Volunteers still needed for new BBBS program at EWMS PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 December 2009 00:00
      Big Brothers Big Sisters Washington County is still seeking volunteers for its Corporate Mentoring Program at East Washington Middle School.
    The corporate program, which was made possible thanks to a grant by the Washington County Community Foundation, is different than the regular program in that the adult volunteer is only asked to have lunch with their Little one day a week.
    “It's where someone from the community goes to the school and takes a child out to lunch once a week,” said BBBS Director Monika Spaulding. “They can go to the school and eat with them or they can take them somewhere.”
    Volunteers are asked to commit for a full school year. Bigs, or adult volunteers, are usually matched with students in the fifth or sixth grade so they can be together for additional years. But students are accepted to the program in the fifth through eighth grades.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2009 11:24
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SHS upsets EHS in MSC battle PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 December 2009 00:00
    The Eastern and Salem girls' basketball teams were on a collision course to face one another on Nov. 30.
    The Lady Lions entered the contest with a 4-1 record and the Lady Musketeers were a perfect 4-0.
    When all was said and done, Salem kept momentum and left the gym with a 48-47 win.
    The game was filled with excitement on both sides.
    Eastern took the lead late when Emily Newcomb scored on a run out with just under 30 seconds remaining.
    Salem's Annie Newkirk got the ball on the inbounds play, drove the length of the floor and scored a basket.
    Newkirk was also fouled on the play and convert the free throw that gave the Lady Lions a lead.
    The Lady Musketeers still had two opportunities to answer.
    Melissa Lewis missed a shot, but her teammate, Jocelyn Mousty was on the other side of the rim for the rebound.
    She went up for a wide-open layup, but couldn't convert.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2009 10:21
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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
 
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