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Beech Grove, Indiana

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Masonic Lodge hopes to save historic items

Beech Grove, IN (July 17, 2019) — The Beech Grove Masonic Lodge is hoping to salvage a big piece of presidential history after a large fire destroyed a substantial portion of their building. Fire broke out at about 3:00 AM, July 8th at Beech Grove Lodge 694 on the south side of Indianapolis.

The fire damaged most of the second floor, including the roof and attic. “The first floor has severe water damage and will probably need to be completely gutted,” said Kevin Upshaw, Master of Beech Grove Masonic Lodge.

A few valuable pieces of history got caught in the flames, including remnants of a visit by U.S. President Harry Truman.

“October 15th 1948, president Harry Truman visited Beech Grove lodge — We still use that chair that Harry Truman sat in, and it's really special to us,” Worshipful Master Kevin Upshaw said.

Beech Grove Lodge is noteworthy in Indiana’s Masonic history, as well as to the cultural heritage of the fraternity. In 1948, President Harry S Truman famously snuck away from the press during a campaign stopover in Indianapolis to attend the Master Mason degree of Donald Bauermeister, a young sailor from Indiana who was his physical therapist on board the Presidential Yacht back in Washington.

The President was crisscrossing the Midwest on a whistle stop campaign tour, and was traveling through Indiana at the time. Don and his father had attended Truman’s stump speech in Kokomo earlier in the day, and were invited by the President to ride in his private railroad car the rest of the way into the city. While underway, Truman suddenly informed his staff that he wished to visit the Beech Grove Masonic lodge that evening.

Harry Truman was an enthusiastic Freemason. Before becoming President in 1945, Truman had served as Grand Master for the Grand Lodge of Missouri, and remained an active supporter of the fraternity all his life.

Rumors of the President’s ‘secret’ trip to Beech Grove that night spread like wildfire, especially among the railroad community. The Secret Service had taken pains to convince the press that Truman had gone to bed early aboard his train at Union Station, and even used a body double decoy to convince them. Nevertheless, over a thousand people gathered in the streets outside of the lodge to try to catch a glimpse of the President entering the Masonic Hall at 7th and Main Streets.

Truman was famously on a campaign stop when he snuck away from the press to attend the Master Mason degree ceremony of a young sailor from Indiana who was his physical therapist on board the Presidential Yacht. Eventually, many of the items he touched and used during the ceremony would become part of the lodge’s history and lore.

Plaque outside the lodge

"By the time the president showed up here, there were 1,000 people in the streets surrounding this wanting to catch a glimpse of the president. It is an example of national history, because even today, it's very unusual for a president to suddenly say, 'Hold it, I want to go and do this,'" associate director for the Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana Chris Hodapp said.

Everything from the “master’s chair” Truman sat in to items he used instantly became invaluable to the lodge. Now, many of those items are charred or covered in smoke and ash. Members of the lodge haven’t had the chance to evaluate all of the damage due to the building being unsafe.

He arrived just before the second section of the degree began, and nearly three hundred Masons packed into the lodge room, the social areas, and even lined the staircase. Because Masonic degree rituals are considered secret, Truman’s non-Mason security agents were not permitted to actually enter the lodge room during the ceremony. Forced to wait nervously outside, the President assured them he was in the safest possible place on Earth.

Inside, Truman was invited to preside over the ceremony, and sat in the Master’s chair. When asked how he wanted to be formally introduced to the gathered members and visitors, he humbly declined the presidential title and instead asked to be identified simply as a Past Grand Master of Missouri.

Monday's blaze started on the second floor near the East in the lodge room, and authorities have determined the fire was caused by an electrical problem. Thankfully, there were no injuries. The lodge room and about a third of the roof and attic area are a total loss, but the flames were confined to those areas by the closed Tyler's and Preparation room doors.

The present hall of Beech Grove Lodge was dedicated in 1942. Because of the major structural loss and tremendous water and smoke damage, it is expected that the building will be gutted and rebuilt, but the exterior facade will be retained. Charters of the lodge and the Eastern Star chapter were both consumed by the fire. On Wednesday members and work crews were hurriedly attempting to remove all surviving paper records and any other salvageable items, as the building is now unstable.

Papers and Records. Photo: Free Mason For Dummies 

Members of the lodge report that the famous meeting’s 1948 register book with the President’s signature suffered smoke damage from the fire, along with original photographs from the event. The Master's chair that President Truman sat in is currently buried under the collapsed portion of the roof beams, but a preliminary look holds out the possibility that it can be salvaged.

Upshaw says they’re still waiting on damage totals, but estimates are well within the tens of thousands of dollars. He says they plan to rebuild, but first must take stock of everything. Until then, they’re relying on the help of other lodges to get them through.

“We’ll keep going, and we’ll be back in there. It’s not the furniture that makes the lodge, it’s the brothers,” Upshaw said

SOURCE: FreeMasonForDummies

Beech Grove High School Graduate Paints Mural

Noblesville, IN (July 17, 2019) — Sunday afternoon, Betsy Reason, the editor of The Times in Noblesville, Indiana received a news tip that an artist was painting a mural of a train under the railroad bridge, on the underpass wall, near the Forest Park boat launch in Noblesville.

So she grabbed her camera and headed that way.

After parking her car in the Son Shine Service lot on the south side of the bridge, she nervously walked north alongside the busy Indiana 19 and under the bridge until she was in sight of an artist painting the underpass wall.

His blond hair was tied back in a ponytail, and he wore a do-rag and headphones. She assumed he was listening to his favorite music.

The mural that he was painting -- of the Leviathan steam locomotive No. 63, in red, black and gold, exiting from a block railroad tunnel -- was beautiful.

He caught a glimpse of the journalist before she climbed over the guard rail, but he kept painting. She walked up closer to admire his work. By that time, he had removed his headphones.

She introduced herself, then he.

The 46-year-old mural artist was Travis Neal of Broad Ripple, and he was selected from applicants who responded to a Noblesville Parks & Recreation and Hamilton County Tourism/Nickel Plate Arts open callout for a commissioned mural artist.

The original concept started as a “White River monster,” he said, “a tall tale from the 1800s of a Loch Ness-style sea serpent” lurking in White River. The City wasn’t thrilled with the concept, so decided to change the theme. “So we went with the train,” Neal said, describing the Leviathan, a re-creation of the Lincoln Funeral Train, which stopped in Noblesville five years ago.

He started painting the mural Saturday morning, doing all of the blocking in and shading. The color work started Sunday. He was hoping to finish it up over the weekend. However, the sun became too intense on the mural before he could finish. So he’ll return again soon to complete the project.

“The detail work is taking a little longer than I anticipated,” Neal said of the 16-by-10-foot wall mural that may be a little wider.

The prep work included a masonry primer and pressure washing the wall. Darren Peterson, president of Nickel Plate Arts, an architect, artist and member of Noblesville City Council, volunteered his time to help prep the wall and gridded out the blockwork, to make it look like blocks, around the opening of the mural’s railroad tunnel. Peterson worked the early part of Saturday and Sunday with the mural artist.

‘The train’s all me,” Neal said proudly.

He answered interview questions between the sound of passing traffic under the railroad bridge. “Trucks are a nuisance,” he said, shaking his head. A few minutes later, he said, “The canoe buses are a nuisance. They go too fast, and they are really, really loud,” as one of the buses passed.

But he likes the spot. “I’m pretty thankful that I’ve been able to work in the shade. The traffic is kind of a pain in the neck, but it does provide a breeze.”

Neal said he’s enjoyed painting the mural. “It’s a labor of love. If I could do this full time, I would be a very happy boy. Every project is a new adventure, new challenges. I really enjoy that,” said the artist, who researched the train to figure out how to best portray the locomotive, which the City approved before starting on the wall.

“With shade like this, it will practically last forever, especially with the extra UV coat on it,” he said.

In total, he expects to put in 20-24 hours painting the mural.

While there has been a lot of traffic passing by, he said, some drivers have stopped. “Lots of people. People are very gracious.”

Mural artist Travis Neal of Broad Ripple has painted a steam locomotive train mural under the railroad bridge that crosses Indiana 19, between downtown Noblesville and Forest Park.

Neal has been an artist all of his life. “The mural thing kind of took off when I moved into my house in 2000 and painted my dining room wall kind of a tribute to my mom, a 12-foot-wide reproduction of (Vincent van Gogh’s) ‘Starry Night.’ Ever since my first taste of working large scale, that’s what I wanted to do,” he said.

In summer 2018, he painted “Aquarium Surprise,” a cat looking in an aquarium, a wrap-around mural on the traffic control box at 116th Street and the pocket park in Fishers. He has painted murals all over the state, including Sailor Jerry murals, for bars and restaurants, all unique to each establishment, including the Free Spirit Lounge in Indianapolis. He does a lot of commercial work, particularly reproductions of logos.

The mural business is mainly weekend work. During the week he manages a Signarama sign shop in Carmel. Neal, an Indianapolis native, graduated from Beech Grove High School. He’s a member of One Zone Chamber of Commerce that serves Carmel and Fishers, spends a lot of time on Geist Reservoir and golfs often in Hamilton County. He has a wife, Carole, of 25 years in September, and they have three cats.

The project carried a commission and materials fee of $1,000 for completion and installation of the artwork on the wall. Noblesville Parks & Recreation and Nickel Plate Arts made the final selection from artists who submitted their applications by May 16.

This “art installation” of the Leviathan steam locomotive would “help drive local engagement,” “beautify the boat launch area” and “serve as a local landmark,” the callout said on the Nickel Plate website.

Neal agreed to collaborate with the Noblesville parks staff to confirm a design that would be “community friendly” and “ideally ties into Noblesville history, Indiana history and/or the local community.”

“I think Travis was the perfect fit to this project. It’s a project that is physically really challenging because of its location,” said Aili McGill, executive director for Nickel Plate Arts in Noblesville. Being that there were a few entities involved, and the design changed from the first mural mockup, and it became a little trickier to implement, she said, “Travis has just the right personality to balance all of that, and he also has all of the skills we wanted. He’s incredibly talented.” She’s hoping that other artists who applied can be worked into future projects.

Over the weekend, social media was abuzz with comments on the Nickel Plate Arts’ Facebook post, picturing Neal and Peterson working on the mural together.

The majority of the Facebook comments were positive about the art.

But there were some who asked why the Leviathan reproduction was chosen over a locomotive that might have been more relevant to Noblesville and Hamilton County history.

That is a legitimate question.

So she asked McGill, who elaborated more about how the mural was originally going to be the river monster, “since that spot is so close to the river. Connecting the boat launch to Forest Park, that could be fun.” But the monster didn’t embody what the City wanted to say in that spot on the wall and asked for another mural proposal. “Because a river monster is a leviathan, we started playing with the idea of commemorating the Lincoln train that happened a couple of years ago.”

McGill said, “Looking at all of the locomotives that we could that depicts the history of the Nickel Plate Railroad, it was just going to be endless. We were a little concerned that we weren’t going to get all of the details right to make everybody happy. So we decided to do a train that’s been on those tracks, just not one that is specifically connected to the Nickel Plate Rail.”

The City has an ordinance that murals cannot be advertisements.

While the Leviathan mural may “not make those (Facebook) commentators happy,” she said, “We didn’t want this to appear to be a sign advertising actual train rides in the park.”

McGill said, “I am fairly certain that we’ll have other pieces that we’ll connect to the history of the railroad in Noblesville. We just don’t have them solidified yet.”

A dedication and celebration of the mural will be announced by the City of Noblesville soon after the mural is completed.

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SOURCE: The Times

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Brownfield property group purchases site

Beech Grove, IN (July 9, 2019) — Working closely with the City of Beech Grove and CSX Transportation, Indianapolis-based Real Estate Recovery Capital (RERC) has acquired a 115- acre former Brownfield site on Emerson Avenue in Beech Grove, Indiana.

The property is situated in an industrial/commercial area of the city and has a rare combination of size, industrial zoning, and significant railroad access. The property has been vacant for decades and was most recently used to hold rail cars.

"This property fits our investment criteria for Brownfield-related properties, and we are excited about the opportunity to work with the City of Beech Grove and CSX on the future of the site," said Dwight Stenseth, President of Real Estate Recovery Capital.

"We are pleased to support the City of Beech Grove in attracting industry to meet its transportation needs through rail," said Shantel Davis, CSX, VP Real Estate and Facilities.

Redevelopment of the site is currently in the planning stages.

SOURCE: PR Newswire
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Beech Grove man arrested on felony charges

Beech Grove, IN (July 9, 2019) — A woman was grazed by a bullet during a botched drug deal in a Greenwood apartment last week. The marijuana-sale-turned-robbery was arranged via social media app Snapchat and happened on Thursday, police said. The suspect was arrested on Saturday after a woman who set up the drug deal came forward. Greenwood police released information about the incident on Tuesday.

Brandon D. Saloane, 27, a convicted felon who lives in Beech Grove, was arrested on felony charges of robbery and battery causing moderate injury to another person. The robbery happened about 12:30 p.m. on Thursday in the 900 block of Coventry Court, which is in an apartment complex west of U.S. 31, between Fry Road and County Line Road.

The resident of the apartment told police that he had received a message from a woman on Snapchat who was wanting to buy marijuana, according to a probable cause affidavit. Snapchat is a messaging cell phone application, where the messages are only available to users for short periods of time.

A man was going to come to the Greenwood apartment to pay for the marijuana. Saloane arrived and paid the resident $180 in cash and, in return, was given marijuana, the affidavit said. Saloane used the restroom, then shoved a gun into the resident’s side and told him to give him “everything,” the affidavit said.

A female resident of the apartment was hit in the face with the gun, then Saloane fired the gun at the ceiling, or it went off while he was hitting her. The bullet grazed her cheek, and she and the male resident fled the apartment and called 911, the report said.

While they were waiting for police outside, they saw the robber, later identified as Saloane, leave the apartment with items shoved up his shirt, the report said. They later determined he had taken $2,000 and about one-fourth of a pound of marijuana, police said.

The victim was taken to Community Hospital South, where she received eight stitches in her cheek. She has since been released, said Doug Roller, deputy chief of the Greenwood Police Department.

The next day, police learned about a possible suspect when a woman reported to police that she had set up the drug deal and that Saloane had stolen her gun.

The woman who set up the drug deal had met Saloane about a month earlier, and the two smoked weed together, she told police. She told police that she arranged for Saloane to buy the marijuana, but he then took her handgun and robbed the people he was supposed to be purchasing marijuana from, she told police.

Saloane was arrested on Saturday at an apartment in Beech Grove, and police found marijuana and digital scales in the apartment and his vehicle, the report said. He told detectives he had thrown the gun in the river because he did not want his parole officer to find it, the affidavit said.

Saloane has been on parole for two attempted robbery convictions in Hendricks County and a drug possession conviction in Marion County in 2014. He was sentenced to more than five years for those convictions. Saloane, of 100 N. 5th Ave., was taken to the Johnson County Jail, where he was held on $34,400 bond. No one else was arrested.

SOURCE: Daily Journal

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Josh Fryar commits to Ohio State

Beech Grove, IN (July 4, 2019) — Indiana three-star offensive lineman Josh Fryar has committed to Ohio State, he announced via Twitter on Thursday.

Fryar, who is listed as a center but can play other positions on the offensive line, chose the Buckeyes over Indiana, Penn State, Purdue and Oregon. He is the No. 2 prospect out of Indiana.

While Fryar had offers from big programs like Alabama, Florida State, Oklahoma and others, Fryar essentially narrowed his recruiting focus to Indiana and Ohio State. His father, Jeff, was a legendary offensive lineman under former head coach Bill Mallory at Indiana, and the opportunity to stay close to home was there for the center.

Ben Davis graduate Dawand Jones, an Indiana All-Star basketball player, is an incoming freshman at Ohio State. Fryar said he talked with Jones on the first day of his official visit.

Listen to Josh Fryar commit to Ohio State

“It was funny because me and Dawand and three other players played basketball at a park the first night I was there,” Fryar said. “He basically told me if you want a great education, want to work your butt off and have a chance to play in the NFL, Ohio State is where you want to be.”

While there are plenty of football-related reasons to pick Ohio State, Fryar said he was also looking beyond his playing career. He plans to get into communications with an eye on broadcasting.
“Education wise, there are so many connections for broadcasting with Ohio State,” Fryar said. “If you look at ESPN or NFL Network, there are a lot of Ohio State graduates there. And in football, I feel like they are going to push me to the maximum.”

The atmosphere he felt at Ohio State's spring game in April juxtaposed with the intimate and genuine feeling he had during Ohio State's Buckeye Bash & Barbecue on June 21 provided a place where he felt home away from home though. Fryar also made a visit to Ohio State spring practice.

The Indiana center becomes the No. 19 commitment of Ohio State's 2020 class and the sixth offensive line commitment. He is one of four offensive line commits that are rated outside of the top-300 and will likely need to redshirt a year. While he is classified as a center, he can play guard or tackle in Columbus.

SOURCE: 24/7 Sports

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Beech Grove Celebrates

Beech Grove, IN (June 30, 2019) — Spend the first week in July celebrating events from July 2nd to July 5th in Beech Grove, Indiana. From Craft Beer to Art & Craft Shows, Food Trucks and more, these events will have you singing like Lee Greenwood before the week is done.
NOTE: All links go to their respective Facebook Pages.

Eagle mural behind the old meat market. Photo: Hannah Lee

Let us not forget tons of Fireworks at Sarah T. Bolton Park put on every year by the Beech Grove Promoters Club. Folks might also like the first Friday in July with live music.

All American Day in the Park & Fireworks
The All American Day in the Park and Fireworks on July 3rd at the Sarah T. Bolton Park starts at 4:00 PM . This year's National Anthem will be sung by the talented Breanna Faith at 9:00 PM. Enjoy food, music, games and fun with friends and family. Come early and grab a great seat for the fireworks, which will begin at dusk. Please note that vehicular traffic will not be permitted in the park, except for vehicles with a disabled parking permit entering to park for the duration of the event. Also, Yum Noms will be selling their cotton candy and light up cones during this event.

Yum Noms making Cotton Candy

There will be limited first come, first served disabled parking and once parked in those spaces, vehicles will not be able to leave until after the event is over and most pedestrians have left the park, so please plan accordingly.

More Info: All American Day in the Park & Fireworks

First Friday July
Many Main Street businesses will be open later so you can stop by and see what they have to offer. Organized by the Beech Grove Artist Collective, they will have over 15 artists showing and selling their artwork throughout the evening. They also will be hosting a Chalk Art Contest on the corner of 5th and Main from 3:00-7:00 PM. Food and drinks will be available and judging will take place at 7:00 PM. Participating businesses are: Beech Bank BrewingScarlet Grove Public HouseBeech Grove Clay WorksThe Y-shop Vintage and MoreRelics Redesigned, and Treasure Trove in the Grove.

MORE Info: First Friday July 5th

Food and Eats
If you start to get hungry after walking the Main Street stretch, stop by Street Chef food truck outside of Beech Bank Brewing. They sell delicious Italian style sandwiches that are sure to satisfy. Also, Mr. & Mrs. Food Services will have their gourmet hot dog trailer in front of Accurate PC at the corner of 7th and Main. They also sell walking tacos and cold drinks. Ball Park Pizza & Eatery II at 6th and Main serves up great pizza and is open till around 10:00 PM.

Hot Dog Menu

Well there you have it, have a great week Beech Grove!

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Beech Grove High School cleanup continues

Beech Grove, IN (June 29, 2019) — Progress is being made in repairs to Beech Grove High School after it was damaged by a June 15 tornado.

School Superintendent Dr. Paul Kaiser issued an update, Friday.

"The Science Academy and its three classrooms are a total loss," said Kaiser. "The Hornet Enrichment Academy (the former Media Center) is a total loss. Classroom and lab contents are currently being evaluated to determine what can be salvaged and what contents will be replaced."

A final damage estimate won't be available until school officials and insurance adjusters finish their work, but insurance is expected to cover most repairs costs, according the school district spokesperson Melody Stevens.

Related | CONFIRMED: Tornado strikes Beech Grove

The F1 tornado with wind speeds estimated by the National Weather Service at 100 miles-per-hour carved a damage path 200 yards wide over the school grounds, east of South Emerson Avenue and north of I 465.

Besides the classrooms and academy, there was damage to the football field, baseball field and tennis courts.

Kaiser says the high school girls basketball team is back at the school for summer practices. The football team has returned to the high school weight room for summer conditioning, and the girls volleyball team is practicing again at the high school. Band summer camp will begin as scheduled in July. The tennis team is practicing at Roncalli High School.

Inside athlertic facilities were not damaged, but teams were kept off campus in the days right after the tornado as a safety precaution.

"The high school campus remains closed to the public as debris removal and construction continue," said Kaiser. "The campus is only accessible to authorized workers and staff and to students who are part of an authorized practice camp."

School reopens for the fall semester July 31 and not all repairs will be done by then, according to Stevens. But she says students who would normally be in areas that were damaged will be moved elsewhere on campus.


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Friday, June 28, 2019

Beech Grove senior chooses UIndy

Beech Grove, IN (June 28, 2019) — Spencer Chapman, a recent Beech Grove High School graduate and standout percussion player, has been accepted to three local colleges with academic and music scholarships.

After receiving acceptance letters from the University of Indianapolis, Butler University and DePauw University, Spencer weighed his options. He ultimately decided UIndy was the best choice for his future and accepted a scholarship from the Richard R. Lugar Academic Recognition Award.

Spencer has had a love of percussion since he was a little boy. “It all started when I was 6 and I got a rock band for Christmas with the electronic drums,” Spencer said. “He was always drumming on everything everywhere we went,” Tonya Chapman, Spencer’s mom, added. He found his talent.

Spencer started playing percussion with the Marching Hornets his sixth grade year. “I really wanted to get into percussion so I tried really hard and I think I was the last kid to get in, actually,” he said.

Spencer not only learned about music, but he learned strong leadership and everyday life skills. Learning how to build communication skills was a very important part of his lessons through band. He has met and made lifetime friends and memories.

“It’s a ton of fun with people who become your family,” Spencer said. He has also participated in pep band, concert band, jazz band, winter percussion and solo and ensemble. In 2019, Spencer won three gold medals and one silver during his solo and ensemble performance. Spencer was also awarded outstanding percussion in 2017.

During his senior year, Spencer ventured into a new passion for the stage with his girlfriend Mackenzie Martin by his side. The pair played Kenickie Murdoch and Betty Rizzo, respectively, in the musical Grease, and Colonel Mustard and Miss Scarlett in the production of Clue. Spencer also helped build sets for plays.

“Spencer is the most kind, humble (person) and he is extremely talented and he’s handsome too,” Mackenzie said. Spencer was also asked to play percussion for the Beech Grove show choirs. He is a National Honor Society member and teaches percussion in an advanced music instruction class to the younger students at Beech Grove Middle School.

Photo Source: Beech Grove Drama 🎭 @BGPlayers

Cory Wynn is the band director for BGHS; he taught Spencer for six years. Spencer decided he wanted to be a band director his freshman year.

“It was just unusual from an early on age that he decided he wanted to be a band director.” Wynn said. “He decided he had a goal and made it happen.”

Spencer had a strong drive and grew to become a student leader and idol to the other students in the band program.

“It really has nothing to do with music,” Wynn said. “Watching young adults grow up and evolve into confident people with morals and life skills, I think that is the most important thing I can give my students.” Wynn has high hopes Spencer will be a great band director one day in front of his own students. “I will be watching with pride,” Wynn said.

Tonya, who also attended BGHS, joined Beech Grove Band Boosters the first year Spencer was in marching band. She started by feeding the students and eventually became treasurer. Tonya would spend 20 hours or more a week doing “band mom” duties.

“The first year it was very eye opening. I didn’t realize everything that went into making this happen.” Tonya said. “I wanted to be a band mom because it does take so much time and that was time I could still spend with him to support him. I am his biggest cheerleader and I always want him to know I’m there for him.”

One of her favorite memories is seeing Spencer come out onto the field as a seventh grader with the high school kids and feeling so proud that he was feeling confident.

BGHS Marching Hornets wish Spencer the best for his future. The Marching Hornets end each practice, saying loud and in unison, “with pride.” Spencer Chapman has delivered that.

SOURCE: The Southside Times

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Main Street: A Hotbed of Magical Mischief

Beech Grove, IN (June 26, 2019) — Main Street Beech Grove will soon see a surge of witches and wizards alike flock the area with the release of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. The corridor’s unique makeup of landmarks, nonprofits and churches in such a small area makes it a popular destination for Augmented Reality activity- especially when it comes to banishing magical creatures causing virtual mayhem.

Related | Main Street: A hot hub for Pokemon Go

If this sounds familiar then it should because Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a game made by the same creators as Ingress and Pokemon Go. However, unlike the two previous games, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is fairly different. It takes the best of Pokemon Go and expands on it, sans catching critters.

At its core, the game still uses similar foundations as the other games, such as the live map and key locations.

But be prepared for a jump in difference between Wizards Unite and Pokemon Go.

Unlike Ingress or Pokemon Go, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a far more immersive experience. You can interact with certain landmarks and ‘jump into’ these points and be whisked into an AR living room for example and interact with certain objects.

The game also plays more like a traditional RPG with character interactions, fixing situations, chasing clues for Foundables, a storyline to tie elements in and even features like professions and potions making.

So the next time you see someone park at the side of a street for a few minutes on their phone or sitting on a bench on Main Street in Beech Grove, chances are that the person may just be playing Niantic’s newest release - Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

Written by: Hannah Lee

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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.


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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.


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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Monday, June 10, 2019

All American Day in the Park

Beech Grove, Indiana (June 10, 2019) IBG — Independence Day is almost here, and with it, the rush for the best spot to watch the fireworks. The Beech Grove Promoters Club will host All American Day in the Park at Sarah T. Bolton Park on July 3, 2019. Many local vendors and a world class fireworks display will highlight the event.

There is no parking will be allowed in the park grounds this year. They also recommend attendees will need to arrive early to secure parking on the streets outside the park. Properly marked handicapped vehicles will be allowed inside the park and will have to wait to exit until all pedestrian traffic is gone.

The fireworks will start at dusk and of course, admission is free. More information will be announced on their Facebook page below:

So throw on your best red, white, and blue outfit and head out for an entire day celebrating the birth of our nation.

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Lick Creek Cemetery Recognized

Beech Grove, Indiana (June 7, 2019) IBG — The significance of the Lick Creek Baptist Church and Cemetery can be seen near the Churchman Avenue entrance to Sarah T. Bolton Park in Beech Grove.

A sign commemorating the early pioneers who were buried there was dedicated Saturday at a special ceremony hosted by the Beech Grove Historical Society and the Samuel Bryan Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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“There is a lot more history in this little spot than people realize,” stated chapter vice-regent Patti Moy. “This assures us that their memories will live long after we are gone.”

Moy launched her DAR New Horizon Project and will continue to find more information about the deceased there, including a War of 1812 soldier and five Civil War soldiers. She said that it may take one to two years to compile much of her research and to share it completely with Beech Grove residents.

The cemetery

The cemetery was founded in 1827 and covered over when the land was made into a park. When the church broke up, its members formed Zion Church 150 years ago. Pastor Dr. Phillip James and member Pamela Baird represented the church and its nearly 200-year heritage.

“Hopefully, people will now know there was a cemetery here,” said Dick Templin of the Beech Grove Historical Society.

The Samuel Bryan Chapter formally stated: “This marker is placed in grateful recognition of the significance of this site to our community. May it help to keep alive an appreciation of our own heritage. We pay tribute to all the men and women who lie here that served our country, raised our children, and provided a foundation for our current generations.”

The formal sign dedication also featured the presentation of the colors and a 21-gun salute by the Beech Grove American Legion and police and fire departments. Several representatives of the state DAR were special guests of the local DAR chapter.

The family names of those known to be buried at Lick Creek Baptist Cemetery are: Adair, Barnes, Bentley, Bodkin, Bryan, Carle, Coffman, Coverdill (Civil War), Evans, Ferree, Fisher, Gilbert, Graham (War of 1812), Hobart, Jennings, Jordan, Judd, Lewis, Ligenfelter, Lynn, Mann, Martin (2 Civil War), McCollum, McCoy, McFall McFarland, McLaughlin, McMullen, Minteeth, Monroe, Montugue, Oglesby, Reynolds, Schwert, Sears, Thomas (2 Civil War), Thompson, Tucker, Tull, White, Woodruff, and Yarbrough.

SOURCE: The Southsider Voice

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Home intruder loose in Beech Grove

Beech Grove, Indiana (June 6, 2019) IBG — A Beech Grove neighborhood is on edge after a family woke up to find a man in their house who was lurking near their children's bedroom.

A recent string of break-ins in the Byland Drive neighborhood has residents on alert. Wednesday, residents held a meeting to discuss what can be done.

A dozen people turned out to a Citizens Patrol meeting. They had a chance to talk face-to-face with police to ask questions, and see what they can do to help police catch the person responsible.

"We don't usually have this kind of thing in Beech Grove. This is a very safe little town," resident Janice Black said. Black attended Wednesday's meeting. "When something like this happens, everybody is upset and frightened."

Beech Grove Police are investigating two separate incidents near 6th Street and Byland Drive.

The first was over Memorial Day weekend.

Police say someone ripped out a screen of a home trying to get inside. However, police say the homeowners did not file a police report. Then Sunday morning just before 4 a.m. Beech Grove Police say a woman woke up to see a man standing in her hallway walking toward her children's bedroom.

That's when investigators said her husband grabbed his gun. But by the time he got to the hallway, the man was gone. Police released surveillance video of the June 2 incident that appears to show a young man running out of the home.

"I can't think of anything more shocking, to wake up in the middle of the night and see someone in your house," said Capt. Robert Mercuri with the Beech Grove Police Department.

"It's terrifying. We are looking out our doors, looking out our windows in the middle of the night, looking out for each other," said Phillip Reagan who lives in the neighborhood.

While police aren't sure if the two incidents are connected, they are beefing up patrols in the area until the man is caught. Police have a message for the man behind this.

"You better be careful because people are armed, and you go into somebody else's house, you could absolutely end up in a very bad situation," said Capt. Mercuri.

Police say it's important to lock your doors and windows as well as to get to know your neighbors. Capt. Mercuri also urges anyone who may come in contact with this intruder not to approach him, but to call 911 first instead.

If you live in Beech Grove, the Beech Grove Citizens Patrol are looking for volunteers.

If you know who the man is, call Beech Grove Police at (317) 782-4949.


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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Beech Grove case stays in Philadelphia

Beech Grove, Indiana (May 30, 2019) IBG — Conrail’s headquarters and executives in Philadelphia are enough to let a former Indiana rail worker’s family bring a Federal Employers Liability Act case against the company in Pennsylvania over the worker’s fatal, allegedly work-related cancer, the state’s Superior Court ruled Wednesday.

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania’s precedential ruling said that even though the late David Robbins worked 35 years for Consolidated Rail Corp. and its predecessor, the Penn Central railroad, in an Indianapolis rail yard, his family could choose to sue in Pennsylvania state court because current and former company officials who set policies allowing him to be exposed to cancer-causing chemicals and substances were located in Philadelphia.

“Mr. Robbins … identified four fact witnesses, all of whom reside in Pennsylvania and were former Consolidated Rail employees. Additionally, the trial court noted appellants conceded that it is unlikely any party would seek a request to view the train yard at issue,” wrote Judge Correale F. Stevens for the unanimous panel. “Although the decedent worked at the train yard in Indiana, the policies and procedures related to the decedent’s exposure to chemicals and cancer-causing substances were determined at Consolidated Rail’s headquarters in Philadelphia.”

The appeals court upheld a Philadelphia judge’s denial of Conrail’s effort to have the case dismissed and moved to Indiana, ruling that the lower court had not abused its discretion by keeping the case in Pennsylvania.

David Robbins had worked from 1953 to 1989 at Indianapolis’ Beech Grove Train Yard, where his family alleges he was exposed to chemicals that resulted in his death from lung and liver cancer in 2014. His family filed a FELA lawsuit in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 2017, the opinion said.

Conrail and Penn Central sought to have the case dismissed on the basis that Pennsylvania was an inconvenient forum: None of Robbins’ employee records were kept there, Robbins had never lived or worked there, and two of his former supervisors the companies identified as likely witnesses lived in Indiana and Illinois.

“Michael Scully, director of risk management for Consolidated Rail… confirmed the decedent never worked for appellants in Pennsylvania, and employment records for the decedent are stored in Jacksonville, Florida, or Mount Laurel, New Jersey,” the opinion says. “Mr. Scully averred there may be additional former supervisors or co-workers yet to be identified; however, it was not expected that the supervisors or co-workers would have worked or lived in Pennsylvania.”

But when Robbins’ family identified the current and former Conrail officers they intended to call in Philadelphia and pointed out that the employee records in New Jersey were closer to Philadelphia than Indianapolis, the trial court sided with them and denied the companies’ motion to dismiss in December, 2017. The companies appealed to the Superior Court.

The Superior Court panel said the trial court had properly considered whether any “weighty reasons” supported overriding the Robbins family’s choice of forum and rightly concluded that they did not.

Although Conrail offered to waive the statute of limitations if the case were dismissed from Philadelphia so it could be refiled in Indiana, the convenience of getting witnesses and evidence to Philadelphia, and the interest of a Pennsylvania jury in the policies set by a Philadelphia-based company, weighed in favor of keeping the case here, the opinion said.

“The trial court relevantly concluded there was no evidence that Indiana would provide easier access to the decedent’s employment records, which are housed in New Jersey and/or Florida,” Judge Stevens wrote. “Mr. Robbins specifically averred he ‘intend[ed] to call four former [Consolidated Rail] employees who worked in Philadelphia as fact witnesses at trial including Marcia Comstock (medical director), William Barringer (safety director), Ramon Thomas (industrial hygienist), and Paul Kovac (occupational claims manager).’ ...Mr. Robbins noted it is ‘convenient’ that appellants named only the decedent’s former supervisors and appellant did not indicate any of their current employees would testify.”

The opinion also said the trial court did not abuse its discretion by failing to admit issues or facts that Robbins had not responded to in a timely fashion, since the original request for admissions had come to Robbins from CSX Transportation, which is a part-owner of Conrail but not a party to the case.

Joseph Cappelli, whose firm represented Robbins, said he was glad the Superior Court said Conrail’s presence in Philadelphia meant cases could be brought there, after local judges had different opinions on the forum issue.

“We have dozens and dozens of these cases currently in Philadelphia,” Cappelli said. “We’re extremely pleased with this court clearing that up and setting this issue straight.”

Counsel for Conrail and Penn Central did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday.

Judges Correale Stevens, Alice Beck Dubow and Judith Ference Olson sat on the panel for the Superior Court.

Robbins and his estate are represented by Thomas J. Joyce III and Shawn M. Sassaman of Bern Cappelli LLP.

Consolidated Rail is represented by Theresa A. Langschultz, Sharon L. Caffrey, Robert L. Byer and Shawn L. Pollack of Duane Morris LLP, and Evan M. Tager and Craig W. Canetti of Mayer Brown LLP.

Penn Central Corp. is represented by Frank A. Dante, Louis D. Abrams and Daniel L. Jones Jr. of Blank Rome LLP.

The case is Robbins v. Consolidated Rail Corp. et al., case number 1055 EDA 2018, in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

--Editing by John Campbell.

SOURCE: Law360

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Beech Grove Sports: Josh Fryar talks

Beech Grove, Indiana (May 26, 2019) IBG — There are days when a classmate in the hallways at Beech Grove (Ind.) will ask Josh Fryar if he plans to play college football. Those kids know Fryar as the friendly face on top of the 6-5, 315-pound frame.

“They ask if I’m going to Marian or somewhere local,” Fryar said.

Nothing against Marian, which has built on NAIA powerhouse under coach Mark Henninger on the strength of local talent. Fryar’s older brother, Jacob Fryar, is a sophomore tight end at Marian.

But what those classmates do not often see is the line of coaches waiting in the main office at Beech Grove to see Fryar, a junior, go through a workout. One day this month, assistants from Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt were there the same day.

“It’s crazy how you walk through the door and see those coaches,” Fryar said. “I thought I’d be going to a Division II or Division III school instead of a huge Division I school.”

Photo: Wayne McGahee III/Tallahassee Democrat

Fryar is literally and figuratively one of the biggest recruits in the state. The multi-sport standout will make the first of his official visits next week to Oregon, where he has a scholarship offer. Fryar has other official visits set for Penn State (June 14-16) and Ohio State (June 21-23), two more schools that have offered. He has plans to narrow his list down to eight by July 4 and then make his decision during the middle or end of his senior season.

Other programs on his offer list include Indiana, Purdue, Florida State, Iowa State, Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota, Washington State, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

“I’m taking it real slow,” Fryar said. “This is the first time and probably only time I’m going to do this.”

The first program to offer Fryar was Indiana State, which was a significant to the family. When the late Bill Mallory was hired at Indiana in 1984, one of his first recruits was Jeff Fryar — Josh’s father — out of Lawrence North. Indiana State’s coach is Curt Mallory, Bill’s son.

I can’t describe what that was like,” Josh said. “Even though it’s a (FCS) school, you have a scholarship offer to play college football. It was humbling because it was coach Mallory and my dad obviously knew him really well. They wanted to be the first one to offer me because my dad was the first one to get recruited by Bill Mallory.”

Fryar came to Beech Grove from Roncalli, where as a freshman he saw action in two plays in the Rebels’ Class 4A state championship win over NorthWood in 2016. “Most nervous I’ve been in my life,” Fryar said. Jeff Fryar had been the offensive line coach at Roncalli for longtime coach Bruce Scifres, who retired after the 2016 season.

“I wanted to try something new at Beech Grove and I absolutely love it here,” Josh said. “I came in blind and didn’t really know anyone. But I love the people, love the teachers, the administration. They are so friendly and awesome to be around.”

College football coaches love Fryar’s athleticism and versatility. He is ranked as the No. 5 center in the country on the 247Sports national composite, but can also play guard or tackle. Coaches also like that he is a multi-sport athlete, playing on Beech Grove’s basketball sectional title team last season as a junior and is currently competing in the discus and shot put for the Hornets’ track team.

For Fryar, who was a standout wrestler from first through eighth grade, there was never a doubt he would continue with basketball and track. He plans to play all three sports again as a senior.

“You are never going to get a chance to play high school sports again,” he said. “Indiana basketball is Indiana basketball. In track, I like throwing the shot and disc. It keeps me active. I don’t want to be that guy who just plays football and lifts weights and doesn’t have anything outside of that to do. I want to expand my athleticism and show college coaches, ‘Hey, I can do this, too.’”

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And while he is a star in football, Fryar said it was beneficial to play a supporting role on the basketball team. Beech Grove won its first sectional since 2008 in an emotional season that saw former coach Matt English die after a long battle with brain cancer and former assistant Mike Renfro take the reins.

“My sophomore year I was kind of pushing (former coach Matt English) that I could play varsity,” Fryar said. “But he had a plan for me. He wanted me to be a better basketball player and I trusted him. Sitting on the bench and cheering my teammates on made me have the perspective of, ‘You can change the outcome of a game even if you aren’t playing.’ It was awesome. That was the most fun I ever had in a basketball season. You can actually see the tradition coach English built here and we just want to keep it going.”

Fryar will have his college decision made by the time his senior basketball season begins. Coaches from Oregon and Ohio State were in again Tuesday to watch him work out. Fryar, who plans on majoring in communications, will get his first look at the Oregon campus when he arrives in Eugene on Monday.

“Distance doesn’t really matter to me,” he said. “The relationship with the offensive line coach and strength coach is really important because I’m going to have to click with them. And mainly, you have to talk to the players. They will tell you straight up how it is. I’m just looking forward to taking my officials, talking to the players and seeing what it’s all about.”


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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Nite Owls embraces high tech

Beech Grove, Indiana (May 25, 2019) - A new project is in the works at Nite Owls Saloon and Grill in Beech Grove, Indiana. They are currently beta testing with Twitch TV and Just Darts to live stream their dart matches with other matches from all over the world.

They are in beta mode as of right now but all indications show this to be a win win for all involved.

Twitch TV is a live streaming video platform that focuses on video games, especially eSports competitions. In 2015, Twitch had more than 1.5 million broadcasters and 100 million views per month. As of May 2018, it had 2.2 million broadcasters monthly and 15 million daily active users.

Just Darts is a family owned amusement and entertainment company that has been in business in Indianapolis since 1981. They started Just Darts by placing a few dart machines in a couple local bars. They have since then evolved into a full line amusement company operating many diverse machines such as juke boxes, pool tables, dart machines, and video games in many locations. Just Darts also runs dart, pool, golf and bowling leagues all year round.

 Below is a recording of one of their remote tournaments

Nite Owls Saloon and Grill is located at 3535 South Emerson Avenue in Beech Grove, Indiana. They have a full food menu are renowned for their Hot Wings. You can follow them on Facebook below.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Josh Fryar sets Oregon Ducks visit

Beech Grove, Indiana (May 22, 2019) IBG — Under Mario Cristobal, the Oregon Ducks football program has seen a dramatic rise in its recruiting haul, particularly along the offensive line.

That effort, and the talent flocking to Eugene, is not lost on top prospects around the country. And several of them are anxious to visit to learn what all the fuss is about.

First reported by Indianapolis Star reporter Kyle Neddenriep, 247Sports four-star center Josh Fryar has scheduled official visits to Oregon on May 28 and Ohio State on June 19. The 6-foot-5, 294-pound interior lineman, out of Beech Grove High School (Beech Grove, Indiana), is rated the nation’s No. 7 center.
Despite his Midwest roots, he is quite familiar with the Oregon football program. “I know them well,” he said. “I watched them when I was growing up when they had De’Anthony Thomas.”

Fryar has also grown to appreciate the Cristobal era, particularly his emphasis on quality offensive line play. “(Cristobal) is awesome, and I think it’s the best because you see that they are getting up there to (being elite),” he said.

Oregon’s current eight-man 2020 recruiting class is rated No. 1 in the Pac-12 Conference and No. 12 nationally, but does not yet have an offensive line pledge. Given the limited options along the West Coast, Cristobal and his coaching staff may have to look across the United States to find offensive linemen that fit the program.

Fryar appears to be a fit, and is ready to check out Eugene.

SOURCE: The Oregonian 

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