In the newsroom today: Drugs, fake money found in sweep of house; Franklin’s new city council member; No extra alcohol permits for Johnson County


Greenwood and Bargersville had wanted state legislators to give the communities more alcohol permits. Each community gets a set number of permits, based on population, to issue to restaurants or bars that want to serve beer, wine or liquor.

Both communities say they need more because restaurants want to locate here, but are hesitating because they can’t get the alcohol permits that are crucial to their businesses.

A bill before state legislators in the session that just ended would have provided more permits. Greenwood was hoping for 20 more.

Mark Myers
Mark Myers

The proposal died without a committee vote, and Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers is disappointed.

“It’s a year longer that we are not getting to promote businesses in our communities,” Myers said.

“It’s a hurt for all of our communities. It doesn’t help any of the local communities by holding it up.”


A police investigation turned up enough evidence to search a home in the Heritage subdivision in Franklin, and four people were arrested on drug and counterfeit money charges.

Helping soldiers.

JeremyHartmentDuring the day, Jeremy Hartman teaches physical education to elementary students. But away from school, he trains soldiers on how to get stronger, avoid injuries and recover from injuries.

“I’m looking at it like I am helping them become better soldiers,” he said.


New council member.

Republican leaders in Franklin have picked a new member of the city council.

Sports paradise.

Hoosiers are crazy about their sports, and officials at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis have created a gametime paradise on its campus to cater to every and all types of fans. The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience devotes more than 7 acres entirely to fitness, exercise and activity. We take you inside.

On tap: the U.S. Open.Center Grove junior Erica Shepherd has been playing a busy national tournament schedule this summer. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

Center Grove golfer Erica Shepherd tees off in the first event of her 2018 competitive slate this weekend at the ANA Junior Inspiration in California. Her schedule for the season will also include her second appearance in the U.S. Women’s Open.

Hall’s many hats.

Longtime Franklin track coach Mike Hall spends his winters doing high school basketball radio broadcasts and keeps the scorebook at Franklin College games. Despite a hip replacement over the winter, the 70-year-old isn’t slowing down.

Then and now.

In today’s paper, we told about the relationship between a Greenwood senior baseball player and his dad, who is also his coach. Hear from T.J. Bass about his decision to play college ball at Taylor University —

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Michele Holtkamp is editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2774.