Senior staff writer
A Beech Grove Middle School teacher’s walk across America stands out as The Southsider Voice’s top story of 2016.
Kevin Winton’s 3,091-mile walk that honored military veterans who died serving their country and their families touched the hearts and minds of readers.
Winton, a veteran, walked with Indianapolis police officer David Roth from Atlantic City. N.J., to San Francisco. Winton told his story to readers and to the congregation at New Bethel Baptist Church in Wanamaker, where he was honored at a reception.
Fifty percent of the first-place votes were cast for their trek on foot.
The academic progress of Manual High School garnered 32.5 percent of the first-place votes and ranked as the No. 2 story.
We appreciate all our readers and those who took the time to submit a record-breaking number of ballots. We hope that 2017 brings continued good news to the Southside.
The top 10 stories of 2016:
1. Winton walks across America to raise funds for Helping Hands for Freedom, a veterans organization.
2. Academic culture restored at Manual, no longer rated by the state with an F.
3. Monserrate Shirley sentenced to 50 years in prison for her role in Richmond Hill explosion.
4. Indiana Department of Transportation announces State Road 37 corridor as path of I-69 expansion through Johnson County and Perry Township.
5. Engineers outline steps to demolish vacated St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove.
6. Indianapolis Fire Department to close Wanamaker fire station, remodel and build new station in Franklin Township.
7. Beech Grove Library merges with Indianapolis Public Library.
8. Southport redevelopment continues with renovation of Gerdt Furniture and old post office building.
9. Southsider and Indiana Republican Party Chairman Jeff Cardwell guides GOP in general election.
10. Southport police officer Ryan Bowersox saves life of overdose victim by using narcan kit donated by Southport Lions Club.
Editor’s note: Of those who submitted ballots, Pat Darland’s name was drawn to win $25.