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IndyGo adds nighttime leg in Greenwood

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IndyGo is adding one more nighttime trip to the Greenwood Park Mall as part of service changes starting Sunday.

The bus service is adding a 9:20 p.m. trip on weekdays from the terminal at Ohio and

Meridian streets downtown to Greenwood Park Mall. Currently the last trip on the Route 31 bus from downtown leaves at 8:10 p.m.

The change was made to give people in Indianapolis more time to get back to Greenwood at night, IndyGo director of marketing Bryan Luellen said.

Rides on the Route 31 line increased about 14 percent in 2012, to 334,340 from 293,654 rides in 2011. IndyGo has seen annual ridership grow about 10 percent systemwide each year for the past three years, Luellen said. The system provided 9.9 million rides in 2012.

The changes to the Route 31 line is part of service improvements starting Sunday, including more frequent trips for the three most-used city routes with stops at the Indianapolis airport, Washington Square Mall, Indianapolis Children’s Museum and Indiana State Fairgrounds,

Luellen said.

KIC-IT youth fundraiser planned for April 27

People can take a walk to help raise money for a youth homeless shelter in the county.

The second “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” event will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 27 at Franklin Community High School, 2600 Cumberland Drive.

The nonprofit KIC-IT (Kids In Crisis – Intervention Team) is sponsoring the event to raise money to purchase and operate a shelter facility for youth in Johnson County.

Organizers of the event are looking for corporate sponsors. The deadline for sponsorship of the event is March 15.

Kids’ activities — including bounce houses, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting and bean-bag toss games — also will be available. Lunch will be served on site for $3.

Registration for the fun run/walk is $15 before April 13 and $20 after. Participants will receive an event T-shirt, and complimentary snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Information: 412-4973 or KIC


Applications for county leadership program out

Leadership Johnson County is accepting applications for the 2013 leadership program.

The nine-month series that provides personal and professional development to businesses and nonprofit groups of all sizes.

Applications received by March 1 will receive a $50 discount on tuition. All applications are due by March 20.

Information sessions about the program will be conducted throughout February. For more information, contact Tandy Shuck at tshuck@franklincollege.edu or by calling 738-8264.

Information session dates will be:

  • 8 a.m. Tuesday, Bargersville Fire Headquarters, 3991 N. State Road 135
  • 6 p.m. Feb. 26, Edinburgh Public Library, 119 W. Main Cross St.
  • 6 p.m. Feb. 27, Trafalgar library, 424 S Tower St.

Donations sought for Pooh Bear fund

People can give money to help comfort children and teens who have to stay in the hospital.

The Johnson Memorial Hospital Foundation is collecting monetary donations throughout February for the Pooh Bears for Molly campaign.

Pooh Bears for Molly provides a Pooh Bear to all children and adolescents who require a hospital stay at Johnson Memorial Hospital and to each newborn in celebration of his or her birth.

Pooh Bears for Molly began 15 years ago as a memorial to Molly Kathleen Gibson, a Franklin Community High School student who was comforted by her Pooh Bear when she stayed at the hospital.

Gibson died from head injuries sustained in a car accident about 15 years ago.

Monetary donations can be made online at www.johnson

memorialfoundation.org or mailed to the Johnson Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1125 W. Jefferson St., Suite V, Franklin, IN 46131.

Local judges sought for speech competition

Judges are needed for an upcoming youth speech and debate contest at a local church.

Nearly 200 students from a six-state region will gather at the Community Church of Greenwood for a tournament sponsored by the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association starting Tuesday. The tournament ends Feb. 15.

Hundreds of community judges are needed to provide feedback to the students who are presenting a variety of speeches and two styles of debate.

Speakers may give humorous interpretations of skits, present a persuasive speech or spar in team policy debate.

The judges will give debaters and speakers a chance to practice in front of audience members who represent the people they’re most likely to address as adults.

The organization is looking for judges 18 or older from community groups such as Toastmasters, Lions clubs, Rotary clubs, Optimist clubs or other civic organizations; professionals with communications experience such as pastors, lawyers, judges, and teachers; business professionals; homemakers; local church members; and college students.

To become a judge, contact Beth Delph at bfdelph@gmail.com by Monday.

Fundraiser provides for cardiac screenings

A fundraiser at Dye’s Walk Country Club will help raise money for cardiac screenings for local athletes.

The club will host the Bids for Heartbeats fundraiser for Giving Hearts a Hand, an organization dedicated to increasing awareness of heart conditions in young athletes. The group works to provide cardiac screenings to high school athletes at Johnson County schools.

The fundraiser will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and will include silent and live auction items for bidding, live jazz music, appetizers and drinks.

Tickets to the event are $30 for an individual or $50 for a couple. All the money collected will be used for raising awareness of undetected heart conditions through paying for cardiac screenings for area high school athletes.

For more information on reserving a spot at the event, visit givingheartsahand.org or contact Doug Meyer at 502-5652 or giving


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