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SmallIndianaSalem 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.

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Salem, Indiana (July 14, 2021) - The City of Salem has lifted its boil water advisory at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. This precautionary measure was put in place to err on the side safety. 

Our water plant had an adverse issue over the weekend that was fixed by the crew and engineers on site. This was an internal issue with a chlorine bleach pump feed and was discovered and addressed by Saturday evening. 

We did not lose disinfection and only suffered from low volume. Testing water samples after the repair to ensure safety was the most time consuming, resulting in the extended advisory. All testing was completed today, and the advisory was then cancelled. 

The City of Salem certainly thanks our customers for understanding and being patient while we ensured a safe water supply. 

We will be working on implementing an automated notification system in the future and will make that announcement at a later date. 

Once again, thank you for your patience and understanding during the advisory period. 

As always, please feel free to contact me or the City of Salem Water Department with any questions or concerns. 


Justin Green

Indiana Department of Transportation contractor E&B Paving Inc. plans to close S.R. 60 at the Salem Bypass on Tuesday, July 6, to continue construction on a $2 million roundabout project that began earlier this year.

State Road 60 is expected to remain closed through late August with an official detour route of I-65 to S.R. 56. The detour for the Salem Bypass will continue to follow U.S. 150 to S.R. 56.

The project will upgrade the existing two-way stop intersection to a single-lane roundabout with 12-foot truck aprons, which aims to enhance safety by reducing the number and severity of crashes at this location. The contract also includes full-depth pavement replacement, guardrail work, and intersection lighting.

The contract was awarded last fall and the new intersection is now scheduled to open in late August following design changes to the splitter islands on each leg of the roundabout. Additional construction activity may take place later in the year with minimal interruptions to traffic.

Motorists are reminded to slow down, use extra caution, and drive distraction-free in and near work zones. All work is weather-dependent and schedules are subject to change. More project information can be found on the INDOT website.




Fourth annual competition draws record-breaking participation with 815 students from 128 high schools across the state

INDIANAPOLIS (June 21, 2021) – High school students across Indiana gathered downtown Indianapolis Saturday for the final round of the fourth Innovate WithIN™ pitch competition, pitching their ideas to a panel of judges from Indiana’s entrepreneurial community. After advancing through two rounds of the competition, Southern Indiana Bait Co. LLC (SIBCo.) from Salem High School in Salem, Indiana, was named the overall winner of the statewide initiative hosted by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and the STARTedUP Foundation.


"I'm encouraged and excited to see record participation from Indiana students in this year's Innovate WithIN competition," said Governor Eric J. Holcomb. "Initiatives like this are growing Indiana's culture of innovation and entrepreneurship and empowering young Hoosiers to start using their creativity and entrepreneurial ideas. Seeing what these students have to offer at such a young age gives me a lot of hope for our state's future."

Led by Zion and Xavier Dunaway from Salem High School, SIBCo. developes high-quality and durable bait for recreational, semi-pro and professional anglers. Each team member will receive a $10,000 cash prize, $10,000 toward future education, mentoring services and internship and additional scholarship opportunities.

SIBCo., along with all of the final 10 teams, received mentoring services through the STARTedUP Foundation, which focused on helping students develop and execute their innovation and entrepreneurship ideas, as well as providing access to the Foundation's network of mentors and advisers.

“We continue to be encouraged by the talent coming from all corners of our state and to have a Governor who makes a point to not only attend the Innovate WithIN High School Pitch Competition each year, but also spend time learning about the students’ businesses and encouraging the pursuit of their visions," said Don Wettrick, STARTedUP Foundation founder and CEO. "They are truly representing an exciting future for our state.”

In second place, Acacia Ranch Show Goats, led by Sydney and Matthias Hefty at DeKalb High School, will each receive $2,500. In third place, AR Odyssey LLC, led by Aidan Mahaffey, Jesse Kogge and Julia Layton with The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship and Bloomington High School North, will each receive $1,500.

The other finalists, who were honored with certificates of achievement, include:

  • EveryBody (EB) Clothing Brand, led by Emmett Bowman from Crawfordsville High School;
  • Boost Box, led by Lauren Mitchell and Andrew Blessinger from Edgewood High School;
  • Aspire Group LLC, led by Trey Nebergall from Columbus North High School;
  • Omega Skin, led by Nimish Bhat from Carmel High School;
  • Cramps Revamped led by Allison Bradford from Hobart High School;
  • Sheap, led by Gadiel Montiel from Concord Community High School; and
  • FIA, led by Krishna Thiru, Emma Hamilton and Isaiah Branam from Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School/Zionsville Community High School.

Innovate WithIN is Indiana's first statewide high school pitch competition, drawing 245 online applications from 815 Hoosier students at 128 high schools. Students were asked to work individually or in small groups to submit an innovative idea for a business, product, service or venture. After completing video pitches and regional competitions, the final 10 teams, representing Bartholomew, Boone, DeKalb, Elkhart, Hamilton, Lake, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery and Washington counties, were invited to Indianapolis to pitch their idea to a panel of judges.

The judges of Saturday's competition were David Watkins, state director of the Indiana Small Business Development Center; Sunny Lu Williams, president of TechServ Corporation; Chip Neidigh, CEO and founder of Kairos Consulting; and Christine McDonnell, CEO and co-founder of Codelicious.

As part of Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Agenda to make Indiana a hub for innovation and develop a 21st century skilled and ready workforce, the state is committed to helping cultivate innovative ideas in the classroom. The Innovate WithIN™ pitch competition fosters an entrepreneurial spirit among our leaders of tomorrow, empowering students to hone their innovative thinking.

- Source IEDC


The City of Salem will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on July 9, 2021 from 11 :00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Salem-Washington County Senior Center. For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 812-883-4265 or sign up online at redcrossblood.org.

The City of Salem is committed to strengthening our community and helping meet hospital and patient needs through blood donations," said Mayor Justin Green. "This blood drive is our way of giving staff, colleagues and neighbors an opportunity to help save lives."

Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross.

"We urge community members to donate blood and help ensure that patients in local hospitals have a supply of blood ready and waiting before an emergency occurs. There's no better feeling than knowing that your blood donation may give someone a second chance at life."

According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types 0 negative, A negative and B negative.

Blooddrive July2021