Charlestown employees training on new equipment PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:00
    The City of Charlestown Wastewater Department is training four employees to use a newly arrived piece of equipment.
    The Vactor truck, purchased to bring the city’s waste water system into compliance with an agreed order with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, is equipped with vacuums and pumps to remove stormwater overflows from intersections and debris from pipes.
    “We can clean about anything,” said Mike Perry, Wastewater Department Director. “It’ll be cleaning out sewer lines, manholes and storm?catch basins. We can use it in flooded intersections to drain the water out of there and clear out clogged basins.”
    The vacuum abilities of the Vactor truck could potentially improve the capacity of the storm water drainage system, Perry said.
    Sand and rocks gather at the bottom of pipes, taking up valuable space. An eight?inch pipe can become a six?inch pipe as the debris gathers, Perry said. Instead of flushing debris to other parts of the system, the Vactor truck can remove it, reducing the chances of overflows and lengthening the life of the wastewater system.
    Though the purchase of the Vactor truck will certainly save the city millions of dollars as it moves toward compliance with its agreement with IDEM, there are also more immediate costs savings to be realized, Perry said.
    “We’ve got tanks over here (at the wastewater department) that we normally have to contract out for cleaning,” Perry said. “We can keep that in?house now.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 09:19
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Gregory named 2009 National American Miss Indiana PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:00
    Anna Gregory, daughter of Chuck and Cindy Gregory, has earned the prestigious title of the 2009 National American Miss Indiana through her successfully scored events.
    She will be attending the National Pageant to be held in Anaheim, California at Disneyland during Thanksgiving week, representing the great state of Indiana, where she will have the opportunity to win her share of over $500,000 in cash and prizes.
    The National American Miss Pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Each year, the National American Miss Pageants awards 1.5 million dollars in cash, scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist the development of young women nationwide. National American Miss has added the ultimate door prize to Nationals 2009. Each girl that qualifies for the national pageant has a chance to win a new 2009 Ford Mustang convertible. National American Miss is dedicated to developing the success of young women across the nation with a program that is designed to be age-appropriate and family-oriented. Pageants are held in each state for girls ages four to 18 in five different age divisions.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 09:24
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CHS athletics ticket information released PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:00
    Charlestown High School Athletic Director David Null has announced the ticket prices for Charlestown High School regular season athletic events.
    Tickets at the Door
    Tickets purchased at the door will be $5 for varsity football, boys varsity/JV basketball and girls varsity/JV basketball.
    Tickets purchased at the door for all other varsity, JV and freshman athletic events will be $4.
    All Sports Passes
    This pass grants fans admission to all regular season home athletic contests all year. The All Sports Passes price for Charlestown students (kindergarten through seniors) is $30, adults is $70 and senior citizens is $50.
    Punch Passes
    Fans may purchase a Discount Punch Pass for $35. This pass may be used for 10 admissions to regular season home athletic contests. A few ways the Discount Punch Pass may be used are:
    *One person may use it for a single admission to 10 events.
    *Two people may use it for two admissions to five events each.
    *Three people may use it for three admissions each and have one punch left to use.
    *Come by yourself one game, use one punch. Bring your spouse or a friend next game, use two more punches.
    *After all 10 punches are used, buy another Punch Pass.
    *Punches not used this year may be used next year.
    Passes may be purchased at all home varsity football games and at the football scrimmage. Passes may also be purchased from the athletic office all year long beginning August 26. The Charlestown High School Athletic Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 09:21
 
Charlestown Youth Lady Pirates tryouts to be held August 20 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:00
    The Charlestown Youth Lady Pirates will be holding try-outs for its fourth and fifth grade girl’s travel teams, Thursday, August 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Charlestown Civic Center.
    These try-outs will only be for girl’s starting fourth and fifth grade and attending any Charlestown elementary school. There is no cost for the try-outs and all girls that meet the above requirements are encouraged to attend. The teams compete in various leagues and tournaments running from early fall through the end of March 2010. Most, if not all tournaments and league fees are paid through sponsorships, fundraising and generous donations.
    For more information please contact Mike Crider or Chad Crace at 246-9808.
    The CYLP is a girl’s youth basketball league made up of players that attend Charlestown schools and is run by parents in the community volunteering their time and talents to help these girl’s become better players on and off the court.
    For more information about the CYLP, please visit their web site at www.cylphoops.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 09:22
 
Roche tells county council what happened at WCMH PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:00
    The Washington County Council met in regular session on on Monday, August 3 with all members present.  The minutes of previous meetings, all requests for transfers and additions, along with all claims were approved unanimously.
    Joe Roche, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Washington County Memorial Hospital (WCMH), addressed the council giving a chronological overview of how WCMH came to the point of seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June.
    According to Roche, no one incident or decision brought about the demise of the hospital but rather a series of ill-advised decisions along with  changes in the overall economy and the healthcare industry.  
    Roche began his explanation with the separation from Jewish Hospital by WCMH.  Roche explained that the leadership of the hospital became convinced that it could function at a more profitable level as a stand along institution.  Roche noted that this was probably the first error in judgment.  Roche went on to say that the purchasing power and negotiating strength of a larger healthcare organization is almost always greater than that of a small independent hospital.
    Other decisions necessitated by the separation from Jewish involved new computer systems and the hiring of additional personnel such as an anesthesiologist at an annual salary and bonus of $800,000.
    Roche explained that during an eighteen month period, problems with converting to the new computer system brought billing for services to a virtual standstill.  Coupled with expenses averaging around $1 million per month, it didn't take long to deplete a $7 million cash reserve and to go through an additional $3 million borrowed from a local financial institution with the accounts receivable used as collateral.  By the time that the bills were finally sent out, most were not collectible.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 09:26
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