Scottsburg receives grant for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 September 2009 00:00
    Senator Evan Bayh today announced that the cities of Anderson and Scottsburg will receive a total of $7 million in economic recovery funds to construct two new facilities that will support Indiana businesses and help put Hoosiers back to work. The funding was awarded by the Department of Commerce as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
    “This is an important step on the path to economic recovery for communities that have been hit hard by the current recession,” Bayh said. “This funding will produce hundreds of new middle-class jobs and generate millions of dollars in economic benefits by investing in an improved infrastructure to help Hoosier small businesses.”
    The city of Anderson will receive $2.7 million to construct a multi-tenant business and industrial building to house growing firms and other early-stage companies, including new businesses in the renewable and green energy sector. The Department of Commerce estimates the grant will create 400 new jobs and attract over $20 million in new economic investment in the region.
    The city of Scottsburg will receive $4.3 million to build a Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, which will serve as an incubator for manufacturing technology as well as a conference hall. The center will facilitate investment and provide support for new businesses and entrepreneurs in the Scottsburg area.
    Both grants were awarded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA), an arm of the Department of Commerce. EDA advances economic growth by assisting communities and regions experiencing high unemployment and low per capita income to create an environment that fosters innovation, promotes entrepreneurship, and attracts increased private capital investment.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 September 2009 08:39
 
New Washington boys basketball to host golf scramble September 19 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 September 2009 00:00
    The New Washington High School boys basketball team is hosting their second annual golf scramble.
    The scramble will be held on Saturday, September 19 at Spring Hills Golf Course, 4766 W. Butler Falls in Hanover. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with participants teeing off at 9 a.m.
    The cost is $50 per person or $200 per team. The deadline to register your team is September 15.
    Lunch will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
    Prizes will include:
    *First Place- $300
    *Second Place- $200
    *Third Place- $100
    *Skin Pot Available- $20 per team
    *Mulligan- $5 per person
    *Longest Drive, Closest to Pin
    There will also be a raffle drawing at the end of the tournament. Each player will receive one ticket for the drawing. Additional tickets may be purchased for $5. Prizes will include golf equipment, shirts and Mustang apparel.
    Hole Sponsorship
    The team is also looking for hole sponsors for their upcoming tournament.
    The cost of a hole sponsorship is at least $100. Each sponsor will have a sign placed on a particular hole for the entire tournament.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 September 2009 08:41
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Youth Power and Hope Awards Contest to feature lunch with Miss America PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 September 2009 00:00
    Indiana’s own Miss America 2009 Katie Stam and Electric Consumer, the statewide publication of Indiana’s electric cooperatives, are teaming up to recognize the community spirit of Indiana’s youth.
    The inaugural Youth Power and Hope Awards Contest emphasizes the important role young Hoosiers can play in their communities. The contest is open to Indiana fifth through eighth graders who reside within Clark County REMC service territory. Entrants must complete an entry form, submit an essay regarding community service, provide examples of how they have been involved in their local community, and include a letter of reference from a trusted adult.
    Five winners will be chosen from all entrants to attend a private luncheon with Miss American on December 17 in Indianapolis, have their entry essays published in Electric Consumer and be special guests at a presentation by Miss America at the Indiana statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives’ 75th Annual Meeting on December 17, among other highlights. An entry form and contest details can be found at www.electricconsumer.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 September 2009 08:44
 
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
 
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