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Peru, IN – A new high-end resale shop is coming to Peru and if you act fast, you can earn some extra Black Friday shopping money by selling your gently used brands that are taking up space in your closet!

Amy Netherton is the owner of Pandora’s Box, which will be located at 656 W. Main Street, Suite One. This is the current location of Alchemist Vapor Shop and Lounge, but Alchemist fans have no fear. The vape shop will still be there and continuing to operate but just in a more secure section of the building in order to prevent youth access to vapor products. Alchemist has been owned operated by Amy and her husband, Larry, since 2014.

Amy has also been very active in the vapor industry and is the current president of the leading vapor association in the state called Indiana Smoke-Free Alliance, but this new venture is completely her own.

“While Peru has a number of great second hand and thrift stores, it doesn’t have anything that specializes in high-end fashion brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Coach, Dior and Hollister,” said Netherton. “I wanted to create something that was geared towards empowering young men and women. I want them to feel special and know they are beautiful inside as we can help with the out.”

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Peru, IN – Farmington Estates apartments is now under new management and plans an extensive renovation of the property located on South Hilltop Drive in Peru.

According to Jonathan Bell, the Community Manager at Farmington Estates, H.I. Management took over the property about two months ago. H.I. Management is currently the Indiana Apartment Association’s management company of the year.

“What we do is go into communities that have been maybe let go, or something’s happened that has caused a bad reputation, and we go and clean that up,” according to Mr. Bell. “We just make everything nice and make the community thrive.”

The current plans for Farmington Estates include $2 million dollars in renovations including new roofs in December, followed by new siding and some sidewalk repairs. They also plan on repaving all the parking lots at the complex and relocating the mailboxes to a more convenient location for the residents.

The complex includes ninety-six units, some of which are government subsidized. Formally the subsidized units were separated, but as leases are expiring in the subsidized section, the company is having people move to the other half so that the remaining units can be refurbished.

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Peru, IN - Thursday night the Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Dinner & Recognition Night at Milestone Event Center. Sandy Chittum, President of the Miami County Chamber of Commerce, remarked that this was the most attended night she had seen thus far. It was a packed house, with no empty seats to be found. A spectacular commentary on those that are investing in our community and its people.

Several Guests of Honor were in attendance including State Representative Bill Friend, County Council Members Ethan Manning and Ralph Duckwall II, Indiana State Senator Randy Head, Miami County Prosecutor Bruce Embrey, and many others.

Many local businesses and vendors were on hand including Ron Short with Blair Ridge, Denise Yater from Club 14, and Patrick Redman from Smiley Face Chocolate, and many others.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.5 percent for September and remains lower than the national rate of 3.7 percent. With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana's unemployment rate now has been below the U.S. rate for nearly five years. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.

Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 4,564 over the previous month. This was a result of a 337 decrease in unemployed residents and an increase of 4,901 employed residents. Indiana's total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.39 million, and the state’s 65.1 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.7 percent.

In addition, the number of Indiana's ongoing regular unemployment insurance claims is the lowest since 1976, when UI claims were first recorded.

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My name is Maranda Jones. I am new to selling Origami Owl. I love this company because they make great items that are well made and tell a story. We have a new force for good every month. This month it is breast cancer awareness. For every item that is sold, they will donate to raise awareness for breast cancer. We have many ribbons that we donate to other great cause. I would love to have you support us in the fight against breast cancer.

Did you know that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime? Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, which means we all likely know someone touched by this disease.

In honor of these brave warriors during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Origami Owl® is proud to give $1 for every “I am a Warrior” Force For Good® Gift Set purchased in the month of October to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the U.S. and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in Canada. These organizations are dedicated to helping those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services and programs, as well as investments in cancer research.

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Pampered Chef has been partnering with the American Cancer Society® (ACS) since 2000. Together, we’ve contributed over $12.1 million and counting to breast cancer education and early detection programs! Our Help Whip Cancer® program contributes $1 for each designated product sold, as well as up to 25% from Help Whip Cancer® fundraisers hosted during our campaign month of October. (We also do a similar campaign in May.)

This year the designated Help Whip Cancer products are a pink Whipped Cream Maker and a set of pink TwixIt! Clips. If you would like to purchase either (or both) of these products, or if you’re interested in hosting a Help Whip Cancer fundraiser, please contact your Pampered Chef Consultant. If you do not have a Pampered Chef Consultant who is currently meeting your needs, Rae Bates welcomes you to contact her.

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Fort Wayne, IN  – An in-depth study by Better Business Bureau finds that, while consumers may write fewer checks in this era of electronic financial transactions, fake check scams are on the rise. Fake checks are used in a variety of frauds, from employment scams to prize and sweepstakes fraud. In all cases, victims deposit the check and send money back to scammers. BBB warns consumers to be on guard against these serious and pervasive frauds and their perpetrators.

The investigative study-- “Don't Cash That Check: Better Business Bureau Study Shows How Fake Check Scams Bait Consumers” -- looks at how fake checks dupe consumers. It digs into the scope of the problem, who is behind it, and the need for law enforcement and consumer education to address the issue.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.4 percent for July and remains lower than the national rate of 3.9 percent. With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana's unemployment rate now has been below the U.S. rate for more than four years. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.

Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 15,564 over the previous month. This was a result of a 2,964 increase in unemployed residents and an increase of 12,600 employed residents. Indiana's total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.38 million, and the state’s 64.8 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.9 percent. Indiana's labor force growth of 67,519 over the past six months represents the state's largest six-month increase since 1995 in the state.

In addition, Indiana's initial unemployment insurance claims continue to be at historical lows.