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 Retailer to Donate $1,000 to Bedford North Lawrence High School

 Apparel and home décor retailer Gordmans, a division of Stage Stores, will debut a new department store in Bedford with a Grand Opening Celebration beginning with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6. Gordmans, to be located at 1218 James Avenue in Town Fair Center, opens March 7 with its regular hours 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The new Bedford store is part of an exciting Gordmans Grand Opening Tour Celebration, which includes 38 brand new Gordmans stores opening this March across the country. In addition, the 67 current Gordmans stores are joining in to celebrate Gordmans’ incredible growth, based on shoppers loving the retailer’s bigger deals and smaller prices every day. As part of the festivities, the new and current Gordmans stores will be offering giveaways and other fun surprises.

Community members are invited to the Bedford Gordmans ribbon cutting, joining representatives from the City of Bedford and the Bedford Chamber of Commerce, before stepping inside the new store to discover the fun finds and exciting deals on name brand apparel, home décor and more. Additionally that evening, as part of Gordmans’ commitment to Bedford, the retailer will donate $1,000 to Bedford North Lawrence High School.

  • Free Gift Plus Shopping Cards: The first 100 guests in line at the Grand Opening Celebration will receive a free gift and an opportunity to win a $50 or $5 shopping card.
  • Rewards Galore: Gordmans guests will enjoy Style Circle Rewards, which offers incredible payback rewards, double-double points, a birthday gift and more.
  • Gordmans Credit Card Savings: Gordmans’ guests who apply and are approved for a Gordmans credit card will receive 20 percent off their first day’s purchases.

“Gordmans is excited to join the Bedford community. At Gordmans we create an exciting place where terrific deals and popular name brands are at every turn,” said Michael Glazer, President and CEO of Stage Stores. “Gordmans is among the best, with trend-right décor, fun accessories and seasonal items —- all at values our guests love. We are committed to bringing our guests bigger deals and smaller prices — and with fresh new deliveries arriving weekly, there will always be something new to discover. From men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, to shoes and home décor, Gordmans has deals like nowhere else.”

About Stage Stores

Stage Stores, Inc. is a leading retailer of trend-right, name-brand values for apparel, accessories, cosmetics, footwear and home goods. At the end of March 2019, the Company will operate in 42 states through 690 BEALLS, GOODY’S, PALAIS ROYAL, PEEBLES, and STAGE specialty department stores and 105 GORDMANS off-price stores, as well as an e-commerce website at www.stage.com.

Media Contact: Sydney Edens, 402-895-2552 ext. 312, sedens@lukaspartners.com


Howard Scott Announces Candidacy for Bedford City Council District 3

As a citizen of Lawrence County for 59 years and a resident of District 3 for 15 years I can relate to the needs of my neighbors.  At the age of 69, I have noticed all the changes that have happened, and my experience as an Engineer should give me insight into those issues.  The city is involved in construction issues and the Stellar Project.  The financing and physical concerns of these issues will be areas where I will be able to help the City.  The same goes for sewer waste, aging drainage pipes, aging city buildings, potholes etc.  In District 3 there are several roads that need repair.  Please lend me your support and vote for a councilman who will work for the city of Bedford.

For those who would like some information on my background, lets start with my graduation from Bedford High School in 1967.  From there I went to Purdue University, while working as co-op student at Naval Weapons Station at Crane.  In 1972 I married Sherri Priddy from Oolitic and we have 3 children, two live in Lawrence County.  After Graduation as an Engineer we lived in several locations around the Country and we returned to work at Naval Weapons Station, Crane.  While working at Crane we supplemented our income doing taxes, selling real estate, and buying rentals.  Sherri worked as a LPN and an employee of Visteon.   I obtained an MBA at Ball State and an MSE at Purdue.  I was licensed as Professional Engineer.  Before retiring from Crane I received the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal.

Since retiring I have continued selling Real Estate and worked 3 years as a Manager at Tri Star Engineering.  Being a grandfather and great grandfather has also taken a large portion of my time.

LCCF Grant-seeker Meeting

The Lawrence County Community Foundation will hold an informational meeting for grant-seekers on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the Lawrence County Museum, 929 15th Street, Bedford.   The meeting will begin at 4:00pm in the Museum’s meeting room and will provide details of the 2019 LCCF Open Grant Cycle.

The grant process will be reviewed and attendees will be given the LCCF application packet at the conclusion of the meeting.  Applications will be available at the LCCF office at 1324 K Street, Bedford, and online beginning Tuesday, March 12th for organizations unable to attend the meeting.

The Lawrence County Community Foundation 2019 Open Grant Cycle is open to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, governmental entities, and educational institutions serving the residents of Lawrence County.

To RSVP for the meeting, call (812) 279-2215 or email lisa@cfpartner.org by Friday, March 1st.

Hawkins Enters Mayoral Contest

Michael Hawkins has entered the upcoming race for Bedford Mayor.  A 1983 BNL graduate, Hawkins continued his education at Vincennes University and Cincinnati Christian University.   His professional resume includes an extensive background in Marketing, with a focus on logistics in the consumables industry.  “Keeping independent retailers’ shelves stocked with fresh produce, groceries, meats, and sweets has evolved from my early days of working with my family at the old Hamilton Harris wholesale company that was here in Bedford for many years.”

“That early work experience down on H Street led to the opportunity to service and supply customers nationally and internationally.  I’ve always found that whether I’m negotiating with a chain of 700 plus retail outlets in Kentucky or a mom and pop shop in Southern Indiana, the needs of the customer are always the same.  Local business is a part of the fabric of the community, and serves a purpose much greater than what many see on the surface.  And in Bedford, our existing large and small businesses are a crucial part of our culture and future.”

Some of the key components of Hawkins’ professional resume include:  Managing Human Resources, assimilating teams for the organization, developing and executing multi-million dollar budgets, while building relationships with large and small corporations establishing negotiations that led to long term supply agreements, significantly impacting the company’s employment numbers.

Hawkins is entering his 7th year of serving as the Minister at 39th Street Christian Church in Bedford.  “Working with the youth in the areas around our church really opened my eyes to some unmet needs in our community.  We live with neighbors who have so much to offer, and we are blessed with so many resources that can and should make a difference in the quality of life for our citizens.”

He owns and operates Heartland North, LLC, a Real Estate and Auction company.  Hawkins is a member of American Patriot Lodge 750 and serves on the Hoosier Hills Emmaus Board.  Michael and wife Stephanie have 3 children and one grandchild.  Email Michael at HawkinsforBedford@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

     American Senior Communities Honors Employees for Excellence and Dedication

 Nicole Turner, a certified nursing assistant at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, was among the 88 frontline employees of American Senior Communities centers statewide honored for providing stellar service to patients and residents.

In addition to nursing assistants, honorees included nurses, therapists, food service workers, housekeeping staff and others who consistently demonstrate a commitment to excellence, dedication to his or her job, a positive attitude, and a whatever-it-takes passion for customer service.

They were recognized during ASC’s 18th Annual Quest for Excellence awards, which highlight the professional and caring service expected of ASC’s 10,000 employees across the state. The awards night was held at the J.W. Marriott in Downtown Indianapolis. Keynote speaker was Jerald Cosey, who heads a ministry dedicated to improving seniors’ quality of life. Cosey is also executive director of Greenwood Meadows, one of nearly 90 communities operated statewide by ASC.

“ASC’s Quest for Excellence Award winners promote and maintain the ASC culture of caring for others while demonstrating the highest level of integrity,” said ASC Chief Executive Officer Donna Kelsey. “These exceptional people embody ASC’s commitment by keeping its values of compassion, attentiveness, relationships and excellence as their highest priorities.”

ASC provides a variety of services, including Moving Forward Rehabilitation, Auguste’s Cottage Memory Care, Skilled Nursing Care, Long Term Care, Respite and Hospice Care, and living centers, including Garden Homes and Independent Living Apartments.