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WHO’S NEW  WHAT’S NEW  GOINGS ON THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012

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New ad director pitches more bang for buck Ryan Oswald, a 10-year newspaper veteran with experience in finance, advertising management, electronic media and traditional journalism, has been named advertising director of Register Publications. Oswald, 34, comes to The Register and The Harrison Press from The Delaware Gazette, an 8,500-circulation daily published in Delaware, Ohio, north of Columbus. Prior to his director’s role, Oswald was Internet coordinator and key account sales representative for the Madison Press, the company’s weekly newspaper in Madison County and London, Ohio. “I’ve always been in business development. My degree is in finance,” said the 2001 graduate of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, a master’s level university.

“I am committed to helping advertisers reach their audiences however those audiences want to be reached,” said Oswald. “People want to receive information differently, so we want to help our advertisers reach them how they want to be reached.” With experience in traditional and electronic media, Oswald said among his principal goals is to provide advertisers with several robust media choices, including more dynamic Web sites, e-mail blasts and cell phone access, without compromising the traditional print media. “I have a solid respect for the printed word and a good understanding of the digital word. I think I bring ideas of how to bridge that gap,” said Oswald. Although the Internet has leveled the playing field for all media, the strength of community newspapers and their complementary Web sites

Small business incubator helps create jobs

In 2011, The Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center assisted almost 800 clients and provided over 3,500 hours of nocost advising to these area businesses and entrepreneurs. Through this one-on-one assistance, the Southeast ISBDC Regional Director and Business Advisors helped start 80 new businesses, finalize 16 major expansions, hire 302 new employees and retain more than 2,000 employees. Another notable accomplishment is that the Southeast ISBDC assisted 74 of these businesses in securing over $11.4 million in loans and outside investment. The Southeast ISBDC also provided over $200,000 in free market research to clients in the areas of industry information, consumer spending patterns, market potential and site location. (Full statistics provided below) “The Southeast ISBDC is stronger than it has ever been and is consistently providing high levels of customer service to area businesses. Many business owners feel they do not qualify for assistance because they are “too big”, but we help businesses with under 500 employees so the majority of local businesses qualify,” said Regional Director Blayr Barnard. As Dan Hasler, Secretary of Commerce and CEO of Indiana Economic Development Cor-

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Register Publications’ Advertising Director Ryan Oswald and Harrison Sales Representative Donna Metzger plan ideas to give advertisers more for their buck. is local content, which includes not, be credible,” said Oswald. advertising from local and regional Community newspaper Web sites businesses, he said. are credible, and part of his charge “The great thing about newspa- is to acquaint more advertisers and pers is their reputations. You can readers with Register Publications’ go out as Joe Citizen and blog, and Web sites, said Oswald. what you have to say may, or may “We will give our advertisers

poration said, “Creating a supportive entrepreneurial environment and providing tools that help innovators make their ideas a reality are essential to Indiana’s economic success. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation looks to the Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center to lead this charge in Southeast Indiana.” Southeast ISBDC provides no-cost, confidential assistance to businesses in 13 counties of Indiana including: Floyd, Clark, Dearborn, Harrison, Scott, Jefferson, Jennings, Bartholomew, Decatur, Ripley, Franklin, Switzerland and Ohio. Services including: business planning, strategic planning, financial analysis, loan application preparation, marketing assistance, human resources guidance and market research. The main benefits to the clients include a sounding board for their ideas, outside perspective and expertise without having to hire someone for help. For more program information, contact Blayr Barnard, Regional Director, at bbarnard@isbdc. org or 1-812-952-9765, or Kelly Will, the Dearborn County Business Advisor, at kwill@isbdc.org or 1-812-537-0814, or visit www.seisbdc.org.

many ways to reach people, and our readers many options to obtain their local news,” said Oswald. “We will take what has been a once-a-week interaction with our public and try to engage them more often through different channels.” Oswald grew up in the “bluecollar, hard-working” town of Cochranton, Pa. He attended West Virginia University, where he pitched on the baseball team three years. His background also includes high school football coverage and The Ohio State University Football beat. “I really identify with the values here,” said Oswald. “What we do is valuable to the community. That is one of the things I love about newspapers.” Oswald now lives in Harrison and will be joined soon by his wife, Nicki, who is a fourth-grade teacher.

Sewer ban lifted, Moores Hill ‘open for business’

the Indiana Department of Environmental Management lifted the ban on new sewer connections to the Moores Hill What's next for Moores Hill, now that sanitary sewer system. the long-awaited wastewater treatment “We're open for business,” said plant is up and running? Grimsley, noting new housing and busiBeautification, what else! Resi- nesses now can be built in Moores Hill. dent Catrina Ison and others are at the The connection ban, placed on the town heart of the Moores Hill Beautification in April, 1999, was terminated as of Committee, Feb. 8. for which the Currently town council Moores Hill has instructed has 250 resiA COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT its attorney to Read dences and a DEARBORN seek non-profit about population of OHIO COUNTY’S changes status. 596, he said. Meanwhile, and The 11 busithe committee plans in nesses in town is selling in- other include a resINSIDE: scribed bricks parts of taurant, a confor the town's Dearstruction commemorial park. born pany, an auThe park County. tobody shop, itself will be a laundromat, moved to a a liquor store, new location, where it will incorporate a convenience/gasoline store, a food a veterans memorial and the bricks as mart, a funeral home and the American well as a playground area, said Moores Legion. Hill Councilman Paul Grimsley. The Town officials are pursuing a sanitary move and the installation of the equip- sewer extension to Cora Drive, an area ment and memorial is being funded they also are seeking to annex, said with a grant and has to be completed Grimsley. The area has over 30 resiby fall. dences with failing septic systems. The park will be between Wood and Meanwhile, the town council apMain streets across from the American proved an unsafe building ordinance Legion, he said. Volunteers will be and has its eyes on the old Albert Brown needed to help with the playground in- building, next to the former USBank, as stallation, and Cub Scouts plan to help a hazard that needs to be removed. with landscaping. A special meeting was held TuesOther big news in Moores Hill relates day, March 27, transferring the building to the new treatment plant; once it was from Dearborn County into the town’s completed and had passed all its tests, hands.

BY CHANDRA L. MATTINGLY

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BUSINESS BYTES

New agent at Farm Bureau

ica for more than 10 years, is a current board member at Community Spirit Credit Union, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance agent member of the Ridgewood Health Campus Advisory Board, vice president of Loretta Day understands the value the local T.O.P.S. Chapter, 10-year of protecting your assets and the veteran of the I Luv Lawrenceburg importance of serving her clients. Fall Fest Committee and president Prior to joining Farm Bureau, of the Moores Hill Heritage Festival Day served as the advertising diCommittee. rector for Register Publications. Upon becoming an agent, Day Through her more than 16 years completed Indiana Farm Bureau of service with the newspaper Insurance’s professional insurance group, she became very familiar training program. Indiana Farm Buwith our community, the busireau Insurance offers a complete nesses and people in it. line of auto, home, life, business and Day believes strongly in comfarm insurance. Loretta Day munity pride and involvement. Day lives in Moores Hill with her She served as a leader and merit husband, Toby, son , Thomas, and badge councilor for the Boy Scouts of Amer- several pets.

Metro maintenance employee of year is Lawrenceburg man Dave Jones, of Lawrenceburg, and Brian Colliflower, of Middletown, were named Metro’s 2011 Maintenance Employee of the Year. “Metro’s awards program allows us to recognize and honor those who have served the public as drivers and working behind-the-scenes as mechanics,” said Metro CEO & General Manager Terry Garcia Crews.

This year, 31 Metro employees qualified as finalists for 2011 Employee Awards Program. Finalists for the Maintenance Employee of the Year Award are selected from each of the five areas of Metro’s maintenance department to qualify for the title, and must have ■ No preventable accidents or discipline; ■ No times when employees were out of uniform; ■ No more than eight excused absences; ■ No more than three non-excused absences; ■ Must work 90 percent of their regularly scheduled work days/hours

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Dearborn County Commissioners are transferring the building at 14542 Main St., Moores Hill, right, to the Town of Moores Hill. The town council hopes to find funds to demolish the unsafe structure.

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