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GCEDC Talks Zoning

Greene County Economic Development Corporation (GCEDC) Executive Director Brianne Jerrels has recently started talking about land-use management at local club and organization meetings in an attempt to teach people its purpose and learn why people feel one way or the other about the topic. The word “zoning” can quickly separate a room into a group of “for” or “against,” so Jerrels hopes educating both sides will ease the tension. Greene County is one of only seven Indiana counties which does not have some sort of land-use plan in place. A zoning ordinance draft was brought before the county commissioners in 2012, but it was tabled and not brought back before the group again. Rather than bring the ordinance back to the county for review, Jerrels said this time she will take a different route: Education and asking questions. (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, Sept. 6, 2016)

Unemployment Rate Drops, But Still Highest in State

Despite the fact Greene County's unemployment rate has dropped a little since the end of 2015, it still has the highest rate in the state. The July 2016 Employment Report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development shows Greene County has a 6.8 percent unemployment rate, a decrease from the December 2015 rate of 7.3 percent. The state of Indiana has an overall 4.4 percent unemployment rate. Greene County Economic Development Director Brianne Jerrels said she sees the number of unemployed people as an opportunity to draw in future businesses. Based on Jerrels' calculations, there are just over 2,000 unemployed people in the county. (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, Sept. 1, 2016)

Autumn Trace of Greene County Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Members of the Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce, along with Autumn Trace of Greene County employees and a resident, celebrate the grand opening of the new Chamber of Commerce member with an official ribbon cutting on Tuesday. The facility opened for business Aug. 27. Pictured, from left: LSCC's Cheryl Hamilton, Linton Mayor John Wilkes, Kyla Hargrove, Krystin Clark, LSCC's Amber Cates, Autumn Trace resident Harold Helderman, Autumn Trace's Tammy Johnson, LSCC Treasurer Jathan Wright (behind Johnson), Heather Chesnut, Autumn Trace Head Chef Debbie Uland, Heather Cooksey, Julia Stewart, LSCC's Tracy Keen and LSCC intern Hunter House (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, Aug. 31, 2016)

Goosepond Pizza Celebrates 20 Years of Business in Linton

Goosepond Pizza, located at 1983 State Road 54 East in Linton, is celebrating 20 years of business. It's the fourth year the business has been in its new location. Goosepond offers a wide variety of pizza toppings saying "one bite and you're hooked". They also offers sandwiches and salads. For more information on Goosepond Pizza, including a menu, visit their website. Goosepond Pizza can be reached by calling 812-847-3030. They are open from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, 3 to 10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 3 to 9 p.m. on Sundays for carryout. (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, July 5, 2016)

GCEDC Annual Golf Scramble Deemed A Success

The Greene County Economic Development Corporation, sponsored by Hoosier Energy, held its 14th annual golf scramble Friday morning at the Phil Harris Golf Course in Linton. Nineteen teams participated in this year's event -- 14 business sponsored teams and five individual teams which consisted of families and friends. This has been the largest turn out in 14 years.

The business sponsored teams included: Bloomfield Bank (2 teams), Lewellyn Technology, City of Linton, Hartman Law, Indiana Rail Road, Greene County Daily World, Farmers and Mechanics Federal, Crane Credit Union, Metal Technologies, MainSource Bank, Irving Materials Inc., Milestone Contractors, and J Seven Sports Grille.

The hole-sponsors for this year's golf scramble were: Amplified Tech Services, Greene County General Hospital, MainSource Bank, R. Randall Baker Business Services, Metal Technologies, Hicom Inc., WTH Technology, Welch and Cornett, Smith Printing, Knauss Property Services, SAIC, Crane Credit Union, Bloomfield Supply and Hardware, Irving Materials Inc., and Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce. (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, June 20, 2016)


New Computer Business Opens in Linton

KairoTech, a new computer business, celebrated its recent opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The business is located at 89 North Main Street in Linton and offers a plethora of computer services including: Computer resets, troubleshooting, computer setup, software installation, printer installation, virus removal, file recovery and transfers, parts installation, memory installation and system tuneups.  Pictured front row, from left: Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cheryl Hamilton, Chamber Admin Assistant Amber Cates, Chamber President Tracy Keen, Spencer Dean, KairoTech Owner Josh Dean, Bethany Dean, City of Linton Mayor John Wilkes and City of Linton Clerk-Treasurer Jathan Wright. Back row, from left: Linda Cunningham, Thom Dean, Diane Dean, Lace Wallace, Mason Dean, Art Cunningham and Herman Wallace. (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, May 9, 2016)

Greene County Council Discusses Implementation of Innkeeper's Tax

At the March meeting of the Greene County Council, a 5 percent innkeeper's tax was proposed. The tax would be collected on logding such as motels, hotels, campgrounds and cabins. Implementation of the tax could bring significant funds into the county to promote tourism. A decision is expected at the council's April meeting.  (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, March 28, 2016)

Bicentennial Torch Relay Route Approved by State

Greene County's route for the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay has been set. The Bicentennial Torch will be in Greene County in Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will go through the communities of Worthington, Bloomfield, Switz City and Linton. One highlight of the trip will be the Tulip Trestle. The torch will pass under the historic structure. The torch will be carried through the county by 20 torchbearers who were nominated by their peers, selected by a committee and approved by the state. (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, March 28, 2016)

In the Trenches: Rural Health Care and Indiana

Inside INdiana Business featured a piece written by Greene County Genereal Hospital CEO Brenda Reetz regarding rural health care in Indiana. The critital access hospital provides 300 jobs in Greene County and contributes $62 million annually to the local economy. Just a section of Reetz's piece, "Our hospital was established over 100 years ago by our community for our community. Unfortunately, the long, steady progression of public policy has taken its toll on our hospital. Yes we are seeing more people are signing up for insurance. But the reality is that many people still cannot afford to meet their deductibles or premiums, so they are still not paying their bills.  And the government programs that provide coverage are slow to pay, if they pay."  Read all of Reetz's March 17, 2016 piece here at Inside INdiana

Goose Pond Lodge and Retreat Has Many Offerings

Goose Pond Lodge and Retreat, located south of Linton, offers 163 acres with six fishable lakes. The property has a large lodge with capacity of 200 -- seating 180-185 comfortably. The facility works well for business meetings, church or other banquets, baby showers, anniversary parties and weddings. It features an indoor as well as an outdoor stage, tables and rocking chairs on its wrap around porch and offers a large fire pit outside for guests. RV hookups are offered, as well as a large cabin that will sleep 10 guests. The cabin has been renovated with new plumbing, new electrical and new stairs and other interior and exterior improvements, including a full washer and dryer and a large modern kitchen. For further information on Goose Pond Lodge and Retreat visit their Facebook page, call at 812-384-6246 or email Mark Bartlow at (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, March 14, 2016)

Ribbon Cutting Held as New Owners Take Over Smith Printing

The Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce welcomed, Trent Wilkes, the new owner of Smith Printing with a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 8. Smith Printing is located at 88 Vincennes Street in Linton, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pictured from left to right: Greene County Economic Development Coroporation (GCEDC)  Intern Lilly Hancock; Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cheryl Hamilton; Chamber Ambassador Tammy Johnson, Chamber Board Member Jessica Soncrant; Chamber President Tracy Keen; Chamber Ambassador Amy Lore; new owner Trent Wilkes; Katie Wells; GCEDC Admin Assistant and Chamber Ambassador Halea Franklin; Chamber Ambassador Daniel French; Chamber Member Dale Knotts; GCEDC Executive Director and Chamber Board Member Brianne Jerrels; Chamber Intern Jacob Clothier; City of Linton Mayor John Wilkes; City of  Linton Clerk-Treasurer Jathan Wright; and Chamber Admin Assistant Amber Cates. (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, March 8, 2016)


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held at Totally Whipped Cupcakery

The Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting March 8 at Totally Whipped Cupcakery, located at 41 NE A Street in Linton. The business is owned by Brandy Brown and Rhea Linneweber and is open Wednesdays and Thursdays 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and some Saturdays 8 a.m to noon. Pictured, left to right: Chamber President Tracy Keen; City of Linton Clerk-Treasurer Jathan Wright; Owner Brandy Brown; Chamber Board Member Jessica Soncrant; Greene County Economic Development Corporation Admin Assistant and Chamber Ambassador Halea Franklin; Owner Rhea Linneweber; Chamber Admin Assistant Amber Cates; Greene County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director and Chamber Board Member Brianne Jerrels; Chamber Ambassador Amy Lore; City of Linton Mayor John Wilkes; and Chamber Executive Director Cheryl Hamilton. (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, March 8, 2016)

Goose Pond Cabins Expand

Goose Pond Cabins, located at County Road 25 South in Linton, has enjoyed success lately, so much so they have built a second cabin to accompany the first. (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, February, 29 2016)

Opinion: Backroads Booming in Greene County

The back roads of Greene County are booming with tourist activity. People around the country -- and some from around the world -- are coming to our little communities to utilize outdoor recreation facilities.  (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, February, 26 2016)

Indy Jeep Junkies travel far to enjoy Greene County's outdoor recreation

Indy Jeep Junkies, an organization based out of the Indianapolis area, has a goal to provide Jeep owners a group which goes to various outdoor locations and experience the various trails offered by Indiana and the surrounding states. One location they recently visited was  traveled to Redbird State Recreation Area in Greene County. Visit the group's Facebook page to see a video of their trip from Indianapolis to Greene County.  (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, February, 23 2016)

Totally Whipped Cupcakery set to open soon

Totally Whipped Cupcakery, the brainchild of daughter/mother team Brandy Brown and Rhea Linneweber, is set to open Feb. 6 in Linton. The bakery will offer homemade, gourmet cupcakes and cookies. They offer 40 varieties of cupcakes and will offer a daily special featuring four to six different flavors as well as specialty and made-to-order custom cakes. Totally Whipped Cupcakery worked with Greene County Economic Development Corporation and their revolving loan fund to secure funding to open the retail space, located at 41 A Street NE in Linton. (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, February, 1 2016)

Red Oaks Country Retreat offers lodging, meeting space

Greene County is an area of natural beauty and hidden treasures. One such treasure can be found between Bloomfield and Worthington, and is known as Red Oaks Country Retreat. Not a traditional bed and breakfast, Red Oaks Country Retreat is a unique getaway for families, friends and small groups to unwind, unplug and reconnect. (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, January 22, 2016)

AT&T Expanding to offer 4G LTE Service to Newberry

AT&T is now giving local customers in the Newberry area faster mobile Internet speeds on the network with the nation's strongest LTE signal. The expansion will also cover Elnora in Daviess County. (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, January 14, 2016).

Superior Driving School under new ownership

Superior Driving School now has new owners. Mike and Kellie Riggleman, of Linton, are the new face of the business. To register for Superior Driving School visit online at, call 812-847-2222 or email Mike at (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, January 7, 2016).


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