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May 21, 2014 | 10:02 AM

The month of April was a good one to Harrison County Community Services. Thanks to a two-to-one match program for its endowment at the Harrison County Community Foundation, HCCS collected a total contribution of $210,701.36.

Rick Cooper, executive director of HCCS, wrote a letter of thanks to the Harrison County Board of Commissioners which, along with the county council, approved $10,000 for the match program.

The letter was presented to the commissioners at their regular meeting Monday night.

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Harrison County Engineer Kevin Russel, right, congratulates Glenn Bube, highway superintendent, for his completion of work to become designated a Master Road Builder. Photo by Ross Schulz
The Foundation matched $50,000 for a total of $150,000, and another $60,000-plus was donated on top of that for the month.

"We will now be able to use a portion of the interest earned from the endowment for our continued work with the people of Harrison County," Cooper said. "Last year, we were able to assist over 2,600 families and more than 7,000 individuals with food or other assistance, such as utilities, prescriptions or housing."

Harrison County Community Services Inc., located at 101 Highway 62 just west of downtown Corydon, provides a variety of services to help the people of Harrison County meet their basic needs. The most frequently used service is the food pantry.

Each and every category of services provided by HCCS went up in 2013 compared to 2012.

Cooper said they are able to draw out the interest from the endowment each year, which usually totals about $20,000, although it was $40,000 last year and should be even higher this year with the large endowment total.

Each year the county provides $250,000 of riverboat gaming funds for HCCS operations.

"We thank you for your support of Harrison County Community Services," Cooper said. "But, more importantly, thank you for supporting our community and helping people to rebuild their lives."

In other business Monday night, Harrison County Engineer Kevin Russel congratulated highway superintendent Glenn Bube for becoming a Master Road Builder as designated by the Indiana Association of County Engineers and Supervisors. Twelve core courses are required to reach the level of Master Road Builder. The intent of the program is to elevate the credibility of individuals who have taken personal initiative to complete the program.

"It's something to be proud of," Russel said.

Bube said it's all just part of the job.

The board then accepted and approved the highway department's annual report.

"Hopefully, next year it'll include the purchase of property (for a new highway garage) and a salt dome," Commissioner George Ethridge said.

Also in the engineer's report, Russel said the bridge project on Big Indian Road is progressing nicely with a completion date of June 30.

"It's beginning to look more like a bridge," he said.

Russel also received approval to designate a three-way stop at the intersection of Lanesville Road, Research Boulevard and County Line Road, near the Areva Pharmaceuticals Inc. warehouse.

The commissioners will have a joint meeting with the county council tomorrow (Thursday) at 1 p.m. to discuss future "what if" riverboat gaming funds spending and will also have a meeting Thursday, June 5, at 9 a.m. with county government department heads to discuss the personnel policy.

The next regular scheduled meeting of the board of commissioners will be Monday, June 2, at 8:30 a.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon.

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