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Johnson County Acts to Prepare for I-69

Heading Our Way

Following INDOT’s much earlier than expected announcement that I-69’s final segment would follow the SR 37 right-of-way from Martinsville to Indianapolis, Johnson County Highway Director Luke Mastin met with Commissioner Ron West and County Planning Director David Hittle. The discussion led to the conclusion that a large-scale thoroughfare/corridor plan will be required to adequately deal with the transportation, infrastructure and land use opportunities, and challenges, which arise from the introduction of I-69 to the county. Hittle said, “A project of this scale is not something county officials and staff can handle alone.” The county will be exploring options to commission ...

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Stutz Open House to Feature Over 60 Artists

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The largest group of artists under one roof in the Midwest will open their studios and present their work to visitors during the Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House April 29 and 30 at the historic Stutz Business and Arts Center. The Open House attracts more than 6,000 people every year to the 400,000 square foot former car factory near downtown Indianapolis. The Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House not only allows guests an opportunity to see the work of 60+ local artists in one place at one time, but it’s an opportunity to see where and how the artwork ...

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Run, Music, Food Festival to Rock Center Grove


Writer / Jeff Owen Photographer / Forrest Mellott The way Erin Smith sees it, the Center Grove community rocks in so many ways. Great neighborhoods, schools, businesses, churches … and people. So why not celebrate our community with a big, healthy “block” party that also benefits local nonprofit organizations and trail projects? “An event that just rocks out the southside!” says Smith with the enthusiasm and energy you would expect from someone who would come up with such an idea. Rock the Block Run, scheduled for April 23 at the Center Grove High School complex, will feature traditional 5K and ...

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Cue the Music


Writer  /  Leigh Lawson Photographer  /  Penny Buechter If you have ever attended a performance of the CGHS show choirs, you probably sat in pure awe of the talent and incredible efforts that went into the production. How can a high school show choir program be this amazing, so amazing that they won a national title in 2015? It is with the leadership of directors Jennifer Dice, who leads CG Sound System and Surround Sound, and Jared Norman, who leads The Debtones and Accents. Alongside Dice and Norman is a vast team of contributors from design experts to parent volunteers. ...

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Gala for the Grove: Unforgettable Friday


Writer  /  Joyce Long When Capitol Records released Nat King Cole’s album “Unforgettable” 65 years ago, their recording executives only imagined the lasting power of those lyrics. When Center Grove Education Foundation (CGEF) was established in 1998, its volunteer Board of Directors dreamed how their efforts would benefit students both then and for decades to follow. Merging two visionary concepts, Gala for the Grove: Unforgettable Friday will be held April 22 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the JW Marriott Indianapolis (10 S. West St.). CGEF’s Gala raises most of the funds for the Foundation’s yearly grants, supplementing projects that ...

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B.P.O.E. – An Acronym


Writer  /  Frieda Dowler Photographer  /  Forrest Mellott “Best People On Earth” is often substituted for the official meaning of the acronym B.P.O.E., “Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.” In years past, the “Elks” organization was considered a cigar-smoking, card playing, cocktail drinking men’s club, but the Elks have evolved into a diverse organization with a mission to improve their communities through charitable donations. The Franklin Elks Lodge was established in 1950, and as the only lodge in Johnson County, it has the largest membership in the state of Indiana at 750 members. In January 2016, they moved to a ...

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Helping Hands for Freedom


Writer  /  Alaina Sullivan Photographer  /  Ron Stiemert Dedication to a cause can take many forms. Walking cross country to help military families takes that dedication to a whole other level. Helping Hands for Freedom seeks to do just that through their Route for the Brave, a walk that will begin April 28 in Atlantic City and will finish August 26 in San Francisco. (routeforthebrave.org) Helping Hands for Freedom, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the families of fallen, wounded and deployed soldiers, was created by co-founders Retired Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Shannon, a resident of Fairland, Indiana, and a Perry ...

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Shining a Light in the Darkness


Kairos Prison Ministry Writer  /  Johnette Cruz Photos  /  Forrest Mellott Prison is a dark, hopeless place. Prisoners often live their lives without friends, without family, without knowing love and forgiveness – but even in the midst of that darkness, there are people who choose to be a light in it. The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of others while helping them become loving and productive citizens of their communities. There are more than 30,000 Kairos Prison Ministry volunteers serving in 35 states, ...

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Does Cancer Run in Your Family?

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Find Out if You Are at Risk Dr. Lori Davidson has been serving the women of Johnson County since 1992. In her time as an obstetrician, she has delivered enough babies to populate a town the size of Whiteland. “Dr. Lori,” as her patients call her, stopped delivering babies a few years ago, but she still provides gynecological care for women of all ages. According to Dr. Lori, “A significant change in healthcare is the availability of genetic testing. Many patients don’t know that genetic testing is easily available, and the cost of tests is covered by most insurance companies.” ...

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Summer Camp on Campus

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Summer camp offerings abound at local colleges for K-12 Writer  /  Tia Nielsen Photos  /  Submitted What can the children do this summer? Where can you find useful and valuable ways to fill their days? All this…and it needs to be fun too! One option for those who quickly tire of lazy days is to pursue specialized camps at local colleges. This summer could find your children reveling in discovery learning at Franklin College or the UIndy. You could tap into myriad types of day camps taught by UIndy faculty and adjunct professors or take intriguing classes at Franklin College ...

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