Plans Underway for 5th Annual Batter Up for Kids Sake PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:00
    Get out your bats and balls plans are underway for 5th annual Batter Up For Kids’ Sake
    Plans are underway for the 5th annual Batter Up For Kids’ Sake softball tournament, sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County.  The event will be held on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13 at  The Salem Community Park.  There will be both a men’s tournament and a co-ed tournament, and the entry fee is $100 per team.  Both tournaments will be double-elimination, and special prizes will be given to the winning teams of each tournament.  Concessions will be available the day of the event.
    Batter Up For Kids Sake is a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County, and all money raised through team entry fees and concessions will help to provide mentors, group activities, and match support for children and youth in the Washington County Big Brothers Big Sisters program.  Corporate sponsors are being solicited as a way to raise money for the organization through this event as well.  
    For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters or to register a team in Batter Up For Kids’ Sake, please call the local BBBS office at 883-0411 or toll-free, 1-877-892-BIGS.  You can also reach us by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 08:59
 
East Washington School Board meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:00
     The East Washington School Corporation held their regular board meeting on August 11. The board accepted the bid for fuel from Jacobi Oil Service for the 2009-10 school year along with approving the advertising of the 2009-10 budget, bus replacement and CPF plan; Tax Neutrality Resolution reducing the levy for one or more funds in 2010 and all claims and payroll were also approved.
    The following personnel was approved:
    The resignation of Valerie Lewellen as HS Business teacher; Kenneth Nale as bus driver; Hank Vierling as bus driver and Donald Holders as 8th grade football coach.
    The employment of Cynthia Robers, HS Business teacher; David Souder, bus driver; Kenneth Speigelhalder, bus driver; Mack Webster as shared permanent sub for both HS and MS; Angelique Hornung, HS ISS position; Steve Hattabaugh, 2nd shift custodian and Bonnie Hardin, Pauline Hurst, Sharon Smith, Jeannie Doebler, Bobbi Cope, Tina Hinkebein, Stacey Collier, Glinda Farley, Lori Hein, Robin Raley, Lisa Roberts, Melissa Sherron, Melissa Pickerill, Jayne Cress, Lisa Knight, Cathy Cress and Jana Sells be called back for the 2009-10 school year.
    The following coaching positions were approved:
   Mike Motsinger as 8th grade football coach; Chad Motsinger and Ben Motsinger as MS football coached with split stipend for the position; Justin Long as HS Assistant Football Coach; Josh Sherron and Thomas Jeter as Varsity Football Lay coaches; Ryan Osborne, Freshman boys Basketball coach; Tyler Dueser as Athletic Trainer with a salary of $2,000.00 as school and athletic department to split half; Amanda Couch as 7th grade Volleyball coach and Michael Prichard as 7th grade Football coach.
    The board approved a request for Todd Elgin to take intermittent family medical leave beginning 8/10/06 till approximately 9/10/09 and Debra Greams family medical leave beginning 8/3/09 for four weeks.
    A home bound instructor was approved for a middle school student as Mrs. Luedeman recommended along with the approved handbook.
    Upon the request of Vice President  Brian Motsinger the board will tour the completed summer projects before the next school board meeting of September 8. Member Eric Albertson asked about placing extra fencing at the baseball field, Superintendent Amick will check out the situation with Athletic Director Scott Newcomb.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 08:57
 
Roche tells county council what happened at WCMH PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:00
    The Washington County Council met in regular session on on Monday, August 3 with all members present.  The minutes of previous meetings, all requests for transfers and additions, along with all claims were approved unanimously.
    Joe Roche, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Washington County Memorial Hospital (WCMH), addressed the council giving a chronological overview of how WCMH came to the point of seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June.
    According to Roche, no one incident or decision brought about the demise of the hospital but rather a series of ill-advised decisions along with  changes in the overall economy and the healthcare industry.  
    Roche began his explanation with the separation from Jewish Hospital by WCMH.  Roche explained that the leadership of the hospital became convinced that it could function at a more profitable level as a stand along institution.  Roche noted that this was probably the first error in judgment.  Roche went on to say that the purchasing power and negotiating strength of a larger healthcare organization is almost always greater than that of a small independent hospital.
    Other decisions necessitated by the separation from Jewish involved new computer systems and the hiring of additional personnel such as an anesthesiologist at an annual salary and bonus of $800,000.
    Roche explained that during an eighteen month period, problems with converting to the new computer system brought billing for services to a virtual standstill.  Coupled with expenses averaging around $1 million per month, it didn't take long to deplete a $7 million cash reserve and to go through an additional $3 million borrowed from a local financial institution with the accounts receivable used as collateral.  By the time that the bills were finally sent out, most were not collectible.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 09:26
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Commissioners vote to approve Land Use Planning Commission Ordinance PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:00
    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on August 5 with all members present except Lana Sullivan.  The minutes of previous meetings, payroll, and all claims were approved unanimously.
    In a 2-0 vote, Commissioners David Brown and John Mishler approved an ordinance creating a Land Use Planning Commission for Washington County.  According to Mishler, such action must either be approved unanimously by all three Commissioners at a single meeting or by two of the three at two consecutive meetings.  The next scheduled Commissioners meeting is Wednesday, August 19.  A public hearing on the subject will be held that evening.
    A lively discussion between the Commissioners and members of the public ensued over the issue of land use planning with both Mishler and Brown stating that they ran on platforms of supporting the concept and intended to see that it becomes a reality in Washington County.
    Of the 92 counties in the state only 12 do not have some form of land use planning.  Of those 12, at least three are currently in the process of developing plans.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 09:27
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Washington County Family YMCA reminds that Fall Soccer Sign-Up Deadline is August 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:00
    The Washington County YMCA will take registration for Fall Soccer now through August 15. The Fall Soccer League is for boys and girls in pre-school (age four by August 15) Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grades. Divisions of play will be pre-school, kindergarten – 1st grade, 2nd – 3rd grade, and 4th – 8th grades. This is a great introduction to soccer for new players and exciting for veteran players. The program stresses FUN, sportsmanship, participation, learning fundamentals, volunteerism and family involvement.
    Volunteers will coach each team. Training will be available for new and experienced coaches. Games and practices are at the Washington County YMCA. All players play at least half of each game. Games will be played on weeknight evenings and Saturdays.
    Program Fees are $24 for members and $31 for non-members, with payment by cash or check payable to the YMCA.
    All interested participants must register by August 15 at the YMCA.
    Volunteers are needed for coaches and referees. The YMCA refuses no child based on their inability to play.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 09:28
 
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