WCMH—Is bankruptcy the next step? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 June 2009 00:00
      A special joint meeting of the Washington County Memorial Hospital (WCMH) Board of Trustees, the Washington County Board of Commissioners and the Washington County County was held on Friday afternoon, May 22.  All members of the three groups were present except for Council President, Mark Manship.  Earlier in the month, Manship recused himself from voting on any action involving WCMH, citing possible conflict of interest issues.  Only one item was on the agenda.  That one item was a resolution approving the transfer of all assets and liabilities of WCMH to a newly formed non-profit corporation, Critical Access Health Services (CAHS).  
    As stated by bankruptcy attorney Michael Hile, the move will allow the hospital more options in dealing with its current debt load estimated to be around $15 million.  When asked by representatives of three local financial institutions  (Regions Bank, Mid-Southern Savings Bank, 1st Harrison Bank) if the plan calls for the hospital to reorganize under the provisions of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Hile would only say that bankruptcy is one of the possible strategies.  Citing the lack of forewarning about this maneuver, the representatives for financial institutions clearly were caught off guard by Hile's comments.  
    In a May 27 telephone interview, Mike Smith of Mid-Southern said, “No doubt about it, we feel like we were blindsided at last Friday's meeting.  All three banks have been more patient with the hospital than we probably would have been with any other debtors.  No one at the hospital has been willing to talk seriously with us for a long time about how to resolve this problem.  We were simply told that arrangements were being made to work things out.  We didn't want to do anything to hurt the hospital or the community so we held off.  Unfortunately, that may not have been the best move on our part.”  Smith continued by saying, “We are currently exploring our options.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2009 10:27
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Summer food program offers free lunches this summer for children 18 and under PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 June 2009 00:00
    Bradie Shrum Elementary qualified for the Summer Food Service Program for the first time and all children, 18 and under  in Washington County are eligible to receive a free meal each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at Southway Villa, beginning June 8 and continuing through July 31.
    “This is the first year we have qualified in the last eight years. For our school to be eligible in this program we had to be over 50 percent enrollment in the free and reduced lunch program and at the time of the deadline we were at 50.1 percent. Right now we are at a higher percent. Although Bradie Shrum was the school that qualified, this program provides for the whole community, all of Washington County. You do not have to be enrolled in  Salem schools to participate in this program, which is a benefit for all.” stated Karen Libka, Food Services Director, Salem Community Schools.
“If you have a child that is of school age and his little brother or sister wants to come and eat, that is perfectly fine to.” said Libka.
    “This program is just one example why all parents should apply for the free and reduced lunch program and other programs offered, it helps the school with many different grants available.” said Libka.
    “Everyone has went up in the free and reduced program based on the economy but mostly because of full day kindergarten. For full day kindergarten your income decides what you pay for lunch and other school fees. If you qualify for the free program you only pay $1 per week for kindergarten, if you qualified for reduced you pay $5 and if you did not qualify you pay $25 a week. This encouraged a lot more parents to apply and in turn helped us qualify for this program.” said Libka.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2009 10:33
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2009 All-American Country Hoedown Schedule of Events PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 June 2009 00:00
Thursday, June 4
6 p.m.- Miss Country Girl – Brown / Vernon Fire House – Admission Fee $2.00, children 12 and under - free
               Decorating Contest Winners announced during intermission.
Friday, June 5
9 a.m. to 3 p.m – Town Wide Yard Sale
12 Noon – Senior Citizens Lunch – Community Bldg.
1 p.m. – Jack Bridwell – Magician, Cake Walk - Community Bldg
4 p.m. – Race to History Scavenger Hunt –Registration & starting point - Community Building Information Booth
5 p.m. – Kids Zone – Obstacle course, Dinosaur Dig, Duck Pond, Balloon Pop, Lawn Bowling, Bean Bag Toss
5:30 p.m. to ? – Classic Car Show, Cruise-In – Music by the “Dance Hall Doctor”
6 p.m. – Campbellsburg Masons – Fish Fry – Community Building – Fish Sandwich, Fries & Drink
6 p.m. – Talent Show – Shelter House – Sponsored by RESCOM Wastewater Management
7 p.m. – Bolt Action – Shelter House
8 p.m. – Stone Canyon Band – Shelter House
Saturday, June 6
6:30 to 10 a.m. - Lions Club Pancake Breakfast –Community Building – Pancakes, Sausage, Coffee, Milk, & Orange Juice
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Town Wide Yard Sale
9 a.m. – Food & Craft Booths open, Antique Tractor Show Display opens
9:55 a.m. – National Anthem sung by Erin Houchin – Shelter House
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Kids Zone – Petting Zoo and Pony Rides
10 a.m.– Lisa Adams and Kayce Johnson, Flutists – Shelter House
10:30 a.m. – Westview Children’s Bell Choir – Shelter House
10 to 11:30 a.m. - Baking Entries Accepted – Old Bank Building – Sponsored by K & E Market
11 a.m. – American Legion Barbeque - BBQ Chicken, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw & Roll
             Behind the Town’s Water Building  
11 a.m. – Paul Stout – Shelter House
12 noon – Jimmie Wilcoxson and Family – Shelter House
Judging of Baking Contest Entries – Old Bank Building
1 p.m. – Crawford County Community Band - Shelter House
             Baby Contest Registration – Brown Vernon Fire House  
             Sponsored by Brilliant Babies Mommy & Me Bargain Boutique
1 p.m – Kidde Tractor Pull –Tri-County Antique Farm Machinery Association of Mitchell
2 p.m. – J. C. O’Neal – Shelter House
           Baby Contest – Judging – Brown / Vernon Fire House
2-4 p.m. – Ice Cream Social – Sugar Creek Church Relay for Life – Community Building
3 p.m. - Winners Announced and Awards Presented for Coloring Contest, Baking Contest, and
          A Race to History Scavenger Hunt – Shelter House
3:15 p.m. – Auction of baked goods – Shelter House
4 p.m. – Little Cowboy/Little Cowgirl Contest - Shelter House
5p.m. – Paul Stout – Shelter House
6-8 p.m. – Limited Slip – Shelter House
8 p.m. – Paul Stout and “The Electric Hillbilly” Band - Street Dance
Sunday, June 7
12 Noon – Antique Tractor Show Display - Tri-County Antique Farm Machinery Association of Mitchell
                       West Washington High School French Club – Community Building - French/American Meal    
                       Food and Craft Booths open
12:30 p.m.  – John Trinkle and Tanya Webb - Shelter House
1 p.m. – Parade Registration and Line-up – NetShape Technologies
1 p.m. – Kate Henderson – Shelter House
1-4 p.m. – Open House – Campbellsburg Masonic Lodge (J.D. Wilkins & Brothers Store)
1:30 p.m.– Meet and Greet – Charles Calfee, Parade Grand Marshall – In the Gazebo at the James Wilkins House
2 p.m. – Sparkles and Spurs Line Dance Group – Firehouse
3 p.m. – Parade – Grand Marshall – Charles Calfee
4 p.m. – New Covenant Church Youth Group – Shelter House
5 p.m. – Awards for Parade Winners - Shelter House
5:30 p.m. – “Sonshiners Quartet” - Shelter House
7 p.m. – Closing
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2009 10:35
 
National City Bank in Campbellsburg robbed Thursday PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 May 2009 00:00
    At 12:02 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff's Department received a call from National City Bank in Campbellsburg stating that they had just been robbed by a male suspect with a  gun. The male suspect fled in a silver Toyota Corolla.
    Info was dispatched to State Police and surrounding Sheriff's Departments.
    The suspect was spotted at 1:11 p.m. on U.S. 150 in Floyd County by Floyd County Detective Jeff Topping and chief Deputy Ted Heavrin, who radioed for assistance on stopping the vehicle.
    Money which was taken from the bank was recovered along with disguises and the weapon. Jose Carlos Arce, 36, from Louisville was arrested and charged with robbery.
    The investigating officer was Brent Miller, with assisting departments including the Floyd County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police, and Campbellsburg Police.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2009 08:44
 
Commissioners expect cost of truck bypass to increase significantly PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 May 2009 00:00
    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday, May 20 with all members present.  The minutes of previous meetings, payroll and all claims were approved unanimously.
    Board President Lana Sullivan announced that she has been in contact with representatives of the Indiana Department of Transportation in regards to the current status of land acquisition for the truck bypass east of Salem.  According to Sullivan all properties except for four parcels of land (totaling approximately 26 acres) have been acquired.  The price for those four parcels will be determined by litigation.  Currently, the cost of land acquisition is near $2.3 million, not including the four unresolved parcels.  When the project began, it was estimated that Washington County's share of the cost to acquire the right of ways would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $350,000.  However, it now appears that the cost will rise to an amount in excess of $500,000.  The Commissioners agreed that some difficult decisions will have to be made in order to make up the expected increase in cost.
    In other business, the Commissioners approved a request from Washington County Chamber of Commerce President Hank Jacoby for $10,000 from the  Economic Development Income Tax Fund (EDIT) to make up for an expected shortfall in operating revenue in 2009.  Jacoby told the Commissioners that it is his and his board's intent for the organization to become self-sufficient by the end of the year.  Jacoby said that part of the strategy to achieve that goal is to double the membership from the current 185; according to Jacoby there are some 1300 businesses in the county that could and should be members.  Jacoby pointed to two specific financial problems facing the Chamber from a previous administration: the necessity to refund $4600 related to a defunct historical book project and a withholding tax liability in excess of $8100.
    In a related topic, Commissioner David Brown asked Jacoby for an update on efforts by the Chamber, the Tourism Board and the Washington County Economic Growth Partnership in formulating an economic development plan for use of the 25% of EDIT monies earmarked for non-roadwork projects.  Jacoby said that the three organizations have met and discussed the issue but nothing is ready to be presented at this time. Clearly disappointed, Brown said that he would think that two months should be enough time for the three organizations to come up with at least a general plan for how to use the money.
    The Commissioners also dealt with the following items:
- Unanimous approval of a motion to enter into contract with a company to do an audit of telecommunications billings in hopes of realizing savings.
- Unanimous approval to pay invoices related to the Posey Township Water Project from grant funds earmarked for that project.
- Appointment of John Mishler as a member of the Board of Directors for Critical Assess Health Services.
- Discussion of a request by Washington County Treasurer Bob Woodward to initiate a mandatory automatic deposit program for the paychecks of all county employees.
- Request from members of the Livonia Town Board for any available funding to help pave streets in the town.
- Update on road paving progress from Highway Superintendent Rick Graves.
- Update on fairground improvements by Brown.

    With no further business to conduct, the Commissioners adjourned until their next regularly schedule meeting on Wednesday, June 3
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2009 08:46
 
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