Business briefs for May 26

Local bank branch manager to retire soon

GREENFIELD — Union Savings and Loan Vice President and Branch Manager Jim Greig is retiring after 17 years. Jim’s last day will be May 31.Grieg is known for his commitment to community groups in addition to his service to customers, especially local builders, contractors, realtors, auto dealers and other local businesses.

Jim’s many community activities include serving on the Hancock County Community Foundation board of directors; many positions for the Rotary Club of Greenfield, including a term as president; the Riley Festival board; the Hancock County Builders Council, including four years as chair of the Home Show, and serving as chairman of the Greater Greenfield Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He was also the host of the “On Broadway” radio show at Greenfield Central High School.

Jim is looking forward to following his son Jake’s career, traveling and continuing to volunteer for worthy causes.

“I’d like to thank all of the customers and all of my wonderful coworkers over the years,” says Jim. “I’ll miss everyone, but I look forward to retirement and the next phase of my life.”

Union Savings and Loan chief executive Mark Boehmer will be handling Jim’s duties until a successor is named.

A reception will be conducted at Union Savings and Loan’s office in Greenfield at 1986 W. Main St., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 31. The public is invited to stop by and wish Grieg a happy retirement.

Union Savings and Loan is an independent community bank, founded in 1892, serving east central Indiana with offices in Greenfield and Connersville.

County unemployment rate better than state

HANCOCK COUNTY — The unemployment rate in Hancock County in April was 3.2 percent, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.The unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people as a percentage of the labor force, according to a press release. Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.6 percent for April and remains lower than the national rate of 4.4 percent.

Hancock County’s unemployment rate in April was one of the lowest in the area. Hamilton County’s unemployment rate was 2.9 percent, one of the lowest in the state; Henry County’s was 4.1 percent, Shelby County’s was 3.6 percent and Marion County’s was 3.8 percent.

“Indiana’s unemployment rate reaching its lowest point since 2001 is a testament to the strength of the Hoosier economy; however, it’s also indicative of an ever-tightening labor market for Hoosier businesses,” said Steven J. Braun, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “I encourage unemployed and underemployed Hoosiers to be steadfast in their job searches and consider training and placement opportunities available at their local WorkOne Career Center.”

Local annual national Road Yard Sale planned

HANCOCK COUNTY — The 14th annual Historic National Road Yard Sale will be held from dawn until dusk May 31 June 4 and extends from Baltimore to St. Louis.Antiques, furniture, fresh garden produce, glassware, and collectibles will be available, according to a press release. Individuals also have the opportunity to explore America’s first interstate, sample regional foods, feel the pulse of small towns, interact with other families, and simply enjoy the “thrill of the hunt.” Vendor spaces will be available at various locations and many communities and organizations use this opportunity to hold local festivals and fundraisers. The Route is also known as US 40.

The first year, the yard sale began in Dublin, Indiana, and went from Richmond to Knightstown, and continues to grow along the National Road, which is the nation’s first federally funded interstate highway, connecting the eastern seaboard in Maryland to the western interior in Illinois. The Indiana section of the Historic National Road was designated State Scenic Byway status in 1996, and National Scenic Byway status in 1998. In 2002, the entire Historic National Road — through Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois — was designated an All-American Road for its historical and cultural significance. It received this honor because it is the longest byway traversing the greatest number of states, according to a news release.

Pizza restaurant now

open for lunch downtownGREENFIELD — Hometown Classic Pizza, owned by Don Johnson, announces the restaurant will be open for lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. The Greenfield restaurant, which serves pizza, wings, subs and more, is located at 12 W. Main Street, just west of the intersection of Main and State streets.

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Rorye Hatcher is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at ​317-477-3211 or rhatcher@greenfieldreporter.com.