?Commissioners award property assessment contract PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 January 2009 00:00
?    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met for the first time in 2009 on Wednesday, January 7; all members were present. The minutes of previous meeting, all claims and payroll were approved unanimously.
    County Attorney, Tom Scifres, conducted an election of the Board President for 2009. New Commissioners David Brown and John Mishler, nominated and seconded Lana Sullivan to serve as Board President.
    The Commissioners followed the recommendation of Washington County Assessor, Jason Cockerill, by awarding a contract for performing the upcoming property tax re-assessment. The contract, in the amount of $446,537, was award to Tyler Technologies of Dayton, OH. Last year, the State of Indiana eliminated the position of Township Assessor effective July 1. According to Cockerill, that action will save the county approximately $70,000 per year.
    When asked when property tax billing cycles would get back to normal, Cockerill said, “We should be back on schedule by fall unless the Department of Local Government Finance changes something in the process–spring tax bills might be just a little late, though.”
    In other business, the Commissioners made several appointments. One appointment of interest was that of County Service Officer. Following the County Council lead of funding one full-time position in the Veterans Affairs Office (VAO), the Commissioners appointed Pat Rice to the full time position. Recent controversy over Madge Lyles working in the VAO would seem to be put to rest by this appointment. Lyles and some of her supporters were present at the meeting and were heard by the Commissioners.
    The Commissioners also appointed Rick Graves to continue as Highway Superintendent. Graves’ recommendations for several positions within his department were also approved by the Commissioners.
    Mark Nantz of Knapp Miller Brown addressed the Commissioners regarding increases in the county employee contribution for family medical insurance. The employee share of the insurance premium went from $400 to $700 per month. Nantz explained the reason for the increase on that particular part of the dependent insurance but noted that the county as a whole was paying less.
    Sullivan noted that even though she has not heard from any county employees regarding the increase, it is of concern to her. Brown commented that when a person’s take home pay decreases that much, it hurts.
    The Commissioners authorized the purchase of a new server for the courthouse computer system. Apparently, concerns exist about the storage capacity and back up capabilities of the current server. The new service will cost $6598, the majority of which is likely to be paid out of the Recorder’s budget due to the large amount of server space that office uses in relation to the rest of the departments.
    Scifres gave the Commissioners an update on land acquisition efforts associated with Bridge #113 near Fredricksburg. According to Scifres the landowner has agreed to sell the parcel of land for $2500.
    With no further business to conduct, the Commissioners adjourned until their next regularly scheduled meeting on January 21.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2009 10:56
 
?Paul Beckort to lead Harrison County Community Foundation Board of Directors in 2009 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 January 2009 00:00
?    The Harrison County Community Foundation Board of Directors recently elected Paul Beckort of Laconia to serve as its Board President throughout 2009. Paul has served as an HCCF Board member since March 2001. In those years he has served on the Grants Committee, Building Committee, served as Chairman of the Marketing Committee and most recently as Chairman of the Scholarship and Endowment Committee. “Paul has a lot of experience as a foundation board member, having also served as a board member of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana,” said HCCF Executive Director Steve Gilliland. “We are proud to have him as our new president,” added Gilliland.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2009 10:52
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?Meet for Mysteries at the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 January 2009 00:00
?    The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library cordially invites you to participate in their monthly mystery book discussion. Murder by the Book meets in the small meeting room of the Library on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. The selected title for the month of January is Angels & Demons by Dan Brown.
    In Angels & Demons world renowned symbologist Robert Langdon uncovers a plot by an ancient and powerful secret brotherhood called the Illuminati. This brotherhood has reemerged from obscurity to bring down its most hated enemy - the Catholic Church. When a messenger of Illuminati announces that they have hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vatican City, Robert Langdon, and a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, race to assist the Vatican in finding the bomb before it is too late. Come and join Murder by the Book to discuss the international thriller - Angels and Demons.
    February’s title is a true crime tale entitled American Lighting - Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood and the Crime of the Century by Howard Blum. It is the story of how the bombing of the Los Angeles Times building in 1910 exposed a deadly “national dynamite plot” by trade unionists to terrorize America with 100 bombings in a doomed attempt to force capitalism to its knees. Read how the relentless pursuit of the criminals made a national hero of detective Billy Burns. Come to the mystery book discussion, and start the New Year off discussing mysteries. For a complete list of selections for discussion see the website or pick up a flyer at the library.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2009 10:54
 
?Borden High School Homecoming PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 January 2009 00:00
?    Borden High School will hold their homecoming on Friday, January 9 versus the New Washington Mustangs. Homecoming King and Queen announcements will take place between the Junior Varsity and Varsity games.
    A list of candidates is as follows:
Representing the Freshman Class
Sierra Martin and Chase Blalock
Representing the Sophmore Class
Rachel Kirchgessner and Clint Morris
Representing the Junior Class
Jordan Cook and Dylan Martin
Representing the Senior Class and eligible to become the 2008-2009 Homecoming King or Queen
Andrea Rademacher, Alexis Mitchell, Kayla Plaiss, Chelsie Craddock, Kyle Reeder, Jordan Adams, Drake Potts, and Lee Kirchgessner.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2009 10:56
 
?Highland Hills Middle School launches Box Tops Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 January 2009 00:00
?    Highland Hills Middle School has announced the launch of their 2009 Box Tops for Education fundraising campaign. This year the school has set a goal of earning over $1,000 through Box Tops to defray the costs for educational fieldtrips.
    Box Tops for Education is a school fundraising program started by General Mills in 1996. To date, Box Tops has helped America’s schools raise over $250 million to buy things they need but can’t always afford, such as library books, school supplies and playground equipment. The Box Tops for Education program offers school supporters three easy ways to earn cash for schools through everyday activities such as buying groceries, shopping online and purchasing books. Schools can earn a total of up to $60,000 each year.
    If you’d like to help the students at Highland Hills Middle School reach their goal foe educational fieldtrips, there are several easy ways to get involved.
- Clip Box Tops from hundreds of favorite products and send them to Highland Hills Middle School, “Attention, Box Tops Coordinator” at 3492 Edwardsville Galena Road, Georgetown, IN 47122.
- Sign up to support Highland Hills Middle School on the Box Tops website at btfe.com
- Shop online once you’ve signed up, Highland Hills Middle School will earn a percentage of your purchases made through the Box Tops Marketplace.
- Buy books once you’ve signed up. Highland Hills Middle School will earn a percentage of your purchases made online at Barnes & Noble through the Box Tops Reading Room.
    For more information, please visit btfe.com or contact box tops coordinator, Highland Hills Middle School at (812) 923-4014.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2009 10:58
 
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