Business briefs: Restaurant celebrates police


Greenfield Police Patrolman Ryan Chappell, left, GPD administrative assistant Madison Watters, GPD Sgt. John Cutler, Greenfield O’Charley’s kitchen manager Cater McClary and GPD records clerk Dana Nance pose with free meals provided by O’Charley’s during National Police Week.

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Restaurant celebrates police

GREENFIELD — O’Charley’s celebrated National Police Week earlier this month by delivering free meals to the Greenfield Police Department.

National Police Week is May 11-17 and O’Charley’s teams celebrated special events and meal deliveries to law enforcement officers across their communities.

The celebration is part of O’Charley’s larger Hometown Heroes campaign that honors those who work to keep their communities safe. As a part of Hometown Heroes, O’Charley’s team members have delivered thousands of free meals to first responders, health care workers and other deserving heroes over the years.

Housing permits drop

INDIANAPOLIS — Rising interest rates, overall inflation and a volatile stock market has led the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis to see a 24% decrease in single-family building permits in Central Indiana’s nine-county area from last year’s numbers.

Eight hundred and one permits were issued last month compared to 992 in April 2021.

Hancock County had 355 permits from January through April this year, down slightly from 362 for that same time period in 2021, according to a news release from the builders association.

Housing market remains active

HANCOCK COUNTY — While building has slowed slightly compared to this time in 2021, the county continues to see an active residential real estate market, an area real estate agency reports.

According to F.C. Tucker Company, Hancock County saw a 10.3% increase in homes sold in April 2022 compared to this time last year. Housing inventory increased, up 57.9% compared to April 2021.

Home sale prices increased, up 19.8% year-to-date to an average sale price of $314,189.

Coalition proposes alternative to utility’s plan

COLUMBUS — Energy Matters Community Coalition, a Columbus-based coalition of Duke Energy Indiana ratepayers, has submitted an alternative plan to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission that provides a roadmap for how the electric utility and its customers can meet the “net zero” carbon emissions goal by 2050 that scientists have determined is crucial to avoid the worst effects of climate change globally.

The report and other materials are available at