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New Castle | Henry County

Chamber Magazine Spring 2019

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t’s been about six months since I joined the Henry County New Castle Chamber of Commerce as your new Executive Director and while it’s been a steep learning curve, I have found nothing but encouragement and a warm welcome – just as you might hope for from your business community. Being new to anything can be intimidating, even off-putting. But for me, I’ve seen firsthand the random acts of kindness that make New Castle and Henry County such a special place to live, work and play. I come to the Chamber after a career in the ministry, and I have a Bachelor of Art’s degree from Moody Bible Institute and a Master’s of Divinity from Gordon Cornwell Theological Seminary. I’ll be married 20 years in May to my wife, Vicki, and we have six beautiful children - Brooke, 16, Hannah, 14, Josiah, 12, Boaz, 11, Silas, 7 and Miriam, who will be 2 in July. I’m using the first few months to learn this organization and


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‘My initial observations are that we are uniquely positioned for success. I see opportunity in the enthusiasm of our members.’

to get to know each of its 250-plus members. I’m conducting one-on-one listening sessions. I want to hear from you and to learn what you want from the Chamber. My initial observations are that we are uniquely positioned for success. I see opportunity in the enthusiasm of our members. The Chamber, itself, offers high-level benefits including: • Networking – We hold regular networking events that allows members to exchange business-to-business ideas and develop relationships. • Marketing and advertising – As a member of the Chamber, we offer various marketing mediums such as e-newsletters, our website and this publication, Chamber Magazine. • Referrals - Through the professional relationships that you’ll build, you’ll get new business leads and an opportunity to nurture the ones you already have. • Educational and government programming – The Chamber offers a number of educational programs and community engagement activities including legislation updates when the Indiana General Assembly is in session. I am excited to announce that your Chamber now offers members a new innovative group health insurance plan. The Lifestyle Health Plan provides a group health benefits solution designed to help employers strategically manage healthcare costs while still providing employees great benefits! Chamber member Josh Estelle of Pfenninger, Claxton, & Estelle Insurance Group, has guided us through this process and can give you the details you need to take advantage of this new member benefit. As I continue on my personal listening tour, let me know how I can help you grow your business. After all, that’s why I’m here. ■ Shaun DuFault is Executive Director of the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. 4 | CHAMBER MAGAZINE, Spring 2019

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Corey Murphy


Music builds sense of community


ans Christian Andersen said, “Where words fail, music speaks.” Music builds a bond among people and communities. In school, it encourages creative thinking, discipline and problem solving. In an open space, where community gathers, it can define who we are. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Henry County Concert Series. I hope you’ll mark these dates on your calendar and join me on the third Friday of every month June to September. Here is this year’s lineup. Descriptions courtesy of the Henry County Arts. June 21: Henry Lee Summer – This Brazil, Indiana native is self-taught on guitar, piano, and drums influenced by the best in country, R&B, rock & roll, and blues. Expressing a raw and impulsive style of rock & roll, Henry always adds his own voice and style.


Implants ease back pain 10 Kevin Brown


Downtown growth

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‘Concerts are in the Arts Park and are free and open to the public. Opening acts start at 6:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair and cooler and enjoy the music.’

July 19: Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel – From Kokomo, Indiana, Mike began playing guitar in 1977 at age 6. He grew up hearing his father’s soul-rock bands. As a boy, he traveled with them and the Drifters throughout the southern United States in the mid 1970s. He received his first guitar at age 5. He purchased his first electric guitar at age 10 with paper route money. His vocals and guitar have been called “gritty and soulful” and have been compared to many. Aug. 16: Jennie DeVoe – An independent singer/ songwriter, DeVoe’s music is born of a unique marriage of folk and funk. She sprinkles in rhythm and blues sounds and a few well-chosen covers to create a great live show. She also manages to draw the audience in with her anecdotes and personal stories between each song. It’s hard to attend one of DeVoe’s shows and not feel like she’s your personal friend by the end of the night. Sept. 20: The Carl Storie Band – Carl Storie’s career began in Indiana at the young age of 15. By 17, Carl had signed his first recording contract with RCA Records in New York, and recorded his first album with the Chosen Few at the historic Chess Records studio in Chicago. In the early ’70s, Carl began his tenure as the lead singer with the Faith Band. This will be Carl’s second consecutive year to perform in this series. Nearly 600 turned out to see him last year. Come early to this one. Concerts are in the Arts Park and are free and open to the public. Opening acts start at 6:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair and cooler and enjoy the music. Food can be purchased at the event and is provided by the Kiwanis Club. ■ Kevin Brown is president of the Board of Directors for the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

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Community needs everyday champion to focus on growth


here is an adage in management training that says, “What you pay attention to grows.” When some people in a community ask, “Why do we need an economic development organization, anyway?” this may be the simplest and most complete answer. If you want to grow jobs and new investment in your community, someone needs to pay attention to that. The Indiana Economic Development Association defines economic development as the “facilitation of long-term investment that leads to community prosperity.” When a community forms a local economic development organization (a LEDO, as we call them in Indiana) they are indicating that they want to hire a professional to spend every day paying attention to activities that will help create community prosperity. Often, we think of community prosperity coming in the form of new, higher paying jobs. Sometimes, though, community prosperity may be measured in terms of investment in a new or expanded building that results in new property taxes that pay for roads, libraries, and schools. Attracting new investment and new jobs is a longterm process for communities. As you can imagine, not all communities are created equal and companies are often looking for specific attributes in a community when they’re looking to relocate. A LEDO director has to serve as a conduit between his or her community and the marketplace. LEDO directors spend their time listening to companies that want to expand or relocate, and then work with local leaders to translate the needs of those companies into community assets that will be attractive to new investment. So, a LEDO director, in many cases, is facilitating many activities in a community, such as encouraging local elected officials to invest in water and sewer capacity to accommodate future investment. The LEDO director may be working with local school corporations to reinforce the importance of work readiness and work ethic to facilitate an available workforce.

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Corey Murphy

‘When a community forms a local economic development organization, they hire a professional to spend every day paying attention to activities that create community prosperity.’

The LEDO director may be working with local landowners to assemble available land to be ready for new investment, or working with developers to build a speculative building (a “spec” building in real estate language) to have a building ready and waiting for a new company. Then, once a community has worked to develop its assets, the LEDO needs to market the community to companies that may want those assets. Sometimes this involves having an up-todate web site that includes information about available sites or buildings, information about the local workforce, utilities, cost of doing business, amenities -- everything that tells a prospective company that your community is “open for business” and ready to grow. Often LEDO directors will accompany the Governor and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to industry trade shows, on prospecting trips inside and outside the U.S. or may visit separately with companies, all as an effort to promote your community to prospective investors. So, why do you need a LEDO? You need a LEDO to assure that you have a champion in your community who, every day, pays attention to the diverse set of tasks needed to help your community grow and prosper. ■ Corey L. Murphy, CEcD, serves as President of the New Castle Henry County Economic Development Corporation. Republished with permission from the Indiana Economic Development Association.

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Spine solutions New Henry Community Health implant procedure fills gap between major surgery & conservative care


The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that degenerative changes of the spine are seen in up to 80 percent of people by the age of 60.

Symptoms may be caused by narrowing around nerves

Device is placed between the vertebrae and holds them open, relieving pressure on nerves in the spinal canal.









eople suffering from debilitating back and leg pain while standing or walking may find relief from a relatively new outpatient surgery. The minimally invasive procedure, now available at Henry Community Health, deploys a VertiFlex Superion titanium implant between vertebrae to improve mobility and alleviate discomfort.

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The surgery often involves two implants, requiring about a one-inch incision at each vertebra level. The VertiFlex device is about an inch long and about a half-inch wide and is shaped like a capital H when deployed.


he relatively simple same-day surgery, which is currently approved by traditional Medicare, can be performed in less than an hour. With pre-certification other insurance payers are starting to come on board. “We are seeing about 80 to 90 percent improvement in both pain and function,” said Dr. Scott Taylor, a specialist board certified in pain management and board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Henry Community Health. Taylor has performed around 20 of the procedures to treat lumbar stenosis, and he anticipates that the demand will continue to grow as more patients learn about the impressive results. “The procedure fills a gap between major traditional back surgery and conservative care,” Taylor said. Lumbar stenosis is the natural degeneration of the spine with age. As people grow older, arthritis of the spine can encroach on nerves, often leading to pain, numbness and/or cramping in the legs. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that degenerative changes of the spine are seen in up to 80 percent of people by the age of 60. According to Taylor, patients over the age of 60 with a chronic history of back and leg pain may be good candidates for the implants. “The ideal patient is someone who feels really good if they are sitting in a chair, but if they try to stand or walk, they get hip or back pain that causes leg weakness,” he explained. “People who have back pain that causes leg pain when standing or walking but feel better when leaning on a cart may be suffering from spinal stenosis.” The Superion procedure is meant for patients who already have tried physical therapy or steroid injections. The surgery often involves two implants, requiring about a one-inch incision at each vertebra level. The VertiFlex device is about an inch long and about a half-inch wide and is shaped like a capital H when deployed. After surgery, patients are placed in a soft back support and encouraged to stand up within an hour of the procedure. They go home the same day and they are likely to feel some soreness from the incision points and procedure site. Taylor follows up with patients a week later and then schedules multiple appointments over the next year to track progress.

‘The ideal patient is someone who feels really good if they are sitting in a chair, but if they try to stand or walk, they get hip or back pain that causes leg weakness.’

— Dr. Scott Taylor

Although the surgery has shown great results for chronic lumbar stenosis cases, it is not ideal for all patients, especially people with extreme stenosis. “If someone has more than three millimeters of vertebra slippage, it’s probably not going to work and is contraindicated. Another issue is that you can’t do the bottom level of the spine because there is no bone to attach the implant to, but 70 percent of stenosis does not involve that level,” Taylor said.

Dr. Scott Taylor, Henry Community Health.

Superion also isn’t a good choice for patients with osteoporosis, because brittle bones may not hold the lumbar spacers in place, and obesity also can cause less successful results, according to Taylor. One of the added benefits of the implant is that it can help people escape dependency on prescription medications for pain management. “There are published articles about its success with pain improvement and function and a reduction in the need for opioids,” Taylor said. ■

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From left: David Brock, Jon Madison, 12Jim | CHAMBER Millikan MAGAZINE, Spring 2019




Downtown New Castle is reaping the rewards of a long-term community commitment to improvements. “Although the roadwork process on Broad Street was long and frustrating for Downtown merchants, it’s finished, and we are seeing the benefits,” said Shaun DuFault, Executive Director of the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Beautification projects, art installations and rehabs undertaken by building owners are combining to create a new-found vibrancy downtown. “Downtown Chamber members are thriving,” DuFault said.

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In 1989, Millikan had the opportunity to purchase the Broad Street building. “It was unoccupied for about 10 years,” he said. Built around 1900 or before, it required extensive remodeling and every effort was made to have the interior match the age of the structure, even though all the materials were new. “During the remodeling, we found the original tin ceilings when we removed the dropped ceiling,” Millikan said. Also DeFur Voran LLP has had an office in New Castle since 2006, located during the process: Original lighting pendants that located on Memorial Drive. Senior Attorney David Brock, a hang in the main hallway. The result is a warm, California native who has lived in Henry County welcoming space with generous-sized offices and a for 32 years, and Partner Jon Madison, a New conference room lined with shelving for law books. Castle native, split their time between the New A couple of years ago, Millikan “freshened” the Castle and Muncie offices. interior with new carpet and paint. DeFur Voran’s main office is in downtown Madison notes that in today’s age of instant Muncie, the city of its founding. communication and electronic filings, close “Jim Borgmann was adamant about downtown proximity to the courthouse isn’t as important as locations whenever possible,” Brock said. “He is a it once was. “But having a full-time office is a real strong supporter of Muncie’s downtown, and feels advantage,” he said. He and Brock continue to strongly that downtown presence and involvement divide time between Muncie and New Castle, but is very important.” Borgmann is DeFur Voran’s Millikan is full-time in New Castle, so the office managing partner. is open every day. The former DeFur Voran office When presented with an opportunity to merge was open only on Tuesdays and Fridays, and by the practice with that of long-time New Castle appointment. Since Millikan’s staff joined DeFur attorney James Millikan, the choice was obvious. Voran, the current office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The prospect offered an unusual arrangement. Monday through Friday. Millikan is employed by DeFur Voran as a Jim Millikan Both Madison and Millikan participate in a wide senior attorney, and he is the company’s landlord range of practice areas, and Brock’s emphasis is on estate for the office building he owns at 1315 Broad St. in downtown planning and business law and works with a lot of small New Castle. The Millikan family has been in New Castle for businesses. When local clients have more specialized needs, generations. In fact, a framed plat map from 1857 shows the DeFur Voran attorneys can come to the New Castle office from family name as a landowner. Upon graduation from the IUother locations. The downtown building provides space for those Indianapolis (now McKinney) law school and the attainment of meetings. The spacious interior accommodates mediations and his license in 1975, Millikan joined the practice run by his father, other meetings not possible in the Memorial Drive location, and Thomas Millikan, a Harvard law graduate. “I was a part of his ■ CHAMBER MAGAZINE, Spring 2019 | 13 allows for potential future expansion. practice until his death in 1979,” Millikan said.

ne of the more recent downtown New Castle business occupants isn’t new at all. In fact, the roots to the community run deep to the early days of the city.

Downtown visibility helps grow clients


little more than two years ago, Erika Hayes was offered an opportrunity that affected the face of Down New Castle:

Steve Weidert, a long-time Edward Jones financial adviser with an office on Memorial Drive was looking at retirement. Hayes was asked to assist with the transition of some of his clients. Hayes took advantage of the opportunity and decided to move her office to 1105 Broad St. on the edge of downtown New Castle. “The location offers good visibility,” said Hayes, a Fort Wayne native. Her husband, Brett Hayes, is a native of Henry County and some of his family members reside in the area. The couple lives in Yorktown and Brett works in Indianapolis, so downtown New Castle was a natural spot for Erika’s office. The young couple’s family is growing. They are expecting their third child in July, joining daughters Ava, 5 and Pearl, 2. Hayes has gotten involved in downtown events since the opening of her office. During the most recent Christmas Walk, she hired “Anna” and “Elsa” characters (the princesses from the popular animated film “Frozen”) to meet and greet visitors during an Open House with clients. It was wildly popular, and emphasized to Hayes what she suspected: “New Castle, especially downtown New Castle, is very family-oriented,” she says. “Events like the Christmas Walk offer something for everyone.” And the move to Broad Street added an unexpected boost to business for Hayes, too. “I was a little surprised by the number of walk-in business I have experienced,” she says. “People say, ‘I have noticed your sign and thought you might be able to help me out.’ That’s extremely rare in this kind of business.” ■

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Hayes Copenhaver Crider Harvey LLP 214 S. Main St. 765-529-2100 Henry County Economic Development Corp. 100 S. Main St., Suite 203 765-521-7402 Henry County Solid Waste Management District 1121 Broad St. 765-529-1691 Ice House Tavern 1550 Walnut St. 765-529-9990

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Chamber smooths the way for new business

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Brandy Banning’s life plans were accelerated late in 2018. “I’ve always wanted to have my own salon, but I thought it would happen later,” Banning said. She worked for a salon in New Castle when it closed suddenly, leaving Banning with decisions to make: Go to work for a different salon, or strike out on her own. Her husband, Hagerstown native Michael Banning, encouraged her to start her own shop. Banning grew up in Pendleton. “It has a nice, historical downtown, and I loved it. Downtown New Castle offered the same feel.” When the couple looked at the location at 1106 Broad St., they needed to make some tough choices, as any first-time business owner does. The former computer store would require extensive remodeling and it was on the edge of downtown, instead of in the heart of things. In the end, Banning relied on her gut and her faith: “It might sound funny, but I told my husband, ‘God wants me here.’ ” So, the work began and the couple transformed the building into an open, light-filled space with rustic, comfortable charm. The Honey Blonde Hair Company was born, and opened its doors during the first part of December, just days before the Downtown Christmas Walk. Banning knows now that it was the right decision: there’s a lot of foot-traffic, good visibility and the salon is building clientele, including walk-ins. In fact, on a recent Wednesday, the shop had six or seven walk-in customers, which is unusual in the middle of a week. The salon has six styling stations, and all of them are occupied by stylists. Banning credits the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce for helping smooth the rough spots during her transition to business-owner. A relative suggested that she contact the Chamber so they could do a ribbon-cutting. When she learned about the membership dues, she was concerned about her already stretched budget. “But when I learned how much they offered, and how much they do for businesses and downtown New Castle, I knew it was worth it,” she said. Banning looks forward to participation in the downtown events, and is making plans for the Broad Street Cruise In, the Memorial Day Parade and the Christmas Walk. She has become involved in the recently formed Downtown Merchants Alliance. “It’s exciting to be a part of all the great things happening downtown,” she said. ■

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In Delaware County, United Way recently ended a second consecutive year in which it exceeded its annual campaign goal. It raised $1.44 million in the 2018 campaign. “We’ve had some rough patches in Muncie and Delaware County, too,” Marsh said. “Once the community in Delaware County identified its priority and we began focusing on that priority, fundraising turned around.” United Way of Delaware County announced earlier this year In Delaware County, United Way has been focused on it was expanding its service territory to include Henry County tackling generational poverty by working to ensure all third and it would immediately begin meeting with Henry County graders are up to third-grade reading level — the single greatest leaders and stakeholders to build a customized fundraising focus. predictor of a child’s success in school and life — by 2024. What makes it even more special for Jenni is her mother, “It is a community’s aspiration that drives the work,” Marsh Linda McGalliard, spent her entire teaching career in Henry said. “Because it is the community’s resources that make it County. She retired in 2011 after 40 years at Shenandoah happen. We’re going to find out what people hope for New Castle Elementary School, where she was principal for the last 20 years and Henry County and then we will develop a strategy to meet of her tenure. Before that, she was assistant principal and before those goals.” that a kindergarten teacher for 20 years. Specifically, United Way will focus on “Because my mom served that community struggling working families who are working for so many years, Henry County holds a hard but having a hard time making ends meet. special place in my heart,” Marsh said. “Like Twenty-eight percent of Henry County households the community I grew up in, Henry County has are considered “A.L.I.C.E.” They are Assetbeen hard-hit economically — yet its people Limited, Income-Constrained and Employed. are determined to continue to improve the “ALICE families make just a little too much community and make it the best it can be. to qualify for public assistance, but not enough There’s incredible spirit here.” to actually fully meet their family’s survival The Henry County United Fund, which budget — let alone set aside any kind of savings dissolved last summer to return to the United for emergencies or for improving their financial Way family, relied primarily on community footing,” Marsh explained. volunteers to carry out its mission. The change United Way’s Jim Flatford In addition to ALICE, another 16 percent means Henry County will have the benefit distributes books at a Henry of Henry County households live in poverty. of United Way staff to help the community County event. According to the U.S. Census, one in four in New examine goals, needs and funding potential to Castle residents live in poverty. reach identified objectives, as well as the organizational structure To help meet ALICE families’ needs United Way plans to in place to deliver on those objectives. “First, we seek to understand,” Marsh said. “We want to listen open a THRIVE Center in the offices of the old United Fund on Race Street in New Castle. A THRIVE Center works directly with to and learn from the community, and then together build a working families to give them access to resources like financial strategic plan that is completely unique to Henry County.” coaching, budgeting and individualized development accounts. Henry County United Fund has a terrific legacy in the These accounts reward families who save with a two-to-one community with its Day of Caring event, tapping hundreds of match, backed by federal dollars. volunteers throughout the community to serve in a single day THRIVE was first launched by Madison County United Way, throughout Henry County. The event in 2019 will be on Friday, and then adopted in Delaware County. Sept. 6. Another thing that is not changing—Henry County “THRIVE partners with area nonprofits to offer wraparound donations will stay local. “Whatever funding is raised in Henry services for working families,” Marsh said. “It’s helping families County, will be dedicated to impacting and improving people’s lives right here in Henry County,” Marsh said. “What’s different become financially stable and provides a great support network.” ■ is the economy of scale. By condensing back office operations, we can keep overhead in check and maximize resources for For more information about THRIVE in Henry County and impacting lives in each of the county’s communities.” other United Way programs and efforts, call 765-288-5586.

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ouble amputee Iraq war veteran-turned motivational speaker Josh Bleill told a packed house at the annual New Castle Henry County Chamber of Commerce dinner in March that it was his community — one much like New Castle — that rallied behind him in his darkest hour. The Indiana native grew up playing basketball at Greenfield Central High School and competed in New Castle and Knightstown. He said the value of small town America has been immeasurable in his life. And he told the crowd to celebrate their community businesses and the citizens who make it all work. After attending Purdue University, Bleill was working in corporate America on Sept. 11, 2001, a day that he says changed his life forever. Something clicked inside him after that fateful day and, two years later, Bleill followed in his father’s footsteps and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 2004, at age 27, Bleill left for boot camp. And in 2006, he was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq. Then, it all went black. A bomb exploded under Bleill’s Humvee. He awakened five days later. He’d lost two friends and both of his legs in the blast. Bleill spent the next two years in extensive rehabilitation recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. It was his community that wrapped their arms around not just Bleill but around his parents and his extended family. “That support never stopped,” he said. “I learned to walk again and it was time to go home. I spent 22 months in the hospital.” It was the year the Indianapolis Colts won the Super Bowl and they were in Washington D.C. to meet with President George Bush. The team stopped at Walter Reed Hospital and sought out Cpl. Josh Bleill. “Mr. Irsay came to see me,” Bleill said. “He told me, ‘When you come home, come see me about a job.’ ” After two years in the hospital, Bleill came home. “One of the first things I did was call Indianapolis Colts.” Bleill was hired to be a community spokesman for the Colts and to tell his story around the state. Bleill’s remarks preceded the annual awards to the Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year. ■

Josh Bleill


Keynote speaker Josh Bleill


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Jerry Cash, left, accepts the Citizen of the Year Award from prior winner Maurie Goodwin

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Citizen of the Year:


Jerry Cash

erry Cash, Citizen of the Year winner, has devoted his adult life to serving his Henry County neighbors.

Business of the Year:


ERA Integrity

n her nomination letter, an employee for Business of the Year winner ERA Integrity Real Estate wrote:

“Susan Falck-Neal assures that we have the tools and environment that is needed to succeed. She also provides us with support and a great work/life balance. At ERA, you’re not only part of a company, you’re part of a family. This extends not only to employees, but to independent contractors (Realtors) as well.” ERA Integrity, which has been in business for more than 30 years, shows a strong commitment to the Henry County community. Employees and agents serve on various boards, including New Castle - Henry County Economic Development Corporation, Henry County Community Foundation and various school boards. Agents and employees are avid volunteers with various community advocacy programs, including Tri Kappa and Secret Santas, and for more than 15 years, Integrity has collaborated with other real estate companies and affiliates to provide Christmas gifts to more than 40 children in the community. “We do it because we care for our community and its success,” Falck-Neal said. “We love being part of such a wonderful community.” ■

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The Chrysler High School and Ball State University alumnus has spent decades in careers that had him serving vulnerable people: ICAP, Henry County Health Department, Indiana Health Department, and Director of Henry County Housing Authority. Cash’s wife of 46 years, Ladona, who nominated him, wrote it was Cash’s spirit of volunteerism that earned him the honor. Jerry has been involved in countless community endeavors, all dedicated to improving life in Henry County. “Jerry’s fingerprints are all over the Henry County Housing Committee, which is powerful in attending to the housing stock in the county. During his co-leadership, the Blight Elimination Grant was successfully achieved, bringing the county more than a million dollars to address unsafe housing,” Ladona wrote in her nomination. Cash, surrounded by family, said he was grateful for the recognition. With humility befitting this unsung community hero, he kept his comments very brief, and let his actions set an example of leadership to the community. ■

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