Purdue HTAP Survey Concludes . . . “The Hospital and its systems have failed Washington County. . .” PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 00:00
In August of 2008, the Salem Enterprise Zone (SEZ)Board entered into agreement with Purdue University’s Health Care Technical Assistance Program (HTAP), Washington County Economic Growth Partnership (WCEGP) and Washington County Memorial Hospital (WCMH) for the purpose of analyzing WCMH and identifying strengths and weaknesses in the operation as well as setting the stage to build on the strengths and take corrective action on the weaknesses. The cost of the HTAP study was $50,000, paid with taxpayer money through SEZ and WCEGP.
    On February 6, 2009, representatives of the HTAP program met with WCMH executives and Board of Trustees members, representatives from SEZ and WCEGP, as well as several elected officials.  Those individuals were presented with a summary or overview of the HTAP survey; the meeting was not open to the public or the media.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 March 2009 13:19
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Commissioners submit 11 projects for funding through AR&RA PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 00:00
    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday, March 4.  Commissioner  John Mishler was not present because he and County Highway Superintendent, Rick Graves were attending  a meeting in North Vernon.  That meeting concerned projects in the county being submitted for funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (AR&RA).
    Board President, Lana Sullivan, went over the projects submitted for consideration:
Improvements to the county fairgrounds
Construction of a new jail
Right of Way costs for truck bypass
Archaeological dig costs for truck bypass
Redesign and construction costs for Sparksville Road
Land Use Plan development costs
Maintenance costs on major roads in 2009
Preventative maintenance cost on major roads in 2009
Adult literacy training through SOAR!
Awareness Washington County programs
County Courthouse repairs

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 March 2009 13:03
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County Council calls for Strategic Economic Development Plan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 00:00
    The Washington County Council met in regular session on March 2 with all members present.  The minutes of previous meetings plus payroll and all claims were approved unanimously.
    Hank Jacoby of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce (CC) made a presentation to the Council about Washington County's assets and opportunities for improvement based on criteria contained in the “CNN/Money Top 100 Places to Live” list.  Jacoby focused on Hoosier cities and towns included in the list and compared the data from those communities with that of Washington County.  
    Emphasizing that Washington County must have a vision for competing in a global economy and a strategy to bring business revenue into the county by marketing worldwide, Jacoby said that the time is right to redefine economic development plans.  He went on to point out the fact that new opportunities always seem to arise out of downward economic trends.  Jacoby suggested that current efforts by the Chamber, the Washington County Economic Growth Partnership (WCEGP) and the Washington County Tourism Board (WCTB) to find common ground and to explore ways to work together for the good of the county could not be coming at a better time.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 March 2009 13:05
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Lions win Sectional PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 March 2009 00:00
Salem Lions win title of Sectional 30 Champions
    The Salem Lions put an end to Silver Creek Dragons, as the Lions win the title of Sectional 30 champions, 47-44 on Saturday at Crawford County Jr./Sr. High School. The Lions took on the Cougars of North Harrison on Tuesday and the Panthers of Corydon Central on Friday winning in overtime.
    The Lions will go head to head with the Washington Hatchets at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14 at Washington High School.
    Lions go into Regional with a 19-4 record and Washington with a 21-2.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 March 2009 13:15
 
Argument leads to shooting in Hardinsburg PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 March 2009 00:00
   On Tuesday, February 24, at approximately 12:58  p.m., police were called to 101 East State Road 150 in Hardinsburg in reference to a shooting at that location. When police arrived they found Kevin D. Patton, 41, of Hardinsburg in the rear of an apartment building at that location with a gun shot wound to the leg.
   As police began to investigate they learned that a fight broke out between Kevin D. Patton and David W. Wilkins Jr, 23, of Hardinsburg on the outside of the apartments located at 101 East State Road 150. An occupant of the apartments, David W. Wilkins Sr, 50, of Hardinsburg heard the commotion outside his door and when he exited he noticed his son, David W. Wilkins Jr and Kevin D. Patton in a physical altercation. David W. Wilkins Sr allegedly kept yelling for the altercation to stop but it continued. David W. Wilkins Sr then shot Kevin D. Patton with a handgun.
   Kevin D. Patton was transported to the Floyd County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Neither David W. Wilkins Sr nor David W. Wilkins Jr was injured.
   No arrests were made and this case is still under investigation. Once the case is completed it will be forwarded to the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office for determination if any charges will be filed.
   The Washington County Sheriff’s Department is assisting in this investigation.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2009 10:04
 
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