SWCD fall tree sale underway PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 July 2009 00:00
    The Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) annual Fall Tree Sale is now in progress.
    Once again the SWCD will be offering quality stock from Forrest Keeling Nursery, Missouri.
    These trees are 3-gallon, Grade 1 (nursery stock) container trees growing using Forrest Keeling’s RPM® (Root Production Method).  This method produces fast-growing, uniform trees, which can be easily removed from their containers and directly planted.
    Species available are: American Beautyberry, Autumn Blaze Maple, Bald Cypress, Catalpa, Cinnamon Bark River Birch, Kentucky Coffeetree, Northern Redbud, Norway Spruce, Paw Paw, Persimmon, Quaking Aspen, Red Buckeye, Shadblow Serviceberry, Snowdrift Crabapple, Swamp White Oak, Sweet Bay Magnolia, Tulip Tree, White Flowering Dogwood, White Pine and Witchhazel.
    These trees are $25 each plus tax.
    Other items included in the sale are: Tree-Mate-O “Tree Success Kits” (tree support, guard and stake), wildlife nest boxes and tree and shrub books.
    Deadline for orders is September 14. Trees will be available for pick-up between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 28 through October 2 at the SWCD office.
    For tree order forms or more information contact the Clark County SWCD office at 256-2330, ext. 3. Order information is also available on the SWCD web site at www.clarkswcd.org.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 11:40
 
Sellersburg Celebrates Prince and Princess contest to be held August 22 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 July 2009 00:00
    Applications for the upcoming Sellersburg Celebrates Prince and Princess contest are still available.
    The event will be held on Saturday evening, August 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the Silver Creek High School Auditorium.
    Contestants must be at least four years old and not over six years old on August 1. Proper attire for the contest is dressy, but not pageant type, dresses for the potential princesses and collared shirts and slacks for the prince candidates.
    To obtain an application or for further information call Anita Spear at 246-1561 or 246-6558 or Cathy Braun at 256-6874.
    The applications can be mailed, e-mailed or picked up at Spear Electric Company in Sellersburg. The cost to enter the contest which is limited to 25 children is $25 with a $5 discount for siblings. Each child will receive an engraved trophy with the winners receiving a crown and a gift card.
    Participants need to include a non-returnable photo no larger than 5x7 for publication when the applications are submitted.
    The deadline to enter is August 12.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 11:41
 
WCMH—How did we get in this mess? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 July 2009 00:00
    By now, most people who even causally pay attention to local news are aware that Washington County Memorial Hospital (WCMH) declared bankruptcy in June of this year and is in the process of developing a restructuring plan.  The long term fate of the hospital is still up in the air.  However, it seems to be the general consensus that efforts should be made by all the parties involved to keep the hospital open if at all possible.
    However, during this time of uncertainty three questions seem to be part of most conversations about the hospital:
“How did we get in this mess?”
“Where did the money go ($15 million +)?”
“Whose fault is it?

    These questions are relatively simple and straightforward.  Unfortunately, the answers are not.  

    Much like personal financial problems, no one specific incident or error in judgment can be pointed pointed to as the catalyst for the downfall.  Again, as is the case with personal finance, the problems being experienced by WCMH and in turn its ripple effect in the community are the result of a series of changing economic conditions, bad decisions, lack of oversight, and poor communication.  Of course, there are points along the time line in the life of WCMH that can be identified as crucial because of the consequences and outcomes of choices made by those charged with overseeing the hospital.  
    At a recent Washington County Commissioners meeting, Commissioner David Brown said, “If it is going to be a witch hunt, I want no part of it.”  That was in response to a question regarding a possibility of elected officials calling for an investigation into what happened at the hospital to bring it and the community to this point.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 11:42
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Lucas Oil says “not at this time” to purchase of Salem Airport PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 July 2009 00:00
    Tuesday morning, July 21, the City of Salem and Washington County received the disappointing news that Lucas Oil Company is not interested in buying the Salem Airport at this time.  It was hoped that the sale would produce enough money to serve as the local match for the construction of the new airport immediately to the north of the current facility.
    Lucas representative Mike Chastain told a group including Salem Mayor David Bower, representatives of the Salem Common Council, the Salem Municipal Airport Board of Aviation Commissioners, the County Council, the Board of County Commissioners, the Washington County Growth Partnership, and members of the media that Lucas Oil Company has determined that purchasing the Salem Airport and converting it into a drag racing facility does not fit into the company's business plan for at least the next two years.  
    Chastain went on to say that while Lucas will focus on its production facilities in Corydon for the immediate future, the “Salem project” is not dead.  
    “At this point in time, when we put a pencil to it, the return on investment isn't there considering what it would cost us to do this project the way that we think it needs to be done.” explained Chastain.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 11:44
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Reorganization of the East Washington School Board PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 July 2009 00:00
    At the recent Wast Washington School Board meeting held on July14, Linda McClellan was elected to serve as President for the 2009-10 school year; Brian Motsinger to serve as Vice President; Cecil Shrout as Secretary for the 2009-10 school year. Eric Albertson, current member and newly elected member Theresa “Terrie” Drescher took their oath of office for a term of four years beginning July1, 2009.
    The board approved the appointments of Judith Lincks, as Corporation Treasurer; Christi Pruitt as Corporation Deputy Treasurer; Amy Coyle as East Washington Elementary School extra-curricular Treasurer; Donna Campbell as East Washington Middle School extra-curricular Treasurer and Kendra Floyd as Eastern High School extra curricular Treasurer. It was also recommended that he stipend for the EW School Board members remain at $2,000 and J.C Tucker continue as Corporation and Board attorney.
    The minutes of prior meeting and all claims were approved and the monthly financial report was presented top the board with approval for publication.
    The board accepted the recommendation of Superintendent Amick to accept the bid from Prairie farms for dairy products supplies and Earthgrains/Sara Lee for bakery products for the 2009-10 school years.
Superintendent Amick also recommended and accepted that the bids for fuels be re-advertised due to bids being received after deadline.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 11:46
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