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  • 11/5/2018 After 26 years of serving Hamilton County in the Indiana General Assembly, my time as a state representative is coming to a close. This is a bittersweet moment for me as I pursue other opportunities in the community. 
    Throughout the years, I have witnessed the growth of Noblesville. In our top-rated town, entrepreneurs establish roots, local schools remain dedicated to success, public safety officials are devoted to their neighbors, leaders have come together to find solutions, and our citizens are engaged. 
    As the first female elected to a caucus leadership position in our state’s history, I have overcome many obstacles on my professional and personal journey. In addition to this leadership role, I worked hard to expand the use of vote centers, centralize the counting of absentee ballots and strengthen Indiana’s election laws.
  • 10/29/2018 Costumes, candy and carved pumpkins are all part of Halloween fun. In Hamilton County, there are many options when it comes to celebrating the spooky day. 
    On Halloween, official trick-or-treat hours in Noblesville will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Carmel and Westfield’s official hours are 5-8 p.m., and trick-or-treating in Fishers is 6-8 p.m.
    If going home-to-home, please remember to keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls. Using make up instead of a mask is also a good option for little ones. Children also need to be reminded not to enter homes or cars of strangers.
  • 10/22/2018 When it comes to developing skills needed to find employment in Indiana, Hoosiers have many options. Whether earning a degree as an adult learner, obtaining a certificate to get a job in a high-demand field or building on military experience for work as a civilian, there are state resources available to help Hoosiers succeed in the workforce.
    Adults who want to go back to school and continue their education face unique challenges. Balancing school work while having another job, family obligations and responsibilities can be complicated. Learn More Indiana is dedicated to helping adult learners succeed, and provides resources for childcare, choosing the best learning program based on individual needs, and obtaining financial aid specifically for non-traditional students. To take advantage of all that Learn More Indiana offers to adult learners, visit learnmoreindiana.org.
  • 10/1/2018 October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in an effort to help those affected by the disease and raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. With 1 in 8 women in the U.S. being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, it’s important to continue learning about the disease and take steps to minimize risks in order to save more lives.
    Fortunately, breast cancer deaths have been declining since 1990 due to early detection, better screenings, increased awareness and improved treatment options. Still, we are losing too many lives to this disease, with more than 266,000 people in the U.S. expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone, resulting in nearly 41,000 deaths.
  • 9/24/2018 The autumn season officially arrived on Saturday, and with it comes football games, harvest times and turning leaves. As we mark the transition from summer to winter, there are many opportunities to enjoy the fall months in our community and throughout the state.
    Hamilton County is home to wonderful pumpkin patches, including Russell Farms, Spencer Farm, Stonycreek Farm and the Stuckey Farm Market. These local pumpkin patches offer a variety of activities beyond finding the perfect gourd. From hayrides, corn mazes, play areas and sweet treats, these farms provide outdoor fun for the whole family.
    A local autumn tradition also includes the Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival in Noblesville. Enjoy art and craft booths, live entertainment, tasty treats, a climbing wall and activities for the children from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6.
  • 9/17/2018 Hamilton County is home to great schools and teachers who are making a positive impact on our children’s lives. Students who want to follow in the footsteps of their influential teachers and become an educator themselves are encouraged to apply for a Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship to help save on college costs.
    The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship is awarded annually to 200 top-performing students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years. Recipients receive $7,500 per year for up to four years, which significantly helps cut college costs for those preparing to enter the teaching profession. To qualify, applicants need to either graduate in the top 20 percent of their high school class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT.
  • 9/10/2018 More crimes throughout the state are being solved as a result of a new law allowing public safety officials to collect a DNA profile from anyone arrested for a felony crime. With this policy, our law enforcement officials are identifying serial offenders, closing unsolved criminal cases and exonerating the innocent.
    Since January, DNA profiles have been taken through a cheek swab from anyone arrested for a felony crime and matched against profiles processed in the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS. If a DNA profile matches a sample already in the system, it will produce what law enforcement call a ‘hit.’
    In just the first half of the year, CODIS confirmed more than 500 total DNA hits. About 200 of those hits, including homicides and more than 20 sexual assaults, would likely not have happened without this law. In fact, a DNA sample taken in January matched an unsolved rape investigation that started in 2016.
  • 8/26/2018 Another school year has begun, and young Hoosiers throughout the state are growing and learning in their classrooms. For those in grades 6-12 who find themselves struggling with math or science assignments, tutors with the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology are ready to help. 
    AskRose is a free math and science tutoring service staffed by college students who are majoring in math, science or engineering. Tutors with AskRose are trained on how to use their experience to help students by phone and online, and they protect student privacy and never ask for a last name or phone number. Certified by the National Tutoring Association and funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the AskRose tutoring service helps young Hoosiers better comprehend homework questions, arrive at the answers themselves, and prepare to tackle similar questions on their own. 
    When students are stuck by a math or science problem, they can call, email or chat online with a tutor. At the start of the session, the tutor reviews the problem, then guides students until they understand the solution. 
  • 8/13/2018 Many of us have encountered instances of bullying and experienced unwanted, aggressive behaviors. Together, we can all play a role in standing up to those who make threats, spread rumors, exclude people from groups on purpose, and cause physical or verbal harm. 
    In Indiana, schools collect data about bullying and report that information to the Indiana Department of Education, which then provides a full report online at www.doe.in.gov. Parents are encouraged to write down bullying instances in terms of dates, who was involved and what happened, and then relay that information to their schools. This includes physical, verbal, social, written and electronic bullying. 
    By definition, bullying is a repeated incident, not just a one-time occurrence. While many schools work to stop bullying at the first instance, it may continue. By collecting this information, schools can take control of bullying, craft stronger policies and identify red flags. 
    All school employees and volunteers receive training on bullying prevention and intervention. Each school is also required to provide age-appropriate, research-based instruction focusing on bullying prevention in grades 1-12. 
    The DOE also maintains a link on its website providing resources for prevention and reporting of bullying and cyberbullying. This link is also included on all school district’s websites so that it is easily accessible by parents, caretakers and students. To learn more about Noblesville schools’ bullying prevention efforts, visit www.noblesvilleschools.org and click on Student Services under the Departments tab. 
  • 8/4/2018 

    Indiana House Republicans are now accepting internship applications for the 2019 legislative session, which begins in January.

    This program can open the door to many new opportunities for college students and recent graduates, and in addition to the networking potential at the Statehouse, a strong internship experience can be a competitive advantage in job searches. 

    Participating in the House Republican Internship Program is a unique opportunity for college students and graduates to participate in state government and gain valuable hands-on experience. This paid internship at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis takes place during the spring semester and gives students the chance to work one-on-one with state legislators.

    Internship positions are open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates of all majors. Students can apply for internships in a variety of areas based on their skill sets, focusing on legislative, communications and media relations, policy or fiscal policy.

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