Category: Cover Stories

Amanda Smith, superintendent of natural resources at Hamilton County Parks and Recreation, uses animals to connect and educate at-risk kids at the Hamilton County Juvenile Services Center. (Photos by Michelle Williams) 0

Animal therapy

Encouraging and inspiring at-risk youth with animals By Michelle Williams A parks department in a community is often something that people use to entertain and educate young children or to take a stroll through...

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Fast track

Rail Epicurean Market exceeds owners’ expectations, will expand seating By Mark Ambrogi Co-owners Melanie and Toby Miles were realistic when they opened Rail Epicurean Market. Restaurant veterans, the couple know how difficult the business...

The planned development will occur on the southwest corner of Ind. 32 and U.S. 31. (Source: City of Westfield) 0

Gateway Southwest

Gateway district looks to include large hotel, possible office building By Navar Watson Decades ago, Indiana residents would visit the self-proclaimed “world’s largest” Dairy Queen off U.S. 31 and Ind. 32 in Westfield. Though...

Owner Sue Stultz says she doesn’t use deep fryers for anything on her menu, something she learned from her mother. (Photo by Theresa Skutt) 0

Cooking up dreams

Sue Stultz follows lifelong dream by turning 1900s house into a restaurant By Anna Skinner Following a 40-plus year old passion and a 20-year hiatus from school, Sue Stultz opened the restaurant of her...

Mike Alley, the RACES officer in Hamilton County, took part in this year’s 24-hour ham radio event at Quaker Park in Westfield. (Photo by Sam Robinson) 0

Testing, testing

Radio club teaches public about communications By Anna Skinner Since age 13, amateur radio, or “ham” radio, has been a part of Joe March’s life. Endearingly referring to himself and other amateurs as a...

Haylee Holbrook waits for a monarch to take off during the butterfly release at the Flutterby Butterfly Garden. (Photo by Sadie Hunter) 0

Save the butterflies

Westfield family develops a monarch waystation to help promote monarch butterflies By Anna Skinner   Summer is a time for lots of fun activities, like catching butterflies. Yet most citizens don’t realize the lack...

Marcus Downs, a recent Park Tudor High School graduate, will be heading to Yale in the fall to throw discus and study. (Photo by Theresa Skutt) 0

Throwing Ivy League

Westfield resident to attend Yale for discus By Anna Skinner An interest that came from his sister eventually led to Westfield resident Marcus Downs signing a letter of intent to become Yale’s only discus...

Chalmer Springer talks a lifetime of sports and throwing the first pitch at an Indianapolis Indians game. (Photo by Theresa Skutt) 0

First pitch

94-year-old’s love of sports lasts a lifetime By Navar Watson Almost everyone at Wellbrooke of Westfield, an assisted living facility, knows Chalmer Springer. The 94-year-old was the second resident at Wellbrooke when it opened...

Mayor Andy Cook welcomes guests at the 2014 Westfield Rocks the 4th celebration at Asa Bales Park. (File Photo) 0

Westfield rocks Fourth of July

Westfield Rocks the 4th brings fun and celebration to Asa Bales Park By Anna Skinner Westfield’s annual fireworks show and Fourth of July celebration started from a combination of July 4th spirit and a...