July 4th Festival

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Southport will be covered in red, white and blue on Monday, July 4, 2017 for its 6th Annual July 4th Festival! The Independence Day celebration at kicks off at 12 p.m., followed by free hot dogs, chips and water at 12:30 and then  games and a Kona Ice Food truck from – 2:30.

*Please note: The parade has been cancelled this year. The parks department is planning for this festive event’s return in 2018!

Jeff Sutt breaks ground on veteran’s memorial in Southport park

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Jeffrey Sutt (third from left) and his team of volunteers break ground on the veteran’s memorial. To the right, Southport Mayor Russell McClure and Clerk-Treasurer Diana Bossingham.

Local Boy Scout Jeffrey Sutt, of Troop #316, broke ground on his Eagle Scout project on May 19. Digging up the rose bushes surrounding the American flag at Southport Park, he and his team of volunteers have begun preparing the area for a veteran’s memorial. A flag from each branch of the U.S. military will surround the American Flag, decorated with a retaining wall and brick pavers to create a memorial that Sutt said he hopes people feel proud visiting, taking pictures and remembering those who have sacrificed for freedom.

“I like doing stuff for the veterans and seeing their faces when they see us give back,” said Sutt, a student at Perry Meridian High School. “I wanted to do something that would benefit Flag Day in the park, where a lot of people show up. For my Eagle Scout project, I wanted to do a memorial for all veterans and active servicemen. I’m looking forward to getting it completed and hopefully seeing a lot of people come and see the flags and enjoy the project itself.”

Southport’s next Flag Retirement Ceremony is June 14, Flag Day, at 7:30 p.m. The Boy Scout troop will be on hand to help the Southport Flag Committee honorably retire hundreds of American flags. Sutt’s Eagle Scout project is expected to be completed in the early fall. He is still fundraising for the flag poles, and will begin selling engraved brick pavers of assorted sizes to be used in the memorial. Those interested can email edg99317@gmail.com.

Why should our community center be improved?

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The City of Southport is applying for a Community Room Remodel Grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. In order to qualify for this grant, we would appreciate letters of support from residents and businesses that have seen the need for this remodel.  See below the plans for this remodel. Click here for sample letter of support.

Please use the sample letter and tell the reasons why you think our Community Room should be improved.  Making the building bigger to accommodate more people, making it more ADA compliant, making the building more energy efficient or just as simple as making it look better would all be valid reasons.

You can send your letters to Alissa Newhouse, Mayor Russell McClure’s Administrative Assistant at cityadmin@southport.in.gov or mail them to

City of Southport

6901 Derbyshire Road

Southport, Indiana 46227

Thank you for your participation and desire to make this city a better place to live!


Support Southport Lions Oct. 1

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The Lions Club of Southport is raising $2,100 for the Southport Police mascot through its Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser on Oct. 1, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Southport Community Center.

Movie in the Park: Mary Poppins

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Grab your lawn chairs and join the Southport Parks Department for Movie in the Park, featuring Mary Poppins on Sept. 10, beginning at dusk (8 p.m.) in Southport Park, 6901 Derbyshire Rd. This movie is open to the public and free. Snacks will be provided.

There will also be a chili cook-off to accompany the movie. The funds raised from the chili cookoff will be used to help fund an Eagle Scout project. Jeff Sutt intends to build a veterans memorial at the park, using the existing flag pole, adding five more flag poles to represent each branch of the service. 

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Southport Parks Board Meeting Aug. 17

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The Southport Park Board will meet Wednesday, August 17, at 6 p.m. in the Community Room.  Anyone who is a Southport resident and is interested in considering joining the parks board, please email Marylynne Winslow at mwinslow.parks@gmail.com.