Category: Cover Stories

Tim Griffin is a Carmel firefighter also involved in fitness and TV. (Photo by Theresa Skutt) 0

Focused firefighter

Tim Griffin goes above and beyond the fire department’s call of duty with volunteer work and TV appearances Tim Griffin is one Carmel firefighter that might look familiar to some people. People sometimes stop...

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Teen queens

Family role models spur Carmel girls’ interest in pageant world By Mark Ambrogi Rachel Berry’s interest in the pageant world was spurred though the success of her aunt. Berry’s aunt, Jan Berry, competed and...

Bill Farrar looks through a water tank on one of his mission trips. (Submitted photo) 0

Fountains of Hope

Carmel resident helps brings clean water to thousands By Mark Ambrogi As a youth growing up, Bill Farrar attended 10 work camps, some as a student and some as a counselor, with Carmel United...

Mary Eckard points to Johnson Addition homes, which she and others say needs to be preserved. (Photo by Theresa Skutt) 3

Nostalgic neighborhood

Longtime homeowners seek preservation amid a developing downtown On any given summer evening, you’ll find families wandering from yard to yard in the Johnson Addition neighborhood; the smell of barbeque smoke in the area...

Brother and sister duo Barret and Lucy Beyers. (Photo by James Feichtner) 0

Healing hearts

The Beyers family recalls daughter’s journey to health By James Feichtner Lucy Beyers is your average three-year-old girl. She constantly smiles, laughs, loves to play with her siblings and enjoys her dance class at...

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...