she can to care for all the children who come through the food line.
Richard has owned an automotive business for more than 30 years. Over the years, he’s learned to balance the needs of his customers and of his family.
Susan works hard as a secretary and warehouse manager at Applacres. She’ll do whatever it takes to help including picking up lunches for the staff, planning parties or just showing random acts of kindness.
L.D. volunteers as a firefighter and at the fairgrounds, but he’s also known to plow out friends in the winter. He was nominated for the thankless jobs he’s performed over the years for friends.
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A Lawrence County native, David has provided jobs and services to many people through his role at Hoosier Uplands. One of his latest projects was the revitalization of the Opera House in Mitchell where area residents can find entertainment options.
After retiring nearly 10 years ago, Conrad has remained active by delivering meals to shut-ins and helping with the weekly kids program at Orleans First Baptist Church. Despite his busy schedule, he still finds time for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bethany was nominated for her selfless giving to children in the community. When her teaching day ends at 3:30 p.m., she dedicates her time after school to tutoring kids into the early evening.
As a soccer and basketball coach, Billy was nominated for teaching the kids on his team how to work together, be good role models and how hard work helps them reach their goals.
Caren was nominated by her mother, who admired her daughter’s efforts to go the extra mile and give her best.
Delores was nominated by her sister who said she could always confide in and count on her sibling for support. And despite struggles with neuropathy, her faith in God allowed her to continue to work despite her illness.
Robin and Jerry Saunders
This dynamic duo was nominated for helping a family member in need. When stricken with illness, this family member was helped and supported by Robin and Jerry who met whatever need was presented.
Dr. Joanne Smart
This doctor was nominated for the way she assists her patients with the most special and sincere level of caring. She’s been considered a role model and mentor for those around her.
Emily is Girl Scout leader for Troop 03229 and has a
penchant for supporting all things Lawrence County. She is active in her church and also helps with the Huron festival while being a wonderful mother to her three children.
Despite needing surgery, Leland still showcases his green thumb by planting and tending a garden.
If you need help, Toni will often answer the call and was nominated for going out of her way to help others.
Norma and Michael Wilsand
This mother and son team was nominated for helping when a friend fell and broke a hip. Stuck on the floor for three days, the nominator was saved when Michael broke a window, unlocked the door and rendered aid.
Sandy was termed the “right hand” to Janice at Bertha’s Mission. Although she doesn’t drive, she manages to get where she needs to be to help coordinate and serve food to those in need in the community.
Celebrating bright spots in our community
Congratulations TO THE 2017 EVERYDAY HEROES!
On behalf of The Times-Mail and the Everyday Heroes sponsors, thank you for your contributions! You help make our communities great.
Parker and Dena Judah
Rick Ferguson II
Congratulations to Our Everyday Heroes! On behalf of IU Health Bedford Hospital and Southern Indiana Physicians, we want to say thank you to those who help make our community a better and healthier place to live.
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