Accident on State Road 60 claims two men PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 June 2011 00:00

A fatal accident occurred between a 92 Nissan pick-up and a 93 Ford F-150 at 5:55 a.m. on June 14, 2011 on State Road 60 about a mile west of Pekin. Initial investigation indicates that the vehicles struck head-on in the west bound lane. Both drivers, Allen Rice of Salem and James Nantz Jr. of Pekin, were pronounced dead at the scene by Washington County coroner Rondale Brishaber.     

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2011 09:15
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Washington County SOAR! awarded Dollar General literacy grant PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 June 2011 00:00

More than 500,000 Indiana adults ages 18-64 have less than a high school diploma and approximately 20,000 high school dropouts add to that number every year. Many of the dropouts disliked school because they struggled with reading. In Washington County alone, about 1 in 6 adults is unable to read well enough to handle his/her own mail, read the newspaper, or fill out a job application without assistance.
That’s where Washington County SOAR! comes in. SOAR! offers free one-on-one reading tutoring to adults. Currently there are around 35 students enrolled in individual tutoring with SOAR!
A recent grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation will enable SOAR! to increase the number of students served.
The grant of $14,851.35 is earmarked for recruiting students, training additional volunteer tutors, providing tutors and students with resources and materials, and expanding the family literacy outreach program.
Marji Morris, SOAR! director said, “We are thrilled to receive this grant. Many literacy organizations across the country compete for Dollar General Literacy Foundation funding.  It was an honor that Washington County SOAR! was selected. We are grateful to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation—and to all the local people who drop money in the box at our Dollar General store.”
Morris continued, “That doesn’t mean that our funding needs have been met, however. This grant is very specific. The funds must be used to expand and improve the program in the ways we specified in the application. We still need funding to continue our day to day operations.
The expansion target is to help 25 additional students improve their reading, math or English skills. SOAR! offers tutoring in basic reading, advanced reading, writing, math, job skills, pre-GED and English as a Second Language. Part of the grant funding will be used for consumable materials to allow the students to continue their studies at home.
The grant will also help defer the cost of printing of tutor manuals, brochures, and family literacy suggestions, as well as purchasing books for use with the family literacy component of the program.
“Right now we can only tutor adults,” Morris noted, “but we realize that the more we can encourage young people to read, the higher the literacy rate will be in our county in the future. So, although we can’t tutor youth, we will expand our outreach efforts through this grant to put books into their hands and a love of reading into their hearts.”
Jill DuChemin, president of the SOAR! board added, “We are delighted to receive this grant. Because SOAR! has no guaranteed income stream, much of our time and energy has been directed toward fundraising. We were unable to devote the necessary efforts to reach more students. The DGLF grant will help us do that.”

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2011 09:16
 
Salem awarded $618,100 for reconstruction of Shelby Street PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 June 2011 00:00

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) recently awarded the City of Salem $618,100 in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Group III funds.  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2011 09:14
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Steve Davisson pleased with year one PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 June 2011 00:00

Steve Davisson doesn’t know how the most recent legislative session went. That’s because the representative of District 73 was serving his first term.
“Someone told me it was the most bizarre session in more than 20 years,” Davisson said. “I didn’t know any better though because it was my first time.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2011 11:57
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Community VBS in Salem June 26-30 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 June 2011 00:00

Plans are being made for one of the biggest and best community Vacation Bible Schools ever in the city of Salem.
Five churches, Salem First Baptist, Salem First Christian, Salem United Methodist, St. Patrick and the Salem Church of the Nazarene have combined forces for this event.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2011 11:57
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