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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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Casual-dining chain to test new concepts in Fishers, Noblesville

March 7, 2014
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Texas Roadhouse is planning to build a prototype fast-food joint in Noblesville and is working to replace a long-vacant Fishers restaurant with Bubba's 33, a pizza-burger-beer concept it quietly introduced in North Carolina last summer.
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Roundup: Restaurant revival, women's resale, Combine Cafe and more

March 6, 2014
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Classically trained Chef Keith Brooks is cooking up plans for the former Eddie’s Corner Café space in downtown Noblesville. Plus: a new resale shop in Fishers, tying on the feed bag at Reynolds, Brazilian at HTC and the latest on Chuy's.
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Fishers council defers action on Kroger Marketplace

March 4, 2014
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No decision has been rendered on The Kroger Cos.’ grand plans to build a 123,000-square-foot replacement for its grocery store at 116th Street and Olio Road, but the Fishers Town Council didn’t exactly embrace the proposal Monday night.
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Bus-ad amendment aims to help schools boost revenue

March 3, 2014
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The Indiana Senate unanimously OK'd a bill last week that could help school districts keep their buses on the road, adding an amendment that would let Zionsville Community Schools and others test the idea of selling ads on buses.
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Kroger to replace Fishers grocery with massive Marketplace

February 28, 2014
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Kroger Co. plans to bring its sprawling Kroger Marketplace concept to Fishers—a $20 million investment expected to create almost 200 jobs.
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  1. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

  2. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

  3. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  4. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

  5. I live downtown Indy and had to be in downtown Chicago for a meeting. In other words, I am the target demographic for this train. It leaves at 6:00-- early but doable. Then I saw it takes 5+ hours. No way. I drove. I'm sure I paid 3 to 5 times as much once you factor in gas, parking, and tolls, but it was reimbursed so not a factor for me. Any business traveler is going to take the option that gets there quickly and reliably... and leisure travelers are going to take the option that has a good schedule and promotional prices (i.e., Megabus). Indy to Chicago is the right distance (too short to fly but takes several hours to drive) that this train could be extremely successful even without subsidies, if they could figure out how to have several frequencies (at least 3x/day) and make the trip in a reasonable amount of time. For those who have never lived on the east coast-- Amtrak is the #1 choice for NY-DC and NY-Boston. They have the Acela service, it runs almost every hour, and it takes you from downtown to downtown. It beats driving and flying hands down. It is too bad that we cannot build something like this in the midwest, at least to connect the bigger cities.

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