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Thursday, 25 June 2009 00:00
     The Washington County Chamber announce the resignation of Rhonda Greene from the Washington County Chamber of Commerce effective June 1, 2009.  Rhonda cited her desire to focus on her “My Good Business” efforts as well as her business as the reasons for her resignation.  The Chamber will miss her passion, her energy, and her dedicated efforts on the Board but she has also communicated her willingness to serve when needed.  We really appreciate everything she has done for the Chamber and look forward to seeing the success she will foster with whatever she pursues.
    Nicholas J. Peregoy is a new member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.  
    Nicholas graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a BS degree in Finance and began his career in the financial service industry in 2004.  In 2008 he became a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch’s Louisville, Kentucky office.  
    Nicholas can be reached at Oxmoor Place, 101 Bullitt Lane in Louisville or by phone at 502-329-5033.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2009 09:47
 
Pugh Named 2008 Auxilian of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 June 2009 00:00
     Norma Pugh was named the 2008 Auxilian of the Year at the June meeting of the WCMH Auxiliary.
    She has been an Auxiliary member since 2001 and has served as Secretary since 2005. In addition, she served as co-chairperson of the spring conference that was held in 2008.
    Regarding her experiences as a volunteer at the hospital, Pugh said, “I thoroughly enjoy being a member of the Hospital Auxiliary. I enjoy all the members of the auxiliary and everyone at the hospital is great! It’s a good place to be.”
Pugh joined the Auxiliary shortly after the passing of her husband. “It was a very devastating time in my life.”
    Pugh works at the information desk and in the Gift Shop and has provided the hospital over 2,500 volunteer hours.
In addition to her volunteer time at the hospital, Pugh is a member of the First Christian Church and serves on many different committees. She also works on the election board at city and county elections. She belongs to the Washington County Red Hatters and likes to get together with friends.
    Pugh has two unique accomplishments; one was winding the courthouse clock. Her husband was the official winder, but due to his illness, she climbed three different stairs and ladders to the clock each week for approximately 18 months. The other unique experience was during her grandson’s graduation from medical school. She was allowed to hold a human heart in her hands while he explained the workings of the heart to her. Pugh says her children and grandchildren are the best and greatest experiences of them all.
    Pugh resides in Salem. She has one daughter, Nancy, who lives in Bedford, Indiana. a son, Jim who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio and one grandson, Aaron, who is a physician in Louisville.
    Pugh worked for 25 years for the Washington-Scott Co. Farm Bureau Co-Op. She is also owner and manager of five rental houses.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2009 09:53
 
Salem School board approves bids for fuel and cash management PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 June 2009 00:00
     At the recent Salem School board meeting held on June 8 the board approved Farm Bureau Co-op for a fixed firm contract rather than Jacobi Oil who had no interest in fixed contact. The board also agreed on the recommendation of Assistant Superintendent Thurston, to award the bid for cash management to First Harrison Bank out of the five local financial institutes. “They were the most aggressive and had the best options. I look forward to them helping us maximize taxpayers dollars and give us the best yield for our investment.” stated Thurston.
    All claims and minutes were approved along with the following personnel requirements: the retirement of Judy Matthew and Barbara Curry; resignation of Title 1 Instructional Assistant; new hires, Laura Motsinger as BSUE teacher and Girls Basketball Coach; Jennifer Mills as High School Business teacher and Kara Dillion as Elementary Librarian; Charlene Handzel will transfer from Librarian to Title 1 Literacy Coach; Zoma Barrett, Middle School summer school teacher; Lesley Slaughter, summer school teacher; Melissa Sears, summer school teacher; Rachel Irwin, summer school teacher; Steve Crane, summer school teacher, two sessions; Randy Nichols, summer school teacher; Beverly Sweeney, summer school teacher, Title 1; Garilou Crane, summer school instructional aide; Jonelle Denny, summer school instructional aide, two sessions; Angela Snelling to transfer from BSUE  grade 5 teacher to BSLE grade 1 teacher; Crystal  Mikels, maternity leave beginning October 18 and Doris Duffy one additional class period per day beginning 2009-2010.
    Phillip Stahl addressed the board regarding Salem Dance Team and Coach Amanda Duffy, stating that Duffy took the girls to state and placed third and does a wonderful job with the girls. He asked that they consider compensating Duffy for  her work that she does. Duffy has coached the Salem Dance team for three years, which is when the first dance team started.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2009 09:25
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YMCA Raises $19,400 to support kids and families PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 June 2009 00:00
     Annual Support Campaign to Provide Needed Program and Membership Scholarships. Goal for this year’s campaign is $20,000.
    Under the leadership of Glenn Luckett and Alice Bartanen, the Washington County YMCA Annual Support campaign has raised $19440 in charitable contributions for the Washington County YMCA to support membership scholarships and programs that change lives; the total goal is of $20,000. Staff and Volunteers are working to raise the additional funds.  More than 20 volunteers solicited funds from 70 community members and businesses.  The campaign saw a 45% percent increase in donations over last year’s campaign, which generated $11,000 in contributions from 45 donors.  
    Proceeds from the Annual Support campaign go to the Washington County YMCA scholarship fund, which assists those who may not otherwise be able to afford to pay the full fee for memberships or programs. The scholarship fund offers programs such as after school, day camp and swim lessons to low-income children and families at reduced rates. The YMCA uses a sliding scale based on need to determine what fee, if any, is required.
    “These gifts provide scholarships for individuals and families who want and need YMCA programs but cannot afford them,” said Jon Hill, Executive Director, “At the Y, kids not only learn how to play a sport, but they also learn about caring, honesty, respect and responsibility—core values than can guide them throughout their lives. The Annual Support Campaign connects kids in need to programs that help them grow in confidence and self-esteem.”
    "The success of the campaign can be attributed to the commitment of our volunteers and staff and the community to the YMCA," said Glenn Luckett. “The overwhelming generosity of the community allows us to continue bringing our positive programs to those who need it most. With everyone’s help, we are now able to give kids and families greater access to the wonderful opportunities offered at the Y.”
Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2009 09:26
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WCEGP Holds Annual Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 June 2009 00:00
      The Washington County Economic Growth Partnership (WCEGP) held its annual membership meeting on Friday, June 5, 2009 at the Salem Senior Citizens Center.  Approximately 45 members and elected officials met for lunch with the election of at-large directors following in a business meeting.
     Jess Helsel, President of WCEGP welcomed attendees and recognized special guests and sponsors.  Introduced was special guest, Harold Gutzwiller of Hoosier Energy and local sponsors of the annual meeting, First Harrison Bank, Community First Bank, Cottongim Enterprises, Saegesser Engineering, Inc., Robert Strange of Salem True Value and Jackson County REMC.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mr. John Fultz, County Councilman.  Lunch was catered by Country Cookin, Inc. of Salem.
    WCEGP Executive Director, Gerald Rose reported the activities of the Partnership and programs in which the Partnership is involved.  Rose introduced the guest speaker, Ms. Donna Riley.  Ms. Riley is the Executive Director of Leadership Southern Indiana.  Riley spoke on the topic “Leadership in the Community: Having a Vision for Economic Growth.”  She emphasized the importance of the leaders in Washington County looking to the future of the county and the importance of economic growth to the future of the citizens of the county. 
Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2009 09:28
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