Business briefs – March 25

Home Bank names vice presidents

Home Bank SB has announced that Scott Hines has been named vice president and commercial loan officer and Wade Phelps named vice president and manager of SBA lending.

Hines joined Home Bank in 2015 with more than 30 years of experience in bank examination and commercial lending.

Hines is a graduate of Center Grove High School and Indiana State University where he majored in finance.

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He has served on the board of the Center Grove Bantam Football League since 2000, where he is now director of coaches. He is also president of the Board of Aviation Commissioners for the Indy South Greenwood Airport and the former treasurer of the Center Grove Athletic Booster Club.

Hines has been a Greenwood resident since 1970. He is married to his wife Letha, and they have two children Lauren and Samuel.

Phelps joined Home Bank in 2015 with more than 30 years of experience in commercial lending with a focus in SBA loans.

Phelps is a graduate of Ball State University, the ABA National Commercial Lending School — University of Oklahoma, and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

Phelps is a past chair of the Loaned Executive Program at United Way, a past adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College, and a current director of the Morgan County Economic Development Corporation.

Franklin lawyer writes chapter for book

Deppe Fredbeck & Boll, LLP associate attorney Ellen Fredbeck-Ramírez has recently contributed a chapter to a newly published book edited by Indiana University professor Roger J.R. Levesque.

The book reviews and critiques current legal protections given to adolescents in areas including technology, education and criminal justice. Each chapter focuses on a different challenge such as adolescents’ right to privacy, protection from online predators, education rights, and protection from human trafficking.

Fredbeck-Ramirez’s chapter addresses labor and sex trafficking affecting youth, the current legal climate surrounding both victims and perpetrators of youth trafficking and suggests proposals for reform. The chapter is entitled “Protecting Youth from Trafficking and can be found in Adolescents, Rapid Social Change, and the Law: The Transforming Nature of Protection.”

Deppe Fredbeck & Boll, LLP is based in Franklin.

Center offers tour, end-of-life planning

Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center is hosting a program to help families talk about end-of-life planning, as well as tour the funeral center’s crematory.The tour and event are to celebrate National Healthcare Decisions Day along with national, state, and community organizations around the country.

The program will be 10 a.m. to noon on April 18 at Flanner and Buchannan Funeral Centers, 635 E. Market St., Indianapolis.

Tickets are free, but the RSVP is required as seating is limited.

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CenturyLink expands high-speed service

CenturyLink Inc. has announced that it has expanded high-speed internet services to approximately 500 households and businesses in Franklin.The company will offer faster connection speeds as part of its goal of bringing broadband to rural areas of Indiana, according to a statement.

Depending on location, a variety of speeds may be available. Customers can order service or check service availability in their area by calling 877-316-4712 or emailing IndianaInternet@century