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Center Grove 2017 Dad of the Year Finalists

You’ve sent in your nominations, and now it’s time to decide the Dad of the Year! The following are finalists for 2017 Center Grove Dad of the Year. Visit atcentergrove.com to cast your vote for the winner. The deadline to vote is May 12, and you can vote once daily until then. Brian Gudaitis Nominated by Bailey Gudaitis, who says: My dad should be dad of the year because he is a superhero. He has overcome many obstacles in life, and he is amazing. My dad is my best friend, an amazing chef and an even better dancer. My dad ...

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Hampton’s Market: Center Grove’s First Family-Owned Grocery Store

Writer  /  Michelle Kaufman Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Hampton’s Market has been serving the Greenwood and Center Grove communities for 43 years. Keith Hampton opened the store with his dad in 1974. Currently, Hampton and his wife co-own the store. “That’s all I’ve ever done. I worked as a kid in a grocery store and bought that one. I guess I don’t know much else,” Hampton says. The store’s most unique features are the meats and deli, which are popular items in the store. Customers come from areas such as Carmel and Mooresville just to buy meat at Hampton’s. The ...

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Center Grove Mom of the Year: Regina Miller

Writer / Cathy Wendorff Photographer / Amanda DeBusk Taking it one day at time, and just simply rolling with it, is how Regina Miller juggles her responsibilities between motherhood and business owner. Being selected as the Center Grove Mom of the Year by her community is very flattering to Regina.  Nominated by her youngest daughter, Kelly described her mom as a caring and loving individual, who always makes time for her family, while owning Geek in Pink Computer Repair. Regina has been married to Ed Miller, an Indianapolis Police Officer, for 28 years, and she has five high-achieving daughters and ...

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Restoring Your Memories: Hoosierboy Restorations

Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Brian Brosmer Eight-year-old Tim Showalter saw a bicycle in a neighbor’s trashcan and asked if he could have it. He got two broken bikes and combined them to make one, which he rode and eventually sold. In middle school, he took a class called industrial arts and fell in love with woodworking and metalworking. At night, his father, a Beech Grove school system administrator, would go into the wood shop and build furniture and Christmas presents and fix things. Today, Showalter’s career is based around restoring old bicycles and other items. He previously worked ...

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The Produce Mom: Lori Taylor

Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Brian Brosmer Lori Taylor used her 10-year career at Indianapolis Fruit Company and relationships with growers to create a brand, which is also now her alias — The Produce Mom ®. Taylor’s primary job at Indy Fruit was to sell fruits and vegetables to various grocery stores, ranging in size from juice bars to Kroger. The diversification of accounts was uncommon in the industry but helped set Taylor up for success. “To be a good sales representative, you have to really know the whole gamut of fruits and vegetables,” Taylor says. “When I look ...

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Greenwood Mayor Unveils Conceptual Plans for Downtown Development

Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Brian Brosmer 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 ...

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Center Grove’s The Debtones Named Grand Champion at Show Choir Nationals

Center Grove show choirs had another strong year at Show Choir Nationals in Nashville, Tenn. with The Debtones winning the Women’s Division, and Center Grove’s Sound System finishing 1st Runner Up in the Mixed Division. In the Women’s Division, The Debtones were awarded Grand Champion, Best Overall Effect, Best Visuals and Best Vocals, with senior, Sydney Hurst, named Outstanding Soloist. In the Mixed Division, Sound System was 1st Runner Up and Outstanding Stage Crew, with Haley Burgh, junior, named Outstanding Female Soloist, and Wilson Smith, junior, named Outstanding Male Soloist. Center Grove choirs are directed by Jennifer Dice, Jared Norman and Greg ...

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Center Grove 2017 Mom of the Year Finalists

You’ve sent in your nominations, and now it’s time to decide the Mom of the Year! The following are finalists for 2017 Center Grove Mom of the Year. Visit atcentergrove.com to cast your vote for the winner. The deadline to vote is April 15, and you can vote once daily until then. Cindy Crafton Nominated by Michael Crafton, who says: Cindy Crafton is the most deserving mother that will ever be considered for this award.  She is the most amazing woman I have ever met. Her compassionate people-first mentality is second to none. She successfully raised four children, built an ...

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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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