Council hears that ambulance station in Pekin likely to close PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 July 2009 00:00
      The Washington County Council met in regular session on Monday July 7 with all members present.  Amended minutes of previous meetings and all claims were approved unanimously.
    EMS Director Michael Medlock addressed the Council regarding recommendations to be made for cutting expenses for the ambulance service.  According to Medlock one recommendation to be made is to eliminated the ambulance station in Pekin.  That would mean that instead of three staffed ambulances being on duty in the county at all times just two would have to cover all calls.  Medlock went on to say that since 75% of all runs are within Washington Township, that will be the likely location for both ambulances.
    “We are going to have significant issues with EMS coverage in this county.” said Medlock. “Someone is going to call 911 and there isn't going to be an ambulance available.
    Even with  this and the other recommendations to cut expenses, the county will need to increase its financial support for the ambulance service to break even.  Currently, the county provides $266,000 a year.  The county is required by law to provide the service.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2009 12:38
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Barnes returns to victory lane after winning Firecracker 200 at Salem Speedway PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 July 2009 00:00
    Chuck Barnes Sr., who was making his first Salem Speedway start of the 2009 season, emerged victorious Sunday in the 20th annual Firecracker 200 presented by Paoli Pizzaria.
    Barnes, the all-time Salem Speedway win leader, led the final 26-laps around the .555-mile oval to record his second consecutive Firecracker 200 win and 51st career victory on the famed high banks.
    Barnes, who started 18th in the field of 34 cars, was able to avoid numerous crashes, which slowed the race on several occasions.
    The veteran Louisville driver worked traffic to perfection all race long and stayed in the top five for much of the race before taking the lead for good on lap 175 when leader Scott Neal pitted under caution.
    Neal of Sulphur Springs, Ind., who led a total of 66-laps in the race and finished second, looked to be on his way to victory after building a sizeable lead with about 40 laps remaining.  
    Neal, a former ARCA RE/MAX Series winner at Salem who started 31st Sunday, was unable to mount a series challenge for the top spot after his late race fuel stop.
    Brian Hopkins of New Castle, Ind., who finished second to Barnes in the 2008 Halloween 200, turned in another fine performance with a third place finish.  John Collins of Sellersburg, Ind., and Casey Heavrin of Jeffersonville rounded out the top five.
    The second five was made up of Beau Hendrich, Blake Hillard, Craig Rogers, Ricky Estes and Brian Moore in that order.
    Chris French led flag-to-flag in winning Sunday’s Freedom 40 for the Lucas Oil Super Stocks.
    The victory, French’s first of the season at Salem, propelled the Vine Grove, Ky., driver in to first place in the season standings, one point in front of Skeeter Crum and three ahead of Frank Kimmel II.
    Shawn Smith of Louisville finished second in the Freedom 50 with Crum of Jeffersonville third.
    Racing returns to the high banks of Salem Speedway on Saturday, July 18, as the ASA Late Model Series pays a visit to the famed oval for “The Trials 200”.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2009 12:40
 
Hoosier Uplands to hold Senior Citizen Day at the Washington County Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 July 2009 00:00
      Hoosier Uplands is pleased to announce Senior Citizens Day at the Washington County Fair on Tuesday, July 28 at the Washington County Fair grounds.
    The fun will begin at 10 a.m. There will be bingo, an Angel Foundation auction, a dance in the afternoon with Classic Country Band. There will also be door prizes given out during the day. Lunch will be served to the first 100 who register and is limited to senior citizens. However, to receive a free lunch, pre-registration is required. For those who would like to register for lunch, you may call Hooiser Uplands at (812) 849-4457 or (800) 333-2451. Persons with hearing/speech disabilities please call GTE's TRS, (800) 743-3333.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2009 12:41
 
Salem Masonic Lodge #21 to hold Pancake Breakfast and Yard Sale PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 July 2009 00:00
    The Salem Masonic Lodge #21 will host a Pancake Breakfast and Yard Sale on Saturday, July 25 from 8 a.m. to Noon. The cost of the breakfast is $4 per person.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2009 12:42
 
Former South Korean exchange student ‘at home’ with McKim Family in Lanesville PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 July 2009 00:00
   
    Jin-Hee Jung, an exchange student at Lanesville High School during the 2006-07 school year, has returned to the same community that welcomed her just two years ago, the community of Lanesville, in Franklin Township in Eastern Harrison County. This time around, she is studying full time at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany.
    She is also staying with a family she stayed with part of the year that year, the Denzil McKim Family.
    “Two years ago, I wanted to experience something new, so I joined the exchange student program in the USA,” said Jin-Hee. “I went to Lanesville High School as an exchange student for 06-07. It was successful, (and) I learned many other things about life other than study.”
    Jin-Hee has had positive feelings towards the United States, and for her it goes back to the Korean War. General Douglas MacArthur for a time led the American forces in the 1950-53 war, and to her, MacArthur is a hero of the Korean War.
    “I think the USA is a very good friend of my country, South Korea,” Jin-Hee said. “In history, Douglas MacArthur was the hero of the Korean War. Every South Korean knows that. Still today, (the) US Army helps to guard from North Korea. Also, my country and (the) USA are good economic partners. I feel good when I see my country’s products here (i.e. Samsung, Kia, and Hyundai).”
    She added, “Generally, I felt friendly about the USA even before I joined the exchange student program, because I’ve heard about the USA a lot. While I was growing up, I was curious about the country that tries to keep world peace, (and is) one of the strongest countries in the world.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 July 2009 13:39
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