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Center Grove Show Choirs Named Grand Champions

Center Grove show choirs swept the awards at the Shelbyville Singing Sensational at Shelbyville High School on Saturday, March 11, with Sound System, The Debtones, and Surround Sound named Grand Champions. In the Large Mixed Division, Sound System was awarded Grand Champion, Best Vocals, Best Choreography, with Outstanding Performer, senior, Alex Milligan, and Best Male Soloist, junior, Wilson Smith. In the Unisex Division, The Debtones were awarded Grand Champion and Best Choreography, with Outstanding Performer, sophomore Rachel Taylor. Also in the Unisex Division, Accents earned second runner up, with freshman, Lauren Cooley, named Outstanding Performer. In the Festival Division, Surround ...

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Greenwood Mayor Unveils Conceptual Plans For Downtown Development

Writer / Michelle Kaufman Greenwood Mayor Mark W. Myers unveiled conceptual plans for the development of downtown Greenwood on March 6. Kent DeKoninck, superintendent of Greenwood Community Schools, approached Myers about partnering with the school to build a new middle school and have the city purchase the old one. That happened, and that land is now going to be redeveloped, along with the north city center parking lot, Old City Park, Market Plaza and other city-owned properties. “We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Greenwood to revisit our downtown area,” Mayor Myers said. “We’ve done the facade enhancement program, and we’ve ...

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Louie’s Wine Dive and Ripple Kitchen

Writer & Photographer  /  Angie Trusty Don’t let the name fool you, Louie’s Wine Dive at the corner of Broad Ripple and College has much more to offer than your typical wine or dive bar. In addition to a selection of fantastic wines from all over the world, a trip to Louie’s Wine Dive isn’t complete without enjoying a specialty cocktail or a local craft brew and some scrumptious food. Opened October 2016, Kansas City based Louie’s Wine Dive and Ripple Kitchen is a superb addition to the Broad Ripple restaurant and bar scene. Mixologist, Bryan Evanich, has a flair ...

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Girls Pint Out: Feminine Firepower in Indiana Beer

Writer  /  Jessica Lollino As Indiana grows closer to becoming a craft brewing behemoth like Michigan, more and more people are getting hip to the hops. Women especially are a part of the craft beer revolution, both as appreciators and creators. We sat down to talk to two leading women in Indiana craft beer, Amanda Wishin from Girls Pint Out and Eilise Lane from Scarlet Lane Brewing Company, to bring a little more awareness to the feminine firepower in Indiana beer.  Most people don’t know what Girls Pint Out is or that it even exists. Seven years young and with ...

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From Heartbreak to Hope

How a Mother’s Grief Led Her to Help the Homeless Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing An ear-piercing blast rang through the silent, still air causing Sandy Nelson’s body to jolt to attention. You might assume it was a car backfiring or a neighbor testing a stray firework, but somewhere deep in Sandy’s gut, she knew this horrific noise was much more menacing. Sandy sprang to her feet and bolted towards the driveway to check on her grown daughter, Jenny, but it was too late. She had lost her second child to suicide. In 1993, her teenage son, Sean, died from a ...

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Avon Bridge Construction Underway

Project Should Reduce Traffic Congestion in Avon and Surrounding Towns A major construction project closing Avon Avenue at the CSX rail crossing, just south of US 36, is now underway. The closure is expected to last 15 months. Public Works Director Ryan Cannon said the project has been delayed since October due to utility relocation being incomplete, but he expects residents to see an improvement in the town. “This project will significantly reduce traffic congestion in Avon and the surrounding towns and will remove a major barrier to connectivity in the community for both pedestrians and vehicles,” Cannon said. The ...

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Spring is Time to Give Lawns TLC

Writer  /  Josh Brown Spring is around the corner. With the spring comes getting our lawns prepared for the coming growing seasons. Indy’s TLC, Total Lawn Care, Inc has been providing the greater Indianapolis market with professional lawn care services since 1989. TLC was founded by Mark Cavin and Terry Jungels (MS Agronomy, Purdue University, 1987) with the intent to provide a professional service using professional products with personal service to the homeowners in the Indianapolis metropolitan area. It is TLC’s policy to get to know its customers by trying to have continuity with the lawn specialist and the homeowner. ...

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Go-to Design and Remodeling: Gettum Associates

Carmel residents Tracy and Andy Miller had a big renovation project on deck, and they didn’t want to take it on all alone – enter Gettum Associates. The Millers were looking to create a new laundry and mud room in their west Carmel home and heard from a friend that Gettum Associates is a great choice for design and remodeling. “Gettum worked with me on the design to accommodate the specific needs I had,” Tracy says. “The way they combined custom cabinetry with stock cabinetry in the mud room in a seamless look helped keep us on budget. When I ...

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Orangetheory Fitness Comes to Zionsville

In early May, Orangetheory Fitness will open its fifth studio in the Indianapolis area at 106th and Michigan Road in West Carmel. This revolutionary fitness concept was launched in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2010 and has rapidly spread across the country.  Currently, there are over 550 Orangetheory Fitness studios in the United States and Canada with hundreds more under development. The brand is also expanding into 16 countries around the globe, including Australia, England, Columbia, Mexico, Israel, Germany and Spain. Area developers and owners, Carolyn and Shaun McDonald relocated to Indianapolis from Florida to develop the Indiana market for Orangetheory ...

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EYE Can See, Inc.

EYE Can See, Inc. owner Tom Blackman has a resume filled with experience assisting those with visual impairments. He began his company in 1998 to help bring assistive technology to Indiana and Kentucky, two states that were underserved in the industry. “We have witnessed the difference these products make in the lives of those with visual impairments, and we are happy to serve this population,” shares Tom’s son Greg, who works with his father. The majority of the EYE Can See clients have age-related vision loss, such as macular degeneration. Their clients discover that utilizing a magnifier gives them the ...

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