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Greek's opens in Shelbyville

The newest pizzeria in Shelbyville opened this week following one brother’s desire to run a business with his family.

“A few months ago, actually, in February, I opened a Greek’s in Avon and I got my brothers and my family involved a little bit,” said co-owner Owen Graves, “and they were inspired to start their own Greek’s.”

Graves and his brothers had a “soft opening” for the restaurant this week, but they plan to schedule a grand opening.

“I believe me and my partners are treating it like a soft opening because we want to get with the Chamber of Commerce to have a grand opening,” he said.

Graves said his brother Tanner deals with talking to the city. In fact, the workload for the restaurant is split between the three Graves brothers and dad.

“Tanner does all the phone calls and takes care of the restaurant from his house. My other brother, Ben and I, have been doing all the food prep, making all the dough, making all the pizzas and running the kitchen,” he said. “My dad has been a delivery driver.”

Greek’s Pizzeria delivers within a four mile radius. Right now, Graves’ father is the only delivery driver. The restaurant has already hired a few people, but it is still hiring delivery drivers and kitchen workers.

“So far a lot of our workers are doing a good job,” Graves said. “They are learning the training and everything. We are still hiring, mainly delivery drivers, I really need delivery drivers. My dad is technically the only open delivery guy I have right now.”

Apply on the Greek’s pizzeria Facebook page, where he has posted an application. They are able to do interviews on most days.

The Graves family is from Greenwood, and when they decided to run a second Greek’s Pizzeria, the company’s corporate officials told them to find a location a little bit more south. Graves said they were looking in Greenfield, then stumbled upon Shelbyville, more specifically, the empty building at 20 S. Harrison Street.

“We came upon Shelbyville … it was a quick glance at the building,” he said. “We told our dad to stop the truck and we took a look at the building. It had tile on the floor and it had the red walls, so it looked pretty Italian already. It already looked like a pizzeria.”

The building had just been sold, so Graves had to work with the owner (now the restaurant’s landlord) to fix up the building.

“There was a lot of work we had to put in to fix up the building and bring it up to code,” he said. “The owner had a bunch of contractors come in and fix up the building, and then we had a bunch of contractors come in and do the lighting and the plumbing.”

Graves said he and his family had to bring their own cooking equipment in, such as the stoves. They even had to use a crane to lower a 60-pound dough mixer into the building’s basement.

Since the restaurant opened Tuesday, Graves said he’s seen a pretty good turnout of customers, especially when considering COVID-19 and the road construction now directly in front of their building.

“I think with all the stuff going on, it’s been a good turnout,” he said. “We are working with the community and being safe with what we do by wearing gloves and masks and making sure everything is all nice and clean.”

“I would think that pizza business is the best business to be in because we’re based on carry-outs and deliveries even though we have dine-in,” he added.

Greek’s Pizzeria’s hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

A large, build-your-own pizza costs $13.99, and a large specialty pizza costs $20.99. Graves said his store’s prices are a little bit lower than what the chain typically charges because the restaurant is new.

Graves said he enjoys working with his family and the process of opening this restaurant has brought them closer together.

“I think it may have brought us too close,” he said. “We do bicker here and there, but for the most part we’re getting along really well. … We all work way better with each other than we do with anyone else in our lives, and I think we all realized that and buckled down to work together and do this.”

And while Greek’s Pizzeria is a chain, Graves is looking to make it more local by getting involved in the community.

“The way we look at it, we would like to not only work with the Pizza King but with the restaurants on the [Public] Square too,” he said. “We’d like to plan events. I would very much enjoy collaborating with everyone. I just want to make Shelbyville an awesome place for food.”

Shelbyville receives $600,000 from OCRA

On behalf of The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and State Senator Jean Leising presented Mayor Tom DeBaun and the City of Shelbyville with a check for $600,000 Thursday.

The $600,000 will be used to construct a relief sewer for the undersized storm sewer main running throughout the city. The new relief sewer will reduce flooding and surcharge that happens in short, heavy rain events, and help reduce residential and street flooding.

Shelbyville was one of 24 rural communities across the state to receive funding for local water infrastructure improvements.

These grants were provided through the state’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which distributes federal funds to rural communities to assist with community projects.

Partnership to offer mobile stroke unit services starting Monday

Starting Monday, the Shelbyville Fire Department will be changing the way it handles helping potential stroke victims.

Using a mobile stroke unit, the fire department is forming a partnership with IU Health in Indianapolis in an effort to reduce the amount of time that a patient receives the needed medication.

IU Health is expanding the use of its mobile stroke unit, which provides medical care that normally would be given once the patient reached the hospital, to beyond Marion County and Shelby County is one of the first to be included in its services.

Deputy Chief Scott Grove of the Shelbyville Fire Department said the department had been thinking for the past four or five years about how it could provide better care.

Shelby County’s distance from the closest primary stroke centers can provide a challenge and Grove said they believed they could do better.

“If we bring care to the patients, there’s better outcomes,” he said. “It also increases our stroke care for our citizens of Shelby County, which is what we’re looking for, to always be doing the best we can do for our patients and our citizens.”

The two sides met over the summer to discuss what challenges there were in making it work.

The biggest one, Grove said, was first responders don’t like to sit and wait.

But during a training for the new service on Thursday, he told medics that the difference was they were bringing intervention to the patient.

Under the setup, Shelbyville medics will be gathering information from the patient including medical history and contact information for next of kin that will then be relayed to the mobile stroke unit as it is en route to a rendezvous point.

“We’re hoping that if we help them get that stuff, it will drastically cut (time) down,” he told medics during the training. “I know that’s a foreign feeling for us but you have to remember we’re doing what’s best for the patient.”

There will be three rendezvous points in Shelby County with more added if needed.

Sarah Collins, the program coordinator at IU Health, said the department decided to expand the mobile unit in an effort to reduce the time in between suffering the stroke and receiving care for more people.

“We’re a primary stroke center on wheels so if we feel they need that comprehensive stroke care that Methodist (Hospital) and St. Vincent (Hospital) can provide, we can get the primary stroke care started and get them to Methodist or St. (Vincent) for that higher level of care,” she said.

Grove said the department has looked at different metrics but it is difficult to say what type of impact the new service will have. But he anticipated it could be large.

Twenty years ago, the department received additional training in caring for patients who had heart attacks. The department participated in a pilot program that taught medics how to read electrocardiogram tests, which reduced the amount of time it took for patients to receive care.

Grove anticipates this new service will have a similar impact.

“This might not be the final incarnation of stroke care,” he said. “I think this is a huge leap forward in stroke care and think it’s a proven concept that if we get intervention earlier to these people, there’s better outcomes.”

Local Franklin College student receives Laurels and Lancers Award

FRANKLIN — Franklin College sophomore Jill Anspaugh received the Laurels and Lancers Awards during the annual Opening Convocation and Bell Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 28.

Jill Anspaugh is the daughter of Rodney and Judith Anspaugh of Shelbyville. She is an exercise science major. She currently volunteers with Major Health Partners in Shelbyville. Anspaugh’s career goal is to be a sports medicine physician. On campus, she competes on the cross country and track teams. She earned academic recognition on the dean’s list (3.5 GPA or higher) during the fall 2019 semester and on the president’s list (4.0 GPA or higher) during the spring 2020 semester. Anspaugh received the Professor Charles A. Deppe Endowed Scholarship for Pre-Med at the spring 2020 Honors Program.

Rutendo Nyamadzawo, daughter of Zvichapera and Shorayi Nyamadzawo of Harare, Zimbabwe, was the second sophomore receiving the Laurels and Lancers Award this year. Each year, two outstanding sophomore students are recognized for their first-year academic and campus-community achievements. Recipients are chosen by the faculty.

As award winners, Anspaugh and Nyamadzawo had the privilege of signaling the start of the academic year by ringing the ceremonial college bell. They received engraved plaques as keepsakes.

– Shelbyville News Staff

Zion Evangelical Church participates in Laundry Love: Pays for laundry loads at Colonial Coin

The Zion Evangelical Church are participating in Laundry Love, a national organization that aims to help people do their laundry.

The churchgoers head to The Colonial Coin, 106 Progress Road, on the fourth Tuesday of every month to help people pay for washing and drying their clothes. Church member Patty Higgins said they started this last month, but nobody showed up, so now they’re just trying to get the word out.

“Once a month, you find a laundromat that’s willing to participate and then once a month whoever needs free laundry comes in and we pay for their laundry,” she said.

She also said the volunteers provide laundry detergent, so it truly is free for those interested. The volunteers do not handle the laundry itself, though. They just provide the funds.

Higgins said the church’s pastor came up with this idea after deciding they wanted to do a service project.

“He just suggested it, and a bunch of volunteers got together, and we decided to provide soap,” she said. “I know it started with a homeless guy saying he’d feel more a part of everything if he had clean clothes. So it’s for people who need help with their laundromat experience. Maybe if we pay for that, they’ll have more money for their groceries or whatever.”

Pastor Brad Schultz said he found Laundry Love by looking around “the way you find a lot of things this way, on the internet.”

“We’re always searching for ways to reach out in the community, and as a smaller church a lot of things that we would like to try to do were already being done by bigger churches,” he said. “We wanted to try to find something that nobody else was doing, that was manageable for us, and that would make what we believe to be a direct impact on the community. When we learned about this, we felt it worked perfectly.”

The Laundry Love national organization did indeed begin with a California homeless man who went by the name T-Bone, according to the organization’s guidebook.

T-Bone was asked what could be done for him that would matter, and he responded, “If I had clean clothes, I think people would treat me like a human being.” That response sparked the idea that would grow into Laundry Love.

Higgins said the churchgoers chose The Colonial Coin as their laundromat because the staff was willing to help and it has a lot of washers.

“It’s a nice laundromat, it has a lot of washers,” she said. “We counted them. I forget – there’s 30-something washers.”

The church collected donations to help with paying for the event, however since nobody took advantage of the opportunity, the church hasn’t spent any money on the project yet.

It costs anywhere between $1.50 – $4.50 to wash a load depending on the washer, and the dryers cost 25 cents for 10 minutes.

“I think part of that was a lack of awareness on the part of the community,” Schultz said. “There’s no lack of people who need this, but there is a lack of awareness that this is happening. I think once people know it’s there, it will begin to take off.”

Higgins said since the church first showed up to The Colonial Coin, its members reached out to the local schools, hospice services, the nursing homes, the Salvation Army and even MHP Medical Center.

The churchgoers will be back at The Colonial Coin Oct. 27 from 2-8 p.m., but the last load must go in by 6:25 p.m.

“We’re trying to make the community aware of what this is, and our desire to help and our desire to reach out in this community with God’s love,” Schultz said.