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Week in Review

A couple more days and we are officially in 2022, so get ready to pull out your sparklers, kiss a loved one and watch the ball drop at midnight as we welcome in the New Year! Here’s a recap of some of the most memorable stories of the last week here in our beautiful Hamilton County!

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NOBLESVILLE SCHOOL system is in the market for a new superintendent.

Dr. Beth Niedermeyer, who joined the school in 2014, announced that she plans to retire at the end of the 2021-22 school year. Her last day is scheduled for June 30. Niedermeyer served in previous leadership roles with Hamilton Southeastern Schools, the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township and Fort Wayne Community Schools.

The school board will be working with a professional superintendent search firm to assist in finding Niedermeyer’s replacement and hope to name the new superintendent this spring. Members of the school community will be asked to share input to help determine the qualities prioritized in selecting the new superintendent.

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GAYLOR ELECTRIC’S President & CEO, Chuck Goodrich, was announced as a winner of Comparably’s “Best CEO 2021” award! Ranked among world-renowned companies, this national honor highlights the Top 100 highest-rated CEOs in the country.

The mission of Comparably is to make workplaces transparent and rewarding for both employees and employers. Goodrich was selected based on anonymous employee feedback collected by Comparably over the last 12 months. This data has allowed them to narrow down the top CEOs from large companies around the country. The average approval ratings for these top-rated CEOs are 89%, compared to a 68% across all of Comparably’s data site wide.

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USHER IN 2022 with other outdoor lovers at one of the many First Day Hikes offered Jan. 1 at Indiana’s state parks, forests, and lakes. First Day Hikes are a healthy way to start 2022 and a chance to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and connect with friends. Nearly all state parks and lakes, as well as some state forests, will offer hikes. Find a hike near you at on.IN.gov/INstateparkevents.

The guided hikes are organized by Indiana State Parks in cooperation with America’s State Parks. First Day Hikes will take place in all 50 states. First Day Hikes originated more than 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts. The program was launched to foster healthy lifestyles and promote year-round recreation at state parks. For more information, visit America’s State Parks’ website (stateparks.org) or facebook.com/Americas-State-Parks-205324976548604.

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UNITED STATES Representatives Victoria Spartz (R-IN-05), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01), and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) introduced the National Critical Capabilities Defense Act (NCCDA) to establish a review process that would protect the United States supply chain from foreign adversaries like China and Russia. This legislation would create a whole-of-government screening process for outbound investments and the offshoring of critical capacities and supply chains to ensure that the United States can quickly detect supply chain vulnerabilities.

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THE 50TH Elks Hoops Shoot local contest took place recently at the Boys & Girls Club. Six winners were decided from some outstanding shooters.

In the girls’ divisions, Ellie Miller knocked down 17 of her 25 free throw attempts to run away with the 8-9 age group. Rylie Spurgis hit 8 free throws to win the 11-12 group. The 12-13 yr. old winner was Presley White, who made 19 shots.

The boys’ competition was even more competitive. Bentley Huber won the 8-9 group by making 19 free throws. In the 10-11 yr. old group Austin White drilled 18 free throws and won in a playoff over Talon Tedder. And in the thrilling 12-13 age group Adam Yeary and Logan Sumpter both made 24 out of 25 attempts. Adam earned the victory by making all five of his playoff free throw attempts, while Logan made 4 out of 5.

The champions will advance to compete in the West Central district competition at Greencastle’s McAnally Center on Jan. 8, 2022.

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HAMILTON COUNTY is turning 200 in 2023! The Sheridan Public Library is celebrating with a BICENTENNIAL READING CHALLENGE! This program will run from Jan. 1, 2022 to Dec. 31, 2023. Participants will have this time to log 200 books and be entered to win prizes! All ages are welcome to register.  Join the fun + register today: https://sheridan.beanstack.org

New to Beanstack? Simply create an account to get started. Once you have an account, all eligible challenges will be available for registration. For more information please visit, http://sheridan.lib.in.us/