?County Committee Election Underway PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 November 2008 00:00
?    The ballots have been mailed for this year’’s county committee election for Local Administrative Area #2 (LAA 2), which includes voters in Gibson, Jefferson, Monroe and Washington Townships. Voters have until December 1, 2008, to return their properly completed ballots to the county office. The newly elected committee member and alternates take office on January 1, 2009.
    The county committee system allows producers to make important decisions concerning local administration of federal farm programs. Committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, establishment of allotments and yields, producer appeals, employing FSA county executive directors and other local issues. FSA committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws.
    Prospective Voter Requirements. Anyone who meets the requirements in either, 1 or 2, as well as item number 3, is eligible to vote for county committee members.
    1. Voter is of legal voting age and participates or cooperates in any FSA program or
    2. The voter is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations on an entire farm.
    3. The voter must also be eligible to participate in any FSA program provided by law, regardless of the status of funding.
    Discrimination Prohibited - No person shall be denied the right to vote because of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or marital or family status.
    Eligible voters who do not receive ballots can obtain a ballot at the local USDA Service Center located at 801 Anson Street in Salem. December 1, 2008 is the last day for  voters to submit ballots in person to the local USDA Service Center. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than December 1, 2008. Newly elected committee members and alternates will take office January 1, 2009
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2008 13:10
 
?WCMH in negotiations with Saint Vincent Hospital PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 00:00
?    At a public meeting on Thursday, November 20, the Washington County Memorial Hospital (WCMH) Board of Directors announced that an agreement has been reached with Saint Vincent Hospital (SVH) of Indianapolis to join the two entities in a, yet undetermined, relationship.
    When asked to confirm the specific type of relationship that is being negotiated, WCMH Director of Public Relations and Marketing, Melissa Richardson, said that the negotiations are ongoing and that all possibilities are on the table.
    A special, joint executive session of the WCMH Board of Directors, the Washington County Council, and the Washington County Board of Commissioners was called for Monday evening, November 24 for the purpose of “hospital board strategic planning” and “discuss(ing) recruitment of health care providers.
    The recent agreement between WCMH and Purdue University’s Healthcare Technical Assistance Program has been well documented in local newspapers. This most recent announcement about affiliation with SVH is yet another sign that the hospital board is making efforts to improve the quality of healthcare service to the residents of Washington County.
    In January of 2005, WCMH severed ties with Jewish Hospital, citing need to be more independent. Since that time, financial/billing issues have surfaced numerous times and rumors have run rampant about the viability of the hospital’s ability to meet its community and financial obligations.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2008 13:07
 
?Christmas coloring contest for all ages PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 November 2008 00:00
?    The Washington County Edition will sponsor a Christmas coloring contest on Christmas on the Square, Friday, December 5 for all ages.
    The coloring sheet will be in The Washington County Edition on December 3 and entries can be dropped off at our office at 105 East Walnut Street or placed in a decorated box that will be located by the Christopher the Christmas Tree activities on the courthouse lawn.
    Prizes will be $50 for first place; $25 for second and $10 for third.
    Children of all ages are encouraged to participate.
    The them of the coloring contest is Christopher the Christmas Tree and his dear friend Whooty.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2008 09:21
 
?Washington County Chamber of Commerce commits to transparency in the future PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 November 2008 00:00
?    Acknowledging errors in the past, new Washington County Chamber of Commerce president, Hank Jacobi, said, “We’re in a hole but also on a springboard.” The enthusiastic, yet realistic Jacobi told WCCC members and guests that the recent downswing in the economy means that the future definitely is something to look forward to. Jacobi emphasized the importance of transparency in all its activities if the WCCC was to be relevant to the future growth of Washington County.
    According to a financial report distributed at the November 13 meeting, WCCC has total liabilities of nearly $7300 in state and federal payroll tax. The liabilities go back over a significant period of time. A comparison of that liability to the WCCC’s bank balance of $5116 clearly is a cause for concern.
    After a Powerpoint presentation outlining his vision for WCCC, Jacobi facilitated a brainstorming session in which the objective was to identify the things that Washington County does well. According to Jacobi, focusing on what an organization does well is the first step in digging out of the aforementioned hole.
    The meeting ended with an overall positive tone and general consensus to work toward ways to revitalize the role of WCCC in the community
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2008 09:23
 
?Salem Common Council hires new police officer PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 November 2008 00:00
?    The Salem Common Council met in regular session on Monday, November 10.  All members were present and they unanimously approved the minutes  of previous meetings, all claims, and payroll requests.
    Salem Police Chief, Scott Ratts, went before the Council to introduce Chad Webb as the candidate recommended by the interview committee to replace Brandon White on the Salem Police Department (SPD). White resigned in September to take a position with the Seymour Police Department. Webb, who has served as a reserve officer with SPD was approved for the open position by the Council and will start immediately upon completion of the mandatory physical examination.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2008 09:26
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