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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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Center Grove High Art Students Excel

Center Grove High School (CGHS) continued its tradition of excellence in art with 46 students receiving recognition in the 8th Annual Scholastic Art Competition. Six CGHS students received prestigious Gold Key awards and will advance to national competition. Fourteen students earned Silver Key awards. Twenty-six CGHS students received Honorable Mention awards. The Gold and Silver Key winning art will be on display at Clowes Hall on the Butler University campus from February 1-26. This year, the Scholastics Central and Southern Indiana Region competition had more than 2800 submissions with 105 Gold Keys, 182 Silver Keys, and 419 Honorable Mention awards.

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Roncalli Junior Breaks Two School Records

Roncalli High School junior Ellie Bischoff set two girls’ basketball school records on January 4 when the Lady Rebels took on Franklin Central. Bischoff hit nine three-pointers in the game to break the previous school record of eight, held by Sarah Hurrle for the past 21 years. In the same game, she also set the single-season record for most three-pointers in a season (52), which breaks the previous record also held by Sarah Hurrle in the 1994-95 season.

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The Future of Center Grove

Writer / Andi Robinson Before we talk about the future of Center Grove, we need ask an important question: What is Center Grove? It is not a town or city. It does not show up on anyone’s mailing address. It is definitely a school district. But even Center Grove Community School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Richard Arkanoff says that there is more to Center Grove. “Center Grove is more than just the school district. It is a community that is a great place to live and to raise a family,” he said. “The community is very supportive of the goals and ...

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Home Loans Close to Home

Photographer / Marc Sirkin “National strength, local expertise.” It’s not just a motto at national mortgage lender PrimeLending; it sums up the mindset that’s helped pave the way for success at the company’s Greenwood branch. Backed by PlainsCapital Bank, the branch operates with the feel of a local small business, focusing on helping those in the community get the home loans that they need. The branch’s homegrown team has the advantage of being familiar with the Greenwood area. “All of our loan officers live in or around Greenwood,” says branch manager Mack Howell (Nationwide Multi-State Licensing System No. 362121). “This ...

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Greenwood Welcomes Jack’s Donuts!

Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Samantha Brammer Jack’s Donuts, started in New Castle in 1961, will soon have a new home through a franchise in Greenwood. Franchisee Ralph Allen was first introduced to the Jack’s Donuts brand at the Fishers location when he would take his three grandkids there after soccer games. “They like to go to Jack’s Donuts in Fishers,” he said. “I was sitting there watching the process, watching the friendly staff behind the counter, and just watching the amount of people that were coming into the store. I just got curious about it and I started ...

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Torchlite’s Shawn Herring

Writer / Kara Kavensky Photographer / Brian Brosmer When Susan Marshall originally shared her idea with Shawn Herring, he instinctively knew she was on to something. Both former ExactTarget employees and both marketing experts, the disruptive digital marketing concept Marshall presented was attractive. Circling in Dustin McCormick, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, a partnership was formed, and along with backing from investors, including former Salesforce CEO Scott McCorkle, the torch was lit. Marshall the founder and CEO, had the vision for simplifying marketers’ lives by providing the technology and a network of experts to help businesses acquire new customers through ...

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“Kassel” A Movie

Writer  /  Leia Barker The movie “Kassel” explores the internal struggle of a Germany soldier returning to his home at the end of WWII. The main character was the pillar of his community, and at the same time, he lost everything including his family. The film was produced and directed by Greenwood resident Earl Crabtree II. Crabtree wrote the screenplay, which was inspired by his father, an Army veteran, who was stationed in Germany for over a decade during the 1970s. “He never disclosed what he was doing in the military. I only know he flew helicopters and built them,” ...

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