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  • Poultry champion loves his chicken

    When I saw 11-year-old Marshall Frye, wearing a white lab coat, watching the Poultry Show in the Small Animal Barn on Thursday during the Hamilton County 4-H Fair, I had to ask if he was showing a chicken.

    He seemed so serious, dressed nicely in his lab coat while watching the judges go from one chicken cage to the next.

    So I asked. And yes, he was exhibiting his chicken.

    But even better, he had just been named Hamilton County 4-H Grand Champion Poultry Showman in the beginner division. A little later, the son of Blair and Emily Frye won Reserve Grand Champion in Poultry Exhibition for beginners.

    His mom was standing nearby eavesdropping on our conversation about Marshall’s chicken. And there was a paparazzi brother, Cameron, 13, a 4-H’er carrying a camera, snapping photos of us as I interviewed the home-schooled seventh-grader, a first-year Hamilton County 4-H’er.

  • Teacher of the Year visits Sheridan Rotary

    Not that it is a secret, but lots of people do not realize that in 2003, Sheridan’s Robert Pickett, a first-grade teacher at Sheridan Community Schools, was chosen as Indiana’s Teacher of the Year.

    That’s quite an honor for a humble gentleman from a small, rural school corporation in Indiana who went on to represent his profession and his state nationally.

    Although he did not win National Teacher of the Year, he did represent the best of Indiana and the educators we produce.

  • ‘Charlotte’s Web’ director is all about the kids

    WESTFIELD – Brandi Davis has been involved in theater since she was 5 years old. So, directing shows came natural to her.

    She is currently directing Westfield Playhouse’s summer kids production, “Charlotte’s Web,” opening tonight and continuing through July 29 at the former church-turned theater located on Indiana 32 in Eagletown.

    “I love working with kids,” Davis said.

    This show has 30 kids, 29 kids on stage and one in the light booth. The youngest is 4, and the oldest is 16.

    “The biggest challenge is keeping them quiet backstage, but that really isn’t specific to them being youth. When two people whisper backstage, it isn’t a problem. When 20 people whisper backstage, it is a wave of sound that travels right in the house,” she said.

    As far as wrangling a lot of kids, she has experience.

  • NPD accepting applications for Citizens Police Academy

    The Noblesville Police Department is accepting applications for future Citizens Police Academy classes.

    The academy is an 11-week course, free of charge, designed to provide community members with an opportunity to become better acquainted with our professional staff and to learn about police procedures.

    Citizens will become familiar with the operations of the police department. This includes classes on patrol procedures, criminal law, narcotics, search and seizure, tactical operations, investigations, juvenile law, firearms demonstration, emergency vehicle operations, use of force issues and police canine demonstration.

  • 80th 4-H Fair opens today

    It’s opening day of the 80th Hamilton County 4-H Fair.

    While there isn’t a special celebration to commemorate the milestone, I always love the opportunity to talk about our wonderful 4-H Fair. 4-H’ers checked in their farm animals all day Wednesday, so the Fairgrounds today smells of horses, pigs and cows, like going to the farm.

    And I also love the smell of the delicious foods -- the ribeye, the lamb burgers and the rabbit brats -- cooking on the barbecue grills at the Producer’s Tent.

    And while I've said before that I look forward to the Fair food, I think everyone else does, too.

    A favorite of many Fair goers is the grilled cheese sandwich, available with a choice of American cheese on white bread or Swiss cheese on rye bread. The Hamilton Heights Husky 4-H’ers make and serve the grilled cheese as a fundraiser. They start warming up the griddles this morning, with grilled cheese being served 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in the Producer’s Tent near the Small Animal Barn, and again on Friday. 

  • Our Lady of Grace becomes first Catholic school in state to receive STEM certification

    The Indiana Department of Education has named Our Lady of Grace Catholic School (OLGCS) a 2018 fully certified STEM school.

    OLGCS joins 60 schools state-wide, is the first Catholic school in the state, the first preschool through eighth-grade school and the first Hamilton County school to become STEM certified. 

    "A quality education begins with amazing educators and excellent material," said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction "Materials rooted in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics help prepare our students for a successful life beyond high school. We are grateful for their passion and dedication."

    OLCGS was chosen based on our commitment to teaching the STEM disciplines. The school is unique as it incorporates religion and art into its program, "STREAM."

  • 7/18/2018 

    Noblesville Schools has announced they are seeking to expand their current operating referendum by asking residents to vote on a proposal on the Nov. 6, ballot.

    The new referendum would replace the existing one passed in 2016 and would provide funding through 2026. If approved, the referendum is expected to raise an additional $6.25 million over eight years for a total of $50 million.

    The expanded referendum would provide Noblesville Schools with increased funding for school safety, mental health and recruiting/retaining top teaching staff. The current operating referendum tax rate is 18.9 cents and the proposed referendum would replace the 18.9 cents rate with a new rate of 37 cents.

    “The referendum we passed in 2016 was about maintaining the status quo of our staffing, programming and services, and was a 10.5 percent reduction in the tax rate,” said Dr. Beth Niedermeyer, superintendent of Noblesville Schools. “This referendum is asking the community to support an increase in funding so we can address school safety and mental health enhancements, as well as teacher recruiting/retention needs.” 

  • Noblesville's NOW Capital Improvement Plan focuses on 10 top-priority projects
    7/18/2018 The City of Noblesville announced its Capital Improvement Plan for 2018-2023 projects today to relieve traffic congestion, improve connectivity via roads and trails, introduce multi-family apartments to downtown, and address the needs of the police department.

    The Noblesville NOW Capital Improvement Plan unveiled 10 top-priority projects that span the entire community – including Olio Road and Pleasant Street improvements, a downtown parking garage and a new police headquarters. Each project achieves at least two of Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear’s objectives for 2018-2020 – strengthening infrastructure, creating greater economic development, enhancing public safety, improving connectivity and expanding the downtown area.

    “The time is now to address these critical projects to better manage our growth as a thriving city while protecting the small-town feel that is beloved by our residents and visitors,” said Ditslear. “I look forward to leading this effort and working with our Common Council to ensure we are acting in the best interests of our taxpayers and moving our city forward to meet our goals and objectives.”
  • Meet our new 4-H Fair Queen

    Three times is charm for our 2018 Miss Hamilton County 4-H Fair Queen Megan Wiley.

    While the 4-H Fair officially opens on Thursday, 4-H Queen Megan Wiley has already began her queen duties, awarding grand champion and blue ribbons at Monday’s 4-H Dog Obedience Contest. Wiley, along with members of her court, presented the contest awards in the Show Arena, which filled with 4-H’ers and their families.

    Giving out ribbons to 4-H’ers isn’t new to Wiley, who in 2016 earned first runner-up on the Queen’s Court.

    “This is my third time competing,” she told me on Friday night as she was receiving congratulatory hugs from friends and family, and the 11 other contestants.

    “I was on court once (in 2016), and I wasn’t again (in 2017), and it’s taught me to be strong, and keep going, keep pushing, and always do your hardest,” said the green-eyed, red-haired 19-year-old, who stands 5-6 inches and is a member of the Giddy-Up-Gang 4-H Club.

  • Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad announces locomotive acquisition

    ATLANTA, Ind.— Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad, in partnership with Atlanta Pacific Rail, has announced the acquisition of a historic, 1950s locomotive that will be used to power the Nickel Plate Express this fall in northern Hamilton County.

    The locomotive was built for Erie Mining Company in August of 1956, by the ElectroMotive Division of General Motors, the largest manufacturer of railroad locomotives in the world.

    Designated as a model F9, it was the most contemporary engine of its type when built. It boasts 1,750 horsepower and a 16-cylinder engine. When new, the locomotive would have cost approximately $189, 262.00, according to a press release.

    Only 87 similar locomotives were built between 1954 and 1956.

    “Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad and Atlanta Pacific Rail are fortunate to have acquired such a historic locomotive to power its trains,” said Tom Hoback, owner of Atlanta Pacific Rail. “This classic locomotive will recreate the high point of rail passenger travel in America during the 1950s.”

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