Terry Pope, executive director of Hancock County Economic Development, says he will be retiring in June.
"I've immensely enjoyed working with the great people in our communities toward improving the quality of life in Hancock County," Pope said. "I look forward to continuing to see it prosper in the years to come."
Pope will continue to farm full-time, but he hopes the retirement will provide a little more time to spend with friends and family.
Hancock County Economic Development President Matthew Kraus said, "Terry has been instrumental in helping us accomplish our mission, and we can't thank him enough. Terry is leaving some pretty big shoes to fill, and unfortunately, all of our attempts to clone him have been unsuccessful thus far."
The Hancock County Economic Development is accepting applications for Pope's position. For additional information regarding the position, send questions or resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hancock County Economic Development is a nonprofit organization with the goal of enhancing the economic vitality of the county. It is funded by memberships of individuals, businesses and local government.
The Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Dogwood weekend of May 4-5 has announced a theme for the annual parade: "Party Like It's 1969: Celebrating 50 Years of Dogwood."
Parade participants are encouraged to use the theme to celebrate the history of Dogwood, the year 1969 or their specific milestone anniversaries.
The May 4 parade will begin at 24th and Maine and head west to Sixth and Maine. Lineup is at 8 a.m., with the parade starting at 9:20 a.m.
Three prizes will be given for the most creative use of the theme:
º The Mary Lou Kent Theme Award, $250, is for the float with the best use of the parade theme.
º The Governor's Award, $100, goes to a float longer than 10 feet and uses the theme.
º The Mayor's Award, $100, goes to a float 10 feet or shorter and uses the theme.
The parade is sponsored by Blessing Health System and GatesAir.
The chamber will be selling commemorative T-shirts. T-shirts are in adult and youth sizes and can be ordered at QuincyChamber.org.
T-shirts must be ordered by April 12.
Registration for parade entries also is on the chamber's website. Cost is $35 for nonprofit organizations and $75 for businesses.
The amount of entries will be capped at 125. For more information, call the chamber office at 217-222-7980.
One of North America's best
Gracie Barra Hannibal martial arts school has been recognized as one of the top 30 Gracie Barra schools in North America.
The award means Gracie Barra Hannibal has met more than 60 requirements established by Gracie Barra North America, including quality facilities and trainers.
Students learn self-defense, respect, discipline and anti-bullying, according to information supplied by the school.
They said it
º Bloomberg: "Amazon.com Inc. plans to open dozens of grocery stores in U.S. cities, the Wall Street Journal reported, a move that would expand the retail and technology giant's grocery footprint beyond its Whole Foods Market chain. The first of these stores will open in Los Angeles as early as the end of 2019, and Amazon is in talks to open locations in shopping centers in San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, the Journal reported. The company also is exploring the idea of purchasing regional grocery stores, the paper said."
º GasBuddy.com: "Gas prices continued to heat up across much of the country over the last week as every area ... has now started the first step in transitioning to summer gasoline at the same time refiners continue maintenance. Gasoline prices in Illinois are 25.2 cents per gallon higher than a month ago yet stand 4.1 cents per gallon lower than a year ago."
º CNBC: "The Food and Drug Administration called out 15 retailers for allegedly selling tobacco products to minors and requested information from more than 40 e-cigarette companies the agency thinks may have illegally introduced new products onto the market.
"The agency named corporate-owned and franchise retailers who were allegedly found selling tobacco products to minors more than 15 percent of the time since the FDA started conducting inspections 2010. These retailers include Walgreens, Walmart, Kroger, 7-Eleven, Family Dollar, BP and Citgo. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement that he plans to ask these companies about what policies they have in place and what more they plan to do."
The top five
The top-selling NBA jerseys, according to NBAStore.com:
1. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers.
2: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat.
3: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers.
4: Derrick Rose, Minnesota Timberwolves.
5: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks.
Words of wisdom
º Bronze medal: "Everyone has their own reasons for starting their own business. But don't choose other people's reasons; choose your own." -- Simon Dlugowski, founder of MySocialNerd.com.
º Silver medal: "You don't know how far you can rise until you are knocked to the ground." -- Ted Jenkin, co-CEO and founder of XYGen Financial.
º Gold medal: "Failure happens not when you don't succeed the first time but when you stop trying the last time." -- David Burckhard, PicturePoint On-line.