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  • 4/19/2019 I recently attended the Noblesville Mayoral Candidate debate at Noblesville High School and one of the questions asked was how to best develop the former Firestone plant, an abandoned 70-acre site along Division Street, between 15th and 18th streets.
    Frankly, I was a bit disappointed with the answers given by the four candidates currently running for Noblesville mayor. It seemed as if they had not studied all of the options. Most piggy-backed on plans to build a new police headquarters on the still-contaminated site — plans the city administration has been publicly pursuing for nearly two years.
  • 4/19/2019 I’ve got some reader feedback this week!
    Remember Dennis Hester’s hunt for a history of Durbin School? Tom Heller, the principal at Durbin from 1974 to 2002, sent some information about the Durbin area.
    Tom wrote that when he started working at the school, an elderly lady who lived nearby shared her memories of Durbin with him.
    According to Tom, the community was named for Winfield T. Durbin, Indiana’s governor from 1901 to 1905. (Whew, I’d guessed that when I wrote a column on Durbin and Clarksville a few years ago. It’s nice to have confirmation.)
  • ‘Elected’ youth officials help lead city for a day
    4/19/2019 Wouldn’t it be cool to shadow a city or county official for the day? 
    Especially if you’re a kid.
    Tag along to meetings with Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear. Sit in Noblesville Police Chief Kevin Jowitt’s unmarked car. And tour the firehouse with Noblesville Fire Chief Greg Wyant.
    They could tour the prosecutor’s office with Hamilton County Prosecutor D. Lee Buckingham II. Sit on the bench with Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Felix. And learn the responsibilities of newly-elected Sheriff Dennis Quakenbush.
  • Sports Talk with Mark Morrow - Lady Miller High Jumper High on Life
    4/19/2019 The sky’s not exactly the limit for Noblesville High School senior high jump sensation Shelby Tyler, but to hear her coach, Bill Craig, talk…well, I’m not too sure about that. 
    New heights are surely in her future!
    Craig thinks she can pretty much do whatever she puts her mind to doing.
    “I’ve never seen a more determined, focused and competitive girl, and not just in the high jump, but in track, period,’’ said Craig, who started working with her in the eighth grade. He has been coaching track for 50 years at various schools.
  • 4/19/2019 Dear Rusty: We are a little confused about husband and wife Social Security benefits. I am 63 years old (born 1955) and still employed full-time. My wife turns 60 this month. She is retired military and has been working in the civilian sector for a number of years now. She has always earned more than me. We are confused as to how Social Security payments between us will work. I know I will start to collect before she does. Can you help with an explanation? Signed: Confused
  • 20 things I learned at Noblesville Taste of Business
    4/18/2019 Noblesville Chamber of Commerce always has Noblesville’s best interest at heart.
    Every time that I go to a Chamber event, I learn something.
    The Chamber’s recent Taste of Business, for the second year at the new Embassy Suites by Hilton, was a great place to learn more about Noblesville and all that it offers.
    So again, for the second year, I am writing about 20 things that I learned at the Taste of Business.
  • 4/18/2019 Pneumococcal Sepsis. She fell ill on Monday while teaching her third grade class. It was the first day back after spring break. On Friday (Good Friday) she died.
    If she’d had a pneumonia shot within the correct timeframe, she wouldn’t have died. Plain and simple. That’s what they told us at the hospital. Pneumonia shots are necessary if you don’t have a spleen, and hers had ruptured in a car accident in 1975. We almost lost her then, but she managed to live another twenty-three years.
    “Leave it to mom to die on the same day as Jesus Christ,” I tried to joke, because humor is often our family’s way of coping.
  • 4/17/2019 I am lucky to have good neighbors. 
    It’s especially nice I get along with everyone because I spend so much time at home, sitting at my desk, looking out my window and pretending to write. Pretending to write requires a lot of time looking out the window and the neighbors I see most directly when I do are Charles and Joanna. 
    Charles and Joanna are no longer young. They have a comfortable home that sits on the edge of the forest and rarely have visitors. I don’t know the details of their life—and I don’t need to. 
    I know Charles has a routine each morning where he drives into town, picks up a free newspaper at the senior center, gets a free cup of coffee at the bank, stops by Starbucks for free cream to put in his coffee, then returns home. He does this every day the bank is open. I know he is proud of his ingenuity. 
  • Students send high hopes at balloon launch
    4/17/2019 Noblesville High School teacher Andy Wilkins empowers his aerospace students by providing them opportunities to create, invent, discover, challenge and take risks. 
    The vocal ambassador and leader for all Project Lead the Way STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum at NHS -- where he teaches engineering and math -- is also well known for his “famous” balloon launch. 
    His latest endeavor is sending into space for the first time, more than 400 inspirational messages, names of loved ones, and hopes for the future from Noblesville third-graders.
    The project is “part of a high-altitude aerospace balloon launch partnership” with NHS and this school year received funding from a Noblesville Education Foundation grant.
  • Auto Reviews – 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt looks fab in Dark Highland Green
    4/17/2019 A Millennial co-worker of mine saw the Mustang Bullitt sitting in the carpark and said, “I’d buy it if it was blue.” Blasphemy! Young man, step back!There is only one color for the Bullitt and that’s Dark Highland Green metallic. Ford also offers it in Shadow Black, and I must admit it looks slick, but that kind of transgression is an entirely different sin. Green is holy in this annals of speed.
    My young friend apparently has never seen the 1968 flick Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen, in which a custom Mustang leads one of the most iconic chase scenes ever put in a movie, out-pacing a Dodge Charger while jumping and sliding through the streets of San Francisco. I told him to go rent it and quit talking to me until he has. The Mustang in Bullitt is, of course, green!
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