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Grains & Grill…A Destination Restaurant Worth the Short Trip to Fairmount

By: Mike Rhodes— If you are looking for a destination restaurant, instead of heading south to Indy, why not try going a few miles north instead? Try heading to Grains & Grill in Fairmount, IN. They have a well deserved reputation for having very good food. Joanie and Barry Howard are the owners. Kevin Grider is the chef, and he has a knack for coming up with extremely unique touches and flavor combinations that make Grains & Grill a highly…

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RACER Trust Sells Property in Muncie, IN to M&M Bus Co., Inc.

MUNCIE, Ind. — RACER Trust has sold approximately 1.2 acres of a 66.5-acre industrial property in Muncie to M&M Bus Co., Inc., a local school bus contractor that has leased the paved lot for bus parking since 1988. The lot is located at the intersection of South Elliott and West 7th streets, directly east of the main portion of the RACER Trust property. In January 2016, RACER Trust completed the sale of approximately six acres on the south side of West 8th…


Estep-Doctor and Company Accounting Firm Adds Professionals

Muncie, IN– The accounting firm of Estep-Doctor & Company has announced the hiring of Michelle Skeen, CPA, and Jacob Eiler to their professional staff.  Skeen has over 27 years of private and public accounting experience, plus tax management roles with CNO Financial, Marsh, and other Indiana organizations.  She will manage the firm’s Anderson office. Jacob Eiler is a staff accountant in the Muncie office.  Eiler held tax and staff accounting positions in Indianapolis prior to joining Estep-Doctor & Company.  Eiler has…


Kayla Kreigh Promoted to Loan Counselor for MutualBank in Muncie

Muncie, In – MutualBank announces the promotion of Kayla Kreigh to Loan Counselor. Previously, Kayla served as a teller, followed by Loan Service Specialist. In her new role as Loan Counselor, Kayla will provide consumer and mortgage lending assistance as well as superior customer service and problem solving. Her recent completion of the Indiana Bankers Association Mortgage Lending training program ensures her preparedness. This, along with her personal promise to deliver a positive and lasting impact on customers’ loan decisions, will…


Northside Middle School Teacher Jason Young Receives McDonald’s MAC Grant

By: Ana Pichardo— Muncie, IN —On November 15th, Northside Middle School sixth grade reading teacher Jason Young was awarded a McDonald’s $500 Make Activities Count (MAC) grant. Tuesday morning, Director of Operations for the Muncie area Ken Phillips, General Manager of the Chadam Lane store Amy Rogers, and Northside Principal Jackie Samuels surprised Young and his class with an oversized check and the news that he received the grant. With this grant, Young’s students will participate in service learning projects….


Alliance for Strategic Growth, Inc. Announces Employer Engagement and Corporate Services Team

By: Lyndsey Hellems— Muncie, IN—Alliance for Strategic Growth, Inc. (ASG, Inc.), a leader in workforce development innovation, announced its Employer Engagement and Corporate Services Team today. Denny Cochran is appointed to Manager of Employer Engagement. Cochran will manage ASG, Inc. employer engagement initiatives that align real-time employer-demand data with existing and new customer services and programs to expeditiously meet high-wage workforce demand. Cochran previously served in executive leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. Tod Howard is appointed…


MutualBank Announces the Promotion of Melissa Morris

By: Jamie Faulkner— ALBANY, IN – MutualBank announces the promotion of Melissa Morris to Financial Center Manager and Administrative Officer. Melissa has been part of the MutualBank team more than 17 years, beginning as a teller, and was recently promoted from her role as Service Manager. In her new role, she will support the growth of the financial center and the development of existing and new bank relationships, whether lending, investment-related or otherwise. Melissa is an Albany native and a 2002…


DWNTWN’s “Meet the Originals” Campaign Launches

Downtown Muncie’s Newest Campaign Says ‘Thank You’ to Those Who Live, Work, and Play Here MUNCIE, Ind. – Meet the Originals is the latest campaign from DWNTWN Muncie and Muncie Downtown Development Partnership (MDDP). The campaign aims to instill pride in those who live, work, and play in the area. Every day, unique and diverse people, ‘Originals,’ contribute to the success of the area by creating a special culture and a welcoming environment. They do this by supporting one another, whether…


Elm Street Brewing Company Grand Opening to Take Place November 18th

By: Eric Jones— The tasting room at Elm Street Brewing Company will open its doors to the public on Friday, 11/18/2016. The brewery is located in the historic Muncie Ice and Coal Building located at 519 North Elm Street in Muncie, Indiana. Like the mighty Elm, Muncie, Indiana has a strong and storied history. Our city has been home to the world’s finest craftsmen, manufacturing many of the automotive industry’s legendary components. Elm Street Brewing Company beers are developed in…


First Merchants Corporation Announces Record Third Quarter 2016 Results

Muncie, IN—First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ – FRME) reported record third quarter 2016 net income of $21.1 million, compared to $17.1 million during the third quarter of 2015. Earnings per share for the period totaled a record $.51 per share, an increase of $.06 per share, or 13.3 percent, over the same period in 2015. Year-to-date net income totaled a record $58.8 million, compared to $51.2 million during the same period in 2015. Earnings per share for the nine months ended…