Saturday, May 25 2013 7:14 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:14:55 GMT
About 35 runners from the Midwest who were unable to finish the Boston Marathon last month because of the bombings will run about a half mile on the track immediately before the start of the IndianapolisMore >>
About 35 runners from the Midwest who were unable to finish the Boston Marathon last month because of the bombings will run about a half mile on the track immediately before the start of the Indianapolis 500.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:09:39 GMT
A 22-year-old sprint car driver died has died after a crash at the Bloomington Speedway. Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer told The Herald-Times that 22-year-old Joshua Burton of Bloomington died atMore >>
A 22-year-old sprint car driver died has died after a crash at the Bloomington Speedway.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:05 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:05:14 GMT
An Indiana man is dead after the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a car near the National Mall in Washington. D.C. police say the collision occurred late Friday night at the intersection of 23rdMore >>
An Indiana man is dead after the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a car near the National Mall in Washington.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:02 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:02:27 GMT
The National Park Service is reminding people who plan to head to the shores of Lake Michigan as the summer season begins that water conditions can change quickly from calm and inviting to rough and dangerousMore >>
National Park Service is reminding people who plan to head to the shores of Lake Michigan as the summer season begins that water conditions can change quickly.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:58:35 GMT
The Evansville police chief is recommending an officer accused of battery against a student while working off-duty at a school be either suspended or fired. The Evansville Courier & Press reports ChiefMore >>
The Evansville police chief is recommending an officer accused of battery against a student while working off-duty at a school be either suspended or fired.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:46 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:46:57 GMT
A former central Indiana coroner who pleaded guilty to driving drunk is suing a former prosecutor from an adjoining county, alleging he provided incompetent counsel that kept her from running for re-election. TheMore >>
A former central Indiana coroner who pleaded guilty to driving drunk is suing a former prosecutor from an adjoining county.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:41 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:41:11 GMT
The force is with the Indiana State Museum. The Indianapolis Star reports an exhibition called "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination" opened at the museum this weekend. The exhibit lets visitorsMore >>
The force is with the Indiana State Museum.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 5:56 PM EDT2013-05-25 21:56:46 GMT
A co-founder of a group that seeks to promote cycling as a safe form of transportation says the death of a 62-year-old man earlier this month highlights the need of cyclists and motorists to share road. AaronMore >>
A co-founder of a group that seeks to promote cycling as a safe form of transportation says the death of a 62-year-old man earlier this month highlights the need of cyclists and motorists to share road.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:49 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:49:02 GMT
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Police were called to an area in the Coke lot near 30th and Moller Road Saturday afternoon for a suspicious item that was found. Police blew up the device. Metro bomb squad and Speedway police say theMore >>
Police were called to an area in the Coke lot near 30th and Moller Road Saturday afternoon for a suspicious item that was found.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 3:38 PM EDT2013-05-25 19:38:50 GMT
The Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade went off without a hitch Saturday. No problems with the weather or security. Some of that was by design. The 500 Festival Parade kept up with tradition. It was designedMore >>
The goal the entire time was to allow those who want to enjoy an Indianapolis tradition the opportunity to do so safely.More >>
When most people think of Greenwood, they think of the Greenwood Park Mall. But residents say the city is more than just the mall.
"It is a family-oriented community. It's a great place to raise your kids," said Karen Beck.
Southsiders say there is one issue for the upcoming election that can improve families' lives here.
"Number one is jobs and the economy. Trying to spend the money that we do have wisely," Beck said.
New businesses are popping up, from medical offices on the north side of Greenwood to small businesses in Old Town Greenwood. That's an area the city has struggled with as far as future plans.
Paul Jacquin opened up the wine shop "Vino Villa" last year and hopes government doesn't stand in the way of other entrepreneurs.
"As much as anything, I think it's a matter of not hindering the process of opening a small business and, you know, allowing 20 people to come here and earn a little bit of a living," he said.
East of Interstate 65, Greenwood has aggressively sought industry. Manufacturers and warehouses that provide jobs and money through TIF districts for roads and quality of life improvements.
To spur more commercial business and deal with Greenwood's growth, the city will get a new interchange on I-65. Half of the project is paid for with TIF district money and residents say it is needed.
"It's hard in the afternoons, because the backup is so much, just to get off the exit," Beck said.
Low taxes are important to Greenwood residents. The city hopes to avoid a hike by using TIF money to build a new pool. It already boasts parks and an increased number of trails.
"It's improved a lot, because we've got great trails now and everybody's excited about that," said Teresa Treeter.
But some say Greenwood needs more - more jobs and more amenities.
"It's just a big spread between the south side and the north side," said Jerry Fields, who lives on the south side of Indianapolis.
"The number one thing is the economy and jobs. When that gets going, then other things can come. But until then, we need to concentrate on that," Beck said.
A healthy economy, they say, to ensure the "City of Pride and Progress" lives up to its name.
Eyewitness News is hosting a community conversation Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Greenwood Community Center.
Times have changed
Just few generations ago, people in Greenwood raised food, mostly for those in Indianapolis. Today, people who work in Indianapolis come to raise their families in Greenwood.
"Our kids go to Clark-Pleasant System and we've really enjoyed that. It's a good school system," said Jerard Lehner.
Greenwood was a much quieter town until the 1960s, when Interstate 65 made travel from Indianapolis quick and easy. Housing additions grew where they used to grow crops and hay for livestock. Greenwood's population has risen more than 700 percent in the last 50 years and more are looking for property there.
"I would say we sleep in Mooresville and we live in Greenwood, so we're looking to see if we can limit our travel costs," said Cathy Gundt.
Geographically, Greenwood meets Indianapolis at County Line Road. But politically, there is a much greater divide. Democrats hold most of the offices north of the line, but on the Greenwood side, Republicans dominate.
For some, it's just tradition.
"I grew up Republican," said Dottie Hadley.
For others, it's a belief that the business of America should be business.
"Obama's never been in business and Mitt Romney has and he's been successful, so I think he would be good at being president," said Tom Lewellyn.
Throughout the 90s, Greenwood's unemployment rate was low, hovering between one and two percent. It spiked in 2008 and has been trending lower since President Obama took office. Right now, it's just over seven percent, lower than the state and national average, but high for Greenwood.
But business is good for Greenwood's newest pizza shop, Jockamo, which opened downtown two years ago.
"We came to Greenwood because there is a huge population down here and nothing like us down here," said owner Mick McGrath.
But the news for other business hasn't been positive. Greenwood has one of the largest shopping malls in Indiana, but outdoor store Cabela's bailed on its plan to build a massive new store four years ago when the economy turned south.
At a local barber shop, customer Merrill Bartle says Romney is the one to lead the economy.
"He's a businessman and knows what it takes to be successful in business and the government needs to be run like a business," Bartle said.
But the wisdom of the barber is more bi-partisan and less optimistic.
"It's gotcha politics now, man and it turns you off. Kinda makes you believe that the system ain't gonna work, but it should work," said barber Vinnie Berberino.
Conversation with Paul Jacquin
Eyewitness News Reporter Jennie Runevitch had a conversation with Vino Villa owner Paul Jacquin, who thinks Greenwood can offer a lot to other small businesses.
Jennie: "You chose to put your business in Greenwood. Why did you choose the location? How long have you been here?" Paul: "We opened our doors for business just under a year ago."
Jennie: "Why Greenwood?" Paul: "'Cause we live here. My wife is a longtime southsider, been here all her life. We've been here together for over 25 years. Just love the south side."
Jennie: "There's been a lot of talk about what should be done with Old Town Greenwood. What do you hope to see?" Paul: "Well, it's gotta start somewhere and there are a lot of cool little businesses along here that are starting to spring up and I think some of it's about gaining momentum. You've got a whole stretch along Madison here and around Main Street that, again, there's some cool old facilities, that somebody's willing to put the time, money and attention into, you know, there's a lot of opportunity."
Jennie: "What's the state of the economy right now in Greenwood, in your estimation?" Paul: "There are certainly some positive signs. I think our little business is one of those positive signs. One of the challenges that we face, I think, as a business, is not so much what the government or the local government is going to do for us, but things they're not going to do to us.
"Whether it's, you know, the local mayor's office, the gubernatorial office or the presidential, it's, you know, using the tax dollars and the fees and things that we're paying as citizens, as businesses, using those wisely and efficiently. If you look 10 years down the road, I'd love to see every one of these little buildings down this stretch of Madison and around the Main Street corridor, you know, an opportunity for folks to, again, we talked about destinations."
Jennie: "So you see potential?" Paul: "Oh, absolutely. I wouldn't be here if I didn't."
Friday, May 24 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:19:14 GMT
Police are seeking criminal charges against two missing campers who were found on the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury. Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19More >>
Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19 and 20, were found Wednesday after a ground and air search for several hours by police officers and soldiers of the Atterbury grounds near Edinburgh.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 5:53 AM EDT2013-05-25 09:53:25 GMT
An Elwood High School baseball coach is under investigation for touching one of his players. The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports that Elwood Police Chief Sam Hanna confirmed that Charles "Chuck" Everson,More >>
An Elwood High School baseball coach is under investigation for touching one of his players. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:10 AM EDT2013-05-25 15:10:36 GMT
The new state budget that increases funding for schools the next two years won't benefit every Indiana school district. Terry Spradlin of Indiana University's Center for Evaluation and Education PolicyMore >>
The new state budget that increases funding for schools the next two years won't benefit every Indiana school district.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:04 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:04:40 GMT
Two people are in custody after an incident where an IMPD officer fired his duty weapon. Police say officers were investigating an incident in the 3200 block of Boulevard Place when a suspect failed toMore >>
Two people are in custody after an incident where an IMPD officer fired his duty weapon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:55 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:55:55 GMT
A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate. Rodney Vawter has owned the personalized Fraternal Order of Police license plate "0INK" for the past three years. A class actionMore >>
A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate after it was revoked by the BMV.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:56 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:56:19 GMT
A female pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the northeast side of Indianapolis. The woman was hit on E. 34th Street, between Gladstone and Colorado, around 9:45 p.m. Friday.More >>
A female pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the northeast side of Indianapolis.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 1:44 PM EDT2013-05-25 17:44:05 GMT
An anthropologist at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is drawing interest from media worldwide for his expedition in July to Australia to study how some 1,000-year-old coins ended up onMore >>
An anthropologist at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is drawing interest from media worldwide for his expedition in July to Australia to study how some 1,000-year-old coins ended up on a remote beach there.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:45 PM EDT2013-05-25 16:45:20 GMT
Floats and bands are beginning to line the streets Saturday morning for the 2013 IPL 500 Festival Parade. Eight of the 12 floats scheduled to appear in the parade were judged Thursday evening. The 2013More >>
More than 300,000 spectators are expected to line the two-mile parade route to see the 33 starting drivers of the 2013 Indianapolis 500®, more than 80 specialty units, floats, marching bands and giant inflatable balloons.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 2:42 PM EDT2013-05-25 18:42:48 GMT
Authorities say three men from eastern Indiana were killed in a head-on crash along a northern Indiana highway. The LaGrange County Sheriff's Department says 21-year-old Dwayne Davis of Parker City, 19-year-oldMore >>
Authorities say three men from eastern Indiana were killed in a head-on crash along a northern Indiana highway.More >>