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  • 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

  • Hendricks Regional Health Breaks Ground on New Brownsburg Medical Center

    April 12, 2016 No comments

    20160411_103932_resizedRainy weather didn’t stop the ground breaking ceremony for the new Hendricks Regional Health Medical Center in Brownsburg on Monday. The presenters at the ceremony included among others, Hendricks Regional Health CEO Kevin Speers, Brownsburg Town Council member Brian Jessen, and County Commissioner member Bob Gentry.

    20160411_102805_resized“It’s an exciting time. This will the first piece of the economic explosion that I see happening along the Ronald Reagan. Hendricks Regional Health is one of those companies that will be here for a long time.” said Jessen. When asked if he thinks this will be the first of many ground-breaking ceremonies along the Ronald Reagan, Jessen replied “I think with Hendricks Regional Health’s stability other companies will see that and want to be part of it.”

    20160411_100233_resizedHendricks Regional Health CEO Kevin Speers was asked what he feels the new medical center means for Brownsburg and Hendricks County. “This is a 19 year relationship that Brownsburg has with Hendricks Regional. It allows Brownsburg and Hendricks to start delivering more Healthcare Services to a rapidly growing Community. I think it allows us to move into the retail Health Care delivery World, which is where we feel healthcare is headed.”

    20160411_095716_resizedSpeers went on to say he was glad the wet weather didn’t hamper the ceremony and expected close to 150 people to attend.

  • Mayberry in the Midwest Unveils Schedule for May 20-22 Event

    April 11, 2016 No comments


    DANVILLE, IN (April 11, 2016) – Drawing thousands of visitors from all over the country the last two years, the Mayberry in the Midwest festival returns for a third year next month with its usual brand of whacky fun, a few surprises and plenty to see and do during this must-see spring experience.

    The quiet Hendricks County seat of Danville transforms into the iconic 1960s fictional community that was home to Andy, Opie, Aunt Bee and Barney for the Mayberry in the Midwest, May 20-22. A former cast member, amazing tribute artists and other entertainment, will take visitors on a journey to experience life in Mayberry. Read more

  • Governor Pence Announces State Receives Full Reimbursement of Incentives Issued to Carrier,

    April 10, 2016 No comments


    Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence announced Thursday that UTC Climate, Controls & Security has repaid state training grants issued by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) to Carrier Corporation and United Technologies Electronic Controls (UTEC), which total more than $380,000. These funds will be redeposited into the IEDC’s Skills Enhancement Fund, which provides assistance to businesses to support training and upgrading skills of employees. Read more

  • Indiana State Police Accepting Applications for Summer Employment in Indianapolis

    April 08, 2016 No comments


    The Indiana State Police in Indianapolis currently accepting applications, through a temporary employment service, for the position of Maintenance Repair Assistant. This summer employment has a salary of $9.60 per hour, Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. 

    There are three positions available and each position includes general grounds keeping, various maintenance, and assisting maintenance repair staff. The tasks will change daily and most work will be conducted outdoors. In order to be considered for this position applicants must have reliable transportation to and from 8620 E. 21st. Street in Indianapolis.

    Applications can be filled out and submitted at www.knowldegeservices.com (Job ID# 391190)

    Must be 18 years old to apply

    Posted by in Local News

  • Avon High School Student Killed in Single Vehicle Crash Wednesday Night

    April 08, 2016 No comments


    Police say 17 year old Jon Legg, an Avon High School student, died in a single-vehicle crash in Avon Wednesday night.

    At approximately 6 p.m., emergency crews were called to South County Road 525 East and East County Road 200 South. Police say the Ford Fusion had hit a tree just south of Prestwick Country Club and that Legg was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Avon High School released a statement about his death:

    Avon Community School Corporation is devastated by the tragic death of Avon High School Student Jonathan Legg. Jonathan, a junior, was an exceptional school citizen who was highly thought of by his peers. His teachers said that he was hard-working, wonderful and witty. Jonathan was a member of the Avon Marching Black and Gold Band and was a member of FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes).

    Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Counselors will be available beginning Thursday morning for students and staff.

    The crash remains under investigation.

    Posted by in Avon, Local News

  • Governor Pence Ceremonially Signs ‘Kirk’s Law’

    April 07, 2016 No comments

    Gov. Pence Ceremonially Signs SEA 357Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence today ceremonially signed Senate Enrolled Act 357, or “Kirk’s Law” in Goshen, Ind. “Kirk’s Law” requires the Division of State Court Administration to create a registry of individuals convicted of a crime of child abuse. The registry will be searchable and available to the public. “Kirk’s Law” is named after 19-month-old Kirk Coleman, who prosecutors say died in the care of a provider who had a previous record of child abuse. The Governor signed SEA 357, which goes into effect July 1, 2016, into law on March 21, 2016. The legislation requires that the registry be up and running no later than July 1, 2017.


    “Senate Enrolled Act 357 is about protecting our most vulnerable Hoosiers – our children,” said Governor Pence. “This bill provides parents a way to make sure the person they have chosen to take care of their child has not been convicted of child abuse. It is my hope that this child abuse registry will become a resource to help ensure that no child is left with someone who may harm them.”


    Governor Pence was joined by bill sponsor Representative Dave Ober (R – Albion) and Representatives Curt Nisly (R – Goshen) and Doug Miller (R – Elkhart).


    A photo from today’s signing ceremony can be found attached. For a full list of bills Governor Pence has signed, visit Bill Watch: http://www.in.gov/gov/2016billwatch.htm.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Visit Hendricks County Awards $10,000 in Grants to Local Tourism Efforts

    April 07, 2016 No comments

    HCCVB_LogoRGBDANVILLE, IN (April 6, 2016) –Ten Hendricks County organizations, including five first-time recipients, were awarded $10,000 in grant money this spring through the Visit Hendricks County’s Tourism Enhancement and Development Fund.

    In its eighth year, the fund is used to promote events, enhance marketing efforts and cover other costs that improve visitor attractions and encourage tourism within Hendricks County.

    Visit Hendricks County allotted $20,000 of its 2016 budget for the program’s two cycles in the spring and fall. Fifteen applications were received during the spring cycle requesting more than $24,000. All proposals were reviewed by an independent grant selection committee consisting of Hendricks County Tourism Commission members, representatives from the Hendricks County lodging community, Visit Hendricks County staff members, local tourism experts and representatives from local businesses.

    That committee recommended funding ten projects totaling $10,000, which was approved by the Hendricks County Tourism Commission on March 17.

    Agencies that received money during the 2016 spring cycle included:

    • Avon Chamber of Commerce – To promote its annual Hendricks County Rib-Fest, $1,339.50.
    • Family Promise of Hendricks County –To assist in the promotion and expansion of its Duathlon and Family Fun event, $500.
    • Fleece Performance Engineering – To advertise its Diesel Performance event, $500.
    • Friends of the Historical Museum – To create promotional brochures for the museum to reach locals as well as visitors outside the county, $250.
    • Hoosier Athletic Center – To promote the facility for adult and youth sporting events, $1,585.
    • Indy ‘G’ Walkers – To promote its upcoming conference to a wider audience, $900.
    • Lucas Oil Raceway – To produce rack cards, a poster and direct mail postcard for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals and other 2016 events, $1,339.50.
    • Oasis Diner – To create a brochure that correlates with the diner’s new website that includes history, location, coupons and contact information, $336.
    • Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library – To advertise the Frank Warren Mental Health talk, book signing and PostSecret Art Gallery reception, $1,250.
    • Truckshow.org DBA Slamology – To help with marketing, social media and appearance fees for “Mad Mike” Mike Martin, $2,000.

    The TED Fund program offers 1:1 matching funds for successful application requests between $501 and $2,500 per project as well as a non-matching grant for requests of $500 or less. Tourism-related businesses including not-for-profits, civic organizations, retail development groups and collaborations are encouraged to apply for funding through this program. Only businesses, entities, and events located in Hendricks County are eligible.

    Visit Hendricks County will again award grant funds during the 2016 fall cycle, which opens July 1. The deadline for applications for the fall cycle will be Aug. 26.

    For more information about the fund or to find out if a potential project is eligible, contact Ferguson by e-mail at Sarah@VisitHendricksCounty.com or by calling (317) 718-8750.

    The Hendricks County Tourism Commission d/b/a Visit Hendricks County attracts visitors to the county by promoting and developing tourism, which stimulates economic growth and enhances quality of life. Find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/VisitHendricksCounty and become a fan for updates and reminders, contest info and much more. You can also follow us on Twitter @HendricksCounty or get updates by following or subscribing to our tourism blog at VisitHendricksCounty.com/blog. For more information, visit our website at VisitHendricksCounty.com or call (317) 718-8750.

  • Teens Arrested in Connection with Bank Robberies in Hendricks County

    April 07, 2016 No comments

    Plainfield 2Three teens were arrested in connection with a series of bank robberies in Hendricks County. Plainfield Police held a press conference Wednesday morning regarding the four recent bank robberies.

    Police said the suspects were arrested Tuesday. The arrests included 18-year-old Kyle Rhoades, a 17-year-old male juvenile and a 16-year-old female juvenile. According to reports, the suspects used the money to buy clothes, shoes and marijuana. Some of the cash was used to pay for a trip to Florida.

    Plainfield police and other agencies investigated the thefts, which included two robberies in Plainfield, one in Clayton and another in Danville during the month of March and first week of April.

    Police say, the female juvenile was supposed to be babysitting her young siblings. However, they sat in the car the entire time the robbery was taking place.

    Chief Darel Krieger and Det. Lt. Jeff Stephens spoke in regards to arrests being made in the robberies which involved two juveniles, 16 and 17 years old and 18 year old adult Kyle Rhoades. The investigation is still ongoing while awaiting DNA results.

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