?Pekin man charged with reckless homicide in beating death of roommate PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 September 2008 00:00

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    Ronald E. Dekeyser, 51, of 522 S. Gobbler Knob Road, Pekin was taken into custody on Saturday, August 30 and charged with reckless homicide in the death of David Paul Gagne, 43, of the same address.
    According to the Affidavit for Probable Cause obtained from the Washington County Prosecutor, Dustin Houchin, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call informing them of a possibly fatality.  Town of Pekin Deputy Marshal, Jeff Miller, and Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy, Rick Stewart, arrived first on the scene and discovered Gagne, deceased on the floor in a bedroom.  According to the investigating officers, the victim appeared to have been beaten.  That assessment was later confirmed by EMTs.
    Based on information received from an informant, police learned that Gagne and Dekeyser were involved in a fight early Saturday morning.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 15:01
?Board of Commissioners get update from Economic Growth Partnership PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 September 2008 00:00
?    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday, September 3 with all
members present.  The minutes of previous meetings and all claims were approved unanimously.
    As part of a presentation intended to solicit additional funding, Washington County Economic Growth Partnership
(WCEGP) Executive Director, Jerry Rose, gave the Commissioners a summary of the operating budgets for economic
development agencies in other Southern Indiana counties.
    “If we want to run with the big dogs, we need to put more money into our recruiting and marketing efforts.” said Rose.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 14:39
?Salem drubs North Harrison 54-12 in high school football PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 September 2008 00:00
?    If you look over the statistics of the high school football game between visiting Salem and host North Harrison from Friday night, you’d think you were looking at a close game.
    In fact, in looking at some stats, you might even think that North Harrison might have won the contest.
    The Cougars had 10 first downs to 6 for the Lions. The hosts also had only three penalties for a total of 25 yards, while Salem had 6 penalties for a total of 40 yards penalized.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 14:48
?Board of Aviation Commissioners express gratitude to City of Salem of prep work prior to Aviation Day PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 September 2008 00:00
???    The Salem Municipal Airport Board of Aviation Commissioners (BOAC) met in regular session on Monday, August
25; all members were present.  The Board approved the minutes of previous meetings unanimously.
    Board President, Bill Barnett, gave a report on the Saturday, August 23, Aviation Day, estimating the crowd in excess of a thousand and between 25 and 30 planes arriving throughout the day.  Barnett, and all members of the Board, made special note of thanking the City of Salem for doing such an outstanding job of mowing and small fix up jobs around the airport facility prior to the event.
    Barnett also informed the BOAC that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has received written confirmation
by the agency charged with determining the impact on historic sites and buildings the new airport facility would have. In question is a log cabin on the Bowman property.  According to Barnett, the written report submitted to the FAA finds that the new airport facility will have “no impact on the historic building.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2008 07:28
?INDOT updates truck bypass project at local meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 September 2008 00:00
????    Runfa Shi and Randall Brown of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) were in Salem on Wednesday, August 27, to meet with local government officials and interested citizens regarding plans for and progress on the truck bypass project to begin construction in 2009.  Thirty of the forty land parcels needed have already been acquired for the project that is scheduled to be completed in 2011 or 2012.
    According to Project Manager, Shi, the 3.65 mile corridor will run to the southeast of Salem between Highway # 135 and Highway # 56 with an interchange at Highway # 60.  The project, originally planned as a four lane expressway was modified to what Shi referred to as a “super two”.  When asked to give an example of a “super two”, the stretch of Highway # 56 east of Salem was noted.  This type of roadway construction is characterized by two wide lanes of oncoming traffic with very wide, paved shoulders for emergency use.  Mark Roseberry, Salem Building Commissioner, acting as meeting facilitator, explained that the change from a four lane roadway to  two lane had solely to do with costs.  Besides the obvious decrease in the construction costs, land acquisition would be cut in half.
    Those attending the meeting asked several questions ranging from time lines to issues of limited access.  According
to the current plan, access to the bypass will only be available at the three aforementioned state highways.  Several
attendees expressed concerns that economic development along the new highway will be drastically handicapped by
the lack of accessibility.  Both Shi and Brown assured the questioners that once the roadway is finished, future access
points can always be considered.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2008 07:52
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