Jobs available at parks, reservoirs
A number of state parks across Indiana have immediate seasonal needs that they are struggling to fill.
Opportunities include lifeguarding, groundskeeping, cleaning and maintenance, and working as a gate attendant or security guard. Open positions include:
• Brown County State Park in Nashville needs eight to 10 lifeguards. Call (812) 988-6406.
• Lincoln State Park in Lincoln City needs three Young Hoosier Conservation Corps workers and three laborers. Call (812) 937-4710.
• Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis needs two seasonal laborers for groundskeeping, facility cleaning and maintenance. Call (317) 591-0904.
• Monroe Lake in Bloomington needs two intermittent laborers and a third-shift gate attendant. Call (812) 837-9546.
• Prophetstown State Park in West Lafayette needs a third-shift gate attendant to work Wednesdays through Sundays. Call (765) 567-4919.
First Financial declares dividend
The directors of First Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: THFF) have declared a semi-annual dividend of 47 cents per share payable on July 2, to shareholders of record at the close of business June 15. The declaration increases the total dividend paid in 2012 to 94 cents per share, a 1.1 percent increase from 2011.
“We are proud to achieve our 24th year of uninterrupted dividend increases to our shareholders,” said Donald E. Smith, chairman. “With nearly $3 billion in assets and an expanding footprint in Indiana and Illinois, the corporation continues to deliver strong financial performance that allows us to consistently enhance shareholder return.”
First Financial Corp. is the holding company for First Financial Bank N.A., with 64 banking centers in western Indiana and eastern Illinois; The Morris Plan Company of Terre Haute; and Forrest Sherer, Inc., a full service insurance agency.
Cellular Connection opens new location
The Cellular Connection, the largest Verizon premium wireless retailer in the U.S., announced recently the opening of its newest store in Terre Haute, marking more than 110 locations for the company across the state. The store is at 2512 Wabash Ave.
On May 11, TCC hosted a grand opening event for the Terre Haute community with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
TCC also has Terre Haute stores at 290 Honey Creek Parkway and 2171 S. Indiana 46 in the Walmart Plaza.
In celebration of the new store, TCC will make a charitable donation to the Indiana State University Foundation. To date, TCC has donated more than $55,000 to organizations across Indiana.
“Every store we open is a cause for celebration,” said Scott Moorehead, president and CEO of TCC. “Having been in business for more than 20 years, it’s amazing to see how we’ve managed to keep one thing the same at all of our 800 locations: a continued commitment to providing superior customer service. It is our goal to maintain that level of distinction in all of our future endeavors.”
To learn more about TCC, visit www.ecellularconnection.com. Consumers can also find more information about the company at www.facebook.com/tcctalk.
Banks complete merger on May 1
First Farmers Financial Corp., Converse, and First Citizens of Paris (Ill.), Inc., completed their previously announced merger on May 1, by which Citizens National Bank merged into First Farmers Bank & Trust, the wholly owned subsidiary bank of FFFC.
“We are extremely excited at the blending of these two organizations,” said Gene Miles, president and Chief Executive Officer of First Farmers Bank & Trust. “Both banks share the common philosophy of commitment to community banking and rural agriculture. We feel that our combined staffs will be in an excellent position to provide comprehensive financial services to clients in new markets that are economically and culturally similar to those that First Farmers Bank and Trust has served very effectively since 1885.”
The acquisition will give First Farmers Bank & Trust 24 branches (21 in Indiana and three in Illinois), more than $1.1 billion in assets, and gross capital of more than $100 million.
Mike Renninger, Renninger & Associates LLC, has acted as financial advisor to First Farmers Financial Corp. and Tom Blank of Shumaker Loop & Kendrick, LLP, is counsel to First Farmers Financial Corp. in connection with the transaction. Financial terms of the transaction were not announced.
South Vermillion raises funds for club
South Vermillion High School students and families participated in a Dodge Booster Club fundraiser on May 4 and raised $2,280 for the school’s Booster Club. The Dodge brand contributed $20 for each test drive in a new 2012 Dodge Durango, Dodge Journey or Dodge Grand Caravan.
“The Dodge brand and our dealers are committed to giving back to the communities where we do business,’” said Reid Bigland, president and CEO — Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “That is why we’re proud to support organizations that encourage student development and growth.”
“We love working with the parents and students in our community,” said Betty Mooney, owner, at Mike’s Motor Co. Inc. “We were very happy with the community turn out at the Dodge Booster Club school fundraiser.”
The Dodge brand donated nearly $467,000 to high school booster clubs last year.
Mega Park 5K, open house set
Vermillion Rise Mega Park will be staging a 5K run to benefit the United Way of the Wabash Valley on June 9.
Vermillion Rise Mega Park will also be staging an open house also on June 9 on the Open Space Management Plan.
For more information about the run or the open house, call (765) 832-3870 or e-mail email@example.com.
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Chamber seminar on ‘Protecting Your Brand Online’
Reading online reviews and doing research is routine for many consumers before making a purchase. That means false or negative reviews can have a major impact on a business’ bottom line, often requiring swift action to minimize the damage. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is hosting a seminar designed to help companies combat this growing issue and to help protect their overall online reputation.
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Newsmaker: June 16, 2013
Watermark Residential, a wholly owned Thompson Thrift subsidiary, has been named to Multifamily Executive magazine’s 2013 Top 50 list of “Builders,” placing 45th.
Company invests in Indiana State theater
The Indiana State University Foundation recently announced that Bison Financial Group has made a charitable gift in support of Crossroads Repertory Theater.
AAA plans Member Appreciation Week activities
AAA Hoosier Motor Club will conduct Member Appreciation Week festivities in celebration of AAA members June 17-22 at all branches.
On the move: June 16, 2013
Brittany Michaels has been appointed as the community connections coordinator for the Vigo County Public Library.
Secretary of State office to implement technology upgrades
Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced technology upgrades to her office’s customer services, including an online tool to allow Hoosier businesses to receive email notices when it is time to file business reports.
Business Cents: Interview process key to attracting and retaining skilled, talented workers
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UAP Clinic announces new CEO
Union Associated Physicians Clinic (UAP Clinic) has announced the appointment of Mindy Smith as its chief executive officer.
ISU center helps prepare grads for job market
Indiana State University is launching a comprehensive skills training program to certify the skills its graduates have for potential employers.
Eye on the pie: Growth, compensation just as important as jobs themselves
When you come down to it, having a job isn’t enough to make it in modern America.
Sycamore Insurance Associates moves to familiar Ohio Street location
A ribbon cutting ceremony on May 30 marked Sycamore Insurance Associates LLC’s move “back home” to 999 Ohio St., the location of the former Sycamore Agency, Inc.
On the move: June 9, 2013
The Maple Center for Integrative Health announces the addition of licensed massage therapist Nancy Humphries to the clinical staff. She received her training from the Body Therapy Institute in Siler City, N.C.
Briefly: June 9, 2013
Scotts Place, formerly Old Gringos, staged a grand opening on Thursday in Marshall, with a Marshall Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting ceremony.
WTHI-TV’s Mark Allen to retire
After nearly a half century of work in Indiana television, WTHI-TV’s longtime anchor, Mark Allen, will be retiring at the end of June.
Chamber of Commerce: The final strategic initiative: Health and Wellness
Thank you to all who participated in the Long Range Planning Community Forum. The information gathered at that event is now being drafted into a final report. Once the report has been reviewed and approved by the Terre Haute Tomorrow Steering Committee, the real work starts. Action teams to address the major issues will be developed.
Newsmakers: June 9, 2013
Scott’s Custom Colors recently won a contest through Enterprise which entailed a $5,000 donation to a charity important to them.
Social Security: A reason to smile: Online account options
Next Saturday, June 15, is Smile Power Day. Smack dab in the middle of the month — in the middle of the year, in fact — is a holiday dedicated to the power of smiling.
Major part of community’s image determined by the newspaper
To many Americans, Indiana is known for corn and the 500 race. These are views that are out-of-date and injurious to the state.
Social Security: Social Security’s most popular baby names list
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Hamilton Center part of trauma-informed community
Hamilton Center, Inc. is one of 37 behavioral health organizations across the United States that have been chosen to participate in the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare’s 2013 Trauma-informed Behavioral Healthcare Learning Community launched in April.
Business Cents: Do you have a disaster plan in place for your business?
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Newsmakers: June 2, 2013
The Indianapolis Business Journal recently named Watermark Residential as one of the 25 “Largest Indianapolis-Area Commercial Real Estate Developers.” Watermark was 4th on the list.
Chamber seeks Community of Year nominations
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Community of the Year Award.
On the move: June 2, 2013
Deena Dodd, director of the Terre Haute-based Indiana Statewide Rural Health Network, was elected to the board of directors of the National Cooperative of Health Networks Association at the association’s annual meeting in New Orleans.
Indiana farmers make rapid progress planting corn
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Indiana farmers who had worried that wet spring weather would prevent them from planting some of their corn fields have made rapid progress getting the state's top crop in the ground.
Indiana State Fair to host job fair May 30
The Great Indiana State Fair is hoping to fill more than 500 hourly positions during a job fair from 3 to 7 p.m. May 30. Most of the jobs are temporary positions that cover the duration of the fair, which runs Aug. 2-18.
NEWSMAKER: May 26, 2013
Distributors Terminal Corp. has earned 940 out of 1,000 points on AIB International’s annual food safety audit.
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