Category: Cover Stories

Ari Simons plays in the new co-op class- room. (Photo by Theresa Skutt) 0

Carmel Co-op

Parents of tots take education into their own hands By Mark Ambrogi As the creator of Carmel Moms Group on Facebook, Natasha Shallon frequently got asked about preschool options in Carmel. “They want something...

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Dancing duo

True Riley Kids lead drive for 10th anniversary Carmel Dance Marathon By Mark Ambrogi Just a few weeks ago, Katie Tortorice was forced to use a wheelchair as her doctor struggled to find a...

Nick, Melissa and Isabella Shelton, who hope birth records will be open to adopted kids, look at family photos. (Photo by Heidi Schmidt) 4

Born for this battle

Carmel family hopes to change Indiana adoption laws By Mark Ambrogi This is mission that Melissa Shelton and her son Nick Shelton were born to undertake. Melissa, an adoptee herself and an adoption social worker,...

Amy Bilquist prepares to dive in during a Carmel High School swimming practice (Photo by Heidi Schmidt). 0

Born to swim

Carmel’s Amy Bilquist’s blazing run may lead to Olympics By Mark Ambrogi The last 18 months have been a wild wave for Amy Bilquist. When Bilquist moved with her family from Goodyear, Ariz., in...

(Left) Jim Brainard as a scout, (right) Rick Sharp as a young boy. (Photo Illustration by Zach Ross) 0

Paths to politics

How two men grew up to be leaders in Carmel Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard and City Council President Rick Sharp are very different men. They have different visions for our city and Sharp has...

Jane Flanders works out with trainer Tod Baker. (Photo by Mark Ambrogi) 0

Working her way back

How Pilates helped one woman learn to live again By Mark Ambrogi Jane Flanders has been dealing with her cerebral palsy her entire life. However following hip replacement surgery and then suffering leg injuries...

Marlin Jackson in downtown Carmel. (Photo by Sara Crawford) 0

Fight for Life

Former Colts player builds foundation for at-risk youth As a former member of the Indianapolis Colts, Marlin Jackson is a role model to young kids. He’s remembered for one of the most famous plays...

Fred Baade, a 48-year Carmel resident, cuts former Indianapolis Mayor William Hudnut’s hair. (Photo by Mark Ambrogi) 0

Closing shop

Fred Baade closes barber shop after more than 60 years cutting hair By Mark Ambrogi Fred Baade learned how to cut hair at age 14 in Germany near the end of World War II....

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Looking ahead

What’s next for Carmel in 2015? Government Mayor Jim Brainard has already announced he will seek a sixth term in May, but no opponent has officially been announced yet. City Councilor Rick Sharp said...

Laura Baker (back row, center) and students from Columbia College prepare for filming. (Submitted photo) 0

Lights, camera, action!

Carmel grad Laura Baker brings a little bit of Hollywood home By Mark Robinson Carmel will be going a little Hollywood next month, thanks to a native college student who has aspirations of making it big...