About Ron Dowdy

I have lived in Decatur Township since I was about 5 years old. I graduated from DCHS in 1973, IUPUI's Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in 1979 with an Associates degree in Electrical Engineering and Technology. I am currently attending IUPUI's Purdue School of Engineering and Technology studying Web design in the Computers and Information Technology department. All four of my children graduated from DCHS also.

Today in Decatur Township Evolves

Today in Decatur Township in one year has grown in size to a project which is too large for one individual to operate. And yet the financial support available from the community is not sufficient to support one individual let alone the staff needed to operate this journalistic endeavor.

There is much support and need for Today in Decatur Township to continue to provide news and information to Decatur residents and those with ties to the township. The site averages approximately 30 visitors per day to the site. Over 10,560 visitors have accessed the site since it launched on October 11, 2012. The visits have come from around the world, 9,992 from around the U.S., and the rest from many countries around the world. As the fulfillment of the missions of Today in Decatur Township continue to be accomplished these numbers will grow exponentially.

Today in Decatur Township was launched with two missions in mind.

      Provide local news and information to the residents of Decatur Township
      Become an academic resource for the students of Decatur Township

The first mission is in place and fairly successful. To fully meet the coverage desires of the community it is needed for more events and news to be covered. There is more happening in the township and to graduates, former township residents, and others with ties to the community than one person can cover. Volunteers are needed to make sure the happenings of the community are posted and available to the readership.

The second mission while helping the students of the township have an opportunity to gain journalistic, web design, and other experience as the opportunity arises also allows for the expansion of coverage to the community.

The first desire is for Today in Decatur Township to become a community effort. A community effort where those with ties to the community help set the goals for the site and help operate this project.

It is needed for Decatur Township residents, middle school, high school, college students, and others who might be interested in helping Today in Decatur Township fulfill the journalistic needs of the community to contact Ron Dowdy at nighthawk73@juno.com. If you are not a writer, do not worry, there are many different aspects of the operation where you can be helpful.

Today in Decatur Township needs you…

If you have any questions please send them to nighthawk73@juno.com.


DCHS Alumni Association News for 11/22/2013

It’s Friday, who is ready for a weekend of cleaning and cooking and getting ready for family to come in for Thanksgiving? Not me…lol

Santa at The log Cabin

(High School Rd, Across from Valley Mills Elem)

Saturday Dec. 14th 12-5pm and 6-8pm

Sunday Dec. 15th 1-5pm

Saturday Dec. 21st 1-5pm and 6-8pm

Sunday Dec. 22nd 1-5pm

Pictures with Santa $5

Warm, fresh cookies $1

Hot chocolate $1

Hand-painted ornaments $1-$2

All proceeds go directly to American Cancer Society’s

Relay For Life of Decatur Township

Craft fair

Decatur Discovery Academy PFO

5106 S. High School Rd

Indpls, IN 46221

Saturday, December 14, 2013

9a – 3p

Free Admission with a non perishable food item

Calvin R. Finley

Calvin R. Finley, 55, Garner, North Carolina, formerly of Indianapolis, IN, passed away on November 13, 2013.

He worked for TT&E Iron and Metal, Inc. for several months in Sales.

He was a member of Unity Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Stephanie Finley; their daughter, Shelby Finley; additional children, Monique Hancock, Semonae Finley, Natasha Swindle, Shiloh Finley, and their mother, Debbie Helton; six grandchildren; parents, Damon D. and Judy Finley; sisters, Teresa Reynolds and Regina Northrup.

Services will be on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 2:00 PM, in Flanner and Buchanan – Decatur , with visitation there on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

He will be laid to rest in West Newton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Unity Missionary Baptist Church, 3102 S. McClure St. Indianapolis, IN.

Please check the following website daily for information on Decatur Township: http://decaturtownship.net

Feel free to share your emails with your fellow alumni and friends. We are excited to share information other than reunions and obituaries, please feel free to send news my way to share

Kellie Shearin
President, DCHS Alumni Association
Class of 1982
Go Hawks!

Therese Hannah Announces Candidacy for Marion County Circuit Court Judge

Therese Hannah Announces Candidacy for Marion County Circuit Court Judge

Indianapolis – Tuesday night, Therese Hannah announced her candidacy for Marion Circuit Court Judge. In her speech, Hannah mentioned three areas she would focus on if she were elected: Increasing collection of child support in paternity cases, making the court more efficient, and building a strong team to accomplish the work of the court.

Hannah stated,

“Children should enjoy a childhood free from want and deprivation if a parent exists who can provide financial support.

“In helping the court be more efficient, it is no surprise to anyone here that I am an advocate for electronic filing.”

She went on to say she would aggressively expand the use of electronic filing in the Circuit Court to reduce paper flow, alleviate storage issues, and help improve file organization.

She concluded by stating her commitment to building a strong team to help the court accomplish its mission.

“I am dedicated to developing creative strategies to meet the growing demand upon the court’s resources and to attracting and retaining talented staff to carry out this mission.”

About Therese Hannah:

Therese is a native of Indianapolis and a graduate of the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. She first worked for a small firm in Indianapolis, clerked for an appellate court judge, and then took a hiatus to raise her six children. Most recently, Therese has served as a Special Master on the Marion County Mass Tort Docket for Asbestos claims.

New Decatur Township Business Hopes to Hire Township Residents, Announces Job Fair.

fastParkLogoFastPark&Relax will be conducting a job fair for our new location in Indy, at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 8910 Hatfield Dr. Indianapolis IN 46241 on the 3rd and 4th of Dec from 9am-12pm and 5pm to 9pm.

We are looking forward to offering positions for drivers, cashiers, maintenance and mechanic to members of the Decatur Township.

We are looking for people with strong customer service skills, who enjoy working as part of a team.

Cashiers not only take care of each guest but they also dispatch the shuttles and control the operation during their shifts.

We have all shifts available and are open 24 hours a day. We are looking for both full and part time driver positions.

Drivers will need a regular operators license and a clean driving record.

All new hires will have a background check and will be sent for a drug test as part of the hiring process.

State Police Promote Two to Leadership Positions

Trooper Hankins Promoted to First Sergeant to Serve as Quartermaster Section Commander

Monday, November 18th, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter promoted Trooper Kyle Hankins to the rank of First Sergeant to serve as commander of the Indiana State Police Quartermaster Section. The Quartermaster Section is responsible for shipping and receiving, tracking and disposition of assets including equipment and supplies.

sgtHankinsHankins is an Air Force veteran serving in Operation Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle from 2001-2003. A native of Indianapolis and a 1984 graduate of Scecina High School, he earned a BS in Business Administration from Davenport University in 2008.

Hankins began his career with the Indiana State Police as a civilian employee in 1994 and graduated from the 60th Indiana State Police recruit academy in 2000. He was assigned to the Indianapolis Post and patrolled Marion County. In 2005 Hankins was transferred to the Pendleton District where he patrolled Hancock County until September 2010 when he was reassigned to the Indianapolis District.

First Sergeant Hankins is the Quartermaster Section Commander for the Indiana State Police Field Support Services Division and will be responsible for issuing and ordering equipment to meet the needs of civilian and sworn Indiana State Police personnel statewide.

First Sergeant Hankins resides with his wife and two sons in Hancock County.

Submitted by:
Rich Myers

Steve Holland is promoted to Major over the Indiana State Police Laboratory Division

Statewide- Monday, November 18th, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter promoted Lieutenant Steve Holland to the rank of Major, to serve as commander of the Indiana State Police Laboratory Division.

majHollandMajor Holland has served as an Area Investigative Coordinator since 2004, before that he was the now closed Seymour Post’s Investigative Commander Major Holland was appointed to the Indiana State Police in 1986 and served as a trooper in Jackson and Bartholomew Counties. He has served in a variety of other positions since that time including the positions of undercover drug investigator, detective, white collar crime investigator, and district squad sergeant.

Major Holland graduated from Paoli High School in 1982 and from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1986. Since joining the state police, Major Holland has also graduated from the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville in 1996 as well as the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 1997.

Major Holland and his wife, Kimberly, reside in the Columbus area with their three children.

Submitted by:
Jerry Goodin
Public Information Office

Gold Academy Teacher Awarded McDonalds Grant

INDIANAPOLIS – Excellent ideas for classroom activities have not gone unnoticed by your local
McDonald’s® restaurants. McDonald’s Restaurants of Central Indiana offered MAC Grants this year
to help teachers Make Activities Count for their students.

Amy Harpold, a physical education teacher at Gold Academy, was awarded over $350, to fund a physical education program called “Fitness Forever” where students will participate in different activities to increase fitness and abdominal strength.

MAC Grants is an on-going program that offers financial support to help teachers Make
Activities Count for their students. Because lessons often become more meaningful when
demonstrated with hands-on experiences, McDonalds’s Restaurants of Central Indiana support
activities that supplement regular classroom curriculum.

McDonald’s Owner/Operator, Randy Shields surprised Amy Harpold with a check presentation at Gold Academy on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.

McDonald’s Owner/Operator, Randy Shields surprised Amy Harpold with a check presentation at
Gold Academy on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.

The MAC Grants program’s goal is to provide funding to teachers for interesting and educational

What: McDonald’s MAC Grants Check Presentation
Who: Randy Shields, McDonald’s owner/operator
Amy Harpold, physical education teacher
When: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 at 9 a.m.
Where: Gold Academy
5650 Mann Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46221

About McDonald’s
McDonald’s USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of
wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to more than 26 million customers every day. Nearly
90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local
business men and women. Customers can log online for free at any of the nearly 12,000 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants.

For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com,

ISP Update for West Side Body Investigation

Indiana State Troopers from the Indianapolis District are investigating a body found on the west side of Indianapolis near I-465.

Yesterday afternoon, at approximately 4:30 p.m., ISP was notified by a person walking on the exit ramp from NB I-465 to Crawfordsville Road of a male body just off the interstate near the 17mm.

The Marion County Coroner was called to the scene and pronounced the male person deceased at the scene.

An autopsy was performed today and the Marion County Coroner’s office has ruled that the death is not a homicide. The autopsy indicated the man had a heart condition and his death is preliminarily being contributed to a medical condition. A final ruling is not available pending toxicology results.

The man has not been positively identified. I will send that information when identification has been made and his relatives notified.

No further information is available at this time.


Indiana State Police-Indianapolis District 52-Indianapolis, IN
8620 E 21st St
Indianapolis, IN 46219

Rich Myers

Decatur Township GOP Club schedule

decRepClubHeaderA reminder of our November and December schedule:

In November we will be meeting on Wednesday 11/20/2013 rather than our usual last Wednesday to avoid Thanksgiving conflicts. This is our regularly scheduled monthly meeting or the Decatur Township Republican Club at the Buffer Park Clubhouse at 7:00pm.

December is our Christmas party … Bring the family and bring your appetite! It is on Wednesday, December 4th, also at the Buffer Park Clubhouse at 6:30pm.
See you there :)

Gregg West
precinct committeeman GOP DEC 010
corresponding secretary, Decatur Twp Republican Club
5021 Kentucky Ave, Suite J, Indianapolis, IN 46221-3650
cell: 317.374.1507 – fax: 317. 821.8907
email: Gregg@JeneeneWestRealty.com