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  • No Holiday Break from Scams; Beware the IRS Scam & the Bank Credit Card Scam

    December 07, 2015 No comments

    201511564b50db52b92Indianapolis – A reminder about two scams that are becoming prevalent again during the holiday season; the IRS scam alleging back taxes are owed and threatening immediate arrest if funds are not wired as directed, and the bank credit card scam alleging your credit card has been suspended and asking for the credit card number to be key stroked over the phone to reactivate the card.

    About the IRS Scam:

    As with past warnings, Hoosiers should be suspect of any person calling that purports to be with the IRS and is trying to coerce payment of delinquent taxes over the phone.  The caller usually threatens immediate jailing of the citizen for not cooperating with the demand for immediate payment.

    NEVER give any of personal information to the scam caller, such as:

    • Bank Account Numbers
    • Social Security Number
    • Birth Date
    • Credit Card Numbers

    For more details on IRS scams, visit this website: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Warns-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam

    About the Credit Card Scam:

    The typical credit card scam starts with a phone call to your home or cell phone number with a computerized voice stating your credit card has been suspended.  The computer voice will reference a major issuer of credit cards and instruct you to keystroke your credit card number to have the card reactivated.  If you follow this instruction you end up giving the scammer YOUR credit card number and are now susceptible to future fraudulent charges.

    NEVER key in your credit card number based on a computerized and unsolicited phone call.  And if the call is from a live person making similar claims of fraudulent activity on your credit card, simply tell them you will call back using the 800 customer service phone number that is listed on the backside of your credit card.  That is the most secure way to determine if the call was legitimate.

    To learn more about other credit card scams click this link: http://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/8-hot-scams-1282.php

    Things to Remember:

    Whenever you receive a call, be it computerized or from a live person, claiming legal action is pending, or asking for your credit card number, or any of the hundreds of various scams that have the common thread of trying to get people to part with large sums of money; the call is most likely fraudulent.

    A quick check citizens can make to confirm if a phone number is associated with a scam it to type the phone number into your favorite search engine.  You’ll typically see the number has been reported as being associated to scam activity.

    Regrettably, these scams nearly always trace back to a foreign country and it is virtually impossible to successfully prosecute the persons responsible for these criminal acts.  Unfortunately these scams will continue as long as a percentage of the population responds by sending money to the scammers.

    When an unsolicited call comes to your home, business or cell phone, and has the common factors of being threatening and demanding money, be assured that 99.9% of the time it is a scam.  Just hang-up.  They won’t call back.  They will just move on to the next number looking for someone to victimize.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • The Hendricks County Community Foundation Scholarships Close December 16th

    December 04, 2015 No comments

    hccf_logo_topHendricks County- More than 50 scholarships are offered by the Hendricks County Community Foundation to local high school seniors, and the application to apply for these will be open through December 16.

     

    The awards range from $500 to $10,000, with each scholarship having specific criteria. Students must apply for the scholarships online, at http://www.hendrickscountycf.org/scholarships/, where more information is also available.

     

    Since 1996, the Community Foundation has awarded nearly 550 scholarships worth over $3.7 million. These scholarships are funded by donors who believe in the youth of Hendricks County and want to support their pursuit of higher education.

     

    Applications for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will also be open until December 16th. An application becomes valid only when completed in its entirety by December 16, 2015.

    This application is available by visiting the HCCF website at: http://www.hendrickscountycf.org/scholarships/lilly_scholars/.

  • Hoosiers honored for their role in 21st Century Scholar program success

    December 04, 2015 No comments

    untitled1Twenty-five 21st Century Scholar program alumni, 10 partnering organizations and two state leaders who created Indiana’s scholarship program for low-income students were recognized last evening at a celebration of the 21st Century Scholars program’s 25th anniversary.

     

    “The 21st Century Scholars program is a national model for providing students financial assistance to access higher education in combination with the support they need to be academically prepared and successful once they get there,” Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said. “The legacy of this program truly is written in the lives of the students who worked hard to qualify for this scholarship and complete their degrees.” 

     

    Founded in 1990, the program has provided full tuition scholarships for more than 70,000 Hoosier students—many of whom were the first in their families to attend college. Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars are more likely to go to college than all Indiana students. Compared to their low-income peers, Scholars are more likely to be academically prepared and complete a college degree.

     

    Read the Commission’s report, 21st Century Scholars: 25 Years of Supporting Student Success to learn more about key program accomplishments and the lives it has transformed.

     

    Among those recognized at the event were former Indiana Governor and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh as well as former state legislator and Commissioner for Higher Education Stan Jones. Then-Governor Bayh made the scholarship a top legislative priority in 1990 and then-State Representative Jones authored the bill that established the 21st Century Scholars program. Both Bayh and Jones were honored for their founding roles in the program.

     

    View a complete list of the 25 Distinguished Scholar Alumni and the 10 Champion Partners recognized at the 25th Anniversary awards ceremony.

     

    Students apply for the 21st Century Scholars program in Grade 7 or 8 and take a pledge to avoid drugs, alcohol, and criminal activity and to maintain a GPA of at least 2.5. Most recently, the Commission introduced the Scholar Success Program—a list of required activities Scholars must complete in each year of high school to prepare for college and maintain their scholarship eligibility.

     

    To learn more about Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program visit www.in.gov/21stCenturyScholars.

     

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Ben Gavelek named new director

    December 04, 2015 No comments

    untitledINDIANAPOLIS – Today, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) named Ben Gavelek as the new director of communications.

     

    Prior to joining ISDA, Gavelek began his career in public relations working as a press secretary for the Indiana House of Representatives, Republican Caucus. In that role, he served as the media liaison for eight state lawmakers and was later promoted to the position of deputy communications director.

     

    “We are excited to welcome Ben to our staff,” said ISDA Director Ted McKinney. “As we work to promote Indiana’s robust agriculture industry, his experience in communications and state government will be a valuable addition to our team.”

     

    In his new position, Gavelek will be responsible for the overall management of the ISDA’s Office of Communications and will serve as the principal media contact. He will also help promote and increase public awareness about the agency’s mission which is to support growth in Indiana agriculture by serving as an advocate at the local, state and federal level.

     

    Originally, Gavelek is from Porter County and graduated from Indiana University Northwest with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He currently lives with his wife, Allison, in Avon, Ind. 

     

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Governor, First Lady Celebrate Annual Tree Lighting with Hoosier Students

    December 04, 2015 No comments

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    Governor Pence reads “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” to students gathered at the Indiana Statehouse for the annual tree lighting event.

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    Choir students from Kingsway Christian School in Avon, IN joined Governor Pence at the Indiana Statehouse to perform at the annual tree lighting event.

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    Governor Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence help students craft ornaments at the annual tree lighting event at the Indiana Statehouse.

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    Governor Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence join Mr. and Mrs. Claus to light Christmas trees in the Statehouse rotunda during the annual tree lighting event.

    Indianapolis – Today, Governor Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence welcomed more than 300 K-5 students to the Statehouse for their annual tree lighting event.

     

    “The Governor and I enjoyed welcoming Hoosier children to the Statehouse today,” First Lady Karen Pence said. “The experiences and memories we create year after year during this annual holiday tradition are ones which the Governor and I have come to cherish.  We were thrilled to once again this year spend  time with the students in attendance by helping them decorate an ornament to take home with them – a memento the children and their families will be able to enjoy for years to come.”

     

    Each grade level was designated a different ornament—specially designed by the First Lady—to make during the program. After the decorating was complete, a student representative from each school in attendance helped light the trees in the Statehouse Rotunda.

     

    Trees were donated by the Indiana Christmas Tree Growers Association and the wreath hanging above them was hand-crafted and donated by the Friends of the Indiana State Archives.

     

    Students included in today’s program were from Maplewood Elementary School, Burge-Terrace Home Educators,  Zion Lutheran School,  Saint Philip Neri Catholic School, Greenwood Christian Academy, Stinesville Elementary and Rural Community Academy.

     

    Also during today’s festivities, Governor Pence read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to students and the Kingsway Christian School sang holiday favorites.

     

    Photos from today’s event can be found below.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Auction Items Needed!

    December 04, 2015 No comments

    logo_no_background_600x387As you know, our Community Awards Dinner is on Wednesday evening and will be holding a silent auction to support the Larry Reynolds Scholarship Fund. We are still in need of auction items for this important cause.  If you or your business would be able to donate an item of any value to the auction it would be greatly appreciated!

    If you are able, please contact the chamber office or email jana@danvillechamber.org

    THANK YOU for your help!

     

    Greater Danville Chamber of Commerce

    317-745-0670

  • Brownsburg to host Local Small Business Fair featuring more than 20 small businesses

    December 04, 2015 No comments

    11214142_10208329190131218_1371174345113866958_nDate: Saturday, January 16, 2016 Hours: 1:00PM – 5:00PM

    Location: HIP Fitness, 1650 N Northfield Drive, Suite 100, Brownsburg

    Admission: FREE to public

    Brownsburg, IN. In this time of giant retailers claiming so much of our time, it’s good to know that

    there are still entrepreneurs in our small towns who want to provide you with specialty products and

    services. Sometimes customers think they might be forced to sacrifice the conveniences of a “one stop”

    shop if they decide to seek out and support local small businesses, but this isn’t the case. These local

    business operators are looking to connect with you and are having a business fair in January to prove it.

    Patty Fields, coordinator of the event had this to say about supporting local entrepreneurs.

    “It is often said that by choosing to buy from a small business instead of large chain stores, you are

    doing more than buying a “product”, in fact you could be helping a little girl receive dance lessons, a

    little boy play sports, and a stay-at-home mom put food on the table!”

    For many small businesses and home-based businesses, one of the hardest things to do is to initiate a

    relationship with those you would otherwise have no contact with. The goal of this Small Business Fair is

    to help entrepreneurs initiate contact for their home-based businesses, while also helping encourage other

    small business owners and home-business operators in the community.

    When asked about creating the event, Patty spoke to the need in the community for something like this.

    “At first when I presented the idea, I didn’t think anyone would respond – but now we have over 20

    local businesses that will be represented at the fair! This will allow people to come in and check out

    local businesses and what they have to offer without feeling put on the spot.”

    Patty Field’s desire to connect Brownsburg residents to the many local small businesses in the town

    comes through when you speak with her.

    “One of the things that people love about Brownsburg, Indiana is the small-town feel. Without all the

    local-owned businesses and “Mom and Pop Shops” available to us, then that small-town feel would not

    exist!”

    Posted by in Local Events

  • Bleed Colts Blue at Lucas Oil Stadium on Dec. 12th and also Drop off Unwanted or Expired Perscription Drugs

    December 04, 2015 No comments

    20091120_bbbd_web_09561The Indiana State Police, in partnership with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, will aid in the collection of unwanted or expired prescription drugs at the Indianapolis Colts Bleed Blue Blood Drive taking place at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, December 12th from 8 to 4 p.m.

    For additional information visit this website: http://www.in.gov/bitterpill/colts-partnership.html

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Fans, friends to join NHRA pro racers on Dec. 9

    December 04, 2015 No comments

    aa5e087e2c3b9023e93518814733c697_400x400BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Dec. 3, 2015) – Top professional drag racers including 2015 NHRA Top Fuel world champion Antron Brown will join drag racing fans and friends on Wednesday, Dec. 9, to help outstanding programs at Riley Hospital for Children and Riley Children’s Foundation during D on Schumacher Racing’s sixth annual “Bowling for Riley” event.

    Fans and Riley families will bowl with NHRA drag racers Brown, Tommy Johnson Jr., Shawn Langdon, J.R. Todd and others for a fun evening at the spacious 80-lane Western Bowl bowling center at 6441 W. Washington Street. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with registration and food service followed by three games of “strike-or-nine/no-tap” bowling that starts at 7:40.

    The Riley Children’s Foundation receives all proceeds from the tournament that will feature the fun No-Tap scoring format where nine pins down on the first ball also scores as a strike.

    All entries for 4-person teams and individuals include VIP access to the Hall of Fame private room for food and soft drinks along with a special event t-shirt and shoe rental. The entry fee is $60 per bowler with non-bowling spectators admitted for $10; children 12 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult. A cash bar will be available.

    There’s plenty of time to mingle with the NHRA stars for autographs and photo opportunities.

    Door prizes:

    • NAPA AUTO PARTS limited edition Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund three-drawer, rolling tool cart.
    • Two event tickets with DSR hospitality access for one day of the Sept. 2-5, 2016, NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg.
    • Storm bowling ball used by Professional Bowlers Association member Wes Malott to win his 10th PBA title this year when he combined with Norm Duke to win the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman doubles title during the prestigious PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.For information and interest in sponsorships:

    Blake Elliott at 317.286.4396 or elliottb@shoeracing.com

  • Governor Mike Pence Directs Flags Be Flown at Half-staff Statewide

    December 04, 2015 No comments

    cfiles22345Indianapolis – In accordance with a presidential proclamation issued today, Governor Mike Pence is directing flags at state facilities statewide be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims of the tragedy in San Bernardino, California on December 2, 2015. Flags should be flown at half-staff effective immediately through Monday, December 7, 2015. Flags should return to full-staff at 12:00 a.m. between December 7 and December 8.

     

    Governor Pence also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff to honor of the victims of the tragedy in San Bernardino, California.

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