St. Vincent's awarded WCMH; press conference being planned for Tuesday morning PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Monday, 11 January 2010 00:00
    The Washington County Memorial Hospital got good news Monday afternoon as St. Vincent's officially won a bid to claim possession of the hospital.
    Last Friday Scheck out of Seymour placed a bid on WCMH, which forced the two sides into an auction ceremony in U.S. Bankruptcy court Monday morning in New Albany and St. Vincent won.
    Plans are being made for a Tuesday morning press conference to announce what that means for local employees and patients.
    Be sure to visit www.gbpnews.com Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning for an updated story.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 January 2010 15:37
 
Basketball games postponned PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Friday, 08 January 2010 00:00
    A Friday night tradition in Indiana, high school boys' basketball, has been put on hold due to the weather.
    Most of the games scheduled for tonight have been canceled.
    Salem was set to host Orleans, West Washington was hosting Brownstown Central and Eastern was scheduled to host Silver Creek.
    The Eastern-SC game was a Mid Southern Conference contest and will have to be made up. The tentative date for that is Jan. 20.
    No decision has been made yet on Salem's game Saturday night at Crawford County.
    Eastern's afternoon girls' game has been canceled as well. The Lady Musketeers were set to host Crawford County at 1:30 p.m.
    The only other weekend game was the Salem Lady Lions' contest against Silver Creek. A decision about that game will not be made until late Friday night or Saturday morning.
    Be sure to visit the Web site often to get the latest updates in Southern Indiana.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 January 2010 15:18
 
Council votes to help fund airport PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Tuesday, 05 January 2010 00:00
    The Washington County Commissioners helped offset a $225,000 road block in the way of the new Salem Airport at the group's December meeting by committing that amount out of the county's EDIT fund.
    The process took another step forward when the county council voted 5-1 to support the commissioner's decision at its regular meeting Jan. 4.
    The only person on the council who opposed spending the money was Mingon Marshall.
    She said her vote reflects what the people in the community have told her.
    “I have talked to a lot of people and a lot of people have talked to me and said don't cast my vote to spend my money on entertainment, and that's what this is,” Marshall said. “. . . I hope what you all are saying is correct and I will be the one to admit that I was wrong, but I represent the people in the county. My voice is for them and they don't want their tax dollars to go to this. The people have asked me to vote this way and that's why I did.”
    Prior to the call for a vote there was lengthy discussion about whether or not the county should support the airport project with EDIT funds.
    “There are two separate issues here,” said Councilman Mark Manship. “There are some people like me who think the new airport is a good idea and some people who think it's a bad idea. The other issue is economic development and a project that can go there, that can bring some additional business and some additional jobs, and I hope we can all get behind that.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 January 2010 16:11
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Council names 2010 appointees PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Tuesday, 05 January 2010 00:00
    The start of a new year brought a changing of the guard to the Washington County Council.
    Councilman Mark Manship's one-year run as president of the board ended when he nominated Jim Day for the position in 2010.
    “I would like to see a rotating presidency and as much as possible I would like to see the presidency rotating from one party to the other,” Manship said, following his statement with a motion nominating Day for president.
    The motion was seconded and unanimously approved by the council.
    John D. Fultz was selected to be vice president.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 January 2010 16:18
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State cuts could lead to lost jobs PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Monday, 04 January 2010 00:00
    Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is proposing $300 million in education budget cuts. With those cuts, he is urging schools to trim staff as only a last resort.
    Local superintendents don't want to make cuts, but they aren't exactly sure how to trim the already tight budgets even more without using the “J” word.
    “Most likely these cuts will cost jobs,” said West Washington Superintendent Gerald Jackson.
    Jackson said he hasn't been able to find specifics about what the cuts will be exactly and he said it could be March before all the details are finalized.
    He said he thinks the $300 million will equal approximately $300 per student.
    “I don't care what school you are talking about, 80-90 percent of their costs are personnel,” he said. “How are you going to cut $300,000 out of 10 percent of your budget. That's just the way it is.
    “We're going to try to do anything else we can do to make the cuts, but when it comes right down to it, personal makes up a large portion of any schools budget."
Last Updated on Monday, 04 January 2010 15:12
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