Community briefs


Bryan Smith earned the Stacia Alyea Excellence in Leadership Award from Leadership Hancock County. He is pictured with LHC Director Melissa Ewald.

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Smith earns community leadership award

GREENFIELD – Bryan Smith earned the 2024 Stacia Alyea Excellence in Leadership Award.

The award is given through Leadership Hancock County and was presented at the group’s recent graduation event. It is named in memory of a Shelby County Sheriff’s Department employee who was killed in 1996 in pursuit of a drunken driver. Criteria for the award includes a balanced commitment to community, home and work; a passion for improving life circumstances; dedication to improving the lives of others, integrity, dedication, candor and compassion. The award recipient is voted on by fellow class members.

Smith is a technical services supervisor for NineStar Connect and also serves on the Riley Settergren Foundation board.

Jazz concert this weekend

GREENFIELD – Local students will perform jazz in downtown Greenfield this Saturday, May 18.

GC Jazz in the Park is an inaugural event, starting at 4 p.m. at Depot Street Park, 251 Depot St., Greenfield. Four groups from Greenfield-Central High School will perform a free concert for the community.

Firefly educational event planned

GREENFIELD – Learn about fireflies in an event May 25 at Thornwood Nature Preserve Campground.

Night Lights will be from 8:30-10 p.m. at the park, 1597 S. Morristown Pike, Greenfield. Bring your own lawn chair. The event is hosted by Greenfield Parks & Recreation; learn more at

Arts nonprofit to celebrate 25 years

GREENFIELD – Hancock County Arts will celebrate its 25th anniversary in June with a mini Festival of Arts and Crafts.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 15 in the living alley of downtown Greenfield, 35 W. North St., Greenfield. Vendors are currently accepted for the event; to learn more or sign up, visit

Book sale to benefit HCPL

GREENFIELD – The Friends of the Library book sale is open this Friday through Monday.

The sale is at the Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road, Greenfield and raises money for concerts, children’s performers and special projects at the library.

Most hardbacks are $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents. Children’s books are 25-50 cents, while DVDs, CDs and audiobooks are $1. The final day of the sale is clearance day, when paper grocery bags of items are sold for $3 and plastic for $2.

Those that wish to become a member of the Friends of the Library can join Thursday and shop at a members-only preview from 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call 317-462-5141.