?NCOC hosting Backpack Blast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janna Ross   
Wednesday, 30 July 2008 00:00
??  ?    Local children are preparing for heading back to the classrooms. While registration for the new school year has began so has the back to school shopping. Along with the new clothes, shoes, textbooks and grade level, comes all the necessary school supplies that are needed by each student.
    For some students in the northern Clark County area that may not be such an easy task. Therefore, volunteers at the NCOC have been preparing for the third annual Backpack Blast. They have been diligently filling backpacks with donated school items.
    “We collect them and pass them on to the schools,” stated Ruthie Jackson, Director of the NCOC. “Then the schools decide who will receive the donated backpacks.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2008 11:19
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?Charlestown to receive Office of Community & Rural Affairs grant PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janna Ross   
Wednesday, 30 July 2008 00:00


Free broadband service to 50 homes

   On Tuesday, July 22, Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman was in Charlestown to announce the designation of Charlestown as one of nine Hoosier communities to benefit from grants generated by the Office of Community & Rural Affairs (OCRA). In conjunction with AT&T and One Economy, the state-sponsored program will provide two years of free broadband service links for 50 homes that meet household income requirements.
    Lt. Governor Skillman spoke of new policies within state government to support and improve life in small towns and rural areas as well as a number of grant programs.
    Skillman stated, “Rural development has been my long-time passion. That’s why I’m so proud to be here today; to stand with AT&T and One Economy, and the city of Charlestown. We are announcing today that 50 Charlestown families will receive free high-speed internet access through DSL for two years. This state-wide project is only possible thanks to the generosity of AT&T and One Economy,” continued the Lt. Governor. “AT&T is going to provide this free internet server for two years and then One Economy will provide the computers if they’re needed, at a low cost. We want to make sure that this program reaches the families with the greatest need.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2008 13:02
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?Wage increase for superintendent and principals of West Washington Schools PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 July 2008 00:00
?    At the recent West Washington School Corporation board meeting held on July 21, Superintendent Jackson recommended a two percent increase for 2007-08 and 2008-09 for both principals and himself.
    Patty Zink, member moved to approve the increase and it was seconded by William Vancleave, the motion passed 5-1 with James Brown opposing.
    Principal Rosenbaum’s contract will be $67,626.00; Mr. Stroud ‘s contract will be $80,745.45 and Superintendent Jackson’s will be $98,778.70.
    An hourly increase was recommended by Superintendent Jackson and approved by the board of $1.45 for the Corporate Secretary due to her additional responsibilities, and increase $.61 for In School Suspension and $.25 for Adam Brown
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2008 13:26
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?Economic development money–where does it go? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 July 2008 00:00
Commentary
?    Back in the mid-late 1980s, Washington County adopted a County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT).
This tax is predicated on legislation passed by the Indiana State Assembly in 1984.  According to the Indiana
Department of Local Government Finance, the purpose of CEDIT is “for economic development, capital projects,
private developer loan interest, a regional venture capital fund, and any other lawful purpose.  The last phrase of
that quote notwithstanding, it seems clear to me that the intent of the lawmakers was for the CEDIT monies to
promote/advance/enhance/stimulate/generate/encourage/facilitate (you choose the verb that works best for you)
economic development efforts and projects within the county and the region of which the county is a part.
    In recent years, Washington County has generated and received CEDIT revenues between $600,000 and $800,000 per year.  That money is derived from an local option income tax on resident workers of the county and any non-resident who works in the county but does not live in a county with a CEDIT.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2008 13:34
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?WCCF offering $50,000 in Fall Grant Cycle PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 July 2008 00:00
?    There will be a public meeting for any non-profit organization wishing to apply for a grant from the Washington County Community Foundation.  The meeting will be held on August 12, at 7 p.m. at the Community Learning Center.  
    They will discuss the grant criteria, guidelines, application process, deadlines and reporting process.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions.  The goal is that by the end of the meeting, all potential applicants will have a strong understanding of the process.  All first-time grant applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this session.
    This type of grant is issued from the Washington County Community Foundation’s Touch Tomorrow funds. The total amount available for this grant cycle is $50,000.00.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2008 13:37
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