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Drawing Up Laughs

Local Cartoonist Puts Pen to Paper in Hendricks County Writer  /  Heather Chastain A local man’s passion project has been 25 years in the making. Mark Ewer started cartooning while in the Navy stationed on the U.S.S Dwight D. Eisenhower. “I started reading Gary Larson’s comics, and I thought he was brilliant,” Ewer says. “I also thought, I could do that. But it turned out I couldn’t do it. So, I just kept at it. I’d work and edit and try again until I honed my skill to get where I’m at.” Ewer spent his time in the Navy as ...

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Alliance for Diversity

Hendricks County Group Encourages Open Conversations at Events Writer  /  Melissa Gibson   In 2002, Sam Carman and other members of the Danville Unitarian Universalist Church recognized the increasing diversity in and around Hendricks County. “We felt it was a very good thing, but could see that not everyone agreed,” Carman says. “We started looking for ways to prepare and smooth the way for growing diversity.” After holding a public meeting, Carman says the group could see the effort wouldn’t be a church initiative but rather, a community initiative as people from all walks of life attended, showing support. The ...

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Life on the Airwaves

Local Radio Personality Mentors Students Who Want to Follow in His Footsteps Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Shane Ray’s interest in music and radio was born not long after he was. At just five years old, his father took him on a tour of a friend’s radio station. After watching the DJ spin records, Ray was hooked. As a teenager, he volunteered at the public access channel and landed a job at a local AM community radio station. “That was back in the days of records and tapes and doing things manually,” Ray says. When he moved to Brownsburg in 2001, ...

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Cancer With A Little “C”

“It was an out of body experience,” says Tralicia Powell-Lewis, speaking about the moment she received the call confirming her breast cancer diagnosis. “My doctor told me I had breast cancer, but cancer with a little ‘c,’ not a big ‘c.’” Cancer with a little ‘c’ meant the cancer was caught early, and patients with early stage breast cancer tend to have the best outcomes. For the last four years, Lewis scheduled yearly mammograms, and this was the first time she received abnormal results. Within two weeks of receiving the call, she met with Dr. Samilia Obeng-Gyasi, breast surgeon at ...

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Avon United Methodist Church Completes $4.4M Facility

Writer  /  Heather Chastain This fall, I walked into Avon United Methodist Church’s new $4.4 million-dollar addition to their facility and was absolutely stunned by their gorgeous new building. Immediately, I noticed the open lobby seating area filled with couches and tables for people to gather. There is a beautiful wood sign with the church name and a coffee and juice bar. Above the coffee bar, you see these comforting words, C.O.F.F.E.E. – Christ Offers Forgiveness For Everyone Everywhere. The classrooms are large and offer a wonderful space for the children to play and learn. My 2-year-old daughter has absolutely ...

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Business Spotlight: Copper Ridge Home Services

Writer  /  Heather Chastain Copper Ridge Home Services is a friendly, affordable, electrical and plumbing service and repair company. Locally owned and operated by Mike Fenrick and his wife Janet. The Gulf War Veteran has been working in the business for more than 22 years and began Copper Ridge Home Services in 2014. Fenrick began his own business because of his desire to keep quality control consistent. “We want to be the best at what we do and give the best service experience to our customers at a fair price,” Fenrick says. “The customer experience is the key to our ...

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Hendricks Regional Health ER

Upcoming Expansion, New Services Keep Hendricks Regional Health on the Cutting Edge of Health Care Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Dr. David Farman, medical director of the emergency department at Hendricks Regional Health (HRH) in Danville, says the success and prestige of his hospital’s network of emergency departments and immediate care centers is the result of a variety of factors, including strong local ties and a dedication to community servitude among his fellow medical professionals. “The people who work here take great pride in what they do,” Farman says of the HRH physicians and staff. “Ninety percent of us in the ...

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Curtain Call

Hendricks Civic Theatre Remains Community-Focused Writer  /   Bailey Roberts Photographer  /  Andy Janning A high school student walks through the halls every day invisible to most, bullied by others. She feels rejected, misunderstood and her self-esteem fades day by day, until one day she finds herself on stage in front of her peers and teachers. The emotion and adrenaline can be overwhelming, and, in the case of Carrie, the title character of Hendricks Civic Theatre’s fall musical production, can lead to death and destruction. Another high school student goes throughout her day being bullied and feeling useless. She is ...

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Speak Out

Sheltering Wings Hosts October Events to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse Writer  /  Heather Chastain I had a friend die due to domestic violence. It’s a situation that still weighs heavily on my heart nine years later. We were gym buddies. We saw each other five times a week, talked every day and even spent time outside the gym together occasionally. When Angela Warnock would speak about her husband, it didn’t sit well with me. She never said anything specific and I was unsure how to broach the subject, so I stayed out of it. It wasn’t until ...

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Right at Home: Avon Offers A Diverse, Welcoming Community

Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer  /  Tony Gude In July 2012, Ayesha Ali Khan moved to Avon with her husband, Asad, and their four children. Initially, she was highly anxious about the transition of settling into a new community. “I wasn’t sure if we had picked the right house or the right neighborhood,” Khan says. “In those first few days, as we unpacked, it didn’t seem like things were falling into place the way I had hoped, and my worry intensified.” Then school started and her fears eased on her first trip to the bus stop. After standing on the ...

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