Carmel in brief- January 3, 2017


Car accident – An automobile accident just after 9 a.m. Dec. 28 ended with a car smashing through the walls of Enterprise Rent-A-Car along 96th Street on the Carmel-Indianapolis border. The Carmel Fire Dept. checked three people for minor injuries. CFD spokesman Tim Griffin said the driver hit an unoccupied car and pushed it into the building. The motorist was not charged, and it appears to be accidental, he said. Building engineers will assess the structure to determine when it will be safe to reopen.

Tree disposal – Carmel residents who wish to dispose of live Christmas trees may leave them next to their trash bins on trash day for pickup. If the trees are taller than eight feet, they must be cut in half.

Goodwill donation – Boy Scout Troop 131 members, from left, Matt Dillon, Owen Clancy, Patrick Clancy, Amanda Clancy, Ed Sandifer, Steve Simmons, Connor Simmons, Sam Dillon, Art Enlow and Ellito Clancy drop off a truckload of donations to the Goodwill Store on Carmel Drive. The donation was part of the Good Turn for Goodwill program, a good-natured competition between the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to see who can give the most.

Former fire chief honored – Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) recently recognized former Carmel Fire Chief Keith Smith on the floor of the House of Representatives. As part of her job in Congress, Brooks is able to recognize people, organizations, businesses and milestones in our community with an official entry in the Congressional Record. Brooks’ tribute to Chief Smith is now a part of the Congressional Record. Smith recently passed away after a battle with cancer.

Book signing – Michael Murphy will sign copies of his new book, The Kimberlins Go to War, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 13 at Black Dog Books, 115 S. Main St., Zionsville. The book is the story of a southern Indiana family who sent 33 family members to fight for the Union in the Civil War and lost 30 percent of them. Call 317-733-1747 to reserve a copy.

Service awards given – Franklin College recognized several employees for milestone years of service at the 23rd Annual Employee Appreciation and Holiday Celebration. Carmel resident Connie Ables-Rigsbee was honored for five years of service with the college.

Civil War Roundtable – The Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at Carmel City Hall. Local author and high school teacher Robert Houghtalen will share stories of the men that were imprisoned at Andersonville Prison. The public is invited and admission is free.

New study series – St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 126th Street and Gray Road, will begin a new study from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays beginning Jan. 6. This series is based on the book Sermon on the Mount by Jen Wilkin. Through the 9 weeks, the lessons will challenge participants to think differently about what it means to be a follower of Jesus and a citizen of the kingdom of heaven. Book cost is $13 and is available at St. Mark’s. Childcare is available with advance request. To register for the study, visit or call 317-846-4912.

Carmel artist has new exhibit – The Southside Art League, Inc. (SALI) announces the next Guest Artist Show for the month of January. Local artist Charlene Brown will exhibit her original drawings and oil paintings Jan. 4-31, at the SALI Off Broadway Gallery, 299 E. Broadway St. Brown launched her career as a fine artist in 2012 at the Renaissance Gallery in Carmel. Exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Meet Brown at an artist open house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 13.

Holiday light recycling – The ability to recycle used holiday lights will be offered at White’s Ace Hardware, 731 S. Range Line Rd, from now through the end of January. The Carmel Clay Schools Green Teams will be offering recycling at the individual schools through Jan. 5. For more information about the holiday light recycling program, call 317-571-2673.

Delph appointed to committee – State Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel) has been appointed by Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) to serve as chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Military for the 120th General Assembly.

Restoration award nominations – Indiana Landmarks seeks nominations for the annual Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration. The prize goes to the owner of a historic structure that has been restored following the highest standards in method, materials and design. Eligible owners include individuals, companies, nonprofit organizations, institutions and government entities. Anyone may submit a nomination—the owner, architect, engineer, contractor, neighbor, appreciative citizen. Nomination forms are available at The deadline for nominations is Jan. 23.

Local artists featured – The Arts Council of Indianapolis and The Nature Conservancy in Indiana announce the installation of Indiana, Naturally, a juried exhibition of Indiana nature photography that will be on view at the Indianapolis International Airport through March 19. Carmel artists who will be featured include Ronda Hamm, Sarah Henderson, Ryan Jeske, and Kenneth Rabbers.

Library events – Carmel Clay Public Library Teen Council presents Yule Ball, from 7 to 10 p.m. on Jan. 21. Enjoy a screening of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Savor a taste of Hogwarts cuisine. Commemorate the night by taking a photo against our gorgeous Yule Ball backdrop. For grades 6-12. RSVPs begin Jan. 2 and run through Jan. 18. Visit Space is limited and this is a popular event, so RSVP early!

New discussion group – St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 126th Street and Gray Road, will host a new study series based on Entrusted: A Study of 2 Timothy by Beth Moore. The group will meet weekly from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 11. Book cost is $15 and is available through the church. Childcare is available with advance request. To register for the study, visit or call 317-846-4912.

Free science lectures – Anderson University’s School of Science and Engineering is offering a series of lectures that are free and open to the public. The lectures start at 7 p.m. and are located in Hartung Hall (room 101). Upcoming topics include: Feb. 16 – What do the Pharmaceutical Industry and the Manhattan Project Have in Common? For more information, contact the AU School of Science and Engineering at (765) 641-4374.

Free ACT practice exams – College Tutors, 1 E. Carmel Dr., is offering free practice ACT tests for students wanting the experience. Upcoming dates include Jan. 14, Feb. 4 and Mar. 4. There is no charge to take the exam. Register online at

Scholarships available – Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Indiana Scholarship Program offers students the opportunity to apply for one of four scholarships honoring the applicant’s heritage to celebrate the growing diversity in Indiana. Applications are being accepted from eligible high school seniors in one of four ethnic categories: Asian, Hispanic, African-American, and all others. Applications are due by Jan. 18. For more information, visit

Police department hiring – The Carmel Police Department is now accepting applications for the position of police officer. The Carmel Police Department offers a variety of assignments with the opportunity for advancement, including promotions and specialized positions. If interested, visit The online application must be completed by Jan. 31. Any questions or concerns can be addressed to Sgt. Phil Hobson at or 317-571-2526.

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