2009 Little Pirate Basketball Tournament new dates announced PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 February 2009 00:00
    The Charlestown Youth Basketball League has announced arrangement for its 37th Annual Little Pirate Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament.
    The tournament is for area third through sixth grade boys and girls teams and will be held at Charlestown High School's Bill Dun Sports Center.
    The girls new dates are now set for March 14 and 15 while the boys new dates are March 7 and 8.
    All boys and girls divisions are set by school grade. Trophies, medals, and/or t-shirts will be awarded for qualifying team members. Trophies will be awarded to the winner and runner-up in each division. The runner-up teams will receive medals and/or t-shirts.
    Divisions will be limited to the first six teams with paid entries for a total of 24 boys and 24 girls teams. All entries must be received as soon as possible. The entry fee is $175 per team. Please return with entry form and make checks payable to CYBL (Charlestown Youth Basketball League).
    Only players feeding into the same high school may participate on a team.
    The purpose of the tournament is to expose the third through sixth grade athletes in Southern Indiana to a tournament atmosphere; to showcase the elementary cheerleaders and to raise funds for the CYBL.
    Please feel free to visit the Charlestown Youth Basketball website at www.CharlestownYouthBasketballLeague.com
The admission to the tournament is $5 for an all day pass. Teams, two coaches, cheerleaders and one sponsors are admitted free. Pre-schoolers are also admitted free.
    For more information please contact Tony Hall at 256-3328, ext. 272 or 502-727-3358 or Sean Smith at 256-3328, ext. 271 or 502-554-8161 or fax at 256-7274.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2009 13:34
 
River Ridge Longbeards to host annual Hunting Heritage banquet and fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 February 2009 00:00
    The National Wild Turkey Federation, River Ridge Longbeards Chapter, will host the 2009 annual Hunting Heritage banquet and fundraiser on Saturday, March 7. The event will be held at St. Joe’s Hill Church in Sellersburg. The doors will open at 6 p.m. with dinner being served at 7:30 p.m.
    Auctions items include: prints by Bruce Miller, Thomas Kinkade, Ned Smith, Terry Reddlin and Jack Paluh. Limited edition bronzes, legacy lamp and antler coffee table plus many other items, too numerous to mention.
    There will be a silent auction and many prizes to be given away, plus games to play.
    The gun of the year is a Winchester Super X3, chambered in  .12 gauge auto featuring a elegant gold plates laser engraved commemorating the NWTF’s limited-edition.
    A single ticket will be $50, couples ticket will be $65 and a sponsor ticket will be $260. Kids, 10 years and under, are free.
    Sponsors will receive a special gift from the NWTF. When you sponsor your will receive $300 worth of tickets, and a chance at a sponsor only gun. There were only 10 sponsors last year, so that’s a 1 in 10 chance at the gun.
    They will be offering an early bird gamblers pack. For $100 you get $300 worth of chances including a chance on the gun of the year.
    They also have this year, a new member only gun to be given away. The only way to win is to bring a new member to join at the banquet. Only the new member and the person that brings them will get a chance on this gun. Adult new members only.
    They are expecting a sell out and space is limited so please get your tickets early. The deadline for early bird special is Sunday, March 1.
    Some of the games include the dice game, Wing Span and corn hole.
    They will be giving a Youth Hunt of a Lifetime away, so please bring your kids.
    For more information or tickets contact Jim Warren at 812-256-6881 or cell at 502-298-7231. Checks, credit cards and cash is accepted.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2009 13:37
 
WCMH delays releasing results of Purdue study PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2009 00:00
    In an email communication, Melissa Richardson, Director of Public Relations and Marketing for Washington County Memorial Hospital (WCMH) informed local media outlets that the long awaited results of the Purdue University Healthcare Technical Assistance Program (HTAP) study must be reviewed by attorneys for both WCMH and Saint Vincent Health prior to being released for public scrutiny.  WCMH and Saint Vincent Health are currently in negotiations, attempting to hammer out details of an affiliation agreement.  The report was presented to representatives of WCMH, the Washington County Economic Growth Partnership and some elected officials on Friday, February 6.
    The aforementioned email reads as follows:

Per Drew Wright, hospital attorney, this was his statement:
     The Purdue TAP Report has been reviewed in summary form with the parties to the agreement, which are the Washington County Memorial Hospital and the Washington County Economic Growth Partnership, Inc.  The report has also been reviewed in summary form with hospital staff and various county and city officials.  
     The actual detailed report itself is being reviewed by legal counsel for the hospital and for St. Vincent Health for the purpose of determining whether there is any confidential information or privileged information contained in the detailed report.  
     Once this review has been completed, a joint press release will be issued by the hospital and the Growth Partnership with that part of the detailed report which can be released.  It is anticipated that this review will be completed by March 6, 2009.
    The HTAP process began in August of 2008 at a cost of $50,000 paid by The Salem Urban Enterprise Zone.  HTAP works with hospitals and other healthcare providers across the state of Indiana to facilitate improvements in patient care and efficiency of operation.  For additional information on the work done the Purdue program visit its website at http://www.purdue.edu/dp/rche/htap/index.php.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2009 13:39
 
Salem Common Council Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2009 00:00
    The Salem Common Council met in regular session on Monday evening, February 9, with all members present except for Pete Brown; Brown is recovering from extensive back surgery.  The Council approved the minutes of previous meetings and all claims unanimously.
    After reviewing the financial statement prepared by Salem Clerk/Treasurer Pat Persinger, Council members noted that the February 10 property tax draw should help the tough economic situation that city government is facing.  Mayor David Bower reminded the Council members that his administration continues to look for ways to save money without cutting services.
    One example of cost cutting that Bower pointed to was his recommendation for Salem to withdraw from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURG).  According to Bower and Persinger, any time the city wishes to take on a major infrastructure project, complying with IURG guidelines adds considerable cost to the project.  That cost must be absorbed by the taxpayers.  Bower cited the proposed project to raise the level of Lake John Hay as a prime example of how Salem can save the taxpayers money by withdrawing from IURG.  Bower said if the city goes ahead with the project without going through the IURG it will mean a savings of over $200,000 on just this one project alone.  City Attorney, Drew Wright gave examples of nearly 300 Indiana cities and towns that have withdrawn from IURG over the last three decades for the same reasons cited by Bower.
    In other business, Persinger requested Council approval to obtain a credit card for the city.  Persinger said that making travel reservations and ordering needed supplies online are all but impossible without a credit card.  She also indicated that considerable savings can be realized in some cases if payment is made when an order is placed rather than having it billed.  Salem Police Chief, Scott Ratts, chimed in to support Persinger’s request, noting that the price his department pays for certain electronic equipment ordered online is as much as 25% more than what the Washington County Sheriff’s Department pays for the same items by using a credit card.  After lengthy discussion and an agreement on usage limitations, the Council approved Persinger’s request.
    Two city department heads came before the Council requesting a revision in the city’s personnel policy regarding employee sick leave.  The Council agreed to take the department heads’ request under advisement.
    With no further business to conduct, the Council adjourned until its next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 10.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2009 13:41
 
IU School of Optometry closes Rural Eye Clinic in Campbellsburg PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 February 2009 00:00
    The rural eye care services offered through Campbellsburg Family Health Care Center have been discontinued as of the beginning of the year.
    IU School of Optometry community outreach director, Dr. Jeff Perotti said, “That the School of Optometry would like to continue providing rural eye care health services at the Family Health Center in Jeffersonville.” Perotti also added that programs like Volunteers in Medicine in Monroe and Owen counties and the Eye Care Community Outreach Program (ECCO) that serves eight central Indiana counties will operate unchanged.
    “We will continue to look for ways to serve the communities in need.” he added.”We always regret having to make difficult decisions, especially in difficult times. However, we remain committed to training the best eye care providers in Indiana, for the nation and the world.”
    Eye care patients who wish to obtain their eye clinic records should contact the Campbellsburg Family Health Center at 755-4443. The closest remaining rural eye clinic in Southern Indiana is located at 1319 Duncan Avenue, Jeffersonville. To schedule an appointment there call 812-285-5980.
    For more information contact Dr. Perotti at 812-856-3815 or Steve Chaplin, IU Office of Communications, at 812-856-1896.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2009 13:43
 
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