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  • Indiana grandpa rocks sick babies to health in NICU at Riley Hospital

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A retired grandfather is taking the health of babies in the NICU into his own hands. Tom Stadler has volunteered in the NICU at Riley Children’s Health every Thursday for the past four years. “I love all the little kids here,” said Stadler. “I guess I just love little babies.” Before retiring, Stadler was the band director at Mt. Vernon Schools for 36 years. After his retirement, he started volunteering at Riley Children’s Health and has been […]

  • Over 500 Indiana National Guard soldiers return home after training overseas

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — It was a special reunion this afternoon as over 500 Indiana National Guardsmen returned home after training overseas. Guardsmen with the 38th Infantry Division’s 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team returned to the Lawrence Armory on Wednesday after finishing their training mission supporting U.S. Army’s Pacific Pathways exercises. “It’s been a long, really incredible journey and a fantastic opportunity that we really wouldn’t have had anywhere else,” said Maj. Bill Ward of the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. […]

  • Conner Prairie to debut Headless Horseman-designed corn maze this fall

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — It’s hard to believe we’re just a few days away from the first day of fall– four days, to be exact. Saturday, Sept. 22, marks the official start of fall, and also signals one of the busiest times for Conner Prairie. Conner Prairie will open its new Headless Horseman-designed corn maze on Saturday. The 11-acre corn maze covers nearly 480,000 square feet– almost 180,000 square feet larger than last year’s corn maze. “We’re opening up our corn […]

  • Indy animal hospital becomes first practice in the state to become ‘Fear Free Certified’

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Say goodbye to the days of taking your pet to the vet for a checkup , just to watch him squirm the whole time in fear. The Paw Patch Place Animal Hospital on Indy’s north side is the first Fear Free Certified Practice in the state, where veterinarians are trained to ease the stress and anxiety associated with a trip to the vet. “The problem with anxiety in a vet clinic is when they’re super anxious, their heart […]

  • ‘Beads of Courage’ program helps cancer patients celebrate milestones in their recovery

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A new program is helping patients celebrate meaningful milestones on their journey to recovery. Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent recently became the first Indiana member hospital to offer the ‘Beads of Courage’ program. Through Beads of Courage, children and teens receive colorful beads that visually commemorate treatment and procedure milestones. “Being a patient in the hospital and having one of these diagnoses is very difficult and a lot of times overwhelming,” said Charlotte Lammers, clinical […]

  • Southport 7-year-old climbs 110 floors in remembrance of 9/11 victims

    SOUTHPORT, Ind. — A second-grader at Southport Elementary School wasn’t alive during the attacks on Sept. 11, but has made it his mission to honor the lives lost 17 years ago. Last Saturday, Eli Thompson climbed over 100 flights of stairs during a memorial climb in Yellow Springs, Ohio. “I wanted to climb 110 flights of stairs for 9/11 and for all the firefighters that died,” said Thompson. This was the 7-year-old’s second year participating in the Yellow Springs 9/11 […]

  • IU students display hundreds of luminarias to represent number of students who commit suicide at colleges each year

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Students at Indiana University are working to shine a bright light on mental health at their college campus. In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day, a group of IU students put out 1,100 white paper bag luminarias in remembrance of the average number of students who die by suicide at college campuses each year. Balance at Kelley, a mental health initiative started by students at the Kelley School of Business, organized the “Lights for Life” event, where they […]

  • Doggie day care in Carmel asking for help after owner dies unexpectedly

    CARMEL, Ind. — A local doggie day care is currently closed after its longtime owner passed away unexpectedly. Club Canine Doggie Daycare and Boarding has been closed for the week, following Kera Slowitsky’s death on Monday. The kennel will reopen next Monday, but Slowitsky’s parents are trying to raise funds to save the business. “It’s so incredibly important to keep this place going,” said Jessica Johnson, the operations manager at Club Canine. “Kera put everything she had into this place […]

  • Adorable puppies in need of adoption take over Monument Circle for NASCAR ‘Pup’ Series

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Puppies in need of adoption are racing to find a new home! It’s all part of the NASCAR “Pup” Series, a competition taking place on Monument Circle ahead of Sunday’s race. A dozen puppies from North Shore Animal League America looking for forever homes are on display downtown, racing around a custom-built track to drive awareness about animal homelessness. “It’s to raise awareness for these animals,” said Jon Sorrese with North Shore Animal League America. “When you […]

  • Frankfort dentist’s ‘Guardians of the Gums’ billboard goes viral

    FRANKFORT, Ind.– It’s never fun going to the dentist– it’s just another thing you have to do when you could be doing something exciting. A Frankfort dentist is trying to change that attitude, with the help from billboards advertising her office. The internet is having a hay day with Dr. Jill Snyder’s take on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Someone snapped a picture of the billboard that reads, “Guardians of the Gums,” complete with a sidekick tooth that says, “I […]