By Ray Tincher | For The Times-Post
In 2010, the tallest man-made structure on Earth that year, is in the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
One of the richest areas in the world.
Look the area up on the map? They have built golf courses and designed fabulous homes and touring business right out of the sand.
The year 2010 had several earthquakes. The first one occurred in Haiti. It was a 7.0 magnitude devastating the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince. With 316,000 deaths, it is one of the deadliest earthquakes on record.
The next month Chile had an 8.8 magnitude earthquake, which also triggered a tsunami over the Pacific and killing at least 525. This earthquake was one of the largest in recorded history.
In September 2010, the third earthquake with a 7.1 magnitude rocked Christchurch, New Zealand. They had another earthquake in 2012. The two earthquakes created a lot of damage to the area and the last quake resulted in 187 deaths.
In October 2010 another earthquake and consequent tsunami of the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia killed more than 400 and left hundreds missing. The next day, repeated eruptions of Mt. Merapi volcano in Central Java, Indonesia erupted killing 353 people and forcing thousands to fee their homes.
I was living in Bradenton, Florida in April of 2010 when the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers. The results of the Horizon oil spill, one of the largest in history, spread for several months, damaging the waters and our beautiful Florida coastline. There was a period when we could not understand why the Obama Administration failed to act. Also, the sad parts were what the oil did to the wildlife in the area. It took several months of hard work to gain control of the situation.
In 2010, we lost several famous people. Alexander Haig – Secretary of state; Peter Graves – actor; Fess Parker – actor cowboy; Robert Culp – actor; John Forsythe – actor; Lena Horn – singer; Gary Coleman – actor; Dennis Hopper – actor; Rue McClanahan – Golden Girls; Jimmy Dean – singer and businessman; Robert Byrd – senator; George Steinbrenner – New York Yankees owner; Patricia Neal – actress; Eddie Fisher – singer and actor; Tony Curtis – actor; Tom Bosley – actor; Jill Clayburgh – actress; and funnyman Leslie Nielsen.
In 2010, the members of the town council were wondering if there was a better way to pick up our leaves. Their prior way was labor intensive. Our utility workers were responsible for collecting our leaves and hauling them to Noblesville in a truck that didn’t hold many leaves. Council President Gary Shuck said, “They were spending more time traveling than collecting leaves.”
Thank God they now have a vacuum truck that collects the leaves and does a great job. I have two large trees on my property that generate a lot of leaves each year. Somehow, I get the leaves to the curb and the utility workers make them disappear. Thank you, for the little things you do for our residents!
In fall 2010, Jim Leach, 50, an employee of Farmer’s Grain, fell into a Lapel silo and was buried beneath 89,000 bushels of soybeans. Many people don’t realize how dangerous silos can be. While supervising the outside property at the Indiana State Reformatory, I experienced losing an inmate who fell into the silo. Regardless of how hard you try, it only takes a few minutes for someone to suffocate after falling into a silo.
When it comes to who has the most influence in your life, who would that be? Your parents have the responsibility of your life and development until you are legally on your own. However, there are possibly many others.
In school there are many teachers who take their job serious. I remember talking to many students who were in one of Trudy George’s classes. Some adults today have warm respect for the way she conducted her classroom and the way she made you feel. Did Trudy George have any influence on your life? My thought is, “She truly did.”
In 2010, at Lapel High School, the teachers and staff were the ones who were there to help guide this class into adulthood. They taught the 2010 LHS Class much more than the state standards and curriculum.
They taught this class about being organized, dedicated, responsibile, cooperative and punctual. As a former supervisor, I can attest to the importance small things like punctuality, being to work on-time! Being able to communication well. If they don’t communicate well, they are going to have a miserable life. This is where in student’s development years, they must develop these skills to be a prosperous person in life.
At Lapel High School in 2010, the following faculty members were responsible for the advancement of this class: Michele Amos, Nathan Andrews, Kevin Barrett, Mark Boudrout, Dorinda Cassiday, Richard Cassiday, Donna Caudill, Diane Clark, Nick Clarkson, Danita Dittlinger, Katherine Ewers, Greg Granger, Shelly Green, Lisa Hagan, Cheryl Hensley, Denise Hersberger-Gray, Jerry Hoss, Sr., Jimmy Howell, Catina Jessup, Deborah Johnson, Marianne Julius, Chad Kemerly, Gayle Kepner, Barrett Key, Sherry Krause, John Maryan, Amanda Mayes, Sharon McDermit, Brenda Mills, Kim Murdock, Rebecca Sears, Jane Shively, Cindy Stephenson, Julie Storm, Jeannine Terhune, Zoe Terhune, Melisha Troxell, Andrea Westphal and Tina Wilson.
Many of the LHS 2010 Senior Class would be about 30 today. It would be very interesting to learn how each senior student from this class had prospered. Many today, may be married and have a small family?
However, here are the members of that class: Jackelyn Absher, Kourtney Allender, Sarah Alverez, Sarah Ambrose, Scott Baker, Brandon Barker, Tiffany Barnes, Taylor Benner, Kelsie Bentley, Kyle Bisping, Charleen Bogus, Kelsi Bostic, Joseph Champagne, Jess Chilli, Kolbie Compestine, Riley Davis, Samantha Dodd, Brandon Edwards, Kayla Ellerman, Sean Erwin, Aaron Flesher, Samuel Foust, Ethan Gallagher, Austin Gardner, Ross Glover, Kaitlin Goldsmith, Whitney Grace, William Griner, Rachael Handwork, Anton Happel, Dottie Hart, Dylan Hobbs, Kayla Hobbs, Thomas Hormell, Collin Hufand, Abby Hull, Alexander Huntzinger, Olivia Huston, Logan Ingle, Amber Jenkins, Audrey Johnson, Mara Johnson, Jennell Kelly, Shyann King, Brian Leap, Sarah Loser, Brittany McCoy, Jack Meeks, Cameron Mendel, Grace Mendel, Wesley Miller, Stephanie Murdock, Justin Neff, Jessie Owens, Emily Putman, Mariah Robertson, Rachelle Rundquist, Haley Scherer, Torey Scherer, Alexander Schimmel, Nathaniel Shell, Kyle Sheller, Benjamin Shroyer, James Smart, Shelby Smith, Johnathan Springer, Bryony Stanger, Thomas Swain, Rachel Tarlton, Heather Vanhorn, Dusty Ward, Libby Wash, Jordan Watkins, Shelby Weeks, Hailey Wilkins, Matthew Wood, Logan Wyant, Abigail Young and Taylor Young.
On Nov. 5, 2009, Chasity Keever was a freshman at Lapel High School, who died after a sudden illness. She was only 16 and had previously attended Frankton schools. She was a member of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church.
In sports during the 2021-2022 season at LHS, the varsity boys track team had the best results with a 29-6-1 record. The LHS girls track team finished with a 5-2 record. The LHS girls varsity softball team also had a promising season with an 18-11 season. In wrestling, LHS had a great season with an 18-7 record, plus they won the WRAC Conference Championship. Coach Nate Andrews earned a Coach of the Year nod. The varsity boys golf team finished the season with a 11-5 record. And last was the boys varsity baseball team struggling, with a 4-23-1 season record.
In basketball, the boys varsity team finished the season with a 14-10 record. The girls varsity team gave it their best effort but finished the season with a 6-16 record.
Ray Tincher attended Ball State University and retired from Indiana Department of Correction in 1997. He worked at IDOC for 30 years, serving in a variety of roles, from correctional officer to warden. At retirement, he received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award from Gov. Frank O’Bannon. He wrote several training manuals as part of his employment and is a published author: “Inmate #13225 John Herbert Dillinger (2007).” He and his wife, Marilyn, live in Lapel.