?INDOT updates truck bypass project at local meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 September 2008 00:00
????    Runfa Shi and Randall Brown of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) were in Salem on Wednesday, August 27, to meet with local government officials and interested citizens regarding plans for and progress on the truck bypass project to begin construction in 2009.  Thirty of the forty land parcels needed have already been acquired for the project that is scheduled to be completed in 2011 or 2012.
    According to Project Manager, Shi, the 3.65 mile corridor will run to the southeast of Salem between Highway # 135 and Highway # 56 with an interchange at Highway # 60.  The project, originally planned as a four lane expressway was modified to what Shi referred to as a “super two”.  When asked to give an example of a “super two”, the stretch of Highway # 56 east of Salem was noted.  This type of roadway construction is characterized by two wide lanes of oncoming traffic with very wide, paved shoulders for emergency use.  Mark Roseberry, Salem Building Commissioner, acting as meeting facilitator, explained that the change from a four lane roadway to  two lane had solely to do with costs.  Besides the obvious decrease in the construction costs, land acquisition would be cut in half.
    Those attending the meeting asked several questions ranging from time lines to issues of limited access.  According
to the current plan, access to the bypass will only be available at the three aforementioned state highways.  Several
attendees expressed concerns that economic development along the new highway will be drastically handicapped by
the lack of accessibility.  Both Shi and Brown assured the questioners that once the roadway is finished, future access
points can always be considered.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2008 07:52
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?Bike Ride and 5K Walk Benefit the Salem Rotary Club, Shop with a Cop PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 September 2008 00:00
???    Bring friends and family for apple cider, autumn colors and a taste of small-town Americana during the Turkey Strut Bicycle Shimmy and 5K Sidewalk Shuffle in Salem,  October 4.
    With a parade start from Salem’s Bradie Shrum Lower Elementary School at 9  a.m., the Turkey Strut Bicycle Shimmy offers your choice of safe, scenic bike courses ranging from 10 to 60 miles through the Southern Indiana countryside. Routes are well-marked, and include homemade goodies like apple cider, cookies and parched corn at several SAG (Support and Gear) stops.  New this year is the 5K Sidewalk Shuffle for those who’d rather walk than ride. Designed for families, the 5K walk includes snacks and free admission to the nearby Depot Railroad Museum and Stevens Memorial Museum. 
    Registered cyclists can also tour the museums after the ride without charge.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2008 07:54
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?CASA in need of volunteers to help children in Washington County PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 September 2008 00:00
?    CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children are in need of volunteers in Washington County.
    Washington County currently has five volunteers working diligently for the children in our county, but five is not enough with 14 children on a waiting list for CASA volunteers.
    CASA is a volunteer program with 65 counties in Indiana participating in this program
    Washington County volunteers donated approximately 9,540 hours, if paid $50 per hour, these volunteers would have donated $477,000 to Washington County.
    According to Jeanie Wood, Volunteer Coordinator, Washington County is in the process of holding a training class for September. Training consists of 30-40 hours done over a four to six week period.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2008 07:57
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?Floyd County Youth Symphony Auditions PDF Print E-mail
?    The Floyd County Youth Symphony (FCYS) was organized in 1974 to give outstanding young musicians the opportunity to experience a challenging music environment. Membership in FCYS is open to any qualified student in Southern Indiana or the Louisville metropolitan area.
    The FCYS is divided into two orchestras for students at differing levels of technical and musical development. The Mini-Orchestra is an ensemble for young, developing string players. Rehearsals are 4-5 on Mondays. The Philharmonic Orchestra is a full orchestra for students who have achieved an advanced level of proficiency and rehearse on Mondays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Award winning directors, Doug Elmore,  Scott Cooksey and Peter Hogoboam will direct the Philharmonic for the 2008-2009 season.
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?Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County accepting Fall grant applications PDF Print E-mail
? ?    The Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County will give $350,000 in grants to benefit the Floyd County community in the Fall grant cycle. Grant applications are now being accepted. To be eligible to receive a grant, completed grant applications must be postmarked by September 30 and all previous final grant reports must be complete. Charitable organizations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies which benefit Floyd County citizens and fit grant guidelines are welcome to apply.
    Grant program guidelines, policies, and grant application forms are available on the Foundation’s new website,
www.horseshoefoundation.org. Paper copies of the applications and annual reports are available at the Carnegie Center for Art and History on Charlestown Road and I-265.
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