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B-6 Opinion | East Gibson Wednesday, July 10, 2019 The Press-Dispatch valley and then the volcano surround- ed by a lake. We had dinner at a res- taurant overlooking the whole view. Then after a couple of hours soak- ing in the wonder, we proceeded to my Dad's hometown for a visit to his old house, but now it's unrecogniz- able because it was converted to a re- tail store. Good thing the church he at- tended and where we attended mass- es still stands and we were able to visit and pray for sometime. Nostalgia had set in. The following day, we went to a place called Villa Escudero. Real unique place. It had waterfalls and at the river portion, there was a restau- rant where you went barefoot to eat lunch, as water flowed underneath the table and your feet. Then after lunch was an hour and a half program con- sisting of different native dances and musical instrument ensembles that played our native songs. Luckily, we met and befriended the current owner of the resort, a son of the founder. A fter a period of getting acquainted, he asked one of his em- ployees to take us on a private tour of his family's ancestral home. He relat- ed he graduated in 1964 from Cornell University, majoring in Hotel Man- agement and Agriculture. Fortunate- ly, my daughter-in-law's sister gradu- ated from Cornell as well and so the commonality opened up a bridge of friendship. We felt so lucky because their big house was restricted to the public. There we saw the pictures of the origi- nal owner from Spain and his seven chil- dren. The house was built in the 1800s. There were collections of souvenirs from different places of the world where the family had traveled. It is so hard to relate all the items we saw because they were so many and so antique. What a sight. The other place of note we visit- ed the next day is the Mall of Asia, ap- parently the biggest in the Asian part of the world. My company had a great time exploring the mall and seeing so many products from the western world, particularly the USA. Our American in- fluence indeed is astonishing. • • • Naturally, my story would not be complete unless I share the stories of reunions with relatives of Rose - broth- er, sister, cousins, uncles, aunts, neph- ews, nieces, etc. etc. You guessed it right, it was constant feasting of foods and delicacies and snacks, and snacks after snacks. Catching up with every- one evoked memories of yesteryears. I always carry a picture of our wedding day on my iPhone and our ringbearer, who was then about 7 or 8 years old, was flabbergasted to see his picture. Incidentally, there was a food court near our hotel, I'd call it mega food mall and the choices of food were just mind boggling. As we feasted, the thought about people who are hungry or starv- ing disappeared from my guilty con- science because I had to savor the fla- vors I rarely have a chance to enjoy in this part of the western world. So much to tell, so little space and time. Next storytelling: Singapore. Wisdom of the week: Life, so pre- cious, we all share the same aspira- tions, challenges, triumphs and hope, anywhere on this beautiful planet. Thank you, Lord. Court Report FELONY Pike County Circuit Court Amanda J. Reynolds charged with count I domestic battery by means of a deadly weapon, a level 5 felony, count II operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance or its me- tabolite in person's body, count III op- erating a vehicle while intoxicated, en- dangering a person, and count IV pos- session of marijuana. Harley E. Deweese charged with count I criminal confinement with bodily injury, a level 5 felony, and count II strangulation, a level 6 felony. Kelly Birkle charged with count I possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 felony, count II maintaining a common nuisance - controlled sub- stances, a level 6 felony, and count III domestic battery. Allison Doane charged with main- taining a common nuisance - con- trolled substances, a level 6 felony. Christopher K. Hall charged with domestic battery, a level 6 felony. Charles Thomas Neyman, Jr. charged with theft, a level 6 felony. TRAFFIC AND MISDEMEANOR Pike County Circuit Court Michael E. Creel charged with count I battery and count II disorder- ly conduct. Jose Juan Mendosa charged with false government identification. Brian Santiago Salas charged with carrying a handgun without a license. Tori Birk charged with possession of marijuana. Nicholas Tyler Tepe charged with possession of marijuana. CIVIL Pike County Circuit Court OneMain Financial Group, LLC sues David Glaser and Angela C. Rowe on complaint. OneMain Financial Group, LLC sues Christian Rogers and Todd Dowden on complaint. Chad R. Guy sues Aimee M. Guy for dissolution of marriage. SMALL CLAIMS Pike County Circuit Court Ohio Valley Gas sues Eric M. Slun- der on complaint. INFRACTIONS Pike County Circuit Court Quintin D. Singleton charged with speeding. Ryan P. Grammer charged with dis- regarding a stop sign. Kaci L. Houchin-Rogers charged with seatbelt violation. Thomas R. Moffitt charged with no valid driver's license. Gabriel L. Postin charged with ad- dress or name change violation. Jesse M. McBeth charged with seatbelt violation. David W. Mills charged with im- proper or no turn signals. Gracecyn J. Nuhring charged with seatbelt violation. Crystal E. Postin charged with ad- dress or name change violation. Sarah E. Johns charged with seat- belt violation. Harcourt L. Alton charged with driving the wrong way on posted one- way roadway. Jimmy G. Ahrndt charged with seatbelt violation. Rex A. Satterfield charged with op- erating with expired plates. Amanda G. Wood charged with speeding. Zachary Michael Rebstock charged with seatbelt violation. Jeanne M. Doench charged with driving while suspended. Nicholas E. Charkosky charged with seatbelt violation. Breanna D. Douglas charged with speeding, exceeding 70 mph. Victoria D. Kimmons charged with speeding, exceeding 70 mph. Jason G. Steffy charged with speed- ing, exceeding 55 mph. Mackenzie K. Evans charged with seatbelt violation. Andrew T. Leach Williams charged with speeding, exceeding 70 mph. Trey S. Breeding charged with speeding. Skylar R. Carlson charged with seatbelt violation. Miranda J. Grissom charged count I with speeding, 30 mph in an urban dis- trict, and count II driving while sus- pended. Robert D. Jordan, Jr. charged with speeding, exceeding 70 mph. Terry P. Tharp charged with seat- belt violation. Alex J. Morton charged with oper- ating with expired plates. Matthew W. Barrett charged with speeding, exceeding 55 mph. Collin J. Wedding charged with speeding, exceeding 70 mph. Continued from page 5 PHILIPPINES Continued from page 5 WORKS Continued from page 5 FREEDOM help themselves. Certainly, many things don't work as well as they could. Health care, ed- ucation, housing our entitlement pro- grams. Almost invariably, their dys- function comes from too much gov- ernment, not too little. If Republicans convey these truths in 2020, they will win. Star Parker is an author and pres- ident of CURE, Center for Urban Re- newal and Education. Contact her at A view of the Dubai skyline from our hotel. East Gibson Clerk endorses safety of county election equipment By Janice Barniak County Clerk Jim Mor- row wanted voters to know about the safety measures the county has that pre- vent voter fraud in advance of the upcoming election, and let them know, paper or electronic, that he had confidence in their ability to count every vote. As for physical securi- ty, he said that the voting equipment is stored un- der lock and key in elec- tion rooms, and set up for the elections by Harp En- terprises before being de- livered to the precincts, where they are locked un- til Election Day morning. As for data storage and security, he said Hart In- tercivic voting equipment is a double encrypted mo- bile ballot box that is read only on a secure computer used only for elections and the process of bringing the information to the comput- er is closely monitored by two people, one Republi- can, one Democrat. The mobile ballot boxes are hand-delivered to and from the polls by Harp En- terprises, out of Kentucky, to avoid the possibility they could be interfered with while in the mail, and the computers that read the mobile ballot box are not connected to the internet. Precinct personnel watch the election equip- ment during the election, and there are no ports to physically plug into—no USB ports, RCA jacks, Bluetooth capabilities, or connection to the internet. "We have the only vot- ing system that has never been successfully hacked," said Morrow. When a rep- resentative from a hack- er's convention called DE- FCON asked if the county would donate a machine for the hackers to attempt, they withdrew the request after finding out the ma- chine the county had, Mor- row said. Morrow, a Republican, said that for those wor- ried he might be biased because of his party, they could know that Democrat- ic Clerk Becky Woodburn implemented the system. He added that the only people who had ever bro- ken security protocol had been terminated from their post. Gardeners host invasive species speaker on July 15 When you look out your window and see what our rains have done, do you say, "If it's green, it's good"? Don't answer too quickly. An invasion may be happening before your eyes. Plants from other countries, brought here on ships and through fool- ish policies, have no pred- ators on our shores. They are slowly choking out our native plants and having an unpleasant impact on all that green you see. Na- tive plants that were here before there was a U.S.A. are part of a balance that keeps them from becom- ing too numerous while in- vasives go unchecked. You need to know what is invad- ing our shores. On July 15 at 7 p.m., The Gibson County Master Gar- deners will sponsor a discus- sion about invasive plants entitled "Know Before you Grow" with Megan Rit- terskamp, who is with the Evansville Soil and Water Conservation District. She will help identify those inva- sive plants (some of which are actually dangerous) and suggest native plants that will take their place and even grow better. She will explain how native plants serve to encourage helpful birds and insects and pro- duce a healthier lawn. The presentation will be at the Princeton Senior Center, directly in back of the Princeton Rural King. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Master Gardeners are ac- tive in every county in In- diana and in every state in the U.S. and Canada. Gib- son County Master Garden- ers are sponsored by Pur- due University Extension Service. They provide in- tense home horticulture training to communities, teaching people ore about growing plants and provid- ing plant-related informa- tion and technical assis- tance. OC woman charged with driving without a license On July 6 at 7:03 p.m., Deputy Loren Barchett conducted a traffic stop on State Road 64, near Inter- state 69, on a green 1998 Ford Contour for having expired license plates. Up- on approaching the vehi- cle, Deputy Barchett iden- tified the driver as 24-year- old Lacy Hill, of Oakland City. During the roadside investigation, Hill admit- ted to Deputy Barchett that she did not have an opera- tor's license. Upon confirm- ing Hill's status with the In- diana Bureau of Motor Vehi- cles, she was taken into cus- tody and transported to the Gibson County Jail, where she was charged with Oper- ating a Vehicle Without Ev- er Receiving a Valid License. She has since posted a $450 bond. Lacy Hill that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Unfor- tunately, not everyone living in Amer- ica was free when that was written. As Henson discovered, life, liberty, and freedom becomes a reality when God is allowed to break the chains of sin. Henson rejoiced in knowing that he was free from the bondage of sin. Let us rejoice as Henson did when he re- alized God has set him free. Though he was still a slave in man's eyes, he was free from sin! Paul's admonition to the Galatians reminds us liberty is fragile: "Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bond- age." Being free, allows us to enter into heavenly places where God resides, and He welcomes that intrusion.

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