WCMH terminates ambulance service PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 November 2009 00:00
    Washington County Memorial Hospital has sent the county verbal notice that they are terminating the contact to provide ambulance service to the county effective Jan. 1.
    That announcement was made at a special news briefing at the hospital Friday afternoon.
    “This is not a surprise,” said interim WCMH CEO Joseph Roche. “We've worked for months with the commissioners and council in planning for the ambulance transition.”
    Roche said the move is part of the process in the WCMH Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.
    “One of the realities of being in Chapter 11 is that we are required to reject contracts that we don't intend on keeping out of reorganization,” he said. “The ambulance contract is one that the hospital, because of the losses we sustained, knew we couldn't get out of bankruptcy and continue to do the ambulance service.”
    Roche said the contract for ambulance service was entered into by the county in 1984.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2009 12:54
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When will the courthouse shine? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 00:00
    Work being done outside the Washington County Courthouse could delay the Christmas lighting being turned on this holiday season.
    Washington County  courthouse maintenance man David Wilcoxson gave an update on the washing and sealing work being done outside the courthouse at the Washington County Commissioner's regular meeting Nov. 18.
    Wilcoxson said the work will make lighting the court house difficult.
    “I can not change light bulbs or even turn the lights on while they are working,” he said. “At this point, each year I have changed at least 200 bulbs, that puts us behind. They may or may not be finished by December 5, it all depends on the weather.”
    December 5 is the day of Christmas on the Square and the lighting of the courthouse is a large part of those festivities.
     County Commissioner Lana Sullivan said there will be some unhappy folks if the lighting of the courthouse doesn't happen.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2009 12:57
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To reimburse or not to reimburse PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 00:00
    To reimburse or not to reimburse was one of the questions facing the Washington County Commissioners at their regular meeting Nov. 18.
    Lane Freiberger and Kathy Zelivetz, are members of the Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals, approached the commissioners regarding reimbursement for training in the assessment field.
    Both stated they were under the assumption that they would be reimbursed by the county and both tried to submit a claim through the Washington County Accessors, were denied by Accessor Jason Cockerill.
    “I am getting a mixed version of how the reimbursement policy is handled,” Frieberger said. “I have a claim for $650 in expenses, mostly in mileage and would like a answer.”
    Cockerill said the answer was simple in that there isn't any money in the budget to pay the claim.
    “There is no money at this time,” he said. “The money that was appropriated for training was gone in late March. I did request additional money for this at this years budget hearing but was denied additional monies. I can not approve a claim with no money.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2009 12:58
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Board of Directors and committee members needed PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 November 2009 00:00
     At the YMCA, your time and talent go a long way. Every hour you spend as a YMCA volunteer translates into a better community and a better future for young people. It contributes into a safer, more viable community that's a good place to live and work.
    YMCAs are first and foremost volunteer organizations. To put it in perspective, not every YMCA has a building, but every YMCA has volunteers. All 2,663 YMCAs in the United State are volunteer driven. Local volunteers establish and run YMCAs. This insures that the local Y meets the needs of their community.
    As a YMCA volunteer you can help in wide variety of ways. The Washington County YMCA is seeking volunteers to serve on committees and the board of directors. Volunteers on the board or committees typically volunteer 2 to 4 hours pre month. We ask that they attend regularly scheduled meetings, make an annual donation to the Y, and seek donations as needed. Contact Jon Hill if you are interested in serving on any of the following committees:
Committees for Washington County YMCA
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 14:37
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Opening weekend brings mixed reviews PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 November 2009 00:00
    With the start of gun season getting underway Saturday for local hunters, many of the local check stations had mixed reviews about the number of deer.
    Katheryn Tolliver at Tolliver's Hunting and Fishing in Vallonia said the number checked at her store was down substantially from two years ago.
    Last year's cold and wet weather affected the number, but the year before, Tolliver said there were 150 deer checked on opening day.
    This year her store only checked 76 on opening day and 132 total over the weekend.
    OF the 132 deer checked she said there have been good sizes with the heaviest one weighing in at 198 pounds.
    “We were busy, but not as busy as we thought,” she said.
     Tolliver's numbers may have been down, but Amos Mills at Red Barn Bait Shop was more than pleased with the 137 deer he checked in on opening weekend.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 14:39
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