?Salem School Board approves temporary loan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 00:00
??  ?    At the recent Salem School Board meeting held on Monday, August 11 the board approved another temporary loan in the amount of $500,000 to get through the third quarter and a three pay period month.
    “There is no evidence that we will receive any tax money.” state Dr. Kim Thurston.
    The school district paid $77,127.08 in interest charges for 2007 and they have borrowed more money for a longer period of time in 2008 although with a lower interest rate than in 2007.
    Member Jason Pepmeier asked if this was going to start of cycle of borrowing more and more.
According to Thurston “it could start a cycle but it really depends on the taxes, we are supposed to receive money is June and December and we have not. It’s very uncertain.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2008 14:36
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?Science classroom nearing completion at East Washington High School PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 00:00
???    The Science classrooms and lab are nearing completion at East Washington High School according to Ed Rivers with Tipperman Ritz Engineering at the recent East Washington School Board meeting held Tuesday, August 12.
    A tour of the science renovation was taken by the school board members and Rivers to show how the project is progressing.
    According to Rivers the classrooms will be usable by August 19 but the lab will not be completed by that day. The lab is expected to be completed a week later.
    A second payment of $90,450 will be sent to Temple Construction for the renovation
    “Tipperman and Temple Construction have done a good job with this renovation and have been good to work with,” said Superintendent Ammick.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2008 14:38
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?Driving while impaired crackdown begins PDF Print E-mail
??    As of August 15, the Indiana State Police along with over 250 other police agencies across Indiana have begun participating in an Operation Pull Over, “Over the Limit under Arrest” campaign. This “Over the Limit under Arrest” project is being sponsored by a federal grant through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and with this grant officers will be concentrating on impaired drivers.
    During this Operation Pull Over campaign officers will be working overtime conducting sobriety checkpoints, roaming patrols, and using other enforcement tools to catch impaired drivers. Officers will not only be looking for impaired drivers in cars but also motor carrier vehicles and motorcycles.
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?Economic Growth Partnership says two large employers are looking at Washington County PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008 00:00
BREAKING NEWS...?
    At the Wednesday , August 13, Budget Hearing of the Washington County Council, Jess Helsel of the Washington County Economic Growth Partnership (WCEGP), fielded questions from Council members about the WCEGP’s recent activities in attracting new business to the county.  Helsel informed the Council that strong interest has been expressed by a large employer looking to locate a new facility in either Indiana or Kentucky.
    In a Friday morning interview with Helsel and WCEGP Executive Director, Jerry Rose, they indicated that, in fact, two large employers have expressed interest in locating in Washington County.
    “Nothing is confirmed and we are only in the initial stages on one,” said Rose, “but we feel very good about our chances with at least one of the two prospects.  It is too early to be naming names or counting our chickens.”
    According to Helsel and Rose, either company would dramatically impact the economic situation in Washington County and the surrounding counties.  “We are talking about a payroll that would significantly increase the average wage in the county as well as the tax base.” Helsel explained.  “We have to be careful not to get the cart before the horse.  A lot of things have to fall into place but we think we are in a very good position to land at least one of these companies.”
    When asked what information, they could make public about the two companies, both Helsel and Rose were quick to say that any premature information leak could very well jeopardize the ongoing negotiations.”
    At the Council Budget Hearing the question was asked as to what impact the new employer(s) would have on County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) revenues; the number mentioned was $2.2 million.  When quizzed about this number on Friday morning, Helsel said that the figure is a little vague and depends on how quickly the employers would be up to full employment capacity.
    That number should be put into perspective.  By extrapolating the payroll necessary to generate that much CEDIT revenue, the payroll would have to be three to four times what the total payroll is today for all of Washington County jobs plus the payrolls of residents working outside of the county.  
    Another bit of research indicates that it would be a payroll comparable to that of Toyota in Gibson County, Indiana prior to its recent expansions.
    Again, both Helsel and Rose stressed the need for discretion on the part of key players in the county and that even though Washington County’s chances are good, we should temper our optimism with caution.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2008 09:51
 
?ISP warn residents to not fall victim to “Smishing” PDF Print E-mail

    Officials with the Indiana State Police Post in Sellersburg recently released information regarding a new scam being pulled on residents in the midwest.
?    Identify thieves and online scammers attempt to obtain personal or financial account information from potential victims by “phishing.” Online scammers attempt to trick the potential victim into revealing personal information such as check and credit card account numbers, social security numbers, or bank account passwords. Typically “phishing” e-mails will lead the victim to what appears to be a legitimate website by informing them their bank account has been compromised or there are other problems with their account. They are directed to click on a link posted in the
e-mail. Instead of going to the bank’s official website, this link takes the victim to a fraudulent site that looks “official” where the victim will then be prompted to confirm personal or account information

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