Wilcoxson convicted – Damoine Wilcoxson, an Indianapolis man arrested for the 2016 murder of Zionsville resident John Clements, has been found guilty of shooting a firearm at two IMPD district headquarters. He was convicted on two counts of attempted murder and one count of criminal recklessness. A sentencing hearing is set for 10 a.m. Dec. 22. Wilcoxson’s jury trial for Clement’s murder is set for May 7, 2018.
Christmas Crawl – The Christmas in the Village Christmas Crawl will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14. Participating shops will stamp shoppers’ cards for a chance at a prize. The crawl wraps up at Rush on Main, 112 S. Main St., with an ugly Christmas sweater contest and karaoke. Pick up a card at participating businesses or the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce office in Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 W. Oak St., Suite 214.
Hope for Heroes – Akard True Value Hardware will accept socks, underwear, T-shirts and personal care items for homeless veterans in conjunction with the Hope for Heroes program, a project of ESA Kappa Theta Chapter of Zionsville. Donations may be dropped off at Akard through Dec. 19.
New member – Rotary Club of Zionsville recently welcomed new member Tom Prestridge into its ranks.
Reward offered – On Nov. 10, 2016, Boone County Sheriff Office deputies were dispatched to the iron bridge that crosses Sugar Creek in northwestern Boone County. A CAT farm tractor towing a chisel plow had struck the bridge and caused significant damage to the structure, which had been recently renovated. Two local residents have offered a $2,500 reward to find those responsible for causing the damage. If you have any information, contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Office at 765-482-1412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
REMC Board seats available – At the spring annual meeting of Boone REMC, members will elect directors to represent districts 4, 5, and 6. Boone REMC members residing in districts 4, 5, and 6 who are interested in running must complete a petition packet. It can be downloaded at bremc.com/category/co-op-events/. Members may also pick up a packet at the REMC office, located at 1207 Indianapolis Ave., Lebanon. Petitions must be signed by no less than three percent of the account holders of record in the district for which a candidate is seeking election and must be received in the co-op’s office by 4:30 p.m. Jan. 9.
Christmas lights recycling – From now until Jan. 15, Akard True Value will accept old Christmas lights whether they work or not. Gathered lights will be recycled with C.A.R.S. (Child Adult Resource Services) to help build a cleaner environment and create opportunities for people with significant disabilities who want jobs and take pride in what they do.
Project Good – Current in Zionsville is looking to feature local residents doing good deeds in the community through the monthly Project Good photo column. If you have a suggestion or would like to be featured, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Park Programs – Monthly Dog Walk, 10 to 11 a.m. Dec. 16, Starkey Park, 667 Sugarbush Dr. Grab a canine companion and burn a few winter calories on this brisk hike through the park. Plan for some wet and muddy conditions. Nature Ornaments, noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 16, Zion Nature Center. Drop in to make some nature-inspired ornaments. Perfect for gifts, or to decorate a holiday tree and start a new family tradition. Cost is $2 per person.
Park planning meetings – Help the Zionsville Parks and Recreation Dept. plan for the next five years by attending a public input meeting to give input on the master plan. All meetings are in the new Zionsville Town Hall Community Room, Room 207, 1100 W. Oak St. Meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and are being held on Dec. 14, and March 21.
Jury duty scam – A scam involving the threat of arrest for missing jury duty has hit central Indiana. A victim answers the telephone and the caller says a warrant is being issued for not appearing for jury duty. The caller may give the name of a courthouse employee, a deputy, or a name similar to an employee. The victim is then told to pay money to avoid arrest. These calls are fake. Courts do not operate this way. Contact would be made by regular mail.
Father-son breakfast – Fathers and sons are invited to Zionsville All-Pro Dad’s Day Breakfasts. These monthly gatherings provide some father-son quality time while hearing great speakers at the same time. Meetings run from 7 to 8 a.m. at Zionsville Community High School on the following dates: Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15 and April 19. Cost is $15 for each father-son pair, $3 for additional guests. RSVP to 317-345-3208.
Recycle Christmas trees – To recycle live Christmas trees after the holidays, residents have several options. Please bring only bare trees, not bagged. Trees are not to be dumped in any Zionsville parks.
1. Earth and Turf Partners – 317-733-6499
2. GreenCycle – 317-769-5668
3. Boone County Resource Recovery – 317-769-4223
Expansions announced – Two local businesses have announced expansions. Zionsville-based 120WaterAudit, a water testing and compliance company, plans to add 35 employees by 2021. Gear Marketing, a marketing and consulting firm, plans to add 37 employees by 2021. Both companies also intend to invest nearly $500,000 dollars in personal property.
Santa names official milk – Zionsville’s Traders Point Creamery has registered trademark protection for the tagline of Santa’s Official Milk, to be featured on its organic, 100 percent Grassfed Whole Milk glass quart bottles during December 2017.
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana announces new CEO – Danielle Shockey, a Girl Scout alumna, will become the organization’s CEO beginning Jan. 1. Shockey has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Ball State University and a master’s in educational leadership from Indiana University. Most recently, she has served as deputy superintendent of public instruction for the Indiana Dept. of Education.
Volunteer tax preparers needed – United Way of Central Indiana needs volunteers to become tax preparers for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The program offers online and in-person tax filing services in Marion, Hendricks, Hancock, Morgan and Boone Counties for taxpayers who earned $66,000 or less in 2017. To learn more and sign up to become a volunteer visit, indyfreetaxprep.com.