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    County Plans to join Suit

    Jack Ronald – Publisher The Commercial Review   Jay County Commissioners gave a tentative “thumbs up” Monday to joining a class action lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids. Subject to a contract review by attorney Bill Hinkle, the county will join Indianapolis and dozens of other cities and counties, engaging the Indy law […] Continue Reading »

    Council Forgoes Consultant

    Ray Cooney – Editor The Commercial Review With the financial picture much stronger than it was just a few years ago, Jay County Council has decided to handle the 2019 budget process without assistance from a consultant. County council members agreed Wednesday that they do not need to hire Financial Solutions Group after using the […] Continue Reading »

    Mayor Looks ahead to Road and Wastewater Upgrades, Downtown Revitalization

    Rose Skelly – Reporter The Commercial Review Portland Mayor Randy Geesaman gestures during his State of the City address Tuesday afternoon at Jay County Hospital. Geesaman touted planned improvements scheduled for the city for 2018 and beyond. (The Commercial Review/Rose Skelly) A variety of improvements are planned for Portland in 2018. Mayor Randy Geesaman detailed […] Continue Reading »

    Army Corps is Working on Analysis

    Jack Ronald – Publisher The Commercial Review Salamonie River flood control meetings with staff from the Army Corps of Engineers will begin in March, Portland Mayor Randy Geesaman told Jay County Commissioners Monday. Geesaman said the Corps has been doing cost/benefit analysis on the project, a process which required getting assessed valuations for all properties […] Continue Reading »

    Upgrade to Lift Station Gets OK

    Portland Board of Works Residents on the southwest side of Portland should soon see water recede faster in times of heavy rain. Portland Board of Works on Friday approved nearly $90,000 in improvements to the Gerber Lift Station on Floral Avenue. The board also approved the purchase of one piece of equipment for the city’s […] Continue Reading »

    Stanley to Lead Council Again

    Virginia Cline – Society Reporter The Commercial Review REDKEY — Town council began the new year by electing officers, appointing department heads and getting an update on the 2018 budget. Redkey Town Council on Thursday re-elected Doug Stanley as president. Charles “Red” Coons was voted vice-president. Stanley appointed himself to oversee the water department, Coons […] Continue Reading »

    Fundraising Effort Passes $1.18 Million

    Ray Cooney – Editor The Commercial Review Donations pledged for Portland Water Park have risen past the initial goal. The Portland Water Park fundraising committee announced Thursday that pledges have reached a total of more than $1.18 million. The initial goal was $1 million. “It’s a joy,” said committee chair John Young. “It’s a real […] Continue Reading »

    JCDC Hoping to Start Program

    Initiative would help start college savings plans Ray Cooney – Editor The Commercial Review More education generally leads to better jobs, and a local group is hoping to start a program to make paying for higher learning easier. Jay County Development Corporation executive director Bill Bradley announced Tuesday that the group and several local partners […] Continue Reading »

    FCC to Invest $15.5 Million

    Ray Cooney – Editor The Commercial Review FCC is making another major investment in Portland. Company officials announced plans at Monday’s Portland City Council meeting for an 76,000-square foot expansion to their facility at the intersection of Franklin Street and Industrial Drive. They said they plan to add 57 jobs, and they are seeking a […] Continue Reading »

    Dunkirk is Again Seeking Stellar

    Ray Cooney – Editor The Commercial Review Dunkirk continues to try for state grant money, hoping a break comes its way. The city turned in its application Monday for $2.6 million in grants and tax credits from the Stellar Communities program administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). This marks the […] Continue Reading »

    INDOT Selects Bid for IN 26

    Ray Cooney – Editor The Commercial Review A contractor has been selected to repair Indiana 26 East. Indiana Department of Transportation told Portland Mayor Randy Geesaman on Tuesday that it has selected Brooks Construction of Fort Wayne for the project that has been under consideration since 2001. The company had a bid of $4.24 million. […] Continue Reading »

    Three Bid for Water Park

    Board Plans to Select Contractor for Project Next Week Ray Cooney – Editor The Commercial Review Bids for the Portland Water Park project are in. Portland Park Board on Thursday opened three bids for the project, which will replace the 55-year-old Portland Pool, with all of them coming in just under the $3.3 million engineer’s […] Continue Reading »

    Foundation Grants $266,830

    Historical Society gets $50,000 for Expansion Ray Cooney – Editor The Commercial Review Local organizations will be receiving more than a quarter of a million dollars. The Portland Foundation on Saturday announced $266,830 in grants to help support 25 projects. That total includes $50,000 for Jay County Historical Society. It also gave more than $1,100 […] Continue Reading »

    Hospital Seeks Input

    Ray Cooney – Editor The Commercial Review Part of Jay County Hospital’s mission is to improve the health of the community. And it’s seeking input on how it can best accomplish that goal. Hospital CEO Dave Hyatt discussed the organization’s Community Health Needs Survey, which is now live on its web site. Records show obesity, […] Continue Reading »

    Education is Key Issue

    Beumer, Holdman Discuss Session Ray Cooney – Editor The Commercial Review The Lawmakers promised this year in the Indiana General Assembly would be the “education session.” Through its first half, issues involving students — budget, the state superintendent, ISTEP testing — have been key topics of discussion. During their mid-session break, Rep. Greg Beumer (R-Modoc) […] Continue Reading »

    INDOT Representative to Visit

    Representatives of the Indiana Department of Transportation will be coming to Jay County to discuss concerns about the state of local highways. Portland Mayor Randy Geesaman told Jay County Commissioners on Monday that after an editorial critical of INDOT appeared in The Commercial Review, state officials suggested a meeting to hear local concerns. Geesaman said […] Continue Reading »

    Watson Emphasizes Teamwork

    Jack Ronald – Publisher The Commercial Review The way Dan Watson sees it, progress is all about working together. “As a part-time mayor, I realize the need for a great supporting staff,” Dunkirk’s mayor said in his annual State of the City address to the Jay County Chamber of Commerce this morning. “We try to […] Continue Reading »

    Jay’s Rate is 5.2

    Ray Cooney – Managing Editor The Commercial Review Unemployment ticked up in December, marking the third straight month in which the rate has increased. According to Indiana Department of Workforce Development estimates released Wednesday, Jay County’s unemployment rate closed 2014 at 5.2 percent. It has climbed nearly a full point since dropping to a seven-year […] Continue Reading »

    Fortner Explains IEDC’s Role

    Jay County Development Corporation Ray Cooney – Managing Editor The Commercial Review The Jay County Development Corporation board learned Tuesday about how the Indiana Economic Development Corporation can help attract business and what those organizations are looking for in host sites. It also got an update on the status of the proposed Bluff Point Wind […] Continue Reading »

    CFS Is On the Move

    Organization will take over former Chevrolet location The Commercial Review A new home and a new level of service, that’s what Community and Family Services is looking for as it goes into its 50th year. CFS executive director Andy Glentzer said this week the six-county anti-poverty agency is purchasing the former Chevrolet dealership property on […] Continue Reading »