Fundraisers to be held for local man recovering from recent motorcycle accident PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 September 2009 00:00
    Two fundraisers are being planned for a local man who is recovering from a recent serious motorcycle accident.
    Ryan Clausing of Memphis, was traveling home on Friday, August 7 when he was involved in a motorcycle accident just seconds from his home.
    Clausing was STAT flighted to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment, where he is still recovering from his injuries.
    He sustained extensive injuries including a spinal cord injury at T4 level, severe leg injury from the knee down on his right leg, collapsed right lung, bilateral lung contusions, heart contusion and broken clavicle, scapula, wrist and ankle.
    Clausing’s family has been able to provide updates to family and friends via Caring Bridges. You may read more about his story at www.caringbridges.org/visit/ryanclausing/mystory.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 September 2009 08:45
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Commissioners have limited options for Sparksville Road PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 September 2009 00:00
    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday, September 2 with all members present.  The minutes of the previous meeting(s), payroll and all claims were approved unanimously.
    The Commissioners heard from Jill Saegesser of River Hills Economic Development, the organization that administers grants for the county, regarding funding options to solve the ongoing problems with Sparksville Road.
    Several years ago, a new road and a new bridge were designed by the Indiana Department of Transportation and located downstream from the original roadway and iron bridge that was declared as unsafe.  The original roadway was at the level of the surrounding land and would be be underwater when the river swelled out of its banks.
    However, the new roadway is built up above the surrounding fields creating, for all practical purposes, a dam.  When the water rises high enough to breach the roadway, a hydraulic results on the downstream side.  That action undermines the road foundations, washing away blacktop, gravel, and rip rap from the roadway and top soil from the fields.
    Several people familiar with  road construction practices and flood water issues have told the Commissioners over the years that the roadway project was “poorly designed.”  That opinion, be it right or wrong, does not give the county any leverage for getting the funds to correct the problem.
    Saegesser went through several options for obtaining grant monies for such a project but, at least at this point in time, the Sparksville Road doesn't seem to meet requirements for those grants.
    Admitting that the problem will continue until the roadway is either rebuilt on some sort of a bridge system above the high water mark or is taken back down to the level of the surrounding fields, the Commissioners agreed to continue repairing the water damage with gravel and topsoil.  Recently, the Washington County Highway Department used $11K of gravel to repair the spring flood damage on the 1200-1500 feet of roadway affected.
    In other business, the Commissioners took the following action:
Heard from a private citizen with plans to rehab 14 acres of the old Smith Cabinet property for use as an industrial warehousing facility.
- Received an update on recent lightning damage to the county's computer system and the recovery efforts.
- Approved an amendment to a contract for services recommended by Washington County Prosecutor Dustin Houchin.
- Heard comments for a private citizen regarding Comprehensive Land Use Planning.
- Discussed plans for a joint effort among the City of Salem, Washington County, and National City Bank to purchase three lots at the corner of Walnut and Water Streets in Salem to be eventually used as a parking lot to help provide additional space for court house workers and works of business located on or around the square.
- Heard from Julie Graham and Mike Haddon of the Washington County Health department with updates on efforts to deal with the recent discovery of mosquitoes with West Nile Virus at the fairgrounds.  
- In addition, Graham and Haddon requested that the Commissioners consider enacting an ordinance to mandate state guidelines for sanitation procedures and inspections at tatoo parlors and establishments performing body piercings.
- County Attorney Tom Scifres has agreed to look at the guidelines and report back to the Commissioners at their next meeting with a recommendation.  
- Haddon also recommended to the Commissioners that the fees for food service inspection and licenses be increased to be in line with surrounding counties.

    With no further business to discuss, the Commissioners adjourned until their joint executive session with the Board of Critical Access Health Services and the Washington County Council on September 3.  The next regularly scheduled public meeting for the Commissioners will be on Wednesday, September 16.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 September 2009 08:47
 
September schedule of events for Washington County Memorial Hospital PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 September 2009 00:00
     Washington County Memorial Hospital provides several classes, clinics and seminars throughout the month to provide the residents of Washington County with opportunities to improve their health. Following is a list of events and classes scheduled for the month of September.
    Smoking Cessation Program – WCMH’s satellite clinics at Campbellsburg and Pekin offer low cost individualized comprehensive tobacco cessation programs. These programs, which are partially funded through the Washington County Health Department, include tobacco replacement therapies such as gum and patches. For more information on the tobacco cessation programs offered at these clinics, please call Pekin Community Healthcare at 967-6900 or Campbellsburg Family Healthcare at 755-4443.
    Permanent Car Seat Fitting Station - Washington County Memorial Hospital offers free car seat safety checks monthly. Dates and locations for these checks are Wednesdays, September 10 and 24 from 2 - 5 p.m. at WCMH. To register, call Matt Kidd at 883.5881 ext. 1376.
    Diabetes Support Group – Get help and support from other individuals with diabetes. This support group is held on the second Thursday of every month at 1 p.m. in the WCMH Cafeteria. Share recipes, ideas and tips for managing your diabetes. The July meeting will be held on Thursday, September 10. To register, call 883.5881 ext. 1366.
CPR and First Aid – This monthly CPR and pediatric first aid class is open to the public and covers the needed skills for foster parents, day care workers and substitute teachers. It will be held on Saturday, September 26 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the WCMH Classroom. The cost is $40, which includes materials. Registration fee must be paid the day of the class. To register, call 883.5881 ext. 1228.
    Cancer Crusaders Support Group – The next meeting of the Cancer Crusaders Support Group will be held on Tuesday, September 15 at 7 p.m. in the WCMH cafeteria. This monthly support group is available to individuals dealing with cancer and/or family members and caregivers of cancer patients. For more information, call 883-5881 ext. 1366.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 September 2009 08:52
 
Cougar boys’ soccer finishes 3rd in Charlestown Invitational PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 September 2009 00:00
    The North Harrison boys’ varsity soccer team might not have won the team first place title in the Charlestown Soccer Invitational Saturday, but Hector Bautista still had a great day for the, scoring five goals in the two games played.
    Salem won 6-5 over North Harrison in the first round, with Bautista scoring a hat trick of goals (3) in this contest.
    “We shouldn’t have lost that game,” said North Harrison coach Duane Boady. “We overplayed in the first half. In the second half, we got careless offensively and defensively.”
    Boady said that he thought they got outplayed around the mid field area, losing possession of the ball to Salem in the process. “We got outplayed in the midfield,” he said.
    In the consolation game, North Harrison defeated Home School Union 5-2.
    Bautista scored a pair of goals in the game, and had help from three other team mates, Colin Book, Tyler Bement, and Jared Richards. Each of them scored a goal in the game.
    “Every now and then, it’s nice to get a win,” Boady said. “My heart’s a little broken from that first game.”
    “We played strong,” Boady continued. “Anytime you get a win, that’s a cherry atop the sundae.”
    Boady also was especially pleased with the steady play of goal keeper Taylor Starcer, who played his first ever varsity matches in the two games North Harrison played Saturday.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 September 2009 08:09
 
Horseshoe Foundation to Hold Evening Grant Seminar PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 September 2009 00:00
    Charitable organizations which serve Floyd County and are interested in learning more about the Horseshoe Foundation grant application process are invited to attend a grants seminar on Thursday, September 3, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. It will be held in the Scribner Place YMCA in the first floor multipurpose room at 33 State Street, New Albany. The event is free and open to the public but registration is requested by calling 945-4332 or sending an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to ensure enough materials are on hand.
    The grants seminar will include information about the grant process, how to make your proposal stand out, and pitfalls to avoid when submitting a grant application. Staff and grants committee members will be on hand to answer questions participants might have regarding the grant application process. Organizations that have never submitted an application to the Horseshoe Foundation and are interested in doing so this spring are encouraged to attend.
    The Foundation is accepting grant applications for the fall grant cycle. Applications must be received at the foundation office or postmarked by September 30. All previous final grant reports must be completed. Charitable organizations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies which benefit Floyd County citizens and fit the grant guidelines are welcome to apply.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 September 2009 08:10
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