CSX files discontinuance PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 November 2009 00:00
    CSX railroad has filed for a discontinuance of the rail service line that will affect Bedford, Mitchell, Salem, Pekin down to New Albany.
    Salem Mayor David Bower and members of the city council discussed the issue at the group's regular meeting Nov. 9.
    “(The discontinuance) simply means they don't have to provide service,” Bower said. “The lines and the rails will still be there, but if business doesn't warrant them running a train down the track, then they don't have to.”
    Bower said CSX representative Brian Glover assured him that the discontinuance of service is being done because of the slow economy and at this time there are no plans to abandon the lines all together.
    “Our concern is number one, the impact on economic development,” Bower said. “(Mitchell) Mayor (Dan) Terrell's concern is that, not all the time, but often times, discontinuance is the first step in abandonment and we do not want to be a city without railroad service. In these tough economic times, if that were to happen, we would never be on the short list of cities that may be chosen for economic development or for new industry.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 14:42
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Jolly resigns from Delaney board PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 November 2009 00:00
    Paul Jolly has been serving on the Delaney Creek Park Board for nearly 30 years. That stretch ended on Nov. 4 when the Washington County Board of Commissioners accepted his letter of resignation.
    Jolly said the reason he decided to step down was the fact that he wants to spend more time traveling to visit grandkids, but didn't deny the park's uncertain future played into it.
    “I've been at this for 30 years and that's the main reason,” he said, “not all this other stuff. I am all for the park. I think it's a great place and Washington County is lucky to have a place like that. I think there are a lot of counties that would love to have a park like that.”
    Jolly said ultimately he didn't want to be on the park board if he felt like he couldn't do a good job and he thinks both his busy schedule and  some recent decisions made by county officials will hamper those efforts.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2009 09:32
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Commissioners resend action from prior meeting PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 00:00
    At the Wednesday, Nov. 4 meeting of the Washington County Board of Commissioners, the group unanimously agreed to resend the action due of accepting the ambulance service with the EMS due to the EMS director not sharing the proposal with the Washington County Hospital Board.  The Commissioners were under the assumption that a decision had to be made at the last meeting at this point the commissioners have made no decision.
    Technology
    Commissioner John Mischler reported to the other Commissioners that the $50,000 grant to help with the writing of a Comprehensive plan is still waiting to be processed and is at a stand still. He also wanted to let any interest persons contact Sarah Bachman, County Auditor, if interested in serving this Board.
    David Neil of Cybertek, who is in negotiation with the Commissioners, reported they are in the first phase of the analysis of the project. Neil reported to the board that there were a lot of unknowns of the County system and they have been working with Matrix to work out those problems. Neil stated that there are148 devices which include PC, printers and access sights and software installed that does not need to be installed and at least 35 computers that are not in compliance. Neil has met with department heads to figure out what problems are occurring to correct those problem areas. Cybertek did correct the voice mail problem allowing employees to access their voice mail from any phone outside the office. Neil also stated that the county can get the internet free and they are not taking advantage of it.
    Neil plans to do do more analysis and report back to the board.   
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2009 09:34
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Two armed robberies in Salem PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 November 2009 00:00
    Armed robberies are rare in Salem, but two in a little more than 24 hours of one another is unheard of.
    Cowboy's Food Store on Jackson Street was robbed at 3:50 a.m. Thursday morning and Country Fancy, which is located at 604 E. Hackberry Street was robbed at 9:06 p.m. Friday night.
    Both robberies have several similarities.
    The suspect was wearing a ski mask and a hoodie while wielding a firearm.
    At Cowboy's, store Manager Laura Woodrum said the suspect met the cashier at the side counter and pointed a gun and followed him back to the cash register.
    The same was true at Country Fancy. Owner Grace Hanson said the cashier had her back to the register when the suspect entered the store.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2009 09:38
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Men against violence against women rally held PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 00:00
    The message was clear, “This (violence) has to stop,” was given at the Men against violence against women rally held Friday, October 30 on the South side of the Courthouse lawn.
    More than 40 men came to show support for violence against women including, Salem High School Seniors along with Principal Derek Smith, Judge Bennett, Judge Newkirk, Mayor Bower, Prosecutor Dustin Houchin, Police Chief Scott Ratts, Washington County Sheriff Claude Combs and many more.
    John Kuss of Hoosier Hills PACT opened the rally by stating from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009 the State of Indiana has had 60 domestic violence deaths.
    Each participant received a t-shirt stating  “Men against violence against women,” Kuss stated that it takes guts to come out here and to wear this shirt and asked them to have the guts to stand up an say no to violence.
    “I want to plant a seed in my generation put God first and think first before violence.” that was the statement that Salem Quarterback Christian Chastain spoke. Chastain also said that this was an opportunity to speak out and thank God for this program.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 January 2010 15:29
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