Category: Cover Stories

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...

Westfield High School junior Jensen Bailey was one of 255 All-American cheerleaders that participated in the New Year’s Day parade in London. (Submitted photo) 0

London calling

WHS junior Jensen Bailey represents city, country in New Year’s Day parade in England As most of her classmates watched the ball drop in Times Square, Westfield High School senior Jensen Bailey was thousands...

John Sampson has served as Main Street Productions Board President since 2008 and has been involved with Westfield Playhouse for decades. (Photos by Robert Herrington) 0

Behind the curtain

For almost a decade John Sampson has been growing Westfield’s performing arts and now cultural arts John Sampson made his theatrical debut in 1983. At the time he was working for McMahon Food Service...

U.S. 31 is just one construction proj-
ect Mayor Andy Cook and Westfield residents will face in 2015 as the city prepares for continued growth and prosperity. (Photo by Robert Herrington) 0

Driving forward

Westfield in 2015: A year preview “Building community, connecting families” is the theme the City of Westfield is using in 2015. The coming year also serves as a crossroads for Westfield as major construction...

Joe Dewing works on a wine rack made of palette boards in his garage. The project was selected as one of seven Black & Decker’s “Your Big Finish” contest weekly winners. (Photo by Robert Herrington) 0

Westfield woodworker

Joe Dewing’s hobby has led him to Times Square as a contest winner He’s not a fashion model or starring in a blockbuster movie or Broadway play, but after entering a national Black &...

Supt. Dr. Mark Keen works with fifth grader Johnathan Kendall at Westfield Intermediate School. Keen recently was named the 2015 Superintendant of the Year for District 5 by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents. (Photo by Robert Herrington) 0

Superb superintendent

Westfield Washington Schools leader Dr. Mark Keen honored for cutting losses, preserving jobs and programs Westfield Washington Schools Supt. Dr. Mark F. Keen has been named 2015 Superintendant of the Year for District 5...

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Heart of downtown

Grand Junction project takes shape with new design plans The Grand Junction open-space project for downtown Westfield started in 2007 and the city began its financial investment in buying properties in 2011 on a...

The annual Westfield in Lights has a vari- ety of activities from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 including carriage rides, pictures with Santa and his elves, live reindeer and live entertainment. (File photo) 0

Shining bright

City planning to make Westfield in Lights bigger and better Candice Hughes, special events coordinator for the City of Westfield, has a daunting task. She was hired three months ago and, while she has...

Beth Bradley (Leah Kerkhoff), left, and Alice Wendlekin (Audrey Duprey) get in a heated argument about the Herdmans’ behavior in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” (Photo by Robert Herrington) 0

Naughty and nice

Delinquent children learn meaning of the holidays in Westfield Playhouse’s ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ Westfield Playhouse’s upcoming holiday-themed performance, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” has eight families sharing the local theater’s stage. “The show...