Republicans ruled the day when voters went to the polls earlier this week. Out of 47 spots, the GOP won 44. Democrats took the remaining three (two seats on the Fishers Common Council and one in Carmel) and Libertarians and independents were shut out.
It was also a pretty quiet Election here. Out of 221,263 registered voters, 34,571 cast a ballot a percentage of 15.6.
There were few surprises. After his win in the primary, Republican Chris Jensen ran unopposed for mayor of Noblesville. He was the top vote getter in the city with 4,123. The other three sitting Republican mayors all won re-election. Fishers’ Scott Fadness and Carmel’s James Brainard were unopposed while Westfield’s Andy Cook easily topped his opponent with more than 61 percent of the voters choosing to keep him in the growing city’s top spot.
On the Noblesville Common Council, Republicans Brian Ayer, Mark Boice and Darren Peterson easily won re-election. Each garnered more than 3,300 votes. Democrat challenger Paula Jo Gilliam finished a distant fourth with 2,027 votes.

An Indianapolis man was killed and two road construction workers were seriously injured following a motor vehicle crash on Interstate 69 in Fishers Sunday afternoon.
It was shortly after 2 p.m. when Fishers police responded to a motor vehicle crash in the southbound lanes of I-69 near the 204-mile marker. The crash involved a 2015 Ford van and a 2018 Ford Truck.
The driver of the van, 66-year-old William Womack of Indianapolis, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and passenger of the truck, 43-year-old Heath Franklin of Bloomington and 41-year-old Isaiah Newsome of Bloomington, were seriously injured and transported to the hospital in critical condition. They were taken by the Fishers Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
The Fishers Police Department Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the accident. Based on witness statements and evidence collected at the scene it appears that both vehicles were traveling southbound when the two vehicles collided, but the crash remains under investigation.
The southbound lanes of Interstate 69 were partially closed for approximately three hours.

A large fire last Friday morning at Beck's Hybrids on East 276th Street drew responses from more than a dozen agencies. The fire, which was reported to be in a building used for processing corn cobs, was first reported around 8 a.m. Friday. According to Jackson Township fire officials, multiple crews battled the fire for several hours before getting it under control. Initial reports indicate that a conveyer belt may have overheated and the fire spread to dust collection equipment. Becks is at 6767 E. 276th St.

Hamilton County Surveyor Kenton Ward was elected Second Vice President of the Association of Indiana Counties Board of Directors at their recent meeting.
“I am honored to have been selected for this position by my fellow county elected officials, “Ward said. “I appreciate the trust and support they have shown me over the years that I have been of service to the Association. In this position, I will continue to build on my experience from past positions. I look forward to my new duties with the AIC.”
The term began Nov. 1. Elections were held during the AIC’s 61st Annual Conference in Orange County. Ward has served as the Hamilton County Surveyor more than 40 years. He is the past president of the County Surveyors Association of Indiana and the National Association of County Surveyors. He has served as a longtime member of the AIC legislative committee and on the AIC Board of Directors as both vice president and president of the AIC’s East Central District. Ward has also held the positions of Treasurer and Third Vice President for the Association. He currently represents Indiana as the AIC representative on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Counties (NACo). He is active in many national, state and local organizations. He resides in Noblesville with his wife Robin.

Earlier this week, Westfield Mayor Andy Cook, joined city leaders and community members in breaking ground on the Grand Junction Plaza. The $35 million project will be the centerpiece of the city’s new downtown.
“This is truly a remarkable day for the city of Westfield,” said Mayor Cook. “We have worked long and hard to develop what we know will be a wonderful amenity for our residents now and for generations to come. This was a true community-inspired project from the very beginning more than a decade ago. I am proud of the level of involvement this community put behind the Plaza.”
The unique six-acre park will feature greenspace, trails, an amphitheater and ice-skating rink. The Grand Junction Task Group, a volunteer citizens group, included the Plaza as an integral part of its master plan designed over the last ten years. The organization was instrumental in the concept development and design of the Grand Junction Plaza. In October 2018, the City announced the reconstruction of SR 32 which was also a fundamental element of the Task Group’s master plan.
Already the Plaza has led to economic development in the city’s downtown. Not only have the acclaimed restaurants along Park Street cited the Plaza as a reason for their location and investment, Old Town Properties announced a $25 million investment in a mixed-use project in the heart of the city.
As a result of the funding package approved by the Westfield City Council last spring, there will be no tax increase for residential property taxpayers through the City’s funding plan for the Grand Junction Plaza. The Plaza is set to open in 2021.

Two high schools are putting on the musical Beauty and the Beast. Noblesville High School’s version opens Nov. 14, with four performances through Saturday, Nov. 16. At Hamilton Heights, there will be three showings from today through Sunday.

Earlier this week, a serious car accident at the intersection of 181st Street & Mallery Road in Noblesville resulted in an air ambulance trip to St. Vincent Hospital for a Fishers man. Reports indicate that a 2012 Subaru Impreza was traveling southbound on Mallery Road when the driver failed to stop at the intersection of 181st Street. As a result, the vehicle traveled off the roadway and crashed into a wooded area just south of 181st Street. The driver of the Subaru was identified as Patrick R. Lattal, 27, of Fishers.

Carmel Police are investigating the report of a missing / endangered person. Tyler Lott, 30, was last seen in the area of Carmel Drive and Range Line Road in Carmel, on the morning of Nov. 5. He is believed to be driving a silver 2006 Mercedes Benz ML350 with Indiana registration, 106RHQ. Police advise not to approach Lott or make contact with him. He may be armed. Any information should be forwarded to the Carmel Police Department, (317) 571-2580.

The Annual Noodle Dinner & Cookie Bazaar at Sheridan First Christian Church is tomorrow. Serving begins at 4:30 Saturday and lasts until 6:30 p.m. and there is take-out available. As usual, the cost is a free-will donation. The delicious menu includes chicken & noodles, beef & noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans with ham, homemade butterhorn rolls, fresh salads and desserts. In addition, there is a Cookie Bazaar where you can purchase homemade cookies for $5 a pound.
Sheridan First Christian Church is located at 107 W. Third St. and is handicap accessible.