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West Grove Time Capsule from 1975 to be Excavated

In 1975, the West Grove Elementary School students and teachers buried a time capsule in front of the school to be opened in the year 2000. Led by longtime Principal Mr. Broyer, students created several papers, letters, drawings and even an audio recording of every student on the only audio cassette recorder in the school. Mr. Broyer tried unsuccessfully to locate the time capsule, citing that the reference trees he had planted died and were removed. In a Daily Journal article, Broyer said, “the trees had died, so when it came time to dig up the time capsule, no one ...

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The Teal Canary

Local art studio provides a place to create Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Amy Payne Amy Hommell has been working on her craft since childhood and opened an art studio in downtown Greenwood to provide a bigger space to share her love and passion for art with the community. She opened Teal Canary in 2013 after giving private art lessons for several years in her home. “I’ve always painted, I’ve always drawn, I’ve always been an artist my whole life,” Hommell says. “When I opened, I envisioned it to be a space for me to do my art and ...

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The Broken Skull

Center Grove alum competes on reality show Writer / Matt Roberts As a college sophomore, Center Grove graduate Brooke Van Paris was leading a pretty good life. As she drove through an intersection close to the Indiana University campus on October 29, 2009, her uppermost thought was how good a turkey sandwich would taste when she got home. Moments later her life changed drastically when she was struck by another car in a head-on collision. Over the next two years, Van Paris wore elbow-to-fingertips casts. The former gymnast and cheerleader couldn’t feed, bathe or dress herself. After graduation, she took ...

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A Fresh Start

Newk’s Eatery opens first Indiana location in Greenwood Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Brian Brosmer Operating Partner Kent Mabe has been in the restaurant business for almost all his life. He says other concepts he’s worked with have all come to the north side first and then to Greenwood as a second thought. “When I had the opportunity to take the Newk’s Eatery brand here to Indianapolis, I wanted to give Greenwood the first shot,” Mabe says. No food at Newk’s Eatery comes in pre-packaged or preserved. Proteins such as chicken, salmon, shrimp and steak are sliced and grilled ...

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Well Grounded

Brickhouse Coffee celebrates grand opening Writer / Matt Roberts Photographer /Brian Brosmer If you were opening a brand new, independently-owned coffee shop, would you open it 1,000 feet east of one of the highest-grossing Starbucks outlets in the Indianapolis area? Jared Stayton would. “I love it”, he says. “We’ll follow wherever Starbucks is, because they’ve done all the market research. Besides, Starbucks paved the way for guys like us to do old-world style coffee roasting. It’s like craft beer. Some guys still drink Miller Lite, but there’s a growing segment of the population that loves small-batch brewing. “It used to ...

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Trojans Are DYN-O-MITE

Local Barn Gets Fresh Coat of CGHS Trojan Spirit 42 Years Later Writer / Suzanne Huntzinger Photography provided by CGHS and Brian Brosmer Center Grove Juniors loading the buses for the 20th annual Junior class Day of Caring thought they were in for just another typical community service project. The class of almost 600 students was split up into 35 groups and headed to various locations for their projects. One group was headed to a local barn to repaint a message left on it more than 40 years ago. They had no idea what they were in for. Meresa Girdley, ...

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Standing Firm

Center Grove breast cancer survivor to receive Susan G. Komen’s Lifetime Achievement Award Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer / Brian Brosmer Thirty years ago, when Marilyn Freeman was just 32 years old, she discovered a lump in her breast. “Don’t worry about it,” the doctor told her. “You’re young with no risk factors and no family history of breast cancer. You’re fine.” But months passed and the lump didn’t go away so she got a second opinion. “Young women have dense breasts,” he said. “You’re fine.” Despite repeated confirmations that she was fine, Freeman, a Center Grove resident, had a ...

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From Salon to Boutique

Sweet Olive & Company Boutique opens new Greenwood location Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer / Brian Brosmer Kat Murray has always loved shopping boutiques because they tend to carry specialty items that can’t be found at retail outlets. Though she always dreamed of someday running her own boutique, she had another dream as well, becoming a mom. In July 2016, Murray and her friend and former coworker, Erica Dildine, opened Sweet Olive & Company, a hair salon in Franklin, Ind. Two months later, her baby dream became a reality when she learned she was pregnant. Shortly after her daughter, Linnleigh, ...

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Out of This World

Planetary Brewing lands in Old Town Greenwood Writer / Matt Roberts Photographer / Brian Brosmer What started out as a hobby for Andrew Groves grew into an avocation, then a growing business and now provides a new anchor for the redevelopment of Old Town Greenwood. Planetary Brewing opened in 2013 as a nano-brewery in an office park just east of downtown. The space was functional but not especially conducive to retail traffic. Groves decided to expand into a historic location and help bring visitors and customers into the Old Town section of Greenwood at the corner of Madison and Main ...

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Franciscan Health Stones Crossing Breaks Ground

The micro-hospital will be a central location for health services in the Center Grove area Writer / Andi Robinson The new Franciscan Health Stones Crossing micro-hospital has been a long-time coming. The hospital system, which has 14 current facilities in Central Indiana, has been looking for a good location in White River Township to build a new medical facility since 2000. The original intent was to build a medical office building to service the rapidly growing Center Grove area. In 2013, it was determined that the State Road 135 corridor was an ideal location due to the surging population in ...

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