?New medical facility to open in Spring PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 December 2008 00:00
?    A former doctor in Washington County, Mark Manship and Schneck Medical Center in Seymour will be opening Convenient Care in the Spring of 2009.
    Seven years ago Manship and Associates and Schneck opened the North Vernon Convenient Care and five years ago opened Convenient Care in Scottsburg.
    “Both of these offices have been real successful so we decided to open one here in Salem.” stated Manship.
    “We need quality care to this area. Medicine is always changing. We are getting away from doctors who do everything, now patients are taken care of by specialists. So we are going to try to be as convenient to everyone. When you need to be seen, we will be there.” said Manship.
    Convenient Care will open in March and will be staffed by Manship and Associates along with Dr. Manship, other physicians will be available.
    One of the convenience of this facility will be the hours of operation, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Convenient Care will be able to perform laboratory tests with pick up twice daily and delivered to Schneck and also x-rays will be performed.
    Convenient Care will be just like your doctors office, we will treat the flu, sprains, strains and any other medical problem one might have.”stated Stephanie Furlow, Director of Marketing and Public Relations with Schneck Medical Center.
    “I hope this is well accepted and I look forward to opening in Spring,” stated Manship.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2008 13:42
 
?Chamber of Commerce continues reorganization efforts PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 December 2008 00:00
?????    Chamber of Commerce (CC) President, Hank Jacoby, opened the brown bag, working lunch meeting on Thursday, December 18 by conducting a quick review of reorganizing efforts being made by the CC since the November meeting.  Jacoby repeated his themes of transparency and accessability.  The 25-30 attendees were encouraged to ask questions and to expect answers from CC Board members.  In addition, Jacoby emphasized the importance of one-on-one efforts by CC members to bring guests/potential members to future meetings.
    After brief reports from the Treasurer and Finance Committee, comments were made by Board members concerning oversight of CC operations and finance.  Special emphasis was put on strategies to make sure that past mistakes are not allowed to occur in the future.  Because of past problems in administrative areas, the CC found itself in arrears with both the federal and state governments for payroll withholding taxes. According to a detailed treasurer’s report, the amount owed to the Indiana Department of Revenue has been caught up but $6701 is still owed to
the United States Treasury.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2008 13:49
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?New Pekin Town Council meets for last time in 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 December 2008 00:00
?    The New Pekin Town Council met in regular session on Tuesday evening, December 16 with all members present.  The Council approved the minutes of the previous meeting, all claims, payroll, and sewer adjustment requests.
    The Council unanimously approved the following:
     •    Trash pick up contract with Scotty’s Sanitation (no increase for 2009).
     •    Contract for Town Attorney, Alice Bartanen.
     •    Meeting schedule for 2009 (3rd Tuesday of each month, 7pm).
     •    Nomination of Mike Bowling as Council President for 2009.
     •    Appointment of Mike Bowling to the Solid Waste Management Board for 2009.
     •    Increase in rental fee for Pekin Park shelter house from $50 to $75 in 2009 (Prepaid reservations made prior to December 16 will not be subject to fee increase.).
    Town Manager, Gary Nale, received unanimous approval from the Council to negotiate with a firm to repair the roof on the town hall. According to Nale, the 32 year old roof is starting to leak. The Council instructed Nale that a maximum of $26,405 could be spent on the project.
    Nale also supplied the Council with bids to replace damaged playground swings at the Pekin Park.  The Council authorized Nale to purchase a 4 seat swing unit in the amount of $2003.
    Bartanen informed the Council that a tentative agreement has been reached in a dispute between the town and a local developer. Bartanen asked for an executive session prior to the January 20 to explain the details of the agreement and receive approval from the Council to act in the town’s behalf regarding the dispute.
    As a final piece of business, Council members Frank Anderson and Mike Bowling were sworn in for their new terms by Clerk Treasurer, Sherry Clem.
    With no further business to conduct, the Council adjourned until their next regularly scheduled meeting on January 20.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2008 13:52
 
?Bower predicts $1 million balance by January 1 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 December 2008 00:00
???    The Salem Common Council met in regular session on Monday evening, December 8.  All members were present, unanimously approving the minutes of previous meetings, the payroll and all claims except for one submitted by the Board of Aviation Commissioners.
    Mayor David Bower told the Council that efforts to cut expenses are paying off.  According to Bower the General Fund balance should be in excess of $1 million as of the first of the year.  That estimate is an increase of $343,000 over the beginning of 2008.
    Continuing his belt tightening theme, Bower said that he expects tax revenues to decline for the foreseeable future and that some tough decisions will have to be made about which projects to fund.  Pointing to grants from both the State of Indiana and the federal government as ways to help complete some of those projects, Bower alluded to one such grant targeted at infrastructure in the amount of $3.2 million with an $800,000 local match.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2008 14:49
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?WWES exceeds ISTEP requirements PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 December 2008 00:00
????    At the recent West Washington School Board meeting Principal Tom Rosenbaum reported to the Board that West Washington Elementary had passed and exceeded the ISTEP requirements by scoring 78.9 percent.
    Rosenbaum stated that this score has reflected consistent improvements in scores since the 2005-06 school year.
    WW High School Principal Stroud reported that the Junior/Senior High had taken the test one week late and that the state had lost some of the tests giving them an “undetermined.”
    “It is very difficult for us to know exactly how we did and ISTEP is over and the state will be going to a new assessment format for next year.” stated Stroud
    All board members accepted the recommendation by Superintendent Jackson to a two year extension for Principal Rosenbaum which will extend his contract thru June 2011.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2008 14:55
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