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Girl Scout Isabella Whitaker (left), 13, Noblesville, has launched her Silver Award project -- to collect 2,020 small bags or cans of dog and cat food for the Feeding Families Hamilton County food pantries, the nonprofit creation of Noblesville’s Mark Hall and wife, Lisa Hall (right).
Photo provided Girl Scout Isabella Whitaker (left), 13, Noblesville, has launched her Silver Award project -- to collect 2,020 small bags or cans of dog and cat food for the Feeding Families Hamilton County food pantries, the nonprofit creation of Noblesville’s Mark Hall and wife, Lisa Hall (right).
We’re getting towards the middle of September, and this month sure is getting eventful. It was another busy week in Hamilton County.
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THE CITY OF NOBLESVILLE and PT-17 Development officials broke ground on the Lofts on Tenth, a public-private partnership on a new downtown redevelopment project.
The $7.7 million mixed-use project will add 31,700 square feet of mixed-use redevelopment along 10th Street between Clinton and Wayne streets.
The proposed project includes 23 two-bedroom apartment units with a rooftop deck meeting space and seven potential commercial spaces, including unique below street level spaces. The project addresses two of Jensen’s administration pillars – economic development and downtown enhancement.
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GIRL SCOUT Isabella Whitaker, 13, Noblesville, a seventh-grader at Noblesville West Middle School, has launched her Silver Award Project to collect 2,020 small bags or cans of dog and cat food for the Feeding Families Hamilton County food pantries, the nonprofit creation of Noblesville’s Mark Hall and wife, Lisa Hall. Isabella is scheduling porch pickups for cat food and dog food donations to obtain the last of her 25 hours to complete. The project deadline is Oct. 15. To request a porch pickup for your pet food donations, email or call the Whitaker family at tiffwhitaker@gmail.com or 502-262-6562.
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MONTHLY REAL ESTATE stats from F.C. Tucker Company showed a dramatic decrease in housing inventory throughout central Indiana as part of a dynamic August 2020 residential real estate market:
Monthly real estate stats from F.C. Tucker Company for August 2020 show an 8.3 percent average home sale price increase in Noblesville, to $307,383, compared to this time last year. Homes in Noblesville also sold 25.7 percent more quickly than in August 2019, spending an average of 26 days on the market.
In Hamilton County, August 2020 showed a 21.9 percent increase in the number of homes sold while home sale prices continued to increase – up 6.7 percent, to an average price of $362,448, compared to year-to-date 2019. Housing inventory took a dramatic drop in August, down 58.7 percent, compared to this time last year.
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KOTEEWI LAKE at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville opened Saturday to the public.
Hamilton County Parks and Recreation staff played host to an opening ceremony on Thursday that saw county staff and dignitaries and volunteers and trade partners, with rods and reels in hands, casting out the first fishing lines into the new recreational lake.
With the help of the Department of Natural Resources, the lake will be stocked with large-mouth bass and channel catfish. In the future, the lake could get Saugeye fish, shorebirds, sandpipers, yellow leg species and pintail. Bald eagles nest locally. Soft-shelled turtles and reptiles are also visible.
Another addition to the lake opening is a new 120-acre section of the park, adding another mile and a half of trails.
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RECENTLY AT the Noblesville Lions Forest Park meeting they inducted four new members. The four inducted were: Harvey Allen, sponsored by Lion Gordon Resler, Ken Hahn, sponsored by Lion Stephen Craig, Jeff Kozicki, sponsored by his wife Lion President, Julia Kozicki and Jeannie Resler, sponsored by Lion Gordon Resler.
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LAST TUESDAY AFTERNOON, Fishers Firefighters responded to an apartment fire at the Sunblest Apartments at approximately Lantern Rd and Regency Drive. The firefighters got the blaze under control with all 8 units affected from fire or water. No civilian injuries and two pets rescued. Red Cross, Delaware Township Trustees Office and Sunblest Apartment staff working together to care for the displaced. Recently we learned that 32 people were displaced by the fire. The pictures above were taken prior to fire department arrival. Firefighters were dispatched at 2:59 p.m. and the first engine was on the scene at 3:01 p.m.
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THE HAMILTON COUNTY Workforce Recovery Task Force, in cooperation with the Hamilton County Workforce Innovation Network (HCWIN), will host a Virtual Career Fair on September 17th from 11am – 3pm. The Career Fair is specifically designed for anyone considering a career change or skill up opportunity. This may include opportunities which require new credentials, certifications, or apprenticeships. Displaced workers looking to skill-up are encouraged to attend.
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THE INDIANA STATE Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) announced their endorsement of Governor Eric Holcomb for a second term. This is the organization’s first endorsement of a Republican in a governor’s race since 2008. The Indiana FOP represents more than 13,000 law enforcement professionals serving communities across Indiana. The organization’s mission is to protect and serve Indiana law enforcement professionals as they in turn work to serve Hoosiers and keep Indiana communities safe.
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STATE SEN. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) announced that he will retire from the Senate in November. First elected to the Senate in 1990, Merritt is the longest-serving current Republican state senator. He is also the longest-serving Caucus Chairman in the history of the Indiana General Assembly, having served in that leadership role for the Senate Majority Caucus since 2004.
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THE CITY OF FISHERS has announced the S&P Global Ratings report qualifying Fishers’ credit rating as AAA, the highest possible rating for a municipality. The AAA rating not only signals to creditors that Fishers’ fiscally conservative practices and policies are among the best in the country but allows the City to achieve lower interest and insurance rates.
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CARMEL CITY CENTER is excited to announce the Grand Opening celebration for Lily & Sparrow Boutique at Carmel City Center on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 on the plaza at 724 S. Rangeline Road.
Lily & Sparrow, a women’s lifestyle and clothing boutique, will have a soft opening on September 10, 2020 followed by the grand opening on Sept. 19, 2020. During the soft opening weekend, September 10th through September 12th, guests can enjoy 15% off all clothing. Guests are encouraged to stop by all day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the grand opening festivities on September 19th which will include 20% off storewide, gift with a purchase over $100 (while supplies last), giveaway entry for every $50 spent and sips and treats all day.
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AFTER OVER 23 years of service to the citizens of Noblesville, Firefighter/Paramedic, Mike McVey has hung up his gear for the last time as he enters a new chapter in his life. McVey was raised in Sheridan and graduated from Sheridan High School and Ball State University. He was hired as a Firefighter for the City of Noblesville on July 1, 1997. In addition to firefighting, McVey also served as a paramedic for 15 years.
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INDIANA TOWN HALLS and WFYI Productions announced that a Fifth District Congressional Town Hall will be live streamed and broadcast on WFYI Public TV Indianapolis on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The most hotly contested Congressional race in Indiana features Democrat Christina Hale and Republican Victoria Spartz. They are pursuing an open seat created by the pending retirement of Republican Susan Brooks.
Jim Shella, former political reporter for WISH-TV and former host of Indiana Week in Review on WFYI, will moderate. The broadcast will also be live streamed with an easy to access link found at www.indianatownhalls.org. Within a few days after the Town Hall, an unedited recording will be available on the Candidates Video Debate website in an easy to access and share format of one- or two-minute videos of each candidate answering each question.