Barnes returns to victory lane after winning Firecracker 200 at Salem Speedway PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 July 2009 00:00
    Chuck Barnes Sr., who was making his first Salem Speedway start of the 2009 season, emerged victorious Sunday in the 20th annual Firecracker 200 presented by Paoli Pizzaria.
    Barnes, the all-time Salem Speedway win leader, led the final 26-laps around the .555-mile oval to record his second consecutive Firecracker 200 win and 51st career victory on the famed high banks.
    Barnes, who started 18th in the field of 34 cars, was able to avoid numerous crashes, which slowed the race on several occasions.
    The veteran Louisville driver worked traffic to perfection all race long and stayed in the top five for much of the race before taking the lead for good on lap 175 when leader Scott Neal pitted under caution.
    Neal of Sulphur Springs, Ind., who led a total of 66-laps in the race and finished second, looked to be on his way to victory after building a sizeable lead with about 40 laps remaining.  
    Neal, a former ARCA RE/MAX Series winner at Salem who started 31st Sunday, was unable to mount a series challenge for the top spot after his late race fuel stop.
    Brian Hopkins of New Castle, Ind., who finished second to Barnes in the 2008 Halloween 200, turned in another fine performance with a third place finish.  John Collins of Sellersburg, Ind., and Casey Heavrin of Jeffersonville rounded out the top five.
    The second five was made up of Beau Hendrich, Blake Hillard, Craig Rogers, Ricky Estes and Brian Moore in that order.
    Chris French led flag-to-flag in winning Sunday’s Freedom 40 for the Lucas Oil Super Stocks.
    The victory, French’s first of the season at Salem, propelled the Vine Grove, Ky., driver in to first place in the season standings, one point in front of Skeeter Crum and three ahead of Frank Kimmel II.
    Shawn Smith of Louisville finished second in the Freedom 50 with Crum of Jeffersonville third.
    Racing returns to the high banks of Salem Speedway on Saturday, July 18, as the ASA Late Model Series pays a visit to the famed oval for “The Trials 200”.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2009 12:40
 
Hoosier Uplands to hold Senior Citizen Day at the Washington County Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 July 2009 00:00
      Hoosier Uplands is pleased to announce Senior Citizens Day at the Washington County Fair on Tuesday, July 28 at the Washington County Fair grounds.
    The fun will begin at 10 a.m. There will be bingo, an Angel Foundation auction, a dance in the afternoon with Classic Country Band. There will also be door prizes given out during the day. Lunch will be served to the first 100 who register and is limited to senior citizens. However, to receive a free lunch, pre-registration is required. For those who would like to register for lunch, you may call Hooiser Uplands at (812) 849-4457 or (800) 333-2451. Persons with hearing/speech disabilities please call GTE's TRS, (800) 743-3333.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2009 12:41
 
Salem Masonic Lodge #21 to hold Pancake Breakfast and Yard Sale PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 July 2009 00:00
    The Salem Masonic Lodge #21 will host a Pancake Breakfast and Yard Sale on Saturday, July 25 from 8 a.m. to Noon. The cost of the breakfast is $4 per person.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2009 12:42
 
Commissioners face fallout from hospital bankruptcy PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 July 2009 00:00
    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday, July 1, with all members present.  The minutes of previous meetings, payroll, and all claims were approved unanimously.
    EMS Director Michael Medlock and John Winenger, representing Saint Vincent Health (SVH), addressed the Commissioners giving an update regarding an ongoing analysis of the ambulance service at the hospital.  The service has been loosing money for some time and efforts are underway to determine how to operate it on a break even basis.
    Several options were discussed including ways to increase the revenues generated by ambulance service.  According to Medlock the EMS/ambulance service collects less than 40% of its costs from individuals using the service.  Medlock gave the Commissioners an anecdotal explanation for that disparity.
    “If we make a run for someone in the county having a diabetic reaction and once we get the patient stabilized,” explained Medlock, “the patient might refuse to be transported to the hospital for treatment.  We have made the run in the ambulance but no billing is produced by the hospital since the patient was never admitted.”
    In addition, Medlock said that the service is used for a lot of “freebies” like transporting nursing home patients or covering events like football games.  
    The county already pays $266,000 a year for ambulance service.  According to Commissioner Lana Sullivan, the county is required to provide that service.  Winenger suggested that even if every possible cost savings practice is put in place, the county will still need to provide additional funds just to break even.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 July 2009 13:47
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Solar Energy system to be put in place at West Washington PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 July 2009 00:00
    At the recent West Washington School Board meeting held on June 22, Tim Reinhart addressed the board concerning the need to replace the hot water heaters in the school and in turn presented a proposal from Mann Plumbing Inc for a solar energy system which will be partially funded with a $25,000 grant from Jackson County REMC. The proposal was accepted, 5-1 with Leslie Batt opposing.
    The board approved the following football coaching positions: Head Varsity Football coach, Phillip Bowsman; Assistant Varsity coaches: Mark Gibson, Keith Nance, Duane Nance, Andrew Burks; Varsity Varsity volunteers: Tom Wischmeier and Brian Farmer; Head Junior High coach: Adam Brown; Junior High Assistants (split) Landon Roberts and Brent Zelivetz and Junior High volunteer: Zac Wilson and accepted resignation from Tom Wischmeier as Assistant Football coach.
    The board unanimously agreed to hire Brenda Hash to replace bus driver, Don Qualkinbush beginning of the 2009-2010 school year.
    J.C. Tucker will remain as the school's attorney for 2009-2010.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 July 2009 13:49
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