By Ray Tincher | For The Times-Post
The most notable event in 2011 happened in March, when uncertainty over Libyan oil output caused crude oil prices to jump 20% over a two-week period following the Arab Spring, creating an energy crisis.
They tell you, there is no price fixing for gasoline. Let me just say, in 1959, I owned a Standard Oil station, in Greenfield. I would receive calls from Indianapolis regularly, as to the price of a gallon of gas. My competitors would also receive calls on their price.
Today, gasoline is very competitive. If you own a gas station and you have your tanks full, with a price increase, you can make some big bucks.
Also, in March 2011, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the east coast of Japan, killing 15,840 and leaving another 3,926 missing. They believe many were swept out into the ocean with the tsunami. Japan had four nuclear power plants affected by the earthquake. Those workers worked around the clock saving the power plants.
In April 2011, the Mexican town of Cheren was taken over by vigilantes in response to abuse from the local drug cartel. This is something we never hear in our free America. Can you imagine, in addition to a police force who favor the local drug cartel, you are under control of the cartel?
On May 2, 2011, Osama bin Laden was in a home he had been living in for some time. He was the founder and leader of the militant group Al-Qaeda. At that time, Osama bin Laden was considered public enemy No. 1. A special forces group was dispatched to his residence, where he resisted and was instantly killed. Due to Muslim religion, his body had to be buried that evening. He was identified and buried at sea.
Spring in the United States usually brings tornadoes. The year 2011 was no different. An EF5 tornado struck Joplin, Missouri, killing 158 and injuring another 1,150.
In October 2011, a large snowstorm produced unusual amounts of snow across northeastern United States and the Canadian Maritimes, leaving 1.7 million people without power and disrupting travel. If you were listening to the weather forecasters and news media prior to Christmas, you would have thought the world was ending? Then, we only get about half of the amount of snow they were forecasting.
And in December 2011, the United States formerly declared an end to the Iraq War. While it ended the insurgency, it began the rebuilding for what we blew up during the war.
Here are some people we lost in 2011. Most senior citizens will remember them best: Anne Francis – actress; Sargent Shriver – member of the Kennedy family; Gary Moore – TV host; Jane Russell – actress; Elizabeth Taylor – actress; Geraldine Ferraro – presidential politician; Jackie Cooper – actor; Seve Ballesteros – golfer; James Arness – actor; Dr. Jack Kevorkian – helped people die; Peter Falk – actor; and Betty Ford, former Frst Lady.
In our 2010 census, Lapel is in Stoney Creek Township, Madison County, with a population of 2,068. Many don’t know Lapel was platted in 1876 by Samuel Busby and David Conrad, when a rail line was extended to this point.
The census also claimed there were 803 households and 578 families living in Lapel. The average age of those living in Lapel was 37.3 years; 27.9% of the residents were under the age of 18; the gender makeup of the town was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.
In 2011, the Lapel High School faculty preparing the seniors for graduation were: April Adams, Michele Amos, Nate Andrews, Julie Baer, David Barker, Mark Boudrot, Joe Cahoe, Dorinda Cassiday, Richard Cassiday, Donna Caudill, Diane Clark, Nick Clarkson, Justin Coomer, Steve Crandell, Danita Dittlinger, Kim Ebert, Pam Eckstein, Katherine Ewers, Greg Granger, Shelly Green, Lisa Hagan, Cheryl Hensley, Denise Gray-Hersberger, Kent Hesson, Amy Hobbs, Jerry Hoss Sr., Jimmie Howell, Catina Jessup, Debbie Johnson, Marianne Julius, Chad Kemerly, Jerry Kemerly, Gayle Kepner, Barrett Key, Sherry Krause, John Maryan, Sharon McDermit, Brenda Mills, Kim Murdock, Willie Osborne, Tami Paddock, Larry Schuler, Greg Scott, Rebecca Sears, Jane Shively, Cindy Stephenson, Julie Storm, Jeannie Terhune, Kelly Thomas, Melisha Troxell, Stacy Wainscott, Andrea Westphal, Larry Wheadon, John Willis and Tina Wilson.
As they say, “You only have one shot at this, so give it your very best!” The class of 2011 seniors appear to have given it their very best. They are now young 30-year-old adults. They have entered a competitive job market.
Here are the members of the Class of 2011: Abby Amos, Abbie Atkins, Kinsley Atkins, Kelsea Baker, Jack Bays, Melinda Bays, Ian Betts, Bailey Blackford, Kelsey Blessing, Shelbie Boldman, Alex Boles, William Boyer, Jessica Brown, Jordan Boone, Kelsey Burton, Sarah Bryant, Chris Cartwright, Ayla Cates, Caleb Childers, Kayla Clark, Ciera Clem, Reid Coleman, Bobby Collins, Corrine Cloverdale, Dylan Crosley, Dariane Davis, Kaylynn Degraff, Jacob Dragish, Cassy Edwards, Ethan England, Zack Farley, Taylor Fletcher, Evan Frank, Megan Gardner, Kayla Garver, Jill Gentry, JoJo Gentry, Taylor Gibbons, Chandler Guion, Steven Harper, Zack Hawkins, Hayden Heeb, Mckenzie Henderson, John Hettinga, Ashlee House, Austin Humphrey, Brady Huntzinger, Breanna Hutchison, Kyle Jackson, Austin Jannings, Tracy Jarrett, Mackenzie Jones, David Keller, Rachel Kollath. Jessica Lucas, Jessica McKinley, Rachel Metz, Erin Meyer, Abby Miller, Stephanie Miller, Wes Miller, Carissa Morris, Sarah Morton, Paul Murdock, Leigh Murphy, Cameron Nardi, Chas Needler, Tabi Neff, TJ Paige, Emiley Pelsue, Chris Perry, Nicholas Peterson, Preston Pickett, Jeremey Reed, Kay Retherford, Tori Rhodes, Amber Roudebush, Jesse Rushton, Cody Schoettmer, Kayleigh Schroeder, Derrick Shields, Lindsay Slack, Lindsay Smallwood, Desmond Soverns, Jacob Spruell, Leah Steele, Micah Surber, Trevor Turner, Jonathan Vrguidez, Hunter Watkins, Teyler Watson, Macey Weins and Zack Zeiss.
The Class of 2011 Motto was: “With every ending there is a new beginning.” The class advisors were Tina Wilson and Danita Dittlinger. Their class colors were black, silver and teal; Flowers were white rose; Their song was “With Arms Wide Open.”
I am sorry as I cannot give you any information on the LHS sports for 2010-2011. The LHS Yearbook does not list any stats for the season. Yearbooks switched to including photos of boys and girls teams, but no stats. In years to come, that might be a mistake.
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.