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‘Click It or Ticket’ seat belt enforcement campaign launching statewide

17 May 2024

    INDIANAPOLIS — Starting Monday, state and local law enforcement agencies will increasing patrols as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” high-visibility enforcement effort. From May 20 through June 2, officers will be out in full force making sure drivers and passengers are buckled up and children are properly secured. The ov ...

Motor Vehicle Crash With Injury

17 May 2024

    By: Jerry Curry, Staff Writer   On Tuesday morning, May 14, at approximately 9:41 a.m., deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department responded to North State Road 135, near the intersection of Spurgeon Road, for a single motor vehicle crash.Upon arrival, deputies observed a white 2006 Dodge Ram ...

Salem Needs Volunteer Firefighters

17 May 2024

  The Salem Fire Department is in need of volunteer firefighters. Applicants must be 18-40 years of age, live in Salem or Washington County, possess a valid Indiana Drivers License and be willing to complete state mandatory training within one year. Those interested should contact Salem Fire Department at 109 North High Street, Salem or cal ...

New Historic Orleans Mural Unveiled

17 May 2024

  Press Release from the Town of Orleans A brief dedication ceremony was held April 24th for the new historic Downtown Orleans Mural created by Chloe Houston, senior art student at Orleans High School.  Chloe created the idea in art class last year and her design was chosen for the mural.  Her idea was also the 2024 Dogwood Logo an ...

Here's to Our Health

17 May 2024

Hardingsburg Christian Church is hosting "Here's to Our Heath", a program dedicated to learning how to prepare healthy meals, be more physically active and take charge of your health. Each household will recieve a free meal kit to take home each week to create a simple, healthy meal that will feed a family of four. This event is taking place o ...

County Schools Announce Graduation Times

17 May 2024

  Salem, Eastern, and West Washington high schools have announced dates and times for each of their graduation ceremonies, respectively.  Salem’s is May 25 at 2 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Gymnasium. Salem will graduate 120 seniors in this year’s class. The class president is Brooklyn Davisson. Salem has been very fortunate with scholarship ...

Trailer Of Sawdust Is Engulfed In Flames

17 May 2024

    On May, 15, at approximately 11:44 a.m., emergency personnel responded to the area of State Road 60 East and Blue River bridge, in reference to a tractor trailer fire. The driver was identified as Robert Atherton of Martinsville, Indiana. Atherton advised the deputies that the rear trailer tires and the rear of the trailer beca ...

Get into Indiana State Parks free this Sunday, May 19

17 May 2024

It’s the opening day of Visit Indiana Week, a promotion of the Indiana Destination Development Corporation that runs through May 25. All Indiana state parks, state recreation areas, and reservoirs (on.IN.gov/stateparks) that charge a daily gate fee will waive it for all guests that Sunday, making it a great time to explore a property you’ve never ...

Crown Hill Could See Natural Burials

15 May 2024

    By Becky Killian, Staff Writer Officials have taken the first step that could allow a section of Crown Hill Cemetery to be set aside for natural burials. The decision was made during the Monday, May 13, meeting of the Salem Common Council. Brock and Carrie Chastain, of Weathers Funeral Home, requested the changes necessary to allo ...

Head-On Collision May 9

15 May 2024

  By: Washington County Sheriff Brent Miller At approximately 5:58 p.m., Washington County Deputies and emergency response personnel were dispatched to the area of 6126 E Hurst Road in reference to a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Betty Rogers, age 60, of Pekin,  was traveling west on Hurst Road in a 1999 Buick Century ...

May is National Foster Care Month

15 May 2024

  Why Our Foster Parents Matter You may have heard the heart-tugging interviews of celebrities who spent part of their childhood in foster care. You've undoubtedly seen the feel-good story of a foster parent who "made all the difference" for a child who grew up to be an icon, a change-maker. Maybe you've skimmed an article online about t ...

Enrollment Is Open For Southeast Summer Learning Labs

15 May 2024

CAST (Creating Avenues for Student Transformation) is offering three sites for summer learning labs for June and July. The goal of CAST is to increase potential in youth through tutoring and mentoring. Classes will be offered at East Washington Elementary June 3-July 3 (, Bradie Shrum Elementary June 3-July and Campbellsburg Community Building Jun ...

Where Does Your Money Go?

15 May 2024

  Does your money run out before the end of the month?Is it difficult to pay your bills on time?Do you wish you had more money? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the “Where Does The Money Go” program is for you! Purdue Extension is offering a free, two-part class to give you the information to overcome money issues.  ...

Hardinsburg Man Arrested for Child Molestation and Related Crimes

14 May 2024

Washington County - Tuesday, May 14, 2024: Indiana State Police detectives arrested a Hardinsburg man on Tuesday for Child Molestation and other related charges following a four-day investigation.    The investigation began on May 10, 2024, when an employee from a Harrison County school contacted the Indiana Department of Child Serv ...

Prepare For Natural Disasters

14 May 2024

    By Washington County Community Foundation On May 1, 2024, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reminded taxpayers that soon it will be prime season for natural disasters. The National Wildfire Awareness Month is May and National Hurricane Preparedness Week starts May 5, 2024. All individuals should use this time before the natural d ...

Sheriff Miller Recognizes National Police Week

14 May 2024

  The Washington County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Brent A. Miller would like to recognize the law enforcement officers who serve our community.  Their dedication to a thankless job is admirable.  Thank you to the following members of the Washington County Sheriff's Department: Sheriff Brent MillerChief Deputy Brad ShepherdCa ...

Chamber Plans Ribbon Cutting On Public Square

10 May 2024

  On Wednesday, May 22, 12 noon, the Washington County Chamber Of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of the construction on the Salem Public Square and the launching of free Wi-Fi on the square. Bush announced the following: Firstly, we are thrilled to reveal the much-awaited completion of the constru ...

Wash. Co. Farmers Market Opens May 11

09 May 2024

  The Washington County Farmers’ Market will open with local goods raised and produced within Washington and adjacent counties on Saturday, May 11.  The market will continue on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m – 12 p.m. at the Washington County Justice Center parking lot at 801 Jackson St. in Salem through October.  When produce is more plen ...

Washington County Family YMCA Launches Capital Campaign Kick-Off Party and Raffle Event at Cars N Coffee Extravaganza

09 May 2024

The Washington County Family YMCA is gearing up for an action-packed day of community celebration and philanthropy as it announces the launch of its Capital Campaign Kick-Off Party and Raffle Event, set to take place at the Cars N Coffee event on May 11. In collaboration with Salem Motorsports Park, the YMCA invites families and car enthusiasts al ...

Spring Kickball Tournament May 25

08 May 2024

    The Washington County Family YMCA is hosting a Spring Kickball Tournament on Saturday, May 25. " Kickball For A Cause" is a YMCA Annual Campaign Fundraiser. There will be Youth and Adult divisions, and prizes will be awarded to the winning teams in both divisions. For more information or to register, call the YMCA at 812-883-9622 ...

Drive-Through Drug Drop and Food Drive This Saturday

08 May 2024

  By:  Jerry Curry, Staff Writer   The Washington County Sheriff's Department will be hosting their quarterly drive-thru Drug Drop and Food Drive at the Washington County Sheriff's Department on Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m.-12 noon. Citizens can simply drive through the parking lot and hand off expired or unwan ...

Top Jail Post Remains Vacant, Low Pay Cited As Cause

08 May 2024

  By Becky Killian, Staff Writer Washington County currently doesn’t have a permanent jail commander because the salary is too low for the level of responsibility the position carries. Sheriff Brent Miller explained the year-long challenge he’s faced filling a vacancy caused by a retirement during the Monday, May 6, meeting of the Washington ...

Drivers Who Disregard Detours Could Be Fined

08 May 2024

  By Becky Killian, Staff Writer   Officials have adopted a new ordinance that includes a fine of up to $500 plus costs for tractor trailer drivers who use county roads rather than the official detour routes.The Washington County Board of Commissioners recently approved the ordinance, which took effect immediately. The l ...

Dr. Rebecca Marshall Honored with the 50-Year Pharmacist Award

29 Apr 2024

Dr. Rebecca Marshall Honored with the 50-Year Pharmacist Award Last month, at the Indiana Pharmacy Association’s Annual Meeting, Rebecca Marshall, local pharmacist and pillar of the healthcare community, was awarded the prestigious 50-Year Pharmacist Award in recognition of her unparalleled dedication and contribution to the field of pharmacy. Dr ...

Anderson Arraigned In County on Tuesday

02 Apr 2024

By Jerry Curry, Staff Writer, and Nancy Grossman, Publisher Dejaune Anderson, the mother of five-year-old Cairo Ammar Jordon, whose body was found in a suitcase outside of Pekin Apr. 16, 2022, was arraigned in Washington County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Apr. 2. She was charged with three felony charges—murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in d ...

Cairo Jordan's Mother Arrested, To Be Returned To Washington County

20 Mar 2024

Dejaune Anderson, the mother of Cairo Ammar Jordon, whose body was found in a suitcase outside of Pekin April 16, 2022, was arrested by U.S. Marshalls in Arcadia, California. According to Sgt. Carey Huls, Indiana State Police Sellersburg District 45 Information Officer, Anderson has waived extradition back to Indiana and will return no later than ...

Pekin Man Injured In Freak Accident

23 Feb 2024

Joshua Hogan, age 50,  was seriously injured when a pickup truck he was working on rolled back over his chest. According to neighbor Gage Kay, he was working on the transmission, as the linkage was disconnect the truck on a slight grade rolled back over his chest. Neighbors jacked up the truck freeing Hogan. On the scene at 2748 S. Hickory G ...

Welcome a Lifelong Friend - Open Your Home to a Foreign Exchange Student

12 Feb 2024

World Heritage International Student Exchange Program (WH), a Non-Profit, Public Benefit Organization, is seeking local families to host foreign exchange students this coming school year. World Heritage students come from a variety of countries worldwide: Italy, Denmark, Spain, France, Germany, Ukraine, Japan, Australia, to name just a few. They ar ...

Cause of Fire Unknown In Salem Apartment Complex

04 Feb 2024

At 4:19 p.m. Thursday, Feb.1, the Salem Fire Department was called about heavy smoke in a multi-unit apartment complex at 708 Etzler Dr., Salem. Resident Brent Hattabaugh noticed smoke in his apartment, # 206, on the second floor. It continued to get worst, and that’s when he called the fire department. The fire was confined to the rear first flo ...