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Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Residential Complex, Coffee Shop Set for Construction Phase
Separate petitions regarding a multi-family residential complex and a coffee shop were given the green light to proceed by the Shelbyville Plan Commission on Monday.
The apartment complex, to be built at 405 North Harrison Street, will incorporate the former Coca-Cola Bottling distribution building and surrounding land. Developers had been on the plan commission agenda in July, but were awaiting the results of a traffic study. That study is complete, and the developers will implement all recommendations, Birge and Held representative Sam Rogers said.
Rogers said all financing, including tax credits, are also in place. With design plans approved for the podium-style building with parking underneath the 168 dwelling units and a commercial tenant in the Coca-Cola building, the company will now work on building permits, with hopes to start construction by the end of the year.
The complex will include an outdoor swimming pool, courtyard, fitness center, a package receiving area and mail receptacles and a lounge and co-working space, Craig McCormick, with Blackline Studio, said. He also said some of the blank brick facade on the drawings will be public art murals.
Plan Commission member Gary Nolley suggested city staff review the pedestrian crosswalk on North Harrison Street near the public art sculpture. Nolley said some drivers aren’t sure how to respond to the flashing yellow lights, and increased foot traffic could exasperate the situation.
In response to a letter submitted by Carrie Ridgeway, city planning director Adam Rude said the reason a dog park once planned near the old Porter Pool site did not proceed was due to Duke Energy, then owner of the land, deciding against it. “(The change had) nothing to do with environmental considerations,” Rude said.
The plan commission’s site development plan approval came with pavement, dumpster and traffic study stipulations.
In new business, the commission approved a site development plan for a new retail coffee shop at 2424 State Road 44, Shelbyville. The new Seven Brew location, one of several to be constructed soon in the Indianapolis area, will replace the existing Rally’s building.
Josh Thomas, a contractor, said the Seven Brew corporate modular concept couldn’t be installed due to material shortages, so his company would be “stick-building” the small store, which will include drive-through on one side and a walk-up window on the other. There will be no dine-in option or food served, only beverages such as coffee, tea, smoothies, shakes and sodas.
The Plan Commission will meet again in regular session, Monday, Sept. 26.
Leadership Program Reconvenes
The latest Leadership Shelby County cohort is meeting at Flat Rock YMCA in St. Paul for a program opening retreat. The retreat started yesterday and lasts through today. Participants in this year’s class are: Jennifer Andrews, Carpenter Realtors; Ali Brunner, The Bridge Ministries; Easter Hall-Beyer, Shelby Senior Services/Shelby Go; Haley Gallagher, Horseshoe Indianapolis Racing & Casino; Amber Hinkle, Shelby County Co-op; Kent Huber, Major Health Partners; LaTisha Idlewine, Shelby County YMCA; Ashley Livezey, Compass Insurance Group; Jenna Martin, Macaroni Kid; Micah McQueary, Honda Development and Manufacturing of America; Kali Moore, Ryobi Die Casting (USA), Inc.; Luke Piersall, Beaty Construction, Inc.; Jeremy Powers, Shelby Eastern Schools; Tony Ricketts, Shelby Materials; Carlos Rivera, NSG Group; Randy Rollo, Knauf Insulation; Steve Shaw, Blue River Career Programs; Ethan Smith, Horseshoe Indianapolis Racing & Casino; Max Southern, The Ville Church; Jared West, Radius Aerospace; and Eric Wietholter, HIS Management Corporation.
Shelby County Public Library Genealogy Head Donna Dennison, right, leads “Shelby County’s Famous, Infamous & Unknown” program at the city cemetery, 149 W. Pennsylvania St. last night.
The following couples applied for marriage licenses last week at the Shelby County Clerk’s office: Joseph L. Gaudin Jr., 51, and Madison A. Martin, 33; Alexis V. Stella, 25, and Zachary T. Bolin, 27; Kasey M.L. McKinney, 19, and Robert J. Bailey, 20; and Jesse R. Miller, 42, and Toni L. Kunkel, 44.
The Shelbyville Public Utilities Board approved the purchase of a street sweeper to replace the current 11-year-old vehicle. The new model, a demo version with 300 hours on it, saving the city approximately $40,000, features an extendable arm that can reach into tight spaces.
The Shelbyville Board of Public Works will give one more week for the owner of 305 Sunset Drive to clean up her property. An Adult Protective Services investigator has attempted to assist the homeowner with the clean-up process. If the property is not cleaned by next Tuesday, the city will handle the matter and assess the cost to the homeowner. The board also issued an order to appear for the owner of 719 1st Street.
The Public Square will be closed for traffic this Saturday, Sept. 17, 3 to 10 p.m., for Shelbyville Brewfest. The following streets will be closed: Harrison Street, from Franklin to Jackson St.; W. Washington, from Harrison St. to Union St.; and E. Washington, from Harrison St. to the Art Alley. Brewfest will be open to the public, 5:30 to 10 p.m.
HOOSIER NEWS: A Shelbyville, Ind. woman could be sentenced to up to three years in prison after she pleaded guilty Monday in connection with abandoning her 5-year-old autistic child on a street last February. Heather Adkins, 33, pleaded guilty to a charge of child endangerment. She had been indicted on kidnapping and endangering children charges, which could have resulted in a prison sentence of 11 years if she were found guilty. The nonverbal boy was found by passing motorists near an intersection, police say. He reportedly was wearing a jacket and sweat pants. It’s believed he had been outside about an hour before he was found. Fox 19 reports it was pouring rain and the street had no sidewalks. Adkins was arrested two days later at a gas station in Georgetown, Ky., on an unrelated outstanding warrant. Officers who were called to the gas station began questioning Adkins, who told them she had no ID. She reportedly told officers she had three children, one with autism, and that they were being watched by friends. She was taken into custody and officers later learned of her being wanted in connection with the abandoned boy. Adkins is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 28, WLWT Channel 5 reports. She could be sentenced to a maximum of three years in prison and a $10,000 fine. (Cleveland.com)
PRESS RELEASE: A Retirement Message and Thank You to Susan Sheets
by Angela Merritt, Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana, Inc.
Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana would like to recognize Susan Sheets for her many years of service to education in the Shelbyville community. Described by students and staff as “hard-working, tenacious, thoughtful, caring and motivating,” Susan recently retired after the 2021-22 school year.
Susan has touched the lives of thousands of students and families during her 29-year career. For many years, she served as a high school English teacher and coach at Morristown High School, her alma mater, where she was recognized with induction into their Basketball Hall of Fame.
When The Excel Center®, Goodwill’s high school for adults, opened in the Shelbyville community in 2016, Susan was one of the first staff members hired and helped grow the school into what it is today. With 208 total graduates and over 150 students enrolled annually, The Excel Center in Shelbyville is so impactful, in part, to staff members like Susan.
While at The Excel Center, Susan supported students in a variety of roles, such as teacher, life coach, lead life coach, interim director, and college and career readiness specialist. The Excel Center serves adults who wish to return to school and earn a Core 40 high school diploma, industry-recognized certifications, and college credits, all at no cost. Offering guidance, support, and empowerment to students is an essential role for staff members at The Excel Center, and Susan is often commended for possessing these skills.
During her time at Goodwill, Susan made various contributions and achievements:
Named “Educator of the Year” in 2022 at The Excel Center Shelbyville
Became the lead sponsor of Student Council, 2016 - 2022
Helped expand industry-recognized certification offerings
Supported hundreds of students, graduates, and members of the community
We thank Susan for her many years of service to our community and wish her well on the next part of her adventure! Thank you, Susan Sheets!
This Week in Shelby County" works by George L. Stubbs Sr. are owned by the Shelby County Historical Society (Grover Center) and used with permission.
THIS DAY IN SHELBY COUNTY HISTORY
News around Shelbyville and the surrounding area as reported on or about this date in history. Selections are curated from the Shelby County Public Library Genealogy Department.
20 YEARS AGO: 2002
A master woodcarver from Noblesville neared completion on a northwestern-style American Indian totem pole. The work of art, commissioned by Ronald Lummis, 209 Fairfield Drive, would be a backyard centerpiece for a rock garden and a small pond.
A man who appeared - and then disappeared - in Shelby Superior Court II learned that leaving the courtroom without permission wasn’t the thing to do. The St. Paul man had appeared in court before Jeff Bate, judge pro tem, for a case regarding leaving the scene of a property damage accident and driving while suspended. While in court, he was served with an additional felony warrant for residential entry. The man became irate, left his chair and fled the courtroom. He struck the swinging courtroom door in such a forceful manner that the wood around the hinges splintered. Jail officer Gregory Pruitt tackled the man outside the courthouse annex. Shelby County Prosecutor David Riggins, a former Triton Central High School wrestler, assisted in subduing the man. The man received multiple new charges.
30 YEARS AGO: 1992
Voter registration rolls reached 20,687, the most since 1984. Although the Shelby County totals regularly exceeded 20,000 in the 1970s, they had dipped to the high teens through most of the 1980s.
40 YEARS AGO: 1982
In a controversial decision that drew emotionally charged arguments, industrialist Thies Knauf won approval from city council to vacate an alley between Broadway and Jackson Street beside his home. The request had generated a petition drive with more than 300 signatures against the abandonment. Several residents complained about a conflict of interest because Councilman Gerald “Shang” Glascock was a Knauf employee.
50 YEARS AGO: 1972
Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Allender was “Top Gun” in the combined annual city police Chief’s Shoot and Emmert Shoot matches at the F.O.P. pistol range off Knightstown Road. Dave Hardin was second, and Harley Uhlmansiek was third. Five officers were listed as master class shooters: Hardin, Russell Mason, Maynard Hill and Michael Alley. Those in the expert class were Uhlmansiek, Larry Tharp, Chief Robert Williams and Larry Weaver.
60 YEARS AGO: 1962
A total of $8 was stolen during a break-in at the home of Mayor Elmer McNay, 258 W. Taylor Street.
70 YEARS AGO: 1952
Three loaded freight cars and an empty Baltimore and Ohio car derailed in Arlington close to the depot. The westbound 70-car freight train pulled by diesel and steam engines had been going into a passing track when the incident occurred.
80 YEARS AGO: 1942
With the war creating a shortage of manpower, Plymate Cleaners hired Margaret Lazzell as a delivery truck driver and the Hardin Oil Company announced women would “man” the pumps at its downtown filling station, at Broadway and Harrison Street. Several local women were already working as elevator operators and taxi cab drivers.
90 YEARS AGO: 1932
Two men, one armed with a .30 caliber rifle and the other with a shotgun, spread terror among families living beside Big Blue River at the northwest edge of Shelbyville. One of the men, firing at random with a shotgun while he allegedly was under the influence of alcohol, was captured by officers who had been summoned by frightened residents of the district. The man was “Cad” Thompson, whose home was in the “Hollywood” section of town. The other man, Adam Dill, about 65 years old, who The Republican called a “terrorist,” was still at large. The incidents were not related, police said, “the occurrence of their activities with firearms on the same evening was a coincidence.” Nine bullets penetrated nearby houses, some missing the occupants of Ira Lee’s home by only a few inches. “The only information that could be obtained was to the effect that Ira Lee had said something about Dill’s wife, which had been related to Dill by Steve Anders, with the result that Dill, in a rage, started out to ‘get’ all people in the neighborhood by the name of Lee,” The Republican said. Dill, it was recalled, had shot at then-Sheriff George Nigh a couple of years before during an arrest.
100 YEARS AGO: 1922
The recent drought had caused hundreds of fish to die in the Big Four railroad reservoir near Greensburg.
The St. Louis Cardinals’ management team sent a letter to the Shelbyville Nationals saying the Cards would like to play an exhibition game in Shelbyville in October. Local officials promised to follow up on the matter.
Theft was reported in the first block of S. Harrison St., Shelbyville.
A building or structure fire occurred at 318 Van Ave., Shelbyville.
Michael D. "Mike" Weaver, 59, of Waldron, passed away Friday, September 9, 2022 at Waldron Health Care. Born May 4, 1963 in Shelbyville, he was the son of Gene Weaver and Phylliss (Swinford) Weaver. He married Sandra (Ash) Weaver on October 23, 1993, and she survives. Other survivors include daughter Lacey Weaver of Waldron, future son-in-law Austin Plank of Waldron, father-in-law Jim Ash of Waldron, brother and sister in law Steve & Geri Ash of Shelbyville, brother- and sister-in-law Rick and Pam Schonfeld of Shelbyville, Aunt Kay Pashley of Florida, bonus daughter Adrienne Steenbarger of Germany and his dog, Mac. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Nicholas Weaver and mother-in-law Helen Ash.
Mr. Weaver was a lifetime resident of this area and graduated from Waldron High School in 1982. Mike was a factory worker for KT Corp for many years and Azalia Elevator for six years. He attended Waldron Baptist Church. Michael enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He was a huge Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, and NASCAR fan. He loved spending time with family and friends.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Rd, with Pastor Kim DeKoker officiating. Burial will be in Van Pelt Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Michael Weaver Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.
Betty Jane Knight, 89, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, September 12, 2022. She was born January 4, 1933 in Batesville, Indiana to Clarence Deller and Anna (Simon) Deller.
Betty was a graduate of Osgood High School. She was employed with Farm Bureau Insurance as an Administrator and Ross Snyder Insurance as secretary. She was a lifetime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Betty enjoyed helping with many Veterans organizations; she was an American Legion Auxiliary Member since 1980, lifetime member of the Omega Au Tail Sorority, Eagles Auxiliary, Women of the Moose since 1976, where she was a post Deputy Grand Regent, a long time Vestavia member and also St. Ann’s Alter Society member.
Betty married William Knight on October 18, 1977, and he preceded her in death on April 16, 2022. She is survived by nephews; C. Michael Ogden, John D. Ogden, Terry L. Ogden, and niece, Carol Fowler and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Helen Havens, and also her nephew, David C. Ogden.
Visitation will be Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S Harrison St. Shelbyville, IN. 46176. Funeral services will be at 11a.m. at the funeral home with Father Mike Keucher officiating. Rosary will be at the funeral home at 9a.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Funeral Directors Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, Stuart Parks, and Darin Schutt are honored to serve Betty’s family. Memorial Contributions may be given to the donor’s choice.
Caroline S. “Susie” Willard, 87, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at Heritage House in Shelbyville. She was born October 12, 1934, in Shelby County, the daughter of Stanley and Vertus (Miller) Laird. On October 18, 1952, she married Charles L. “Chuck” Willard, and he preceded her in death on May 19, 2019.
Susie is survived by her son, Ed Willard and wife, Cynthia, of Shelbyville; daughters, Connie Beyers and husband, Bob, and Cindy Kuhn and husband, David, both of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Jessica Griggs and husband, Shane, Luke Willard, Whitney Wampner and husband, Dustin, Ashley Aldridge and husband, Brady, Melissa Buckler, Leslie Brown and husband, Jake, and Matthew Kuhn and wife, Jenna; ten great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to Chuck, Susie was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Eddie Bennett; sister, Roberta Young; and brothers, Carl Laird and Jackie Laird.
Susie graduated in 1952 from Shelbyville High School. She attended Shelbyville Community Church and Mount Pisgah Baptist Church. Susie retired in 1998, from Shelbyville Central School Cafeteria, with 24 years of service. She enjoyed gardening and reading. Susie loved her family, especially her grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, September 18, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, September 19, 2022, at the funeral home. Interment will be at Mount Pisgah Cemetery in Shelby County. Online condolences may be shared with Susie’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
Dennis Keith Redmon, age 55 of Fairland passed away at his home September 11, 2022. He was born December 18, 1966, in Indianapolis to Sidney and Gloria "Bonnie" Redmon.
Dennis was a graduate of Triton Central High School. Dennis was a kind man who never met a stranger or passed by anyone in need. He is survived by his mother; Gloria "Bonnie" Redmon, sister; Angie (Andrew) Alexander, sister- in-law; Kim Redmon, nieces and nephews; Ashley (Jeff) Pass, Shelby (Brian) Redmon, Nick (Mackenzie) Redmon; grand-nephew; Leon, aunts; Maria Fay Offutt, and Marion Kay Ferguson. Dennis is preceded in death by his father; Sidney Redmon and brother; Danny Redmon.
Friends may call from Noon until 2 p.m., Thursday, September 15, 2022, at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, Hendryx Chapel, 19 East Main Street, New Palestine, Indiana 46163. A Graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Acton Cemetery, 7900 Acton Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46259. Memorial contributions honoring Dennis may be sent to the Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Road, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.