Category: Cover Stories

Robert Shwe, who came to the United States as a refugee, is working to become a machinist at Standard Locknut. (Photo by Robert Herrington) 0

American Dream

Burma refugee Robert Shwe is proud of his new citizenship Indiana’s climate is just one of the few things different than Robert Shwe’s home place of Burma. “Every day for me is cold,” Shwe...

Belle (Katie Sinicki) checks on the Beast (Ryan O’Hara) after he was wounded defending his castle. (Photo by Robert Herrington) 0

Disney royalty 

Westfield senior gets to preview her goal of being a Disney World princess By Mark Ambrogi For Westfield High School senior Katie Sinicki, it seems a role she was destined to play. “Ever since...

Westfield High School junior Michael Wisely has been working as a DJ for four years and producing the music, originals or remixes of original songs, for two years. (Submitted photo) 0

Turn the beat around

Westfield High School junior Michael Wiseley’s passion for music leads to DJ career By Mark Ambrogi The first time Michael Wiseley listened to a remix by Skrillex in 2010, he was hooked on the...

Elliott Ogle has the support of his family (Jay, from left, Owen and Rebecca) and the Westfield community as he battles leukemia. (Photo by Robert Herrington) 0

Supporting soldiers

Community, family embrace role in Elliott’s Army to help Westfield boy battle leukemia By Mark Ambrogi At 8 years old, Elliott Ogle is in the midst of a battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Fortunately,...

Westfield resident Judy Shuck holds a historic photo of her great-great grandparents house which was built in 1861. (Photo by Robert Herrington) 0

New home?

Historic Estes House faces relocating or being demolished The Estes House remains in Westfield 153 years after being built, but plans call for one of the city’s oldest buildings to be moved or it...

Westfield resident Mike McBride is studying abroad in Shanghai, China this semester and will return home for three weeks before beginning a bicycle ride across the nation. (Submitted photo) 0

Traveling man

Westfield High School graduate Mark McBride is studying abroad in China this semester and will bike across the United States this summer By Mark Robinson Mike McBride is on quite a journey already. The...

Allie Staub, left, talks with Westfield Middle School student Alicia Silhavy about her design in yearbook class. (Photo by Robert Herrington) 0

Rising star

Since taking over Westfield Middle School’s yearbook, Allie Staub and her staffs have been raking in the awards As seventh- and eighth-grade students collaborate around computer screens and cameras, Westfield Middle School teacher Allie...

Washington Township Trustee Danielle Carey Tolan talks with her parents, Jim and Lynn Carey, on their family-farm, which has Belgium draft horses. (Photo by Robert Herrington) 0

Family tradition

Danielle Carey Tolan carries on legacy as a fifth generation farmer in Westfield and in public service as Washington Township Trustee Public service, farming and a love of Westfield are qualities passed down generation...

Scott Willis watches as his father, William Willis, a fellow Marine and Vietnam War veteran, pins his new colonel rank emblems on his shoulder on Jan. 17. (Submitted photo) 0

Always faithful

Westfield’s Scott Willis earns Marines colonel commission, highest ranking officer in state By Mark Ambrogi Scott Willis was working on his civil engineering degree from Purdue when he sensed a calling. “About halfway through...

Despite never being elected by the public, Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt is making history and having fun serving his constituents. (Photo by Robert Herrington) 0

Bang the gavel

Mark Heirbrandt becomes Westfield’s first resident to lead county commissioners For the past two years, Westfield’s Mark Heirbrandt has served as Hamilton County Commissioner in District 3. This year he takes on the added...