Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


November 19, 2013

Chamber Community Service Award renamed Don Horan Service Leader of the Year award

GREENSBURG – In an emotionally moving moment during The Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards and Recognition Dinner Thursday, the executive committee and board of directors announced they have changed the name of the annual Community Service Award to the Don Horan Service Leader of the Year Award.

The award was presented to Rebecca Horan, the oldest daughter of Don and Barbara Horan, accompanied by her sisters Olivia, Regan and Adrienne.

Don Horan, wife Barbara and their friends Stephen and Denise Butz lost their lives in a tragic plane crash Dec. 2, 2012. The four were returning from a weekend vacation in Destin, Fla., and went down in fog and rain near the Greensburg Municipal Airport.

The magnitude of the loss of such influential leadership was still near the surface in the hearts and memories of the large crowd gathered for the annual event. The silence as the award was read was reverent. Renaming the award in honor of the late Don Horan and his daughter, Rebecca’s comments, lifted those assembled and inspired them to carry on in her father’s selfless example of giving back to the community.

Rebecca Horan’s words, delivered to a standing ovation by the guests, were reminiscent of the spirit of community so often shared by her parents. “My Dad was sure to teach us at an early age what he felt were the most important things in life and what we needed to do to ultimately succeed. When each of us were old enough to understand and appreciate it, we would get the opportunity to receive a weekly allowance of $5. Before this exciting new rule came into effect, he sat us down and gave us one of his infamous Don Horan lectures that lasted more than 45 minutes and ended with some sort of ‘teach a man to fish and feed him for life’ parable. He told us we would get our allowance if we did two things, work hard at whatever chore we were assigned, which would of course be inspected by him, and gave 10 percent of our earnings every week to the church. And, he informed us, 50 cents obviously rounds up to a dollar,” she said to the smiles of appreciation among chamber guests.

Text Only
  • ponderosa fire.jpg Ponderosa damaged in fire

    GREENSBURG -- Discarded cigarette butts may have been the culprit in a fire that temporarily forced the closure of a local restaurant and caused an estimated $10,000 in damages Friday night.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • BIZ GN0802 Economy [Duplicate] Job growth again tops 200,000 WASHINGTON — U.S. employers extended their solid hiring into July by adding 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old recovery

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb080114-allen pool summer pic-02 Few pool days remain before summer's end GREENSBURG — The calendar might not say winter is almost here, but for Greensburg and Decatur County school kids, summer’s ending draws near.Greensburg Community Schools return to classes Monday, while Decatur County Community Schools welcome student

    August 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • Colts lose 2nd starter with season-ending injury ANDERSON, Ind. — Colts left guard Donald Thomas will require season-ending surgery to repair his injured right quad.Coach Chuck Pagano said Thursday an MRI confirmed the diagnosis.Thomas also missed most of last season with a torn right quad in Week

    August 1, 2014

  • No Headline Provided Local clubs, service groups, fraternal organizations and others are encouraged to send their Coming Events information to the Daily News at or Daily News, PO Box 106, Greensburg, IN 47240.Aug. 18 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Plein-Ai

    August 1, 2014

  • nws-gb080114 meth bust photo 1 Four arrested on charges of conspiracy to manufacture meth GREENSBURG — Four Greensburg residents were arrested Wednesday afternoon by Indiana State Police on drug-related charges including conspiracy to manufacture meth. Authorities said the investigation is ongoing and they expect more arrests.At about 2 p

    August 1, 2014 4 Photos

  • nws-gb080114-dccs special meet headshot Hirings, resignations mark DCCS Board meeting GREENSBURG — In a brief special meeting Wednesday night, the Decatur County Community Schools (DCCS) Board formalized a number of new hires, resignations and retirements.DCCS Superintendent Johnny Budd told the Daily News that the need for the meetin

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb080114-safest cities pic Greensburg among state's safest cities GREENSBURG – Data collected by a home security resource company has placed Greensburg among the 10 safest cities in, an online source for obtaining information about home security systems, recently selected the 50 safest cities i

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb073114 miss tree city preview photo Miss Tree City to be named in Saturday ceremony GREENSBURG — Five contestants will vie Saturday to serve as Miss Tree City and to reign over the Tree City Fall Festival in late September.The competition will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Greensburg Learning Center, 422 E. Central Ave. Admission

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb073114 Steam show 1 jpg Indiana Pioneer Engineers Club Steam Engine Show and Reunion starts today The 66th annual Indiana Pioneer Steam Engine Show and Reunion will be held beginning today and continue through Aug. 3 at Caldwell Acres, 3707 South CR 200W. For more than half a century, Rush County has hosted members and visitors from all over the

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos