Daily Journal staff reports
New Whiteland is looking for a new home for its street department and is considering buying a building currently owned by a collision repair business.
The town is getting appraisals on a six-bay garage owned by Miners Collision Center, located just north of Tracy Road on U.S. 31. The company is not using the building and would be interested in selling the property, New Whiteland Town Council president John Perrin said.
“If the building at Miners would pan out, that’s a no-brainer. You already have a building there, and you don’t have to develop it,” Perrin said.
The current street department garage, on Ball Park Road, was damaged by floodwater and is too small to house all of the town’s equipment, Perrin said. Some equipment is stored at the wastewater treatment plant on Whiteland Road.
“A lot of that stuff sits out. We have to repair it more often than if we had to leave those inside,” Perrin said.
The town also could consider building a new facility by buying land near the wastewater treatment plant or near soccer fields on Tracy Road, Perrin said.
Council members are waiting for an appraisal for the garage owned by Miners before discussing the project further.
Police report of huffing leads to man’s arrest
A report of a man huffing vapors in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant led to the arrest of a Greenwood resident.
Justin C. Kinser, 27, 336 W. Pearl St., was arrested on charges of glue sniffing or huffing and resisting an officer.
A woman called police about 6:10 p.m. Wednesday after seeing a man huffing out of a can while sitting in a car in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant on U.S. 31 in Franklin, according to a police report. She told police he had been in the parking lot for a while.
An officer saw him huffing a can of air duster that’s supposed to be used to blow dust from computer keyboards and other electronics, the report said. The man refused the officer’s orders to roll down his window or step out of the car.
He was taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital to be checked out, the report said.
He was taken to the Johnson County jail, where he was being held on $4,000 bond.
Show choirs finish
in top 5 at competition
Show choirs from two local schools sang their way to top finishes at Center Grove’s Best of the Midwest Invitational.
Franklin Community High School’s advanced women’s choir won first runner-up. The advanced mixed choir earned a grand champion is the concert choir division.
Zach Smith received fourth place in the vocal solo competition.
The Rhythm Masters from Whiteland Community High School got first runner-up in overall competition and received awards for outstanding general ensemble and outstanding ensemble, general effect.
Ivy Botts was named the best female performer and earned first place in solo competition.
Utility work to slow
I-65 traffic Sunday
Interstate 65 will have slowed or stopped traffic between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. Sunday on the far northwest side of Indianapolis.
The affected roadway is near Lafayette Road between I-465 and I-865.
During the morning, workers will install an overhead utility line that will cross the interstate.
Indiana State Police will slow both directions of traffic. Traffic could stop up to 20 minutes at a time.
Graduating seniors from Franklin Community High School may apply for the Franklin Lions Club Community Service Award scholarship grant until April 30.
This $2,000 grant may be used for college tuition and/or books and will be awarded in two installments. The first will be presented at the annual high school awards ceremony. The second will be awarded after proof of a first college semester grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Applications are available in the school guidance office.
Requirements for recipients include being actively involved in community service and having a grade-point average of no less than 3.0.
Public input sought
on mass transit plans
Residents can learn more at upcoming meetings about the plan to bulk up mass transit in central Indiana, including with a potential rapid transit bus line between Greenwood and Carmel.
The proposed Indy Connect plan would add five rapid transit lines, double the local bus service and add express bus routes.
Mass transit advocates are currently discussing the exact routes, the number and locations of station stops, whether light rail or bus rapid transit would be used along different routes and if the vehicles would operate in new or existing lanes of city streets.
Residents can weigh in on those issues at a meeting Feb. 27 at Lilly Science Hall at the University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., and a meeting March 14 at the Greenwood City Building, 2 N. Madison Ave.
Both meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.
Oil change promotion
to benefit cancer victim
Getting your oil changed Saturday in Franklin will help a local family’s fight against cancer.
Five dollars from the cost of each oil change from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Franklin Muffler and Brake, 55 S. Morton St., will go to Kevin York and his family for medical costs.
The shop is partnering with Gateway Services for the event.
hosting art show
The Greenwood Public Library will host a display of Southside artists’ work beginning next week.
“Spring Into Spring” is a collection of paintings from the Southside Art League that depicts the spring season. The collection will be shown Feb. 28 to March 29. All work will be for sale.
The art is available for viewing in the library’s first-floor exhibit hall from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
plan craft fair March 2
The Johnson County Extension Homemakers will present their annual spring craft fair on March 2.
The fair will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Scott Hall on the Johnson County fairgrounds in Franklin.
Vendors will sell floral arrangements, candles, craft items, embellished clothing, wood crafts, jewelry and other creations.
The Extension Homemakers will sell food throughout the day.
Admission is free.
Prom dress swap set
for March 9 at library
Anyone who wants to get rid of a dress they only wore once or needs a formal gown to wear can attend a dress swap March 9 at the Clark Pleasant library.
The library is at 530 Tracy Road, Suite 250, New Whiteland.
New or gently used prom or bridesmaid dresses can be brought to the library’s dress swap.
Prom and bridesmaid dresses can be dropped off at the library until the event. You also may donate gently used shoes and accessories. Donations will be accepted from anyone, even if you aren’t looking for a dress.
The swap will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees may pick out a free dress plus any accessories. All dresses and accessories are free, and you don’t need to have donated items to shop.