Carmel in brief — September 1, 2020


Labor Day delivery – Current’s issue of Sept. 8 will be delivered Sept. 9 since the U.S. Postal Service is closed Sept. 7, a Labor Day Monday and Current’s usual sorting day at the post office. The edition will be available in its entirety, however, on Sept. 8 at

Stolen handguns recovered — Carmel police recovered two handguns reported stolen from Kentucky the evening of Aug. 26 after an officer stopped a SUV that was driving 80 miles per hour in a 50 miles per hour zone on Keystone Parkway near 116th Street. Two people were arrested for carrying a handgun without a license and possession of a stolen firearm. One of the arrestees was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Judges appoint commissioner — The judges of Hamilton County have appointed local attorney P. Chadwick Hill to serve as a commissioner. The state legislature previously granted the county’s request for a new magistrate to alleviate its backlog of work, but the position doesn’t take effect until next year. The Hamilton County Council, recognizing the immediate need of the courts, created the position of commissioner to fill that need until the magistrate position becomes effective. Hill has served as an attorney in criminal and civil litigation, personal injury and entertainment representation since 1998, most recently for the Garrison Law Firm.

Prevent property theft, fraud — The Hamilton County Recorder’s Office has rolled out a new program to protect residents from property theft and fraud. The new system, Doxpop Property Watch, notifies property owners with an email to alert them to changes or filings that affect them.  Doxpop is a free service that provides residents access to all their recorded documents online. Multiple parcels can be registered for those who own several properties throughout the county. To access and enroll in the system, visit under “Other Services” and “Doxpop Property Watch.”

Gilded Leaf event — The 16th annual Guilded Leaf book and author event will be offered as a breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and a luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at Ritz Charles, 12156 Meridian St. The auction, raffle and book sales are available online at Reserve tickets by Oct. 10 by calling 317-814-3984 or

Free math, science homework help — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s free AskRose homework helpline is available to help middle and high school students get a head start on understanding their math and science homework problems through a simple phone call, email or chat session. Rose-Hulman students are available Sunday through Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. during the school year to help youth in grades 6 through 12 review math and science concepts. Connections can be made at 877-275-7673 or

Relay for Life now a drive-thru — Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the previously scheduled Relay For Life of Hamilton County has been rescheduled for Sept. 12 as a Drive-Thru Luminaria event from 8 to 10 p.m. at Grace Church, 5504 E 146th St. in Noblesville. Luminaria bags will line and illuminate a path where cars will drive through to remember and honor those who have been impacted by cancer. Learn more and dedicate a luminaria bag at Luminaria bags must be purchased by Sept. 5.

Current newsletter launches – Current Publishing launched a Morning Briefing newsletter July 27. The newsletter collects the most important story from all Current communities and delivers them to email inboxes every weekday at 7 a.m. Included will be recipes, best bets for fun activities in each community and more. Subscribers will also receive breaking news directly in their inbox. To subscribe, visit

Native tree sale — The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is selling 35 species of native trees for $28 each. Trees will be approximately three to five feet tall at delivery. Pre-orders are required and due by Sept. 28. Trees may be picked up Oct. 23 at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds. Learn more at

Volunteers needed — Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County is seeking volunteers as requests for the service continue to rise. The meal delivery service has seen a 48 percent increase for service between March and May. There is no contact between clients and volunteer drivers. Meals are left in coolers on the front porch. Volunteers pick up deliveries from either Ascension St. Vincent Carmel Hospital or Riverview Health Hospital in Noblesville. For more information on donating or volunteering, visit or call 317-776-7159.

New inclusive playground –– Conner Prairie has debuted Ag Adventures at the Estridge Family Park, a newly constructed playground that will provide access to all visitors. This fully inclusive play area was designed with guests of all abilities in mind. The playscape is accessible for visitors with physical or developmental disabilities who may have been unable to fully engage with Conner Prairie’s previous playground. The playground was made possible through the support of the Estridge Family Foundation — a fund of the Hamilton County Community Foundation — and the Conner Prairie Alliance. Learn more at

4-H Photo Challenge – The 4-H Photo Challenge is open to youth in third through 12th grade. Participants should take photos fitting the monthly theme and submit entries online at by the last day of the month. Monthly themes for 2020 include: August – Fairs. Festivals, Fun; September – Community; October – Sunset to Sunrise; November – Occupations; December – Holiday Happenings.

Midwest Academy scholarships — Midwest Academy has scholarship opportunities available for students in grades three through six. The school offers students in grades 3-12 a small, engaging educational setting for those diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, high-functioning autism, receptive and/or expansive language or processing challenges resulting in school anxiety. For more information contact Assistant Head of School Katie Erdmanis at [email protected].

Newcomers Club – Newcomers Club of Carmel, a nonprofit social club, connects its members with friends, engages in fun activities and explores the community. Monthly activities include a welcome coffee, a luncheon event and 32 interest group meetings. Membership represents Carmel, Westfield, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville and Indianapolis. For more, visit or call 317-564-8349.

Centier Bank honored twice — The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has again named Centier Bank as a “Best Place To Work in Indiana” at its annual 2020 workplace awards. Centier ranked seventh in the large company category during the virtual awards ceremony on Aug. 25. Centier has been recognized in this category annually since 2007. The bank has also been recognized by Forbes as the top bank in Indiana for the second consecutive year. More than 25,000 customers were surveyed to rate banks they have belonged to for overall satisfaction, trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services and financial advice. Learn more at

Pizzeria to open in October — Illinois-based Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria plans to open at 11435 Spring Mill Rd. Suite 170 in October. The 1,550-square-foot space will offer carryout and delivery. Malnati’s, which is known for its deep-dish pizza, will hire approximately 50 local employees for the kitchen crew, phone staff and delivery drivers. Learn more and apply for jobs at

Shops open at Clay Terrace — Sephora and Rose & Remington are now open at Clay Terrace. Both stores held grand openings on Aug. 14. Sephora sells beauty supplies, including brands unique to the Clay Terrace location. Rose & Remington offers stylists to help create the right look and sells jewelry, candles and other items to support nationwide and global initiatives.

Baker Hill VP joins Tech 25 — Baker Hill Vice President of Product Management Mike Horrocks has been named a member of the Tech 25 2020 class, presented by Techpoint. Horrocks, a Carmel resident, was nominated for his work in leading Baker Hill’s development of solutions to meet the needs of financial institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Baker Hill is a financial technology provider for loan origination, risk management and analytics based in Carmel. Learn more at

Hoosier Hospitality Promise — In Hamilton County, 56 businesses have made the Hoosier Hospitality Promise, meaning federal, state and local health and safety guidelines were put in place and are being fully executed by key organizations and attractions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. More than 500 businesses statewide have made the Hoosier Hospitality Promise. Learn more at

Carmel facility to close — Horton Inc., which produces engine cooling systems, plans to close its facility at 201 W. Carmel Dr. The closure will be phased and be complete by the end of the year, leading to the elimination of more than 60 positions.

SePRO leadership changes — Carmel-based SePRO Corporation has announced that founder, President and CEO Bill Culpepper is transitioning to chairman of the board of directors, which will allow him to focus on the strategic growth of the company. SePRO creates specialty aquatics, turf, landscape and ornamental products and services for the agrichemical industry. Effective Aug. 1, Tyler Koschnick will become the company’s president. Michael Puckett has been promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Bank offers educational series online — Centier Bank has launched the bank’s online financial educational series, “Centier To You,” online. Centier has hosted in-person community events about financial wellness and education in the past—at branches, local libraries and other locations in communities across the state. But now, Centier is offering the series online, so visitors can access them on their own time, from anywhere. The site contains financial tips, exercises and information on identity theft, homebuying, credit and more. Learn more at

Uplift nominated for honor — Uplift Intimate Apparel in Carmel City Center is one of more than 300 nominees for the 2020 Best Retail Award by Intima Magazine, the global premiere industry magazine. The award ceremony will be a virtual event on Aug. 2. The recognition is given to the best performing lingerie specialty stores in North America under a variety of categories. Judging of the finalists is done by a professional jury composed of both domestic and international famous lingerie brands.

New hires — Carmel-based Merchants Capital has hired Dewayne Hayward as vice president of Federal Housing Association asset management, and Mark Ciarrocchi as senior vice president of investor accounting. Hayward will work out of his home in Carrollton, Texas. Ciarrocchi will work out of his home in Waxhaw, N.C.

Financial planning partnership — Argent Financial Group, an independent fiduciary wealth management firm, is partnering with Todd DeKruyter and DK Financial. DeKruyter, a Carmel resident, has worked in the family financial planning industry for more than 10 years and will serve as a family wealth strategist on behalf of Argent’s Family Wealth Services division, assisting families across the nation with charitable and legacy planning needs. DeKruyter is a managing partner at DK Financial and previously served as president of Family Meridian, an educational organization that provides resources to help high net worth families thrive. He has also worked as an executive at Larson Financial Group and as a pastor.

Blood drive at brewery — A blood drive will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 28 in the parking lot at Bier Brewery North, 13720 0.N Meridian St. Bier Brewery is offering a $5.95 pint and complimentary appetizer deal to anyone who donates blood that day. The donor will also receive a complimentary souvenir pint glass, can koozie and sticker. Carmel-based software solutions company CuroGens is volunteering its marketing staff and resources to support and promote the event. All donors will receive a COVID-19 antibody test as part of the process. Make a reservation to donate blood at

Hearing loss group meeting — The Hearing Loss Association of America Indianapolis Chapter will hold a virtual meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 5. Audiologist Tina Childress will share communication strategies to use during the pandemic. Learn more at

Kidney care program launches — CarDon & Associates and DaVita Post-Acute Services are partnering to bring an on-site, kidney care program to CarDon’s Carmel Health & Living facility. The on-site dialysis center is exclusively available to residents of Carmel Health & Living, including long-term care and rehabilitation residents. DaVita dialysis patients who require short-term care at Carmel Health & Living will be able to access traditional or home treatment options. Learn more at

Plasma can help COVID-19 patients – As coronavirus or COVID-19 continues its spread across the globe, Versiti Blood Center of Indiana has begun collecting plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients throughout Indiana to help treat those diagnosed with the virus. This blood-related treatment, approved by the FDA as an emergency investigational new drug, could offer hope to the hundreds of patients who continue to be diagnosed. This treatment would be used by hospitals for the most severely affected patients. For more, visit

Hospice volunteers needed – Anew Hospice is recruiting volunteers to visit patients in facilities in Carmel, Noblesville and elsewhere in the Indianapolis area. Volunteers provide assistance by listening and reminiscing, comforting, reading and playing music. For more information, call 317-300-2292 or visit

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