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Local �������� A1-10 Sports ���������B1-2 Classifieds ��B3-4 Opinion �������B5-6 East Gibson ���� B6 Church ��������C1-3 Home Life����C4-6 Obituaries������� C7 History ����������� C8 WHAT'S INSIDE: CONNECT WITH US: NetEdition ���pressdispatch�net/edition Facebook�����facebook�com/pressdispatch E-Mail ���������news@pressdispatch�net Phone:������������������ 812-354-8500 Fax: ���������������������� 812-354-2014 E-Mail � editor@pressdispatch�net NEWS TIPS: PIKE PUBLISHING Wednesday, July 10, 2019 Volume 149 Number 29 Phone 812-354-8500 Petersburg, IN 47567-0068 (USPS 604-34012) $ 1 Three sections 24 pages Three inserts See PATOK A on page 2 See BRIDGE on page 2 See WINSLOW on page 2 See FAIR on page 2 Winslow council bans firemen from driving fire trucks Clog the Patoka event set for Saturday Emily Allen Kassandra Evans Madyson Fettinger Sabree McDowell Abigail Sutt By Andy Heuring Councilmen voted to fund the removal and replacement of the Iron Bridge over the Patoka River at the back entrance of Pike State Forest. County Bridge 150 is an historic wood floor bridge that spans the Patoka River at Survant. The historic bridge is going to be removed from its current loca- tion. It will then be moved to Pe- tersburg and replace the Charger Bridge across Pike Ave. from Mc- Donald's. The Charger Bridge has been closed for several years. The his- toric bridge will serve as a walk- ing bridge, but will not be open to vehicle traffic. Councilmen voted to appropri- ate $219,000 in the Bridge 150 replacement and $119,000 in the Bridge 150 rehabilitation. Ham said these figures were Pike County's 20 percent of an 80 - 20 federal funding they received on a federal aid bridge project. They applied for it several years ago. The county had to do sever- al things to get to this point. The new bridge will actually be beside where the current bridge is locat- ed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service owned the ground next to it. So the county swapped them ground for the ground where the bridge will be located. Ham said the bridge contract is Council votes to fund Iron Bridge replacement Councilmen say training must be completed to meet insurance requirements By Dennis Marshall The Town of Winslow will be without its fire department until at least Monday, July 15, after the town council, during the month- ly meeting on Monday, July 8 at the Winslow Community Center, banned the department's emer- gency response vehicles from be- ing on the road. The ban was put into place be- cause the department had not completed its required training, which created an insurance lia- bility, according to city officials. "This training needs to done," Winslow Council President Josh- ua Popp said. "It should have al- ready been done. You guys are driving trucks. If you get in an accident, the town is held liable for it. So for the time being, I re- ally don't want those trucks on the road. It's too much of a liabil- ity risk." The training issue was brought up after the council asked about its request for the fire depart- ment's past five years of financial records in previous meetings. Winslow Fire Chief Jason Bot- toms referred the council to the department's attorney when asked by Popp on the status of the request. Popp asked a representative from Patoka Fire Department if they had a quote to provide ser- vice to Winslow, but the represen- tative said the department had a change in their stance on provid- ing the town with service. "We don't have a quote right now," the representative said. "We are kind of going back on our stance and we want to wait and see if the town and fire de- partment can work things out be- fore we make a move." The council said the Patoka and Winslow Fire Department are free to work an agreement between themselves to keep a Patoka fire- truck in Winslow. Bottoms informed the council that the training had been set for Monday, July 15. The department had been cer- tified but let their training lapse. OTHER ACTIONS • Popp said he would like to see part-time Deputy Town Mar- shal Steve Nelson moved into the full-time town marshal po- sition. "Then as we develop the 2020 budget, see what we can do to have the part-time town mar- shal in there," he said. "We don't have a dollar figure for [the part- time position], but we do need to have a full-time town marshal." Popp said he would like to have the changes made by the end of the month. • Indiana 15 Regional Plan- ning Commission Senior Project Clog the Patoka III is this week- end in Winslow. It officially starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13. Orga- nizer Chris Clement said they are hoping for 1,000 people this year for the 6.5 -mile float from Survant to the Winslow Riverside Park. Clog the Patoka went viral in 2017 when Clement decided to in- vite anyone and everyone to join him on a float down the river. In a matter of two or three weeks, those attending grew to 361. Last year, that ballooned to 811. The explosive growth has caused some planning head- aches for the Clement and fellow organizers Heather McCandless, Mark Goodpasture, Angie Ro- bling, Jenny Byrd and Josh Byrd. One is trying to figure out how to get nearly 1,000 people and their watercraft to the public ac- cess ramp of the Patoka River at Survant, which is located down a narrow road. They have developed a route and shuttle system to help this year. Last year, it took some peo- ple more than an hour to get to the starting point as hundreds of vehicle lined up for more than a half-mile along CR 650 E. to drop off boats. Clement said the county has helped by trimming along CR 650 E. and doing work on the side of the road to make it easier for two vehicles to pass each other on the narrow rock road. Drop off plan The official start is 10 a.m. to noon. However, Clement said The Miss Pike County Pageant will kick off the 2019 Pike Coun- ty 4-H Fair on Saturday, July 20. Miss Pike County starts at 8 p.m. This year's contestants are: Mady- son Fettinger, Kassandra Evans, Emily Allen, Abigail Sutt and Sa- bree McDowell. Fettinger is the daughter of Trissa Triplett and Rick Fettinger of Petersburg. Evans is the daughter of Nicole and Tim Evans of Petersburg. She is sponsored by T&E Welding. Allen is the daughter of Steph- anie Feldemeier and the late Eric Allen of Petersburg. Sutt is the daughter of Summer Sorgius of Otwell. She is spon- sored by IBEW 1395. McDowell is the daughter of Apryl and Chris McDowell of Pe- tersburg. She is sponsored by Mikels Graphics. Three pageants will precede the Miss Pike County. The Little Miss and Mr. pageant is set for 3 p.m. Junior Miss is set for 5 p.m. and Teen Miss Pike County will be 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 21 A parade will start things off Sun- day at 3:30 p.m. It will start at the courthouse in Petersburg and head south on Main St., then turn onto Pike Ave. and proceed into Horna- dy Park. Opening ceremonies will follow at 4:45 p.m. A Unite Youth Rally with Chris- tian Music Festival is set for 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 22 The Poultry Show begins at 9 a.m., and the Pleasure Horse Show at 7 p.m. The 4-H Building will open each night from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Tuesday, July 23 The Goat show starts at 9 a.m. and Swine Show at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 The Rabbit show begins at 9 a.m. Beef dairy and sheep shows will be- gin 6:30 p.m. Family Fun Night and SFA Pedal pull begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25 Free rides start on Thursday at Miss Pike County pageant kicks off fair events Saturday JULY SEE DETAILS ON PAGE A-3 Celebrating with a bang Fireworks explode and light up the sky over Otwell during the Jefferson Township Ruritan's Fourth of July Celebration. See more photos on pages A-6 and A-7. Photo by Hetman Designs

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