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Center Grove breast cancer survivor to receive Susan G. Komen’s Lifetime Achievement Award Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer / Brian Brosmer Thirty years ago, when Marilyn Freeman was just 32 years old, she discovered a lump in her breast. “Don’t worry about it,” the doctor told her. “You’re young with no risk factors and no family history of breast cancer. You’re fine.” But months passed and the lump didn’t go away so she got a second opinion. “Young women have dense breasts,” he said. “You’re fine.” Despite repeated confirmations that she was fine, Freeman, a Center Grove resident, had a ...

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From Salon to Boutique

Sweet Olive & Company Boutique opens new Greenwood location Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer / Brian Brosmer Kat Murray has always loved shopping boutiques because they tend to carry specialty items that can’t be found at retail outlets. Though she always dreamed of someday running her own boutique, she had another dream as well, becoming a mom. In July 2016, Murray and her friend and former coworker, Erica Dildine, opened Sweet Olive & Company, a hair salon in Franklin, Ind. Two months later, her baby dream became a reality when she learned she was pregnant. Shortly after her daughter, Linnleigh, ...

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Out of This World

Planetary Brewing lands in Old Town Greenwood Writer / Matt Roberts Photographer / Brian Brosmer What started out as a hobby for Andrew Groves grew into an avocation, then a growing business and now provides a new anchor for the redevelopment of Old Town Greenwood. Planetary Brewing opened in 2013 as a nano-brewery in an office park just east of downtown. The space was functional but not especially conducive to retail traffic. Groves decided to expand into a historic location and help bring visitors and customers into the Old Town section of Greenwood at the corner of Madison and Main ...

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Franciscan Health Stones Crossing Breaks Ground

The micro-hospital will be a central location for health services in the Center Grove area Writer / Andi Robinson The new Franciscan Health Stones Crossing micro-hospital has been a long-time coming. The hospital system, which has 14 current facilities in Central Indiana, has been looking for a good location in White River Township to build a new medical facility since 2000. The original intent was to build a medical office building to service the rapidly growing Center Grove area. In 2013, it was determined that the State Road 135 corridor was an ideal location due to the surging population in ...

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Styles & Smiles

Sugar Threads Boutique Is The Newest Shop In Old Town Greenwood Writer & Photographer / Hannah Jones Joining the many beautiful shops of Old Town Greenwood, Sugar Threads Boutique brings an urban, affordable clothing store and community care. The boutique carries everything from necklaces, dresses, leggings, to candles. The bright interior and friendly employees make it an amazing place to visit. Sugar Threads became a possibility when the two owners, Sarah Bennett and Leslie Crump, met at a basketball game their kids were playing in. They began talking and realized they had the same passion for fashion and community. Sarah ...

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Gifting Great Memories

Teresa’s Hallmark celebrates 28 years in Greenwood Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Brian Brosmer Teresa Dillard prides herself on providing a destination shopping area through her store, Teresa’s Hallmark. Dillard bought her store in 1989 at the corner of 135 and Fairview before moving to the current location across from Meijer in 2000. Dillard’s Hallmark is the only one that she knows of that has two stories. The collectible business kept her store going when she started, but websites like eBay has forced stores like Teresa’s Hallmark to adjust their strategy. “Suddenly there’s this glut on the market of ...

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What’s the Buzz?

Local beekeepers run Honey Creek Bee Farm Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Brian Brosmer Since 2015, three Center Grove residents have been learning the process of beekeeping and selling their honey. Susie Simmons, her mom Linda Gibson and family friend Bill Maze operate Honey Creek Bee Farm from their property along State Rd 135. Hundreds of bees live in the farm’s 23 hives. During honey extraction in June, 13 boxes of bees produced more than 300 pounds of honey. “We understand that bees are needed for pollination and just here in the last few years there have been a ...

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Rita’s Ride

Sixth annual event benefiting Angelcare will be held Sept. 16 Writer / Matt Roberts Photography provided On September 16, motorcycle riders, their families and community supporters of Angelcare will meet for the sixth annual “Rita’s Ride”. The ride will begin at Mann’s Harley-Davidson in Edinburgh and end with a family-friendly luncheon at Apple Works in Trafalgar. All proceeds from the event will benefit Angelcare, a faith-based non-profit organization devoted to assisting teenage girls facing a crisis pregnancy. Angelcare President Yadi Garcia hopes to involve all of Johnson County in the ride and increase awareness of the work the organization does. ...

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Gifting Great Memories

Teresa’s Hallmark celebrates 28 years in Greenwood. Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Brian Brosmer Teresa Dillard prides herself on providing a destination shopping area through her store, Teresa’s Hallmark. Dillard bought her store in 1989 at the corner of 135 and Fairview before moving to the current location across from Meijer in 2000. Dillard’s Hallmark is the only one that she knows of that has two stories. The collectible business kept her store going when she started, but websites like eBay has forced stores like Teresa’s Hallmark to adjust their strategy. “Suddenly there’s this glut on the market of ...

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Down But Not Out

August’s Luckiest Hoosier Alive: Erika Mulroney Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Erika Mulroney had just finished facilitating a class at her church on the evening of June 2, 2016, when she turned down a back hallway of the church, blacked out, and collapsed, face-first, on the floor. Because of the layout of the building, her body was out of the line of sight for most anyone who happened by. Thankfully, a security guard (a person there to lock up) used the restroom near that hallway. When he saw Erika, he immediately rushed to her side, checked for a pulse and panicked. ...

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