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The Long Ranger – Fox 59 Chief Meteorologist Brian Wilkes

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Writer  /  Suzanne Huntzinger Photographer  /  Brenda Walter Staples Anyone who watches Fox59 Chief Meteorologist Brian Wilkes knows his forecasts have just as much energy as the polar vortex he describes. As Fox59’s and Indy’s first weatherman to introduce the “Long Ranger” forecast (complete with the Lone Ranger theme song added as sound effects), Wilkes is an enigma as unpredictable as his weather patterns. But spend an afternoon with the king of jet streams, and you’ll see his Long Ranger forecast isn’t the only thing unique and special about him. Entering his Geist home, Brian and his wife of seven ...

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From Lawrence to Indianapolis: Jeff Coats Wins Seat on Indianapolis City Council

Jeff Coats is the Indianapolis City Council elect for the Geist area.

After serving for six years on Lawrence’s City Council, Jeff Coats is preparing to take his seat on the Indianapolis City Council. “Many of the issues that we deal with on the local level, we do not have as much input as an excluded city in Lawrence,” said Coats. “That is one reason I looked at running for the Indianapolis City Council, just the opportunity to have a greater impact on the community on the upper northeast side.” From his experience on the Lawrence council, Coats was able to learn and develop skills to prove himself as a knowledgeable and ...

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Geist Greek’s Pizzeria Owner Says Don’t Mess with Success


Chris Collins, owner of the new Greek’s Pizzeria at 11725 Fox Rd., strictly adheres to an old business philosophy: Don’t mess with success. “I have found that when a business model has worked for a long period of time, why mess with it?” Collins asked during a lively discussion in the kitchen of his new restaurant which opened Nov. 7. “There’s an old business code that has stood the test of time in both the business world and in show business: You simply don’t tamper with an effective formula.” The business world and the entertainment worlds are both littered with ...

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Ed Martin Automotive Buys Naming Rights at McKenzie


The Ed Martin Automotive Group has been involved in the automotive careers program at the McKenzie Center for Innovation & Technology for many years. Upon the passing of Ed Martin ten years ago , the company moved to the hands of his daughters, Kathy Martin-Harrison and Nancy Martin-Pressley. To honor both their father and the district, they started a scholarship program for a graduating senior who is moving on to post secondary education to pursue an automotive career in technology or business. The scholarship is through the Lawrence Township School Foundation, of which Kathy Harrison is a former board member, ...

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War in Focus: Bob Albright, Indiana’s First & Only WWII Photographer


Writer  /  Kara Reibel  .  Photographer  /  Brenda Staples According to the Indiana Historical Society, Army Sergeant Robert “Bob” Albright is Indiana’s first and only combat photographer from WWII. He’s the recipient of two Bronze Stars, a Bronze Star Medal and a Victory Medal. “All I wanted was to fly,” says Bob, who will celebrate his 92nd birthday on July 9. Due to an over-abundance of pilots, Bob joined the Army. Immediately after basic training, his entire unit was shipped into infantry – except him. The military was prepping for the D-Day invasion on Normandy. “Someone was looking out for me,” ...

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Wondrous Winter Wishes: Assistance League® of Indianapolis 2015 Holiday Luncheon and Style Show

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Writer / Julie Yates On Thursday, December 3, Assistance League® of Indianapolis will host “Wondrous Winter Wishes,” their annual Holiday Luncheon and Style Show. This fundraising event has become a holiday tradition for many ladies in the greater Indianapolis area. Members, friends, mothers and daughters look forward to this festive celebration that starts the holiday season. As in past years, the Holiday Luncheon and Style Show will be held at the Ritz Charles in Carmel. The room, which is usually filled to its 500 person capacity, will be decorated with dazzling, sparkling shades of winter white. Jo Craig, Carmel, and ...

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Salvation Army Angel Tree


Writer  /  Samantha Hyde This Christmas, shoppers will find more than just bargains and festive lights as they wind their way through Castleton Square and Greenwood Park malls. A very special Christmas tree will also appear at each location, one that eschews shiny ornaments and tinsel for hundreds of simple paper angels with names like “Maddy,” “Anthony” and “Kayla.” The Salvation Army is partnering with CBS4 to launch a new program in Central Indiana called Angel Tree. It’s their hope that shoppers will “adopt” over 3,000 children, or “Angels,” this Christmas. Each paper angel represents one real child, a boy ...

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The Dolphin Tank


Indiana Conference for Women Turns the Tide for Women-Owned Businesses Writer  /  Kara Reibel Photos Provided The Dolphin Tank event held at the Indiana Conference for Women addresses the disparity of funding that women-owned businesses receive compared to male-owned. But thanks to events such as the Dolphin Tank, the tide is turning. Organizers Polina Feldman, a SpinUp Associate at IU Research and Technology Corporation, and Kristen Cooper, VP of Corp. Development and Operations for Sticksnleaves, have coordinated this year’s panel of judges and vetted the applicants. “The group of applicants was strong, making the selection process challenging,” says Cooper. “There ...

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Khamis Fine Jewelers Celebrates 20th Anniversary


On November 12, 1995, Mary Khamis-Rowe opened the doors to her own jewelry store after years of working for someone else. Twenty years later, Khamis Fine Jewelers is now a key business in the Geist district earning state and national awards and the loyalty of many customers. “I have been involved in the jewelry business since 1978,” said Khamis-Rowe. “My neighbors managed the Zales store, and they needed part-time help, so I began working there during high school, and I am still in the jewelry industry 37 years later. Upon finishing college, I decided if I was going to stick ...

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Girls About Town: Pepperoni Crawl


It seems like every day in social media, you hear it’s one national day or another…National Doughnut Day, National Cheeseburger Day, National Margarita Day. When we heard National Pepperoni Pizza Day was coming up, we decided we could not let this one go by without celebration! We’ve gone on pub crawls before, but we decided to create our own crawl…a pepperoni pizza crawl around Indy, aka #peppcrawl2015!! When it comes to pizza, I think we would all agree that it is one of our favorite foods. It contains all the food groups, so in itself, it is a complete meal, ...

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