Banjoist Jim Smoak will perform at Depot's Christmas open house PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 December 2009 00:00
    Railroad songs, mixed with bluegrass, will fill the exhibit area at The Depot railroad museum in Salem Sunday afternoon, Dec. 6, from 1-4 p.m., as the John Hay Center holds its Christmas open house.
    During The Depot's open house, Banjoist Jim Smoak and the LA  Honeydrippers
will be performing.
    Smoak, who lives at Pekin, was born and raised in South Carolina and as a  young boy borrowed his grandfather's banjo, taking the first step into a lifelong career in music.
    After high school, Smoak headed to Nashville and soon found himself picking  banjo for Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, performing regularly at the Grand Ole Opry.
    He later served as the only banjo player Little Jimmy Dickens ever employed.
    Smoak's music abilities opened the doors to many stage and television appearances.
    In 1961, Smoak formed the Louisiana Honeydrippers. For 21 years, he performed at the Old Stable in Bardstown, Kentucky. He also performs in the Louisville and southern Indiana areas.
    Visitors to The Depot will be able to tour the museum while listening to a sampling of Smoak's talent as a songwriter and banjoist. All areas of The Depot will be open, including the 1929 Monon caboose.
    Also, for those who want to sit and enjoy the show, seating will be available.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 December 2009 14:18
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Senators feast on Lions PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 December 2009 00:00


    With visions of turkey and pumpkin pie dancing in their heads, the West Washington High School boys' basketball team cleansed their palates by dining on the Salem Lions, 61-44,  in both teams' season-openers Nov. 25 in Campbellsburg.
    The Senators took control of the contest early and never looked back against an SHS team that was missing two starters who are out for a violation of school rules.
    The hungriest of all West Washington players seemed to be Josh Green, who finished the contest with 18 points and four rebounds.
    Green's apatite was so big, Senator Head Coach Neil Coyle had to take him out of the game during one stretch to settle him down.
    “Josh had a solid game,” Coyle said. “He got off to a fast start and got to tasting the victory, but then forced things a little bit. We took him out and when he reentered the game he played under control.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 December 2009 14:28
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Town of Pekin to pay $51,853.75 to Guthrie PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 00:00
    At the recent Town of Pekin meeting held on November 17, discussion between Town of Pekin Attorney Alice Bartanen and the Council regarding Guthrie vs New Pekin and having the verdict in favor of Plaintiffs (Guthrie) with a judgement in the sum of $51,853.75 plus any  past interest due. Bartanen advised the Council that this amount needs to be paid promptly or other interest will begin to accrue to judgement amount. Bartanen also advised the Council to make a counter offer of the $15,000 amount requested for the pre-judgement interest from the Plaintiffs. The council agreed to have the judgement sum paid and to counter offer $5,000 with bargaining range of no more than $12,000 for pre-judgement interest. The Council gave permission for the Town Manager, Gary Nale along with Attorney Bartanen to settle as soon as possible.
    In other business:
    Gary Nale reported that he is working up a draft on the building code enforcement and would follow up at the December meeting. Nale also reported that CSX is discontinuing service but will not abandon lines and he has been discussing concerns about railroad bridge and the up keep of the crossings, also reported by Nale, the property on Naugle Road was cleaned up by the owner, the town will not be cleaning it up or placing a lien against it and also stated the Farm Bureau building is going to be torn down within the next week or so.
    The claims, minutes and the 2010 sewer budget for USDA bond purposes was approved.
    The next regular board meeting will be December 15 at 7 p.m.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 December 2009 14:32
 
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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