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Not-for-profit weighs hiring Carmel redevelopment chief

September 10, 2013
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A month after a split Carmel City Council decided not to extend a $100-per-hour consulting deal for longtime Carmel Redevelopment Commission boss Les Olds, another organization is considering hiring him to keep city redevelopment projects on track.
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Mexican chain Chuy's planning Noblesville location

September 10, 2013
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Growing Texas-based restaurant chain Chuy’s plans to open its second Indiana location next summer in a new building at Hamilton Town Center.
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Carmel council seeking 'autonomous' arts grants process

September 6, 2013
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Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard does not support a City Council effort to shift control of the city’s annual arts grants from his office to the Center for the Performing Arts.
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Zionsville microloans open financing avenue for town's businesses

September 4, 2013
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A $23,000 loan allowed Patrick's Kitchen in downtown Zionsville to reopen on solid financial footing after a fire last year. Now organizers of the town's fledgling microloan program are looking for other businesses to help.
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Friday fun: Celebrating pork

August 30, 2013
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There’s still time to hit the gym in preparation for the Tipton County Pork Festival, an annual excuse to indulge in all things porcine.
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Fishers' town manager exploring mayoral run

August 26, 2013
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Fishers Town Manager Scott Fadness’ job is going away at the end of next year, but he’s hoping voters keep him on in a different role: mayor.
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Friday fun: Dog Day Afternoon

August 23, 2013
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Humane Society for Hamilton County's summer fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater in Fishers. The “Parade of Paws” dog walk starts at 1:30 p.m., and the “Woofstock” entertainment stage opens at 2.
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Pepsi signs on as Grand Park's official thirst quencher

August 23, 2013
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PepsiCo will pay $2 million for a decade of exclusive “pouring rights” at Westfield’s sprawling Grand Park Sports Campus. The drink maker’s iconic brands—including on-field staple Gatorade—will be available at the park’s eight concession stands.
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Ex-Greenfield mayor to run for Fishers council

August 22, 2013
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Former Greenfield Mayor Brad DeReamer is giving up on retirement, announcing his candidacy for Fishers City Council.
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Flix Brewhouse signs on for Carmel theater-microbrewery

August 22, 2013
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Texas-based Flix Brewhouse plans to open a combination movie theater-microbrewery next year in Carmel’s beleaguered Merchants’ Square shopping center.
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Fishers launches public art plan with downtown mural

August 21, 2013
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The town of Fishers is seeking proposals from Hoosier artists interested in an $8,000 gig creating a mural that will kick off a public art initiative in the suburban community.
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Noblesville hits brakes on kart racing, OKs auto dealership

August 20, 2013
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The Noblesville Plan Commission raised a yellow flag Monday on California-based K1 Speed Inc.’s plans for an electric go-kart racing center in the Saxony Corporate Campus. Plus: Terry Lee Crossing project advances and Civic Theatre gets Carmel arts grant.
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Fishers couple steers mobile juicery into central Indiana

August 19, 2013
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Budding Fishers entrepreneurs (and relative newlyweds) Ross and Leslie Hanna are hitting the road this week with the newest addition to their family: Pearl, a 1964 Shasta camper that’s been transformed into a mobile juicery and smoothie bar.
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Carmel council to reconsider Civic Theatre arts grant

August 16, 2013
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Two weeks after it held back $200,000 in grant funding earmarked for the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, the Carmel City Council is poised to swap checks with the not-for-profit organization.
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Noblesville passes $1K food-truck fee

August 14, 2013
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A divided Noblesville Common Council approved zoning changes Tuesday that allow food trucks to roll into the city—with several restrictions and a fee that all but guarantees few will bother to make the trip.
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Design for new Fishers park on hold

August 13, 2013
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Fishers’ grand plan for an 80-acre park at 101st Street and Cyntheanne Road hit a snag this month when the Town Council refused to increase the design consultant’s fees by about $100,000.
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Friday fun: Pop-up piano art on display in Carmel

August 9, 2013
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The 20 artist-decorated pianos on display in Indianapolis and Carmel through Aug. 18 aren’t just eye candy. They’re public art pieces designed to appeal to all the senses, including the sense of community.
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For sale: Former Shapiro's building in Carmel

August 8, 2013
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The Carmel City Center building that housed Shapiro’s Delicatessen for more than a decade is for sale following the restaurant’s June closure.
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Electric kart racing operator speeding into Noblesville

August 7, 2013
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California-based K1 Speed Inc. hopes to open a high-tech electric kart-racing center in Noblesville in late September. But first, it needs the city's permission to locate an indoor recreation business in the Saxony Corporate Campus near I-69.
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Carmel council releases (most) arts grants

August 6, 2013
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Finally satisfied that Carmel will end the year in the black, its City Council on Monday released more than $500,000 in arts funding that’s been on hold since April. But an increasingly hawkish majority held back another $200,000 earmarked for the Civic Theatre.
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Indy Eleven coach: Team, game 'bigger than one community'

August 1, 2013
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Carmel resident Juergen Sommer traveled the globe as a professional soccer player before hanging up his cleats more than a decade ago. Now he's at the helm of Indiana's newest pro sports team.
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Noblesville council weighing 10-year tax phase-in for SMC

July 25, 2013
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Fast-growing SMC Corp. of America plans to spend $6.1 million on equipment to expand production and distribution capacities at its North American headquarters in Noblesville.
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Roundup: Zaxby's heads north, sushi in Carmel, pizza in Fishers

July 24, 2013
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Chicken chain Zaxby's spring sponsorship deals with the sports programs at IU and Purdue now make more sense: Central Indiana is slated to get its first location later this year. Plus more retail news.
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Will retail follow rooftops in Village of WestClay?

July 22, 2013
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If the “retail follows rooftops” real estate mantra is true, The Village of WestClay may soon see the commercial development its founders envisioned more than a decade ago.
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Friday fun: County 4-H fairs

July 19, 2013
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An ice cream churn-off, model tractor pull, rabbit costume contest and the Llama Limbo. This weekend's schedule of events can mean only one thing: It's 4-H fair season in Hamilton and Boone counties.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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