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Center Grove Teen Competes on ABC Boy Band Show Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Brian Brosmer A 17-year-old Center Grove resident, Andrew Butcher, hasn’t even graduated high school yet, but he is already making a name and career for himself on the local and national level. Butcher is currently a contestant on ABC’s show Boy Band, where singers compete to become part of a new five-member boy band and get a recording contract with Hollywood Records. Butcher has been singing since he was 9, after his dad dared him to sing in an elementary school talent show. “I wasn’t ...

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Hop Aboard the Trolley

Take a trolley ride with Center Grove’s Tim Batzloff Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Brian Brosmer Tim Batzloff’s newest weekly job has him meeting people from all over the world and showing them the city of Indianapolis from a trolley. Three seasons ago, Batzloff started driving the Indy Fun Tours trolley after seeing an ad for the job on Craigslist. “I really didn’t know much about downtown Indy, I live in Greenwood,” Batzloff says. “I’d come down for Indians games and go to the Children’s Museum, didn’t really wander around the city too much until I started this trolley ...

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The Mare Who Got Them There

Greenwood racehorse owner shares what made his steed so special Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer / Mark Davis It was 1983, and Jeff Apel was a high schooler living in Lincoln, Nebraska, when a buddy invited him to tag along to the racetrack. The activity sparked an interest in thoroughbred racing that has only grown with time. Apel went on to major in journalism, then spent 15 years writing for an independent Nebraska newspaper where he covered Fonner Park, a racetrack in Grand Isle, before becoming the assistant daily news editor at Thoroughbred Times, a magazine in Lexington, Kentucky. In ...

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Sweet Success: CGHS Alum Owns Dairy Queen He First Worked At

Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer When most teenagers begin working their very first job, they probably don’t anticipate eventually owning the establishment at which they are employed and forging a long, successful career at that very establishment. Matt Kraus is no exception, but that’s exactly what happened for the 46-year-old Center Grove native. Kraus currently owns the Dairy Queen restaurant on State Road 135, where he began working part-time at age 15 as a kitchen food prep assistant. The year was 1985 and Kraus’s next-door neighbor, a fellow Center Grove High School attendee and Dairy Queen employee ...

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Center Grove High School Announces New Principal

Jeffry Henderson takes over as CGHS Principal beginning July 1. GREENWOOD, IN (June 15, 2017) – Jeffry Henderson will become the new principal of Center Grove High School beginning July 1, 2017. Henderson is an experienced educator and instructional leader with nearly 30 years in education, including 15 years as a high school principal. Henderson’s hiring is pending approval by the Center Grove Board of School Trustees at its June 15, 2017 meeting. “We are excited to bring Jeff Henderson to Center Grove,” says Dr. Rich Arkanoff, superintendent. “He has a wealth of experience collaboratively leading a high achieving high ...

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Grab a Red Sharpie

Center Grove’s First Which Wich Opens Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Brian Brosmer Center Grove’s first Which Wich restaurant, a customized sandwich shop that offers more than 50 ingredients, opened May 15. The new location is owner Lee Kleiner’s third, but his plans to open on the Southside were always on his radar. He struggled to find the right spot for his restaurant but eventually decided on State Road 135, near the McNamara Florist shop. Kleiner has been in the franchise business for 16 years, and his family would frequently visit the Which Wich by their house. His kids ...

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Andrea McCoy Named Center Grove Teacher of the Year

Writer / Michelle Kaufman & Center Grove Community School Corporation  Photographer / Brian Brosmer  Andrea McCoy, an eighth grade science teacher at Center Grove Middle School Central (CGMSC), was named 2016-17 Center Grove Community School Corporation Teacher of the Year. McCoy started out as a computer teacher at CGMSC but then transitioned to teaching science midway through her second year. McCoy’s classroom is colorful and features a cutout of Jeff Probst, host of CBS’ Survivor, in the front. “This is such an honor, and I feel incredibly humbled by this award,” McCoy says. “Every day I feel lucky to work ...

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Center Grove High School Names 2017 Top 20 Students

Center Grove High School has named the Top 20 Students in the Class of 2017. The students were honored with a banquet in the Center Grove High School Hall of Excellence on May 4. Each student invited one elementary or middle school teacher and one high school teacher who inspired them during their academic career. The students spoke about those teachers during the program. “We are proud of the academic achievements of these students,” says Dr. Doug Bird, principal. “They have all worked hard to earn these grades. We enjoyed hearing their plans for the future and recognizing them and the ...

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Mallow Run Winery: Work Hard, Picnic Often

Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Brian Brosmer Mallow Run Winery sits on a 600-acre farm in Bargersville that has been in the Richardson family since 1835. The winery’s name, Mallow Run, is a creek that runs through the property and was named after owner Bill Richardson’s great-great-great grandfather, George Mallow, who settled on the property in 1835. “The creek was named after him at some point, I actually found that [out] on a map when I was a student at Purdue,” Bill says. “I didn’t know that the creek even had a name.” Bill Richardson and his wife, Laura, ...

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Salty Siren Tattoo Lounge Takes Top Spot On Indy A List

Writer / Matt Roberts Photographer / Brian Brosmer On a bright spring morning, Jeremiah Floyd unlocks the front door of the Salty Siren Tattoo Lounge. Inside are comfortable couches and brightly colored walls decorated in a nautical theme. It doesn’t look like a typical tattoo and piercing shop. “We don’t want it to look like Satan’s basement,” he says. Jeremiah and his wife Lenny are owners of Salty Siren, located at 480 East Main Street in Greenwood. Open for just over a year, they’re trying to update common perceptions of the industry that include dark, sketchy spaces populated by bikers ...

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