?Power back on to majority of households; clean-up and repairs beginning PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 September 2008 00:00
??    In the aftermath of the Sunday, September 14 high winds, local utility companies throughout Southern Indiana and Northern Kentucky have been scrambling to get residents back on the electrical systems.
    The Category 1 hurricane strength winds that battered the area on that day played havoc with area trees and consequently electrical lines that provided power. At one point nearly 144,000 Duke customers were without power, over 300,000 in metro-Louisville, some 20,000 in the Harrison County REMC (nearly 90 percent of their total customer base), over 10,000 for Clark County REMC,  and over 20,000 in the Jackson County REMC coverage area.
    According to officials, the damage is the most widespread in recent memory, and exceeded that of the April 1974 tornados that tore through the region. Damage stretched from the Louisville area northward to near Cleveland, Ohio.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2008 09:43
?County Council and Board of Commissioners continue to disagree about overspending issue PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 September 2008 00:00
    At the morning session of the September 9, Washington County County Council Budget hearings, a lively discussion ensued. Councilman Mark Manship, Councilwoman Mignon Marshall, and Council Attorney Mark Clark engaged County Commissioner Mike Goering in a discussion of spending practicing in funds over which the Board of Commissioners has responsibility.
    According to Manship, Marshall, and Clark, the Local Roads and Streets Fund will be at a negative balance by the end of the year. Goering responded that according to his estimates the fund should be “in the black” by the end of the year. At that point, a sometimes heated exchange between Manship and Goering began.
    The most recent Audit Report from the Indiana State Board of Accounts indicates that in 2007 Local Roads and Streets Fund went $23,000 over what was appropriated, County Highway Fund overspent by $110,372, Riverboat Fund overspent by $88,000, and the Rainy Day Fund overspent by $55,000.  Apparently, none of these expenditures were appropriated by the County Council.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2008 10:09
?Board of Commissioners discuss a compromise for CEDIT Plan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 September 2008 00:00
    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday afternoon with all members present. The minutes of previous meetings, payroll, and all claims were approved unanimously.
    While giving a summary of the September 9 Washington County Council meeting. Commissioner Mike Goering outlined a proposal to remedy the current impasse between the Commissioners and the Council over the use of County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) revenue.  Last month, the Council declined to appropriate the CEDIT and Special CEDIT funding until the much reported overspending issues uncovered by the Indiana State Board of Accounts could be resolved.  
    Citing the minutes of a March, 1989 Council meeting, Goering said that the CEDIT tax was set up with the understanding that the revenue would be used for road paving.
    However, in a surprise move, Goering suggested that it may be time to revisit that concept and to revise it to a point where 75 percent of CEDIT and Special CEDIT revenues would be earmarked for road work and 25 percent left to be used for other economic development activities.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2008 10:31
?West Washington School Board adopts 2009 budget PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 September 2008 00:00
    At the West Washington School Board meeting held on Monday, September 15, Superintendent Jackson recommended the approval to adopt the 2009 budget, capital projects, debt service, transportation, bus replacement, Special Ed Preschool and retirement severance bond pension fund.
    The board passed the recommendation 6-0.
    Brain Farmer took the oath of office to become the newest member of the West Washington School Board.
    All minutes and claims were approved.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2008 10:39
?Mississippi State names student housing complex for Zacharias, formerly of Salem PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 September 2008 00:00
     Mississippi State recently dedicated its newest residence hall community in honor of president emeritus Donald W. Zacharias.
    In ceremonies Sept. 5, the university formally dedicated Zacharias Village, a complex of four student residences opened over the past few years.
    Zacharias, who continues to reside in Starkville, led the university 1985-97, the second-longest tenure in the land-grant institution’s 130-year history. Enrollment soared, growing from 12,000 to more than 15,600, and research and technology contracts more than doubled during his 12 years of leadership.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2008 10:44
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