The Washington Times-Herald

Local News

August 23, 2013

County considers space needs

Daviess County officials are searching for more elbow room. A committee is looking at options trying to figure out what county offices need and how to provide the space that will meet those needs. Right now everything is on the table, but no decisions are close to being made.

County Auditor Gail Doades is a committee member.

"We are in the very beginning, beginning stage," she explained. The committee is getting organized and planning visits to counties that have either built new courthouses or annexes in recent years.

A trio of problems are driving the investigation. One is changes and expansion of programs and requirements on local government by the state. The other is security for the courts and offices and the last is storage. "There is always an issue of space," said County councilman Kenneth Solliday.

The county facilities have been going through some changes over the last decade. The Health Department and Extension Office both have moved out of the courthouse into nearby buildings. That space was part of a renovation that expanded the Prosecutor's Office.

Even newer facilities in the county are finding that changes in programs have run some of the operations out of space. The new jail was built to house the Community Corrections program. The expanded use of alternative sentencing like work release and home detention now has those offices out of space. "We have three and four people working out of each room," said Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit. "They have problems meeting with their clients."

That is in the process of changing. Community Corrections is in the process of securing new offices away from jail. "We will continue to house and handle the work release prisoners at the jail," said Harbstreit, "but the people who administer the programs will be at another site."

Text Only
Local News
  • Colts get to take a break ANDERSON — There was a change in the Indianapolis Colts training camp schedule Monday as the team had just one practice instead of the usual two. With the Colts set to have Tuesday as an already scheduled day off, head coach Chuck Pagano combined the

    July 31, 2014

  • Washington City Council hears 2015 budget proposals Mayor Joe Wellman and the members of the Washington City Council met with city department heads Wednesday evening to hear the proposed budgets for 2015. Wellman said he had proposed pay increases for both hourly and salary employees. Those increases

    July 30, 2014

  • Barr-Reeve responds to teachers' complaint MONTGOMERY — The Barr-Reeve Community School Corporation has responded to the unfair labor practice complaint filed by the Barr-Reeve Classroom Teachers Association against the corporation. Earlier this month, the CTA filed the complaint with Indiana

    July 30, 2014

  • Sandra Hotz Sandra M. Hotz, 66, of Washington, died at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. The body of Sandra Hotz was cremated and there will be no services. Burial will be at a later date. Arrangements are being made through Brocksmith-Blake

    July 30, 2014

  • Fears' suit against Pike school board dismissed

    EVANSVILLE — A federal judge threw out former Otwell Elementary Principal Rick Fears' suit against the Pike County School Corporation on Wednesday.

    July 30, 2014

  • Today's police report CITY REPORT Wednesday 10:52 a.m. - An employee of Chuckle's, 201, N.E. Fifth St., reported a drive-off worth $20.01 in gas. 6:32 a.m. - Erika Prinus said a stop sign was spray painted black at CRs 800E and 100S. County highway was notified. Tuesday 6

    July 30, 2014

  • PoolWed.jpg Back to School Bash headed for Eastside Park Eastside Park and WaterWorld of Washington will likely be popular stops for family fun Saturday. The first Back to School Bash will be held at the park from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. and WaterWorld of Washington will offer free swimming all day. "This is t

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - WT073114 - AyalaMug Man arrested for sexual misconduct A Washington man is facing charges of sexual misconduct after his arrest Tuesday. Jose O. Ayala, 25, Washington, was arrested by city police Tuesday on a warrant for two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor. The minor in this case was a 15-year-o

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Washington schools ready to begin classes The Washington Community School Board approved the hiring of several staff members as officials prepare to begin classes next week. The board hired three additional teachers, made 16 extra-curricular appointments and approved three volunteer position

    July 30, 2014

  • Colts release RB Rainey ANDERSON — Just two days after earning praise for his playmaking ability from head coach Chuck Pagano, running back Chris Rainey was waived by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday morning.The news was broken in a press release around 8:30 a.m. and later

    July 30, 2014