WCMH—Is bankruptcy the next step? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 June 2009 00:00
      A special joint meeting of the Washington County Memorial Hospital (WCMH) Board of Trustees, the Washington County Board of Commissioners and the Washington County County was held on Friday afternoon, May 22.  All members of the three groups were present except for Council President, Mark Manship.  Earlier in the month, Manship recused himself from voting on any action involving WCMH, citing possible conflict of interest issues.  Only one item was on the agenda.  That one item was a resolution approving the transfer of all assets and liabilities of WCMH to a newly formed non-profit corporation, Critical Access Health Services (CAHS).  
    As stated by bankruptcy attorney Michael Hile, the move will allow the hospital more options in dealing with its current debt load estimated to be around $15 million.  When asked by representatives of three local financial institutions  (Regions Bank, Mid-Southern Savings Bank, 1st Harrison Bank) if the plan calls for the hospital to reorganize under the provisions of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Hile would only say that bankruptcy is one of the possible strategies.  Citing the lack of forewarning about this maneuver, the representatives for financial institutions clearly were caught off guard by Hile's comments.  
    In a May 27 telephone interview, Mike Smith of Mid-Southern said, “No doubt about it, we feel like we were blindsided at last Friday's meeting.  All three banks have been more patient with the hospital than we probably would have been with any other debtors.  No one at the hospital has been willing to talk seriously with us for a long time about how to resolve this problem.  We were simply told that arrangements were being made to work things out.  We didn't want to do anything to hurt the hospital or the community so we held off.  Unfortunately, that may not have been the best move on our part.”  Smith continued by saying, “We are currently exploring our options.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2009 10:27
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Summer food program offers free lunches this summer for children 18 and under PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 June 2009 00:00
    Bradie Shrum Elementary qualified for the Summer Food Service Program for the first time and all children, 18 and under  in Washington County are eligible to receive a free meal each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at Southway Villa, beginning June 8 and continuing through July 31.
    “This is the first year we have qualified in the last eight years. For our school to be eligible in this program we had to be over 50 percent enrollment in the free and reduced lunch program and at the time of the deadline we were at 50.1 percent. Right now we are at a higher percent. Although Bradie Shrum was the school that qualified, this program provides for the whole community, all of Washington County. You do not have to be enrolled in  Salem schools to participate in this program, which is a benefit for all.” stated Karen Libka, Food Services Director, Salem Community Schools.
“If you have a child that is of school age and his little brother or sister wants to come and eat, that is perfectly fine to.” said Libka.
    “This program is just one example why all parents should apply for the free and reduced lunch program and other programs offered, it helps the school with many different grants available.” said Libka.
    “Everyone has went up in the free and reduced program based on the economy but mostly because of full day kindergarten. For full day kindergarten your income decides what you pay for lunch and other school fees. If you qualify for the free program you only pay $1 per week for kindergarten, if you qualified for reduced you pay $5 and if you did not qualify you pay $25 a week. This encouraged a lot more parents to apply and in turn helped us qualify for this program.” said Libka.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2009 10:33
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2009 All-American Country Hoedown Schedule of Events PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 June 2009 00:00
Thursday, June 4
6 p.m.- Miss Country Girl – Brown / Vernon Fire House – Admission Fee $2.00, children 12 and under - free
               Decorating Contest Winners announced during intermission.
Friday, June 5
9 a.m. to 3 p.m – Town Wide Yard Sale
12 Noon – Senior Citizens Lunch – Community Bldg.
1 p.m. – Jack Bridwell – Magician, Cake Walk - Community Bldg
4 p.m. – Race to History Scavenger Hunt –Registration & starting point - Community Building Information Booth
5 p.m. – Kids Zone – Obstacle course, Dinosaur Dig, Duck Pond, Balloon Pop, Lawn Bowling, Bean Bag Toss
5:30 p.m. to ? – Classic Car Show, Cruise-In – Music by the “Dance Hall Doctor”
6 p.m. – Campbellsburg Masons – Fish Fry – Community Building – Fish Sandwich, Fries & Drink
6 p.m. – Talent Show – Shelter House – Sponsored by RESCOM Wastewater Management
7 p.m. – Bolt Action – Shelter House
8 p.m. – Stone Canyon Band – Shelter House
Saturday, June 6
6:30 to 10 a.m. - Lions Club Pancake Breakfast –Community Building – Pancakes, Sausage, Coffee, Milk, & Orange Juice
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Town Wide Yard Sale
9 a.m. – Food & Craft Booths open, Antique Tractor Show Display opens
9:55 a.m. – National Anthem sung by Erin Houchin – Shelter House
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Kids Zone – Petting Zoo and Pony Rides
10 a.m.– Lisa Adams and Kayce Johnson, Flutists – Shelter House
10:30 a.m. – Westview Children’s Bell Choir – Shelter House
10 to 11:30 a.m. - Baking Entries Accepted – Old Bank Building – Sponsored by K & E Market
11 a.m. – American Legion Barbeque - BBQ Chicken, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw & Roll
             Behind the Town’s Water Building  
11 a.m. – Paul Stout – Shelter House
12 noon – Jimmie Wilcoxson and Family – Shelter House
Judging of Baking Contest Entries – Old Bank Building
1 p.m. – Crawford County Community Band - Shelter House
             Baby Contest Registration – Brown Vernon Fire House  
             Sponsored by Brilliant Babies Mommy & Me Bargain Boutique
1 p.m – Kidde Tractor Pull –Tri-County Antique Farm Machinery Association of Mitchell
2 p.m. – J. C. O’Neal – Shelter House
           Baby Contest – Judging – Brown / Vernon Fire House
2-4 p.m. – Ice Cream Social – Sugar Creek Church Relay for Life – Community Building
3 p.m. - Winners Announced and Awards Presented for Coloring Contest, Baking Contest, and
          A Race to History Scavenger Hunt – Shelter House
3:15 p.m. – Auction of baked goods – Shelter House
4 p.m. – Little Cowboy/Little Cowgirl Contest - Shelter House
5p.m. – Paul Stout – Shelter House
6-8 p.m. – Limited Slip – Shelter House
8 p.m. – Paul Stout and “The Electric Hillbilly” Band - Street Dance
Sunday, June 7
12 Noon – Antique Tractor Show Display - Tri-County Antique Farm Machinery Association of Mitchell
                       West Washington High School French Club – Community Building - French/American Meal    
                       Food and Craft Booths open
12:30 p.m.  – John Trinkle and Tanya Webb - Shelter House
1 p.m. – Parade Registration and Line-up – NetShape Technologies
1 p.m. – Kate Henderson – Shelter House
1-4 p.m. – Open House – Campbellsburg Masonic Lodge (J.D. Wilkins & Brothers Store)
1:30 p.m.– Meet and Greet – Charles Calfee, Parade Grand Marshall – In the Gazebo at the James Wilkins House
2 p.m. – Sparkles and Spurs Line Dance Group – Firehouse
3 p.m. – Parade – Grand Marshall – Charles Calfee
4 p.m. – New Covenant Church Youth Group – Shelter House
5 p.m. – Awards for Parade Winners - Shelter House
5:30 p.m. – “Sonshiners Quartet” - Shelter House
7 p.m. – Closing
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2009 10:35
 
Highlanders win own girls’ tennis regional PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 June 2009 00:00
    The Floyd Central girls’ tennis team defeated the New Albany Bulldogs 5-0 Wednesday in the championship game of the Floyd Central girls’ tennis regional. A day earlier, the Lady Highlanders won 3-2 over a tough Silver Creek squad. It was their 11th overall regional title in girls’ tennis, and the
    Floyd Central girls’ tennis volunteer assistant coach Brandon Miller said that the team has been at their best all through the state tournament.
    “All the girls played their best tennis,” Miller said.
    New Albany drew the praise and respect of Miller, noting that with the two schools being big Floyd County rivals and Hoosier Hills Conference foes, the Lady Bulldogs were coming into a “hostile environment”.
    “New Albany always has great teams,” Miller said.
    Miller said that his father, head girls’ tennis coach Rick Miller, was the type who prepared intensely for all teams, not overlooking anybody.
    “Don’t overlook any team,” Brandon Miller said. “We prepare the same way every time. We try to get mentally ready for a grueling match.”
    For example, the first round match with Silver Creek was a close 3-2 win for the Lady Highlanders.
    “It was very close; closer than anybody would have liked it to be.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2009 10:43
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Henryville wins 5-1 over Lanesville in Class A softball sectional finals PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 June 2009 00:00
    Henryville used a big 4-0 seventh inning to defeat the no. 11 ranked Lanesville Eagles in softball at Henryville Friday afternoon.
    The Lady Hornets won their third consecutive sectional title in Class A in the process.
    The game was tied 1-1 headed into the final inning, when Henryville got what Lanesville coach Bill Krammes called a couple of “bloop singles”, but they actually lost the contest in the early innings when they failed to be aggressive on the base paths, and score a couple of times, according to Krammes.
    In the first inning, Krammes said that after Ashley Schoen stole third base, she should have gone home and scored after an errant throw by Henryville, but they failed to send her home.
    After that, another situation where the Lady Eagles failed to score made a big diference in the game, according to Krammes.
    “We messed up as coaches,” said Krammes. “We let the kids down.”
    “They got some lucky hits,” Krammes said of Henryville.
    Ashley Dickerson of Henryville hit a two run single during the fateful seventh inning comeback for the Lady Hornets.
    Teammate Rebecca Snodgrass had a pair of base hits, including a single which drove in a Henryville run in the first frame.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2009 10:44
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