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Home Loans Close to Home

Photographer / Marc Sirkin “National strength, local expertise.” It’s not just a motto at national mortgage lender PrimeLending; it sums up the mindset that’s helped pave the way for success at the company’s Greenwood branch. Backed by PlainsCapital Bank, the branch operates with the feel of a local small business, focusing on helping those in the community get the home loans that they need. The branch’s homegrown team has the advantage of being familiar with the Greenwood area. “All of our loan officers live in or around Greenwood,” says branch manager Mack Howell (Nationwide Multi-State Licensing System No. 362121). “This ...

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Super Social Superintendent of Greenwood

Writer & Photographer / Marc Sirkin If you happen to be at a Greenwood schools band concert or cross-country meet and see Superintendent Kent DeKoninck’s eyes glued to his phone, he’s not checking his Facebook status. More likely, he’s on Twitter, proudly tweeting to the world the accomplishments of his students and teachers. Dr. D, as he is known, is 52 years old and originally came from the small town of Columbia City, Indiana, about 20 miles northwest of Fort Wayne. When he was in high school and college, computers weren’t widely available, let alone the Internet. His first exposure ...

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Fine Wine Time

Vino Villa on Madison Ave. Writer / Marc Sirkin Photographer / DeeDee Niederhouse-Mandrell When Paul and Laura Jacquin first conceived the idea for Vino Villa near downtown Greenwood, they were looking forward to providing a grocery-type establishment, featuring upscale wines and cheeses for Greenwood and the southside. What it has become in its five years, however, was far more than they had planned. “Our original goal was just a little wine and cheese shop,” Paul said. “Just a grocery design where people could buy fine wine and cheeses and take them home. It was hard to find not only fine ...

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Fall Fashion Trends Hit Local Boutique

Cooler temperatures are approaching, and that means only one thing to a fashion lover: fall trends. Brianne’s Boutique delivers the latest styles, carrying limited quantities of most items which allows customers to find something for their unique style. From ankle booties, vests and ponchos to tunic style tops, leggings, hats and everything in between, rest assured that fall is going to be the best season yet. The colors of falling leaves and autumn often carry over into the fashion world. While gray is always a popular color in the cooler months, you can expect to see shades of blue, green, ...

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Rebel Cardinal: Former Roncalli Stand Out Lands in the NFL

When former Greenwood resident Cole Toner was a child, playing Bantam league football, his parents saw a large athletic child. They saw a child who wasn’t allowed to carry the ball because he was too big. They saw a gentle and kind boy. They still see that boy, but they also see a player in the National Football League, chosen by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2016 National Football League draft. Playing football as a child, Cole was one of the biggest kids in the league. In fact, he was so big that he wasn’t permitted to carry the ball, ...

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Rebel Cardinal

Former Roncalli Stand Out Lands in the NFL Writer / Marc Sirkin When former Greenwood resident Cole Toner was a child, playing Bantam league football, his parents saw a large athletic child. They saw a child who wasn’t allowed to carry the ball because he was too big. They saw a gentle and kind boy. They still see that boy, but they also see a player in the National Football League, chosen by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2016 National Football League draft. Playing football as a child, Cole was one of the biggest kids in the league. In fact, ...

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