Welcome to Historic Salem Indiana!

Salem is located in scenic Southern Indiana just 35 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky and less than 100 miles south of Indianapolis, Indiana. Salem is a great place to live and make a living. We have high achieving public schools, and a wide variety of community activities. Salem also has a strong and diverse economic base. If you're a visitor to Salem, we hope you will take note of our many unique and historic destinations. As a city, Salem has retained much of its small town flavor, a flavor that is enhanced by the city’s tree-lined streets, stately old homes and a friendly atmosphere that has been nurtured and handed down through the generations.


Youth Football Meetings & Information

All perspective Salem Parks and Recreation Department Youth Football coaches are encouraged to attend a preseason coaches meeting Tuesday July 29, at 7:00pm in Salem City Hall. This includes coaches from East Washington, West Washington, and Salem.  Coaches are required to submit a coaching application to the Park and Rec. Office and must be okayed by the Park Board before assuming duties to coach.  

The applications are submitted to the Washington County Sheriff's Dept. and the Washington County Welfare Dept. for Criminal and Child Protection Services Background Checks.  This year each coach must take an online football coaching course through USA Football.  The course concentrates on concussions, proper equipment fitting, hydration, etc.  Upon completion, each coach will recieve their youth football coaching certification.

The Salem Parks and Recreation Department Youth Football league co-directors are once again Rodney Brough and Bubba Abbott. Salem P&R Youth Football is for players grades 3rd-6th residing in Washington County. For more information you may call the Salem Parks and Rec. Office at 883-2895.

As a reminder, the fee for each player is $35.00.  Registration and issuance of equipment will be Sunday August 3, 1-4pm and Sunday August 10, 1-3pm.




City Passes Annual Water Test

The City of Salem received a good report on the city’s water Friday afternoon, passing an annual wastewater test.

Every year, the wastewater treatment plant’s water sent out to the Blue River undergoes an extensive biological test. The tests help to ensure that the polluted water sent to the city’s sewers by individual households and industries is cleaned to help protect Blue River’s water quality.

Sensitive fish and crustaceans are exposed to samples from the plant of a one-week period and their response is measured. Scientists from Commonwealth Biomonitoring in Indianapolis measure how well these animals survive, grow and reproduce compared to water that has no toxic chemicals in it.

The most recent test conducted in mid-May showed that the city’s wastewater is completely safe for Blue River’s aquatic community. The results have held true for the past five years.

The water quality professionals at the Salem Wastewater Treatment Plan are doing an excellent job keeping Salem’s environment clean.

Blue River has been declared to be an "Outstanding Water Resource" by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and an "Exceptional Use" stream by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.  This fine stream supports forms of aquatic life (fish and salamanders) that are rare elsewhere.


Senior Center donates to the Homeless

The senior center members are also busy with other activities, including making mats out of plastic grocery sacks. Napier said several mats have already been made and donated to homeless people in Salem, as well as Exit 0.

She said the senior center is always taking donations of plastic bags to use for the project. The mats are used in various ways, but mostly to give people a cushion to sleep on. Anyone who would like to help make the mats is encouraged to contact Napier for more information.

For more information on events and activities at the senior center, call 883-4986.


Live bands weekly at Salem Senior Center

Are you looking for something to do on Thursday and Friday evenings? Do you like listening to live music? Then look no further!

The Senior Center has great music every Thursday and Friday evening with several different bands.

The cost to get in is only $3 and the events are open to the public.

Senior Center Director Gail Napier said Mervin Lee, from Borden, is charge of the music and getting bands at the center and he does a great job.

“These bands are so good!” she said. “They really know how to play and everyone really enjoys it.”

The Down Yonder Band plays every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. And on Friday’s, the bands play from 6:30 to 9:30. Bands playing in the month of July on Fridays are: No Name Band, Cross River Band and Paul Smith Band.

“We’d love to see more people out here enjoying this great music!” said Napier.

Service & Education Events

Red Cross Blood Drive - YMCA
07-23-2014 3:00 pm

Public Meetings

Plan Commission Meeting
07-28-2014 7:00 pm
Salem Tree Board Meeting
08-07-2014 4:00 pm
Prevent Child Abuse Meeting
08-08-2014 12:00 pm

Community Events

Friday Night on the Square
09-19-2014 5:00 pm
Outside the Walls 2014 Bicentennial Benefit Power Ride
09-27-2014 10:30 am
Salem Bicentennial Parade
09-27-2014 2:00 pm