Annual Coaches Race held PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 July 2009 00:00
    Friday night, July 24, at Thunder Valley Raceway, the Annual Coaches Race was held. Area football coaches tried their hand at hornet racing and Josh Sharon, coach of the East Washington Musketeers took the trophy. This trophy will be displayed at the school for one year and next year he will have to bring it back and put it on the line again to see who will take it home next year.
    Mini Sprints (10 Entries): Cory Ritchie, Paul Davis, Seth Motsinger, Adam Stiles, Brent Fordyce, Brian Harrison, Joey Sutherlain, Beau Crawford, Lance Newton, Mike Garby
    Mini Stocks (14 Entries): Jim Walter Jr., Perry Fetz Sr., Marvin Stout, Jimmy Balentine, Austin Fordyce, Gary Helm, Matt Weston, Tim Kelly, Eric Woodward, Brian Reynolds, Tim Summers, Cody Bower, Jeremy Hopper, Gary Day
    Trucks (8 Entries): Joey Cochran, Shon Snell, Bill Pack, Rodney Bugher, Mike Davis, Jeff Tweedy, Roger Snell, Duane Hilderbrand
    Pure Stocks (5 Entries): Garnett Eldridge, Shane Batman, Dallas Bowman, John Wakeland, Keith Jones
    Bombers (5 Entries): Randy Lee Jr., Aaron Fields, Jeremy Helton, Kevin Markum, Jake Sabens
    Hornets (22 Entries): Katie Shelton, TJ Garris, Ryan Bowling, Russell Hubbard, Richard Huffman, Aaron Smith, Randy Ashley, Tracy Nicholson, Chris Workman, April Kelley, Randi Diehl, Robbie Cochran, Chris Dotson, Donnie Modesty, Logan Williams, Chaz Jenkins, Myranda Basham, Lance Perkins, Colton Fleetwood, Terry Fouts, Pat Smith, John Ortman.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 11:47
 
Fate of Salem Airport still “up in the air” PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 00:00
    Monday evening, July 13, the Salem Common Council and the Salem Municipal Airport Board of Aviation Commissioners (BOAC) held a public hearing for the purpose of receiving input from citizens on the proposed sale of the Salem Municipal Airport.  
    Approximately half a dozen people choice to comment at the meeting.  Of those, only one spoke in favor of selling the old airport.  The others either spoke against the new airport or asked questions about the construction of the new airport—neither subject was the purpose of the Monday night meeting.  Earlier this year, a public hearing was held by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the BOAC to receive public comment on the construction of a new airport to the north of the current facility.
    Salem Mayor David Bower explained that the city and the BOAC are in negotiations with Lucas Oil for the purpose of coming to an agreement for use of the old airport facility.  As has been reported earlier, Lucas Oil plans to develop a drag racing facility on the old airport runway.  In addition, speculation about the connection between the Lucas Oil plans and expansion of the facilities serving the Salem Speedway seem to be increasing.
    Bower explained that any money received from the sale of the existing airport would, by law, have to be used in one of two ways.  First, the money could be used as the local match for the new airport facility or it would have to be returned to the FAA to repay the agency for money spent over the years maintaining and improving the current airport.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 08:08
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Commissioners say no additional funding for ambulance service PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 00:00
    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday, July 15, with all members present.  The minutes of previous meetings, payroll, and all claims were approved unanimously.
    Jim Steggeman and other representative of the EMS Advisory Committee reported their recommendations to the Commissioners for streamlining the ambulance service in light of the current financial situation at the hospital.
    According to Steggeman, the current level of three full time ambulances and crews on duty at all time is not sustainable with the current budget.  Steggeman explained that it would take somewhere in the neighborhood of $400,000 per year to maintain the current level of service to county residents.  It should be noted that the county is required to provide emergency medical service to the community but the level of that service is not spelled out by statute.
    Steggeman asked the Commissioners to approve the closing of the Pekin ambulance station as a cost saving measure noting that the Pekin area would be serviced by ambulances and crews stationed in Salem.
    Commissioner Lana Sullivan and County Attorney Tom Scifres were quick to respond that it was not the Commissioners' place to approve the closing of the Pekin station.
    “We were not asked to approve the opening of the Pekin station so I don't think it appropriate for us to be asked to approve its closing.” commented Sullivan.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 08:09
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Need some family fun close to home; try Fizzle Dips PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 00:00
     Are you and your family longing to have some good time family fun, close to home, well now you have it, Fizzle Dips.
    Fizzle Dips promises to to give you that fun. Fizzle Dips will have a grand opening celebration on Saturday, July 25, from noon to 8 p.m., with extra activities such as an open cruise-in, family friendly karaoke, face painting, sandy candy, tye dye t-shirts and much more.
    Fizzle Dips was brought to the community by Josh and Andrea Loveless who also owns Mommy and Be Boutique and Brilliant Babies. They come from Louisville to Pekin looking for slower pace of  life and with two children of there own they wanted something for the family to do together without driving out of town to do so and not to mention Josh's love for cooking.
    “Fizzle Dips will better the community, offer a safe place for family and friends to hang out, I have children of my own and there was nothing to do, there just needed to be a place here to have fun.” stated Loveless.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 08:11
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Motsinger named President; Ralston named BSUE Principal and Hickey named Assistant Principal of SHS PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 00:00
     At the recent Salem Community School Board meeting held on Monday, July 13, members voted Steve Motsinger as President of the Board; Vice-President, Marie Lowery and Secretary Ben Bowling. Motsinger took the spot of Diane Armstrong Apple as President and Motsinger continued the meeting. Members not present was Tracy Payne and Jason Pepmeier.
    Former Principal of Salem High School, Jim Ralston was named Principal of Bradie Shrum Upper Elementary, replacing Tony Stone. The board also named the position of Assistant Principal of Salem High School, Jerald Hickey, who comes the state of South Carolina.
    David Allen was approved to continue the position of legal counselor and approved to continue their position was Treasurer, Sue Collier and Deputy Treasurer, Marcella Russell.
    The 2009-2010 meeting of the board will remain the same as the past year, the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
    The following personel was approved: Chris Mahuron and Jennifer Martin, High Ability Leadership Course; High School Counselor, Judy Matthews; part time Science teacher, Jim Gwaltney; part time Math teacher, Marcia Gwaltney; fifth grade teacher, Gary Smith; Middle School summer school teacher, Deb Wrye; lifeguards for summer school swimming program: Kerigh Holstine, Maddie Smith and Tyler Huls; Band camp assistants: Richard Trueblood, Lynndi Lockenour, Blair Winslow, Ali Field, Jean Dowen and one to be selected; substitute bus driver: Cheryl Hogan, Rita Lee and Ellesha Haley and regular bus driver: Kenneth Nale.
    The Electric Devise usage at School policy was approved. The policy will consist of a contract with the student/parent and school.
    New Bradie Shrum Librarian Kara Dillon was appointed to the Library Board.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 08:13
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