Church gives out school supplies

A Whiteland church wants to give out school supplies to families in need this weekend.

The first 100 kids who come to the Backpack Attack event at Whiteland Church of Christ between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday can get a backpack full of school supplies — pencils, pens, paper, erasers, calculators and more. Children can also get a free haircut to start the school year and cookout lunch courtesy of the church, located at 625 W. County Road 600N.

“We know within our community that families struggle to get school supplies and how expensive they can get, and we want to help out,” Whiteland Church of Christ pastor Ronnie Hewitt said.

In addition to the school supplies, haircuts and food, families can interact with representatives from the police and fire departments and learn safety tips. A representative from Kroger’s clinic will be on hand to give out information about required school immunizations, as well as sports physicals and other services that are offered.

The event is one way of reaching out to the community and a great way to explore how to serve the needs of local residents, Hewitt said.

“We’re trying to figure out different ways we can reach out to families that will help them spiritually and physically. We looked at different avenues, reaching out and letting people know we’re here,” Hewitt said.

Parents can also learn about the church’s free tutoring program and enjoy a hotdog lunch with their kids.

“We’ll feed them lunch and allow the community to come in and let us meet them and see what we can do for them,” he added.

The first 100 or so Johnson County children who go to the event will get a backpack and anyone who stops by can get a haircut. The event is open to the public.

Burger King coming to State Road 135

A new fast food restaurant is planned at a growing Center Grove area intersection.

Burger King has filed plans with the city to build a 3,840-square-foot restaurant at the southeast corner of State Road 135 and Smokey Row Road, near where a Kroger and shopping center opened last year.

The restaurant wants to open by the end of the year and is on track to receive a building permit in August, Greenwood Planning Director Bill Peeples said. The company still will need to get approval from the Greenwood Board of Works and Public Safety, he said.

Burger King didn’t specify an opening date, but similar projects usually take about three months to complete, which means the restaurant will likely open before the end of the year, he said.

Paint murals during farmers market

Johnson County Community Foundation’s Color the County Mural Program design winner has been announced, and organizers are recruiting volunteers to help paint the mural at the Jefferson Street building in August.

Danny Causey’s mural design was chosen for the mural location at 351 E. Jefferson St., Franklin. Causey is the director of architectural salvage for Madison Street Salvage with Franklin Heritage Inc.

JCCF invites residents of all ages to help paint at the Franklin Community Painting Day from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 19 during the Franklin Farmers Market. Painting supplies and refreshments will be provided.

Learn how spiders, worms help gardens

Two upcoming programs sponsored by Trafalgar Country Gardeners will separate fact from fiction about the creepy crawlies in your garden. Both talks are free and open to the public.

“Worms and the Garden” will be presented at 6 p.m. July 27 in the Trafalgar library, 424 S. Tower St.

Brown County gardening expert Torrie Birkemeier will talk about how worms break down plant materials and create compost that you can use in your garden. She will discuss vermicomposting and how it can benefit home gardeners.

At 6 p.m. Aug. 31, naturalist Leslie Bishop will present a fun talk titled, “Wonderful World of Spiders.” This program also will be at the Trafalgar library. Bishop will talk about the benefits of the oft-maligned creatures.

Information: 317-736-9167

If you go

Backpack Attack 2017

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Whiteland Church of Christ, 625 W. County Road 600N
What’s going on: The first 100 Johnson County students from kindergarten age and up are welcome to receive a backpack and supplies. Each student will choose from a selection of backpacks and get a kit that is filled with all of the supply essentials.
A hot dog lunch will also be provided free of charge.
Families can also get free haircuts and learn about the Kroger clinic, and get safety tips from police and fire departments.
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Anna Herkamp is an editorial assistant at the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2712.