Salem Speedway announces expansion PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Thursday, 17 December 2009 00:00
    Both the new Salem airport project and the local economy may get much-needed boosts thanks to an announcement by Salem Speedway Owner Owen Thompson at the Dec. 16 meeting of the Salem Board of Aviation Commissioners.
    Thompson announced plans for an upcoming project at the speedway that is estimated to cost more than $300,000 and will bring a variety of different races to the community.
    Thompson said in a phone interview Thursday morning that the plan is to add a small oval inside the existing pits.  
    “We will have an X in the middle for all kinds of figure eights and road race type stuff,” he said. “It will have many, many functions built into it.”
    Salem Speedway General Manager Richard Deaton is an expert on the track's history. He said these are historic changes.
    “There have been some highlights and some things that have changed about the speedway throughout the years, but this is probably going to be one of the biggest changes that has taken place since the speedway was built,” Deaton said. “It's the biggest undertaking in the 64-year history of the track.”
    He compared the changes to the ones that took place when Owen and his wife Beverly bought the track in 1995.
    This is just phase one of Thompson's plan. Each year over the next three years the speedway plans to add a new facet with the culmination being a drag strip when the old airport's purchase is official.
    Phase two, which will take place in the off-season 2011,  would include inserting a .44 mile dirt track inside the high-banked oval.
    Phase three will be the drag strip at the current Salem Municipal Airport.
    The totality of the project is expected to cost well over $1 million.
    The changes will not only draw a number of different type of race cars and drivers, but also a different kind of fan.
    “We want to not only draw fans from the area, Louisville and Indianapolis, but from around the nation,” Thompson said. “We want the fans that are coming in for the Brickyard or the Indianapolis 500 or even for the IRL races at Kentucky Speedway to have a reason to come to Salem and that reason will be three-day type of events with a type of racing for all fans.”
    With the changes, the type of racing that will be held at the speedway will include a large oval, road racing, go carts, entry level oval, figure 8 and mini sprints, both dirt and paved.
    The type of cars on the circle tracks will include late models, sportsman, street stocks, bombers, front wheel drive, entry level, SCCA, sprints and midgets, go carts and motorcycles.
    “There was a time when 5,000 people would visit on Sunday afternoon and be happy just watching one type of car race, but those days are passed.
     Several locals were happy about Thompson's announcement. One of those was air board member Bob Woodward.
    “It was an exciting announcement,” he said. “I knew what was happening, but it's nice to get it out to the public.”
    Woodward said the news only strengthens his belief that  the new airport will help to boost economic development. He said that has been his motivation all along.  
    “A lot of the people don't realize we are doing this for economic growth, not necessarily a new airport,” Woodward said. “That has been a big factor in this – what we can do to boost the economy. I know the new airport is not going to save the county, but I think selling the old airport can help. That's why we've been dedicated to making sure whoever buys the old airport is committed to helping the economy and I believe Owen Thompson is going to do that.
    “If we don't build an airport we aren't going to have any hope, to me, this gives us some hope.”
    Salem Mayor Dave Bower agrees. He said city residents should be pleased that it looks like a new airport is a reality without spending any of the city taxpayers' money.
    “I think it's good that we have something happening,” Bower said. “Hopefully, that will provide an opportunity to provide jobs in our community and in the long term, I think it will. We're excited about it.”
    There wasn't a groundbreaking ceremony planned at the time this story was written.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 December 2009 15:02
 
Couple's 'home grown' business in closets shut down by troopers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 17 December 2009 00:00
    A Scottsburg area couple found themselves being escorted to jail on Friday evening, December 4, and their flourishing marijuana business shut down when Indiana State troopers visited their home on Sommerville Road.
    Carl Collings, 34, and his wife, Melissa White-Collings, 40, were taken into custody by Indiana State Police after a search of their home north of Underwood revealed an indoor marijuana operation.
    Troopers Mark LaMaster and Robbie Caudill arrived at the home around 7:30 p.m. in conjunction with a narcotics investigation the two were conducting. When the woman answered the door, Trp. LaMaster said he explained to her that someone had    contacted the Sellersburg ISP post about possible drug activity at the home.
    While the officers were talking to her, Trp. LaMaster said he detected the smell of “...raw marijuana coming from inside the residence.” He asked permission to enter and to search the premises. Carl Collings agreed to let them in and told them that a third person was in the home, Amanda Mae Keeton, 26, Scottsburg.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 December 2009 14:07
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Borden Picks Up Two Wins PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 December 2009 00:00
    Borden traveled to South Central (SC) Friday, December 11th. Borden came away with the victory but it took overtime to get it done.
    Borden took a half-time lead of 21-17. Borden let that margin slip away to a tie at 41 all in regulation.
    In the overtime Borden hit seven of eight free throws to outscore SC by five points. The final was Borden 52-47.
    Dalton Wagoner led the scoring for Borden with 13, Brandon Beam with 12 and Travis Scott stepped up with 11. Pease lead the scoring for SC with 17.
    Borden returned home to play Crothersville Saturday, December 12th for Homecoming.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 December 2009 13:56
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Heartland Church to Host Financial Peace University PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 December 2009 00:00
    Heartland Church of the Nazarene will be hosting Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. FPU is the most important step to changing your financial future. It is your Total Money Makeover Program. It takes the knowledge from God and turns it into real action in our lives through a step-by-step process taught by best-selling author and financial counselor Dave Ramsey.
    FPU is a 13-week life changing program that empowers and teaches you how to make the right money decisions to achieve your financial goals and God’s plan for your life. The course includes practical lessons on eliminating debt, building wealth, giving like never before, and much, much more! It’s for everyone from the financially secure to the financially distressed. Over 650,000 families and individuals have attended Financial Peace University. On average, FPU graduates have paid off over $5,300 in debt and saved $2,700 during the 91-day program.
    Classes start on Wednesday, January 6, 2010, at 7 p.m. Heartland Church is located at 6901 Old Vincennes Road in Floyds Knobs, just past Floyd Central High School. For more information, or to register for the class, please call the church office at 923-1569.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 December 2009 13:58
 
Scottsburg man involved in child pornography gets 75 years behind bars PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 17 December 2009 00:00
    Mark William Armstrong, the Scottsburg man arrested in 2008 and charged with production of child pornography, will most likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.
    Armstrong was sentenced to 75 years on Monday, November 23, in U.S. District Court by Judge David F. Hamilton. Armstrong had pleaded guilty to three counts of production of child pornography. Because he was convicted of a federal crime, Armstrong will only receive 60 days of credit for time served per year he serves; consequently, he will not be eligible for release for more than 62 years. Armstrong is 40 years old.
    Chief Judge Hamilton also imposed a lifetime supervised release following Armstrong's completion of his prison sentence. During any period of supervised release, Armstrong must be registered as a sexual offender for life and may not have any unsupervised contact with a minor child.
    He was also fined $25,000.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 December 2009 14:00
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