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home : news December 16, 2017 


Sheridan Historical Society creates new heritage museum
SHERIDAN -The Sheridan Historical Society has purchased a new museum site at 315 S. Main St., and is remodeling the site for its collections and genealogy services that will provide more than twice its present space for heritage exhibits and family archive services.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
'A causal trip to Paris'
It's a big day for Samantha Armie. She'll join hundreds of other Ball State University students graduating at the school's fall commencement.

Armie, Noblesville, the daughter of Jeff and Brenda Armie, is unique among the graduates. The education major recently finished her student teaching assignment at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

Saturday, December 16, 2017
Students exposed to the business world in the Husky Fan Shop
ARCADIA - Little do most people know, Hamilton Heights High School of Arcadia, is home to an entirely student-led enterprise known as the Husky Fan Shop.

This is surprising and impressive considering the size of Hamilton Heights, but it's made possible by the new and improved business lounge.

Friday, December 15, 2017
State Legislators slate town hall meeting
State Legislators slate town hall meeting

State Legislators Victory Spartz (R-Noblesville), John Ruckelshaus (R-Indianapolis), and Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) will play host to a town hall meeting at 10 a.m. today, at Carmel Clay Public Library, 55 Fourth Ave. S.E., Carmel.

Spartz encourages residents of Senate District 20 to attend and share their thoughts on issues affecting the community and state.


Friday, December 15, 2017
Koteewi Run slated to open Saturday
Hamilton County Parks and OEI will officially open Koteewi Run, Seasonal Slopes, at 10 a.m. Saturday with a brief ribbon-cutting celebration at 9:45 a.m.
Friday, December 15, 2017
Legacy Fund awards $170,770 to Hamilton County organizations
CARMEL-Legacy Fund of Hamilton County, a Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliate, announced $170,770 will be awarded to 10 not-for-profit organizations and two Hamilton County leadership projects this month.
Friday, December 15, 2017
WPD trains staff on special events incident management
WESTFIELD - The Westfield Police Department played host to the Sports and Special Events Incident Management Course for city employees at the Grand Park Events Center on Dec. 12 and 13.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Postal Service asks to please clear snow and ice
INDIANAPOLIS - With some significant snowstorms blanketing Indiana in recent days, the Postal Service is asking customers to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes, to help letter carriers deliver the mail.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Superintendent visits Sheridan Rotary
SHERIDAN - Sheridan Rotary Club members welcomed the new Sheridan Community School superintendent to a recent meeting.

Dr. Doug Miller took over the reins of the school a few months back and used this opportunity to tell the club members about his background and his educational philosophy.

Thursday, December 14, 2017
O'Connor announces run for State Rep.
Greg O'Connor, a 10 year member of the Noblesville City Council, will run for Indiana State Representative, District 29.

O'Connor has been a Noblesville resident for 30 years.

"I have worked diligently over the last 10 years for the citizens of Noblesville as a City Councilman. I intend to take the experience and knowledge I've developed over the last decade and apply it to effectively represent the citizens of District 29," O'Conner said.

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Holiday Ogre
Aaron Krent (left), Sarea Hefer, and Olivia Pruett practice for their performance in "Shrek The Musical Jr," to be presented by the Noblesville West Middle School drama 7 p.m. Friday and Satursday, in the school cafeteria, 19900 Hague Road, Noblesville. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students, and can be purchased in advance through the NWMS main office or at the door. All seating is general admission.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Hoosiers encouraged to be aware of ice safety this winter
With icy weather approaching, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is reminding Hoosiers to be cautious when spending time near bodies of water and ice.

It is impossible to judge the strength of ice over a body of water by its appearance, thickness, daily temperature or snow cover alone. Ice strength is dependent on a number of factors, including water depth under the ice, water area size, water chemistry, currents and load distribution on the ice.

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Pair arrested when meth lab found in hotel room
A Noblesville woman and a Thomasville, Ga., man have been arrested for allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab in a room at the Courtyard By Marriott Hotel, 17863 Foundation Drive, Noblesville.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
County businesses cited for job growth
Three Hamilton County companies were among those cited by Gov. Eric Holcomb for pledging to create the most new jobs in 2017.

Liberty Mutual, KAR Auction Services, and Knowledge Services all committed to creating 400 jobs in Hamilton County.

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Kenley seeks re-election to trustee's office
Tom Kenley is seeking a second term as Noblesville Township Trustee.

"It has been a pleasure serve all the residents of Noblesville Township over the past three years as your Trustee. We have accomplished a great deal during my first term and I am interested in continuing to serve the township to the best of my ability for a second term," Kenley said.

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Brooks' Re-Refining Bill Passes House
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 1733, a bill introduced by Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Congressman Joe Kennedy (D-MA). This bipartisan bill directs the Secretary of Energy to review and update a federal report on the energy and environmental benefits of the re-refining of used lubricated oil.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Westfield named one of Indiana's safest cities
WESTFIELD - Westfield was recognized as the third safest city in the state by SafeHome.

Carmel was picked as the safest city, and Fishers was second.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
USPS to deliver during the holidays
INDIANAPOLIS - With the holidays in full swing, the Postal Service is delivering more cards, letters, and packages every day. This means our customers will start to see postal employees delivering packages earlier in the morning, later in the evening, and on Sundays.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Westfield YAP collecting board games
WESTFIELD - The Westfield Youth Assistance Program is collecting board games to donate to local families.

Its goal is to collect 92 board games, mostly for children in the first through eighth grades.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Ivy Tech celebrating winter commencement
Ivy Tech Community College will celebrate its annual winter commencement during three ceremonies Friday and Saturday at the college's Culinary and Conference Center, 2620 Meridian St., Indianapolis.

Ivy Tech is one of the only institutions of higher education in Indianapolis to celebrate winter commencement.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Five receive Lilly Endowment Scholarships
INDIANAPOLIS - Five local students are recipients of Hamilton County and Marion County Lilly Endowment Scholarships.

Kylie Whipple, Noblesville High School, Matthew Farrell, Guerin Catholic High School, Joseph Bergin, Hamilton Southeastern High School, and Grace Sorrells, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, will receive up to four years of full tuition to attend any accredited public or private not-for-profit college or university in Indiana.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Two injured in accident
An Indianapolis woman and one other person were injured in a Sunday afternoon traffic accident on Ind. 37 at Field Drive.

Jennifer L. Burdine, 38, and an unidentified passenger in her vehicle were transported to Riverview Health and St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, with non-life threatening injuries following the two-vehicle accident.

Monday, December 11, 2017
Sheriff's department plays Santa's helper
With snow flying, lights flashing, and sirens sounding, Santa's helpers at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office had a busy morning as the Shop for Kids annual shopping extravaganza took place on Saturday.

More than 50 area youth were treated to a shopping trip to Target in an effort to make the holiday season a bit brighter for those who need some extra assistance to experience the joy of the season.

Sunday, December 10, 2017
Some already showing interest in Richardson's seat
Several people have expressed interest in running for State Rep. Kathy Richardson's seat in the Indiana House of Representatives.

Laura Campbell, chairwoman of the Hamilton County Republican Party, said no one has made a firm decision.

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Hamilton County 4-H open house Dec. 28
Need something to do between the holidays this year? Are you are interested in 4-H but have some questions? Do you want to enroll in 4-H but don't know how? Would you like to pick up your project manuals? Then come to the Open House 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 28, at the Purdue Extension Hamilton County office on the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville.

Jan. 15 is the final day for Hamilton County

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Alexander announces candidacy for Hamilton County Council
WESTFIELD - Ken Alexander, Westfield, will run for Hamilton County Council, District 4, covering Westfield, Sheridan, and western Carmel.

Alexander is currently the Vice President of Sales at Fishers-based the Hagerman Group and was previously the Director of Grand Park in Westfield.

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Christmas Extravaganza tonight in Noblesville
The White River Chamber Orchestra proudly presents its fourth annual Christmas Extravaganza, at 7:30 p.m. today at Ivy Tech Community College Auditorium, 300 N. 17th St, Noblesville.

The professional orchestra of eastern Hamilton County is conducted by Dr. Keith Kunda.

Friday, December 8, 2017
HAND awarded $25,000 grant to assist seniors
Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development Inc. has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Central Indiana Senior Charles N. Smith Trust Fund, a Central Indiana Community Fund program, to support a new the Home Repair & Mobility Assistance program for low- to moderate-income seniors.
Friday, December 8, 2017
Donations requested for firefighters Christmas food and toy drive
The Noblesville Fire Department is preparing for its final week of collecting donations for this year's Christmas Food and Toy Drive Dec. 16.

The department thanks those who have already contributed, but items are still needed to ensure local families have a joyous holiday season.

Friday, December 8, 2017
BGCN to be closed during move to new building
If you have driven east of downtown Noblesville on Conner Street, you have probably noticed a colorful addition to the south side of BGCN's Community Center.

The construction of the new Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville is in its final stages and nearing completion. The members and staff of the Club will move to the new facility after the first of the year.

Friday, December 8, 2017
Choirs entertain chamber
Hamilton heights High School Choir Director Jennifer Boone joined her students to entertain those attending the Northern Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce holiday luncheon, Thursday. The Sheridan High School choir also performed for chamber members. During the luncheon chamber members participated in an auction to raise money for The Youth Assistance Program at Sheridan and Hamilton Heights high schools, and Sacred Family Charity of Hamilton County.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Suarez to focus on building Conner Prairie's international footprint
FISHERS - Susana Suarez has been named vice president-chief marketing officer at Conner Prairie.

Suarez will be tasked with building the museum's global footprint and guide marketing, communications and community engagement initiatives.

She joins the museum as a member of Gov. Eric Holcomb's senior executive team, having served in several positions, including executive director of Holcomb's strategic communications and the administration's Neuro-Diagnostic Institute and Advanced Treatment Center, a division of Indiana's Family and Social Services Administration.

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Ballet Co. to perform
The Dancin' Place, home of White River Ballet Co. in Noblesville, will present the holiday ballet, "Coppelia," at 7 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday at Noblesville High School, 18111 Cumberland Road, Noblesville. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The ballet company's Shannon Jenkins (center), who has taught ballet there for more than 30 years with owner Diana Ephlin, will retire at the end of this weekend's show, with a special celebration that includes appearances on Saturday by former dance students. For information, call (317) 773-2105 or visit www.thedancinplace.com/
Thursday, December 7, 2017
County parks name tubing hill operations partner
Hamilton County Parks and Recreation has officially named Outdoor Excursions, Inc., a company led by longtime Noblesville resident and businessman, Brian Cooley, as the operations partner for its unique, new snow tubing facility - Koteewi Run, Seasonal Slopes, located in Strawtown Koteewi Park.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Richardson will not seek re-election to Indiana General Assembly
House District 29 State Rep. Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville) will not seek re-election to the Indiana General Assembly.

Richardson will seek the office of Hamilton County Clerk in 2018.

"I am announcing that in January I will be filing to run for Hamilton County Clerk in 2018 and I will not seek re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives," Richardson said.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Janus exceeds 'Giving Tuesday' Goal
Janus Developmental Services is celebrating the most successful "Giving Tuesday" campaign in the not for profit agency's history.

The original "Giving Tuesday" fundraising goal was to raise $12,500 for the various Janus programs and services provided to individuals with disabilities. The goal was established, when a generous community member came forward to offer a matching dollar for dollar donation for the "Giving Tuesday" campaign up to $12,500.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is Saturday The Times
The community is invited to a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day event at 11 a.m. Saturday inside Noblesville City Hall, 16 S. 10th St., Noblesville.

Hamilton County Navy Club Ship No. 29 is coordinating the program, which will feature host, the Navy Club's commander, Mike Probst.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Westfield collecting letters to Santa until Dec. 18
WESTFIELD - Santa and his elves are hard at work making this coming holiday season special. This year, he'll be getting some help from staff at the City of Westfield as they collect letters to Santa until Dec. 18.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
NHS choirs highlight holidays
Ready for some festive holiday music? Then reserve Dec. 16!

That's the date for the Holiday Choir Festival at Noblesville High School. There will be two shows, one at 2 p.m. and the evening performance at 7.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Fourth graders full of 'Wonder'
Hinkle Creek 4th graders have been reading the hit book Wonder, taking after school class trips to see the movie Wonder, and today got to hear a message of kindness and acceptance from Riley doctor Michael Goodman, who has the same medical condition as Wonder's main character.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
HCSD to 'Shop for Kids' Saturday
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office annual Shop for Kids event - similar to "Shop with a Cop" - is scheduled for Saturday.

This year, members of the Sheriff's Office will play host to 51 less-fortunate area youth, ranging in age from 2 to teenagers, on a holiday shopping trip to the Target store in Fishers.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Aspire's Noblesville office receives federal recognition
Aspire Indiana Health, Inc. has earned Look-ALike status as a Federally Qualified Health Center at its Noblesville location.

The designation brings the number of AIH locations offering integrated healthcare in central Indiana to six.

Look-Alike status means that Aspire Indiana Health has achieved all of the standards required to be a Federally Qualified Health Center, or FQHC.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Indiana Senate Page Program application available
STATEHOUSE - State Sen. Victoria Spartz (R-Noblesville) announced the Indiana Senate is now accepting applications for the Senate Page Program.

This full-day interactive program gives students in grades six through 12 the opportunity to tour the Indiana Statehouse, observe session debates on the Senate floor, and assist staff with age-appropriate tasks. Students will also meet with their state senator.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Westfield native named 2018 Orr Fellow
WESTFIELD - Indiana Wesleyan University senior and Westfield native Tanner Brumbarger has been named a 2017 Orr Fellow.

The Orr Entrepreneurial Fellowship is a program that selects top seniors from institutions in Indiana and Ohio for a two-year fellowship and career placement at a variety of growing companies in Indianapolis. With more than 1,000 applicants every year, the fellowship is a highly competitive post-grad experience with an average acceptance rate of only 6 percent.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
HCLA names Robbins executive director
Hamilton County Leadership Academy has selected entrepreneur John Robbins as its new executive director.

"HCLA has been developing Hamilton County's leaders for 26 years, and we had an impressive response to our executive director search," said Judy L. Dedon, Board president.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Library, school to bring 'Frankenstein' to life
INDIANAPOLIS - The Hamilton North Public Library, Cicero, and Carmel High School, have received funding to help bring "Frankenstein" to life in their community and participate in a statewide read of the book in 2018.

The grants are part of the year-long One State / One Story: Frankenstein program initiated by Indiana Humanities and in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Center for the Book.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Fishers wraps up a record year for economic growth
FISHERS - The City of Fishers announced a record year for economic development with 2,185 new jobs and $64.5 million in capital investment committed by firms in 2017.

The announcement culminates with several Fishers-based companies announcing growth plans in the tech and engineering industries, creating 511 new jobs through 2021.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Motorcyclist injured fleeing police
A 25-year-old Noblesville man was injured while fleeing a police stop Monday morning.

Chase M. Ferguson wrecked his 2005 motorcycle at the roundabout at Hazel Dell Parkway and Main Street, Carmel, as he attempted to flee a traffic stop. He was injured and transported to St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, in critical condtion.

Monday, December 4, 2017
Convention could have major impact
The nation's foremost agritourism convention could have a $300,000 to $500,000 economic impact on Noblesville.

The North American Farmers' Direct Marketing Association, Inc. convention is scheduled for the soon-to-be-finished Embassy Suites Conference Center, Feb. 1-7, 2019, and the impact on the city and Hamilton County could be significant.

Monday, December 4, 2017
Pollock earns state award
Alexandra Pollock, The Times' sports editor, received a third place award from the Hoosier State Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, for her series on heroin addiction in Hamilton County.

Indiana's contest was judged by the North Carolina Press Association. In critiquing Pollock's series, the category judge called it the strongest, most in-depth coverage they've read.

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Controlled burn to assist habitat restoration at Krauss Nature Preserve in Fishers
FISHERS - The Central Indiana Land Trust (CILTI) will conduct a controlled burn on approximately 28 acres of the Nonie Werbe Krauss Nature Preserve on Dec. 4, weather permitting. The preserve is located at the southwest corner of 116th Street and Eller Road in Fishers.

Controlled burning is used for resource management in natural areas to help restore habitats, control invasive species and benefit wildlife.

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Exhibit explores what arts facility in Fishers could look like
FISHERS - The Fishers Arts Council is sponsoring a one-day show, "The Art of Design: An exhibit by Ball State University architecture students," as a way to explore varying ideas and concepts of a performing and visual arts facility.

The exhibit will be from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., Wednesday at Meyer Najem, 11787 Lantern Road. The event is free.

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Holiday heights
An aerial view of the Hamilton County Courthouse, lit up for the holidays. Santa's house is set up on the Courthouse lawn so children can visit Old St. Nick and give him their Christmas wish list. The Historic Holiday Home Tour is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. The Ice Plaza at Federal Hill Commons is open, and The Noblesville Parks Department is offering a variety of special activities and events to keep children and families active and having fun this holiday season.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
FOP plays host to annual Shop with a Cop event
The 20th annual Shop with a Cop program, led by the Noblesville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 198, was Saturday, at the Noblesville Meijer store, 17000 Mercantile Blvd. This program provides underprivileged children in Noblesville and Noblesville Township with warm clothing to help them get through the winter months.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Annual coin harvest raises $4,455 for Noblesville nonprofits
Change collected by Noblesville Schools' students raised $4,455 to assist local nonprofits. The annual Coin Harvest was conducted Nov. 6-10 at Noblesville's seven elementary schools.
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Beck's exec named Ag director
WESTFIELD - Bruce Kettler, Westfield, director of public relations for Beck's Hybrids, has been named director of Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

He takes office Jan. 8, 2018.

Kettler, most recently operated as the director of public relations for Beck's Hybrids, where he also was a field sales manager, area team leader and sales consultant over the course of the last 11 years.

Friday, December 1, 2017
Stocking Stuffer Saturday & Santa Claus at Carmel City Center
CARMEL - Participating businesses at Carmel City Center will offer special promotions and a sampling of holiday treats while you shop Dec. 9.
Friday, December 1, 2017
Engineering firm expanding, creating high-wage jobs
FISHERS - Flexware Innovation, a provider of software development, business intelligence and automation engineering services, announced plans to expand its operations in Hamilton County, creating up to 68 new, high-wage jobs by 2021.
Friday, December 1, 2017
Hamilton County Express announces fare changes
Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the fare to ride Hamilton County Express Public Transit will change.

The fare to ride will be lowered from $5 to $3 per one-way trip effective Jan. 1. A 10-ride pass for $30 will be available. HCE is discontinuing its one-month pass for unlimited rides, which was offered for $55. The student discount will also be eliminated.

Friday, December 1, 2017
Holiday programs, special events at Conner Prairie
FISHERS - Here's a list of all holiday programs and special events happening at Conner Prairie this month:
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Celebrate the holidays in downtown Noblesville
Downtown Noblesville in December will be lit and full of joy and opportunities to shop and dine during the holidays.

Join the celebration at Noblesville Main Street's First Friday event 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, as the "Shop Local" holiday promotion continues.

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Conner Prairie accepting volunteer applications
FISHERS - Conner Prairie, one of the nation's most visited outdoor museums, is currently accepting applications for its youth volunteer program for 2018.

The program teaches youth ages 10-18 personal development skills in a hands-on, immersive and fun environment.

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Open Lens awards reception at HCAA
An awards reception for Open Lens, a photography exhibit and competition sponsored by Nickel Plate Artists' Association, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday.

Winners will be announced in three categories, black and white, color and altered, and Best of Show.

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Ward elected to AIC board
INDIANAPOLIS - Hamilton County Surveyor Kenton Ward was elected Treasurer of the Association of Indiana Counties (AIC) Board of Directors. He began his term Nov. 1. Board elections were conducted during the AIC's Annual Conference in Switzerland County in September.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Charitable giving
To fulfill part of its mandate to support charitable giving in the local community, every year at this time the members of the Sheridan Rotary Club provide food boxes to MAMA's Cupboard, a Sheridan food pantry organization. This year the club gave 20 boxes and pictured above are the Rotarians, family members and friends who came together to pack the boxes on Tuesday evening, November 28 at the library. Pictured, left to right, are Connie Pearson, Clifford Biddle, Kari Lee, Dale McCullough, Glenn Hunsucker, Katherine McCullough, Suzy McCullough, Beth Lee, Scott McCullough, Fred Sturdevant, Shane Lee, and Steve Martin.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Getting ready for Santa
Sheridan Public Library director Steve Martin is pictured putting the finishing touches on the annual library book tree in preparation for the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 am. Saturday. Saint Nick wants all the children to come and tell him what they want from him for Christmas. This will also be a time for parents to take pictures of their children with the Jolly Old Elf, or the library can provide a picture for $1. In addition to a visit with Santa and his wife, parents and children are invited to share some Christmas punch and cookies and the children will be able to complete a Christmas coloring sheet. And once again this year, back by popular demand, Lisa Snethen and her children will be entertaining all with live Christmas music. The library is located at 103 West First St., in beautiful uptown Sheridan, just on the country side of Hamilton County, Indiana. Doors open at 9 a.m.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Noblesville lands national agritourism convention in 2019
The nation's foremost agritourism convention is coming to Noblesville in 2019.

The North American Farmers' Direct Marketing Association, Inc. convention is scheduled for Feb. 1-7 at the soon-to-be-open Embassy Suites Conference Center.

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Senior-serving organization receives grant
Shepherd's Center of Hamilton County has received a $25,000 grant from the Central Indiana Senior Fund, to support Reaching Resources, which connects seniors with programs and services to improve their quality of life, prevent isolation and help maintain independence.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Coach arrested for misconduct with minor
ARCADIA - A 34-year-old Noblesville man has been arrested, and charged with, 27 counts, including Sexual Misconduct with a Minor.

Johel E. Ramirez Suarez, a coach at RipFest Diving, 108 S. Olive St., Arcadia, is charged with five counts each of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor, and Child Seduction, both felonies, and 17 counts of Battery, a misdemeanor.

He was arrested Tuesday by the Hamilton County Metro Child Exploitation Task Force.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
NPA releases holiday guide, programs
Nickel Plate Arts has released its holiday Arts Guide, including information on the many events going on over these next few months, as well as the different artist exhibits to be displayed.

NPA's next big event is Santa's Workshop Dec. 2, 9, and 16, where families can come to the Nickel Plate campus and participate in holiday-themed art projects, perfect for giving to someone this Christmas.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Brooks' sponsored bill passes unanimously
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House of Representatives passed H.R. 2228, the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017, which would help agencies create and improve mental health services for law enforcement officers. The bill was introduced earlier this year by Susan Brooks (R-IN), Val Demings (D-FL), Doug Collins (R-GA), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Dave Reichert (R-WA).


Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Broadway Star to Teach and Perform at Noblesville High School
Broadway star Jesscia Vosk will teach a master theatre class for NHS students and then performing a concert for the public. Vosk is best known for her leading role in "Wicked" and roles in "Fiddler on the Roof," "Finding Neverland," and "The Bridges of Madison County." The concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. Dec. 10, in the Noblesville High School Auditorium, 18111 Cumberland Road. Tickets are $10 and available at https://tinyurl.com/y9kvxopq
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Noblesville Parks prepares for holidays with events, camp
The Noblesville Parks Department is offering a variety of special activities and events to keep children and families active and having fun this holiday season.

"Now through the end of the year are busy times for families. There are occasions when families want to be together and others when children need to be with their peers. We have several options to keep everyone smiling during the joyous holiday season," said Nichole Haberlin, recreation director.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Westfield In Lights set for Saturday
WESTFIELD - Downtown Westfield comes alive with holiday magic this Saturday as Westfield in Lights comes to town.

This year's event features live reindeer, food and retail vendors, wagon rides, carriage rides, train rides, live music, Girl Scout gingerbread house competition and the popular tree-lighting ceremony.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
'Stuff-Your-Stocking' Friday to support Noblesville youth
Families attending Noblesville Main Street's "First Friday" event have the opportunity to help local children in need.

For the second year in a row, downtown merchants will offer the chance to "Stuff-Your-Stocking" in support of the Noblesville Youth Assistance Program.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Morin to read at Poetry on Brick Street
ZIONSVILLE - Poetry on Brick Street presents Sarah E. Morin, who will read her poems and stories for children and adults at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7, at SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W, Hawthorne St., Zionsville. An open mic follows.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Please Give
YOU can help feed the hungry. Give during #GivingTuesday today. Any donation can make an incredible difference.

Give at https://www.hchfoodbank.org/online-giving/?blm_aid=18987

Also like the Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank on Facebook and Follow it on Twitter @HCHfoodbank.

Also, Don't forget #MeijerSimplyGive before Dec. 7 for Double Match. You can donate online, or by mail, Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank, P.O. Box 881, Noblesville, IN 46061, and designate Meijer Simply Give on donation


Tuesday, November 28, 2017
County SWCD to play host to regional contest
NOBLESVILLE - Registration is now open for high school aged students to sign up to participate in this spring's Central Region Envirothon contest played host by the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District.

The Central Region contest is scheduled for March 22, 2018, at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Holiday cheer for soldiers
Noblesville High School Fashion and Textile students made 50 Christmas stockings for soldiers at Indiana's Camp Atterbury who are leaving for, and returning from, active service. The stockings were filled with toiletry items, drink mixes and gum donated by Noblesville Ace Hardware, Meijer, Walmart and Kroger. Megan Howard (left) and Lauren Chatterton sew stockings for service members. Fashion and Textile students participating in the project were (Front row left to right) Martha Smith, Alexa Leisure, Lauren Chatterton, and Megan Howard. (Back row left to right) Faith Paris, Isabelle Lavengood, Gabrielle Pfledderer, and Deja Williams.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Frosty fun transforms Nickel Plate District
FISHERS - The City of Fishers invites the community to celebrate the start of the holiday season during Fishers' Winter Wonderland 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The free event, presented by Fishers Parks & Recreation, features family-friendly winter fun on the Central Green, the new home for this year's annual city light display.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Home Place strikes agreement with Carmel
HOME PLACE - Concerned Citizens for Home Place, an organization formed to legally contest the forced annexation by the City of Carmel of their territory in south Hamilton County has announced it has negotiated an agreement with Carmel whereby the organization will no longer dispute the annexation allowing Carmel to annex the Home Place district effective January 2018.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Legislative Breakfast looks at what to expect in the 2018 legislative session
FISHERS - Indiana lawmakers will tackle hot topic items when the 2018 legislative session opens in January, with workforce development, education, taxes and alcohol laws among them. The Hamilton County Legislative Breakfast Series kicks off on Dec. 8 at Conner Prairie with a preview of what the session holds by Kevin Brinegar, Indiana Chamber President and CEO.

The Legislative Breakfast Series is presented by the Hamilton County Business Issues Committee and includes representation from the four chambers of commerce in Hamilton County. Breakfast events, with local legislators, also are scheduled for Jan. 12, Feb. 9 and March 9, with a session wrap-up on April 13.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017
New maker's space now under construction at Conner Prairie
FISHERS - Conner Prairie's indoor exhibit, Create.Connect, will close temporarily to the public as construction starts on a new permanent feature inside the museum's Welcome Center, the Makesmith Workshop.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Breakfast with Santa Set for Dec. 9 in Cicero
Santa and his Elves are looking forward to meeting with children for breakfast at Red Bridge Community Park Building in Cicero Saturday morning Dec. 9. The local Phi Beta Psi Sorority will host its annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 9 at the Red Bridge Park Community Building in Cicero. There will be two sessions to visit with Santa and his Elves: 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Children will have breakfast, write a wish list for Santa, make a craft and/or listen to a story while waiting for their special visit with Santa. Tickets are $5. For tickets or to reserve tickets for this annual holiday tradition call Chris at 317-984-5269, leave a message if necessary. There are a limited number of tickets available, pre-sale are ticket reservations are recommended.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
'Home for the Holidays' tour features five homes
The Noblesville Preservation Alliance is sponsoring "Home for the Holidays," a tour of five historic Noblesville homes, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 9.

Visitors will gain exclusive access to five of Old Town's historic homes dressed up for the holiday season and brimming with holiday cheer.

Monday, November 27, 2017
Ice Plaza draws crowds on opening day
Arianny Peters, 4 ½, the daughter of Ashley Peters, Noblesville, was quick to point out she has no problem falling down on the newly opened Ice Plaza at Federal Hill Commons.

"I can fall down easily," Arianny said.

The Federal Hill Commons Ice Plaza opened Friday, offering residents a new outdoor recreational activity this winter in downtown Noblesville. The temporary ice rink will be open daily through Jan. 8, 2018, except on Christmas Day.

Saturday, November 25, 2017
Christmas season officially under way
Noblesville Main Street executive director Chris Owens plays guitar while his wife, Maggie Owens, leads a sing-along Friday night during the annual Noblesville Tree Lighting Ceremony inside the Hamilton County Government & Judicial Center in Noblesville.
Friday, November 24, 2017
'89 NHS grade signs books, to play recital Saturday
Cameron Craig returns home to Noblesville on Saturday to sign his new book and give a recital of his favorite pieces.

American spirituals, some Italian art songs and sacred songs will be performed with pianist, Ethan Hayward, during a concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1207 Conner St., Noblesville.

Friday, November 24, 2017
Cicero master plan workshop scheduled
CICERO - The public is welcome and invited to attend a public workshop to identify and discuss priorities for the Cicero Municipal Buildings Master Plan.

The Town's Planning Consultant, Strategic Planning Studio, and the Cicero Steering Committee members will be in attendance to address questions, concerns, and receive input on the plan.

Friday, November 24, 2017
Nickel Plate Arts DIY Shopping Guide available
The latest issue of Nickel Plate Arts' DYI Shopping Guide is heading to mailboxes soon. In the meantime, an online version is available.

Those interested can plan their holiday shopping using the online version of the guide

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Humane Society for Hamilton County offering $5 adoptions
This Black Friday, give and receive the gift of love to one (or two) of more than 300 pets in the care of the Humane Society for Hamilton County.

HSHC will offer $5 adoptions from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

The hope is people will considering filling their hearts and not their carts this Friday as hundreds of unwanted, neglected and abused pets wait for the only thing on their wish lists this holiday season - a home.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Bazaar benefits food pantry
Dee Ricciardi (left) and Dick Lawson of St. Vincent de Paul are pictured with some of the new toys and games featured at the organization's Christmas Bazaar Nov. 21. Sales from the event benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Noblesville.




Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Annual holiday meal returns to Forest Park
The annual Thanksgiving/Christmas mean at the Forest Park Inn is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The community is invited for free food, and a free family Christmas portrait.

Roy Reynolds will provide the entertainment.

The mean is sponsored by the Noblesville Lakeview Wesleyan Church, 396 Park St.

For more information call (317) 773-8166.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Ice Sculptures unveiled Saturday
Noblesville Main Street will unveil more than 20 ice sculptures on the square 5 p.m. Saturday.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
The annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, at the Hamilton County Judicial Center, 1 Hamilton County Square, Noblesville.

A tradition for more than three decades, the tree lighting ceremony features music, dance, holiday readings and the lighting of the Square.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Chuck Crow Named 2017 Christmas Parade Grand Marshal
Charles L. "Chuck" Crow is the Grand Marshal for the 39th Annual Christmas parade, scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday.

"I've been here in the Noblesville community for a long time - about 48 years. It's a real honor to be selected," Crow said. "I think Noblesville really promotes the holiday season very well. It's always an enjoyable time in the community and seeing the kids coming in and out of the Santa House."

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Six county students appointed to Service Academies
INDIANAPOLIS - Six Hamilton County High School seniors have been nominated to attend U.S. Service Academies.

U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) announced the nominations for senior candidates from across Indiana. Nominees were selected by an advisory board chosen by Sen. Young. The board reviewed each application and interviewed choice candidates before making nomination recommendations.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Free parking available in Noblesville City Hall parking lot
The December free parking initiative for the City Hall metered parking lot (Lot 2) is scheduled to return this year.

Offered since 2007, this initiative's goal has been to encourage downtown holiday shopping since the parking lot is located just one block away from the courthouse square.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Community dinner almost here
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan community's annual Good Samaritan Thanksgiving Dinner takes place on Thanksgiving Day.

Community members, helpers and volunteers make this annual event a success every year -- and this year looks to be no different. These good folks help bring our community together in a sharing and comforting way.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Aspire Indiana Health receives funding to expand HIV services
Aspire Indiana Health has received new grant funding to expand its HIV Services program, which currently provides HIV care coordination, testing, and prevention services in more than a third of the state.

The grants from the Indiana State Department of Health total over $500,000 and will be used to add new staff and services in 2018. A portion of the funds will also be used to renovate and expand space at Aspire's Hoak Building in Anderson.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017



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