County Council works to balance 2010 budget PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:00
      Members of the Washington County Council met in marathon sessions on Monday, August 10, and Tuesday, August 11, to hammer out the details of a proposed 2010 county budget.  Citizens will be asked to give input on the $6.5 million proposed budget at a public hearing meeting scheduled for September 22.  During the two days of discussion, debate, and decision making,  four issues seemed to consume the attention of council members much more than others on their agenda.
    First, concerns about the cost of the state-mandated property reassessment were relayed to the council by Washington County Assessor Jason Cockerill.  According to Cockerill, the Reassessment Fund has been used to pay for other expenses not involved in the reassessment process.  If that practice continues, Cockerill warned the council that in the event the state mandates  a rolling reassessment beginning in 2012, the fund will not have enough to cover the cost.  Cockerill explained that the state is considering very strongly the option of requiring 25 per cent of all property be reassessed each year to keep the information more current than it is now.  In other words, property reassessment would be an ongoing activity in the county.
    The council acted on Cockerill's advice and transferred some expenses to other line items and increased the amount to be set aside for upcoming reassessment expenses.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 08:52
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Land Use Planning: The Facts PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:00
      Back in November of 2008, John Mishler and David Brown were elected to the Washington County Board of Commissioners.  Both men had land use planning as significant planks in their respective platforms.
    Since January 2009, Brown, Mishler and Lana Sullivan have overseen efforts to bring about the implementation of a Comprehensive Land Use Plan for Washington County.  During the last eight months, the Washington County Farm Bureau has been an active supporter of the concept, hosting public informational meetings for the citizens of the county.
    By no means is the concept of land use planning universally supported by the residents of Washington County.  Several individuals have spoken out against the idea in public meetings letters to local newspapers.  Fearing what they see as another example of government usurping the rights of the individual, these citizens point to the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and to policies adopted by the United Nations collectively referred to as “Sustainable Development” as the cornerstones of their argument against the concept.
    The discussions/debates/shouting matches seem to mask the real issues involved in the land use planning controversy.  What makes the Constitution of the United States such a unique document is the clear premise set forth that the rights of the individual are paramount.  However, those rights do have limits.  Those limits to individual rights are demarcated at the point when the rights of the individual comes into conflict with the rights of the population as a whole.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 08:55
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Plans Underway for 5th Annual Batter Up for Kids Sake PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:00
    Get out your bats and balls plans are underway for 5th annual Batter Up For Kids’ Sake
    Plans are underway for the 5th annual Batter Up For Kids’ Sake softball tournament, sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County.  The event will be held on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13 at  The Salem Community Park.  There will be both a men’s tournament and a co-ed tournament, and the entry fee is $100 per team.  Both tournaments will be double-elimination, and special prizes will be given to the winning teams of each tournament.  Concessions will be available the day of the event.
    Batter Up For Kids Sake is a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County, and all money raised through team entry fees and concessions will help to provide mentors, group activities, and match support for children and youth in the Washington County Big Brothers Big Sisters program.  Corporate sponsors are being solicited as a way to raise money for the organization through this event as well.  
    For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters or to register a team in Batter Up For Kids’ Sake, please call the local BBBS office at 883-0411 or toll-free, 1-877-892-BIGS.  You can also reach us by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 08:59
 
East Washington School Board meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:00
     The East Washington School Corporation held their regular board meeting on August 11. The board accepted the bid for fuel from Jacobi Oil Service for the 2009-10 school year along with approving the advertising of the 2009-10 budget, bus replacement and CPF plan; Tax Neutrality Resolution reducing the levy for one or more funds in 2010 and all claims and payroll were also approved.
    The following personnel was approved:
    The resignation of Valerie Lewellen as HS Business teacher; Kenneth Nale as bus driver; Hank Vierling as bus driver and Donald Holders as 8th grade football coach.
    The employment of Cynthia Robers, HS Business teacher; David Souder, bus driver; Kenneth Speigelhalder, bus driver; Mack Webster as shared permanent sub for both HS and MS; Angelique Hornung, HS ISS position; Steve Hattabaugh, 2nd shift custodian and Bonnie Hardin, Pauline Hurst, Sharon Smith, Jeannie Doebler, Bobbi Cope, Tina Hinkebein, Stacey Collier, Glinda Farley, Lori Hein, Robin Raley, Lisa Roberts, Melissa Sherron, Melissa Pickerill, Jayne Cress, Lisa Knight, Cathy Cress and Jana Sells be called back for the 2009-10 school year.
    The following coaching positions were approved:
   Mike Motsinger as 8th grade football coach; Chad Motsinger and Ben Motsinger as MS football coached with split stipend for the position; Justin Long as HS Assistant Football Coach; Josh Sherron and Thomas Jeter as Varsity Football Lay coaches; Ryan Osborne, Freshman boys Basketball coach; Tyler Dueser as Athletic Trainer with a salary of $2,000.00 as school and athletic department to split half; Amanda Couch as 7th grade Volleyball coach and Michael Prichard as 7th grade Football coach.
    The board approved a request for Todd Elgin to take intermittent family medical leave beginning 8/10/06 till approximately 9/10/09 and Debra Greams family medical leave beginning 8/3/09 for four weeks.
    A home bound instructor was approved for a middle school student as Mrs. Luedeman recommended along with the approved handbook.
    Upon the request of Vice President  Brian Motsinger the board will tour the completed summer projects before the next school board meeting of September 8. Member Eric Albertson asked about placing extra fencing at the baseball field, Superintendent Amick will check out the situation with Athletic Director Scott Newcomb.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 08:57
 
All-R-Stars Camp at Highland Hills has been big success PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:00
    The All-R-Stars Tennis Camp at Highland Hills Middle School near Galena has been a success by all accounts. Brandon Miller, 34, who played boys’ tennis at Floyd Central High School for his father, longtime boys’ and girls’ varsity tennis coach Rick Miller, has been holding the camp at the school’s tennis courts since the first week of June. The camp was to have run through today (Wednesday, August 12), and quite a few kids have spent at least a few days at the camp. The participants (middle school and high school age) plunked down $10 per day for instruction in the camp.
    Miller almost lived at the school during the nine or so weeks of the camp, but that is fine with him.
    “This makes me feel like a kid; to be associated with these kids’ day in and day out,” he said during a lull in the action Monday, shortly after noon.
    Miller said that over the course of the camp, he gets a few new participants every week.
    The camp is not open only to students that attend Highland Hills or Floyd Central, but to everyone in the community. As an example, Miller said he has one girl who attends the Louisville Latin School.
     Once the camp is over fro the year on August 12, Junior Team Tennis starts up, and is sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). This will be at Floyd Central High School’s courts, since they have 10 courts to the 10 at Highland Hills Middle School. This is held on Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Sundays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. this is ongoing throughout the fall, until it gets cold. This is to get participant’s feet moving, and eye-hand coordination improving. Eight game pro sets will be employed, and will have singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 09:08
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