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Jonathan S. Badger has joined Thompson Thrift Construction as safety and risk manager.
Prior to joining Thompson Thrift he was a site safety coordinator for FA Wilhelm. While with that company he worked on projects such as the Duke Energy Coal Handling Facility in Edwardsport; the Indianapolis Airport parking structure; an Eli Lilly structural steel shop facility in Indianapolis; and the Altra Indiana Ethanol Plant in Cloverdale.
He also served as regional safety director for Insituform Technologies and safety manager with Traylor Brothers Inc.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in safety engineering/management from Indiana State University. He is an American Heart Association/Heartsaver First Aid instructor.
Christina Smith is the new project manager assistant for Thompson Thrift Construction.
She most recently worked as the manager of The Dawg House in Terre Haute. Prior to that she was an assistant trainer at Pinedale Farms in Ardmore, Ala., and a customer service representative for Travel Mart LLC in Martinsville, Ill. She also has considerable experience in the printing industry having worked for PressTime Graphics, Dynamic Print Solutions and Pap-R-Products. She also worked for Columbia House and CI Telecom.
She holds associate’s degrees in business management and accounting from Harrison College. She is currently working on a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business management from that institution. She is from Martinsville, Ill.
Kammy Harmon will serve as the property manager of the Sycamore Terrace multifamily community in Terre Haute for Thompson Thrift.
Prior to this position, she worked as a contract administrator for Alta Construction Services in Addison, Texas, beginning in 2007. From 1999-2006 she served as a regional director/human resources director for Syndicat U.S. Management in Dallas and an asset manager for Syndicat U.S. Management/ Spartan Management in Bryan, Texas.
From 1998-99 she was a property manager/rehab coordinator with Lantower Management in Dallas. She began her career in 1988 as a property manager with Monterrey Asset Management in El Paso, Texas.
She became a Certified Apartment Manager in 1993 and was Monterrey Management’s Manager of the Year in 1995.
Sullivan County resident James Basinger has been named executive director of adult facilities for the Indiana Department of Correction. The former superintendent of the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility will monitor operations of all 17 adult facilities for the department. The new assignment is effective immediately.
Basinger is a 20 year veteran with the department. He began his career with the Indiana Department of Correction on Dec. 21, 1991 at the Bloomington Work Release Center as a correctional officer. He transferred to Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in the summer of 1992.
Basinger held various custody positions while at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility from officer to major, also serving as the Emergency Squad Commander for seven years. He has been a firearms instructor, CPR/first aid instructor, training officer and staff development training coordinator at WVCF. He is also a graduate of the first Emerging and Experienced Leadership Program.
Basinger held the position of major at the Putnamville Correctional Facility from 2000-2003. He was promoted to assistant superintendent in February 2009 at WVCF then promoted to superintendent October 2009 at WVCF.
In April 2009, Basinger retired as Command Sergeant Major with the 76th Brigade of the Indiana National Guard after 25 years of service, beginning as a United States Marine. He served two tours of duty in Iraq and a third tour as the 76th Brigade’s Rear Detachment Command Sergeant Major.
Greene County resident Richard Brown has been named acting superintendent for the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility effective today.
He began his career with the Indiana Department of Correction August 1991 at Indiana State Farm (now Putnamville Correctional Facility) as correctional officer. In June 1992, he transferred to WVCF as a correctional officer. While at WVCF, he held several positions including correctional counselor, correctional casework manager, unit team manager, and assistant superintendent.
In September 2006, Brown transferred to Rockville Correctional Facility as assistant superintendent. In July 2010, he moved back to WVCF as assistant superintendent.
Brown received an associate degree in corrections from Vincennes University and a bachelor of science in criminology from Indiana State University.
He has served on the Department’s Emergency Squad, and in 2007 graduated from the Experienced and Emerging Leadership Program.
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Jonathan S. Badger has joined Thompson Thrift Construction as safety and risk manager.
Social Security: Changes on the horizon for Social Security
A new year is a time for change. People across the world make resolutions and set goals to better themselves and the world around them. Whether you want to shed a few pounds, secure your finances for retirement, devote more time to charity or go on a vacation you’ve always dreamed about, chances are you have some ideas for a fresh start in 2014.
Business Cents: So does your advertising plan pass the sniff test?
Having been a business consultant for more than a decade now, there are some things that never fail to catch my attention, one of which is negative advertising.
Chamber of Commerce: Time to give a nod to local businesses
Are you familiar with a business deserving of recognition for achievements in 2013? Has it excelled in terms of business growth, implementation of green policies, creating a healthy workplace for its employees or overall business success? Maybe you are the owner of a company that meets these criteria? If so, consider completing a nomination for the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Business Recognition Award.
On the move: March 9, 2014
Stacey Joseph, broker associate with Remax Real Estate Associates in Terre Haute, was recently recognized by Remax of Indiana at the 2013 Awards Celebration at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis.
- Newsmakers: March 9, 2014
Milestone: March 9, 2014
On Wednesday Vermillion County Sheriff’s Department employee Robert (Pete) Jackson was recognized for 30 years of service.
Refrigerator recycling incentive increased to $50
Duke Energy customers who recycle outdated refrigerators or freezers will now receive a $50 incentive through the Duke Energy appliance recycling program.
Next Lunch with a Lawyer educational event set
Lunch with a Lawyer will feature attorney John Klotz from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17 at Wabash Senior Activity Center, 300 S. Fifth St.
Restaurant cuts ribbon for opening in Marshall
Country Kitchen celebrated its grand opening Friday with a Marshall Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony at the restaurant’s location at 710 Archer Ave., in Marshall, Ill.
Indiana startup launches social music player at SXSW
Caktus Music Inc. has announced the release of Caktus, the first true social music player, for iPhone.
Free tax preparation for low-income residents
Stadler & Company Tax Service is offering free tax preparation March 20-21 to low-income individuals and families in Wabash Valley.
Greater Clinton Chamber to meet at Dairy Queen
The Greater Clinton Chamber’s monthly luncheon is scheduled for noon Tuesday at Dairy Queen in Clinton.
US employers add 175K jobs despite harsh weather
U.S. employers stepped up hiring in February despite a blast of harsh winter weather, renewing hopes that the economy could accelerate this year.
Meet and greet March 7 at Tater & Joe’s Coffee Grounds
An informal meet and greet at the new Tater & Joe’s Coffee Grounds ,423 Wabash Ave., begins at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Sony DADC halting local distribution operation, cutting 34 jobs
Sony DADC, a major electronics and digital equipment maker, confirmed today it is closing a distribution operation at its Terre Haute plant.
Advisers make students apply theory to practice
Master’s students in a strategic management class at Indiana State University received professional advice and insights from local companies during a semester-long project.
Social Security: In Iditarod and retirement, prep is key
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which started Saturday in Alaska, is one of the harshest, most challenging races known to man — or dog. Mushers embark on a nine- to 15-day race from Anchorage to Nome.
Contestants bear sub-zero temperatures with gale-force winds that can cause wind chills as low as negative 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It takes endurance, preparation and careful planning to make it from start to finish. The same can be said for your race toward retirement and Social Security.
- On the move: March 2, 2014
- Newsmakers: March 2, 2014
Biz prof outlines management practices
A strong dollar backed by the gold standard and perceived to be “as good as gold” has boosted America’s credibility with trading partners worldwide and facilitated rich exchanges of goods and services that allow the U.S. economy to grow and prosper.
FIO director to be keynote at D.C. summit
On the heels of his report to Congress proposing changes in insurance regulation, Michael McRaith, director of the Federal Insurance Office, will be the keynote speaker for Networks Financial Institute’s 10th anniversary Insurance Public Policy Summit.
Produce program taking applications
Melon Acres, north of Vincennes on U.S. 41, is preparing for another season of providing families with access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. The Oaktown farm’s Community Supported Agriculture program will begin the week of May 18. The 18-week season will run through September and shareholder registrations are now being accepted.
Students sought to paint houses during summer
While most college students will be spending the summer by the pool or relaxing with friends, James Welch will be running his own exterior painting business through an organization called Student Painters.
Best Places to Work in Indiana companies named
Union Hospital has been selected for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce “Best Places to Work” award for the sixth consecutive year.
ASAP makes 2 business degrees possible in 3 years
Motivated students interested in a career in business can jumpstart their futures with Ivy Tech Community College’s new Associate Accelerated Program.
IPL to host second class of principals
The Indiana Principal Leadership Institute at Indiana State University’s Bayh College of Education is accepting applications until March 15, which has been extended because of winter storms and school cancellations.
- Briefly: March 2, 2014
Downtown coffee shop reopens under new ownership
A popular coffeehouse, with roots in downtown Terre Haute’s revival, has returned after a six-month absence.
Indiana Limestone Co. closing shop, idling 166
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — An 88-year-old Indiana company that supplied limestone to the Empire State Building, the Pentagon and other iconic buildings is going out of business and laying off its 166 workers.
Taco Bell takes aim at McDonald’s with breakfast
NEW YORK (AP) — Egg McMuffin, meet the Waffle Taco.
Taco Bell is readying for the launch of its national breakfast menu on March 27, with items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap designed to appeal to its fan base of younger men. And the chain says breakfast will be available until 11 a.m. — a half-hour later than McDonald’s offers its Egg McMuffins.
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