Charlestown preparing to become “Christmas City”, Light Up Charlestown set PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janna Ross   
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 00:00
    While most citizens are preparing their menus for the upcoming Thanksgiving day meal and looking forward to the time spent with family and friends, some have already started planning for the Christmas season.
    Many citizens have taken advantage of the present from Mother Nature, the beautiful weather in early November, to begin decorating their yards and homes for the season. While those citizens have taken their hundreds of lights and made beautiful scenes, some working with the City of Charlestown have taken hundreds of thousands of lights to make Charlestown the Christmas City.
    “We have 108,800 lights ready right now,” stated Josh Campbell, who is part of the mastermind behind the lighted Christmas show. Campbell, along with Mark Obermiller, have spent some 600 hours thus far, preparing for the city’s big holiday season kick-off, Light Up Charlestown.
    Obermiller is locally famous for his extravagant light display at his home in Lexington. Campbell first met Obermiller when he was traveling home from visiting family in Scottsburg and noticed the light display in 2002.
    “I stumbled on Mark’s display in 2002. I stopped and seen it. I then went a couple more times in 2002,” Campbell stated.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 14:35
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Board of Directors and committee members needed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 00:00
     At the YMCA, your time and talent go a long way. Every hour you spend as a YMCA volunteer translates into a better community and a better future for young people. It contributes into a safer, more viable community that's a good place to live and work.
    YMCAs are first and foremost volunteer organizations. To put it in perspective, not every YMCA has a building, but every YMCA has volunteers. All 2,663 YMCAs in the United State are volunteer driven. Local volunteers establish and run YMCAs. This insures that the local Y meets the needs of their community.
    As a YMCA volunteer you can help in wide variety of ways. The Washington County YMCA is seeking volunteers to serve on committees and the board of directors. Volunteers on the board or committees typically volunteer 2 to 4 hours pre month. We ask that they attend regularly scheduled meetings, make an annual donation to the Y, and seek donations as needed. Contact Jon Hill if you are interested in serving on any of the following committees:
Committees for Washington County YMCA
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 14:37
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Opening weekend brings mixed reviews PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 00:00
    With the start of gun season getting underway Saturday for local hunters, many of the local check stations had mixed reviews about the number of deer.
    Katheryn Tolliver at Tolliver's Hunting and Fishing in Vallonia said the number checked at her store was down substantially from two years ago.
    Last year's cold and wet weather affected the number, but the year before, Tolliver said there were 150 deer checked on opening day.
    This year her store only checked 76 on opening day and 132 total over the weekend.
    OF the 132 deer checked she said there have been good sizes with the heaviest one weighing in at 198 pounds.
    “We were busy, but not as busy as we thought,” she said.
     Tolliver's numbers may have been down, but Amos Mills at Red Barn Bait Shop was more than pleased with the 137 deer he checked in on opening weekend.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 14:39
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City Council discusses Airport PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 00:00
    Salem Mayor David Bower estimates that the state has pulled nearly $800,000 in funding from the city's new airport project. That news could be the final nail in the project's coffin.
    Bower didn't go as far to say the project is dead, but he did say that the air board must seek other funding. If no other funding can be obtained, he will recommend that the plug be pulled.
    “Since we've lost funding from the state because of the economic crunch, we are short,” he said. “We are just short of funding. The city council has voted twice not to spend any tax money on the project and I respect that. I agree with that.
    “My position has always been, even before I was swore in as a mayor, I have no issue with a new airport if we can do it without using a penny of local tax dollars.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 14:40
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CSX files discontinuance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 00:00
    CSX railroad has filed for a discontinuance of the rail service line that will affect Bedford, Mitchell, Salem, Pekin down to New Albany.
    Salem Mayor David Bower and members of the city council discussed the issue at the group's regular meeting Nov. 9.
    “(The discontinuance) simply means they don't have to provide service,” Bower said. “The lines and the rails will still be there, but if business doesn't warrant them running a train down the track, then they don't have to.”
    Bower said CSX representative Brian Glover assured him that the discontinuance of service is being done because of the slow economy and at this time there are no plans to abandon the lines all together.
    “Our concern is number one, the impact on economic development,” Bower said. “(Mitchell) Mayor (Dan) Terrell's concern is that, not all the time, but often times, discontinuance is the first step in abandonment and we do not want to be a city without railroad service. In these tough economic times, if that were to happen, we would never be on the short list of cities that may be chosen for economic development or for new industry.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 14:42
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