I-65 interchange focus of INDOT open house




Daily Journal staff reports

Residents can have their say on the proposal to bring Greenwood its third Interstate 65 interchange, which would be at Worthsville Road on the south side of the city.

The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to have a public open house about the proposed I-65 exit at 5 p.m. today at Clark-Pleasant Middle School, 820 Worthsville Road.

Residents can meet with project officials, view maps of the project, ask questions; and offer input, comments or concerns.

The goals of the new interstate exit are to lessen traffic congestion and improve safety. Greenwood city officials also have said the project is expected to have a major economic development effect, opening up more land for new businesses.

Holiday donations sought for Senior Services

The Greenwood city clerk’s office is sponsoring a Christmas donation drive for Johnson County Senior Services.

The organization assists with the needs of area seniors.

The office is taking donations of the following items through Dec. 20:

  • Canned goods: Fruit in light syrup and vegetables with low or no salt
  • Clothing: Elastic waist sweatpants, no elastic at ankles; sweatshirts, any size but specifically need 2x; socks; men’s large fleece pants; winter hats; and slippers, slip on, with rubber soles to prevent slipping
  • Toiletries: Soap, lotion, powder and adult diapers
  • Pet food
  • Starlight peppermint candy
  • Stationery, card sets and postage
  • Kitchen utensils

Johnson County Senior Services also needs food donations for boxes that are distributed throughout the year.

Donations can be dropped off 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the clerk’s office, 2 N. Madison Ave., Greenwood.

Information:

www.jcseniorservices.org.

Humane Society plans pet food collection drive

The Humane Society of Johnson County will conduct a pet food drive-thru Saturday.

The collection drive will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Franklin Community Middle School, 625 Grizzly Cub Drive.

Donors can drop off pet food donations without getting out of their vehicles.

Monetary donations also will be accepted.

Information 535-6626

Annual scholarship dinner planned at Indian Creek

The 15th annual Carrie Clayburn Memorial Dinner will be Jan. 4 at Indian Creek High School.

The dinner will start at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria of the school at 803 Indian Creek Drive, Trafalgar.

Pork chops from the Indian Creek FFA will be served, and a dinner will be provided by area churches.

A freewill offering will go toward a scholarship in Clayburn’s name.

Clayburn was active in 4-H and was a member of a soil judging team. She died in 1998 of acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis.

Information 878-2110

High school to present ‘Fantasy’ concert

Franklin Community High School bands will present “A Christmas Fantasy” at 7 p.m. today.

The concert will feature the symphonic band, jazz ensemble and the percussion ensemble.

Tickets cost $6 per person or $4 for students, children and seniors. The concert will be at the high school, 2600 Cumberland Drive.

For tickets or more information, call 346-8107 or 346-8144.

Children encouraged     to write letters to Santa

The Edinburgh Wright-Hageman Public Library invites all local children to write a letter to Santa Claus.

Letters will be collected in the North Pole Express Mailbox inside the library, 119 W. Main Cross St.

The mailbox will be taking letters until 1 p.m. Saturday.

Children also can mail their letters to the library, postmarked no later than Wednesday, Saturday, to Santa Letters, c/o Edinburgh Public Library, 119 W. Main Cross St., Edinburgh, IN 46124.

Each letter should include a full name, address and telephone number.

Ivy Tech One Stop

Enrollment set in Franklin

Ivy Tech Community College will conduct a One Stop Enrollment Day on Dec. 18 in Franklin.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. new students will be able to complete the enrollment process for spring semester classes in a few hours. The event will be at 2205 McClain Drive.

Students will receive assistance with applications, financial aid, new student orientation, placement assessment, advising and registration for classes.

The event is for students who already have applied to Ivy Tech but need further assistance, and for prospective students who have not applied and want to start taking classes in the spring. The first day of spring semester is Jan. 14.

For more information, call 738-9489.

Recycle old electronics for free in Franklin

Residents can recycle old electronic equipment on two upcoming Saturdays in Franklin.

The Johnson County Recycling District will conduct the collections from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and Jan. 26 at their office, 900 Arvin Road, Suite A.

Electronics also can be dropped off during regular hours from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the facility.

People wanting to drop off items are asked to call ahead to make sure someone is there to accept the items. Officials ask that no one leave electronics outside the office when it’s closed.

The following fees apply to televisions: $7.50 for televisions that are 27 inches or smaller; $12.50 for televisions larger than 27 inches. The fees can be paid with cash or check only. All other electronics are accepted for free.

Information: 738-2546, recycle

johnsoncounty.com

IU group to perform

in Center Grove show

The Indiana University a cappella group Another Round will join the Center Grove choral department for its 2012 holiday show Friday.

The show will start at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Center Grove High School, 2717 S. Morgantown Road. The Center Grove choirs also will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The show will include all Center Grove concert, symphonic and show choirs, the CG Singers, Sound System and Debtones. They will sing modern holiday tunes as well as traditional seasonal favorites.

Tickets for the Friday show, including Another Round, are $15 per person in advance and $17 at the door. Admission to the Saturday show is $5 per person or $4 for students and seniors.

Tickets can be purchased online at centergrovechoirs.org or in the main office at the high school from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All tickets are general admission.

African drum group

to perform at school

An African drum storytelling group will visit Center Grove Middle School Central on Dec. 13.

The ensemble will perform at 1 p.m.

The Griot Drum Ensemble will perform as part of the study of African geography and culture in seventh grade. The group will present storytelling styles and musical instruments of western Africa.

The performances are interactive, and students will have the opportunity to try instruments, rhythms and dances.

A grant from the Center Grove Education Foundation helped bring the group to the school.

Information: centergrove

foundation.org, storytellersdrum.com

Movie about theater

for sale at museum

A DVD about the history of Franklin’s Artcraft Theatre is available for sale at the Johnson County Museum of History.

“The Historic Artcraft Theatre of Franklin, Indiana: Celebrating 90 Years of Entertainment” tells the stories of the Artcraft through oral histories, behind-the-scenes tours, vintage photographs and artifacts.

The video segments include profiles of the “Popcorn Lady” Irene Petro, who worked at the concession counter for more than 30 years; and Trueman Rembusch, the colorful owner of the theater in its heyday.

The video also demonstrates the 1950s-era projectors, which are both still used at the theater. The DVD also explores the theater’s historic renovations and current efforts to bring the theater back to its mid-century grandeur.

The DVD was produced for the Johnson County Museum of History by Ange Bolton and Max Albsmeyer.

The cost of the DVD is $10; proceeds benefit the museum and the theater. It can be purchased in the gift shop on the main floor of the museum, 135 N. Main St., Franklin.

Information: JohnsonCountyMuseum.org, 346-4500

Animal rescue team recruiting new members

The Johnson County Emer-gency Management Agency is recruiting new members for its animal rescue team.

The team rescues pets and farm animals from disaster areas and cares for them until they can be returned to their owners.

Because emergency shelters don’t allow pets, owners can be assured their animals are being cared for until both humans and animals can return home.

For more information about joining, call the county emergency management agency at 736-9064; or email fsutton@co.johnson.in.us. Include your name, phone number and email address.

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