Public hearing on Land Use Planning process erupts with angry and accusations PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 00:00
    At a Wednesday afternoon, August 19, public hearing on the proposed Comprehensive Land Use Planning (CLUP) process underway in Washington County, opponents to the concept accused elected officials of attempting to usurp their individual property rights.  Some of the opponents even when as far as to say that the concept and those who supported it were “Communist.”
    Jill Saegesser of River Hills Economic Development facilitated the public hearing which is part of the mandated process the county must following in order to develop a county-wide land use plan.  Hoosier Hills is the agency charged with writing a federal grant with a maximum award of $50,000 for the purpose of contracting with a firm to conduct the necessary research and data gathering to develop a plan; the county will be expected to provide a 10% match to the federal grant, if received.  Saegesser emphasized repeatedly that the hearing was specifically to get public input on the grant submission phase of the process.  Several times during the one hour meeting, tangent questions and comments sent the discussion in a different direction, however.
    Saegesser stated several times that the grant application did not mean that zoning was the end goal of the process.  That statement seemed to have little impact on those opponents who were clearly concerned and angry.  Saegesser went on to explain that there is a clear difference between having a plan developed and implementing a plan.  Furthermore, she assured the forty-four attendees that a public hearing would be conducted at every stage of the process and public accessibility to information would always be available.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 August 2009 08:57
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Youth First Café, August 27 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 August 2009 00:00
    Youth First of Washington County in collaboration with the Indiana Youth Institute, is hosting a luncheon, the Youth First Café, on Thursday, August 27th at noon at Southern Hills Church.  Youth First would like to extend an invitation to people who work in the youth development field in Washington County to attend.  
    The Youth First Café is an opportunity for people who work in youth development in Washington County to come together to collaborate, network and strengthen individual efforts.  The August meeting is the second in a series of four quarterly meetings throughout 2009 where youth development professionals will come together in cooperation and celebration.  Each meeting highlights a guest speaker or program as well as networking time.  This month Beth Armstrong will be sharing information about a new program in Washington County which focuses on strengthening fathers and families called Fathers Forever.   
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 August 2009 08:59
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Old Settlers Dinner PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 August 2009 00:00
    It's that time of year again! Time to make plans to celebrate Old Settlers Days with the annual catered dinner at the Stevens Museum, located at 307 E. Market Street in Salem. The dinner will be September 12 at 6 p.m.
    The meal will be catered by LaDonna Mitchell and the cost will be $12 per person. Reservations and payment must be made by September 4.
    The speaker for the evening will be Karen Schwartz, President of the Harrison County Historical Society. Her topic will be “Mills on Blue River” in Harrison and Washington counties. She is an excellent speaker and everyone will learn a lot about the river that starts and goes through Washington County.
    Other upcoming events at The John Hay Center are: Old Settlers Days on September 19 through 20. On October 31 for Halloween there will be Trick or Treat in the Village. November 21 at 6 p.m. will be the quarterly meeting featuring Mr. John Quatroke. His program will be about Thomas Rodman and his guns. On December 6 there will be a Christmas open house from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be music and the buildings will be decorated for the Christmas season.
    For more information on any of these programs, please call (812) 883-2984 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 August 2009 09:00
 
West Washington School Board meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 August 2009 00:00
    West Washington School Corporation Board of Trustees held their recent meeting on August 17 and member Jim Brown moved to approve the following Prime Time Aides for 2009-10 school year: Shirley Voyles, Tammy Jones, Sharon Hammond, Judy Nice, Amber Morrow, Dana Farris and Terri Smith, the motion was seconded by Bill Van Cleave and passed 7-0.
 All claims and previous minutes were approved by the Board.
    Member Brian Farmer moved to rehire Vickie nice as High School Remediation aide effective August 10, with no insurance benefits. The motion passed 7-0.
Vice President, Leslie Batt moved to hire Penny Harkness to replace Adam Brown in the Elementary effective August 6. She will also be monitoring a Junior High Careers class along with continuing  credit recovery. Her time will be divided, three-fourths Elementary and one-fourth High School. Harkness will be paid an hourly rate of $11.25 for six hours with additional hours at the end of the day as needed for credit recovery. Tim Barksdale seconded and the motion passed 7-0.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 August 2009 09:02
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Franklin twp. Farm Bureau has guest speaker PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:00
    You need to remember where you came from, as well as being aware you’re headed to as you go through life, according to Indiana Farm Bureau 2nd Vice President Isabella Chism.
    Chism lives in Galveston (near Gas City in north central Indiana) with her husband Kent, and has three adult children. They raise corn and soybeans on their farm.
    Chism said that it takes three things to live the good life: persistence, patience, and pride in what you do.
    She asked the audience, “How many of you are activists?”
    Several people raised their hands, and she said, “Every one of you are activists. It means you’re out doing something.”
    Chism was born in Austria, and immigrated over to the United States with her parents when she was six years old. Her father had been a school teacher in Austria before they came over to the US.
    She said that whatever she has done in life or whatever has happened to her in life throughout the years, she truly believes that “every one of us has the seed to be what we are to be.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 08:38
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