Photo courtesy Noblesville Schools
Artist rendition of the new stadium which will be ready for use in spring next year.
Photo courtesy Noblesville Schools Artist rendition of the new stadium which will be ready for use in spring next year.
As is almost always the case, news is happening in Noblesville and Hamilton County. Here’s a quick glance at some of the people and events that made headlines recently.

For only the second time in the last half century, Noblesville High School is getting a new stadium.
In 1969, the new football field was opened and NHS games moved from Monument Street to behind the relatively new high school, just off Harrison Street.
The school system revealed Thursday that a new, larger multiuse stadium for football, band, track and other activities will be completed in time for spring sports next year and football in the fall of 2022.
The stadium will be located off of Field Drive behind Noblesville High School where the district’s former Transportation building sits – and the school system says it will be built without the use of referendum funds or an increase in the tax rate.
“This new stadium has been a long time coming for Noblesville and we’re excited to be making it happen,” Dave Mundy, associate superintendent for Noblesville Schools, said. “We have outstanding support in our community for both athletics and performing arts and the demand for more space to accommodate our programs has continued to increase as we have grown to be one of the largest high schools in the state.”
The new on-campus stadium will be larger than the existing space, with 50 percent more seating, expanded concessions and restrooms, and on-site parking. It will also be designed to maximize traffic flow and provide a safer environment for appropriately monitoring and managing crowds. Enhanced lighting, locker rooms for home and away teams, up-to-date broadcast technology capabilities, practice fields, athletic training space and additional storage are also included in the plans.
The need for a new multipurpose stadium has existed for some time. Beaver Materials Field at the Dale V. Swanson Sports Complex was built in 1969 when the population of Noblesville was approximately 7,500 (12 percent of today’s approximately 63,000 residents). The 4,200-seat facility is regularly over capacity and many fans are currently forced to stand or be turned away.
The district has studied the issue of a new stadium for several years and new construction was determined to be a more-cost effective option than trying to expand the current facility. Construction will be approximately $14 million, financed through a bond without the use of referendum dollars or an increase in the tax rate. It’s expected to be completed in the spring of 2021 for track and fall of 2022 for football and band.
“With this new facility, every program will now have a place, we’ll be able to provide adequate space for our fans and visitors, and our stadium will be part of the high school campus to allow for safe and efficient access to the field,” added Mundy. “We can’t wait to share it with the community and for everyone to begin enjoying it.”
Beaver Materials Field at the Swanson Sports Complex will remain a district facility to accommodate lacrosse, rugby, band competitions and other uses.
The district is extending a variety of promotional and philanthropic stadium opportunities, including naming rights, and is currently seeking sponsorship partners. The sponsorship campaign will offer supporters the opportunity to directly impact Noblesville Schools educational and athletic opportunities through this historic addition to the Noblesville community. Individuals or organizations interested in learning more about stadium sponsorship opportunities can contact the district’s marketing and communications department at (317) 773-3171 or

Victoria Spartz, a no-nonsense conservative Republican State Senator and business owner, announced Wednesday that she is running for Congress in 2020 in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District.
Incumbent Congresswoman Susan Brooks has announced she will not seek reelection.
“We must reverse our country from the socialistic course we are on and return to the founding principles of limited government and individual freedoms,” Spartz said. “Our country is run by special interests, large corporate groups, and the Washington political machine. The politically connected and rich keep getting richer and everyone else is becoming more and more equally poor. Our debt is out of control, our immigration system is broken, our education system is substandard, our health care system is destroying the middle class, our criminal justice and welfare systems are suppressing the poor, our higher education system is bankrupting young people, yet Washington D.C. is more concerned with the ‘circus’ and political
Spartz, a native of Ukraine, immigrated to the United States 20 years ago after meeting her future husband, a born and raised Hoosier, on a train in Europe. Now, married with two daughters and living in Noblesville, she and her husband, Jason, have a variety of businesses, including a commercial farm operation, and are active members of the Hamilton County community. Spartz also worked as a CPA in the Big Four public accounting firms where she handled some of the most complex Fortune 500 companies, taught at the IU Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis, and served as the CFO of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office.
In 2017, when her local state senator announced he would retire, Spartz announced she would seek the District 20 seat and was elected by caucus in a seven-way race to fill the remainder of the term.
“My unique life experiences, financial and business expertise, legislative experience, and willingness to fight against the status quo are exactly what we need in Washington, D.C. I will stand and fight with conservative and freedom-loving legislators and President Trump for liberty, justice, and opportunity for all Americans. I’ve been fortunate to experience the American Dream, but it’s getting harder and harder to reach for a lot of people,” Spartz said. “For someone who grew up in socialism and spent all my mature life here in the United States, protecting individual liberties and rights to Life, Liberty, and Property is a hill I am willing to die on. Our Constitutional Republic is the only dream of freedom existing in the entire world and we cannot let it vanish! I believe our greatest days are ahead of us, but we MUST reverse our collision course NOW!”
To find out more about Victoria Spartz and her campaign, visit

After a career of overseeing the development of award-winning parks for Hamilton County, Al Patterson is saying farewell. His retirement announcement was made to a gathering of park employees last Thursday in Cool Creek Nature Center, a facility that was built five years into his nearly 28-year run as the park department’s director.
The nature center, which now attracts 50,000 visitors annually, is an example of the approach Patterson took when envisioning the future of parks and recreation in Hamilton County when he was named Superintendent of Parks for Hamilton County in 1992.
“At that time, I was responsible for park property that totaled just 191 acres,” Patterson said.
Today, the department oversees operations of 13 parks covering 1,600 acres throughout the county, including its largest – Strawtown Koteewi Park. Because of the director’s firm commitment to keeping the parks relevant, guests to a county park may enjoy experiences ranging from relaxed bird watching to heart-pounding ziplining.
Under his directorship, the park department acquired and then developed well-known parks such as Cool Creek Park, Coxhall Gardens, Potter’s Bridge Park and Strawtown Koteewi Park. Each of these parks, like the balance of the park properties in the park system, was uniquely developed, with the agency’s mission and the future recreational needs of the community in mind.
“When I think of Hamilton County Parks, I think of Al Patterson and his forward thinking vision to bring transformational concepts that make our parks a destination not only in Indiana, but throughout the Midwest,” Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt said. Heirbrandt worked with Patterson for eight years.
Patterson is quick to point out that the success he has achieved has required the help of not only a team of dedicated and talented staff and a supportive park board and elected officials, but also the love and support of his wife Laura and their children Aaron and Kate. “My family has become as much a part of this park department as I have, and I will be forever indebted to them for the roles they’ve played in helping me build this department throughout my career,” he said.
Professionals in the parks and recreation field that know Patterson acknowledge that he will be sorely missed as a staunch advocate for parks.
“When speaking about parks with governors, congressional members, state representatives or just a single park visitor, there is no better messenger,” said Chris McConnell, Parks and Recreation Superintendent for the city of Westfield, and former county park staff member.
Park staff will tell you that Al not only knows how to manage a park, he knows how to ENJOY a park! Whether catching the unusual mating rituals of Woodcocks played out at Strawtown Koteewi Park or casting a fishing line in the calm waters of Coxhall Gardens, Al has truly earned his moniker as “The Park Guy.”
What’s next for Patterson?
“Laura and I are proud grandparents of a beautiful baby boy and we plan on spending more time with him and family in Wisconsin,” Patterson says with his trademarked smile that many have come to recognize, and one that will also be greatly missed.

The HSPA Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2020 Legacy Scholarship program and The Times is encouraging those eligible in Hamilton County to apply.
There are two $1,000 awards available to any child or grandchild of an HSPA member newspaper employee or independent contractor.
Committee Chair and Foundation Board Member. Mark Miller said the scholarships, “are aimed at benefiting the children and grandchildren of our industry’s best assets: our employees ...”.
Student applicants can be pursuing any area of study at a college, university or vocational school.
“We’ve become aware of some confusion regarding the HSPA scholarships. We want to make it clear that what the students are majoring in is no longer a factor,” said Miller who serves as editor of the News-Banner (Bluffton).
These new Legacy Scholarships debuted in 2018. Since then, the recipients have pursued a range of interests.
As part of the application, students are asked to write an essay talking about themselves, their interests, background and “dream job.”