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Westfield schools taking precautions for eclipse
WESTFIELD - Westfield Washington Schools are taking extra steps to ensure students' safety during Monday's solar eclipse.

"We want to make sure this wonderful educational opportunity is safe for our students. Because this hasn't happened since 1918, there is excitement around the event, but it is important to note that failure to use proper precautions can result in potential damage to the eye," the corporation said in a statement.

Friday, August 18, 2017
Challenges overcome
BlueSky Technology Partners, an eCommerce consulting company, had a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the opening of its new corporate headquarters in Noblesville.

Located at the intersection of Westfield Road and John Street, the building will house BlueSky offices, which are now open, and a Bru Burger Bar, which will be completed in the coming months.

Friday, August 18, 2017
Bean supper Friday at Masonic Temple
Noblesville Masonic Temple is playing host on Friday to a Bean Supper and membership drive event for the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Indianapolis Valley.

The supper is open to any Master Mason and family who are considering becoming members of the Scottish Rite, and all current and former member of the Rite and their families.

There will be a presentation of the Indianapolis Scottish Rite Cathedral given by

Brother Carson Smith, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason.

The Bean Supper begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at the Noblesville Masonic Temple, 295 S. Ninth St., Noblesville, with the slide presentation after the meal

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Music and All That Jazz featuring Moment's Notice
Moment's Notice will perform in the second to last Music and All That Jazz concert, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday on the lawn of the Hamilton County Courthouse.

Moment's Notice is a new addition to the Indianapolis jazz scene. They are musicians dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of America's music but also to innovation through unique concepts and original compositions.

Thursday, August 17, 2017
HAND awarded grant
Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development Inc. has been awarded $3,000 through Indiana American Water's 2017 Environmental Grant Program.

Established in 2005, the program offers funds for innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies.

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Directory helps residents assist food insecure families
It's the time of year when backyard gardeners often bring their excess produce to work to share with others. If you have extra vegetables and fruits that you can't use, the Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District asks that you consider dropping them off directly at one of the food pantries in Hamilton County where they will be given to food insecure families.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Keep Fishers Beautiful, Sept. 9
Fishers - Created out of the City's desire to partner alongside the community, Keep Fishers Beautiful returns Sept. 9, and is expanding with new ways to make a meaningful impact. This fall event, themed Roadways & Waterways, invites volunteers to roll up their sleeves and dive in to beautify popular corridors throughout Fishers.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
New Assistant Principal named at Noble Crossing Elementary
Renee Cook has been named assistant principal at Noble Crossing Elementary, replacing former assistant principal Mary Beth Riley.

Cook brings almost 10 years of education experience from Brownsburg and Franklin Township Community Schools, where she has served as an elementary teacher, district math coordinator and instructional coach.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Donation to BGCN
Jason Horack, executive manager of Hare Chevrolet, left, Sarah Stoehr account manager Enterprise Holdings, and Nathan Helm, director of development for the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville pose with a $1,000 donation made recently. Hare Chevrolet has been an advocate and supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville for several years. At the request of Hare Chevrolet, an Enterprise Holdings employee submitted a grant request to the Enterprise Holdings Foundation. As a result, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation donated the money to help support the Club's efforts in Noblesville.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Caller ID spoofing is a popular, costly scam
Caller ID spoofing has quickly become a common scamming tactic that can lead to credit card or identity theft. According to TDS Telecom (TDS®), a simple way to prevent becoming a victim to the scam is to avoid revealing personal information.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Ayers celebrate 60th wedding anniversary
Keith and Shirley Ayer of Noblesville are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary

The Ayers were married in Mineral Point, Wisc., on Aug. 31, 1957. They moved to Noblesville, in 1964, and opened Ayer's Real Estate in 1976, retiring from the business in 2003.

Keith and Shirley have four children: Brian (Toni) Ayer, Cheryl (Steve) Morrow, Tim Ayer and Allison (Dave) Moss, and grandchildren: Ashley, Elizabeth, Kya, Justin, Michael, TJ, Lauren, Catie and a great grandchild, Evelyn.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Church to celebrate 150 years
ATLANTA - East Union Christian Church will celebrate its Sesquicentennial year of Ministry as a congregation, 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Located 2 miles east of Ekin and 5 ½ Miles west of the Town of Atlanta, East Union has sat at the crossroads of US 31 and 296th Street for 150 years.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
NPD K-9s top dogs
Noblesville K9 Officers Jabal and Ika each brought home first place awards from the 18th Annual Working Dog Police K-9 Olympics, conducted last week at Denver, Ind.

Jabal, and partner Patrolman Brandon Brooks, took first place in tracking, and Narcotics Scramble, and second place in Overall Narcotics Team.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Red Geranium Artisan Market returns
The First Presbyterian Church of Noblesville has scheduled its second annual Red Geranium Artisan Market 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

There will be 30 vendors selling hand-crafted items at the open-air event at the parking lot and inside the historical church located at 1207 Conner St, Noblesville.

Monday, August 14, 2017
More West Nile found in city
The Hamilton County Health Department has notified the City of Noblesville that more mosquito trap sites in the city have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Hamilton County used all three of its trucks to spray in the affected zones Monday night, and the Noblesville Street Department will continue to larvacide breeding habitats.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Chamber, health program Tuesday
The Noblesville Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a New Employee Assistance Program Information Session, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, in the Community Health Pavilion, 9669 E. 146th St.

There is no charge for the event, and refreshments will be provided.

Monday, August 14, 2017
County farm family honored at the Indiana State Fair
INDIANAPOLIS - Hamilton County Farm Family, the Hillocks were honored with a Centennial Award at the Indiana State Fair.

The Hillocks have been farming since 1902.

The family was one of 72 Indiana farm families presented with Homestead Awards by Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney and ISDA Deputy Director Melissa Rekeweg, in recognition of their commitment to Indiana agriculture.

Monday, August 14, 2017
One injured in accident
A 21-year-old Noblesville man is hospitalized with serious injuries resulting from a single vehicle accident Sunday morning.

Joseph L. Burrow was taken to St. Vincent Hospital on 86th Street, with broken bones and internal injuries.

Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies were notified shortly after 3 a.m., of serious single vehicle accident at 236th Street, just west of Cammack Road, in the north central part of the county.

Monday, August 14, 2017
Remodeled ALDI reopening
The Noblesville ALDI is scheduled to reopen 8:25 a.m. Wednesday, with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Noblesville store, 16971 Clover Road, was remodeled as part of the company's nationwide $1.6 billion store remodel plan and more than $30 million investment to remodel 22 stores in Indianapolis and the surrounding area by 2020.

Sunday, August 13, 2017
Road Rage Incident Lands an Indianapolis Man in Jail
INDIANAPOLIS - A man is under arrest after he allegedly fired a handgun during a road rage incident on Ditch Road Saturday.

According to investigators the event occurred today around 2:30 p.m. when two vehicles stopped next to one another on Ditch Road and began a verbal altercation.

Sunday, August 13, 2017
Fraud suspects sought
On July 1 the individuals captured in these surveillance images used forged checks at Westfield area Kroger stores while purchasing large amounts of liquor products. The Westfield Police Department asks if you can identify these individuals or know of other, similar incidents where they are suspected, please contact Det. Bays with the Westfield Police Department. The checks were written using the aliases "Eric Plank" and "Erica Plank."
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Perseid to soar across night sky
This weekend will act as an introduction to the upcoming solar eclipse, as hundreds of meteors light up the night sky during the annual Perseid Meteor Shower.

For weeks astrological enthusiasts and novices alike have been anticipating the annual Perseid meteor shower that lights up the night sky every August.

Saturday, August 12, 2017
Riverview has 'latest and greatest'
Riverview Health has a new gift shop, a new Starbucks Coffee shop and a new MRI building on the hospital's west end.

The facility has plans to renovate its morgue and add a coroner's office, to renovate its inpatient rehab and add a gym, and to renovate and expand its Outpatient Infusion Center, where medication is administered intraveneously. Riverview will update its transitional care unit, which helps patients make a safe recovery from hospital to home, and update its cafeteria and expand the main hospital in Noblesville.

Saturday, August 12, 2017
Noblesville's 2017 Movies in the Park series begins today
The Noblesville Parks Department invites residents to travel to faraway places including the islands, New York City and Gotham City, while making friends with a giant, a stork and many other fun characters during the 2017 Movies in the Park Series. Beginning with Disney's "Moana" today, the annual film series provides six consecutive weeks of free screenings and animated enjoyment for the entire family.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
2 roundabouts opening, 4 others set to begin
CARMEL - School may be starting and swimming pools may be drained soon, but in the world of road construction, summer is still on the calendar! Over the next few weeks, there will be several changes happening across the city of note that might change your daily driving routine. So please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the new traffic patterns. These new detours, combined with the beginning of the school year, may cause you some unanticipated delays.
Friday, August 11, 2017
Aspire Indiana awarded PNC Foundation Grant
Aspire Indiana has been awarded a grant for its Affordable Housing Program from the PNC Foundation.

The $10,000 grant will provide rental assistance to individuals in Aspire's Affordable Housing units in central Indiana.

With more than 300 housing units, Aspire is the largest affordable housing provider of any community mental health center in the state.

Friday, August 11, 2017
Hoax bomb causes evacuations in Saxony
FISHERS - A 13-year-old was arrested for manufacturing and possessing a hoax explosive device, Thursday in Fishers.

Fishers police received a report of a possible explosive device at 10:30 p.m., at 13124 Saxony Blvd.

Through the investigation, it was determined that the 13 year old, who lives in Fishers, had made a device to look like a bomb.

Friday, August 11, 2017
It's 8/11 Day
Representatives of Vectren are going around handing out cakes to remind everyone today, Aug. 11, 2017, is 8/11 day. It's a reminder to everyone to contact Indiana 811, the state's free call-before-you-dig service, before beginning any digging projects. Residents should visit 811Now.com or call 811 at least two full working days prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked.
Friday, August 11, 2017
Passport Day at two local post offices
As summer draws to a close, now is the time to think about fall or winter vacations. Planning ahead is always a good idea so you can have your passport in plenty of time before your departure.

The U.S. Postal Service will play host to a Passport Day at the Noblesville and Westfield branches today.

The Noblesville branch is located at 1900 Pleasant Street, and the Westfield branch is at 17520 Dartown Road.

Friday, August 11, 2017
County IT director honored as Chief Technology Officer of the Year
Hamilton County Director of Information Technology Chris Mertens has been honored by Indianapolis Business Journal and TechPoint as a 2017 CTO of the Year.

The 3-year-old CTO of the Year program recognizes chief technology officers because of the role they play in helping their organizations innovate and grow.

Friday, August 11, 2017
Local Corvette club supports Pets Healing Vets
CARMEL - Twenty-two veterans commit suicide every 24 Hours.

Four million animals are euthanized every year.

Pets Healing Vets wants to change both.

On Aug. 19, Corvette Indy will play host to its Annual All Corvette Show. Corvette Indy supports many Veteran Organizations and this year, they will lend their support to Pets Healing Vets, a program facilitated by the Humane Society for Hamilton County.

Friday, August 11, 2017
Navy docks at Noblesville High School
The Navy has docked at Noblesville High school.

Or at least five of its servicemen have as crewmen of the U.S.S. Indiana, a Virginia-class fast-attack nuclear powered submarine, came to speak to students Thursday.

Lt. J.G. Jonathan Sessions, Lt. Lucas Stone, Information Technician Second Class Schyler Hurley, Torpedo Specialist Christian Londono and Culinary Specialist Alonso Galdamez visited the high school as part of Navy Week.

Friday, August 11, 2017
Mold found in Fishers fire station
FISHERS - Fishers Fire and Emergency Services will temporarily change its apparatus location from fire station 92, located on 116th St. and Brook School Road.

Mold has been identified in the station and has led Fire Chief Orusa to move the firefighters from the atmosphere until the mold has been removed for the safety of our personnel.

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Legacy Fund hires new development director
CARMEL-Legacy Fund, the Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliate serving Hamilton County, has named Brittany Rayburn as its director of development, a new position for the foundation.

In her new role, Rayburn will cultivate new and existing relationships with donors and professional advisors in Hamilton County.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Ivy Tech partners with county high schools to offer CTE pathways
Ivy Tech Community College is partnering with high schools in Hamilton County to offer Career and Technical Education Pathways to students.

Participating schools include: Fishers High School, Hamilton Southeastern High School, Eman School, Options Charter School-Noblesville, Options Charter School-Carmel and Westfield High School.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Fishers police looking for peeping tom
FISHERS - The Fishers Police Department is currently investigating a report of a peeping Tom in the 14000 block of Meadow Lake Drive.

Recently, on two separate occasions, an unknown male has been seen looking into the windows of one certain residence. At this time, it is unknown if other homes have been targeted.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Fishers Appoints Lisa Bradford as new Controller
FISHERS - Mayor Scott Fadness appointed Lisa Bradford as new Fishers City Controller.

Bradford served under former controller Oscar Gutierrez since Fishers' transition from a town to a city in January 2015.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Hall announces Senate candidacy
Mark Hall, a Noblesville businessman, has added his name to a growing list of candidate to replace retiring State Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville).

Hall, 56, owns Tech Trades, ITC 2.0, PinPoint Resources, LiMar Properties and TalentLogistiX. He is a 30-year resident of Noblesville.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Sobriety Checkpoint going up Friday and Saturday
The Hamilton County Traffic Safety Partnership will be setting up sobriety checkpoints around Hamilton County Friday and Saturday to aggressively deter, detect, and arrest those drivers who make the decision to drive impaired.

Sobriety checkpoints have proven successful in both raising awareness of impaired driving and reducing the likelihood of a person driving after they have been drinking.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
SWCD accepting orders for native trees
The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is conducting its annual fall native tree sale.

This year 35 varieties of native trees and shrubs are available.

Trees provide many environmental benefits. Everything from providing oxygen to energy conservation, cooling shade to wildlife habitat, they also increase property values and have even been shown to help build a sense of community in neighborhoods and increase shopping traffic in business areas.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Health department fogging for mosquitoes in Quaker Park
A mosquito sample taken in Quaker Park has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The Hamilton County Health Department will be fogging the area this evening at dusk.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Law enforcement turn out to support 4-H'er
INDIANAPOLIS - It's been an emotional week with the funerals of two Marion County police officers. But other departments are dealing with even more loss.

Westfield's Izzy Clouse lost both parents, her father, Scott Clouse, a WPD officer, died of cancer in 2015, and her mother Amy Clouse, a Boone County dispatcher, died last week.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Muncee Town Program Coming To Sheridan
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Historical Society will present a free public program about the origin of Muncie, Indiana as it relates to the presence of the Lenape American Indian village of "Muncee Town", 7 p.m. Aug. 14, in the Community Room of the Sheridan Public Library.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Bus tour for homeowners associations and churches planned
Many Hamilton County homeowners associations, churches, and other large property owners are looking for alternative ways to manage their large, underutilized common areas and pond edges. Maintaining turf grass can be expensive in time, money, and inputs like fertilizers and pesticides.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Aspire makes appointments
Aspire Indiana has appointed Jim Skeel as the organization's Vice President of Quality, and Janey Trout as Vice President of Human Resources.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Aspire makes appointments
Aspire Indiana has appointed Jim Skeel as the organization's Vice President of Quality, and Janey Trout as Vice President of Human Resources.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Aspire Indiana Appoints officers
Aspire Indiana is pleased has named David Speicher as the organization's first Chief Technical Officer., and Jody Horstman as the organization's Chief Clinical Officer.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
7-acre corn maze a new experience at Conner Prairie
FISHERS - A large corn maze that's sure to be a hit this fall and beyond at Conner Prairie has been designed and cut and is growing tall at Conner Prairie.

The new, 7-acre maze opens Sept. 23 and will remain open during regular operating hours through the end of the museum's outdoor season on Oct 29.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Westfield schools start classes Wednesday
WESTFIELD - Westfield Washington School students return to class Wednesday.

Here are some things students and parents need to know:

Monday, August 7, 2017
Board tours new center
The Noblesville Schools' Board of Trustees toured the site of the district's new transportation center Friday. The new center is being constructed on Hague Road adjacent to West Middle School, replacing the current location on Field Drive, and is expected to open in October.
Monday, August 7, 2017
'Siren' lures title to Millers
INDIANAPOLIS - The Noblesville High School Marching Millers won the Indiana State Fair Band Day competition Saturday evening for the first time since 1952, earning them the honors as "Indiana's Best Band" for 2017.

The last time the Millers won the competition, President Harry Truman was entering his final months in office, Herman Lawson was the mayor of Noblesville and Noblesville's population had just breached 6,000 residents.

Sunday, August 6, 2017
Sheridan earns 27th place finish
INDIANAPOLIS - The Sheridan High School Blackhawk Marching Band closed their summer with some fun at the Indiana State Fair Band Day competition Saturday, finishing 27th out of 49 bands.

The troupe wowed fans with a "The legend of Robin Hood" themed performance, caching in on the dramatic, action-packed story by including everything from "beheadings" to a romance.

Sunday, August 6, 2017
Sheridan's 'Merry' Band ready for Band Day
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Blackhawk Marching Band will head to the State Fair today after a summer of musical adventures in the land Nottinghamshire.

The 27-member squad is hoping to wow the judges with their "Robin Hood" themed routine today in the State Fair Band Day competition.

This year's performance is helmed by Sheridan's Director of Bands, Patrick Cronin, who is approaching his third year as the Sheridan Band director.

Friday, August 4, 2017
Ninja Warrior star meets biggest fan
Kevin Bull, 31, season six star, a contestant from the television show American Ninja Warrior arrived in Noblesville last week to an American Ninja Warrior themed pizza party at the Indy Warrior fitness and obstacle training course.

But Bull didn't show up just to try out the impressive obstacles. Bull, who has Alopecia, a rare autoimmune disease that causes people to lose their hair in early childhood, came to support one of his biggest fans, 7-year-old Chase Givens who also has Alopecia.

Friday, August 4, 2017
Kenley appointed to board
INDIANAPOLIS - State Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) has been appointed an at-large advisory member of the Next Level Indiana Trust Fund.

Kenley, who will retire from the Senate in September, will be a no-voting member of the board.

He was appointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Friday, August 4, 2017
More Jazz today on Courthouse lawn
Charlie Ballentine, named Indianapolis' "Best Jazz Musician" in 2015 and 2016, will perform on the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn, today, as part of the Music and All That Jazz concert series presented by Gaylor Electric and RZ Automation.
Friday, August 4, 2017
Marching Millers hope 'Siren' song a winner
The Noblesville High School Marching Band, The Marching Millers, is starting the school year on a high note after three consecutive first-place finishes in Indiana's band invitational. The unprecedented victory streak bodes well for the band as they head into their grand finale at the Indiana state fair Saturday.

After a summer of practicing, the 125-member band of brass, woodwinds, percussionists and color guardsmen hit its stride during the Muncie Central Competition, July 22, besting 22 other bands for a first-place finish.

Friday, August 4, 2017
AT&T Aspire contribution fuels Launch Fishers Fellowship program
FISHERS - The Launch Fishers High School Fellowship program returned for its third year in 2017, backed by an AT&T Aspire contribution of $25,000.

AT&T's signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire drives innovation in education - through technology, social innovation and relationships - to ensure all students have the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.

Thursday, August 3, 2017
Meals from the Market return
The south alley located next to the Visitors Center, 839 Conner St., will once again be the site of a limited dining series.

Chris Owens, Noblesville Main Street CEO, has teamed with one of the featured Chefs from the Farmers Market, Chef Adam Gushwa to create these events, sponsored by Peterson Architecture and Community Health Network.

Thursday, August 3, 2017
Riverview adds two new physicians
Riverview Health added two new physicians, Dr. Daniel Frick and Dr. Roy Henderson, to Riverview Health Physicians.

"We're excited to add Dr. Frick and Dr. Henderson to our Riverview Health Physicians team, said Nikki Swiney, vice president of Ambulatory, Sports and Lab Services. "Not only is this great for our organization but for the growing community as well."

Thursday, August 3, 2017
Rooftop solar workshops available
CARMEL - The Carmel Green Initiative has partnered with Carmel and other communities in Hamilton County to co-host the Solarize Hamilton County 2017 Campaign.

The goal of this community education program is to increase understanding of solar investments, simplify the solar installation process, enable access to program discounts and advance as many solar installations as possible before the end of the year.

Thursday, August 3, 2017
Officials cut ribbon on park Improvements
The City of Noblesville, Noblesville Parks and local residents celebrated the improvements made to Southside Park and adjacent areas within the Southwest Quad neighborhood this summer with a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday.

Renovations to the park were funded by a Community Development Block Grant along with city funds. The total project costs were $250,000 with approximately 95 percent covered by the CDBG funds.

Thursday, August 3, 2017
Preschool Splash Bash Provides Waterpark Fun for Young Children and Parents
CARMEL - Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation will play host to its annual Preschool Splash Bash, an event designed for young children and their parents, at The Waterpark 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 16.

Admission is $6 per child. Adults attending with their children will be admitted free.

Thursday, August 3, 2017
Nickel Plate owners' petition to rail bank line
The owners of the Nickel Plate Railroad have filed a petition with the Federal Surface Transportation Board to keep the southern portion of the rail corridor intact for use as a walking/biking trail, or a railroad.

The petition asks the STB to permit the owners to move forward with plans to rail bank the line.

Thursday, August 3, 2017
Local artist's work selected for iMOCA and Indiana Landmarks exhibition
Award-winning Noblesville artist, Christine Merchent, has been selected for Meaningful Places, an Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) and Indiana Landmarks Exhibition.

Merchent's fine art photography work titled, Tacky and Beautiful, features an artistic perspective of iconic Syd's Bar and Grill and the Noblesville Courthouse.

Thursday, August 3, 2017
Local artist's work selected for iMOCA and Indiana Landmarks exhibition
Award-winning Noblesville artist, Christine Merchent, has been selected for Meaningful Places, an Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) and Indiana Landmarks Exhibition.

Merchent's fine art photography work titled, Tacky and Beautiful, features an artistic perspective of iconic Syd's Bar and Grill and the Noblesville Courthouse.

Thursday, August 3, 2017
NPD accepting applications for Citizens Police Academy
The Noblesville Police Department is currently accepting applications for the next Citizens Police Academy. The academy is an 11-week course, free of charge, designed to provide community members with an opportunity to become better acquainted with our professional staff and to learn about police procedures.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile Virus
In-house testing of mosquitos returned with a positive sample of West Nile Virus in Dillon Park.

The samples were collected by the Indiana State Department of Health. There has not been any notification of humans being infected with the virus in Noblesville.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
'Jake' Laird Day, National Night Out fill Quaker Park
WESTFIELD - Westfield had its annual Jake Laird Community Day Tuesday at Quaker Park.

Sponsored by Hamilton county residents Mike and Debbie Laird, the event celebrates the life of Officer Timothy "Jake" Laird of the Indianapolis Police Department, who gave his life in the line of duty on Aug. 18, 2004.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
On roll headed to state fair
The Noblesville Marching Millers earned three first-place band competition finishes recently. Noblesville took first out of 22 bands at Muncie Central July 22, first out of 19 bands at the Black and Gold Invitational, July 28, and first out of 19 bands at the Drums of Winchester competition July 29. The Marching Millers will compete next at the Indiana State Fair Band Day on Saturday. Community members can see the band perform at the $5 Band Community Dinner on Thursday. The performance will be outside at 5:30 p.m. in the Noblesville High School/Armory field and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. in the NHS cafeteria.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Lunch & Listen Series expands with food truck Friday
The Noblesville Parks and Recreation Department is expanding its biweekly Lunch & Listen series at Federal Hill Commons with Food Truck Friday.

Food Truck Friday is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18 and Sept. 1.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Back to School
Information parents and students need as Hamilton County schools prepare for another school year.

Schedule of events for the first days of school for Sheridan, Westfield and Hamilton Heights schools:

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
NPD participating in National Night Out
The Noblesville Police Department will participate in National Night Out program, for the first time, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 8.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
BGCN partnering with Lowe's
From Aug. 8 through Sept. 5, Lowe's of Noblesville will play host to an in-store fundraising campaign to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville. Customers will be invited to donate $1, $5, or $10 at the register. Each customer who donates will receive a pinup to fill out and display around the registers at the local store.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
HCSD blood drive Wednesday
The annual Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Fallen Officer Blood Drive is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Sheriff's Office, 18100 Cumberland Road, Noblesville.

The community is invited to honor fallen officers by giving blood at memorial blood drives throughout the summer months across the state of Indiana during the 11th annual Fallen Officer Blood Drive Campaign.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Local dance teacher honored
Michele Stewart, owner of The Pink Slipper Dance Studio since 2001, was announced Teacher Of The Year for 2017 recently in Indianapolis, by MusicWorks Unlimited, a Los Angeles-based dance education organization.

Stewart received the honor while attending the four day dance teacher seminar, Dance Teacher Connection.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Aspire Indiana names Associate Medical Director
Brett Presley has been named Associate Medical Director for Aspire Indiana.

Presley has been with Aspire for 20 years, serving as a staff psychiatrist and a consultant telehealth therapist.

He earned his doctorate in Medicine and did his residency at Indiana University School of Medicine, where he received numerous honors and served in leadership roles.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Fire destroys Cicero home
CICERO - Fire destroyed a Cicero home Monday, and damaged two neighboring homes.

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire, reported at 7:20 p.m.

The occupants were not at home when the fire started, but called the Cicero Fire Department when they returned to the residence, at 1209 Frogs Leap.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Dual credit music classes offered in Noblesville schools
KOKOMO - Indiana University Kokomo recently approved advanced band classes to be offered at Noblesville High School.

NHS student musicians will earn college credit at an increased tempo, in partnership with IU-K.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Nickel Plate operator selected
Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad has been selected as operator of the Nickel Plate Railroad.

Votes taken today, in the Noblesville and Fishers boards of work, OK'd the proposal, which calls for operating a train on the northern section of the railroad, while leaving the southern section between Noblesville and Fishers available for development as a walking/biking trail.

Monday, July 31, 2017
'Do I have to stop for that school bus?'
In Indiana late July and early August brings hot weather, the State Fair and also the start of a new school year.

Every school year the Indiana State Police receives numerous complaints about school bus stop arm violations from school corporations around the state.

The Indiana Department of Education surveys school corporations annually for stop arm violations on one given day, and reports those numbers to the National Association of State Directors for Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS).

Monday, July 31, 2017
Back-to-school organization tips for busy families
The new school year brings hectic mornings, piles of homework, endless events, practices, games and school conferences. When you're a busy parent, day-to-day tasks can consume your thoughts and energy. Stay organized and sane by following these simple tips to handle the crush of the school year.
Monday, July 31, 2017
Back-to-School Tips to Help Reduce Stress
School can be a stressful place, from finding a seat at lunch to making new friends, but don't let supplies be one of those stressors. Make life just a bit easier with the right supplies, so students have more time to focus on the important things. To help reduce stress, consider the following tips and tricks.
Monday, July 31, 2017
'Picture a Better World' photo contest at HNPL
CICERO - Hamilton North Public Library wants to see how Hamilton County residents "Picture a Better World."

The Library and Friends of the Library organization are sponsoring a photo contest for Hamilton County residents, encouraging them to get out their cameras and capture potential award-winning photographs.

"Picture a Better World," is this year's theme for the library's annual competition features three divisions for entering and prizes in all categories.

Sunday, July 30, 2017
Health department celebrates 50 years
The Hamilton County Health Department celebrated its 50th anniversary Thursday, in an intimate gathering with Health Department staff, community members and local representatives.

The Health Department was started in 1967, organized by community leader Garrick Mallery, 89, who even after 50 years is still the chairman of the board.

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Open house, fly-in, and air race set
ZIONSVILLE - Montgomery Aviation, the fixed based operator at Indianapolis Executive Airport in Zionsville, will play host to the 11th Annual Open House, Fly-In, and Air Race 7:39 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Real cost of Nickel Plate conversion?
Noblesville and Fishers have underestimated the cost of converting the southern portion of the Nickel Plate Railroad to a walking trail.

A trail opponent claims the two cities are off by $4 million.

Noblesville and Fishers have proposed a $9.3 million conversion of the railroad from 96th street in Fishers to Pleasant Street in Noblesville. The 9.2 miles trail could take 6 months to a year to get approved by the Federal Surface Transportation Board.

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Jake Laird Community Day returns to Quaker Park
WESTFIELD - The 2017 Jake Laird Community Day is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Quaker Park.

The event is named for IMPD Officer Jake Laird, who gave his life in the line of duty on Aug. 18, 2004.

Westfield's Jake Laird Community Day is sponsored by Hamilton county residents Mike and Debbie Laird, Officer Laird's parents.

Friday, July 28, 2017
More Nickel Plate-related emails sought
A second public information request has been made to the City of Noblesville, seeking emails from Deputy Mayor Steve Cooke dating back to March, and six months prior, after release of several emails resulted in Cooke's removal from the Nickel Plate Railroad project.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Instructional assistant charged with battery
A former instructional assistant at White River Elementary School, Noblesville, has been charged with five counts of battery following accusations he inappropriately touched at 14 students between Jan. 2 and March 6.

Ted W. Weigel, 60, was placed on paid administrative leave, and fired Feb. 28, after the Noblesville School Corp. conducted its own investigation.

Thursday, July 27, 2017
Indiana Audubon schedules young birders conference
CARMEL - The Indiana Young Birders Club and the Indiana Audubon Society is hosting the 5th Indiana Young Birders Conference on Aug. 19 at the Cool Creek Nature Center, Carmel.

The Indiana Young Birders Conference is an all-day event planned and hosted by young birders and naturalists from Indiana and surrounding states.

Thursday, July 27, 2017
Rain on Main Returns to the Carmel
CARMEL - Rain on Main, a painted rain barrel contest, is returning to the Carmel Arts & Design District. The event will debut at the IU Health North Hospital Second Saturday Gallery Walk Aug. 12. The barrels will remain on Main Street through the following week for everyone's enjoyment. In addition to having the barrels judged by artists, there will be a "People's Choice" selection based on votes from the public via Facebook likes on the Rain on Main page.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Ivy Tech schedules fall enrollment events
Ivy Tech Community College will play host to Express Enrollment event 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 8 at Ivy Tech Hamilton County, located at 300 N. 17th St., Noblesville.

The deadline to register for fall semester is Aug. 14 for classes starting Aug. 21.

Thursday, July 27, 2017
Senate District 20 Caucus set for Sept. 6
INDIANAPOLIS - The caucus to replace retiring State Sen. Luke Kenley is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 6, at the Ivy Tech Auditorium, 300 N. 17th St., Noblesville.

Indiana Republican Party State Chairman Kyle Hupfer officially called for a caucus of eligible precinct committee members Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Congressional App Challenge open
The 2017 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is now open an accepting entries.

The CAC is a competition designed to engage students from across the country in computer science and coding. More than ever before, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills, including computer science, are vital to compete in the workforce, to build a culture of innovation and to spur economic growth.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
BlueSky Digital launches
BlueSky Technology Partners has launched BlueSky Digital (blueskydigitalagency.com), a team of marketers, designers, developers, and ecommerce strategists focused on innovative, integrated digital marketing solutions for clients.

BlueSky Technology Partners is an e-commerce consultancy founded in 2006 by Todd Irwin and Eric Warne specializing in the development, system implementation and project execution of B2B and B2C solutions.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Deputy received regional award
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jon Tindal was presented with the Regional Exceptional Service Award by the National Association of School Resource Officers during the organization's annual conference in Washington, D.C. July 25.

The award is a competitive process which recognizes outstanding contributions to the school resource program and dedication to the school community.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
No one escapes
They rounded the bend... picked up speed... and dived straight onto the slip and slide!

Hamilton County 4-H Fair visitors had some one-of-a-kind fun this weekend with the Color Me Green Fun Run/Walk. The event attracted almost 50 participants who donned their complimentary t-shirts, green sunglasses, and of course - enough green powder to make a leprechaun smile.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Honoring grandfather Cooper wins Supreme Showman
Colton Cooper, 17, of Sheridan Ag, won the Supreme Showmanship competition Monday in the Hamilton County 4-H Fair, often regarded as the highest honor in showmanship.

Cooper is approaching his senior year at Sheridan High School and this is his ninth year of 4-H. He advanced to the Supreme Showmanship competition after being named Grand Champion in meat goat showmanship Friday.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Three local students chosen as Kelley Scholars at IU
BLOOMINGTON - Three Hamilton County residents, all incoming freshman at Indiana University, have been selected as Kelley Scholars at the Kelley School of Business.

The Kelley Scholars, who intend to major in business at IU Bloomington, will receive standard tuition and fees, a stipend for living expenses and funding for academic activities such as overseas study.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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