WCMH—How did we get in this mess? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 July 2009 00:00
    By now, most people who even causally pay attention to local news are aware that Washington County Memorial Hospital (WCMH) declared bankruptcy in June of this year and is in the process of developing a restructuring plan.  The long term fate of the hospital is still up in the air.  However, it seems to be the general consensus that efforts should be made by all the parties involved to keep the hospital open if at all possible.
    However, during this time of uncertainty three questions seem to be part of most conversations about the hospital:
“How did we get in this mess?”
“Where did the money go ($15 million +)?”
“Whose fault is it?

    These questions are relatively simple and straightforward.  Unfortunately, the answers are not.  

    Much like personal financial problems, no one specific incident or error in judgment can be pointed pointed to as the catalyst for the downfall.  Again, as is the case with personal finance, the problems being experienced by WCMH and in turn its ripple effect in the community are the result of a series of changing economic conditions, bad decisions, lack of oversight, and poor communication.  Of course, there are points along the time line in the life of WCMH that can be identified as crucial because of the consequences and outcomes of choices made by those charged with overseeing the hospital.  
    At a recent Washington County Commissioners meeting, Commissioner David Brown said, “If it is going to be a witch hunt, I want no part of it.”  That was in response to a question regarding a possibility of elected officials calling for an investigation into what happened at the hospital to bring it and the community to this point.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 11:42
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Lucas Oil says “not at this time” to purchase of Salem Airport PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 July 2009 00:00
    Tuesday morning, July 21, the City of Salem and Washington County received the disappointing news that Lucas Oil Company is not interested in buying the Salem Airport at this time.  It was hoped that the sale would produce enough money to serve as the local match for the construction of the new airport immediately to the north of the current facility.
    Lucas representative Mike Chastain told a group including Salem Mayor David Bower, representatives of the Salem Common Council, the Salem Municipal Airport Board of Aviation Commissioners, the County Council, the Board of County Commissioners, the Washington County Growth Partnership, and members of the media that Lucas Oil Company has determined that purchasing the Salem Airport and converting it into a drag racing facility does not fit into the company's business plan for at least the next two years.  
    Chastain went on to say that while Lucas will focus on its production facilities in Corydon for the immediate future, the “Salem project” is not dead.  
    “At this point in time, when we put a pencil to it, the return on investment isn't there considering what it would cost us to do this project the way that we think it needs to be done.” explained Chastain.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 11:44
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Reorganization of the East Washington School Board PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 July 2009 00:00
    At the recent Wast Washington School Board meeting held on July14, Linda McClellan was elected to serve as President for the 2009-10 school year; Brian Motsinger to serve as Vice President; Cecil Shrout as Secretary for the 2009-10 school year. Eric Albertson, current member and newly elected member Theresa “Terrie” Drescher took their oath of office for a term of four years beginning July1, 2009.
    The board approved the appointments of Judith Lincks, as Corporation Treasurer; Christi Pruitt as Corporation Deputy Treasurer; Amy Coyle as East Washington Elementary School extra-curricular Treasurer; Donna Campbell as East Washington Middle School extra-curricular Treasurer and Kendra Floyd as Eastern High School extra curricular Treasurer. It was also recommended that he stipend for the EW School Board members remain at $2,000 and J.C Tucker continue as Corporation and Board attorney.
    The minutes of prior meeting and all claims were approved and the monthly financial report was presented top the board with approval for publication.
    The board accepted the recommendation of Superintendent Amick to accept the bid from Prairie farms for dairy products supplies and Earthgrains/Sara Lee for bakery products for the 2009-10 school years.
Superintendent Amick also recommended and accepted that the bids for fuels be re-advertised due to bids being received after deadline.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 11:46
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Annual Coaches Race held PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 July 2009 00:00
    Friday night, July 24, at Thunder Valley Raceway, the Annual Coaches Race was held. Area football coaches tried their hand at hornet racing and Josh Sharon, coach of the East Washington Musketeers took the trophy. This trophy will be displayed at the school for one year and next year he will have to bring it back and put it on the line again to see who will take it home next year.
    Mini Sprints (10 Entries): Cory Ritchie, Paul Davis, Seth Motsinger, Adam Stiles, Brent Fordyce, Brian Harrison, Joey Sutherlain, Beau Crawford, Lance Newton, Mike Garby
    Mini Stocks (14 Entries): Jim Walter Jr., Perry Fetz Sr., Marvin Stout, Jimmy Balentine, Austin Fordyce, Gary Helm, Matt Weston, Tim Kelly, Eric Woodward, Brian Reynolds, Tim Summers, Cody Bower, Jeremy Hopper, Gary Day
    Trucks (8 Entries): Joey Cochran, Shon Snell, Bill Pack, Rodney Bugher, Mike Davis, Jeff Tweedy, Roger Snell, Duane Hilderbrand
    Pure Stocks (5 Entries): Garnett Eldridge, Shane Batman, Dallas Bowman, John Wakeland, Keith Jones
    Bombers (5 Entries): Randy Lee Jr., Aaron Fields, Jeremy Helton, Kevin Markum, Jake Sabens
    Hornets (22 Entries): Katie Shelton, TJ Garris, Ryan Bowling, Russell Hubbard, Richard Huffman, Aaron Smith, Randy Ashley, Tracy Nicholson, Chris Workman, April Kelley, Randi Diehl, Robbie Cochran, Chris Dotson, Donnie Modesty, Logan Williams, Chaz Jenkins, Myranda Basham, Lance Perkins, Colton Fleetwood, Terry Fouts, Pat Smith, John Ortman.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 11:47
 
Fate of Salem Airport still “up in the air” PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 00:00
    Monday evening, July 13, the Salem Common Council and the Salem Municipal Airport Board of Aviation Commissioners (BOAC) held a public hearing for the purpose of receiving input from citizens on the proposed sale of the Salem Municipal Airport.  
    Approximately half a dozen people choice to comment at the meeting.  Of those, only one spoke in favor of selling the old airport.  The others either spoke against the new airport or asked questions about the construction of the new airport—neither subject was the purpose of the Monday night meeting.  Earlier this year, a public hearing was held by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the BOAC to receive public comment on the construction of a new airport to the north of the current facility.
    Salem Mayor David Bower explained that the city and the BOAC are in negotiations with Lucas Oil for the purpose of coming to an agreement for use of the old airport facility.  As has been reported earlier, Lucas Oil plans to develop a drag racing facility on the old airport runway.  In addition, speculation about the connection between the Lucas Oil plans and expansion of the facilities serving the Salem Speedway seem to be increasing.
    Bower explained that any money received from the sale of the existing airport would, by law, have to be used in one of two ways.  First, the money could be used as the local match for the new airport facility or it would have to be returned to the FAA to repay the agency for money spent over the years maintaining and improving the current airport.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 08:08
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