Council votes to help fund airport PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Tuesday, 05 January 2010 00:00
    The Washington County Commissioners helped offset a $225,000 road block in the way of the new Salem Airport at the group's December meeting by committing that amount out of the county's EDIT fund.
    The process took another step forward when the county council voted 5-1 to support the commissioner's decision at its regular meeting Jan. 4.
    The only person on the council who opposed spending the money was Mingon Marshall.
    She said her vote reflects what the people in the community have told her.
    “I have talked to a lot of people and a lot of people have talked to me and said don't cast my vote to spend my money on entertainment, and that's what this is,” Marshall said. “. . . I hope what you all are saying is correct and I will be the one to admit that I was wrong, but I represent the people in the county. My voice is for them and they don't want their tax dollars to go to this. The people have asked me to vote this way and that's why I did.”
    Prior to the call for a vote there was lengthy discussion about whether or not the county should support the airport project with EDIT funds.
    “There are two separate issues here,” said Councilman Mark Manship. “There are some people like me who think the new airport is a good idea and some people who think it's a bad idea. The other issue is economic development and a project that can go there, that can bring some additional business and some additional jobs, and I hope we can all get behind that.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 January 2010 16:11
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Council names 2010 appointees PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Tuesday, 05 January 2010 00:00
    The start of a new year brought a changing of the guard to the Washington County Council.
    Councilman Mark Manship's one-year run as president of the board ended when he nominated Jim Day for the position in 2010.
    “I would like to see a rotating presidency and as much as possible I would like to see the presidency rotating from one party to the other,” Manship said, following his statement with a motion nominating Day for president.
    The motion was seconded and unanimously approved by the council.
    John D. Fultz was selected to be vice president.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 January 2010 16:18
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State cuts could lead to lost jobs PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Monday, 04 January 2010 00:00
    Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is proposing $300 million in education budget cuts. With those cuts, he is urging schools to trim staff as only a last resort.
    Local superintendents don't want to make cuts, but they aren't exactly sure how to trim the already tight budgets even more without using the “J” word.
    “Most likely these cuts will cost jobs,” said West Washington Superintendent Gerald Jackson.
    Jackson said he hasn't been able to find specifics about what the cuts will be exactly and he said it could be March before all the details are finalized.
    He said he thinks the $300 million will equal approximately $300 per student.
    “I don't care what school you are talking about, 80-90 percent of their costs are personnel,” he said. “How are you going to cut $300,000 out of 10 percent of your budget. That's just the way it is.
    “We're going to try to do anything else we can do to make the cuts, but when it comes right down to it, personal makes up a large portion of any schools budget."
Last Updated on Monday, 04 January 2010 15:12
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Basketball roundup PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Monday, 04 January 2010 00:00
    Just two local boys' basketball teams played during the two-week holiday break. Salem suffered a loss Dec. 29 at Madison and West Washington split a pair of games.
    Salem fell to the host Cubs, 62-54 and the Senators defeated Eastern Greene 64-55 on Dec. 30, but lost to Lanesville in three overtimes 64-63 on Jan. 2.
    West Washington Head Coach Neil Coyle was very happy with his team's win over the Thunderbirds and said he doesn't fault his group's effort in the loss to the Eagles.
Last Updated on Monday, 04 January 2010 15:11
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Byrne goes nationwide recently in high school cross country finals PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 December 2009 00:00
    Capping off a 5th place finish by his North Harrison cross country team at the IHSAA State Meet in Terre Haute in early November, North Harrison senior runner Tyler Byrne has been testing his skills recently in some national high school cross country meets.
    On December 5, Byrne competed in the Nike Cross Country Nationals held in Portland, Oregon. There he was 19th out of 199 runners. His time in the race was 15:37.
    On December 12, Byrne competed in the foot Locker Cross Country Nationals in San Diego, California. At this meet he finished 7th out of 40 runners, with a time of 15:34.
    Byrne did experience a little bit of jet lag, but he said that it wasn’t too big of a problem. While in Portland he said he was a little tired the first night out there, but he said he didn’t have any troubles with it during the race.
    And helping out in the situation was having North Harrison coach Tim Martin present there. Byrne said that helped give him a certain degree of familiarity.
    “It helped to have a coach there,” Byrne said. “It was nice to be able to talk to him a little bit before and after the race.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 December 2009 09:10
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