• Entrepreneurial prodigy

    Set Free Design got its start in 2013 when Jessica Price of Lancing was only sixteen years old. Since then Price has her handmade and custom bead, feather and horse hair jewelry available for purchase at several local stores, online on her Facebook page and also through her Etsy store.

    “I named my business Set Free Design because it sounded free and inspiring,” Price said.

  • Citizens Gas continues to honor fallen employee

        Citizens Gas Utility District does not forget its employees, and is closing Veteran’s Day to honor fallen worker Darryl Cross.
        Cross died on the job in 1995 in a pipeline accident and was also a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from 1963 to 1965.
        “We did not close on Veteran’s Day until he passed away,” explained General Manager Greg Bell. “He thought the world of everyone and everyone thought the world of him,” he added.

  • New Morgan County Chamber Director welcomed
  • Farmer works on county Web site


        Megan Farmer has been working hard to spruce up the official Morgan County web site, but working behind the scenes, many folks may not know it.
        Farmer, Morgan County’s Litter Grant Coordinator, took on this secondary role earlier this year after a teleconference training on Web site design was offered by the site administrator, Revize.

  • Insurance offers added benefits for members


        He’s part pastor and part insurance salesmen, but Daniel Ammos is fully about his community.
        The pastor of the Church of the Nazarene in Wartburg, Ammos is selling life insurance through WoodmenLife, a company he became interested in because of its community focus.

  • Halloween fun at Apothecare Pharmacy
  • Business brief: Welcoming party to be held for new Chamber director

        A meet-and-greet will be held to welcome the new Morgan County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bridget DeFee Friday, Nov. 6, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
        The event will be held at the Morgan County Visitor’s Center in Wartburg.
    Chamber President Alfred Branim encourages all county government officials, Chamber members, business owners, parks officials and tourism related community members to stop by and welcome DeFree to let her know the community supports the Morgan County Chamber of Commerce.

  • The guts and glory of gutter work

    David Freytag practices the golden rule with his customers.

    The owner of Dave’s Seamless Gutters in Sunbright says he treats people like they want to be treated, and works on each home as if it were his own.

    The nearly 11-year old company provides gutters, siding and soffets, with Freytag fashioning the gutters from scratch using a specialized machine. He can make gutters from 20 to 800 feet. He will soon be hanging a 125 foot gutter for the state in the near future.

  • Event to take a stand against local domestic violence

    An event aimed at reducing domestic violence in the county will take place at the Morgan County Courthouse on Oct. 1.

    Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence will feature several survivors, speakers from the Avalon Center and CASA, as well as county officials. There will also be a raffle and food provided by Big Daddy’z Grill. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the courthouse gazebo.

  • It’s all about the community at Wartburg’s Cash Express

    Short term loan businesses tend to get a bad name in the public eye, but Cash Express in Wartburg is out to change that image.

    “We know that sometimes payday advance stores have a bad name,” said Cash Express Manager Lucinda Smothers. “We see the struggles and that’s something we had to do ourselves. We relate to those customers, and I think that’s what sets us apart.”

    Smothers said a big part of showing their support for every customer is honesty.