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  • Pennzoil support promises best-ever Open House on Sept. 2 for Riley Kids

    August 23, 2016 No comments


    BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Aug. 23, 2016) – Pennzoil joins with Don Schumacher Racing to make this year’s 11th annual DSR Open House to benefit Riley Hospital for Children the best ever with a goal of raising enough to push DSR’s contribution total to Riley Kids to nearly $500,000 over the past 11 years.

    One of Indiana’s biggest indoor car shows organized by the Indy Hi-Winders Car Club will be held Sept. 2 (Friday) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DSR headquarters (1681 E. Northfield Drive, Brownsburg) to help kick off the 62th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway Park and only 2 miles from DSR.

    Pennzoil, the “The Official Oil Technology of DSR,” will provide special Open House t-shirts to the first 500 guests attending the free event.

    Returning to the event that draws about 5,000 NHRA fans annually will be popular features including autograph sessions with the best current and former drag racers of all time, a big nitro Cacklefest, silent auction with live and on-line participation, various displays and some of the area’s most popular food trucks.

    Also available will be tours of the DSR racecar shop that has been expanded by 25,000 square feet that provides even more room for custom cars and motorcycles, muscle cars and hot rods.

    Race fans can tour the DSR fabrication shop and see the expanded machine shop.

    All eight DSR drivers will be joined by owner Don Schumacher for an hour-long autograph session beginning at 1 p.m.

    As an added feature, DSR will honor NHRA’s salute to “50 Years of Funny Cars” with drag racing legends Tom “Mongoose” McEwen, Ed “Ace” McCulloch, Don Schumacher and DSR crew chief and hall-of-famer Mark Oswald participating in an entertaining panel discussion about the early days of “floppers” that will be hosted by legendary drag racing announcer Bob Frey.

    DSR’s support for Riley, Indiana’s only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, will be extended for a third year by running the #RileyDreamRacer Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car with driver Tommy Johnson Jr. that is funded by Terry Chandler.

    About Riley Children’s Foundation

    Riley Children’s Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. As Indiana’s only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 230,000 times. Riley Hospital’s partnership with Indiana University Health and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine make Riley Hospital the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region. RileyKids.org


    Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered near Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Ind., fields eight professional NHRA teams in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the 2012 and 2015 NHRA Top Fuel world champion Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster driven by Antron Brown, the Sandvik Coromant/Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher dragster driven by 2013 world champion Shawn Langdon Leah Pritchett in the Papa John’s Pizza dragster.

    In Funny Car, the Riley Kids Dodge Charger R/T driven by Tommy Johnson Jr., two-time world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots 2016 Dodge, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge of Ron Capps.

    DSR has won 283 NHRA national event titles and 14 world championships.

    Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing

  • Indiana’s 317 Area Code Mandatory 10-Digit Dialing Starts in September

    June 17, 2016 No comments

    INDIANAPOLIS (June 15, 2016) – All consumers in central Indiana’s 317 telephone area code are strongly encouraged to use 10 digits to make local phone calls if they are not already doing so. (For example, callers should start dialing “317-555-5555” instead of “555-5555.”) This will help consumers ease into the transition to mandatory 10-digit dialing for local calls within the 317 area code.

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    Local calls made with either 7 or 10 digits will continue to work from now through Sept. 16, 2016, to give consumers in the 317 area ample time to adjust to the new dialing pattern and to make any required system changes before 10-digit dialing becomes mandatory for local calls. The 6-month grace period giving consumers time to adjust started in March and will reach its midpoint this week.

    The change to 10-digit dialing is necessary so the new 463 area code can be added to the region this fall. The new area code will “overlay” the entire 317 region. The “overlay” method has been used for all new area code additions in the United States since 2008, including the 812/930 overlay implemented in Southern Indiana last year. With the overlay, consumers are not required to change their existing phone numbers.

    The 317/463 overlay is being implemented in response to projections that all numbering supplies for 317 will be exhausted by the end of this year. To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the new 463 area code will be superimposed over the entire 317 region, which includes Indianapolis and most of its suburbs. Read more

  • Hendricks County’s Jenni L. McNaughton and Hon. Rhett Stuard appointed to State Boards & Commissions

    June 17, 2016 No comments

    Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence today announced his appointments to the Funding Indiana’s Roads for a Stronger, Safer Tomorrow (FIRSST) task force created by House Enrolled Act 1001 during the 2016 legislative session. The bill, signed into law by Governor Pence early this year, provided more than $1.2 billion in new funding for road and bridge preservation and established a task force to develop a long-term funding plan for state highways and bridges. Read more

  • American Legion Post 145 has Grand Opening in Avon

    May 09, 2016 No comments

    20160507_135810Avon – The American Legion Post 145 in Avon had their grand opening last Saturday. The post has been raising money for years to move from their former location on Avon Avenue, just south of the CSX railroad tracks. The new location is 4812 E. Main, just west of Hendricks Power Cooperative.

    20160507_140125At noon, the doors opened to the public, followed by the flag dedication ceremony and singing of the national anthem. Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson participated in the ribbon cutting.

    Posted by in Avon, Local News

  • Summer travel season begins with Visit Indiana Week May 1-7

    April 27, 2016 No comments

    bicentennialINDIANAPOLIS (April 27, 2016) – Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb and Visit Indiana are kicking off the summer travel season with Visit Indiana Week May 1-7. In celebration of Visit Indiana Week, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is once again teaming up with Visit Indiana to offer a day of free gate admission to all Indiana state parks, reservoirs and state forest recreation areas on Sunday, May 1.

    “Visit Indiana Week has an added significance this year as we celebrate the state’s bicentennial and our state park system’s centennial,” said Lt. Governor Holcomb. “With so much to experience in our great state, Visit Indiana Week is the perfect time for Hoosier families to hit the road and explore the amazing destinations and attractions Indiana has to offer.” Read more

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  • Corporate Sponsor Named, Route Unveiled for Hendricks County Torch Relay

    April 26, 2016 No comments


    DANVILLE, IN (April 26, 2016) – The Hendricks County Torch Relay Committee is proud to partner with Duke Energy as the presenting sponsor of the Hendricks County portion of this fall’s Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay.

    Torch_Relay_LogoHendricks-017The partnership with Duke Energy was reached just days before the state unveiled the final Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay route.

    “We’ve been part of Indiana’s history for more than 100 years, and we’re proud to help bring the state’s bicentennial torch to Hendricks County,” said Steve Bahr, Duke Energy community relations manager for the county. “The torch relay is a wonderful way to connect Hoosiers during our bicentennial year.”

    As part of the agreement, Duke Energy officials will speak during Torch Relay ceremonies in Brownsburg and Danville, and a Duke Energy truck will transport the torch and a torchbearer during a portion of the county’s relay.

    “We couldn’t be more pleased to have Duke Energy partnering with us during this one-time event that is 200 years in the making,” said Josh Duke, Hendricks County Bicentennial Coordinator. “Their monetary support will allow us to make the Torch Relay’s trip through Hendricks County a truly memorable experience.”

    The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay will meander through every Hoosier county this fall and include 2,000 torchbearers starting in Corydon Sept. 9 and passing through Hendricks County on Friday, Sept. 23. A map of the statewide torch relay route can be found here.

    The Hendricks County Bicentennial Torch Relay presented by Duke Energy will begin at 9 a.m., Sept. 23 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg with a 30-minute celebration that will include the torch’s fastest trip during its 3,200-mile journey – a 300-mph adrenal rush down the iconic drag strip aboard a Morgan Lucas Racing top fuel dragster.

    The torch will then pass through Avon stopping briefly at Avon Town Hall before heading to the historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square in Danville for an hour-long celebration. The torch relay motorcade will then pass through Clayton and Belleville on its way to Plainfield where torchbearers will take it on foot down the Plainfield trail system from Friendship Gardens Park to Hummel Park.

    The Torch Relay’s Hendricks County journey will conclude with a ceremonial passing of the torch to Morgan County. All of the events will be free and open to the public.

    “The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is not only the premier event of our state’s Bicentennial Celebration, but it is also an opportunity for Hoosiers from counties large and small to showcase all that makes Indiana unique,” said Indiana Lt. Gov. Eric J. Holcomb. “The torch route was designed to highlight the state’s cultural fabric, our history and values, and the spirit of Hoosier ingenuity, igniting generations to come.”

    Accompanying the torch will be a high-tech mobile experience — an interactive museum that highlights important milestones during Indiana’s first 200 years and looks ahead to the state’s future. That mobile visitor center will be located on the Courthouse Square in Danville the entire time the torch is in Hendricks County and will be open to the public.

    The torch relay is patterned after the Olympic Torch Relay and is designed to connect Hoosiers across the state and nation during the bicentennial year. The torch itself was designed by engineering faculty and students at Purdue University. The torch will be primarily transported by people, passing the flame from torchbearer to torchbearer.

    Hendricks County received more than 130 torchbearer nominations. A local torchbearer selection committee chose 25 torchbearers and three alternates to represent Hendricks County. The state is vetting those choices and should announce the official list by June 1.

    The relay will also employ other modes of conveyance that symbolize Indiana, including watercraft, farm equipment, racecars, horse and wagon, antique automobiles and others.

    For more information about the Torch Relay or how you can be a part of the year-long bicentennial celebration, go online to www.VisitHendricksCounty.com/Bicentennial or like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/IndianaBicentennialHendricksCounty/.

  • Indiana State Recount Commission to Meet in Preparation for May Primary

    April 25, 2016 No comments

    The State of Indiana could be expecting a voter turnout that’s well…unexpected on May 3rd. The Indiana Secretary of State’s office issued a notice that the Indiana State Recount Commission will convene a public meeting at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, April 29, 2016 in State House Room. It went on to say “The meeting will be available online at https://indiana.adobeconnect.com/state/.”

    Here in Hendricks County, Brian Scott, Rob Kendall and Shane Ray will broadcasting from the Government Center in Danville to read the returns as they are released. Broadcast time is expected to start between 6:45pm and 7:15pm on 98.9FM and wyrz.org on May 3rd.

  • Brownsburg Relay plans to raise $120k in this year’s event

    April 22, 2016 No comments


    The Brownsburg Relay For Life is the largest fundraising event in Hendricks County. The Brownsburg Relayers fundraise, walk and celebrate to find cure for all cancers. The 2016 Relay for Life is taking place this year on Sat. May 21 from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 a.m. at the Brownsburg Town Hall Green.  

    As of today, 4/12/16, 27 teams and 371 participants have raised $47,705.70 toward their team totals.  The Brownsburg Relay for Life hopes to raise more than $120,000 for its 2016 event and fundraising season. Read more

  • Indiana Bicentennial Commission Endorses Three Hendricks County Projects

    April 18, 2016 No comments


    DANVILLE, Ind., April 18, 2016 — The Indiana Bicentennial Commission on April 8 approved 138 Legacy Projects in its latest round of bicentennial endorsements, including three projects in Hendricks County.

    Hendricks County projects approved this round include:

    • Students from Cascade Middle School will create a digital archive for a collection of Civil War letters. Students will scan the original documents, transcribe the letters and research the people and locations found within the letters. The transcribed Civil War letters will be displayed in a digital archive to further promote and celebrate Indiana’s lasting legacy. This project allows students to do the work of a historian and “create history.”
    • “The Porch Celebrates Early Education in Indiana” project is an educational display. The Porch is a tearoom located in Danville in a refurbished one-room schoolhouse formerly known as District #5 Jordan School. The school was open from 1856 through 1929. By providing stories, pictures and artifacts about the history of this schoolhouse, youth and adults alike will get a relevant and engaging picture of the legacy of education in Indiana as they learn about one of the oldest schools in Hendricks County.
    • The Hendricks County Historical Museum, the 1866 former home of the County Sheriff and Jail, will be open for the holidays. Decorated with trees, ornaments and toys that families enjoyed over the years, the displays give a chance to explore the changes in decorating styles and in the toys that children played with and give adults an opportunity to remember and share their fond memories of Christmas celebrations. The Museum will be open from 5–7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25 and Sunday afternoons from Nov. 27–Dec. 18.

    If your organization would like to create a Legacy Project for the Bicentennial, please contact your local county coordinator, Josh Duke, at josh@visithendrickscounty.com. Legacy Project applications are considered for approval at every meeting of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. Read more

  • Hendricks County Community Foundation Grants to Tri-West Middle School

    April 18, 2016 No comments


    Hendricks County- It is estimated, according to the CDC, that 1 in 68 children today have some form of Autism. Students with autism have unique needs that once met can allow them to be successful in their school programs and adult life. There is a conscientious effort through schools and agencies to strive to provide materials and support to allow them to find their own individual successes.

    Through the North West Hendricks Education Foundation, a fund of the Hendricks County Community Foundation, Tri-West Middle School applied for and received a grant totaling $1,521.18 in order to purchase sensory items. These sensory items are both able to travel with the student to the classrooms or can be used in a sensory integration room and are intended to reduce frustrations and overwhelming feelings that students with autism might encounter in their daily activities. Through the use to these sensory items, class attendance increased and challenging behaviors decreased significantly after their introduction into the students’ program. Students with autism are better able to participate in the classroom with their peers and remain in the classroom focused on an academic lesson for a longer period of time. Read more

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