November 2015 end of year


The Center Grove boys soccer team won the Class 2A state championship, cruising to a 4-0 victory against Harrison.

Marching bands from Center Grove High School and Greenwood Community High School were headed to the state finals after placing in the top 10 of bands in their class in the semistate.


A woman found an item pressed inside a piece of chocolate her children got while trick-or-treating in a Bargersville subdivision, and police were investigating. Investigators didn’t know what the item was that was found in the Reese’s chocolate peanut butter cup.


Thousands of voters cast ballots in city and town races, with the majority voting in contested races in Greenwood, but turnout was still low.

Republicans held on to their seats on the Greenwood City Council, but just barely.


Home News Enterprises, based in Columbus and owned by the Brown family, announced it reached an agreement to sell the Daily Journal and its other newspapers, online and commercial printing properties to a company that owns community newspapers in Texas. The new owner is AIM Media Indiana LLC, an affiliate of AIM Media Texas LLC.

Hundreds of homes, businesses and future developments in Franklin were at risk of being included in updated flood plain maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Center Grove had been putting together plans to make improvements academically and was asking parents to weigh in on those plans. Leaders planned to address how classroom methods and curriculum could change, among other factors.


Greenwood police were investigating the death of an infant that was ruled a homicide months ago, but no one had been arrested. Three-month-old Gabriel Neace died Feb. 9, two days after he was rushed from his Greenwood home to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis.

A state audit showed nearly $70,000 in tax dollars paid to the Hensley Township trustee’s office was misspent during a six-year period.


Marching bands in both Greenwood and Center Grove placed in the top 10 in their respective class at the state finals. Center Grove finished eighth, and Greenwood — which was defending a state title — finished second.


Greenwood was planning to build at least two new fire stations in the next 10 years to cover growing areas the city annexed. Residents can expect new fire stations on the southwest and southeast sides of the city, with price tags of about $4 million each.


During a span of about two years, a former township trustee cashed $65,000 in checks from township funds, filed bankruptcy for himself and his business and then dissolved his company, investigators said.


The push to collect signatures for and against a new Center Grove High School activity center was about to begin. If supporters gather the most, Center Grove could move forward with plans to build a $10 million fieldhouse, with a six-lane indoor track and four basketball courts that would be connected to the school.


The number of local residents asking for help due to domestic violence was on the rise. Connect2Help, which residents reach by calling 2-1-1, reported 97 calls in 2014 in Johnson County about domestic violence, the highest number since 2010 and among the counties surrounding Indianapolis.


Parents raised multiple concerns to Center Grove school officials at a forum, including large class sizes after redistricting, lack of uniform curriculum, lack of high-ability programs and not tracking students throughout their time in Center Grove schools.


Nordstrom Rack, Chicago-based food chain Portillo’s and an Apple store were just a few of many shops and restaurants residents wanted to see at the new Greenwood Town Center.


A Greenwood family was eager to get back home after being in Paris during the terrorist attacks. Steve and Sandy Spencer had been visiting family in France and made a stop in Paris when the attacks happened.

Gov. Mike Pence was telling all state agencies to suspend the resettlement of additional Syrian refugees in Indiana following the deadly attacks in Paris.


Franklin College was putting a bigger emphasis on science-based majors, including partnerships with companies and constructing a new state-of-the-art lab and classroom building.


A Greenwood woman died after she was struck by a car on County Line Road. The 62-year-old woman was hit just after 10:30 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident happened just west of Emerson Avenue, near Greenwood Municipal Airport.


County health officials were asking the state to again look for any common links that could be a cause for cancer after concerns were raised by residents. The outcry was a result of an Indianapolis television station report that questioned if a high childhood cancer incidence rate in the county could be linked to unsafe water in the Franklin area.


The design of the new interchange at Worthsville Road and Interstate 65 in Greenwood had many motorists doing a double-take. The diverging diamond interchange is a new concept in central Indiana that sends traffic to the other side of the road, meaning motorists will briefly drive on the left side of the road.

More than 30,000 parents asked for a section of their students ISTEP scores to be checked and rescored, which was more than double the previous year.


Residents living near a new interchange on Worthsville Road in Greenwood were sick of dealing with construction and questioning whether a new Interstate 65 exit was needed at all. But some said the new interchange would make their commutes easier.


The opening of a $22 million Interstate 65 interchange at Worthsville Road was delayed. The exit was set to open earlier in the week, and state and city officials gathered to mark the completion of construction.


After four months of detours, a major Franklin intersection reopened, but some work was still being done. Motorists could again drive on Jefferson Street west of U.S. 31, but they could expect to see construction workers replacing pipeline and finishing electrical work.


Johnson County again made the state’s list of counties with the lowest voter turnout. For the 2015 municipal general election, Johnson County had the fifth-lowest turnout in the state and was one of only five counties with a turnout of less than 10 percent.


Greenwood officials expected State Road 135 between Stones Crossing and Whiteland roads in the Center Grove area to be a key area for future growth. But first, the city was considering spending millions on sewer projects.


Greenwood Park Mall was a popular shopping spot even before the official start of Black Friday. By 9 p.m. Thanksgiving night, the 6,400-spot parking lot was full. And the mall stayed busy until about 4 a.m. — even with about two-thirds of the stores closing between 1 and 6 a.m.


Center Grove High School’s football team won the Class 6A state championship against Penn at Lucas Oil Stadium. With the victory, Center Grove capped an undefeated season and became the first unbeaten state champion in the three-year history of Class 6A.