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Local, central Indiana home sales rising

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The number of homes sold last month in Johnson County and across central Indiana increased during the same time last year.

Locally, 155 homes were sold last month, up about 21 percent compared with January 2012.

Eight of nine central Indiana counties also had an increase in sales. Morgan County’s rate rose by nearly 88 percent, while Boone county’s rate fell by about 10 percent, according to a report from Indianapolis real estate company F.C. Tucker.

The number of homes available for sale across the nine central counties dropped by 16 percent. In Johnson County, 764 homes were listed for sale last month, down almost 13 percent from 875 homes in January 2012. Hamilton County had the largest drop in available homes, about 20 percent, the report said.

Locally, the average sales price for a home also fell slightly, down less than 1 percent, from $129,398 a year ago to $128,427 last month.

But across central Indiana, sales prices increased by about 5 percent. The average sales price for a home in central Indiana was $142,985, the report said.

“The market is slowly trending up, both nationally and here in central Indiana. We anticipate prices will continue to creep up as investors and first-time home buyers compete for bargain-priced homes,” F.C. Tucker President Jim Litten said in a news release.

Surgeon joins Franklin College trustee board

A local doctor has been named to the Franklin College board of trustees.

Dr. Scott Gudeman, an orthopedic surgeon for OrthoIndy, serves as the college’s team physician and medical director. He also is team physician for Indian Creek High School and assists with other area high school athletic programs.

As a trustee, Gudeman will help direct college policy and vote on spending money, such as on capital projects, among other regular board member duties.

He will serve a three-year term on the board. Board members are not paid. He was appointed by the board’s trusteeship committee and voted onto the board by trustees this fall.

Gudeman is a graduate of Indiana University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, and Indiana University School of Medicine, where he earned a medical degree. He is a former member of the Center Grove school board.

He and his wife, Nancy, are the parents of five children and live in the Center Grove area.

FFA breakfast to benefit Pooh Bears for Molly

The FFA chapter of Franklin is conducting a fundraising breakfast to help buy stuffed animals for children at Johnson Memorial Hospital.

The Molly Gibson breakfast will be from 6 to 8 a.m. Saturday at Franklin Community High School, 2600 Cumberland Drive. The breakfast is free; donations of money and stuffed Winnie the Pooh characters will be accepted.

Pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, orange juice and milk will be served.

All donations will go to Pooh Bears for Molly. The program gives stuffed animals to children who are admitted into the hospital in an effort to comfort them.

Center Grove seeking board applications

Center Grove is seeking residents interested in serving on the school board.

The school district needs to fill the school board seat of Susan Mullendore, who died of cancer.

Any residents interested in applying for the seat should submit a letter of interest by 4:30 p.m. Thursday with their qualifications and their reasons for wanting to serve to Jack Russell, board president, by mail at CGCSC, 4800 W. Stones Crossing Road, Greenwood, IN 46143; by fax at 881-0241; or by email at boardoffice@centergrove.k12.in.us.

A special session will be Feb. 28 to conduct interviews with candidates. The meeting will be open to the public. The board plans to name a replacement by March 7.

The new board member would serve until Dec. 31, 2014.

Information: centergrove.k12.in.us/ board, 881-9326

Public speaking group looking for members

People wanting to brush up on their public speakings skills can join a club.

The Greater Greenwood Toastmasters Club is looking for new members.

Meetings are open to anyone interested in enhancing their public speaking skills.

The group meets from 6:45 to 8 a.m. Fridays at the Community South Hospital Education Center, 1402 E. County Line Road, Greenwood.

Information: SFuller1@me.com

Agency looking for storm spotters to train

You can learn how to be a storm spotter in advance of the 2013 tornado season.

The National Weather Service and the Johnson County Emergency Management agency will host a severe storm spotter training session from 7 to 9 p.m. March 18.

The session is free and open to the public and will be at the Johnson County Emergency Operations Center, 1111 Hospital Road, Franklin.

A meteorologist will describe cloud and wind patterns associated with severe weather, and how to interpret radar data and remain safe during severe weather.

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