Web site touts historic city buildings
A Web site has been launched in an effort to help preserve historic buildings in older parts of New Albany.
A group of residents have come together to offer www.HistoricNewAlbany.com, a Web site started in December and featuring historic buildings in New Albany that are for sale, a release says. The goal is to retain owner-occupied, single-family homes and to discourage investors from transforming the homes into slum properties.
The site features houses and commercial properties in mostly the downtown area that are for sale. The site offers photographs of properties for sale, as well as the history and the sale price.
“Today more than ever communities are having to be savvy about marketing their assets,” said Greg Sekula, director of the southern regional office for Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. “New Albany’s rich stock of affordably priced historic buildings and its close proximity to Louisville make it a natural for attracting newcomers to the city who might be interested in living and setting up a business here.”
— Staff writer Amany Ali
Mobile recycling schedule gets changes
The Floyd County Solid Waste District has made a change in its mobile recycling schedule.
The unit that was normally at the Old Edwardsville School on Wednesdays has been moved to the Edwardsville United Methodist Church, 4830 Ind. 64 in Edwardsville, near the Interstate 64 interchange.
The new location is more accessible to the public, according to the District.
The following is the complete recycling mobile unit schedule:
• Tuesday — St. Mary’s of the Knobs
• Wednesday — Edwardsville United Methodist Church
• Thursday — Floyd Central High School
• Saturday — Grant Line Elementary School
— Staff writer Amany Ali
Four Chaplains Memorial coming Sunday
The Bonnie Sloan Post 28 American Legion will have its annual Four Chaplains Memorial Ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Post, 1930 McDonald Lane, New Albany. The Post would like to encourage the community to attend this traditional event.
Community Bank Shares posts yearly gains
Community Bank Shares of Indiana Inc. posted a 45 percent gain in earnings for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, the company announced after the close of financial markets Wednesday.
Net income for the year for the New Albany-based company was $3.75 million, up from $2.59 million for the same 12 months of fiscal 2004. Earnings per share also were up 45 percent to $1.41.
Total assets rose 12.7 percent from $590.07 million to $665.01 million. Loans and deposits also showed double-digit gains.
Earnings for the fourth quarter were $842,000 up 17 percent from $719,000 in the comparable quarter of 2004. Earnings per share saw a gain to 32 cents to 27 cents for the three month period.
Shares of Community Bank (Nasdaq: CBIN) were up 26 cents, or 1.12 percent, to $23.40 in late Thursday afternoon trading. Shares have traded from a $32 high to a $20.85 low in the past 52 weeks.
Community Bank plans to open a branch in Jefferson County, Ky., in its fiscal first quarter. The location will be the company’s 17th in the metropolitan Louisville area.
— Managing Editor Shea Van Hoy
Tourism slogan ideas posted on Web site
The Indiana Office of Tourism Development added a feature to its EnjoyIndiana.com Web site that lists tourism slogan ideas sent in from Hoosiers.
In addition, the site will offer readers an opportunity to send in ideas.
“We’ve been receiving input and ideas from the public since December,” said office Director Amy Vaughan. “This is a great way for the public to see suggestions from other Hoosiers and to voice their own ideas.”
In December, the IOTD released its strategic plan which outlined the adoption of a new tourism brand for the state. Research indicated that the “Enjoy Indiana” brand had lost equity in recent years.