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  • ‘New economy’ challenging state officials
    2/17/2018 FISHERS – Indiana is struggling to navigate the crossroads between the old and new economies.
    Traditional business has been met by non-traditional avenues of the economy, including AirB&B, Uber, online shopping, people renting their own vehicles, and even Tesla. Many of these new economic avenues are not part of the traditional tax structure and state legislators are working to find ways to include them.
    Several legislators, including Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson, Rep. Tony Cook and Sen Victoria Spartz, met with members of Hamilton County’s four chambers of commerce, to give a “halftime report” on action at the Statehouse during this year’s short session.
    “This new economy affects Hamilton County is so many ways,” said Rep. Todd Huston. “We’ve built a lot of things off of taxes generated by car rentals, hotel room rental fees, we just didn’t imagine how this new economy would affect our funding strategies,”
    House Speaker Brian Bosma said Indiana isn’t alone, other states struggle with the issue as well.
    “We’ve found ourselves at this intersection between the old and new economies and we’re working hard to find solutions that benefit both,” he said.
  • 2/16/2018 The local Lions Club had a Valentine’s Day dinner at the Methodist Church auditorium with their wives or “special” friend on Wednesday evening. A local Noblesville High School Jazz Band treated us to cool music after dinner. Pictured are band members Alec Kosla, Ben Eger, Max Rudy, and Aidan Board. Lion Steve Shaw (red shirt) found and introduced the group.
  • 2/16/2018 A threat, made by a Noblesville High School student against the school, made Thursday, were found not to be credible, the corporation said in a statement released Thursday night.
    The threat, made during a bus ride home from school, was reported by two students using the corporation’s confidential “SpeakUp” reporting app on the students’ iPads.
    NHS adminstrators and Noblesville Police immediately made contact with the students making the threat and determined it was not credible.
    Administrators have taken appropriate action with the student to address this issue.
    “We would like to send our appreciation to the NHS students who chose to speak-up and share the concern. It's important as a community that we take the time to listen, be cognizant of things happening around us, and report them when we aren't comfortable or are concerned. These two students did the right thing. We ask that you have the conversation with your child about reaching out to an adult when they have a concern or reporting their concern via Noblesville Schools’ SpeakUp app,” the statement read.
  • County constantly prepares for school shootings
    2/16/2018 School shootings could happen anywhere at any given time. Hamilton County police law enforcement and schools work tightly together to be as prepared as possible if an active shooter situation were to occur.
    Schools throughout the county are taking time to reassure parents of the safety of their children after the school shooting that occurred in Parkland, Fla. Wednesday.
    Dr. Sherry Grate, Westfield Schools superintendent, and Dr. Beth Niedermeyer, Noblesville Schools, sent messages to parents and members of their communities Thursday.
    Grate spoke of safety being the priority and the interaction the school has with officers throughout the entire state.
    “We work closely with first responders at the local, county and state level to ensure the safety of all those on our campuses and in our buildings.” Grate said.
    Each school has different ways of approaching what to do if an active shooter were to be present. Noblesville schools and Hamilton Heights schools receive training from the ALICE Training Institute. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. According to the ALICE training institute, the company has trained 4,200 K-12 schools. 
  • 2/16/2018 WESTFIELD – Westfield’s residents may notice a change when visiting the city’s website.The city recently completed a site-wide redesign that will give users more accessibility to information.
    The new site continues the city’s commitment to ensure that website content is formatted to serve the needs of users with various devices, such as PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. The main navigation now also features “mega menus” which provide improved site navigation to areas of the website users are most likely to need.
  • County officials earn public manager certification
    2/16/2018 Seven Hamilton County officials recently graduated from the Ball State University Certified Public Manager program, designed to train public managers to apply the course’s theories and practices to the challenges they face in public service.
    Judi Johnson, Noblesville Economic Development director, Dan Stevens, assistant to the Hamilton County Commissioners, Trini Beaver, Hamilton County Recorder chief deputy, Jeremy Lollar, Westfield Public Works director, Adam Essex, Westfield senior project manager for engineering, Kevin Todd, Westfield Economic and Community Development senior planner, and Angie Smitherman, Westfield Community Events and Engagement director, all earned certification through the program.
  • Permaculture in Practice Workshop offered
    2/15/2018 Interested in working with nature to have a productive and sustainable yard, garden, or small farm? Join the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Purdue Extension Hamilton County April 14, to learn how permaculture can enhance your property.
    Permaculture focuses on utilizing patterns and relationships on your property to minimize impact while keeping maintenance low and yield high. Conscientious design of home gardens, landscapes, and small homesteads or farms through permaculture strives to achieve diversity, stability, and resilience of ecosystems. This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn what permaculture is, how it can benefit your property, and how to get started.
    “This workshop is exciting because it will be very hands on. There will be some lectures but actual examples and Q&A periods with experts will help attendees see how these design principles are applied” said Claire Lane, Hamilton County SWCD urban conservationist. “In the afternoon, breakout sessions will allow home landscape/gardeners and those interested in small scale production or community gardening to work with small groups and our experts to actually start plotting a design plan on aerial maps of their property we will provide.”
  • Boys & Girls Club 32nd annual auction nearing
    2/15/2018 The Boy & Girls Club Noblesville Ladies Auxiliary will hold its 32nd annual auction Feb. 24 at the Harbour Trees Golf & Beach club. 
    Last year’s auction raised more than $130,000 for the club. The money raised is used to support the programs that take place at the club every day throughout the week, as well as the Weekend Snack Program and helps serve two well balanced, nutritious meals throughout the week. 
    The auction is put on every year by the Boys & Girls Club Ladies Auxiliary. The auxiliary has different fundraising events throughout the year, but its biggest event is the auction. 
    A ticket for the Boy & Girls Club auction costs $125. The auction is a black tie optional event. There will be a silent and live auction, as well as a DJ, dancing, and full meal provided. 
  • Bowen endorses Quakenbush for sheriff
    2/14/2018 Hamilton County, Ind. (Feb. 9, 2018) – Hamilton County Sheriff candidate, Captain Dennis Quakenbush (R-Cicero) has received the endorsement of current Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen.
    “When crime and violence are allowed to threaten our community, our families are left powerless. Like you, I understand the safety and security of our families and the community is essential to our peace of mind. Capt. Dennis Quakenbush is aware of the issues that are affecting not only the agency but the community as a whole, and he stands committed to providing effective, efficient and professional leadership to both. He genuinely cares about people and keeping them safe, and it shows. He has my full support,” Bowen said.
  • 2/14/2018 The Noblesville Meijer store raised $97,820 – or 978,200 meals – for the Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank, through its Simply Give program.
    The Meijer Simply Give program works closely with Meijer customers, team members and its food pantry partners to help put food on the tables of those in need.
    The Simply Give program set a record in 2017 with nearly $8.5 million in donations – the equivalent of at least 84.8 million meals – to our community food pantry partners across the Midwest.
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