Daily Journal staff reports
Johnson County’s unemployment rate remained steady this past month.
In October, the local unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, just as it was in September. That’s an improvement from October 2011 when the county’s unemployment rate was 7.6 percent, according to a report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
Statewide, the unemployment rate fell slightly while the nation’s rose a bit.
Indiana’s rate fell from 8.2 percent in September to 8 percent in October, while the national rate went from 7.8 percent to 7.9 percent, the report said.
Unemployment rates for other central Indiana counties also remained the same. Hamilton County’s rate stayed at 5.3 percent, and Hendricks County’s rate stayed at 6 percent, the report said.
Indiana added 7,700 private-sector jobs this past month, nearly doubling the national rate of job growth. This is the largest monthly gain since May, and private-sector employment in Indiana is now at more than 96 percent of the 2007 pre-recession level, the report said.
Intersection of 144, Whiteland Road reopens
Motorists who pass through a busy Center Grove area intersection can start using it again.
Johnson County has reopened the intersection of County Road 144 and Whiteland Road, after it was closed for two months while workers turned it into a roundabout. Minor construction work will continue for another week.
Workers will do construction and cleanup through Friday, but the intersection will not be closed at any time for that work, engineer Andrew Wolfe said in a news release.
Wolfe asks drivers to drive slow and be alert while passing through the intersection during the final phase of construction.
County officials have said the new roundabout will improve safety and traffic flow.
gifts for Toys for Tots
During the Christmas season, local Menard’s home improvement stores are collecting toys for children.
The drop boxes will be near the exit doors for collect new and unwrapped presents through mid-December.
Local stores at 200 S. Marlin Drive in Greenwood and 7140 S. Emerson Ave. in Indianapolis will collect toys for local Toys for Tots programs.
For more information, call 882-2703 or 885-7900.
Model train show
today on southside
A model train show is scheduled for today.
The Indy South Train Show is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Southside Knights of Columbus, 511 E. Thompson Road, Indianapolis.
Admission is $4. Kids younger than 14 are admitted free with an adult.
The show will feature train equipment of all scales, and operating layouts will be on display.
The next shows will be Jan. 26 and March 30.
College group raising funds for animal shelter
Franklin College students are raising money and awareness for homeless animals at the Johnson County Animal Shelter.
The shelter, 2160 Graham Road in Franklin, will offer half-priced adoptions on many dogs and waive adoption fees for selected cats from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1.
That day, students from the college will be at the shelter to give tours and answer questions about the facility and animal control. The students also are organizing a supply donation drive that will benefit the shelter.
The shelter is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Information: 657-0961, 395-4857
Community foundation sets open house
The Johnson County Community Foundation will conduct an open house Thursday.
The public is invited to learn more about the foundation’s programs, which include funding scholarships, supporting various charitable causes and conducting leadership workshops for nonprofit groups.
The open house will be 2 to 7 p.m. at the foundation, 398 N. Main St., Franklin.
Holiday snacks will be served.
For more information, call 738-2213 or visit www.jccf.org.