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July 11, 2018

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, July 11, 2018 A-3 LOCAL Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg *RRG6DPDULWDQ3K\VLFLDQ 1HWZRUN:HOFRPHV 5REHUW$YHQD0' )HOLFLWDV*DWFKDOLDQ0' 'UV$YHQDDQG*DWFKDOLDQERWKVSHFLDOL]H LQ,QWHUQDO0HGLFLQHDQGDUHDFFHSWLQJQHZ SDWLHQWVZKRDUHDQGROGHUEHJLQQLQJ-XO\ &DOOWRVFKHGXOH\RXUDSSRLQWPHQW 3K\VLFLDQ1HWZRUN 61LQWK6WUHHW 9LQFHQQHV,1 Name of Organization ������������������������������������� Contact Person ������������������������������������������� Address �������������������������������������������������� Phone Number ��������������������Cell �������������������� Parade Date: Sunday, July 22 Parade Line Up: 3:30 p.m. Parade Line Up locations: 8th Street between Methodist Church and Catholic Church in Petersburg Parade starts promptly at 4 p.m. Pike County Parade Entry Float ������ Car ������ Walking ����� Other ������ Describe ������������������������������� Sunday, July 22 at 4 p.m. Fax entry to 812-354-8028 or text a photo of entry to 812-202-8516 For more information, call 812-354-6838 Please Check One Entry Deadline Friday, July 19 at 4 p.m. 18 USC 77 Ethan Hill is 'Upward Bound' By Kenzie Rudolph Oakland City University brought back the Up- ward Bound program to its summer activities, and Pike County's own Ethan Hill, of Otwell, was able to experience six weeks of learning and fun. Upward Bound is a federally-funded edu- cational program, and the goal is to provide better opportunities to certain categories of high school students for attending college. Ethan Hill, 14, son of Jason and Hannah Hill, who is about to enter Pike Central High School as a freshman, ended up being picked for the pro- gram by Arleen Petty, a counselor at the middle school. "Ethan was the first she thought of...he always volunteers to help at school," said Ethan's mom, Hannah. Hill was very excited to spend a portion of his summer at Oakland City University, and he even missed the last couple days of school so that he could start Upward Bound on Memorial Day. Two other students, also from Pike Central, at- tended the program with Hill, Mateus Gowan and Dalton Cummings. They got to experience dorm life in Dearing Hall at OCU. The six-week long program gave Hill and the other students an opportunity to take some class- es that normally wouldn't be offered to them. They were in the classroom Monday through Fri- day from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and then the students got to do work of some sort, as a work study, from 2-5 p.m. Hill got to work with OCU's maintenance crew while he was there. The first two weeks, Hill studied Anatomy and Physiology, Indiana History and Literature. The second two weeks consisted of learning about Psy- chology, Personal Finance and Sign Language. To finish up the last two weeks of the program, he studied Communications, P.E. and Poetry. He said that the students also were given Chrome- books to use. The Upward Bound program and OCU provid- ed many different activities for the kids to do while there. Hill mentioned a trip to Louisville, where they went to a ball game, the Louisville Slugger Museum and to a movie; a St. Louis trip to a Car- dinals' game and the zoo; bowling; Walther's Golf n' Fun; Holiday World; a cookout at New Lake; and they got to enjoy the Kona Ice Truck a few times. He also mentioned that the R A's planned an activ- ity every night. Before this pro- gram, Hill's family had just moved from Petersburg to Otwell. He had never real- ly been away from home for this long of a period, even though he was able to go home on the weekends. "I have lived in Dearing Hall more than I have been in my own house," said He with a laugh. His favorite R A was OCU's Suellen Head. Hill said, regarding Head, "We had a lot of fun, and she has some really admirable qualities. She is very flexible about things." He also liked talking to Dr. Kiesel, who used to write for the South Gibson Star-Times, the sis- ter paper of The Press-Dispatch. He remembered Kiesel talking about a story he had written, where the Fire Department had to put out a fire within their own building. Hill added, "It sounds like something that would happen on Andy Griffith." Regarding the program as a whole, he said, "It was just a good learning experience..interesting classes, fun teachers, made some money." He added that it opened up doors for him. His mom said, "He is thinking about his future now." In regards to college, Hill said, "It's an op- tion. I didn't know much about it (before Upward Bound)." "I want to go college and get my basics at least, and then I want to go to flight school...Cargo be- cause boxes don't complain, and you don't need exit parachutes," added Hill with a grin. He has been involved in band (percussion), pep band and Bible quizzing. He added that he might play golf in high school. He loves to collect an- tiques, and even brought his typewriter and his rotary phone to Oakland City's campus to make his dorm room feel more like home. Upward Bound is not just a summer program, and Hill is looking forward to again meeting up with the friends he met for more cultural trips throughout the year. It was just a good learning experience..interesting classes, fun teachers, made some money." –Ethan Hill Petersburg to purchase 3,000-gallon tank truck for PVFD By Ed Cahill Petersburg's Common Council voted unanimously during its reg- ular meeting on Monday, July 2, to purchase a 3,000 -gallon tank truck for the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department. The total cost of the Freight- liner tank truck – which will al- so have a pumping capability of up to 1,000 gallons per minute – will be $290,465 and is expected to be delivered in January or Feb- ruary 2019. "Basically, this is a regular fire engine, if you will, only it has a 3,000 -gallon tank instead of 1,000, like our current engine," said Fire Chief Ross Elmore. "It's so we can move more water. It has a 1,000 GPM pump, which that will help us on our next ISO rating because that pump will count where the current truck doesn't." "Functionality-wise, it'll have ladders and some other things our current truck doesn't have," Elmore added. "It's another en- gine is what it amounts to." According to Mayor R.C. Klipsch, a committee comprised of members of the Petersburg Fire Territory Board of Directors had advertised for and opened bids be- fore making its recommendation to the city's Board of Public Works and Safety – comprised of Klipsch, council president Fran Lewis and council member John Melhiser – which subsequently agreed to present the proposal to the Com- mon Council. "This is what the guys decid- ed would serve the purpose bet- ter, and it makes sense – you're go- ing to hold more water," Klipsch said. "They had a committee of guys working on this for some time now, really. We've been kind of dragging our feet a little bit, but we have selected the vendor." Klipsch noted that the fire de- partment's equipment replace- ment fund had a large enough bal- ance to cover the entire cost of the new tank truck, but said that the preferred method was to lease the vehicle instead. "We would have the funds to pay for it, but I think we would proba- bly elect not to do that at this time," Klipsch said. "We've been looking at different lease arrangements and I've got numbers how we would go about doing that, which we don't have to decide right now. It most likely would be a five- or six-year lease. Of course, we can't give exact numbers, because we don't know what the interest rate will be." Klipsch said that discussions were being held with the Wash- ington Township Advisory Board Hwy. 68 closed for pavement patching Highway 68 will be closed start- ing Monday, July 9 between I-69 and Highway 41. The Indiana Department of Transportation announced it will be a complete road closure on State Road 68 near Haubstadt for pavement patching operations. Contractors will close S.R. 68 from U.S. 41 to about two miles east of I-69 to begin patching op- erations. Contractors will work in this six-mile area in different loca- tions at different times. This proj- ect will require a full closure of the road, though local traffic will have access to their homes. During the project, the closure will be in place around the clock. The official detour for this project uses U.S. 41, I-64, I-69 and S.R. 68. Work is expected to be complete by the end of the week depending upon weather conditions. INDOT urges drivers to slow down and stay alert near crews. Hwy. 168 closed for railroad repair, to reopen July 18 The Indiana Department of Transportation announces a com- plete road closure on State Road 168 near Fort Branch for a railroad crossing repair. Beginning on or around Tues- day, July 10, railroad contractors will close S.R. 168 west of U.S. 41 for a railroad crossing repair. Contractors expect the closure to take about nine days depending upon weather conditions. During the project, the closure will be in place around the clock, though lo- cal traffic will have access up to the point of closure. The official detour for this railroad crossing re- pair uses U.S. 41, S.R. 65, and S.R. 64. Work is expected to be com- plete by July 18 depending upon weather conditions. INDOT urges drivers to slow down and stay alert near crews. Crow selected as Hoosier Girls State Delegate Becca Crow, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Crow, of Winslow, was chosen by the Winslow Amer- ican Legion Auxiliary Unit #115 to attend the 77th annual session of Hoosier Girls State, which was June 24-30 at the campus of Trine University in Angola. Miss Crow, an incoming se- nior at Pike Central High School, was joined by approximately 500 young women for this government program designed to educate our leaders of tomorrow in duties, priv- ileges, rights and responsibilities of citizenship. This session of gov- ernment and practical politics is non-partisan and non-political. See TRUCK on page 7

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