Lilly Scholarship Recipient Returns Home to Work PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 January 2010 00:00
    When local students are awarded scholarships, it is always hoped that the students will successfully complete college and maybe even return to work back home in their community. In any event, Indiana’s so-called ‘brain drain’ deeply concerned state leaders in the late 1990s after statistics showed many graduates were leaving the state.
    Lilly Endowment Inc. established their Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program in 1998, after concern that Indiana ranked near the bottom of the 50 states in the percentage of residents age 25 and older who hold a baccalaureate degree. The program was designed to raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and increase awareness of the potential of Indiana’s community foundations to improve the quality of life of the state’s residents.
    There are 26 students in Scott County who have been awarded the prestigious scholarship since 1998, which pays for four years of tuition and required fees, and $800 per year for books and required expenses at any public or private college in Indiana. Eight of those students are currently attending college for their baccalaureate degrees, while the remaining are attending graduate school or have graduated and pursued their various dreams.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 January 2010 13:54
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Memorial gifts can be given to Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 January 2010 00:00
    Many people make their final donations of the calendar year in December. Those considering such gifts are asked to add the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum to their lists.
    The museum is a privately-funded facility and relies heavily on charitable contributions to pay operating expenses. As its board begins to repay the USDA Rural Development loan which paid for upstairs renovation, private contributions are more important than ever to the museum's future.
    Preservation Alliance Inc. (PAI) is the organization which operates the museum. PAI is a certified 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization, so donations are tax-deductible.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 January 2010 13:57
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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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