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December 5, 2018

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Local ........ A1-10 Sports .........B1-7 Classifi eds ....B8-9 Church ........C1-3 Home Life....C4-7 Obituaries....... C7 Opinion .......C8-9 School.......... C10 E. Gibson ..... C11 WHAT'S INSIDE: CONNECT WITH US: NetEdition E-Mail Phone:.................. 812-354-8500 Fax: ...................... 812-354-2014 E-Mail . NEWS TIPS: PIKE PUBLISHING See CR300 N on page 6 Wednesday, December 5, 2018 Volume 148 Number 49 Phone (812) 354-8500 Petersburg, IN 47567-0068 (USPS 604-34012) $ 1 Three sections 32 pages Seven inserts See TR AINS on page 2 See EVENTS on page 2 By Andy Heuring As Christmas grows ever closer, activi- ties continue. The 26th Annual Holly Walk is set for Saturday, December 8. Otwell is having Breakfast with Santa and Winslow will have Santa and Mrs. Claus at their Win- ter Wonderland. 26TH HOLLY WALK IS SATURDAY The 26th Annual Holly Walk will have a full slate of activities. Santa will be at the Santa House at Seventh and Main sts. from 2 to 4 p.m. A Storyteller will be at the Ole Flower shoppe from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the free carriage rides will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with pickups on Seventh St. be- tween Walnut and Main Sts. There will also be photo with Mick- ey and Minnie Mouse at Galaxy's Good- ies and Creations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A grand prize basket will be given away by a drawing at 4 p.m. in Marge's Hallmark. The basket will contain a $20 gift certifi- cation from Make Me Unique, a gift cer- tificate and gifts from Marge's Hallmark Gold Crown, a necklace and earrings from Silk Designs, a Christmas lantern from The Ole Flower Shoppe, a candle and bath bomb with jewelry from BathBombs Petersburg, Doug and Melissa Child's toy from Galaxy's Goodies and Creations, $20 gift card from Mikel's Graphics, free daily lunch special from Cakes and Coffee Cafe, hair products and gift certificate from Solutions Hair Sa- lon, and items from Kuttin' Loose Hair Sa- lon and Studio 603 Hair Salon. Shoppers may pick up a punch paper at any merchant. No purchase is necessary, but it takes eight punches to be entered in- to the drawing. The train show sponsored by Pike Col- lision is set for noon to 4 p.m. at the Gos- pel Center gym. There will be numerous model trains set up, including a huge LEGO train layout and a G gauge Union Pacific train set. Two train sets will be given away at the train show. MRS. CLAUS AT BRENTON CABIN Mrs. Claus will be in the Peter Brenton Cabin in Hornady Park on Friday, Decem- ber 7 and Sunday, December 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. She will be reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to children and offering free chestnuts that have been roasted on an open fire pit near the cabin. 4-H CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK A free family event called 4-H in the Park is set for Saturday, December 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Pike County Fairgrounds. There will be pictures with Santa, an ugly Christ- mas sweater contest at 7 p.m. and music fest from 7 to 9 p.m., along with hot chocolate and cookies. 4-H info and enrollment will also be available. CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK Christmas in the Park runs each night from 6 to 9 p.m. in Hornady Park. OTWELL BREAKFAST WITH SANTA DEC. 8 The annual Breakfast with Santa at the Otwell Community Center is scheduled for 8 to 10 a.m. Santa will talk to children, and there will be donuts and juice available. WINSLOW WINTER WONDERLAND Winter Wonderland in Winslow is a col- lection of Christmas displays set up in the former Dime Store on Main St., Winslow. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 8 and from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 15. There will also be hot chocolate and cookies. READING WITH SANTA A reading with Santa event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Decem- Early deadlines for holiday editions The Press-Dispatch will have early deadlines for the Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 editions, due to the holidays. DEC. 26 EDITION The deadline for all advertising is 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20. Line classifieds and news items are due by 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21. Readers can expect to receive their papers in the mail on Mon- day. This edition will be available on newsstands and online by Satur- day evening. JAN. 2 EDITION The deadline for all advertising is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28. Line clas- sifieds and news items are due by 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 31. Readers can expect to receive their papers in the mail on Wednes- day. This edition will be available on newsstands and online by Mon- day evening. Elberfeld teen injured An Elberfeld teen was injured Monday evening when he fell asleep and his car crashed and flipped over on Highway 64, near Meridian Road. Carson B. Johnson, 16, of 8596 S. 850 E., Elberfeld, complained of chest pain. Pike Coun- ty Deputy Sheriff Paul Collier said Johnson was driving west on Highway 64 and had set his cruise control, then fell asleep and went off the north side of the road for about 175 feet before hitting a driveway culvert. The car then went airborne, impacted the ground and flipped over. Johnson was taken by Pike County EMS to the hospital. He was driving a 2013 Dodge Avenger. Above: Patoka Township firemen briefly hosed down the smoking vehicle. Santa Claus comes to town Mr. and Mrs. Claus were in the Saturday Winslow Christmas parade. They rode in a beautifully made gift-hauling sleigh. After the parade they spent time at the Winslow Nazarene Church Mouse House event. Former Winslow resi- dents Ed and Deb Lemond were Mr and Mrs Santa Claus. See additional photos on page A9. James Capozella photo Lots of area Christmas activities to enjoy By Andy Heuring Model train collector Terry L. Mires has been around trains his whole life. He can still tell you in detail about the model train that caught his eye when he was 12 years old. "In 1952, I said, 'Let's go down to the sporting goods store to see what train they are running this year.'" Mires, the son of a boilermak- er and foreman for Union Pacif- ic, was naturally drawn to trains. He said, back then, sporting goods stores would have a spe- cial train set made for them by Lionel for Christmas. In North Platte, Neb., the sporting goods store was Youngs. When he and his siblings got there to see it, they were amazed. "I had never seen one that big before. They were all O27s." Mires explains the O27s were given that name be- cause they were O gauge trains that run on a 27-inch curve. "Mom and Dad couldn't afford it." Time slipped away and Mires moved to numerous towns as his father and himself moved to where work was with Union Pa- cific. Those towns included Hunt- ing, Baker, Portland and Legrand, Ore. Because his father and grandfa- ther worked for Union Pacific, he was able to travel on the train and rode it often. When he grew up, he went to work for Union Pacific as well and worked for them 22 years, mostly as an electrician and supervisor. "I started out in a union posi- tion" and after 10 years, he took a job as a staff rider. "I rode the trains and troubleshot them." Later, he took a job rebuilding old train engines in Boise, Ida- ho. He said there he worked on more than 550 locomotives from rail lines such as Santa Fe, CSX, Burlington Northerner and Kan- sas City Southern. Doing this, he learned the ins and outs of locomotives, to the point he spent several years teach- ing and training train electricians and mechanics. Then in 1993, he moved to Pe- tersburg to take a job maintain- ing Indiana Southern trains. A f- ter living in the Pacific Northwest for much of his life, he said he thought southern Indiana was the "banana belt." That view changed soon. In the winter of 1994, tem- peratures got to minus 20, which he said makes keeping a die- sel locomotive running a stress- ful task. He eventually quit full- Mires has been fan of trains since childhood Road will be main artery for new industrial sites By Andy Heuring The road project called "Priority Num- ber One" by local economic development officials received support of both the Pike County Commissioners and County Coun- cil this week. The County Commission- ers, on Monday morning in their monthly meeting and the County Council in a spe- cial meeting on Tuesday morning, passed resolutions supporting the project. It is a $5 million project that will widen and improve CR 300 N., from Highway 61 to the Indiana Southern rail crossing. The Pike County Highway Department is apply- ing for a grant that will pay 80 percent of that cost, which would make Pike County's portion of it $1.046 million over five years. Pike County's Economic Development Council is working jointly with the High- way Department on the grant. Executive Director Ashley Willis said, "It is the main artery. . .This is very important to have ac- cess to our industrial sites. . . CR 300 N. is the most important piece of our economic puzzle. It needs to be taken care of as quick as possible," said Willis. "We have an immediate need to access this road. Indiana Southern Rail has in- creased business and use of the road and Pike County has a very active prospect for CR300 N road project gets nod from council, commissioners Holly Walk Holly Walk This Saturday SEE A-7 FOR DETAILS This Saturday SEE A-7 FOR DETAILS Page A-4

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