County officials save hospital at last minute PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 00:00
   Washington County Memorial Hospital was on life support last week and Washington County Commissioner John Mishler said they were on the verge of pulling the plug.
    The county was faced with a decision to either shut the door of the hospital for good, or be responsible for reimbursing an unknown amount of money to medicare.
    “It was so close to closing, there were plans being made to transfer patients,” Mishler said. “We were right down to the wire.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2010 10:18
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Motorcycle theft thwarted PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Tuesday, 26 January 2010 00:00
    A plot to steal and sale a Harley Davidson V-Rod motorcycle in Washington County was thwarted Monday by local law enforcement officers.
    According to a press release from the Indiana State Police, information was received from a confidential informant on Monday that James Maudlin, along with other unknown suspects were allegedly going to steal a Harley Davidson V-Rod Motorcycle. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 January 2010 13:45
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Giardia has nothing to do with Salem water issue PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Thursday, 21 January 2010 00:00
    There was misinformation reported in the January 20 edition of The Washington County Edition from the Salem City Council's Jan. 11 meeting.
    The story stated that William Gollnitz of Wittman Hydro Planning out of Bloomington said Salem's water problem is related to giardia.
    Actually what was said is that the cause of Salem's taste and odor issue is geosmin and the two are very different.
    “Giardia is something we have to start sampling for this year,” said Salem Water Superintendent Russell Brown. “Part of our treatment requirements are to make sure we chlorinate at high enough levels to disinfect for giardia and that's one thing that is making the taste and odor issue worse, because of where our chlorination is located in the plant. We can't change that and still maintain our compliance for the giardia level.”
    Brown and Salem Mayor David Bower started receiving phone calls (Jan. 21) as citizens read the article and became concerned about local water containing giardia, which is parasite that can come from dead animals that decay over time, leaves and twigs which then get into the water supply.
    Geosmin is a chemical compound that is released when certain types of algae are killed. When the chlorine oxidizes that algae, it releases those compounds and that is what causes those taste and odor issues, according to Brown.
    Green Banner Publications apologizes for the error.    
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2010 12:53
 
Salem Speedway 2010 schedule PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Tuesday, 19 January 2010 00:00
    Salem Speedway gears up for one of the most anticipated seasons in the 64 year history of the venerable oval in 2010 with a full slate of action to include 14 events and 17 days of on-track activity.
    The diverse schedule of top-flight programs include traditional events on the .555-mile high banked oval, plus an exciting line-up of races for the new quarter-mile asphalt oval being constructed in the infield of the existing track.
    The ARCA Racing Series, presented by RE/MAX and Menards, returns to the high banks for two shows in 2010, beginning with the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 on Sunday afternoon, April 11.  A second ARCA event, the Fall Classic 200, is scheduled for Saturday night, Sept. 18.  The spring race also includes a visit by the Frank Kimmel Street Stock Series.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 January 2010 08:43
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Two Amish killed in Saturday accident PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Monday, 18 January 2010 00:00
    The cause of an accident at at the intersection of State Road 160 and Liberty Church Road Saturday morning is not known.
    Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Roger Newlon said brothers, Noah Wengerd, 19 and Menno Wengerd 7, were traveling west on State Road 160 when the buggy they were driving was struck in the rear by a 2002 Ford Explorer.
    The explorer was driven by Jetta Mull, 31.
     Newlon said the brothers were just leaving a residence where they had picked up chainsaw chains that they recently had sharpened.
    While there was plenty of fog in the area Saturday morning, Newlon said it wasn't a factor in the accident.
    “It was actually pretty clear and on a straight stretch were the accident occurred,” he said.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2010 14:33
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