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Down But Not Out

August’s Luckiest Hoosier Alive: Erika Mulroney 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. Unable to detect a ...

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Eyeing a Big Ten Championship

New IU Head Football Coach Tom Allen talks goals for 2017 season. Writer / Matt Roberts Photos from Indiana University Athletics Indiana University Head Football Coach Tom Allen didn’t come to his job in the usual way. He joined the IU staff in 2016 as defensive coordinator after serving in the same role at South Florida. Within days of the end of the 2016 season – and only weeks before IU was to appear in the Foster Farms Bowl –  he was selected to replace Kevin Wilson. “When you take a job you’re not usually trying to get ready for ...

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Welcome to El Beso

Former Las Chalupas Undergoes Renovations, Name Change Writer & Photographer / Andi Robinson If you live in the Center Grove area and love Mexican food, then you have probably heard of Las Chalupas. If you are one of the many people who frequently visit this location you probably also know co-owner Joanna Santillan. Many people who enjoy the food at Las Chalupas also know the employees and other wait staff by name, and the staff know many people’s order by heart. It is this sense of family and community that drives Santillan, who recently took 100 percent ownership of the ...

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Dancing For Dennis

Daughter’s Fundraiser in Memory of Her Father has Raised More than $25,000 for Cancer Research Writer  /  Matt Roberts Dennis Trackwell passed away on August 1, 2013 of complications from Multiple Myeloma, a cancer that forms in plasma cells. His family first suspected something was wrong in 2006. His youngest daughter, Center Grove resident Devon Scott, remembers that he was in familiar surroundings — sharing jokes and stories with friends and family around a pool. “He was laughing and said, ‘don’t make me laugh, my side is hurting’,” Scott says. “And we found out he had a broken rib. Broken ...

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Chocolate to Bragg About

Chocolate Gallery is Center Grove’s Newest Candy Store Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Brian Brosmer A bought-out candy store, an empty space in a strip mall and encouragement from their son was all it took for John and Tracey Bragg to open Chocolate Gallery in Center Grove. The Braggs were in the process of buying out Chocolate Gallery in Speedway when their son came to their house and talked about opening the store in Center Grove. The building had no paint on the walls and nothing on the floor, but they decided to open there instead of in Nashville, ...

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Drop the Mic

Center Grove Teen Competes on ABC Boy Band Show Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Brian Brosmer A 17-year-old Center Grove resident, Andrew Butcher, hasn’t even graduated high school yet, but he is already making a name and career for himself on the local and national level. Butcher is currently a contestant on ABC’s show Boy Band, where singers compete to become part of a new five-member boy band and get a recording contract with Hollywood Records. Butcher has been singing since he was 9, after his dad dared him to sing in an elementary school talent show. “I wasn’t ...

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Hop Aboard the Trolley

Take a trolley ride with Center Grove’s Tim Batzloff Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Brian Brosmer Tim Batzloff’s newest weekly job has him meeting people from all over the world and showing them the city of Indianapolis from a trolley. Three seasons ago, Batzloff started driving the Indy Fun Tours trolley after seeing an ad for the job on Craigslist. “I really didn’t know much about downtown Indy, I live in Greenwood,” Batzloff says. “I’d come down for Indians games and go to the Children’s Museum, didn’t really wander around the city too much until I started this trolley ...

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The Mare Who Got Them There

Greenwood racehorse owner shares what made his steed so special Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer / Mark Davis It was 1983, and Jeff Apel was a high schooler living in Lincoln, Nebraska, when a buddy invited him to tag along to the racetrack. The activity sparked an interest in thoroughbred racing that has only grown with time. Apel went on to major in journalism, then spent 15 years writing for an independent Nebraska newspaper where he covered Fonner Park, a racetrack in Grand Isle, before becoming the assistant daily news editor at Thoroughbred Times, a magazine in Lexington, Kentucky. In ...

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Sweet Success: CGHS Alum Owns Dairy Queen He First Worked At

Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer When most teenagers begin working their very first job, they probably don’t anticipate eventually owning the establishment at which they are employed and forging a long, successful career at that very establishment. Matt Kraus is no exception, but that’s exactly what happened for the 46-year-old Center Grove native. Kraus currently owns the Dairy Queen restaurant on State Road 135, where he began working part-time at age 15 as a kitchen food prep assistant. The year was 1985 and Kraus’s next-door neighbor, a fellow Center Grove High School attendee and Dairy Queen employee ...

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Center Grove High School Announces New Principal

Jeffry Henderson takes over as CGHS Principal beginning July 1. GREENWOOD, IN (June 15, 2017) – Jeffry Henderson will become the new principal of Center Grove High School beginning July 1, 2017. Henderson is an experienced educator and instructional leader with nearly 30 years in education, including 15 years as a high school principal. Henderson’s hiring is pending approval by the Center Grove Board of School Trustees at its June 15, 2017 meeting. “We are excited to bring Jeff Henderson to Center Grove,” says Dr. Rich Arkanoff, superintendent. “He has a wealth of experience collaboratively leading a high achieving high ...

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