Week in Review: 2-2-22

Noblesville Police Chief John Mann (left) swears in new Deputy Chief Lt. Jason Thompson (Photo Courtesy of the Noblesville Police Department)

With the first full month of the year behind us, it has certainly been a lively start to 2022! Lots of things are happening all over the city and the county, so it can be easy to fall out of the loop. We at the Times pride ourselves on keeping you, our readers, informed, so here is a rundown of the five biggest stories from the past week.

Hamilton County lays right in the tracks of a major incoming winter storm.

AccuWeather meteorologists are tracking the makings of a far-reaching, disruptive winter storm which is forecast to spread a plowable snow and significant icing from the central and southern Rockies to parts of the Northeast this week. Denver, Dallas and Detroit are among the major metro areas expected to face wintry consequences and potential travel trouble, forecasters say.

 “Depending on the exact track of the storm, an extended zone of icing may develop from central Texas extending through the Ohio Valley. Areas like Dallas, Little Rock, and Indianapolis could be under a significant ice threat around the middle of this week,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Joe Bauer said.

Noblesville Police Chief John Mann is proud to announce that Lt. Jason Thompson has been appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief of the Support Division. Thompson replaces Shane Ginnan, who is now the Town Marshal of Yorktown.

“In the system we have setup here with staff, we’re really six working as one (police chief, assistant chief and four deputy chiefs). It is a true team effort,” said Mann. “Jason has the right chemistry, which he’s built up over his 17 years in the department, to be a perfect fit within our team approach. We needed someone who could step into this role that still has that servant leadership mentality. Jason is a great fit for that. We are excited, not only for Jason in his new position, but for the future of the Noblesville Police Department.”

Westfield Playhouse becomes “Basile Westfield Playhouse”

Main Street Productions, Inc., Westfield’s own community theatre company, has received a sizeable donation to our capital and operating fund from Frank and Katrina Basile. In honor of this donation, Main Street Productions has named our home, “Basile Westfield Playhouse.”  MSP will be adding the name to the facade of the building and are honored to be continuing to produce quality theatre and community involvement in the new Basile Westfield Playhouse.

Bill Miller, Vice President of Main Street Productions, Inc., said, “It was a joy to work with Mr. Basile on this donation. He believes strongly in our mission and wanted to help us take our theater to the next level.   In the coming several months you will see new improvements to our home to enhance your experience while at our playhouse.”  Brandi Davis, President of Main Street Productions, Inc., stated, “The donation from Frank and Katrina Basile will help guarantee that we will continue to be able to produce the high quality entertainment that Westfield has come to expect from MSP.”

The Indiana Department of Health is hosting a free mobile testing and vaccination clinic in Carmel as part of its ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

WHEN: Wed., Jan. 19th – Sat., Jan. 22nd from 12 – 8 p.m.

WHERE: Jill Perelman Pavilion, 3000 W. 116th St Carmel, Ind. 46032

HOW: Register online by visiting or call 211 (866-211-9966) and a representative will schedule an appointment for you from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT daily. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are accepted.

Aspire Indiana Health is distributing more than 40,000 COVID home test kits to its community partners, schools and other nonprofit organizations in Boone, Grant, Hamilton, Madison and Marion counties. In order to reach our most vulnerable Hoosier populations, Aspire is partnering with community organizations in our 5-county primary service area that can best connect vulnerable Hoosier populations with the rapid COVID tests. Social disparities have been shown to result in lower income, minority, urban and rural populations having less access to free testing options.