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home : news : local news September 24, 2017 


Atlanta New Earth Festival expecting thousands
ATLANTA - The 44th annual New Earth Festival is scheduled for today and Sunday at Atlanta.

More than 600 vendor booths of unique arts, crafts, collectibles, and food of all kind will be available.

Free entertainment this year include The Flying Toasters, Jeremy Morris, and The Singing Contractors for Sunday morning services.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Compton promoted to Senior Vice President
FRANKFORT - Cicero resident Kim Compton has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Technology/Operations, for Farmers Bank.

Compton began her employment at The Farmers Bank in 2016 as Vice President of Information Technology/Operations.

She received her bachelor's degree in English from Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
HHMS Named Gold-Star School
ARCADIA - Hamilton Heights Middle School has been named a 2017 Indiana Gold Star School Counseling Award recipient by The Indiana Department of Education.

The Gold Star designation signifies the school counselor-led steering team has met specific criteria identified for the development of a comprehensive school counseling model.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Noblesville Brewfest & Wine Garden today
The Noblesville Brewfest & Wine Garden is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Forest Park, 701 Cicero Road, Noblesville.

Presented by Friends of Central Pool, tickets for the event are $50 and available at https://noblesvillebrewfest.ticketleap.com/2017/

All event proceeds benefit the Forest Park Aquatic Center.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Proffitt presented with Sagamore
State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) (right) presents John D. Proffitt (left) with Indiana's highest citizen award, the Sagamore of the Wabash. Proffitt, Carmel, now retired, was the managing partner for over 30 years at Campbell Kyle Proffitt LLP. In 2007, he received the Distinguished Hoosier award from former Gov. Mitch Daniels. Proffitt is described as a leader among lawyers in Indiana, especially in the areas of family law and civil litigation. For over 20 years, he has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America Publication and has been listed in Indianapolis Monthly Magazine's Best Lawyers in Indiana each year since inception. Proffitt is active in local politics, and was instrumental in establishing the Hamilton County Progress Committee, which served for years as a county think tank, fostering collaboration and endorsing regional thinking.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Chief Justice Rush to lead national Opioid task force
INDIANAPOLIS - The misuse of opioids such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain medicines is not only a devastating public health crisis, it is critically affecting the administration of justice in courthouses throughout the United States.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Heights to cut ribbon on completed projects
ARCADIA - Hamilton Heights School Corporation and its students are inviting parents and members of the public to share in a special ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration of the completion of construction projects and enhancements in the Engineering, Agriculture, Business, Band and Choir classrooms and as well as auditorium lighting upgrades at Hamilton Heights High School.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Richardson: New grant money paves way for local road projects
STATEHOUSE - Local communities will receive state matching grants to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville).

More than $150 million was awarded to Indiana cities, towns and counties through the Community Crossings grant program, which is now in its second year. The grants are available through the Indiana Department of Transportation as a result of legislation supported by Richardson in 2016.

Friday, September 22, 2017
IDHS encourages participation in 'ShakeOut'
The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is four weeks away - 10:19 a.m. Oct. 19 - and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is encouraging Hoosiers to register and participate in this drill promoting earthquake safety preparation and awareness.

Indiana is exposed to a serious threat of earthquakes along the New Madrid Seismic Zone, located 180 miles southwest of Evansville, and the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone, which encompasses parts of southeastern Illinois and southwestern Indiana.

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Fourth annual Scarecrow Contest announced
Entries for the fourth annual Noblesville Main Street Scarecrow Contest, will be accepted beginning Monday.

The contest is open to all ages, individuals, families, clubs, groups and businesses. There is no cost to enter. Entry forms are available online and at all Noblesville Main Street events, including the Farmers Market.

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Robert J. Denari dies
WESTFIELD - Former Westfield basketball and golf coach Robert J. Denari has died. He was 84.

Denari, a biology teacher, led the Westfield boy's basketball team from 1977 to 1981, and the golf team from 1977 to 1996.

"He was larger than life," said Stacy McGuire, Westfield High School principal. McGuire was a student of Denari's, graduating in 1989. She went on to become a biology teacher as well, and replaced Denari when he retired in 1996.

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Suburban Indy Home & Outdoor Living Show comes to Grand Park
WESTFIELD - Grand Park welcomes Suburban Indy Shows and Whale of a Sale to its Events Center in the coming weeks expanding beyond the sports culture.

"Grand Park will always be in the business of sports, but the Grand Park Events Center is large enough to attract conventions," said Mayor Andy Cook.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Hamilton Heights FFA competes at State Livestock Skillathon
ARCADIA - Eleven students from Hamilton Heights FFA Chapter competed in the State Livestock Skillathon Judging Contest on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Contest was hosted by the Purdue 4-H Extension at the Purdue ASREC.

The Hamilton Heights 4-H Senior Team placed 2nd and is advancing to the National Livestock Skillathon Judging Contest in January at the National Western Livestock Show in Denver.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
ISP to conduct seatbelt enforcement blitz
Indiana State Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Officers and Motor Carriers Inspectors will be participating in a statewide blitz Sept. 24-30 that will concentrate on Commercial Motor Vehicle seatbelt enforcement and education.

A goal for the Indiana State Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Division is to reduce the number of CMV crashes, which will also lower the number of injuries and fatalities related to those crashes.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Master Gardeners offers nature seminar Saturday
Hamilton County Master Gardeners on Saturday will offer a gardening seminary, "Creating Nature in the Burbs."

Doors open at 8:15 a.m., with seminar from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 E. Pleasant St., Noblesville.

Topics include mixing natives with iris, supporting and understanding pollinators, smart and healthy garden maintenance techniques and proper heirloom seed saving and exchange.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
FCC Chair hears about NG 911 in county
The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission was in Hamilton County Tuesday, to learn how public safety officials are utilizing Next Generation of 911 services.

Ajit Pai was joined by Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), and public safety officials locally and from around the state, to learn how Indiana has adapted to changing technology in use with its 911 systems.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
With Atlanta New Earth Festival expect increased traffic
ATLANTA - The annual Atlanta New Earth Festival takes place this weekend, and a large influx of traffic is typical during the festival, and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office wants everyone to watch for congestion and allow for extra travel time if driving along Ind. 19 or 296th Street this weekend.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Westfield ready to 'ROCK-n-R.I.S.E'
Students, parents and teachers from Maple Glen Elementary School march in the 2016 Westfield Homecoming parade. The Westfield Washington Schools Homecoming Parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, and will begin in the Westfield Intermediate School/Westfield Middle School parking lot. This year's theme is "ROCK-n-R.I.S.E"- Relentless Effort, Intense Focus, Sickening Enthusiasm, Extreme Confidence. The football game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday against Hoosier Crossroads Conference rival Brownsburg.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
2017 Carmel on Canvas prizes awarded
CARMEL - The fourth annual Carmel on Canvas plein air paint out was held Friday to Sunday, September 15-17. This open-air painting exhibition and competition took place on the sidewalks throughout the Carmel Arts & Design District.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Public Invited to OneZone Business Expo
FISHERS - Exhibitors at OneZone's Business Expo & Food FORUM will put their businesses on display and share their information with hundreds of potential customers in just one night at this annual event. Tickets are now on sale for the event that takes place at FORUM Conference Center from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 27.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Fishers named Best Place to Live
FISHERS - Fishers has been named the Best Place to Live by Money Magazine.

"It's an exciting day in Fishers! Money Magazine truly captured what makes our city the #1 Best Place to Live: great schools, low cost of living, and an entrepreneurial buzz. This designation reaffirms the vision of Fishers as a smart, vibrant, and entrepreneurial city as it continues to gain momentum not only in Central Indiana but nationally. There's much more to come in fulfilling that vision, all with the goal of continuing to make Fishers the best place to live, work, and play," said Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness.

Monday, September 18, 2017
Special Olympics Indiana names Noblesville Schools as Unified Champions
Special Olympics Indiana has named all ten Noblesville schools as Unified Champion Schools, the only district in the state to have all of their schools receive this honor.

The recognition is designed to highlight schools that make inclusion of students with disabilities a priority. Specifically, Special Olympics Indiana looks for schools that excel in inclusive student leadership, whole school engagement, Unified Sports and fundraising.

Monday, September 18, 2017
Fire guts home
Shortly after 4:00 p.m. Sunday, the Noblesville Fire Department was dispatched to a residence fire in the 19500 block of Forsythe Drive. First arriving units quickly marked this a working fire. The fire is under investigation at this time. No injuries or deaths associated with this fire.
Monday, September 18, 2017
FCC Chairman to discuss 911 system
Federal Communications Chairman Ajit V. Pai will be at Hamilton County's 911 Communication Center, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, for a roundtable discussion of Next Generation 911.

The evolution of emergency calling beyond the traditional voice 911 call has caused the recognition the current Enhanced 911 (E911) system is no longer able to support the needs of the future.

Monday, September 18, 2017
Three hurt in car, motorcycle collision
FISHERS - A serious crash on the I-69 southbound ramp to I-465 sent three people to the hospital with serious injuries.

The crash closed the southbound lanes of I-69 just south of Fishers for nearly 45 minutes while emergency crews tended to the injured, investigated the crash and cleaned up the wreckage.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
One killed in accident at Ind. 32 and C.R. 1200 E.
ZIONSVILLE - A 62 year old Indian woman, visiting family from Carmel, was killed in an accident involving a passenger vehicle and a dump truck, just after 5 p.m. Friday, at Ind. 32 and C.R. 1200 E.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
NPD recruitment drive set
The Noblesville Police Department will commence its 2018 Applicant Screening Process Oct.28.

Citizens interested in applying may do so my submitting a pre-application prior to the posted deadline 11:59 p.m. Oct. 26.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
See a Rolling Work of Art: The Flagler Rail Road Car
The Flagler Rail Road Car, called a "rolling work of art," will be on display at the Indiana Transportation Museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Officially known as Florida East Coast Railroad's No. 90, was built as part of a wedding present for Standard Oil founder and creator of the original rail line to Key West, Henry Flagler's wife.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Home-A-Rama begins Thursday
WESTFIELD - The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis is presenting 2017's First Internet Bank Home-A-Rama at The Lakes at Grassy Branch in Westfield.

The show begins noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and runs through Oct. 8, every Thursday through Sunday. The ticket booth closes at 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
99.5 ZPL to play host KidFest at Federal Hill Commons
The Noblesville Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with local radio station 99.5 WZPL to bring the first KidFest to Federal Hill Commons, 175 Logan Street.

The event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 24, and will include activities for the whole family.

The downtown urban park will be filled with bounce houses, games, music, obstacle courses, face painting, character meet and greets and so much more.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Homecoming Ready!
The Noblesville Millers football team rode on multiple flatbed semi-trailers to celebrate Homecoming during the Noblesville Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon. The parade featured the Marching Millers, school athletic teams, organizations and clubs.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Miller Royalty
Noblesville Homecoming King Curtis Taylor, and Queen Tessa Scalzo, were crowned during halftime ceremonies of the Millers' game Friday night against Zionsville.


Friday, September 15, 2017
Carmel sets up safe exchange zone
Carmel Police Department has designated two parking spaces at 3 Civic Square, Carmel IN for our Safe Exchange Zone program. These parking spaces are located directly in front of the police department with ample signage, good lighting and 24/7 video surveillance.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Jones estate sale this weekend
CARMEL - The estate sale of Scott Jones continues 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday, at 1150 West 116th St, Carmel.

You may not know the name Scott Jones, but chances are his inventions are part of your everyday life. Checked your voicemail lately? You have Jones to thank. Using iTunes to discover new music? Another reason to thank Jones.

Friday, September 15, 2017
Millers celebrating Homecoming Week
It's Homecoming week at Noblesville Schools.

Students in all schools participated in dress-up days each day, from Pajama Day to Tacky Tourist and Throwback Thursday to Black and Gold Day.

Friday, September 15, 2017
Temple on Tour
The Noblesville Masonic Temple at 295 S. Ninth St., will be open to the public for a free tour of the building, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. See the "hand-crafted and most beautiful building in Hamilton County," Noblesville Mason Ron Wilson said. The Masonic Lodge No. 57 has been operating since May 28, 1847, and at the Lodge since 1915. The building will be open during the Noblesville Preservation Alliance's 31st annual Historic Homes Tour.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Council tables rail loan request
The Hamilton County Council tabled a request for $750,000 loan - to repair 12 miles of the Nickel Plate Railroad, from Noblesville to Atlanta - during its meeting Wednesday night.

The request came from Brenda Myers, Hamilton County Tourism executive director, representing Nickel Plate Heritage, a partnership selected to operate a train between Atlanta and Tipton.

Friday, September 15, 2017
Atlanta New Earth Festival set for Sept. 23-24
ATLANTA - The 44th annual New Earth Festival is scheduled for Sept. 23-24 at Atlanta.

More than 600 vendor booths of unique arts, crafts, collectibles, and food of all kind will be available.

Free entertainment this year include The Flying Toasters, Jeremy Morris, and The Singing Contractors for Sunday morning services.

Friday, September 15, 2017
Belfry season opens with murder-mystery comedy
Hamilton County Theatre Guild announces the kickoff of its 53rd season with the opening of "Done to Death," a murder-mystery comedy opening Sept. 22 at The Belfry Theatre, 10690 Greenfield Ave., Noblesville.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Barrington residents go for the gold
The Olympics are underway at The Barrington of Carmel! The games are a part of the Movement Matters campaign through Masterpiece Living, a foundational philosophy of the community which emphasizes physical health, spiritual fulfillment, intellectual challenge and social engagement as the key components to a successful aging and a better lifestyle.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Ball State announce honor students for summer 2017 term
MUNCIE - Ball State University has announced the names of students who graduated and/or were included on the dean's list and graduate list during the spring 2016 semester.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Career fair offers options
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Youth Assistance Program will play host to its second annual Student Career Exploration Fair 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 2, in the Sheridan High School Gymnasium.

Students in grades 8 through 12 from Sheridan, Hamilton Heights, Tipton, and Clinton Central are invited to attend the hands-on, interactive career fair which will highlight skilled trades in advanced manufacturing, the hospitality industry, agriculture, human services, health care, transportation, construction, and information technology.

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Nickel Plate District sidewalks come to life this weekend
FISHERS - The sidewalks in the Nickel Plate District will glow this weekend thanks to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana and BLASTmedia.

Fishers Parks & Recreation has partnered with the local organizations as they decorate the sidewalks around the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater with glow-in-the-dark chalk 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, to raise awareness for the BBBSCI mission, just in time for one of Fishers Parks & Recreation's most popular events, Glow in the Park.

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Westfield Toastmasters Club schedules open house
WESTFIELD - The Westfield Toastmasters Club has scheduled an open house for 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Union, 136 N. Union St., Westfield.

At the open house you can see a typical Toastmasters Club Meeting. A special invited speaker will demonstrate the craft of public speaking. This will be followed by speech topics of 1 to 2 minute impromptu speaking to a given question.

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Carmel on Canvas Sept. 15-17
CARMEL - Watch art created before your very eyes at the fourth annual Carmel on Canvas plein air event - an open-air painting exhibition and competition on the sidewalks throughout the Carmel Arts & Design District. The event, which is free to spectators, runs Friday to Sunday, Sept. 15-17.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
HAND wins Indiana Landmarks prize to winners
Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development Inc. was recognized Sept. 10 at Indiana Landmarks' annual meeting, where HAND won a Servaas Memorial Award for achievement in historic preservation.

Given annually to a not-for-profit organization, the award recognizes HAND's work restoring three abandoned buildings and revitalizing a block of downtown Noblesville.

Thursday, September 14, 2017
WPD to wear pink badges
WESTFIELD - Some Westfield Police Department officers will be wearing pink badges as part of their uniform for all of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The participating officers have chosen to purchase the badges with their own money to support the cause.

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Auditions for holiday play announced
Hamilton County Theatre Guild announces auditions for its holiday play, "A Christmas Cactus," directed by Noblesville's Elaine Wagner.

Christmas Eve is tough for private investigator Cactus O'Riley when two fugitives burst into her office looking for justice and a dead detective named Jake Marley.

Thursday, September 14, 2017
WPD investigating robbery
WESTFIELD - Westfield Police are investigating a report of a beating and robbery, which occurred Wednesday morning.

Police officers were called to St. Vincent Hospital, Carmel, to speak to a 19-year-old male, who reported he was a victim of a battery/robbery.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Federal Hill Commons to play host to special events
The Noblesville Parks and Recreation Department has lined up a series of free family-friendly events for the community to enjoy at Federal Hill Commons on Friday and Saturday.

"We are excited to kick off our fall events this weekend with Food Truck Friday, a movie in the park and a rocking concert," said Mike Hoffmeister, Noblesville assistant parks director. "Summer is winding down, but our programs and events are still going strong and we want people to come out and enjoy our city parks year round."

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Rep. Cook seeks constituents' ideas, input
STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) will play host to a series of public meetings this fall to gather input and suggestions for new laws prior to the 2018 legislative session.

Cook will gather input and discuss issues affecting local communities. He said the meetings will be informal discussions with no set agenda, and attendees are welcome to come and go at their convenience.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Juvenile risk-assessment process reduces incarceration
When the Hamilton County Juvenile Services Center opened a decade ago, its secure detention facility housed an average of 22 minors each day. Last year, the average daily count was just 9.

The striking reduction in juveniles behind bars in Hamilton County didn't happen overnight-it's the result of years-long collaborative and an evolving risk-assessment process that allows Probation Department staff to focus their time and attention on the young offenders who need it the most.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Three arrested in strong-armed robbery
WESTFIELD - Three Indianapolis men have been arrested following a strong-armed robbery of a Westfield home Monday.

Dominiqure Lawayne Dunn, 24, Jordan Domonique Bright, 26, and Lajon Idell Wilson, Jr, 23, were booked into the Hamilton County Jail following their arrest.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Bash Boutique announces opening of Noblesville store
Bash Boutique, a Wabash-based retailer specializing in women's boutique apparel, has announced the grand opening of its third store, located at 884 Logan Street, in the heart of Downtown Noblesville.

Bash Boutique will celebrate with a Grand Opening BASH which will be free and open to the public 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Westfield Boulevard open to traffic
WESTFIELD - The city of Westfield officially opened the new extension for Westfield Boulevard Tuesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

"We hope this new roadway will provide an alternate way for people to get around Westfield without having to get on and off US 31," Mayor Andy Cook said. "It will also hopefully allow more people to easily access Westfield's great downtown."

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Fishers, Indy leading effort to attract Amazon HQ
INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness are teaming up to lead the effort to draw Amazon to the Indianapolis metropolitan area, according to The Times newsgathering partner WTHR.

Amazon plans to build a second headquarters in North America. It says it would involve a $5 billion dollar investment with tens of thousands of high-paying jobs, and they're asking cities across the country to bid on it.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Classics Coming to Auto Show
FISHERS - Hot pipes and cool rides will be on hand as The Reserve at Hamilton Trace, a fully independent senior living community in Fishers, hosts its first-ever Classic Car Show Sept. 23.

The free event, which is hoped to be the launch of a regular series, is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
HAND wins Indiana Landmarks prize to winners
Hamilton County Neighborhood Development received a Servaas Memorial Award from Indiana Landmarks, recently.

HAND received a $2,000 prize along with the award, for restoring three historic buildings to provide low-income apartments, and revive a blighted area in downtown Noblesville.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Photo Gallery of Children Seeking Adoptive Families Stops in Carmel
CARMEL - The Indiana Heart Gallery is a traveling photo exhibit featuring compelling portraits of children in need of adoptive families and it is making a stop at the Monon Community Center in Carmel.

The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) created the Heart Gallery in 2007 with the goal of sharing the beautiful professional portraits along with stories about children in foster care in Indiana. This initiative helps put a face on a sometimes invisible need and reminds families that adoption changes lives.

Monday, September 11, 2017
NPA announces award nominees
The nominees for the 2017 Nickel Plate Arts awards include two foundations, three students and a winery.

Nickel Plate Arts released the list of nominees for the awards over the weekend. Nineteen nominations were made in in five categories.

Nickel Plate Arts launched the awards in 2016 to celebrate local leadership in the arts.

Monday, September 11, 2017
Final member of Dane Group sentenced for securities fraud
INDIANAPOLIS - All three members of The Dane Group, a capital investment firm located in Fishers, have been convicted of securities fraud following an investigation by Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson's office.

The Dane Group was formed in 2012 by Bruce McIntyre, Shelly Guzman and Fennis Bledsoe to provide capital to expanding businesses. Together, the partners sold unregistered short-term promissory notes to at least 4 Hoosiers totaling over $375,000 from 2013-2014.

Monday, September 11, 2017
Westfield man dies in accident
A 42-year-old Westfield man was killed in a single-vehicle accident Sunday.

Derik Reed was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, Horton Road, south of 196th Street.

Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the scene around 12:24 p.m., on a report of a crashed vehicle with a victim trapped inside.

Sunday, September 10, 2017
Local DAR chapter sponsors essay contests
The Horseshoe Prairie Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring the annual American History Essay Contest for grades 5-8, and the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest for grades 9-12. All students in Hamilton County including public, private, parochial, and homeschool students are eligible to participate.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Johnson to speak at national meeting
Judi Johnson, Noblesville Economic Development director, will speak at the CEOs for Cities National Meeting, November in Phoenix.

Johnson will speak about Noblesville's "Why not?" philosophy.

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Annual Duck Race scheduled for Saturday
Noblesville Main Street, the City of Noblesville and Noblesville Fire Department are sponsoring the annual Duck Race Saturday.

The celebration kicks off at 3 p.m. featuring DJ Gene Ott and the chance to purchase a Duck Race ticket until 4:45 p.m. along with limited food and a beer garden hosted by Barley Island and Deer Creek Brewery until 6 p.m.

The Duck Race itself will get underway around 5 p.m. with the winning duck receiving a guaranteed $1,000 prize. Duck Race tickets will be on sale the morning of the event at the Farmers Market and at the Main Street tents during the celebration. This Duck Race is sponsored by Summers Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.

Friday, September 8, 2017
Township purchases life-saving device for WFD
WESTFIELD - Westfield Washington Township, in partnership with Westfield Fire Department (WFD), has purchased a second LUCAS Chest Compression System for WFD. A device which is proven to save lives in an emergency.

The LUCAS Chest Compression System assists first responders and paramedics by providing effective and uninterrupted chest compressions on sudden cardiac arrest patients.

Friday, September 8, 2017
County schools receive Gold Stars
Guerin Catholic High School, Noblesville, and Hamilton Heights Middle School, Arcadia, have been named Gold Star Schools for 2017 by the Indiana Department of Education.

Guerin is a renewal Gold Star School, and HHMS is a first-time recipient.

Friday, September 8, 2017
Westfield Safety Festival this weekend
WESTFIELD - Residents in Westfield will have a chance to learn about valuable safety practices this weekend when the Westfield Fire Department hosts the 2017 Westfield Safety Festival.

The event is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Village Park Plaza. There is no cost for admission.

Friday, September 8, 2017
Spartz: 49 competitors
Victoria Spartz, newly elected District 20 State Senator, said Indiana has 49 competitors (states), not just six in the Midwest.

"I am a huge believer in free enterprise and competition. So, now I will have 49 competitors (not just 6) to worry about. Our state needs to be a 'lean machine,' and perform key functions well and implement some corporate advances in internal controls, risk assessment and cost efficiency," Spartz said.

Friday, September 8, 2017
Carmel breaks ground on Monon expansion project
CARMEL - The City of Carmel broke ground today on a major widening and expansion of the popular Monon Greenway through the heart of Midtown and the Arts & Design District.

The new Monon Boulevard project will transform the current 12-foot wide path into a multi-faceted 140-foot wide right-of-way section that will include new dedicated lanes for cycling, buffer zones, sidewalks, green spaces, one-way streets with additional parking on either side of the trail and a new Midtown Plaza at 4th Street SW near the Allied Solutions corporate headquarters and the new Sun King Distillery, both of which are already under construction.

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Conner Prairie readies Festival of Machines
FISHERS - Classic cars, antique tractors, steam engines, heavy-duty machinery, fire trucks, military vehicles, vintage aircraft and more will fill Conner Prairie during the fourth annual Festival of Machines.

Nearly 6,200 people attended last year's festival.

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Spartz to Senate
Ukrainian-born Victoria Spartz was elected to replace State Sen. Luke Kenley Wednesday.

Spartz, 38 of Noblesville, won on the sixth ballot of District 20 precinct committeemen, during a caucus at Ivy Tech Community College, Noblesville campus. She received 54 of 93 votes cast on the sixth ballot to defeat Megan Wiles, Noblesville City Council president.
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Thursday, September 7, 2017
Good Samaritan Network providing support for Hurricane Harvey Relief
Good Samaritan Network and the Hamilton County COAD encourages donations to be made for relief assistance for Houston residents affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The organization is collaborating with Midwest Food Bank as it also is supporting the Salvation Army Houston Hurricane fund and the American Red Cross Houston Hurricane fund.

Thursday, September 7, 2017
BGCN 'Trick of Trivia' fundraiser set
The Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville will play host to its fourth annual Trick or Trivia night 6 p.m. Oct. 7, presented by Church, Church, Hittle & Antrim.

Trick or Trivia is a Halloween-themed event consisting of 10 rounds of spine-chilling trivia. Teams will pool their useless knowledge and compete against others in hopes of winning the coveted Trick or Trivia traveling trophy.

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Gardner's group slates 'Creating Nature in the 'Burbs' program
Hamilton County Master Gardners has scheduled "Creating Nature in the 'Burbs" for 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Sept. 23, at the Hamilton Co. 4H Fairgrounds, Noblesville. Doors open at 8:15 a.m.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Hamilton Town Center scheduled inaugural Hamilton Harvest Fest
Hamilton Town Center has scheduled first Hamilton Harvest Fest, and the shopping center invites families to join in the fun. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 30.

Festival goers can enjoy live music from The Flying Toasters and the Blue River Band while watching David Smith, professional pumpkin artist, carve a giant pumpkin.

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Colts announce decade-long partnership with Grand Park
WESTFIELD - Only two Colts preseason practices were open to the public this year. This season was the first training camp that didn't see spectators filing into Anderson University to watch the team practice since 2010.

The little fan interaction allowed this year was one factor that went into the Colt's new 10 year partnership with Grand Park and the city of Westfield.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Barrington plays host to pet supply drive for victims of Hurricane Harvey
CARMEL - The Barrington of Carmel is lending a helping hand to some of the most vulnerable Texas residents affected by Hurricane Harvey: pets

The senior living community is playing host to a pet supply drive to benefit the SPCA of Texas, which has taken in hundreds of evacuated animals from Corpus Christi, Houston and Beaumont, Texas.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Board of Health Chairman honored with Continental Award
Longtime county Board of Health Chairman Garrick Mallery was recognized by Hamilton County Commissioners on Aug. 28 with the Continental Award, the highest honor bestowed on residents who contribute to making our community a better place to live.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Registration Now Open for Miller Explorers
Noblesville Schools announced today that registration is now open for their new Miller Explorers K-6 before/after school program.

Launching in January 2018, and replacing services currently provided by AYS, Miller Explorers will provide a variety of activities for students aligned with the district's Miller Shift innovative learning culture like learning games, STEM activities, physical fitness, art, homework assistance and professional lessons.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Noblesville resident honored
INDIANAPOLIS - Cynthia Baker and Joel Schumm, both professors at the I.U. Robert H. McKinney School of Law, were recognized for their exceptional contributions to numerous Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) programs.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Apply today to intern at the Indiana Statehouse
STATEHOUSE - Indiana House Republicans are now accepting internship applications for the 2018 legislative session, according to State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero).

Cook said the House Republican Internship Program is a unique opportunity to participate in state government at the Indiana Statehouse while gaining valuable skills for the workforce.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Judges celebrate Constitution Day by visiting students across the state
More than 4,000 students across the state will celebrate Constitution Day with judges and Supreme Court staff attorneys visiting their classrooms, Sept. 17.

Indiana courts are recognizing the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, Sept. 17, 1787, with a program that brings judges into schools.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Guerin fundraiser Sept. 20
The Annual Providence Fund Dinner at Guerin Catholic is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 20, in the school's gymnasium, 15300 Gray Rd, Noblesville.

The evening is the official launch to the annual fundraising campaign known as the Providence Fund.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Six county restaurants join in Tenderloin Week
We cannot lie, we like big meat and tiny buns. From Monday through Sept. 17, $4 tenderloins are on offer at 30 participating restaurants, including six Hamilton County establishments, for the first-ever Indy Tenderloin Week Presented by Red Gold.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
CareSource plays host to career, health and financial fair
INDIANAPOLIS - Nonprofit health plan, CareSource, has scheduled a career, health and financial fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Edna Martin Christion Center, 2605 E. 25th St. Indianapolis.

CareSource is joining with the Indiana Minority Health Coalition and Fifth Third Bank to offer a holistic wellness event to connect people with job opportunities, health screenings, wellness tips, financial empowerment tools and other community resources.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
HCH Food Bank slates Harvest Fundraiser
SHERIDAN - The Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank has scheduled its annual Harvest Fundraiser, for 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 15, at Blackhawk Winery, 28153 W. Ditch Road, Sheridan.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
District 20 Senate caucus set for tonight
The final roster of candidates vying to fill the remainder of State Senator Luke Kenley's term has been set. The caucus is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, at the Ivy Tech Auditorium, 300 North 17th St., Noblesville.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
History comes alive this weekend with Voices from the Past
WESTFIELD - Westfield's popular living history walk Voices from the Past returns this weekend to the city's downtown.

Attendees will participate in a 90-minute walk in which a tour guide will lead them through downtown Westfield. Along the way, guides will provide information about Westfield's most historic locations.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Aspire awarded distinguished federal status
Aspire Indiana Health today announced that it has earned look-alike status as a Federally Qualified Health Center.

This distinction comes just two years after the formation of Aspire Indiana Health, a primary healthcare non-profit organization affiliated with Aspire Indiana.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
BREAKING NEWS: Colts to have training camp at Grand Park
WESTFIELD - The Indianapolis Colts will be getting a new home for training camp.

According to The Times newsgathering partner WTHR, a press conference has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Grand Park in Westfield to announce a "major partnership that will make Westfield a destination for sports fans beyond youth sports."

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
HVAF of Indiana Presents Veteran Stand Down
INDIANAPOLIS - The Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation of Indiana will once again play host to the Veteran Stand Down, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Indiana National Guard Armory, 3912 West Minnesota St., Indianapolis.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Hamilton East Public Library sponsors antique appraisal event
Hamilton East Public Library will present an antique appraisal event featuring author and antiques expert Mark F. Moran of Iola Wisc.

The program is scheduled for 5 p.m. Oct. 12, at One Library Plaza, Noblesville.

Sunday, September 3, 2017
Indianapolis man dies in accident
A 52-year-old Indianapolis man died from injuries sustained in a traffic accident Friday afternoon.

James V. Gibson died at St. Vincent Hospital.

Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies were called to Ind. 213, south of 256th Street, on a report of a two-vehicle head-on accident with entrapment.

Saturday, September 2, 2017
Antique caboose is transported to Westfield
WESTFIELD - A 1972 Caboose from Whitewater Valley Railroad now sits on the southeast quadrant of 161st Street and Spring Mill Road.

"The Spring Mill Station Plan was completed in 2014 in an effort to provide guidance to developers interested in investing in the 161st Street and Spring Mill Road intersection," said Mayor Andy Cook.

Saturday, September 2, 2017
Noblesville woman honored
TAMPA, Fla. - Michele Hendricks, 29, Noblesville, has been named Ultimate Medical Academy's Fall True Blue Alum.

Hendricks earned her certificate in the Medical Administrative Assistant (MAA) program in November 2015 and her MAA Associate degree in December 2016 from the online school.

Saturday, September 2, 2017
HVAF of Indiana Presents Veteran Stand Down
INDIANAPOLIS - Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation of Indiana will once again play host to the Veteran Stand Down, taking place at Indiana National Guard Armory, 3912 West Minnesota St., Indianapolis 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7.
Friday, September 1, 2017
Cobe's Kickin'Cancer Poker Run set
CARMEL - The Carmel American Legion Riders and American Legion Post 155 have scheduled Cobe's Kickin' Cancer Poker Run Sept. 9. The event is open to all riders and is a fundraiser for a local child fighting cancer.
Friday, September 1, 2017
Remembering Ryan White
ARCADIA - Newly appointed United States Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, former Indiana State Health Commissioner, joined community, state and school leaders in commemorating the 30th anniversary of Ryan White's first day as a student at Hamilton Heights High School.

State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) was the school's principal at the time.

Friday, September 1, 2017
Heights teacher named Teacher of the Year finalist.
ARCADIA - Julie Oelschlager, Hamilton Heights High School business teacher, is one of the finalist for the 2018 Teach of the Year Award.

Oelschlager has made quite an impact during her seven-year tenure as an educator. She has had an exceptional impact on the students, business curriculum, and programs in which she has created or served as sponsor.

Friday, September 1, 2017



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