Business briefs: Local attorney recognized for longevity

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GREENFIELD — Gregg Morelock, a Greenfield-based attorney, was among those recognized with a Longevity of Service Award at the Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association’s 39th annual Municipal Law Seminar last month.

The association recognized four attorneys with at least 25 years of service to at least one Indiana municipality.

Morelock earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Indiana University and currently represents at least eight municipalities and other governmental boards and commissions, including those serving Hancock County, Greenfield and McCordsville. He practices at Brand & Morelock in Greenfield.

Gas station, market and eatery celebrating grand opening

McCORDSVILLE — Leo’s Market & Eatery is having a grand opening celebration 1-7 p.m. July 20 at its new location 8956 N. 600W, McCordsville.

The festivities will include free samples, hourly giveaways, eatery specials, bogo free specials and a ribbon-cutting.

Housing inventory, prices continue to climb

HANCOCK COUNTY — An area real estate agency’s recently released June 2022 residential real estate market statistics indicate inventory is still climbing as well as home prices.

According to F.C. Tucker Company, Hancock County saw a 12.4% increase in homes sold in June 2022 compared to this time last year. Housing inventory increased significantly, up 161% compared to June 2021.

Home sale prices increased, up 20.2%, year-to-date, to an average sale price of $321,915.

State: New registry, law proving useful

INDIANAPOLIS — Last July when Senate Enrolled Act 409 went into effect, Indiana entered into a modern era of tracking youth employment. The new law did away with work permits for Indiana’s minor employees and established a new Youth Employment System (YES) to register and account for employment of minors under 18 years old. Now, a year later, nearly 10,300 employers have registered more than 167,000 minor employees.

Employers can access the YES registration app via a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone and registering minor employees only takes about two minutes. Upon termination of employment, the employer must remove the minor’s information from the YES active-employee registry. The employer will have three business days to complete each action.

Schools continue to have the opportunity to monitor which employers are hiring minor employees in their communities via YES and can request public information in the system specific to their students. This enables schools to continue to collaborate with employers to balance a student’s employment and academic performance throughout the school year.

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