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A-8 Local Wednesday, November 6, 2019 The Press-Dispatch WE ARE PROFFESIONAL GRADE 1-800-937-8721 Jasper, IN Pike Central Middle School performs 'The Lion King, Jr.' Pike Central Middle School is performing The Lion King, Jr. this weekend. The three perfor- mances will be 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8; 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. The Lion King, Jr. tells the sto- ry of the epic adventures of a curious cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the respon- sibilities of adulthood and his destiny as king. Along the way, the young lion encounters a col- orful cast of characters, includ- ing spunky lioness Nala, charis- matic meerkat Timon, and lov- able warthog Pumbaa. To claim his rightful place on the throne and save his beloved Pride- lands, Simba must find his inner strength and confront his wick- ed Uncle Scar. The Lion King, Jr. features classic songs from the 1994 film such as "Hakuna Mata- ta" and the Academy Award®- winning "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," as well as additional songs penned for the Broadway production. About 75 middle school stu- dents are in the cast. The main characters are: Rafiki - Jayla Harris; Mufasa - Max Burkhart; Sarabi - Karley Kavanaugh; Za- zu - Kynlee Jackson; Young Sim- ba - Tommy Hayes; Young Nala - Xavery Weisman; Simba - Con- ner Loveless; Nala - Gabby Col- lins; Scar - Ella Adams; Timon - Jakob Newkirk and Pumbaa - Makynna Satterfield. Tickets are on sale now and can be ordered from any cast member or by calling the Pike Central Middle/High School Of- fice at 812-354-8478. Tickets can also be purchased at the box of- fice until each show is sold out. The box office will open one hour prior to show time. a number of boys in the high school bathroom." McKinney said that stu- dent identified several boys involved and all but one were juveniles. Dennis Brum- field, 18, of 58 S. SR 61, Win- slow, is the only non-juvenile identified. According to the probable cause affidavit, a vape pen was located in the hood of Brumfield's jacket. Its contents field tested pos- itive for THC, according to McKinney. Brumfield admitted he had previously pooled money with a juvenile to purchase THC vapes from "someone in Jasper," but said that person "had ripped him off and kept his half when the purchase was made," according to the probable cause. It also stated Brumfield denied allowing the juve- nile, who became ill, to use his vape pen. McKinney said all the students identi- fied as taking part in pass- ing the vape pen in the bath- room were searched and Brumfield was the only one they located a vape pen on. However they located mari- juana in one of the juveniles lockers. Police also subpoenaed and confiscated Brumfield's cellphone to search it for messages, phone listings, voicemails, screen shots, videos, social media activ- ity, contact lists, notes and electronic media. All of it be- ing evidence of the crimes of dealing in marijuana. According to court re- cords, Brumfield told police he brought the vape pen to school everyday and used the THC because "it helped him stay calm and stay fo- cused." Brumfield was charged with possession of marijua- na, a class B misdemeanor, and contributing to the de- linquency of a minor, a class A misdemeanor and crimi- nal recklessness, a class B misdemeanor. McKinney said a juvenile was charged with a juvenile offense related to the matter. McKinney also stated vape pens are regulated sim- ilar to cigarettes. They are illegal for anyone under 18. While 18 year olds can pur- chase vape pens, it is illegal to bring them to school. "This is something that has been going on for a while in the bigger cities like Indianapolis, but just like anything else, it even- tually finds it way to here." "This is a serious prob- lem. No one knows what all is in this stuff." Pike County Prosecutor Darrin McDonald said the laws have not caught up to vaping yet. "This is a situa- tion where you have an adult taking drugs into the school and distributing them. But all we have is a misdemean- or offense to combat it." "Vaping is so prevalent. Our culture is encouraging people to smoke pot, which is a problem, and the pen- alties we have to deal with it are ridiculous," said Mc- Donald. He added, "It looks like we are really soft on this and we are, but right now, we don't have laws to at- tack it." Continued from page 1 THC VAPING Continued from page 1 ELECTION that. I would prefer to think that is the case rath- er than lack of interest," said Klipsch. "We have a lot that is going to be happening in the next four years and we have been working hard for the last four years to get to this point. Some of these projects are three and four years old and we are constantly working on new projects. We're fortu- nate to be able to apply for and receive some of these grants. Otherwise we wouldn't be doing some of them. It will be very busy times the next few years," said Klipsch. He added, "There is no question some incon- venience associated with the projects. At the end of the day we will have these projects completed and it will be very good for Pe- tersburg." Woods of Webelos Nov. 9-10 More than 100 boys and girls in fourth and fifth grade (who are current- ly Cub Scouts in Buffalo Trace Council), and their parents and leaders, will be participating in a week- end camp-out at Old Ben Scout Reservation on No- vember 9 -10. Woods of Webelos is a focused opportunity for fourth and fifth grade We- belos to interact with older Scouts from local troops, and begin to further un- derstand what Scouting is about. The weekend will be packed with activities, including nature-related programming, knot tying, cooking, first aid, archery, BB gun, patrol games, flag ceremonies and a campfire program. Many of these skills will be used to ful- fill their Scouting require- ments. This year, Sara Steurer, a local Scouts BSA youth member, will be in the pri- mary youth leadership role of Senior Patrol Lead- er. She is a junior at Gib- son Southern High School, where she also plays soc- cer and is a part of many clubs at her school. Even with her busy schedule, she couldn't pass up the opportunity to proudly join Scouts BSA this year. Steurer said scouting has allowed her to be- come a better leader and more confident with talk- ing in front of a crowd. She also credits scouting for of- fering her learning oppor- tunities with the different merit badges she has com- pleted. She added scout- ing has become a part of her daily life and that she wouldn't trade the friends, experiences and lessons for anything. Steurer will oversee the weekend program, and run the opening and closing ceremonies. She will also provide leadership to the Webelos and the parents on what to do throughout the day. The Boy Scouts of Amer- ica offers adventure oppor- tunities for all age groups. Cub Scouts is for boys and girls who are in kindergar- ten through fifth grade. In February 2019, the pro- gram currently known as Boy Scouts became Scouts BSA, welcoming girls to work towards the re- nowned Eagle Scout rank. This program invites boys and girls, ages 11-18. Venturing, which has in- cluded girls since the ear- ly 90s, is a co-ed program for young men and women ages 14-20. To find an ac- tive unit, visit www.beas- and search by zip code, or call 800 -264-5246. Above: Rafiki (Jayla Harris) presenting Ba- by Simba to the Pridelands. Left: Scar (El- la Adams) sings Be Prepared with the hyenas. Right: Rafi- ki (Jayla Har- ris) sings Circle of Life with the Prideland Ani- mals. Photos contributed Scarecrow judging Members of the Discover Downtown Petersburg Inc. and Miss Buffalo Trace winners judged the en- tries of the Scarecrow contest last week. Above are President of Downtown Petersburg Jo Hadley, Chel- sea Mills, Carlie Halbrader, Kassandra Evans and Petersburg Mayor R. C. Klipsch.

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