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October 9, 2019

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Local �����A1-12 Sports �����B1-6 Classifieds ��B7-8 Church ����C1-3 Home Life C4-6 Obituaries ��C7 School ����C8-9 Gibson C10-11 History �����C12 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, October 9, 2019 Volume 149 Number 42 Phone 812-354-8500 Petersburg, IN 47567-0068 (USPS 604-34012) $ 1 Three sections 32 pages Three inserts See COUNCIL on page 7 See GR ANT on page 2 October Bargain Period enters second week The Press-Dispatch October Bargain Period contin- ues through October 31. You can save $ 3 off the price of your yearly subscription, whether it is $ 33 for both the print + NetEdition, $28 for the print-only subscrip- tion or $ 32 for the NetEdition only version. The Press-Dispatch has been keeping the residents of Pike County informed about what is happening in their community since March of 1898. The family-owned publication continues to provide award winning cover- age of events and happenings of Pike County. Wheth- er it is keeping up with news you need to know about, such as how much and why your water rates and tax rates are going up, or just news you want to know about, like how did the neighbor's child do in his tennis match last week, The Press-Dispatch is the place to find out. If you live in Indiana but outside 475 or 476 zip codes, it is available in print and NetEdition for $ 36, print on- ly $ 31 or NetEdition only $ 32. If you live out of state, it is available in print and NetEdition for $53, print only for $48 or NetEdition only for $ 32. Out-of-state customers no longer have to wait for the mail to arrive with the NetEdition on your smart phone, tablet or computer at 6 a.m. every morning. You can read all the news from home about your friends and neighbors with your Wednesday morning coffee. The deal goes away after November 2. So there is no better time than now to get the best source of Pike County news for the last 117 years. You can either mail in the form or call 812-354-8500. Cus- tomers wanting the NetEdition need to include their email address and a password with a minimum of sev- en characters. Campbell injured in Thursday crash A Washington woman was injured Thursday afternoon when she ran off the road and overturned. Shawna Campbell, 25, of 408 Meredith St., Washington, was driving a 2009 Nissan Versa north on High- way 257 at about 3:35 p.m. Thursday. Pike County Deputy Cody Jones said the Pike County Central Dis- patch had received 911 calls saying Campbell was all over the road and sideswiped a guardrail, just north of CR 650 N. She went off the road into a ditch and the car flipped over, ejecting her. Campbell was taken to the hospital by the Pike County EMS with injuries over her entire body. The accident remains under investigation. 'Kinka-phobia' Kyndall McCutchan isn't so sure about a kinkajou checking her out during the Silly Safaris program for kids. The Safari was part of the Pike County Business Expo, Thursday afternoon in the Winslow Community Center. See addi- tional photos on page A-5. By Andy Heuring The annual Halloween Fall Fest is set for this weekend at Prides Creek and the Lock- hart Township Halloween event is Oct. 26. PRIDES CREEK HALLOWEEN OCT. 11-12 Prides Creek's annual Halloween Fest is set for Friday and Saturday, October 11 and 12. It starts Friday night with a lighted golf cart parade at dark. Lineup is at the beach parking lot. Sunset is at 7:17 p.m. Everyone is welcome to participate, with prizes to be awarded. Following the parade, they will have hayrides throughout the park. Events are scheduled for most of the day on Saturday. It starts with crafts from 10 a.m. to noon at Shelterhouse 1, which in- cludes painting pumpkins. Each child gets one pumpkin. They will have trick-or-treat time through the campgrounds from 2 to 4 p.m. Hayrides will be from 7 to 10 :30 p.m. on Saturday. A haunted trail is scheduled for Saturday night. A kid-friendly version will start the night at 8 p.m. It will then switch to a scari- er version and stay open until 11 p.m. Entry to the haunted trail is a canned good item donation that will be given to Somebody's Place. Parking is in the beach parking lot. STENDAL HALLOWEEN SET FOR OCT. 26 Halloween fun is set for the Lockhart Township Community Center on Saturday, October 26. They will have costume judg- ing, piñatas, a haunted house, cake walk, door prizes and other fun. The doors open and food is served begin- ning at 4 p.m. They will have hamburgers, chili, pie and soft drinks. Costume judging starts at 6:30 p.m. with the categories being: Best Overall, Most Original, Best Makeup, Best Couple, Best Superhero, Prettiest, Scariest, Funniest, Movie/Cartoon girl and Cutest 2-years and younger. The cakewalk is 50c per turn and the Haunted House is $1. From 4 p.m. to dusk is a no-scare time and after sundown, the monsters and freaks will be in the haunt- ed house. Halloween festivals to close out October Save $3 on your subscription! See page A-3 for full bargain period details. RENEW TODAY! DON'T WAIT! By Andy Heuring Petersburg Mayor R.C. Klipsch an- nounced during the Petersburg City Coun- cil meeting Monday night, it is official, the city will receive a $7.5 million grant to redo the wastewater treatment plant. The coun- cil also set trick-or-treat hours, and sala- ries for 2020. "This is about the biggest thing to hap- pen to this little town, maybe ever," said Klipsch. Petersburg was notified they will re- ceive the $7.5 million grant and low inter- est 40 -year loan for $4.6 million. "It is about a $13 million project. I can't imagine us being able to do all of these things without participation from Rural Development. They are giving us $7.5 mil- lion that doesn't have to be paid back," said Klipsch. "We are very fortunate to be able to rehab that facility and correct a lot of problems we have." He said the plant is reaching its capacity, which would prevent Petersburg from being able to accept new customers without the improvements. "It will allow us to add customers." Klipsch said there are several areas around Petersburg that should probably al- ready be on their system, but it just couldn't handle them. He said it is also important for future development at I-69. City to receive $7.5 million wastewater treatment grant By Andy Heuring The Department of Local Government and Finance were no-shows at the Pike County Council meeting Tuesday morn- ing. Wesley Bennett, Commissioner of the DLGF had been scheduled to attend Tuesday's meeting to explain and answer questions about IPL's assessment in Pike County dropping by about $ 93 million. Pike County's assessed value for 2020 dropped nearly 20 percent overall with that hit. It is expected to be a loss of revenue to all tax- ing units in Pike County of about $ 800,000. An analysis of this decrease by Lawrence DeBore of Purdue University showed Pike County and the Pike County School Corp. would both lose about $ 340,000 in revenue. The Pike County Library was expected to lose $ 34,000 and Petersburg $14,000. Councilman Jon Craig had contacted Bennett and arranged for him to be at the meeting at 9 a.m. to speak to the council. However, when he didn't arrive and the county had completed their meeting, Craig called Bennett. He said it had not been put into his cal- endar and he sent his "deepest apologies." Several people had attended the meet- ing including Pike School Superintendent Suzanne Blake, School board members Chris McKinney and Howard Knight; Li- brarian Stephanie Rawlins, Commissioners Jeff Nelson and Mark Flint, Pike Econom- ic Development Executive Director Ashley Willis and several other elected officials. Eventually they decided to ask him to at- tend their November 12 meeting. Councilmen suggested they send him a letter naming the people who took time to attend the meeting and ask him to attend By Andy Heuring Even though election day is November 5 in the Petersburg city election voting has already started. Absentee voting in the Clerk's office started Monday and regis- tered voters can request an absentee bal- lot by mail. The hours to vote absentee in the Clerks office are every Tuesday in October from noon to 4 p.m. Every Wednesday in Octo- ber from 8 a.m. to noon. Thursdays, Octo- ber 18 and Nov. 1 from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to noon as well as Monday, Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. to noon. On election day all four Petersburg pre- cinct are located at the Gospel Center Church on Illinois St. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is only one contested race on the ballot. It pits Republican Tricia Claridge against Democrat Scott Jenkins. They are vying to replace multi-term District 3 Coun- cilman Bertis Jenkins. Jenkins did not seek re-election this year. Absentee voting for city council began October 7 DLGF rep fails to appear at council meeting

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