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March 13, 2019

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Local ........ A1-B8 Sports .........B1-3 History ........... B4 Classifi eds ..B5-7 Church ........C1-3 Home Life....C4-7 Obituaries....... C7 School.... C10-11 E. Gibson ..... C12 WHAT'S INSIDE: CONNECT WITH US: NetEdition E-Mail Phone:.................. 812-354-8500 Fax: ...................... 812-354-2014 E-Mail . NEWS TIPS: PIKE PUBLISHING Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Volume 149 Number 11 Phone 812-354-8500 Petersburg, IN 47567-0068 (USPS 604-34012) $ 1 Three sections 28 pages Five inserts See LIBR ARY on page 4 See WINSLOW on page 2 See ROBOTICS on page 2 See MUSICAL on page 2 By Andy Heuring Pike County had five teams par- ticipating in the VEX Robotics state finals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis over the weekend. They competed against 360 other teams in the state finals. Howev- er, those 360 teams had compet- ed against more than 1,700 teams statewide to reach the state finals. Petersburg Elementary School's Fierce Unicorn team made the finals and then placed ninth in their division out of more than 60 other state finalists. They missed qualifying for the World Finals by two places and four points. Fierce Unicorn team members are Kaedon Jansen, Tyler Collins, Jacoby Smith and Llinkyn Knust. "They just missed making it to Worlds by two places. So close! The other teams all did well but did not make it to the finals. They were all great representatives of Petersburg Elementary," said PES Robotics team sponsor Ter- ra Knust. The other teams attending the state finals from PES were: Team Trump (Lane Frederick, Carter McCain and Aksel Onyett), Team Smarties (Zayne Bell, Jacob Hark- er and Joshua Harker), Girl Squad (Macy Hill, Karly Gideon, Kady Gideon, Elle Readle and Brook- lyn Query). Also the Pike Central Middle School team Pink Power, made up of Eli Arnold, Blaine Barnett, Parker Knust, Noah Meece and Jacob Pauw, competed in the state finals as well. "It was pretty fun and cool to see where the Colts play," said Jacoby Smith, of the Fierce Uni- corns, about competing in Lucas Oil Stadium. "I liked how big it was and see- ing all the fields," said Lane Fred- erick, of Team Trump. They explained, in their local competitions, typically there were just two fields set up and usual- ly only one competition at a time going on. But at the state finals in Lucas Oil, they had six stag- es set up, with four fields on each of them. Often, most of the fields were competing at the same time. Five Pike Co. Robotics teams compete in State Finals at Lucas Stadium Pike Central will present the musical Oklahoma! this weekend. It is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, March 15 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17 in the Vance Hays Auditorium. Oklahoma! is set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the centu- ry. There is a high-spirited rivalry be- tween the local farmers and cowboys that provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Lau- rey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love nev- er runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a coun- try road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant Oklahoma! It stars Mackinzee Key as Laurey, Draven Huff as Curly, Kylee Shoultz as Ado Annie, Colin Craig as Will Parker, Alyssa Jenkins as Aunt Eller, Gage Reibold as Ali Hakim, and Austin Loveless as Jud Fry. Tickets can be ordered from any cast member or by calling Pike Central High School at (812) 354-8478. Seats will be filled in the order in which they are re- ceived. The complete cast is: Aunt Eller - Alyssa Jenkins Curly - Draven Huff Laurey - Mackinzee Key Ike Skidmore - Chase Dotterweich Fred - Alex Like Slim - Dalton Williams Will Parker - Colin Craig Jud Fry - Austin Loveless Ado Annie Carnes - Kylee Shoultz Ali Hakim - Gage Reibold Gertie Cummings - Audrey Keepes Kate - Morgan Houchins Ellen - Meredith Benson Sylvie - Madison Warner Armina - Erin Craig Aggie - Abby Sutt Oklahoma! opens Friday at Pike Central By Andy Heuring Tuesday evening, Petersburg Police lo- cated a third vehicle that had been stolen from Petersburg in the last two weeks. Cpl. Kyle Mills was driving around look- ing for it and at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, he found it parked behind the Old Petersburg Gym. It was stolen from Petersburg late Mon- day night or early Tuesday morning. He said a maroon or red 2008 Ford Edge, owned by Christina Mattingly, with a li- cense plate of 601TJU, was stolen some- time between 9:30 p.m. Monday and 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. "They were brazen enough to go up on the porch and steal a Harley Da- vidson flag," said Baumgart. It was taken from the area near 14th and Walnut sts. "I can't emphasize enough for people to take their keys in and lock their car doors," said Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Baumgart. The first vehicle taken was a silver 2005 Chevrolet Colorado four-door pickup. It was taken from Jim Gaskins' driveway on Feb- ruary 26 and has a license plate number of TK750NAY. It has not been located. Then on Thursday, February 28, Dubois County called Pike County and asked them to be on the lookout for a car taken from Huntingburg. Baumgart said Petersburg Police Sgt. Chad McClellan found that vehicle at 112 S. 14th St., Petersburg, at about 1 p.m. On Saturday, March 2, Baumgart said po- lice received a call at about 7:30 a.m. from Amber (Clark) Ashley that her 2006 Chev- rolet Equinox had been stolen from her res- idence at 205 N. 12th St. Police were then notified later that morn- ing about a vehicle matching that descrip- tion being crashed near the Pike-Gibson county line. Third stolen vehicle recovered Tuesday evening By Andy Heuring Winslow awarded an $ 86,940 paving con- tract to Hunter Paving and Construction during their Monday night meeting. They received a Community Crossroads Grant from the Indiana Department of Transpor- tation. They will be paving five streets this sum- mer with the grant fund. Those streets are Bluff St. from Porter to North Sts.; Facto- ry Ave. from Highway 61 to its end; Bren- ton St. from Highway 61 to Third St.; North St. from Bluff to Collins St. and Porter from Bluff to Collins Sts. Winslow Councilmen also announced they have signed an agreement with the Patoka Township Fire Department to have automatic mutual aid. Council President Josh Popp said it would help the Winslow Department in several ways. He said it would provide the combined manpower of both the Winslow and Patoka Township fire departments for fires and emergency medical runs. It al- so will increase the number of calls Win- slow's Fire Department goes on so it will help with their training and proficiency. An- other benefit according to Popp is the in- Winslow to pave five streets this summer Council approves $820,000 Petersburg library expansion By Andy Heuring Pike County Councilmen approved the Pike County Library spending $ 820,000 to build an addition onto the Petersburg Branch of the Pike County Library dur- ing their Tuesday morning meeting. They also scheduled a special meeting for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 to take up numer- ous computer-related matters in the court- house. "The last five years we have been saving money. The board has been scrimping and saving. When the library was first built it was too small. We knew this. Since then we have done a feasibility study. All the in- formation was given by the community to us. We didn't just say this is what we want," said Gaskins. Another Library Board member, Neil McCrary said, "The Library was under- built, for a lack of a better word, at 7,692 sq ft. Activities have increased rapidly from 2012 to today. This expansion is well planned, fiscally responsible and to be run by an innovative and well-educated staff. As a person who believes the best is yet to come, I firmly believe in this expansion and opportunity it will provide to the youth of Pike County." Council president Greg Willis asked Li- brary Director Stephanie Rawlins about al- ternative bids. She said the ones they would like are a $4,800 concrete patio on the back of the building and $19,000 to carpet all of the library. Willis acknowledged the crowd of about 30 people attending meeting and asked if anyone wanted to speak. Donna Wallace said, " I am in and out of the library. It is al- ways busy. I'm proud to see so many peo- ple interested in lifelong learning," said Stillwell hits bridge at Pike-Gibson line A pregnant woman was taken to the hospital after the car she was riding in crashed into a guard rail and concrete bridge railings. Kaleb Stillwell, 18, of rural Oakland City was driv- ing west on Highway 64 with Kimberly Ellerman of Buckskin as his passenger. He ran off the right side of the road about 100 feet in front of a bridge and guardrail. He then over-correct- ed, went across the centerline and hit a guardrail on the left side of the road, then spun back across Highway 64 and hit the concrete side of the bridge, according to Indiana State Troop- er John Davis. Trooper Davis said Ellerman, who is pregnant, was taken to the hospital. It happened at about 12:20 p.m. Friday. Colin Craig as Will Parker woos Kylee Shoultz playing Ado Annie during a scene of Oklahoma!. Pike Central is per- forming the play at 7 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Sunday in the Vance Hays Auditorium. See more pictures on page B-8.

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