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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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Avon Schools Announce Kristle Chalos as the Corporation’s Teacher of the Year

Avon Community School Corporation announced that River Birch Elementary teacher Kristle Chalos is the Andy Mohr Teacher of the Year. She was selected from 12 finalists by a committee comprised of local community members. Mrs. Chalos teaches first grade. She has been at River Birch since 2014 serving as leadership team coach, faculty advisory committee member and PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) representative. Prior to joining Avon Schools, Mrs. Chalos was a McKinney Vento Tutor, ESL (English as a Second Language) Camp Learning Leader and a founding member of the Elzie D. Patton Elementary School. Teacher of the Year ...

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The Little Things

Writer  /  Beth J Photography /  Applied Behavior Center for Autism Robert Brault once said, “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize that they were big things.” Isn’t that what the basic ideology behind applied behavior analysis really is — little things, when put together add up to very big things? For nearly three years, the amazing team at Applied Behavior Center for Autism has been working on each small step in my daughter Kennedy’s progress — her little things. Kennedy was diagnosed with autism shortly before her third birthday. After trial and error, we ...

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