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Explosion at JET plant sends 33 to hospital

2,400 gallons of sulfuric acid accidentally mixed with 1,400 gallons of ferric chloride

Just five months after Crawford County emergency officials held an exercise on handling a large hazardous materials incident, they had to deal with the real thing Thursday afternoon following an explosion at the 400-employee Jasper Engines and Transmission plant near Carefree that sent 33 people to the hospital....more >>

Severe regional flooding follows heavy rains

At a storm spotter seminar in English on Wednesday, March 12, National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Callahan mentioned that "next Tuesday, you folks could be having some major weather problems." One week later, few could deny how accurate he was....more >>

Counties want Milltown bridge out

Interlocal agreement states funding for new bridge contingent on old bridge being removed from river

The question of whether the old, single-lane Milltown bridge will remain in the Blue River appears all but settled as commissioners from Harrison and Crawford counties Thursday night unanimously approved an interlocal agreement that stipulates funding for a new approximately $1.7-million bridge joining the two counties is contingent upon removal of the old one....more >>

Officials say tax plan good for homeowners

The Indiana General Assembly passed a tax-restructuring plan Friday night, March 14, before the midnight deadline, with the property tax crisis for the homeowners as its focus. The plan will provide additional tax cuts for homeowners this year and cap future bills for most property owners. House Bill 1001 passed the Senate with a 41-6 vote and the House with an 82-17 count. Homeowners' property tax bills will be cut an average of 30 percent statewide from last year....more >>

Bids for Alton bridge rehab could be let this summer

Rehabilitation of County Bridge No. 45 — "the long bridge" — at Alton took a step closer as the Crawford County Board of Commissioners Thursday night voted 3-0 to approve a design exception and plans for the approximately $900,000 project....more >>

Georgetown scraps annexation plans

The Town of Georgetown is cutting its losses and moving on by scrapping a plan to annex unwilling neighbors into the town and by taking steps to severe ties to a company supplying Broadband Internet service to residents....more >>

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Heavy rains bring major flooding, headaches
Crawford commissioners declare state of emergency
March 19, 2008
At a storm spotter seminar in English last Wednesday, National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Callahan mentioned that “next Tuesday, you folks could be having some major weather problems.” One week later, few can deny how accurate he was. ...more >>

Commissioners OK cuts to county offices
Personnel reductions won't take effect until Aug. 1
March 19, 2008
Despite several county employees in the audience, the Crawford County Board of Commissioners on Thursday voted 3-0, with little dissent, to adopt several recommendations offered by a five-member committed appointed to find ways to save county government dollars. ...more >>

NHCTA brings in supporters
March 19, 2008
The North Harrison Classroom Teachers Association brought in reinforcements Thursday night as the impasse on a new teacher contract nears the end of the fourth year. ...more >>

Milltown continues debate on future of single-lane bridge
Crawford, Harrison to conduct joint meeting Thursday
March 19, 2008
It had been about six weeks since Milltown residents first formally voiced their opinion on whether or not the town should take ownership of the old, one-lane bridge that connects the Crawford and Harrison County sides of town at the Blue River if a new, two-lane structure is built, but little had changed by the March 10 meeting of the Milltown Town Council. ...more >>

Council shows it 'CARES,' passes hat for youth program
OKs funding to repair Milltown 'curved bridge'
March 19, 2008
Short on county funds but not on a desire to help, the Crawford County Council literally passed the hat last Tuesday night for a fund-raiser for the CARES before- and after-school program in the county. ...more >>

‘Storm spotter’ seminar teaches safety first
March 19, 2008
“Keep your eyes open and your weather radios on” was the advice given by Michael Callahan from the National Weather Service last Wednesday at a “storm spotter” seminar sponsored by the Crawford County Emergency Management Agency. ...more >>

Bridge closure causes problems for Milltown
Commissioners shut down ‘curve bridge’ west of town following inspection
March 12, 2008
In a move that caught many in the Milltown area by surprise, the Crawford County Board of Commissioners voted to close County Bridge No. 129, on North Milltown Road just outside Milltown, last Wednesday after an annual inspection revealed problems with one section of the structure. ...more >>

Coming to a crawl
Crawford, Harrison declare state of emergencies to keep drivers off roads
March 12, 2008
The area was hit with a double-whammy on Friday and into Saturday, when one of the biggest snow storms since 1998 blasted several Southern Indiana counties. ...more >>

Crawford School Corp., CTA reach contract settlement
March 12, 2008
The Crawford County Community School Corp. and Crawford County Classroom Teachers Association have reached agreement on a two-year contract that will bump the salary schedule up by 2.25 percent for 2007-08 but allows a pay increase for 2008-09 to be negotiated later. ...more >>

Inmate substance abuse program makes strides
Program focuses on communication to get inmates to make proper choices
March 12, 2008
The five Indiana Department of Correction prisoners came into the activity room at the Crawford County Jail carrying their journals and worksheets. They turned in their homework and took a seat, just as if they were in high school. Then, one of them became the teacher. On this day, it was “Gary’s” turn to lead the group. ...more >>

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