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First Farmers Bank and Trust donates $15K to charitable groups
First Farmers Bank and Trust is contributing $15,000 to Paris, Ill., and Edgar County non-profit and charitable organizations.
The donations and contributions are a result of an extensive and comprehensive process conducted by First Farmers Bank and Trust employees residing in Paris and Edgar County. Jody Sperry, marketing projects coordinator; Kellie Eastham, branch manager Paris office; and Sabrina Funkhouser, branch manager Paris East office initiated the efforts to demonstrate the bank’s commitment to community betterment and its goal of establishing strong ties to local social causes.
Gene Miles, president and chief executive officer of First Farmers Bank and Trust, commented that the trio’s efforts exemplify the spirit and philosophy of the entire bank.
“Our organization has always been honored to provide financial support for community causes and efforts, in all of our markets,” Miles said. “However, the initiative and involvement that the local staff in Paris has demonstrated in this process goes much further than that and is a perfect example of why our organization is excited to be now serving the area.”
Coordinated efforts to distribute funds to various organizations will be conducted in the following weeks at the direction and designation of the local staff. First Farmers Bank and Trust is a $1.2 billion asset bank based in Converse, specializing in community and agricultural banking. First Farmers Bank and Trust operates 24 branch locations in Indiana and Illinois.
Wabash Valley Correctional Facility recommended for re-accreditation
The Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Carlisle has been recommended for re-accreditation by the American Correctional Association Visiting Audit Team.
The facility met 100 percent of 55 mandatory standards and 99.3 percent of 451 non-mandatory standards. The standards confirm Wabash Valley meets safety, security, sanitation, physical plant, food service, medical, training and other requirements.
The 99.3 percentage mark is a best ever total for the maximum-security facility.
Formal re-accreditation will be awarded WVCF during the 143rd Congress of Corrections meeting Jan. 25-30 in Houston, Texas.
Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon slated for Tuesday
The Greater Clinton Chamber of Commerce luncheon will be conducted at noon Tuesday at Gerrie’s restaurant in Clinton.
Laury Burris of Work One Western Indiana will be the guest speaker. The Chamber encourages the public, chamber members and local business owners to come for the meeting.
The Chamber monthly luncheon meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at a member restaurant and are open to the public.
New restaurant Boondocks opens at The Landing
A new restaurant has opened at The Landing at Fort Harrison — Boondocks.
The restaurant offers a newly renovated dining room with a warm, casual feel, a trendy bar, and a new menu. Boondocks will feature steaks, seafood, comfort food and other Midwestern fare.
Boondocks opened Friday. Restaurant hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, about Boondocks and The Landing, call (812) 460-4000, visit www.thelandingatfortharrison.com or follow them on Facebook and twitter.
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SOCIAL SECURITY: Can’t work because of disability? Let us help
Disability is something most people don’t like to think about. But if you’re not able to work because you have a disabling condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death, then it’s a subject you may not be able to avoid.
Naysayers should treat good news as good news
I like to complain as much as anybody else. In truth, I may do more than my share of finding fault and wagging a finger in warning. Nonetheless, I’m tired of commentators (including many economists) who find nothing good and only the darkest clouds for the past few months.
All mothers appreciate extra help
Think of all the times and ways that your mom has helped you over the years — when you were a child, and after you became an adult. With Mother’s Day upon us, now is a good time to pay mom back with a little Extra Help — with her Medicare prescription drug costs.
The Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce is hosting a health care reform seminar for businesses from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Old National Insurance at 925 Wabash Ave., suite 200.
Indiana ranked best place to do business in Midwest
Indiana was ranked as the best place to do business in the Midwest and the fifth best nationwide in a survey of more than 500 chief executives by Chief Executive magazine.
First Farmers rated among top 100 community banks
First Farmers Bank & Trust of Converse was named one of the 100 top-performing community banks for 2012 by SNL Financial.
Newsmakers: May 12, 2013
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve has recognized John Thompson, president of Thompson Thrift Construction, and Paul Thrift, president of Thompson Thrift Development, as “Patriotic Employers.”
On the Move: May 12, 2013
Stacey Joseph, a realtor in Terre Haute, has earned the Certified Residential Specialist designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.
Chamber lauds four with Business Recognition Awards
Congratulations to our Business Recognition Awards winners! Our Awards Luncheon at the Meadows Banquet and Conference Center was a great event to wrap up Business Recognition Week, sponsored by Union Hospital. At the Luncheon we recognized four local businesses as the 2012 Business Recognition Award winners:
ISU students provide detailed grocery analysis
As the National Cooperative Grocers Association makes business decisions in the coming years, the organization likely will take into account an analysis of some of its competitors – about 4,000 of them.
Construction firm holding grand opening in Marshall on Friday
Construction, H&H LLC is holding a grand opening and Marshall Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday at 812 N. Second St. in Marshall, Ill.
AP Source: Subaru to expand Indiana plant
Subaru plans to expand its Indiana factory and add workers to build the Impreza small car in 2016, a person briefed on the matter says.
Transit proposals can prove to be game changers
After baseball, my favorite TV watching is the government channel. Here I can see the local government in action or local government inaction.
On the Move: May 5, 2013
Melissa Schollaert, RDH, HHP, has been added as a counselor of holistic health and nutrition at The Maple Center for Integrative Health.
ISU set to offer financial planning program in 2014
When Indiana State University junior Jennifer Groth began scheduling classes last semester, she planned them out by thinking of an academic program the university does not yet offer. Groth will be one of the inaugural students in the financial planning program that ISU will begin to offer in spring 2014.
Newsmaker: May 5, 2013
Gov. Mike Pence announced the appointment of Jessica Robertson to commissioner of the Indiana Department of Administration, a role she will begin on Wednesday.
U.S. Postal Service opens village office in Worthington
The U.S. Postal Service officially opened the 40th Village Post Office in the Greater Indiana District on Monday in Worthington.
How consistent is your business?
There are six areas in which consistency is critical in the majority of companies. Too often, business owners feel as they are “chasing down” rather than “leading it along.” If you can get a high level of consistency with your standards and practices, then your company will benefit.
Good time to try Spanish online service
Cinco de Mayo is May 5 — a time to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride. Why not join the celebration by visiting Social Security’s Spanish website, where you’ll find a number of useful services and a wealth of information in Spanish.
First Financial’s net income up 3 percent
First Financial Corp. has announced results for its quarter that ended March 31. The Corp.’s net income increased 3.4 percent to $7.7 million, compared to $7.4 million for the same period of 2012.
Curtain goes up on new theater owner
The Indiana Theatre in downtown Terre Haute is under new ownership with a new purpose.
Indiana Theatre SOLD!
The Indiana Theatre at 683 Ohio St. is sold.
Rob Lundstrom, who owns the Copper Bar and Louise’s, took possession of the historic downtown theatre on April 25.
Higher education completion rates questioned
Spring is really here. Baseball is being played, the Cubs are already tragic and Faye of the Forest reappeared on the back deck. She was parked on the railing as I sat down to write this column.
Vectren Corp. awards $2.3 million in grants
Vectren Corp. has announced that it awarded more than $2.3 million in 2012 through the Vectren Foundation and corporate contributions.
Hard work, good attitude produces success
Like clockwork, Indiana State University graduate Joe Evelo regularly provides monthly updates to the first client he signed up when he started his financial investment career more than 35 years ago.
On the move: April 28, 2013
Old National Bank has promoted Howard Mills to vice president, mortgage loan originator.
Newsmakers: April 28, 2013
Lenise Kohlway of Spencer was presented with the WorkOne Achievement Award last week for overcoming several employment barriers and pursuing a better life for herself.
Ivy Tech offers free business counseling
The Ivy Tech Business and Entrepreneurial Services Center and the Terre Haute chapter of SCORE are offering free, confidential business counseling and low-cost high-impact training workshops to aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small business owners.
Social Security: Try this word puzzle challenge
In 1938 — only a couple of years after Social Security was signed into law — a depression-era, unemployed architect named Alfred Mosher Butts studied the front page of The New York Times to figure out how often each of the 26 letters was used. The result was a game he called Criss Cross Words, renamed 10 years later as Scrabble. In honor of Scrabble’s 75th anniversary, we’d like to challenge you to a word puzzle.
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