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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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Roncalli Theatre Department Presents “Much Ado About Nothing”

The Roncalli High School Theatre Department will present multiple performances of this year’s spring play, “Much Ado About Nothing.” Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for Roncalli students and children 14 years old and younger. Performances are March 16, 17 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. Saturday also has a 2 p.m. matinee show. Tickets may be ordered by calling 787-8277 Ext. 249 or online at roncalli.org. Just click on the Fine Arts tab, and then select Box Office. Payment is required when tickets are ordered. Checks, cash, Visa and Mastercard are accepted. All tickets ordered in advance will be available ...

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Center Grove Singers Named Grand Champions in Chicago

Center Grove’s varsity concert choir, CG Singers named Grand Champions in the Concert Choir division at the Heart of America Chicago competition held at the Palmer House Hilton on Saturday, March 4th. CG Singers were also awarded Best Choral Tone and Best Repertoire. Center Grove choirs are directed by Jennifer Dice, Jared Norman, and Greg Sanders, and choreographed by Andy Haines. Center Grove Varsity and JV Show Choirs will compete at the Shelbyville Singing Sensational on Saturday, March 11th. All choirs will perform their competition show on Tuesday, March 7th at Center Grove High School. Please visit www.centergrovechoirs.org for more ...

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CGHS Student Activity Center Construction on Track

Writer & Photographer  /  Andi Robinson As the student population at Center Grove High School has increased, so has the need for more space for student activities. Center Grove currently has less facility space for student activities compared with several other schools in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference (MIC). At a cost of just under $10 million, the new construction will add 59,500 square feet to the current high school building. A key requirement was that this project not increase taxes for White River Township residents. The first formal conversations about the creation of this new space occurred in 2015. In ...

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From Hoop Dreams to Helping Others

Former Indiana Fever Star Katie Douglas Launches New Career Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer As a professional athlete, WNBA player Katie Douglas and her teammates were always talking about new fitness methods on the market. So, several years ago when Douglas sustained an injury while playing with the Indiana Fever, she tried out Orangetheory Fitness in an effort to keep in shape. She was instantly stunned by the result. “Not often do you leave a 60-minute workout as a professional athlete feeling like you got everything you needed in that 60 minutes, but I did,” says Douglas, ...

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Center Grove Hardwood Club: Extending Support Beyond the Court

Writer  /  Suzanne Huntzinger Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Basketballs rain down from the sky and bounce to the court, new uniforms and new shoes appear in each player’s locker, and new equipment magically appears in the athletic office. Santa can’t come every day to the basketball court, but the Center Grove Hardwood Club tries to make it happen as much as possible. The Center Grove Hardwood Club, founded in September 2014, was the slam-dunk solution to provide funding and support to Center Grove’s basketball program from youth programs to varsity. The athletic department previously funded Center Grove’s basketball program, and ...

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Transforming Life’s Challenges into Success

Writer / Suzanne Huntzinger A loved one passes away, must be moved to assisted living or nursing home, divorce or job loss – all of these curveballs in life can leave families in a pinch. But the Royer Brothers at RAMS Investing have a way of straightening out those curveballs and turning them into success. Jason and Dustin Royer started RAMS Investing after the financial crisis of 2008, to offer a solution not only for the clients in need, but for investors who were looking for a better and more secure way to invest their money.  Since then, RAMS Investing ...

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Show Choirs Look for Another Nationals Win

Writer / Cathy Wendorff In their new vocal gymnasium, the Center Grove show choirs are preparing for upcoming competitions and aiming for another win at Nationals in March. Warming up with spectacular performances in December, they delivered amazing vocals, while performing difficult choreography in stunning costumes. Together with Choral Directors Jennifer Dice and Jared Norman, nearly 200 students compete across three varsity and two junior varsity ensembles. Not only are they loaded with talent, but also with experience, as the more than 50 seniors are eager to shine. Dice credits the collaboration of directors, musicians, choreographers, vocal coaches, alumni and ...

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MashCraft: Local Brews with a Family Feel

Writer / Andi Robinson Photographer / Brian Brosmer & Andi Robinson MashCraft Head Brewer Andrew Castner has been brewing beer at several Indy-area breweries since 2006, just after he and his wife moved to the south side from Bloomington. He became the Head Brewer at the RAM Restaurant in downtown Indianapolis in 2010, which is also when he first started developing business plans to venture out on his own. Castner and business partner John Lee met at RAM in 2012 and started talking about how to finance and make MashCraft Brewery and Taproom a reality. Lee had the financial knowledge ...

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