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Welcome to Harrison County Indiana!

Harrison County has a wonderfully rich history in the emergence of Indiana as our 19th state and the establishment of Corydon as Indiana's first state capital. Just as the early representatives met under the Constitution Elm in Corydon to draft Indiana's first Constitution, the current members of Harrison County government are working hard to represent the needs and will of the people of Harrison County Indiana. Harrison County provides residents with a progressive business community, active social, civic and religious organizations and a friendly small town feel.

Harrison County's rural location is just 25 minutes from the city center of Louisville, Kentucky, the nation's 16th largest city. The outstanding location and growing economy has made Harrison County one of the Indiana's fastest growing counties in recent years. For business or for pleasure we invite you to explore Harrison County Indiana and see for yourself why our community is an ideal place to live, work and play.

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Deadline Nears for First Families Project

August 1 is the deadline to submit applications to the “First Families of Floyd, Clark, and Harrison Counties Legacy Project.” Applicants who verify direct descent from pioneers living in the tri-county area before 1841 will receive First Families certificates and pins and be honored guests at the “Hoosier History and Heritage Celebration” in October. An initiative of the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society (SIGS), the “First Families Project” honors the memory and spirit of the region’s early settlers, identifies their descendants, and preserves those families’ histories.

A “Finding Your First Families” workshop will be held in the Indiana History Room of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library on June 21 at 6 PM. SIGS members and an Indiana History Room genealogist will explain how to research and apply for First Families membership. Interested descendants should bring relevant genealogical information to the workshop.

Project applications are online at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~insigs/FF_2014/ffproject.htm

For more information, please contact Donna Kepley Foster at 812-923-3492.

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Harrison County Selected by Governor Holcomb for FSSA’s On My Way Pre-K program

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced 15 additional Indiana counties are now eligible to participate in On My Way Pre-K, making prekindergarten available in 2018 to 4-year olds from low-income families in those counties. Earlier this year, the Indiana General Assembly expanded the program from five pilot counties to 20 counties in House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1004-2017.

The new counties added to the On My Way Pre-K program are Bartholomew, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Floyd, Grant, Harrison, Howard, Kosciusko, Madison, Marshall, Monroe, St. Joseph, Tippecanoe and Vigo. Participating local providers in these counties will be expected to enroll children in On My Way Pre-K for the 2018/2019 school year, with the possibility of a limited program beginning in January of 2018.

These additional counties will join Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties, which have provided early education via the On My Way Pre-K program since 2015 when first authorized by the General Assembly.

“Eligible Hoosier children who start at the back of the line now have an opportunity to move ahead when enrolled in a high-quality pre-kindergarten program,” Governor Holcomb said. “A strategic investment now to expand state-funded prekindergarten for children from low-income families is an essential investment we must make in Indiana’s workforce and our state’s future.”

“We at FSSA already know from the two years we have spent managing the five-county pilot of On My Way Pre-K that children who begin the program are some of the most educationally needy in our state, yet they make higher gains than their peers in important aspects of school readiness such as language comprehension, early literacy, executive functioning and a reduction in behavior problems in the classroom,” said Indiana Family and Social Services Secretary Dr. Jennifer Walthall. “We hope the expansion of On My Way Pre-K will double the number of Hoosier children receiving these important benefits.”

HEA 1004 tasked the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) via its Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning (OECOSL), to identify 15 additional counties that demonstrated readiness to support an expansion of the On My Way Pre-K program.

More Information

Source - IN FSSA

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S.R. 135 Ohio River Bridge Repair & Painting Project

The Indiana Department of Transportation met with engineering consultants and its contractor at Seymour District offices recently (May 18) to discuss details of a $7 million 2-year project to repair and repaint the State Road 135 Matthew Welsh bridge over the Ohio River that links Harrison County, Indiana and Meade County, Kentucky. It is the only Ohio River crossing between Louisville and Tell City.

North Star Painting, Indiana’s contractor, will have crews onsite in early July. Temporary traffic signals should be installed on or after July 10. Work includes limited repairs followed by sandblasting and application of three coats of specified bridge paint.

Over water, the S.R. 135 structure stands as a 2-span continuous steel thru-truss bridge. But approaches on the Indiana and Kentucky sides are continuous composite steel girder structures that account for a series of shorter spans--numbered from 1 to 7, and 10-14. INDOT officials anticipate activities at the approach spans to begin in mid-July. It is unlikely that operations on the 2-span over-water section will begin before next year.

Motorists will be restricted to crossing segments of the bridge one-lane-at-a-time. These single-lane segments are limited to 1500 feet or less. This should reduce wait time and shorten traffic queues.

The S.R. 135 Ohio River bridge measures 3100 feet end-to-end with nearly 31 feet of clear roadway side-to-side. It was built in 1966.

S.R. 135’s traffic count is 5130 vehicles per day.

- Indiana DOT

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Harrison Co. Emergency Notification

We are excited to announce that Harrison County EMA is launching an Emergency Mass Notification Alert System for all who reside in Harrison County. This is an excellent tool for emergency notifications of all types and best of all, YOU choose which notifications you would like to receive. We are encouraging all Harrison County residents, business owners, and local organizations to take advantage of this FREE service provided by the County.

Please go to the web link listed above to SIGN UP. If you need more information or assistance with the sign up process, please feel free to stop by the EMA Office located at 245 Atwood St., Suite #217 in Corydon or give us a call at (812) 738-8949 and we will be happy to assist you. Be sure to spread the word to family and friends!

Click here to register for the Emergency Alert Program and Mass Notification 

Harrison County EMA
Greg Reas, Director