Hearts & Darts – June 22


Hearts to Butch Zike — local boy does great things and enriches his community. I am so proud of all Butch has accomplished, am proud of his character and integrity, his continual promotion of good sportsmanship and his never ending desire to give back. I am so grateful to his years of dedicated service in Johnson County and for all of the lives he has touched and influenced along the way.

Maribeth Alspach

New Whiteland

Bushels of Hearts to Steve and Anne West. Both have given so much to their country as well as their community. Thank you Steve for your extraordinary service to our country. Anne, thank you for your years of service to the students at Clark-Pleasant Schools. You were our “pioneer” with the Clark Pleasant Academy, and now you have really taken pioneer roots with your sustainable farm adventure. You are an inspiration to us all.

Maribeth Alspach

New Whiteland

Huge thanks to Linda Norton for all of her hard work organizing another successful year of Strawberries on the Square. Thank you for all you do to support your community! Thank you to Century Link, Generations Collision Services, KW Hometown, KORN Country and Franklin Dairy Queen for sponsoring Discover Downtown Franklin’s Strawberries on the Square this year. We couldn’t do it without you.

Tara Payne


Discover Downtown Franklin

Habitat for Humanity of Johnson County would like to send Jackie Scott and Joe’s Junction in Trafalgar Hearts for their donation of ice and their support during our current Woman Build. Your donations were greatly appreciated on these unseasonably warm days.

Lee Ann Wilbur

executive director,

Habitat for Humanity of Johnson County

On behalf of Discover Downtown Franklin, I would like to thank the Daily Journal of all of the wonderful coverage of our Strawberries on the Square this year. We had a perfect day. We had wonderful volunteers who cleaned 450 pounds of berries and served more than 2,000 shortcakes. The fabulous community involvement is what makes all of our downtown events successful and we look forward to seeing everyone at the Franklin Farmers’ Market, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, and Smoke on the Square at the end of June.

Linda Norton,


Strawberries on the Square


The newspaper has the word new in it. Since I’m forced to get it with my late afternoon mail now, it’s no longer new. You’ll probably be referring to me as an old customer soon, as in used to be.

Robert Castle