With a record number of ballots filled in by our readers, the tornado that swept through Beech Grove causing considerable damage to the city was voted as the top story of 2019.
A record 14 stories on the 24-story ballot received at least one first-place vote, led by the tornado story with the dedication of “Blake’s Memory Garden at Garfield Park a close second.
Thanks to you, our faithful readers, the ballots submitted reflect upon a very newsworthy year again on the Southside.
The recipient of the $20 gift card from Ponderosa Steakhouse at Thompson Road and Emerson Avenue is Sandy Phelan of Rockville, formerly of Beech Grove.
TOP 10 STORIES OF 2019
1. Short-lived but vicious tornado inflicts heavy damage to Beech Grove High School, homes and businesses.
2. Cancer victim Blake Bowell memorialized with dedication of “Blake’s Memory Garden” and “Devine Light” sculpture at Garfield Park.
3. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck visits Burkhart Elementary School to honor a third-grade class and winner of Riley’s Children’s Health “Change the Play” essay contest.
4. Old Southside Neighborhood awarded $4.5 million grant for new projects from City of Indianapolis.
5. First “WeB4Me” award honors Center Grove senior Ben Nicoson for raising $22,000 in Hoops for Haskins drive to assist family of late Rashawn Haskins who was killed in an auto accident.
6. Drive to Save Manual High School hits major roadblock as Indiana Charter School Board votes down application to become public charter school.
7. Fund-raising drive helps family with cost of liver transplant for four-year-old Natalie Rose.
8. Perry Twp. Schools receives five-year $22 million grant awarded by National Institute for Teaching (NIET).
9. Greenwood continues multi-purpose land development by keeping old middle school gymnasium as showpiece and launches makeover of nearby Old Town Park.
10. Indiana State Police aviation breaks ground for airplane hangar and special ops headquarters at Indy South Greenwood Airport.