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Special Olympics Indiana Names Noblesville Schools as Unified Champions

Noblesville Becomes Only District in State to Have All Schools Receive Honor Special Olympics Indiana recently named all 10 Noblesville Schools as Unified Champion Schools, the only district in the state to have all of their schools receive this honor. The recognition is designed to highlight schools that make inclusion of students with disabilities a priority. Specifically, Special Olympics Indiana looks for schools that excel in inclusive student leadership, whole school engagement, Unified Sports® and fundraising.  “Noblesville Schools has been the shining example of what an inclusive educational culture can be and should be,” says Jeff Mohler, Special Olympics Indiana’s ...

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Home Goals

While Louisville City FC seeks MLS bid, players reside in J-Town Writer  /  Leigh Harrington Soccer is a game of transitions, constantly switching between offense and defense, and the ability to navigate these transitions smoothly is often the difference maker. For Kentucky’s only professional soccer team, Louisville City Football Club (LouCity), there is hope not only for great transitions on the field, but in the field itself. Plans were recently unveiled for a dedicated 10,000 seat soccer stadium as part of a bid for a transition from their current United Soccer League to a Major League Soccer status team. LouCity ...

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The Interurban

A look back at Jeffersontown’s railway system Writer  /  Beth Wilder, Director Jeffersontown Historical Museum Throughout the first century of Jeffersontown’s existence, if one wished to go anywhere, it was typically by horse and wagon. Because of this, most people opted to live as near as possible to their place of business, which was fine, if one were a farmer or worked on the town square. For those who needed to find jobs further away from home – even a mile or two – the journey to get there and back was not without its hardship. For that matter, simply ...

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Remembering Molly

Molly Johnson Foundation provides relief for families with special needs children Robin and JoJo Johnson turned the unimaginable heartache of losing a child into a charitable effort that has helped dozens of families in the Jeffersontown area and beyond. Founded in 2012, the Molly Johnson Foundation was created to make a difference in the lives of special needs children and their families. Robin and JoJo, who live in Fisherville but attend St. Michael Catholic Church in Jeffersontown, wanted to find a way to connect with special needs children while also carrying on the legacy of their daughter. “We started the ...

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Business Spotlight: 911 Restoration

Accidents don’t take a day off, so the professionals at 911 Restoration Louisville are available 24/7 to address home emergency situations. The company specializes in home restoration for water damage, fire and smoke damage and natural disasters, as well as sewage backup cleaning and mold removal. “We’re always ready for any kind of disaster,” says Saul Cruz, owner of 911 Restoration Louisville. “As soon as we get a call we try to be there as quickly as possible.” Because many situations will only get worse until they are resolved, the company offers same-day service for all emergencies. They recognize the ...

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Kathy’s Kitchen

Café at Main Street Owner Talks Early Days for Popular J-Town Restaurant More than five years ago, owner and general manager Kathy Thomas opened Cafe at Main Street in the heart of Jeffersontown, serving up favorites such as tomato cheddar and butter bean soups, chicken salad, bread pudding, and, of course, her famed Hot Brown to the lunch crowds a few days a week. Though the restaurant may be Thomas’ first in the city, this is not her first rodeo. “I’ve been in the kitchen since I was eight years old,” Thomas says. “My mom had blood clots in both ...

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Sunshine Lodge

Jeffersontown’s first home for neglected children Writer  /  Beth Wilder, Director Jeffersontown Historical Museum It may be hard to imagine now, but until 1946, children from broken homes, displaced through no fault of their own, had no real place to go. If they were lucky, they were temporarily boarded in private homes. Otherwise, they had to be placed in an institution where they were locked up with juvenile delinquents and often subsequently branded with the stigma of being “incorrigibles.” Surprising as it may seem, Jeffersontown became the first place in the nation to try out a new project called “Sunshine ...

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Styles & Smiles

Sugar Threads Boutique Is The Newest Shop In Old Town Greenwood Writer & Photographer / Hannah Jones Joining the many beautiful shops of Old Town Greenwood, Sugar Threads Boutique brings an urban, affordable clothing store and community care. The boutique carries everything from necklaces, dresses, leggings, to candles. The bright interior and friendly employees make it an amazing place to visit. Sugar Threads became a possibility when the two owners, Sarah Bennett and Leslie Crump, met at a basketball game their kids were playing in. They began talking and realized they had the same passion for fashion and community. Sarah ...

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St. Vincent Cancer Challenge Coming Up Sept. 16

Event is sponsored by Turner Construction Company More than 30,000 Hoosiers will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Join your friends and family to inspire hope in their lives at the St. Vincent Cancer Challenge in Zionsville’s beautiful Lions Park on Saturday, September 16th. The event features a 3-Mile Run/Walk and a 6-Mile Run/Walk, and 100 percent of proceeds benefit St. Vincent Cancer Care patients and their families. This year’s St. Vincent Cancer Challenge fundraising goal is $200,000. Since 2009, nearly $2 million has been raised for St. Vincent cancer patients and their families thanks to the generous participants of ...

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