Thanks to those who helped Make the Santa House Possible

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors would like to thank those that made it possible for the Chamber to obtain a bigger and better Santa House. The Santa House that was used in the past was very small. It was almost impossible for families to get pictures with Santa in his house. Milan Miller of Miller’s Mini Barns, noticed the need for a larger house and stepped up to help. John Jones GM City also donated to make it possible to obtain the new Santa House. Potter’s Carpet and Ace Hardware donated materials and their time to make the house possible.

Many others donated to help get the house ready including: Matt and Holden Kidd, Dana Muntz and family, Lowell Depoy, Tony Nolan, Eric Zink and Tony Maranto. The Chamber Board would also like to extend their thanks to the Washington County Commissioners for allowing the house to be set on the courthouse lawn.

Many businesses and organizations sponsored the Santa House including: Angie Wilson Professional Service, West Washington Elementary School PTO, Edward Jones – David Morris, Hoosier Realty, Jason Wade Agency – State Farm, Dawalt Funeral Home - Adam and Kristy Kelly, Salem Title Corp., Knapp Miller Brown Insurance, Brick Street Sampler, Salem Crossing, First Harrison Bank, West Washington Jr/Sr High School Athletic Dept., and Zink Signs.

The Santa House has been important fixture in Washington County for years. This year Santa saw approximately 800 children at his house, located on the East side of the courthouse. Children from across southern Indiana were invited to bring their parents to visit with Santa and the local businesses of Washington County.

Again, the board would like to thank everyone for their help to provide Santa with a new winter home in Washington County.

Dana Muntz, RN BSN MBA
Chamber Board President


Economic Growth Region 10 Statistics

Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in November. Twenty-seven states had unemployment rate decreases from October, 11 states had increases, and 12 states and the District of Columbia had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, four states had increases, and one state had no change.

In November, the Midwest had the lowest regional unemployment rate, 4.6 percent, while the West had the highest rate, 5.4 percent. Over the month, no region had a statistically significant unemployment rate change. Significant over-the-year rate decreases occurred in all four regions: the West (-1.0 percentage point), Midwest and Northeast (-0.8 point each), and South (-0.5 point).

Statistical Data Report for November 2015, Released January 2016

Job Postings and Starting Wage report containing 4th Quarter 2015


Bringing Back the Spice - SOAR's 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off Marked for April 9th

Chili FundraiserSave the date for SOAR’s 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off. The event will be held at Southern Hills Church Family Life Center from 4-7 PM on April 9th. This is our most exciting fundraiser of the year! Establishing a chili team is an easy way to advertise your business and/or organization. So break out those recipes, round up those teammates and have a “Yee Haw” of a good time. There will be prizes for Judged Best Chili, People’s Choice Best Chili and Best Decorated Booth. Registration forms can be picked up at the Salem Public Library or downloaded from our website- Completed forms can be emailed to or dropped off at the SOAR office located in the Salem Public Library. Also, again this year to go along with the fun of the cook-off, we will have a live and a silent auction. If you would like to donate auction items- Please contact Stephanie at 812-883-5600.

Admission tickets will be available at the door: $5.00 for adult, $3.00 for children.

Also, businesses, individuals and organizations can sponsor a table. Levels of sponsorship are: Pepperoncini - $100.00, Jalapeno- $250.00 and Habanero- $500.00 or more. Sponsorship will be publicized in newspaper, social media and at event. Call Stephanie at the SOAR office at 812-883-5600 or email for more information. As always, your participation, sponsorship and fellowship for this great cause is tremendously appreciated.