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Thursday, July 07, 2016 9:06 AM
INDIANAPOLIS - Nickel Plate Arts in Noblesville was one of 11 organizations from around the state selected by Indiana Humanities to sponsor ALL-IN Block Parties in their communities. Awarded hosts span the state from South Bend to Jeffersonville and include libraries, a middle school and other community organizations. Each awarded organization will receive $1,000 in addition to a training workshop, promotional materials and prizes to offer to participants.
  • Nickel Plate Road has scheduled an evening to promote candidates they are endorsing in the May 5 primary.
    Through two separate e-mails, the organization identified as Nickel Plate PAC announced that on April 12 candidates supported by the group will be present.
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  • Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County has a Free Money Smart Week event from Indiana Secretary of State’s Office and Senior Medicare Patrol scheduled for Wednesday, April 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Noble Naz Church (1391 Greenfield Ave., Noblesville). Chuck Lofton, WTHR Meteorologist, will be the emcee for event.

    The event will kick off with a viewing of $CAMMED: Investment Fraud Revealed, a 30-minute documentary from WFYI and Indiana Secretary of State. This documentary reveals criminal cases in which fraudsters bilked Hoosiers of millions of dollars—how the scams unraveled, learn from past mistakes, and discover how to prevent future financial fraud through education and recognizing warning signs.

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  • Growth is nothing new in Hamilton County. But the creation of nearly 1,500 new jobs is big news, even here.
    GEICO, one of the fastest-growing automotive insurers in the U.S., announced plans today to expand its operations in central Indiana, creating up to 1,474 new jobs by the end of 2022. 
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  • As part of a pay it forward campaign, Farm Credit Mid-America, a long-time Indiana FFA partner and agriculture lender, pledged up to $30,000 in matching funds to the Indiana FFA Foundation and is challenging businesses, FFA alumni and others to follow their lead. The goal of the campaign is to retire an original loan on the Indiana FFA Leadership Center in Trafalgar, Ind. and aims to raise $60,000 by June 2018.

    "FFA lays the foundation of a dynamic generation of agriculture leaders and supports developing skills that benefit the agricultural industry and our communities," said Tom Sloma, Senior Vice President of Farm Credit Mid-America. 

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  • Hoosier homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations that sustained uninsured damage caused by severe storms and flooding starting on or after Feb. 15 can now report damage online.

    Individuals will be asked to provide their name, address, phone number and type of damage the property sustained. Losses can include structural damage to homes and loss of personal property.

    Information gathered from citizens will assist county and state agencies in determining the scope of damage, as well whether state or federal assistance will be available for recovery efforts.

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  • The Hamilton County Sheriff’s office is warning residents to be aware of a new tactic on an old scam. Apparently calls are going to potential victims and the number on the Caller ID shows it's the Sheriff’s office.

    According to a press release from the HCSD, the potential victim speaks with a male with a foreign accent, sometimes described as an “Indian sounding voice.” The caller states he has a partial Social Security Number and needs to verify the number and other personal information. As usual, pressure is put on the victim to make a hasty decision under the threat of arrest or being sued.

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  • Indiana is made up of hardworking organizations and businesses that impact the Hoosier economy and its citizens’ lives. Safeguarding these workplaces from vulnerabilities and potential risks is important to sustain the growth of our communities. Workplace security involves awareness of potential threats and preparation to respond in any potentially hazardous situation. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security encourages all Indiana employers and employees to share the responsibility of securing their facilities.
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  • The following is a newsletter sent from U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind. to announce the end of the government shutdown and explain some about it.

    Today, Senate Democrats agreed to move forward with funding the government. Together, we passed a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the government through February 8, 2018, with an added provision to pay federal workers who were furloughed during the shutdown.

    While I am pleased this needless government shutdown has ended quickly, it was irresponsible of Senate Democrats to shut down the government. I never wanted us to get to a point where our men and women in the Armed Forces who work around the clock to keep us safe were not paid on time because of partisan politics. 

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  • E-mail sent from Congresswoman Susan Brooks sent Saturday afternoon, Jan. 20, 2018

    At midnight on January 20, 2018, funding for the federal government expired. We are currently operating under what is called “a lapse in appropriations” – that is, a shutdown.

    I never wanted us to get to this point. It was irresponsible of Senate Democrats to shut down the government last night. We have tried to compromise and I continue to stand ready to negotiate a solution that will re-open the federal government.

    This morning, I submitted a letter requesting that my pay be withheld for the duration of the shutdown. I also signed on as a cosponsor to H.R. 4852, the Pay Our Protectors, Not Our Politicians Act of 2018,

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  • A press release issued by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office reports that several calls have been received regarding a jury duty scam. Sheriff Mark Bowen is once again reminding area residents of a pervasive telephone scam that leaves victims open to theft and identity theft.

    The jury duty scam, along with the IRS scam, tax warrant scam, relative in need scam, home improvement scam, and others, come and go in cycles but all require potential victims to be aware of the issues. Most recently, the jury duty scam has once again come to the forefront.

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  • This morning at 7, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security activated the State of Indiana Emergency Operations Center to monitor incoming winter weather conditions across the state.

    EOC staff will continue to monitor conditions across the state, and will coordinate the assistance to local entities when needed.

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  • With the potential for snow accumulation this weekend in Indiana, followed by continued extreme cold, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging Hoosiers to be prepared.
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  • The average life span of a Christmas tree is one month after purchase. Consumers should monitor a Christmas tree for freshness and note that when a tree’s needles drop, it means the tree is too dry. These dropped needles are more than just a nuisance to clean up, but rather are an indication that the dry tree is a fire hazard and should be removed from the home. Remove all decorations before disposing of the Christmas tree.

    According to the National Fire Prevention Association, roughly one of every 32 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 143 total reported home fires. Between 2011-15, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 200 home fires per year that started with Christmas trees. These fires caused an average of six deaths, 16 injuries and $14.8 million in direct property damage annually.

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  • With icy weather approaching, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is reminding Hoosiers to be cautious when spending time near bodies of water and ice. It is impossible to judge the strength of ice over a body of water by its appearance, thickness, daily temperature or snow cover alone. Ice strength is dependent on a number of factors, including water depth under the ice, water area size, water chemistry, currents and load distribution on the ice.
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  • With overnight lows and some daytime highs dropping to below freezing, Hoosiers should exercise caution when using alternative heating methods to keep their home warm and cozy.

    “Alternative heating sources are one of the leading causes of home fires and fire-related deaths each year,” State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson said. “Fires caused by alternative heating equipment account for 19 percent of home fire deaths in the United States.”

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  • INDIANAPOLIS – With data breaches at a record high, the Indiana Department of Revenue and Internal Revenue Service are proactively working to prevent Hoosiers’ tax information from getting into the wrong hands.

    “Too many Hoosiers have joined the nearly 145 million Americans who have recently fallen victim to having their personal information stolen,” DOR Commissioner Adam Krupp said. “Every day, more and more data breaches are occurring, putting personal and financial information at risk, and we believe education is key to lowering that risk.”

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  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Susan Brooks was one of the authors on H.R. 2228, the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017, which would help agencies create and improve mental health services for law enforcement officers. The bill was passed Nov. 28 after it was introduced earlier this year by Susan Brooks (R-IN), Val Demings (D-FL), Doug Collins (R-GA), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Dave Reichert (R-WA).
    Brooks represents District 5, which includes Hamilton County. She appeared pleased with the bill’s passage.
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  • The holidays are a joyous season filled with memories, laughter, giving and of course, shopping. To ensure that your shopping cheer isn’t dampened by criminal behavior, follow these safety tips from both the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and former Hamilton County Sheriff and now Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter:
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  • While decking the halls this holiday season, the Indiana State Fire Marshal, part of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, encourages Hoosiers to keep fire safety in mind. A large portion of home fires during the holiday season are a result of outdated holiday lights and unattended candles. Holiday lights and decorations should be carefully examined each year before they are hung outside or on a tree. Common fire hazards to look for on holiday lights are frayed or broken strands and missing bulbs.
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  • The City of Noblesville, Noblesville Chamber of Commerce, Noblesville Main Street, Nickel Plate Arts and Hamilton County, are finalizing plans for the upcoming holiday activities - with several new twists - and would like to invite the public to attend.

    The season will kick off at 7 p.m. on Black Friday with the annual Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce. This event at the Hamilton County Judicial Center includes holiday music and more and is capped off with the lighting of the beautiful downtown lights and Christmas tree. The ceremony will take place inside with the tree lighting on the courthouse square.

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