?Commentary . . . How did we get to this point? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 00:00
??    As I have stated in previous commentaries several times, my dad and my wife are the two wisest people I ever met.  That being said, they have both helped me to learn that if you expect to get better in the future you must be honest about the past and understand how that history has brought you to this point in time. There are numerous anecdotal examples of their wisdom when it comes to the subject of learning from the past, but the Clift’s Notes version can be digested into two simple statements:
     •    Learn from the past, live in the present, and plan for the future.
     •    You do not learn from failure; you learn from success after failure.
    Some people will argue that rehashing past mistakes only focuses on negatives.  However, the counter to that argument is that confession is good for the soul.  In other words, the catharsis that comes from facing one’s past sins/mistakes and then moving on cannot be overemphasized. I need to make it clear that there is a distinction between acknowledging/learning from the past and holding a grudge.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2008 11:10
?Breakfast with Santa planned at Pierce-Polk Fire Department PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 December 2008 00:00
??    The Pierce-Polk Fire Department, located on Highway 60 in Pekin across from Jaam Video, will host a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 13, from 8 till 10 a.m.
    Parents are urged to bring their children to visit with Santa to give him their Christmas wish lists.
    The meal, which will be $6 for an all-you-can-eat breakfast, will include eggs, bacon, sausage, gravy, hashbrowns, coffee, orange drink and milk.
    Proceeds from the event will go to the operating expenses of the fire department.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2008 11:11
?Commissioners hear that medical insurance costs for county will increase less than expected PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 00:00
?    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday, November 19.  All members were present except Mike Goering, who had a death in his family. The minutes of previous meetings, all claims, and payroll requests were approved unanimously.
    Mark Nantz of Knapp, Miller, Brown Insurance told the Commissioners that the premium for the county’s medical insurance program will increase in 2009 by 4.54 percent. According to Nantz this is much less than expected and can be attributed to employees submitting fewer claims and more of them opting for higher deductibles.
    John Newberry, who is responsible for the upkeep of the county’s computer systems told the Commissioners that a new virus protection program needs to be installed at a cost of $1085 for a three year license. Newberry also recommended the purchase of a second server at a cost of approximately $7000. Newberry warned that the current server has no reliable backup and that vital records could be lost.  The Commissioners authorized the purchase of the virus protection program but advised Newberry to work with Superior Court personnel who are exploring the possibility of cyber-storage of court document.  It is hoped that the two systems might be integrated and save the county money.
    Marji Morris and Sharon Smith spoke to the Commissioners about the horse arena at the county fairgrounds.  According to Morris and Smith, the facility is in such disrepair that it is no longer safe.  The Commissioners entertained three proposals to upgrade the structures. All the Commissioners agreed that the project needs to be done and asked Morris and Smith to return after the first of the year with updated estimates on the costs of repair and new construction.
    Bobby Lamb of Hoosier Uplands asked for and received a resolution to approve a housing rehab grant for $125,000 to be used to fix up 8 or 9 homes in the county. Lamb also alluded to a grant that his organization is working on to assist county residents avoid foreclosure. According to Lamb, Washington County has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the state.
    As a final piece of business, the Commissioners approved a request from Emergency Management Director, Christy Vernon, for 21 days of medical leave, beginning on December 10.
    With no further business to conduct, the Commissioners adjourned until their next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, December 3.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2008 13:03
?2008 tax statements have been mailed out PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 00:00
?    According to Washington County Treasurer, Shirley Batt, the 2008 tax statements have been placed in the mail with tax payers receiving them soon.
    The first installment of the 2008 property tax is due December 10 with the second installment due February 10, 2009.
    The Treasurer’s office will have extended hours Monday, December 1- Friday, December 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, December 6, from 9 a.m. to noon and December 8-10, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.., for patrons who wish to come to the office to pay.
    You can also mail in payments in the form of a check, money order or cashier’s check to: Washington County Treasurer office, 99 Public Square Suite 101, Salem , Indiana 47167.
    For another added convenience there is a drop box located at the south side of the courthouse to place your payment in.
    For any other information or questions call 883-3307.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2008 13:07
?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
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