?Assessing our parks on access PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 July 2008 00:00
?The W. K. Kellogg Access to Recreation grant caught the attention of some Spalding University students pursuing a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. As a graduate project, four students offered to visit parks in Harrison County and provide suggestions for changes to improve access for people of all abilities.
    At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8, the students will provide the results of their surveys and assessments in an hour-long presentation at the Harrison County Community Foundation conference room. The presentation will include  photographs of potential improvement areas and ideas from parks around the country that have made changes in their facilities.
     Anyone interested in recreational accessibility is invited to attend.
    “Harrison County is demonstrating a commitment to improving access to the abundant recreational venues right here at home,” said Steve Gilliland, Foundation executive director. “We welcome the recommendations from these students and also hope community leaders and park visitors of all abilities will join us next week to learn and share ideas.”
    The Access to Recreation grant is providing over $500,000 in improvements at four county parks and at O’Bannon Woods. Kellogg also provided $134,000 toward an endowment which has grown to $360,000 with the help of donations from the community.
    The Fund will provide perpetual maintenance of and improvements to recreational access features throughout Harrison County.
    Call the Foundation at 812-738-6668 for additional information on the Spalding presentation or the Access to Recreation grant.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2008 12:27
?Lanesville School Board approves smoking survey PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 June 2008 19:00
?    The Lanesville Board of School Trustees agreed Tuesday (June 17) to allow the Harrison County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition to take a survey of Lanesville school students this fall.
    The Youth Tobacco Survey is taken every even numbered year, in grades 6 through 12.
    Program Coordinator Jennifer Riley said that only two to five classrooms would be needed for the survey, and
added that the survey takes only about an hour.
    Riley said, “Recent surveys show a decrease in youth smoking rates. The cigarette tax last year has helped
a lot.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2008 10:40
?Local school officials, Farm bureau members discuss school funding changes mandated by state legislature PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 June 2008 19:00
    ?For 15 years, the Farm Bureaus of Washington, Harrison, and Crawford counties have met in June to discuss
a topic regarding modern public education with education officials from the three counties.
    This year’s meeting was held Wednesday (June 18) at the Central Barren United Methodist Church, and the topic was regarding the recent changes the Indiana Legislature has made regarding school funding. Although the amount of monies the various school districts will get is probably not going to change much from recent years, beginning on January 1, 2009, the State of Indiana will begin funding every school district’s General Fund.
    Among the school officials present at the meeting, the exact changes to occur after the funding change are still up in the air.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2008 14:29
?Becker family starts scholarship fund PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 June 2008 19:00

?    In life, Michael Becher loved to help people. “It was his favorite thing about being in law enforcement,” says his wife, Sara Becher. “He was actually in a position to help people. He used to say, ‘I didn’t get them into this trouble. I can’t get them out. But I can help them through.’”
    Becher died November 2, 2007, not even a year after retiring as the Clark County sheriff, a position he held for
a record four terms. He was well-known, loved and respected for having a giving spirit and for mentoring those coming along behind him in law enforcement.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2008 10:39
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