?Voter turn out in Washington County over 60 percent PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 November 2008 00:00
?    Washington County residents took to the polls on one of the most beautiful election days in a long time with 60.56 percent voter turn out at the polls.
    With 19,170 registered voters in Washington County, 11,610 cast their votes.
    Democrat Barrack Obama will become our 44th President as he took the State of Indiana, but did not take  Washington County. Republican challenger John McCain did.
    Republican John McCain received 6,512 votes and Obama received 4,561of the votes.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 November 2008 11:26
?Commissioners receive draft of Emergency Preparedness Plan updates PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 November 2008 00:00
?    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday, November 5 with all members present.  The minutes of all previous meetings along with the payroll and claims were approved unanimously.
    The Commissioners heard from Washington County Emergency Management Director, Christy Vernon regarding updates to the county’s Emergency Preparedness Plan as it pertains to severe wind storms and winter storms.
     Vernon provided, as per a previous request by the Commissioners, drafts of the proposed updates.  Vernon told the Commissioners that the drafts were based on templates provided by the state.
    Commissioner Byron Green expressed concerns that the plans should focus more on local response rather than the state and national response.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 November 2008 11:29
?Two county pursuit lands 15-year-old juvenile in police custody PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 November 2008 00:00
? ?    At approximately 3:30 p.m., Monday, November 10, the Salem City Police Department initiated a pursuit of a 15-year-old male juvenile in Salem that ended with the subject wrecking a car after a high-speed chase through Salem, Pekin, Borden and ending near Bennettsville in Clark County.
     The pursuit was initiated due to a complaint/tip that came into the department about the juvenile. 
     Salem police received a tip that the suspect,  wanted on a warrant for allegedly fleeing court proceedings a week earlier,  was seen near Salem High School.
    Salem Officer Ronnie Mays allegedly tried to stop the driver in the Salem High School parking lot but got his squad car sideswiped. A 16-year-old passenger in the SUV jumped out as the chase began.
     As officers approached the juvenile at the school he fled in a green 1995 Suzuki Sidekick. Salem officers pursued the juvenile out of the city and eventually into Clark County where stop sticks were deployed by troopers just west of State Road 111 on State Road 60 East bound.
    The juvenile ran over the stop sticks and end up driving into a ditch on State Road 60 where he struck an undercover Mustang used by state police and came to rest in a ditch where he was taken into custody by the Salem City Police Department.
    Troopers from the Indiana State Police Post in Sellersburg will be pursuing charges in Clark County. An investigation will be completed by troopers and forwarded to the Clark County Prosecutor’s office
requesting charges.
    During the two county pursuit speeds were as low as 30 miles per hour and as high as 90 miles per hour. Three police cars, two Salem City and one state vehicle, sustained minor damage. The 1995 Suzuki Sidekick sustained major damage. No police officers were hurt and the juvenile was taken to the Washington County Memorial Hospital to be checked out for precautionary reasons after complaining of chest pains.
    The Salem City Police Department will be in charge of the investigation in Washington County.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 November 2008 15:01
?Reliving the Past: Christopher the Christmas Tree comes back home to Salem PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 November 2008 00:00
?    If you were a child growing up in early 90's your past will be re-lived as “Christopher the Christmas Tree” comes back home to Salem on Friday, December 5 at Christmas on the Square.
    For the community who have a memory of Christopher, they can now share their experience with the younger generation, as Salem shares a celebration with writer, George Bowers of Salem.
    The vision of Bowers is to make Salem where Christopher the Christmas Tree is based.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2008 08:07
?Foundation issues $23,950 in grants to various organizations PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 November 2008 00:00
    ?The Washington County Community Foundation issued over $23,000 in grants to various organizations in Washington County. They are as follows:
    The Pekin Community Betterment Committee will receive a grant in the amount of $5,000 funded in part by the Marvin and Sandy Clark Touch Tomorrow Fund.  The committee plans to place new carpet and tile in the Pekin Community Building in addition to adding a fresh coat of paint.
    The pioneer village will get a new electrical upgrade thanks in part to the John and Paula Jones Touch Tomorrow Fund.  
    The Washington County Historical Society is the recipient of a $16,000 grant.  In addition to the electrical system upgrade, a fire upgrade will be added to the museum and the pioneer village.
    Pioneer Village improvements and youth hunting ethics and habitat management are just two of the projects receiving grants from the Washington County Community Foundation for the Fall 2008 grant cycle.  Grants are made from the Foundation’s Touch Tomorrow Funds and individually named Touch Tomorrow Funds.
    The Salem Fire Department has been awarded two grants from the Washington County Community Foundation.  They will receive $200 to purchase a mannequin or AED system for CPR training and education.  The department has also received a $750 grant for fire safety and prevention materials.  The materials will be distributed to children preschool to 12 years during Fire Prevention Week, school tours, and visits to the fire station.
    New cat towers will be installed at the Humane Society of Washington County to replace the old, more dangerous towers that do not latch well.  The Humane Society has been awarded a grant of $800.
    The youth of Washington County will once again be treated to JAKES day, a program of the Delaney Creek Longbeards.  The Delaney Creek Longbeards have been awarded a grant in the amount of $1200 to educate youth on the principles of habitat management, importance of conservation, hunting ethics, and safe and responsible hunting.
    The Foundation’s next grant cycle will be in the spring of 2009. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2008 08:10
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