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Hanging out at HamCo election central

May 6, 2014
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Hamilton County's Government & Judicial Center is open to folks who can't wait to see election results. I'm here for now: Anything you want to know?
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Carmel could tap emergency fund for road repairs

May 6, 2014
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Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard wants to take $1.5 million from the city’s Rainy Day Fund to fix streets damaged by the unusually harsh winter. Plus: Council OKs revised arts grants.
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Primaries matter despite one-sided races

May 5, 2014
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Tuesday’s primary election is more than a practice run for November—especially in Republican-dominated Hamilton County, where partisan voters essentially are choosing the eventual winner.
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Carmel's Main Street getting more upscale apartments

May 2, 2014
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Carmel officials have signed off on Keystone Realty Group’s plans to build a five-story mixed-use building southwest of Old Meridian and Main streets.
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Westfield schools ask city for $2.5M to speed development

April 29, 2014
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Westfield-Washington Schools is asking the city to help pay for a new football stadium to accelerate construction and make way for what’s being described as a $40 million-plus commercial development at U.S. 31 and State Road 32.
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Noblesville Schools, National Guard agree to land swap

April 25, 2014
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The Indiana National Guard is bugging out of its Noblesville armory, part of a years-in-the-making plan to turn the property over to a growing neighbor: Noblesville Schools.
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Noblesville's Grace Church extending its reach to Fishers

April 24, 2014
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After two false starts, Noblesville-based Grace Church is working on a deal to buy land for a satellite campus in Fishers.
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Carmel council delays annual arts funding

April 22, 2014
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Carmel City Council postponed approval of the city’s annual arts grant program Monday amid questions about “perceived gaps” in the municipal budget.
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Beck's, partner developing multi-hybrid planter

April 21, 2014
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Farming can be a tough row to hoe, but Hamilton County-based Beck’s Hybrids is reaping the benefits of improved technology. The company also is working on two projects to help its customers succeed.
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Carmel neighbors up in arms over plans for Monon Lake

April 18, 2014
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M/I Homes of Indiana's plans to develop a 43-home community on heavily wooded property along the Monon Greenway is facing opposition from neighbors and members of the Carmel Plan Commission.
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Construction season finally looms for high-end Carmel apartments

April 11, 2014
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Local developer Pittman Partners and multifamily specialist Barrett & Stokely Inc. are moving forward with plans for a $35 million apartment community near the Monon Greenway in Carmel.
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Roundup: Tasty plans for Carmel's Main Street, plus doughnuts and more

April 9, 2014
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A vacant Main Street storefront in Carmel’s Arts & Design District is set to be transformed into the tasting room for Napa Valley winery with local ties. Plus: local Thai and doughnuts, and chains galore.
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Lessons learned in the northern 'burbs

April 7, 2014
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IBJ’s experiment with place-based business news couldn’t have come at a better time—just as the fast-growing communities north of 96th Street began to emerge from the depths of the recession and look to the future.
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Noblesville bakery-cafe setting up shop in Zionsville

April 4, 2014
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Rosie’s Place, a popular downtown Noblesville café and bakery, plans to open a second location this year in Zionsville’s Village business district. Its expanded kitchen will serve as a production hub for Rosie's wholesale goodies.
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Study: Downtown Zionsville needs more restaurants

April 1, 2014
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Downtown Zionsville merchants produce an estimated $21.9 million in annual sales, or about 9 percent of the town’s total spending power, according to a market-share analysis. The suggested goal: 13 percent.
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Defunct Zionsville bakery files for bankruptcy protection

March 28, 2014
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The owner of a now-shuttered Zionsville bakery filed for bankruptcy protection last month and asked the court to stop a previous tenant from selling off property left behind when its storefront closed in January.
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Entrepreneur's events aim to appeal to new, growing families

March 27, 2014
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After launching (and selling) four businesses in eight years, serial entrepreneur Jenn Kampmeier is at it again. She's debuting a mini trade show for new and expectant parents in Carmel next month.
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Clock is ticking on Wigwam's future

March 26, 2014
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Organizers of an effort to save Anderson's iconic Wigwam gymnasium are lining up accredited investors and appealing for community support through a campaign on crowdfunding site GoFundMe.com.
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Mountain-bike course in the works for Fishers

March 21, 2014
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Fishers is moving ahead with plans for a mountain-bike course at its work-in-progress park at 101st Street and Cyntheanne Road, hiring an expert trail builder to design and install the 1.5-mile amenity.
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Lawmakers OK bill keeping school buses on the road

March 18, 2014
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Legislators delivered a temporary reprieve to Westfield Washington Schools and other districts facing steep losses in their transportation budgets, but the final version of House Bill 1062 did not allow some to test the market for school-bus advertising.
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Circumstances stifle Tex-Mex chain's hiring plans

March 17, 2014
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Restaurant vet Russell Burns wanted to interview three candidates for every job he’s filling at the new Chuy’s in Hamilton Town Center. But less than three weeks before training begins, he’s had just 100 applicants for 140-150 positions. About half made the cut.
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Diving academy moving to Noblesville; 'dryland' center proposed

March 14, 2014
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Olympic diving coach John Wingfield is moving the Indiana Diving Academy’s operations from Bloomington to Noblesville, where he’s also looking to build an indoor training center and temporary housing for athletes.
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Sneak a peek at plans for downtown Noblesville park

March 13, 2014
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Planners unveiled conceptual designs for a riverfront park in downtown Noblesville on Wednesday, offering the public a glimpse of what’s on the drawing board.
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Games kicking off at Westfield's Grand Park

March 11, 2014
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Westfield Youth Soccer Association is hosting a college soccer showcase this weekend at Grand Park Sports Complex, which has been in the works for years.
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Hamilton County planning to test CNG-fueled vehicles

March 10, 2014
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Hamilton County commissioners aren't just working on a plan to install rooftop solar panels on some public buildings. They’re also looking to take their energy-savings efforts on the road, with vehicles that run on compressed natural gas.
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