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Sunday, June 16, 2019

CONFIRMED: Tornado strikes Beech Grove

Beech Grove, Indiana (June 16, 2019) IBG — The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado struck Beech Grove Saturday evening. They are still working on determining its exact path. No injuries were reported. It is estimated the tornado had a width of 200 yards and estimated wind speeds of 100 mph.

Storm damage in Beech Grove, Indiana, where a strong storm and possible tornado came through on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Photo: Matt Kryger/IndyStar

Arlo Steel in Beech Grove Photo: Whalen Abbott 

Arlo Steel in Beech Grove Photo: Whalen Abbott

Jeremiah Konubuah and his family were displaced and he says they went into the bathroom and could hear the strong winds pulling off the roof. They live in the Beach Meadows apartments where 24 units were displaced.

 “The Red Cross took care of my family up until now we are safe we don’t know what will happen from now because I have not entered my building,” Konubuah said.

According to a Sunday morning message from the NWS Twitter account, an EF-1 tornado struck Beech Grove with wind speeds of 100 MPH Saturday.

Several buildings sustained major damage, including the high school.

Indianapolis Fire Department is assessing structural damage to Beech Grove High School and a nearby apartment building. Photo: Indianapolis Fire Department

The city’s community center is available as a shelter for residents. The Red Cross, Salvation Army, along with various county and city departments, are all on hand to help residents.

Various Videos of Damage












SOURCE:  Fox59, WTHR, IndyStar, RTV6

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Beech Grove City Schools forms strategic partnership

Beech Grove, Indiana (June 14, 2019) IBG — South Bend headquartered-Teachers Credit Union and Beech Grove City Schools have announced a partnership, that involves stadium naming rights and a cash management agreement.

Per the agreement, TCU will provide cash management services for more than 10 years to support Beech Grove City Schools programs.


Over the next ten years, the partnership is estimated to result in $1.2 million in support for the school district through sponsorship.

“The strategic partnership with Beech Grove City Schools advances TCU’s mission to support educational and extracurricular initiatives in the communities that we serve,” TCU President and chief Executive officer Paul Marsh said in a news release. “We’re excited to strengthen our relationship with Beech Grove educators as they develop innovative programs to prepare students for the future.”

As part of the partnership, the stadium at Beech Grove High School will be renamed TCU Veterans Stadium. TCU also will serve as the official financial services provider for Beech Grove City Schools.

Full Text From Teachers Credit Union


Teachers Credit Union and Beech Grove City Schools have established a new academic, athletic and extracurricular partnership, including stadium naming rights and a cash management agreement. TCU will provide cash management services over 10 years to support Beech Grove City Schools programs.

The cash management dividends and sponsorship elements are expected to provide the school district a total of $1.2 million in support over the next decade.

“The strategic partnership with Beech Grove City Schools advances TCU’s mission to support educational and extracurricular initiatives in the communities that we serve,” TCU President and CEO Paul Marsh said. “We’re excited to strengthen our relationship with Beech Grove educators as they develop innovative programs to prepare students for the future.”

As part of the partnership, the stadium at Beech Grove High School will be renamed TCU Veterans Stadium. TCU will work with Beech Grove City Schools to update the stadium’s signage prior to the 2019-2020 academic year. TCU also will serve as the official financial services provider for Beech Grove City Schools.

“We are proud to partner with TCU and are grateful for the credit union’s generous support for our educators, students and families,” Beech Grove City Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Kaiser said. “This relationship will benefit our community for generations.”



SOURCE: Teachers Credit Union

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Grand Prix of Beech Grove set to go

Beech Grove, Indiana (June 13, 2019) IBG —The inaugural Grand Prix of Beech Grove is set for this Sunday, June 16. Check out racers of all ages as they compete on a course set up in front of Hornet Park Community Center and will also include a portion of the south parking lot and the circle in front of Beech Grove High School. The event is sanctioned by the Southern Indiana Racing Association (SIRA) for karting.


Former IndyCar driver Sarah Fisher is supporting the race through her companies, Speedway Indoor Karting and the Whiteland Raceway Park."We've seen already the karting community, which is the basics, that's where a lot of the kids that get their chance at IMS start. So to get those families inside the loop and showcase the city of Beech Grove and what they've done to support this basis of racing is really awesome," Fisher said.

 It is the third event of the year for SIRA. Organizers expect races will begin in early afternoon and end at 5 p.m. Admission is free for spectators. Parking is available at the north and rear parking lots at the high school and in front of the Hornet Park Community Center.


A temporary course with protective barriers will be set up in front of the Hornet Park Community Center and include a portion of the south parking lot and the circle in front of Beech Grove High School.

Spectators are urged to bring their lawn chairs for comfort. Viewing sites include an area at the far west side of the football field. Vendors, including the Beech Grove Lions Club, will be on site as well as a variety of food trucks and show cars.

Organizers are hoping for about 150 teams, with several thousand more watching all the action.

SOURCE: SIRA Karting


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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Hoosier State Train will cease operations

Beech Grove, Indiana (June 11, 2019) IBG — At 6 a.m. on June 30, Amtrak's Indy-to-Chicago Hoosier State train pulls out of Indianapolis for the last time.

A 2008 federal law requires states to share the cost of Amtrak routes running less than 750 miles. An INDOT study under then-Governor Mike Pence in 2013 calculated the state was losing three-million dollars a year on the Hoosier State. The Rail Passengers Association calculates ridership has dropped by one-fourth since that study.


With the train averaging about 130 passengers a day, the new state budget cuts off funding. The final train will leave Chicago at 5:45 p.m. June 30 and make scheduled stops in Dyer, Rensselaer, Lafayette and Crawfordsville before arriving in Indy 20 minutes before the new budget takes effect at midnight.

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Amtrak's Cardinal route, which runs from Indy to Chicago on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, originates in New York and thus receives federal funding, not state. Amtrak says it's working to increase its Thruway bus partnership with Greyhound the other days, and add additional bus runs on the days the Cardinal does operate.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the railroad's Beech Grove maintenance hub will remain in business. But he says the railyard bids on work for other railroads, and with fewer trains available to carry equipment in, he predicts it'll be harder for Beech Grove to win contracts.

The first missed Hoosier State run on July 2 will be the first time Indy and Chicago haven't had daily rail service since 1998, when the Hoosier State resumed operation after a three-year interruption.

Indiana Passenger Rail Association board member Bill Malcolm says he's disappointed, but hopes the Hoosier State will be resurrected a second time. He blames its demise on finger-pointing between Indiana and Amtrak, with the state faulting Amtrak for not doing more with marketing, while Amtrak has pointed to other states which shoulder more of that responsibility themselves.

And Malcolm says Congress could simply make the Cardinal a daily route. He says it's one of just two federally-supported Amtrak routes which doesn't run every day.

SOURCE: WIBC

Local brewery joins in event

Beech Grove, Indiana (June 11, 2019) IBG — Beech Bank Brewing, a local craft beer brewery will participate in the 2nd Annual Libations by the Levee in Rushville, Indiana from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, at the Riverside Park Amphitheater.

More than 20 breweries, wineries and distilleries will set up booths for event goers to sample their products. Those who attend will have access to unlimited samples of craft beer, wine and spirits.

The City of Rushville partnered with Indiana On Tap to make the event possible. Indiana On Tap is a craft beer media, marketing and events company.

Beech Bank Brewing is located on Main Street in Beech Grove

“Last year’s event was considered largely successful,” Indiana On Tap Founder and Managing Partner Justin Knepp said. “The Riverside Park is a perfect venue for an event like this. We are really looking forward to it.”

Discounted tickets are available online before July 13 at: On Tap Tickets. Tickets will be available the day of the event if they’re not sold out.

Advanced sale VIP tickets are available for $35, general admission for $30 and designated driver for $15.

The day of the event VIP tickets (if not sold out) will sell for $50, general admission for $40 and designated driver for $15.


Gates will open for VIP ticket entry at 4 p.m. with general admission entry starting at 5 p.m.

The event is only for those ages 21 and up (including designated drivers). All attendees must show a valid photo I.D. at the gate upon entry.

There will be live music, food trucks, games, raffles and more. Three musicians, including a full band, will provide musical entertainment.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to a local cause chosen by the City of Rushville.

The event will be held rain or shine.

Participating breweries, wineries and distilleries include Wooden Bear Brewing (Greenfield), Norris English Pub (Liberty), Bier Brewery (Indianapolis), Hoosier Brewing Co. (Greenwood), Beech Bank Brewing (Beech Grove), Quaff ON! Brewing (Nashville), Black Hawk Winery (Sheridan), Cedar Creek Distillery (Martinsville), Jeptha Creed Distillery (Shelbyville, KY), Creatures of Habit Brewing (Anderson), Vodka Squeeze (Indianapolis), Schnitz Brewery (Jasper), Cardinal Spirits (Bloomington), Monon Beverage Brokers (Indianapolis), Tin Man Brewing (Kokomo), Craftroad Beverage (Indianapolis) and Elm Street Brewing (Muncie).

There is an option for online ticket buyers to purchase a new Indiana On Tap Tasting Society Marketplace membership for $5 more when purchasing a VIP or General Admission ticket. This membership is originally $59.95 a year by itself and is good for over $1,200 toward the purchase of craft beer and more at 145 plus Indiana breweries.

To learn more about this option visit Tasting Society Marketplace.

SOURCE: Rushville Republican

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