Pictured at the RACV Royal Pines Resort for the Ray White’s The Event, mega auction. Picture Mike BatterhamBidding on the property inched upwards before the Parzatkas took it from the underbidder by just $1000, for $1.256 million.Mrs Parzatka said she had an eye on a few properties she had viewed in the lead-up to The Event, but was ultimately attracted to the Isle of Capri home for its weekly rental return of $1250. “We bought it as an investment property,” said Mrs Parzatka, who lives in an apartment in Surfers Paradise with her family. Pictured at the RACV Royal Pines Resort for the Ray White’s The Event, mega auction. Picture Mike BatterhamBernadette Parzatka and husband Henry were among several buyers on the day who “stood fairly firm” to successfully outbid their competition.The Parzatkas snapped up a five-bedroom, three-bathroom home at Isle of Capri. “I think from watching all the reality TV shows … we know the tricks,” Mrs Parzatka said. Pictured at the RACV Royal Pines Resort for the Ray White’s The Event, mega auction. Buyers Henry and Bernadette Parzatka with their daughters Brooke (left) and Zoe. Picture Mike BatterhamA MIX of local and interstate buyers engaged in frenzied bidding as Ray White Surfers Paradise Group cleared a whopping $35.4 million worth of sales at a mega-auction yesterday.A crowd of about 1000 people, including more than 170 registered bidders, crammed into the RACV Royal Pines Resort in Benowa to be part of the agency’s legendary annual The Event auction. Ray White’s The Event at the RACV Royal Pines Resort. Picture: Mike BatterhamWhile the $35.4 million worth of deals confirmed at time of going to press was impressive, that figure is expected to climb further in coming days and weeks as sales are finalised.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We’re likely to see the momentum from this auction continue into the next month or so,” Mr Bell said.“We’re expecting to secure sales for a number of properties passed in over the weekend over the coming weeks.” Bidding frenzy. Picture Mike BatterhamThe highest price paid under the hammer yesterday was $1.4 million for 360 acres at 126 Blacks Rd, Kingsholme.However a Xanadu North penthouse at Main Beach sold for more than $5 million ahead of The Event.There were also some great buys for eagle-eyed bargain hunters, with a Southport unit snapped up for a mere $132,000. Pictured at the RACV Royal Pines Resort for the Ray White’s The Event, mega auction. Picture Mike BatterhamMrs Parzatka has bought property through auction before, but said The Event was the largest of its kind and that she would recommend it to other buyers.“It is a bit scary … you just have to be careful not to get caught up in the action,” she said. Auctioneer Andrew Bell in action. Picture Mike BatterhamRay White Surfers Paradise Group CEO Andrew Bell said the success of the auction showed confidence in the Gold Coast economy remained strong.“The strong contingent of local buyers was the big surprise of the day,” Mr Bell said.“The other was the strength of bidding for properties around the $1 million to $1.5 million mark.“Together they are an indicator of the strength of the local economy and the confidence of local buyers in their home market.“The other notable trend is the return of the holiday home market, particularly from Sydney.”
Mrs. Ruby Frances (Redding) Blackburn, age 89, of Greenwood, Indiana, formerly of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on March 13, 1928, in Paris, Kentucky, the loving daughter of the late, Thomas and Katie Lee (Sanders) Watkins. She was raised in Paris and Lexington, Kentucky, where she attended school. Ruby was united in marriage on January 5, 1947, in Paris, Kentucky, to Woodrow Lee “Red” Blackburn and to this union arrived two sons, Windel Lee and Larry Allen and a daughter, Cindy Ann to bless their home. Ruby and Woodrow shared over 55 years of marriage together until Woodrow passed away on August 23, 2002. She was a milliner by trade for Hansley Mills in Lexington, Kentucky, for several years. She later moved to Switzerland County, Indiana in Craig Township in 1966 and was employed for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana, for 30 years. Ruby was a member of the Spring Branch Baptist Church. Ruby resided the past 9 years in the Greenwood, Indiana community with her son, Larry and his wife: Karen where she was lovingly cared for. Ruby was a wonderful homemaker and will be remembered for her love of her grandchildren, cooking, sewing and her church. Ruby went to be with her Lord and Savior at 2:00 pm, Friday, March 17, 2017, at the Greenwood Meadows in Greenwood, Indiana.Ruby will be dearly missed by her son: Larry Allen Blackburn and his wife: Karen of Greenwood, IN; her grandchildren: Joseph Taylor, Jennifer, Regina and Ericka; her great-grandchildren: Woodrow, Alexandra, Antonio, Adalaido, Ava Marie, Archer, Annestyn, Mason, Miles and Marshall; her great-great-granddaughter: Jazmyn Marie; her brother: John Riley Watkins, Jr. of FL; her sister: Billie Marking of FL and her brother-in-law: Benny Garland of Vevay, IN.She was preceded in death by her parents: Thomas Redding, died August 9, 1935 and Katie Lee (Sanders) Watkins, died August 8, 2002; her husband: Woodrow Lee “Red” Blackburn, died August 23, 2002; her step-father: John “Johnny” Riley Watkins, died October 29, 1993; her son: Windel Lee Blackburn, died April 23, 1979; her daughter: Cindy Ann Blackburn, died March 3, 2009; her grandson: Joshua Bleu McFarland, died August 16, 1990; her granddaughter: Katie Alonso-Peralta, died August 22, 2011; her brothers: Thomas Redding and Earl Clark Watkins and her sisters: Anna Kathryn Redding, Jean Garland, Ruth Garland and Judy Johnson.Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 11:00 am, by Rev. Howard Wade, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Grandview Memorial Gardens, Madison, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Monday, March 20, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Spring Branch Baptist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.
Batesville, IN—Batesville Main Street held a Community Roundtable Event Wednesday evening at the Big Four Café. The packed house event was full of community volunteers, leaders, and business owners. Those in attendance split into 9 smaller groups and were tasked with finding solutions to several questions that were asked in a recent community survey conducted by BMS. The groups were split into categories based on the four pillars of Main Street: Organization, Economic Vitality, Design, and Promotion.Executive Director Tina Longstreth stated that the BMS Board will next take all the innovative ideas that were shared and develop a strategic plan that will help BMS as they set intentions for the year ahead and further.