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  • HSE senior is DAR Good Citizen of the Year

    Julie Bergin is so proud of the person her son has become.

    “He’s humble. He’s super nice. And just a good boy,” said the mother of Joe Bergin, a Hamilton Southeastern High School senior who has been named 2018 Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen of the Year.

    Noblesville’s Horseshoe Prairie Chapter of DAR presents the Good Citizen Award each year to one graduating senior. Winner Joe Bergin is a good student, but being honored as a DAR Good Citizen is so much more than good grades.

    It means you've given back to the community, to your school, to your church and to your family, and that you were voted on by your peers and by your administrators.

    “Joe is nothing short of amazing as a student leader and thoughtful citizen of our school and community,” wrote Matthew W. Kegley, his high school principal, in a recommendation letter for the DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest. “Joe sets himself above most, if not all, of his peers. 

    “Thoughtful,” “insightful” and “open-minded” are words the principal used to describe the student. “Joe is respectful to everyone and engages adults in conversation, frequently initiating that conversation.”

  • Chris Owens drove success, change at Main Street
    3/19/2018 Chris Owens pushed Noblesville Main Street into a more top-of-mind independent organization.

    He developed an active social media presence and promoted and produced one of the largest event rosters the organization has ever offered. 

    He came to Main Street at a really vital point for the organization and embraced the Hipstoric initiative, while bringing executive-director experience and a strong understanding of the community.

    Craig Crosser, president of Noblesville Main Street board, had those positive things to say about Owens, who this month stepped down from his position as executive director and CEO of Noblesville Main Street. Owens begins his new role today as communications director for White River Christian Church, where he plays guitar, and his wife, Maggie, sings and where the couple met.

    “The NMS board is happy for Chris and his next role within the community,” said Crosser, who is in his second year of a two-year term as board president. 
  • Westfield eighth-grader wins Hamilton County spelling bee

    The No. 13.

    Considered unlucky by some. And lucky by others.

    For Westfield’s Samuel Schmidt, the number 13, is lucky. Not only because the teen runs half marathons, which are 13.1 miles, but because “13” was his contestant number in this week’s Hamilton County Spelling Bee.

    The eighth-grader at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School spelled his way through 45 rounds to win the Bee’s championship and earn a trip to Washington, D.C., in May to the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

  • 9,300 solar panels will help save $13 million
    3/15/2018 A guest list of who’s who in Hamilton County this week attended County Commissioners’ groundbreaking ceremony kicking off a solar-panel project that would provide enough energy to power 38 percent of the Hamilton County Jail Complex and 100 percent of the Health Services building. 

    “Upon completion, this will be the largest solar project for a jail complex in the state of Indiana,” said Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt, who with Commissioners Steve Dillinger and Christine Altman, led the ceremony, during which Heirbrandt shared details about the three-month project that is expected to be completed by late June. 

    The $8 million solar-panel project, for which 9,300 solar panels are being installed, is expected to save the county more than $13 million in utility and maintenance costs over the next 25 years, Heirbrandt said.

    The county currently spends $1.6 million annually in utility bills for county facilities.
  • Westfield to build a new Playhouse
    3/15/2018 Westfield Playhouse has grown out of its tiny theater on Indiana 32 in Eagletown and will build a new playhouse in downtown Westfield.

    That’s big news for loyal supporters of community theater here in the county.

    Westfield City Council voted unanimously at Monday night’s regular Council meeting to allow Westfield Playhouse to construct a new theater on North Union Street near the former Westfield City Hall.

    It’s also awesome news for thespians who call Westfield Playhouse their home theater.

    “We are very excited,” said Noblesville’s John Sampson, who is starting his 11th year as Westfield Playhouse’s board president and was thrilled to share the news with me.
  • Let’s go see what kids are learning
    3/14/2018 See a Famous Hoosier Wax Museum created by Hazel Dell Elementary students. Meet Noblesville High School storytellers who are student journalists of NHS’s Mill Stream newspaper. Learn how Noblesville East Middle School special education students brew independence at a coffee shop.

    See how Hinkle Creek Elementary students are creating with a green screen. Meet Promise Road Elementary students who are “Minecraft-”ing through the American Revolution. Learn how North Elementary students “get real with virtual reality.”

    See Noble Crossing Elementary students dive into inquiry-based learning. Meet Stony Creek Elementary students who construct a robotics model connected to a story in the Lego WeDo education program.

    Want to know what students at Noblesville Schools are learning? Come visit the fifth annual Miller Shift Learning ‘18 Showcase. It’s 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the high school, 18111 Cumberland Road, in Noblesville. 
  • What does 1 million square feet look like?
    3/12/2018 I’m sure that the City of Noblesville would like to see more companies come to town like SMC Corp. of America.
    The North American headquarters for the Japanese-based company that develops and manufactures pneumatic technology -- located just north of 146th Street between Cumberland and Howe roads -- would like to expand in Noblesville and increase the size of its corporate headquarters by 1 million square feet.
    That’s almost 23 acres of space, or almost as large as Carmel High School, which accommodates nearly 5,000 students, the state’s largest public high school by enrollment. While the new SMC construction would only be one-eighth the size of Amazon’s proposed 8 million-square-foot second headquarters, the SMC expansion would be huge, not only in size but in significance for Noblesville, a forward-thinking community that welcomes business.
  • Kristo retires but still giving back
    3/10/2018 George Kristo has a servant’s heart and a willingness to help others. 
    That’s just who he is.
    Since moving from Toledo, Ohio, the Noblesville man has made an impact in Hamilton County.
    Kristo, for 22 years, has been executive director of Hamilton County Council on Alcohol & Other Drugs, which is dedicated to preventing and reducing underage drinking and illegal drug use.
    Kristo, 80, officially retired in January but has been hanging around until his replacement takes over on Monday.
    Before he cleared out his desk, he sat down with me for a face-to-face interview in the quiet lower level of the Hamilton County Government & Judicial Center in downtown Noblesville.
  • School safety on our minds
    3/9/2018 As parent of a Noblesville East Middle School student, safety is always on my mind, not only whenever I hear about a school shooting but every morning when I put my daughter on the school bus.
    I’m sure that my mom worried a little, too, when she put me on the bus at 6:45 a.m., and didn’t see me again until the bus brought me home at about 3:45 p.m. Back then, I don’t ever remember hearing about school shootings, school crime or school safety concerns.
    About the worst thing that students got in trouble for was doing burnouts with their Pontiac Trans Am in the school parking lot, fist fights in the hallway, or food fights in the cafeteria. 
    No one would have even thought of bringing a weapon to school or hurting anybody. At least in our small country school in the middle of farm fields in Henry County, Indiana.
  • Don’t dodge this Lions tournament
    3/8/2018 I’m so impressed by the dedication of Noblesville’s Dave Marsh and the Noblesville Lions Club.
    I am on a group email list for the club, and I have been receiving emails throughout the creation and coordination of this weekend’s Noblesville Lions Dodgeball Tournament.
    It’s a new fundraiser for the club and starts at noon Saturday at Ivy Tech Community College Hamilton County Campus in Noblesville.
    As of Wednesday, Marsh said the club is in need of three more teams. “We are so close. Please keep talking and trying to recruit teams,” Marsh said in a mass email, inspiring club members to keep on keeping on. 
    Noblesville Lions have worked so hard on this inaugural fundraiser.
    Club members have recruited sponsors and teams and have signed up to work concessions, to stage teams, to post sponsor signage, to set up divider nets, to mark off courts and to keep time and scores.
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