?Economic development money–where does it go? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 July 2008 00:00
?    Back in the mid-late 1980s, Washington County adopted a County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT).
This tax is predicated on legislation passed by the Indiana State Assembly in 1984.  According to the Indiana
Department of Local Government Finance, the purpose of CEDIT is “for economic development, capital projects,
private developer loan interest, a regional venture capital fund, and any other lawful purpose.  The last phrase of
that quote notwithstanding, it seems clear to me that the intent of the lawmakers was for the CEDIT monies to
promote/advance/enhance/stimulate/generate/encourage/facilitate (you choose the verb that works best for you)
economic development efforts and projects within the county and the region of which the county is a part.
    In recent years, Washington County has generated and received CEDIT revenues between $600,000 and $800,000 per year.  That money is derived from an local option income tax on resident workers of the county and any non-resident who works in the county but does not live in a county with a CEDIT.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2008 13:34
?WCCF offering $50,000 in Fall Grant Cycle PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 July 2008 00:00
?    There will be a public meeting for any non-profit organization wishing to apply for a grant from the Washington County Community Foundation.  The meeting will be held on August 12, at 7 p.m. at the Community Learning Center.  
    They will discuss the grant criteria, guidelines, application process, deadlines and reporting process.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions.  The goal is that by the end of the meeting, all potential applicants will have a strong understanding of the process.  All first-time grant applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this session.
    This type of grant is issued from the Washington County Community Foundation’s Touch Tomorrow funds. The total amount available for this grant cycle is $50,000.00.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2008 13:37
?Joe James/Pat O’Conner Memorial at Salem Speedway PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 July 2008 00:00
?    The 49th scheduled running of one of the most historic sprint car races in the nation is set to take place at Salem Speedway on Sunday, August 3, as the USAC National Sprint Car Series visits the super-fast oval for the Indiana Stone Works Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial.
    The honor roll of past James/O’Connor victors reads like a “who’s-who” in open wheel racing history with such names as A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Bob Sweikert, Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser, Pancho Carter, Rich Vogler, Kenny Irwin Jr., and Tony Stewart gracing the list of former winners.
    The 2008 edition of the classic brings together USAC’s finest open wheel drivers as they attempt to add their name to the list of racing greats who have won the prestigious event. Winning one Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial is a significant accomplishment, capturing a second classic is a distinction bestowed on just 10 drivers.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2008 13:40
?Brooke Agan crowned Washington Co. Queen PDF Print E-mail
By Chancla LeMarr
Staff Writer
Green Banner Publications
The judges wasted not time making their final decision on the crowning of Miss Washington County 2008, Brooke Agan.

Agan said she was very happy and was looking forward to representing Washington County and being at the fair.

The Queens court was Haley Lashbrooks, third runner-up; Natalie Ewen, second runner-up; and Sarah Milligan as first runner-up.

Agan is involved in 4-H, and enjoys photography. Her projects this year were about recycling and personalities.

Agan was in the 2007 Miss Washington County Queen Contest, although she did not place, she knew she wanted to  give it another shot having been more prepared this year.

Ten years ago she first knew she wanted to become Miss Washington County as she was one of the queen escorts.

When asked what her best memory of this pageant was she quickly replied, “My escort.”

Each contestant made there way to the stage with their young escort beside them and then made another appearance in their business attire while thanking their sponsors.

As the pageant moved forward the toughest and most intense part of the pageant was their question that the judges gave to each contestant, “Other than your family, who do you  most admire and why?”

Many different answers where given, but the most given answer was that of their teachers.

Second runner-up Natalie Ewen said,” My teachers, they have to put up with a lot.”

Contestant Shelby Troutman also answered teachers, stating “Her    favorite     teacher,     Mrs. Callahan.”

Other answers given were Jackie Kennedy given by Queen Brooke Agan, and Mother Teresa given by Julie Roberts.

“My best friend, she has always encouraged me and she is always there, the best friend you could ever have.” stated Miriah Sabens.

2007 Miss Washington County McKenzie Allen made her final walk and speech as queen while fighting back tears.

“Thank you for letting me represent your county, the best county in the state.”

Allen also gave her successor some advice, to live her year out to the fullest.

Queen, Brooke Agan received a  crown, National Chapter Psi lota,Xi, Campbellsburg; $500 scholarship, from the  Fair Board and Fair Committee; $500 scholarship, Community First Bank;. trophy, dozen roses, Florence’s Flowers by Carol; lady’s diamond quartz watch, LaGene jewelers; free photo setting, Shane Dowling; ankle bracelet, Bud’s Jewelers, one dinner, Mamma Rosa’s; one dinner, El Maguey; gift certificate, Tumbleweed; gift certificate, Island Sun Tanning and $50 savings bond, Mid-Southern Bank.

Sarah Milligan, first runner-up received, $300 scholarship, First Harrison Bank; trophy, Allen Law Office; half dozen roses, Florence’s Flowers by Carol; one dinner, Mamma Rosa’s; one dinner, El Maguey; gift certificate, Tumble weed; gift certificate, Island Sun Tanning and $50 savings bond, Mid-Southern Bank.

Natalie Ewen, second runner-up received $300 scholarship, First Harrison Bank trophy, Home Federal; half dozen roses, Jay C; one dinner, Mamma Rosa’s; one dinner, El Maguey; gift certificate, Island Sun Tanning and $50 savings bond.

Halley Lashbrooks, third runner-up received a trophy, half dozen Jay C, one dinner, Mamma Rosa’s; one dinner, El Maguey; gift certificate, Tumbleweed; gift certificate, Island Sun Tanning and $50 savings bond, Mid-Southern Bank.

All contestants received, roses, Campbellsburg Floral Creations and Gifts; coupon, Dairy Queen; coupon, Arby’s; extra value meal, McDonalds; tacos and nachos, Taco Bell and one small pizza, Domino’s.
Escorts received coupons from Arby’s, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Dairy Queen and carnations courtesy of Campbellsburg Floral Creations and gifts.
?Full day kindergarten will now be $25 per week PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 00:00
    At the recent Salem School Board meeting the following members were sworn in by David Allen: Marie Lowery, Steve Mostinger, Diana Armstrong Apple and Anne Terrell.
     Dr. Reed told the board some good news regarding full day kindergarten. Salem School received more grant money for full day kindergarten. Kindergarten will now be $25 per week instead of $35.
     “We are very excited about this additional grant money.” stated Dr. Reed.
     The board approved Diana Armstrong-Apple to remain as President, Jason Pepmeier as Vice President and Benjamin Bowling as Secretary.
     All minutes and claims were approved with all members present.
     Kim Thurston reported the financial report to the board.
     According to Thurston the current tax billing is not available yet and the school may need to borrow $500,000 from the general fund, but are expected to collect more than that amount.
     Due to so many legislative changes the 2009 budget will be very high.
     “We want to be high, the state will usually cut us and will never increase our budget.” stated Dr. Reed.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2008 13:43
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