Commissioners say no additional funding for ambulance service PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 00:00
    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday, July 15, with all members present.  The minutes of previous meetings, payroll, and all claims were approved unanimously.
    Jim Steggeman and other representative of the EMS Advisory Committee reported their recommendations to the Commissioners for streamlining the ambulance service in light of the current financial situation at the hospital.
    According to Steggeman, the current level of three full time ambulances and crews on duty at all time is not sustainable with the current budget.  Steggeman explained that it would take somewhere in the neighborhood of $400,000 per year to maintain the current level of service to county residents.  It should be noted that the county is required to provide emergency medical service to the community but the level of that service is not spelled out by statute.
    Steggeman asked the Commissioners to approve the closing of the Pekin ambulance station as a cost saving measure noting that the Pekin area would be serviced by ambulances and crews stationed in Salem.
    Commissioner Lana Sullivan and County Attorney Tom Scifres were quick to respond that it was not the Commissioners' place to approve the closing of the Pekin station.
    “We were not asked to approve the opening of the Pekin station so I don't think it appropriate for us to be asked to approve its closing.” commented Sullivan.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 08:09
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Need some family fun close to home; try Fizzle Dips PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 00:00
     Are you and your family longing to have some good time family fun, close to home, well now you have it, Fizzle Dips.
    Fizzle Dips promises to to give you that fun. Fizzle Dips will have a grand opening celebration on Saturday, July 25, from noon to 8 p.m., with extra activities such as an open cruise-in, family friendly karaoke, face painting, sandy candy, tye dye t-shirts and much more.
    Fizzle Dips was brought to the community by Josh and Andrea Loveless who also owns Mommy and Be Boutique and Brilliant Babies. They come from Louisville to Pekin looking for slower pace of  life and with two children of there own they wanted something for the family to do together without driving out of town to do so and not to mention Josh's love for cooking.
    “Fizzle Dips will better the community, offer a safe place for family and friends to hang out, I have children of my own and there was nothing to do, there just needed to be a place here to have fun.” stated Loveless.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 08:11
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Motsinger named President; Ralston named BSUE Principal and Hickey named Assistant Principal of SHS PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 00:00
     At the recent Salem Community School Board meeting held on Monday, July 13, members voted Steve Motsinger as President of the Board; Vice-President, Marie Lowery and Secretary Ben Bowling. Motsinger took the spot of Diane Armstrong Apple as President and Motsinger continued the meeting. Members not present was Tracy Payne and Jason Pepmeier.
    Former Principal of Salem High School, Jim Ralston was named Principal of Bradie Shrum Upper Elementary, replacing Tony Stone. The board also named the position of Assistant Principal of Salem High School, Jerald Hickey, who comes the state of South Carolina.
    David Allen was approved to continue the position of legal counselor and approved to continue their position was Treasurer, Sue Collier and Deputy Treasurer, Marcella Russell.
    The 2009-2010 meeting of the board will remain the same as the past year, the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
    The following personel was approved: Chris Mahuron and Jennifer Martin, High Ability Leadership Course; High School Counselor, Judy Matthews; part time Science teacher, Jim Gwaltney; part time Math teacher, Marcia Gwaltney; fifth grade teacher, Gary Smith; Middle School summer school teacher, Deb Wrye; lifeguards for summer school swimming program: Kerigh Holstine, Maddie Smith and Tyler Huls; Band camp assistants: Richard Trueblood, Lynndi Lockenour, Blair Winslow, Ali Field, Jean Dowen and one to be selected; substitute bus driver: Cheryl Hogan, Rita Lee and Ellesha Haley and regular bus driver: Kenneth Nale.
    The Electric Devise usage at School policy was approved. The policy will consist of a contract with the student/parent and school.
    New Bradie Shrum Librarian Kara Dillon was appointed to the Library Board.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 08:13
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Free Kids Summer Festival at First Christian Church of Borden this Friday PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 July 2009 00:00

    First Christian Church of Borden is hosting a Free Festival for kids to kick-off their One Day 2009 Vacation Bible School. The event willt ake place this Friday, July 17 from 5:30 to 8:30 in the parking lot and field behind the Borden Museum building and adjacent to the school.
    The event will offer free hot dogs, burgers, drinks, chips, desserts, and lots of games and prizes for the kids, and is sure to be a good time for parents as well. There will also be a Corn Hole Tournement, "You think you got game?" There will be an opportunity to register for the One Day Vacation Bible School at the festival registration table, or parents can pre-register by calling 967-2864 or (812) 923-0553. For grades K-5. Lunch will also be served, so please make aware of any food allergies.
    The theme this year is Veggie Tales - The Pirates who Don't Do Anything. Vacation Bible School will come ashore at the First Christian Church, located at 207 E. Main Street on Saturday, July 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Christian Church is located across the street from the Borden Museum Building. You may contact Sara Cain at (812) 923-0553 or Joe Franklin at (812) 967-2864 for details and/or questions.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 July 2009 10:16
 
North Harrison board hears concerns about Character in Education program PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 July 2009 00:00
    The Character in Education program at North Harrison High School recently came into question when a number of tickets fir the prize drawing were found having been taken out of it. Interim Supt. Randy Barrett was notified, and they were returned to the drum containing the rest of the tickets. Angela Beaver shared her concerns at Thursday’s meeting of the North Harrison Board of School Trustees about the present state of the program, since the tickets were discovered.
    Several parents have had concerns about the program, from whether or not it will continue, to whether or not the tickets have been distributed fairly to the students in the first place.
    Tickets are given for such things as being on the honor roll, not being absent or tardy, as well as other positive behaviors. The tickets then go into a drum in the high school office. A number of prizes are donated by merchants in the community, with the biggest prize of all a new Ford Focus auto donated by Heritage Ford in Corydon, Indiana.
    “I’m here tonight because I want to know how (this issue) will be addressed,” Beaver said. “Students have expressed concerns that it isn’t run fairly. It could be a wonderful program. (The students) don’t believe they have a chance to win.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2009 12:07
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