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  • 4-H Dog Obedience leads to new friend
    7/16/2018 

    Hamilton County 4-H Fair time is here.

    On Friday, Westfield’s Megan Wiley was crowned 4-H Fair Queen.

    On Saturday, 4-H’ers brought their canine friends and competed in Dog Agility. 

    On Sunday, 4-H’ers checked in an array of projects, from Creative Writing and Photography to Arts & Crafts, and Home Environment, Gift Wrap and Sewing. 4-H’ers also checked in Aerospace, Child Development and Electric. Bees, Entomology and Forestry. Genealogy, Health and Small Engines. And almost all posters were checked in.

    Today, both open and closed judging will take place for many of these projects, which will be on display during the 4-H Fair that officially opens on Thursday and runs through July 23 at the 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 E. Pleasant St., Noblesville.

  • 7/15/2018 The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a Flood Warning for eastern Hamilton County in central Indiana until 8 p.m. 

    At 4:57 p.m. Doppler radar indicated slow moving thunderstorms producing heavy rain will cause flooding across portions of Hamilton County. One to two inches of rain has fallen in the last hour with another one to two inches possible this evening. 

    Some locations that will experience flooding include: Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, Cicero, Arcadia and Morse Reservoir.

    Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
  • 7/15/2018 The 2018 fair season is here, offering a variety of fun-filled activities for the whole family. Whether visiting for the food, livestock competitions or 4-H displays, check out the Hamilton County Fair July 19-23 for a great time. 

    Each day, exhibits and displays are open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Stop by the Extension Homemakers’ Flower Show or help save a life at the Indiana Blood Center Blood Drive from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. 

    Also on Thursday, enjoy watching Moana with the family at 9:15 p.m. On Friday, walk a llama and catch the Hunter Smith concert. The Belfry Theatre Apprentice Players are hosting a show from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and at 6 p.m. on Sunday, I hope to see you at one of my most favorite events, the pet parade. The fair concludes on July 23, with a tractor pull, Color Me Green Fun Run and the Supreme Showmanship event. 
  • New 4-H Queen will reign at Fair
    7/14/2018 Hamilton County 4-H Fair Queen Megan Wiley (sitting), Breanna Stewart, third runner-up (standing, from left); Hailey Rivers, Miss Congeniality and second runner-up; Ashlyn Robert- son, first runner-up; and Madeline Teal, fourth runner-up, grace the stage at the conclusion of Friday night’s 4-H Fair Queen Pageant at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds. 

    Twelve contestants were judged based on three categories: Professional Wear (40 points), in which contestants model a business suit; a five-minute judges’ interview (100 points), during which contestants are judged on their ability to converse and their professionalism; and Formal Wear (60 points), during which contestants model an evening gown, while demonstrating stage presence and poise.
     
  • Gal pals share NobleStories
    7/14/2018 

    I’ve known Sandy Stewart as long as I’ve been working in Noblesville as a journalist. And I met her friend Dottie Young a long time ago, too.

    The 1964 Noblesville High School graduates, who live just blocks apart in Old Town Noblesville, have a lot of fond memories of old Noblesville, growing up here. And they plan to share a lot of those memories during Noblesville Preservation Alliance’s inaugural Noblestories storyteller series, which kicks off on Sunday.

    They’ll speak at 4 p.m. at Logan Street Sanctuary, 1274 Logan St., just blocks from their homes. Admission is free and open to the public. Hamilton County Television is also a partner in the series, which will be broadcast live.

    Young is a small town girl from Clarksville in Hamilton County’s Wayne Township and found herself in much larger surroundings when she arrived at NHS in 1960.

    They met in high school, in art class. “I knew who she was, but we didn’t run in the same crowds,” she said. 

  • White River Vision Plan takes form
    7/13/2018 A packed room at Noblesville City Hall Wednesday night listened intently as plans to enhance 58 miles of the White River in Hamilton and Marion counties unfolded.

    The White River Vision Plan (WRVP), a joint effort between the City of Indianapolis and Hamilton County Tourism, Inc., in partnership with Visit Indy’s Tourism Tomorrow, Inc., formed in May with a goal to develop a “river city” similar to developments in cities such as Nashville, Cincinnati and Chicago. 

    It’s estimated to be a one-year project, and Wednesday’s meeting served as the first of three public meetings in what the WRVP is calling the “discovery phase.” 

    Hamilton County Tourism President/CEO Brenda Myers noted that the project is unique because of the way urban and suburban areas are joining forces to compliment each other.

    “Whatever we do up here (in Hamilton County) affects them down there (in Marion County),” said Myers. “We are not here to think about how we can develop the river. We are here to talk about ... how we can make sure people have access to those amenities in a respectfully environmentally conscious way.”
  • Last train from Forest Park
    7/13/2018 

    A heartbroken Craig Presler, former secretary for the Indiana Transportation Museum in Noblesville’s Forest Park, on Friday afternoon sadly says “goodbye,” locks the doors and walks away from The Florida East Coast Car No. 90, nicknamed The Flagler Car.

    Presler, for 35 years, has taken care of the private railroad car that originally belonged to Henry Flagler, a Florida developer. who owned the car, which came to the museum from the Hulman Family Foundation.

    The car, which was moved outside of the museum gates before midnight Thursday, has been sold to a private buyer who owns a railroad museum. Bodies worked from sunrise to sunset this week to move trains and preserved train equipment before the midnight Thursday eviction. Eagle Scouts even came to dismantle their projects, including the museum’s front signage.

  • 7/13/2018 A new shop is blooming in Cicero.

    Betsey’s Boutique Shop, owned by Betsey Gamble, with the support of her husband, Trent, was first started in Rockford, Ohio, seven years ago.

    After finding online success, the couple decided to open a second location in Celina, Ohio, and then followed up with a third location in Auburn, Indiana, last October.

    In May, they held their grand opening in Cicero, Betsey’s fourth location. 

    Betsey has a passion for helping build up small towns and restoring old downtown buildings, making her double store front location in Cicero the perfect addition to her other stores. Betsey’s carries clothes of all size ranges. 
  • Noblesville Schools appoints new board member
    7/13/2018 

    The Noblesville Schools board of trustees announced today the appointment of Monica Peck to fill a vacancy created by the recent resignation of Donna Clark, who relocated out-of-state.

    The board considered all applications they received and publicly interviewed three final candidates before selecting Peck. 

    Peck is the former co-owner of Hare Chevrolet and has been previously recognized as an Indiana Business Journal “40 under 40” honoree, as well as a Noblesville Chamber “Business Person of the Year”. 

    “I’ve been a life-long advocate for Noblesville Schools as a student, athlete, parent, business partner, Miller Ambassador and community member,” said Peck. “I’m excited about the opportunity to serve as part of the school board team and believe my experience and background will provide a good basis for supporting the vision and mission of Noblesville Schools.”

  • 7/13/2018 A software firm has recognized the DNR as among the best in the world in using geographic information systems (GIS).

    Wednesday, Esri presented the DNR with a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award at the annual Esri User Conference in San Diego.

    DNR was one of 180 SAG Award recipients selected from more than 300,000 eligible candidates from around the world.

    The SAG Award recognizes organizations that are using GIS to solve some of the world's toughest challenges. Rooted in the science of geography, GIS gathers, manages and analyzes data, organizing it into visualizations using maps and 3D scenes.
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