A Better Madison County

By Jonathan Miles Hammock, MCC Marketing Intern and Anderson High School 2016 Graduate

Growing up as a young black male in Anderson; I always thought of home as a place I wasn’t going to be for long. I could always tell that there was a problem here in the county. Every year there was something we had (or didn’t have) that made people want to leave and not think twice about coming back. I had the same mindset my senior year at Anderson High School. This past summer, interning here at home and taking classes out of state opened my eyes and changed my perspective on home.

Madison County has so much potential and is so close to reaching it. We have the resources to be prosperous like our neighbor Hamilton County. We just have to do three things that will put and keep us on track to be great.

First, we as a community must continue to believe in the things we already have and make them better. Examples are our great education systems (Anderson, Alexandria, Lapel and Pendleton), exceptional agribusinesses that many people don’t know that we have (Evermilk, Red Gold Tomatoes, and Nestle), and last but definitely not least, the youth that reside in our county. I feel like if we put more support, love, and hope within them our outlook as a county would change for the better.

Second, we must strengthen and support our own people and businesses that are struggling. There should be no reason a new business leaves town in a year, and we complain that there isn’t anything here. We can’t expect new things to come our way if we don’t take care of what we have already. For example, Mounds Mall is nowhere near what it used to be, but we want to have something like a Hamilton Towne Centre. We can’t expect a youth center if we can’t maintain a Boys and Girls Club, and we watch our YMCA struggle. That shows we cannot handle something of that magnitude. When given a chance we must prove people wrong and show that we are capable.

Lastly, the County must let the small growth enhance our hope. It’s only a matter of time until Madison County returns back to where we were. Marion and Hamilton Counties are bursting out of their seams and moving north. We are bound to collide, but with that being said, Rome wasn’t built in a day. While people are moving away from a busy city or a boring ghost town, they are looking for a safe, quiet, suburban area to live in. I encourage you to brag about our county, our county. Why? Because we have a lot to brag about.

A lot of times we as humans always think the grass is going to be greener on the other side. In our case the grass is green and it is growing. So let’s continue to water it, tend to it, and even add a little landscaping to our own yard. Then soon enough we’ll be the greatest home there is in central Indiana.


NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur Foundation Winner

Brandon Boynton, a high school senior at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana, is a recipient of the 14th annual National Federation of Independent Business’ Young Entrepreneur Award.

These awards are given out by the NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur Foundation and are designed to inspire and develop the entrepreneurial spirit in high school students. This year, Visa has stepped in to match a local marketing firm, Element212’s, $1000 contribution, allowing Boynton to receive a $2000 scholarship toward his post-secondary education at IUPUI.

“Element212 was built from the entrepreneurial spirit. Our goal through supporting the NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur Foundation is to encourage our next generation of entrepreneurial leaders in Indiana. We want them to tangibly feel the support from other local business owners," states Todd Rimer, CEO of Element212.

Boynton was one of five high school senior entrepreneurs in Indiana to be recognized by the scholarship program. He is the owner of BullyBox, a mobile app designed to allow students to safely and anonymously reports acts of bullying or other school safety concerns, while simultaneously allowing the reporter to refrain from becoming directly involved in the incident.

During college, Boynton plans on continuing to provide his expertise in development of “apps that make a difference” via his company, MostBeastlyStudios, LLC and intends on pursuing a product-based startup in the near future.

“I embrace being an entrepreneur by working hard,” says Boynton. “After I graduate college, I plan to continue to be an entrepreneur … I don’t want to take a job; I want to make jobs.”

The NFIB YEA scholarship is open to seniors in high school that own or operate their own small business. For applicants to be considered, students were required to write an essay regarding their current entrepreneurial endeavors as well as their future goals. Alongside the essay, applicants are also put through an interview stage conducted by NFIB members.

Element212 is a proud supporter of the National Federation of Independent Business’ Young Entrepreneur Foundation.


St. Vincent's new regional president had early roots in health care

Schroyer brings cardiac, building experience

By Devan Filchak | The Herald Bulletin | Jul 22, 2016

Don Knight


ANDERSON – Mike Schroyer knew he wanted to work in health care at a young age.

Due to some health problems as a child, he spent a lot of time around doctors when he was in grade school, not being afraid of doctors like some children.

“I saw that they helped others and how they helped me,” he said. “I started feeling this commitment to help others going forward.”

When he was 16, he worked at his hometown hospital as an orderly. He found his passions for cardiology and nursing while he did a little bit of everything there, he said.

Schroyer was recently announced as the president of St. Vincent Northeast Region, which includes St. Vincent Anderson Regional, St. Vincent Mercy in Elwood and St. Vincent Randolph in Winchester.

Schroyer served as interim president for about six months before receiving the official position.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Mike for the past six months and have found him to be a leader with integrity and vision,” Oz Morgan, chairman of St. Vincent Northeast Region Operating Board, said. “Mike is dedicated to our mission and a champion for quality and patient experience.”

Schroyer already has some initiatives in mind as he gets used to overseeing St. Vincent’s northeast region. He said big initiatives for smoking and obesity are coming, as well as a constant focus on access to care.

“We’re going to constantly look to see what we can improve with overall access to care and provide education and different resources to the community here to improve their overall health,” he said.

Schroyer’s last position was as the chief operating officer of the St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis. Schroyer said his interest in specializing in the heart started when he was young also, watching extended family struggle with cardiac disease.

“Cardiology always seemed to stand out to me – the excitement, the different things we have been able to do over the years in regard to progression of care and treatment, the different things we can do now with heart transplants and ventricular heart devices,” he said.

Schroyer said he is impressed with how far health care has gone during his career.

“I never imagined when I first got started that we could do what we do now,” he said. “Even with cancer, we have made so many advances within cancer treatment, things when I first got into health care people really didn’t have any hope. We have a lot of hope now.”

Schroyer also has experience with building hospitals from the ground up and getting them running. Schroyer directed the start-up of eight hospitals and assisted in the designing and planning of seven other hospitals.

“A lot of people in the entire career have never had the chance to build and open a new hospital, and I’ve have been blessed to do several,” he said.

The regional president said his expertise with planning and building roots from his hobby of drawing and his love of working with his hands. Schroyer said he has built a few of his family’s homes.

He said, overall, the experience taught him how to make a hospital benefit not only the patients but the staff.

Schroyer also occupies his time by participating on boards, both locally and nationally.

Locally, Schroyer is a committee member of Madison Health Partners, United Way of Madison County and the Corporation for Economic Development. He said it is important to serve on local boards as a member of this community.

“We want to be active to ensure the overall success of the community, not only from a health standpoint but an economic standpoint,” he said. “That just benefits us all the way around.”

Schroyer has received a four-year federal appointment to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment. He said the experience has shown him health care providers do have a voice and can work nationally for issues at home.

“What happens on a national level greatly affects here locally,” he said. “Sometimes, locally, our hands will be tied, so you need to go to the national level.”

Mike Schroyer, president of St. Vincent Northeast Region

Hometown: Born in Kewanee, Ill., and grew up in Princeton, Ill.

Current city: Zionsville

Wife: Joy Schroyer

Children: Tiffany, Rebecca, Adam

Previous position: Chief operating officer of St. Vincent Heart Center, Indianapolis

Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Loyola University, Chicago; Master of Science in Nursing, Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J.; Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Business Administration, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.



Saturday, August 2710 am at Anderson Municipal Airport


Do you have what it takes to pull a 17,000 lb. semi with a 53 ft. trailer 125 feet faster than anyone else?

The United Way Human Truck Pull is back for its third year on Saturday, August 27 at the Anderson Airport. This year’s event will expand into a 2-county event as United Way of Madison County and United Way of Delaware County partner together to bring in more teams from a larger region. Bragging rights, trophies and prizes will be awarded for Fastest Team Overall, Fastest Team (Co-ed and Mens) and Most Money Raised.

The United Way Human Truck Pull is a timed competition between teams of 10 (men’s teams) or 12 (co-ed teams, at least 4 female members) to pull a Carter Express 17,000 lb. semi with trailer 125 feet. Think tug-of-war with a semi with a 53-ft. trailer on the other end of the rope. Teams must either pay a $500 entry fee or raise a minimum of $500 in fundraising to participate. To assist teams who want to fundraise, United Way offers personal online fundraising pages for free. All team members who compete will also receive a t-shirt at the pull.

See the Human Truck Pull in action and view a short video of two past teams in action at

Interested teams can download a print version of the registration form or register online at Deadline for team registration is August 16.

Back this year is also a Kid’s Exhibition Pull. Children are invited to join a combined kid’s group pull of the semi cab as the crowd cheers them on. Cost is $5 per child and a signed waiver will be required.

In addition, a variety of family-friendly activities including food trucks and BBQ from The Pittt, a kid’s play area, DJ and MAX 93.5 FM will also be on-site. Individuals will also share their stories of how their lives have been impacted by United Way locally. The public is encouraged to bring kids, family and friends to watch and cheer on the teams. Admission to the event will be a $2 donation for adults and $1 donation for children 3 -12.

The partnership of United Way and Carter Express to host the Human Truck Pull on August 27 will benefit thousands of individuals and families across all of Madison and Delaware Counties by raising funds to support programs that give opportunities for individuals and families to THRIVE. These include efforts that both help young children to succeed in school and families to find ways to financially thrive so they are empowered to support their families.

United Way is also seeking volunteers to assist with the Human Truck Pull. If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions regarding the 3rd Annual United Way Human Truck Pull contact Kim Williams at 765-608-3064 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About United Way of Madison County

United Way of Madison County is improving lives locally by collaborating with people and organizations to create opportunities for positive change. Governed by an 18-member volunteer board of directors, United Way of Madison County has been a member in good standing of United Way of America since 1973. For more information, contact 765-643-7493 or visit our Web site at


Buy a Home in Anderson/Madison County

by Carol Miller


Are you looking for a nice community to raise your family? Are you buying your firs¬¬t home as a single person? Do you want an affordable place to retire? There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a community to call home. Accessibility to jobs, shopping, and entertainment, is high on the list. Madison County/Anderson is about thirty minutes from Indianapolis, so if you want something different than our local venues, there are a lot of places “just down the road”.

For many, affordability is a major issue. Madison County enjoys a lower cost of living compared to the nearby Indy-Metro area. If you do a search of the homes for sale on you will be surprised what your house budget can buy in Madison County. According to the MIBOR Realtor Association’s Local Market Update for February through April 2016, the average price of homes sold in Madison County was $96,947 while Hamilton County was $274,005, Hancock County was $167,314, and Marion County was $144,186. The average price has increased over what it was this time last year, but there are still many very nice and very affordable homes in Madison County.

It is an easy commute from Anderson if your job is located in the Indy-Metro area, but would you prefer to find a job closer to your new home? Anderson had become a growing international manufacturing community over the past decade, with several new facilities currently under construction. They prefer to hire locally and need dedicated, skilled laborers to join their teams. A list of other local employers can be found at Higher education is available at Anderson University, Ivy Tech, Harrison College, and the new Purdue Polytechnic Institute scheduled to open in the fall. To live, work, and learn locally means less time on the road and more time enjoying life!

If you really want to know the heart of this community, read what the locals have to say about living and working here. The Anderson / Madison County Chamber of Commerce is very active and has a website with a blog at . The “New Day” blog consists of interviews with various business and community leaders in Madison County and gives you a glimpse into what living in this community is all about. The optimism of these leaders is inspiring; and, the opportunities are plentiful for those wanting to succeed and maybe even start their own business.

So come check out some of our homes for sale and grab a bite somewhere different like at The Lemon Drop, the Curves at Grandview, Gene’s Root Beer Stand, or the Gaither’s Café and Gift Shop. Visit Mounds State Park, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, the Paramount Theater, Falls Park in Pendleton, or the Anderson Speedway and get connected to Madison County!

Carol Poore Miller is Chairperson of the Madison County Division of Mid-Indiana Board of Realtors. Her column appears the second Sunday of each month. You can reach Carol at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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