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New App Tracks Your Child’s School Bus at Center Grove


A new smartphone app allows parents to track Center Grove school buses in real-time. “Here Comes the Bus” lets you view the location of your child’s bus, so you can send them to the bus stop and pick them up at just the right time. How it Works “Here Comes the Bus” enables you to: See the location of your child’s bus both before and after school Confirm that your child’s bus has arrived at the bus stop, at school or both Receive a push notification or email message when the bus is a certain distance from your stop And ...

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Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza


Inspires Loyalty From Customers & Staff Writer  /  Matt Keating Photographer  /  Demi Lawrence There’s a relaxed, laidback feeling at Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza that has successfully been duplicated at all three of its Indiana locations. Customers and employees at each restaurant are loyal devotees, continuously coming back for the unique and delicious pizzas, salads, entrees and drinks. Mick McGrath, one of four co-owners and founders, said he is still touched by the loyalty of his longtime customers and staff. “I’m very proud of the fact that a lot of our customers go to all three locations, even if they ...

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Carmel Artmobilia: Carmel’s Celebration of the Art in Automotive


Each year, this unique event features a distinct gathering of recognized artists, collector cars and automotive enthusiasts, showcased on the streets of the Carmel Arts & Design District. With more than 400 enthusiast and collector cars on the streets of Carmel, the Artomobilia boasts one of the most eclectic gatherings of original, period-correct cars, including Supercar, Exotic, Sports Car, Classics, Racers, Historically Preserved, Indiana Built and Sedan/Coupe, and will be featuring two new classes, Antique Trucks and Restomods. Each year, the Artomobilia highlights a selection of automotive anomalies that are as interesting as they are distinct. In past years, this ...

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Tuning In Indiana


Here are some local, Indiana based podcasts that talk about everything from local news to design Writer / Demi Lawrence Larry in Fishers Larry Lannan, founder of his own podcast LarryInFishers, has been delivering news to Fishers residents since 2012. He releases audio podcasts weekly, but he updates his website with Fishers news and columns daily. Writing for many different publications before, Larry is an award-winning journalist with experience in government service. Larry has two main subject matters on which he does podcasts: Arts & Fishers Podcasts as well as Tax Podcasts. He does other podcasts, but on his website LarryinFishers.com, ...

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It’s a New Day at Direct Buy: Membership is Now Affordable For Everyone


What if you could shop directly from over 700 of the world’s best brand name manufacturers with a savings guarantee? What if someone made these great prices and this vast selection of products incredibly convenient? It would sound too good to be true. That and much more is what DirectBuy has offered its clients for years. However, recently they made this all available at a remarkably affordable price. For those not familiar with DirectBuy, it’s a savings club that utilizes the buying power of its members to negotiate with manufacturers great prices on top brands for your home and lifestyle. ...

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Pokémon Walks and Bonding


Writer  /  Kate Rhoten Here it is, the end of summer, and many kids are preparing to go back to school in a couple weeks. In the last week and a half, I have seen more children outside walking than I did the entire rest of the summer. Have you noticed? Do you have teens that like to play video games? Did they have Pokémon cards when they were younger? Are they one of the many children that have smartphones that allow them to play games? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you must be a ...

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Support Your Local Sheriff


Writer / Alaina Sullivan Photos / Provided If you live in the unincorporated Johnson County area and have a problem requiring law enforcement, your first line of protection is the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, despite your Greenwood address. Many are not aware of this fact or what the Sheriff’s office does to protect the community every day. That protection starts at the top with Doug Cox, Johnson County Sheriff. Cox is a lifelong resident of Johnson County. He started his career with the Franklin Police Department, coming to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in 1987. Cox has served in the ...

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Happy 200th Birthday, Indiana: Indiana’s Bicentennial

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Writer / Frieda Dowler Photographer / Forrest Mellott A 200th birthday is a significant occasion, and beginning in December of last year, individual counties across the state have been celebrating. Indiana, the 19th state to join with the United States of America, turns 200 years old December 11, 2016. Johnson County kicked off a season of commemorating Indiana’s Bicentennial when a flag was erected on the courthouse lawn in December 2015 and will culminate in September with a big celebration. JOHNSON COUNTY’S CELEBRATION Residents of Johnson County are invited to the Bicentennial Festival in Franklin, the county seat, September 23. ...

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Shoes for Souls

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Writer / Kris Parker  •  Photographer / Forrest Mellott After a shoe collection and distribution last Christmas, the leadership of Bluff Creek Christian Church felt compelled that this was an on-going need in the community they should continue to serve. As a result, February 6, this 200-member congregation launched Shoes for Souls. FOR THE WANT OF A SHOE Shoes for Souls is a “shoe pantry” located in Johnson County, and at present is the only known one in the area. Current statistics show that over one-third of school-age children in Johnson County qualify for Free or Reduced Lunches. And while ...

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The Sycamore Mallow Run’s New Event Venue

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Writer / Joyce Long Photographer / Ron Stiemert Last summer when Mallow Run Winery was rocking with its Saturday night festivities, John Richardson, one of the winery’s three co-owners, snuck away to a calmer setting. With a decibel reader, he tested if the live band’s music would carry a quarter of a mile southwest of the winery. Why? In less than a year, weddings would happen simultaneously on that plot. A Richardson family dream of building a new event venue would soon become reality. A few weeks later, Mallow Run broke ground September 2015 to begin construction on The Sycamore, ...

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