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  • 3/20/2018 Fishers – The Fishers Police Department continues to investigate after a threatening note was found, in a mailbox, at Fall Creek Elementary on Monday afternoon.

    Yesterday afternoon the Hamilton Southeastern School Administration contacted the police after a staff member found a note warning of a shooting planned for Monday. Uniformed officers immediately deployed resources at every school in the HSE School District as Detectives began their investigation. 

    Although the timing of the threat has passed we are treating this as a serious matter, read a statement from the police department. Ensuring the safety of students and staff is our top priority. As a precautionary measure uniformed officers will continue to provide extra patrols.
  • Largest group of youth volunteers in Conner Prairie’s history set to serve

    FISHERS – Thirty-four students have been selected to be new youth volunteers at Conner Prairie for the 2018 season, raising the total number of youth in the program to the largest group the museum has ever assembled.

    Since October, 105 youth ages 10 through 18 applied – 57 were interviewed and 34 were selected for the program, which will have a total of 118 youth this year, according to a press release.

    “While it’s heartbreaking to pick between them, it’s heartening to know there are so many young people excited about history, science and helping others,” said Sarah Morin-Wilson, youth experience manager at Conner Prairie. “The majority of this year’s group consists of girls and more than a third of them are homeschooled. They are actors, Girl Scouts, 4-H members, equestrians, artists, student council members, cosplay enthusiasts, writers and more.”

    All youth volunteers at Conner Prairie are required to volunteer for one full year and a minimum of 120 hours. They play historical games with visitors and lead hands-on activities in modern-day clothing as first-person interpreters or portray fictional characters from the 1800s as third-person interpreters in historical costumes. They also volunteer to help care for Conner Prairie’s heritage animal breeds, at special events and behind the scenes.

  • Local young artists works on display through March

    Hamilton North Public Library is featuring a diverse array of artwork from students at Hamilton Heights Middle and High School in honor of National Youth Art Month. The community is encouraged to stop by to the enjoy the bright colors, eclectic designs, and creativity from some of Heights’ best young artists now through April 1.

    Erin Goodman and Taylor Myers, Art Teachers at Hamilton Heights Middle and High Schools, in cooperation with the Hamilton North Public Library, helped create the displays featured at the library that highlight the breadth and scope of Heights’ young artists.

    The artist reception, held on March 8, offered families and members of the community the chance to enjoy exceptional artwork, mingle with artists and, meet Goodman and Myers, both new teachers at Heights. 

  • 3/20/2018 Celebrate spring and show off your photography skills by participating in the Indiana State Parks spring photo contest on social media. 

    Prizes to be awarded include a $100 State Park Inns gift card for the highest vote-getter, and a 2018 annual pass, annual lake permit, horse permit or off-road cycling permit for the top 10 runners-up. There will also be a random drawing for winners of 20 one-day passes.

    To participate: 

    Take photos of spring wildflowers, spring scenic beauty or selfies of spring activities in the 32 Indiana State Parks or seven State Park Inns between March 20, the first day of spring, and May 12, the last day of Visit Indiana Week. See a list of eligible locations at StateParks.IN.gov/2392.htm.
  • HSE senior is DAR Good Citizen of the Year

    Julie Bergin is so proud of the person her son has become.

    “He’s humble. He’s super nice. And just a good boy,” said the mother of Joe Bergin, a Hamilton Southeastern High School senior who has been named 2018 Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen of the Year.

    Noblesville’s Horseshoe Prairie Chapter of DAR presents the Good Citizen Award each year to one graduating senior. Winner Joe Bergin is a good student, but being honored as a DAR Good Citizen is so much more than good grades.

    It means you've given back to the community, to your school, to your church and to your family, and that you were voted on by your peers and by your administrators.

    “Joe is nothing short of amazing as a student leader and thoughtful citizen of our school and community,” wrote Matthew W. Kegley, his high school principal, in a recommendation letter for the DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest. “Joe sets himself above most, if not all, of his peers. 

    “Thoughtful,” “insightful” and “open-minded” are words the principal used to describe the student. “Joe is respectful to everyone and engages adults in conversation, frequently initiating that conversation.”

  • 3/19/2018 

    INDIANAPOLIS – In honor of National Ag Day on March 20, the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center and its FAIRS Care program needs your help to provide much needed food relief for the community’s food pantry source, Gleaners Food Bank. The “FAIRS Care Drive-Thru Food Drive,” will be held on Tuesday, March 20 from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center, Fall Creek Pavilion Parking Lot (located inside the main entrance off Fall Creek Parkway), at the Gate 6 entrance.

    Donors who bring canned and dry goods or monetary donations to the Fairgrounds will receive one complimentary ticket (limited to the first 250 donors) to the 2018 Indiana State Fair to be held Aug. 3 through Aug. 19. Suggested nonperishable food items include canned meats like tuna and chicken, soups and ravioli, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly and macaroni and cheese.

    “We’re told that Gleaners sees a decline in food donations in March making it a perfect opportunity to host this drive leading up to National Ag Day,” said Cindy Hoye, executive director of the Indiana State Fair Commission. “Our team members take great pride in giving back and supporting fellow Hoosiers in need and I couldn’t be prouder of this initiative.”

    In addition to the “FAIRS Care Drive-Thru Food Drive” other area events are also being held to promote hunger relief in Indiana.

  • Chris Owens drove success, change at Main Street
    3/19/2018 Chris Owens pushed Noblesville Main Street into a more top-of-mind independent organization.

    He developed an active social media presence and promoted and produced one of the largest event rosters the organization has ever offered. 

    He came to Main Street at a really vital point for the organization and embraced the Hipstoric initiative, while bringing executive-director experience and a strong understanding of the community.

    Craig Crosser, president of Noblesville Main Street board, had those positive things to say about Owens, who this month stepped down from his position as executive director and CEO of Noblesville Main Street. Owens begins his new role today as communications director for White River Christian Church, where he plays guitar, and his wife, Maggie, sings and where the couple met.

    “The NMS board is happy for Chris and his next role within the community,” said Crosser, who is in his second year of a two-year term as board president. 
  • Westfield eighth-grader wins Hamilton County spelling bee

    The No. 13.

    Considered unlucky by some. And lucky by others.

    For Westfield’s Samuel Schmidt, the number 13, is lucky. Not only because the teen runs half marathons, which are 13.1 miles, but because “13” was his contestant number in this week’s Hamilton County Spelling Bee.

    The eighth-grader at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School spelled his way through 45 rounds to win the Bee’s championship and earn a trip to Washington, D.C., in May to the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

  • Severe Weather Preparedness Week begins March 18
    3/16/2018 The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is encouraging Hoosiers to plan ahead for weather events as part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 18 through March 24. 

    “While many parts of Indiana continue to experience flooding and damage from February, the arrival of spring historically brings a greater threat of severe weather in the region,” said IDHS Director Bryan Langley in a press release. “Severe Weather Preparedness Week provides a great reminder of the risks facing Indiana and the steps Hoosiers can take to prepare now – before the storm hits.”

    Planning and preparation can minimize weather-related deaths, injuries and property damage, reads the release. IDHS encourages Hoosiers to build a preparedness kit, identify shelter and practice emergency plans during this year’s preparedness week. As part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, there will be a statewide tornado drill at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday.
  • 3/16/2018 After tying in a pre-season scrimmage, the Noblesville and Zionsville girls varsity lacrosse teams played for real Thursday night. 

    Zionsville earned a hard-fought 14-11 win at home, sending the Lady Millers to 1-2-1 on the season. 

    The game remained close throughout the first half, before Zionsville scored three goals in the last 3:05 minutes, including two with less than 30 seconds to play, making the halftime score 9-5 in the Eagles’ favor. 

    The Millers made a run of their own in the last four minutes of the second half, but ultimately fell short. Offensively, the Millers were led by junior Kat Green and freshmen Emma Potter, who both scored three goals.
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