?State says Washington County has to cut $299K from 2008 budget PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 September 2008 00:00

   Information received from the Washington County Auditor’s Office indicates that the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance has informed the county that it must cut $299,387 from its 2008 budget.  
   A review of the official notice, Form 1782, indicates that the Funds effected by this cut are General Fund, Local Roads and Street Funds, Health Fund, and Park and Recreation Fund.
   According to Michelle Fleenor, 1st Deputy Auditor, the individuals charged with overseeing the effected funds were notified by Auditor, Sarah Bachman, last week and the changes are expected to be brought before the County Council for approval either at the September 29 or the October 6 meeting.
    Normally, the Form 1782 is received by the county earlier in the year. 
    Several county officials were expecting bigger cuts than were implemented by the state.  However, this late in the fiscal year will make it more difficult to find ways to cut money out of the budget and comply with state laws.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2008 13:33
 
?Entrepreneur Workshop to be held at IU Southeast PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 September 2008 00:00
    The Indiana University Southeast School of Business will assist entrepreneurs with the challenge of starting, or growing, their own business.
    The School of Business is again partnering with the Regional Economic Development Resource Center (REDRC) for an eight-week “Entrepreneur Training Workshop” this Fall. The workshop will be held from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. on Tuesdays from October 7 through November 25 at the IU Southeast Library, room 230.
    The workshop will include a step-by-step program in preparing a business plan, and is designed to provide participants with a framework for success. Topics will include: Market Research; Feasibility Study; Accounting Issues; Financial Planning; Legal Concerns; Production; and Human Resource Planning. This workshop is targeted for those with post-secondary experience, current business owners, minorities, immigrants, or youth/mentor pairs.
    Dr. Frank Wadsworth, professor of marketing and international business, will lead the workshop. Wadsworth has taught both in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Business. He has conducted more than a dozen multi-session entrepreneurship classes with groups including adults interested in starting a business or growing an existing business, high school students, and leaders of non-profit organizations.
    The workshop cost is $129, which includes all the materials required. For more information, please visit www.ius.edu/business or call Brenda Swartz at (812) 941-2494.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2008 13:37
 
?Local couple charged with receipt of stolen property and dealing drugs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 September 2008 00:00

    Earl “Big Daddy Earl” Coleman, age 67, and Constance Coleman, age 53, of 3208 N. Dog Trot Road, Salem, were taken into custody on Wednesday, September 24 by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from the Salem City Police Department, the Pekin Town Marshal, and the Washington County Drug Team.
    The couple was charged with variety of offenses including six counts of receiving stolen property, dealing
Schedule II drugs, possession of Schedule II drugs with intent to sell, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance.
    A $50,000 cash bond was set for Earl Coleman and a $3,000 bond for Constance Coleman.  Trial date is set for
October 27. 
    According to Washington County Prosecuting Attorney, Dustin Houchin, the aforementioned charges carry
sentences up to 20 years in prison.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2008 13:42
 
?2nd Annual Men Against Violence Against Women Rally, October 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 September 2008 00:00
    Hoosier Hills PACT will sponsor the 2nd Annual Men Against Violence Against Women Rally on Wednesday, October 15.  Men are asked to rally together on the Salem square at 12noon.  Guest speakers include, Sid Dye of Southern Hills Church, Jon Kuss of Hoosier Hills Pact, Ronnie Mays of the Salem Police Department, and Brian Motsinger, Head Football Coach of Salem High School.
    All Washington County men and young men are encouraged to attend in an effort to bring attention to the problem of domestic violence.  For additional information on the rally, contact Domestic Violence & Victim Advocacy Services at 883-3318.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2008 13:46
 
?County Council and Board of Commissioners continue to disagree about overspending issue PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 September 2008 00:00
    At the morning session of the September 9, Washington County County Council Budget hearings, a lively discussion ensued. Councilman Mark Manship, Councilwoman Mignon Marshall, and Council Attorney Mark Clark engaged County Commissioner Mike Goering in a discussion of spending practicing in funds over which the Board of Commissioners has responsibility.
    According to Manship, Marshall, and Clark, the Local Roads and Streets Fund will be at a negative balance by the end of the year. Goering responded that according to his estimates the fund should be “in the black” by the end of the year. At that point, a sometimes heated exchange between Manship and Goering began.
    The most recent Audit Report from the Indiana State Board of Accounts indicates that in 2007 Local Roads and Streets Fund went $23,000 over what was appropriated, County Highway Fund overspent by $110,372, Riverboat Fund overspent by $88,000, and the Rainy Day Fund overspent by $55,000.  Apparently, none of these expenditures were appropriated by the County Council.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2008 10:09
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