Business briefs – March 10

Officials: County homes sales increased in January

INDIANAPOLIS — Home sales in Hancock County increased by 1.7 percent in January compared to the same time a year before, according to information released by MIBOR Realtor Association.

Sales also increased 5.1 percent in the three months ending in January compared to the same quarter one year ago.

Median sales price rose 10 percent for the month of January and 6.9 percent for the three months ending in January. New listings decreased 15.2 percent in January 2017 to January 2016 comparison, and 0.4 percent in the quarterly comparison. Average sales price increased 26.1 percent in January and

7.3 percent for the quarter ending in January, MIBOR officials found.

The current median sales price for a home sold in Hancock County is $159,500 compared to an average price of $143,700 for all of central Indiana, according to a press release.

The current average sales price in Hancock County is $196,135 compared to $182,552 for the region.

Scarlet Lane Brewing Co. registration open for cook-off

MCCORDSVILLE — McCordsville’s Scarlet Lane Brewing Co., 7724 Depot St., McCordsville, will conduct a stew cook-off from 3 to 6 p.m. March 19.

Each dish submitted in the contest must contain a Scarlet Lane beer in the recipe. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Registration is free and must be completed by March 15. Register by contacting Lea Newlin at

The community is welcome to participating in the judging on March 19 at the brewery. Tickets the day of the event are $5 for all-you-can-eat stew.

BBQ’n Fools receives awards at Fiery Food Challenge

GREENFIELD — Local restaurant BBQ’n Fools received two Golden Chile awards at the 2017 Fiery Food Challenge, an annual spicy food competition in Irving, Texas.

BBQ’n Fools’ signature seasoning won one of the top awards in the “cook-off dry seasoning/rub fowl” category, and the business’s “Burn ya twice mon Jamaican Jerk” seasoning earned a Golden Chile in the “Caribbean seasoning or marinade” category.

BBQ’n Fools Catering LLC, 20 W. South St., started as a competition BBQ Team in 1999, in Southern California. The Team has won more than 385 state, national and world championship awards across the United States.

The Fiery Food Challenge pits products from across the US and internationally against one another in more than 90 categories. Professional judges evaluate hundreds of sauces, salsas and other spicy treats and award first, second and third place prizes in each category. Awards are proudly displayed at ZestFest, a spicy, zesty and flavorful food event held the same week as the Fiery Food Challenge at the Irving Convention Center.