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February 12, 2020

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B-6 Wednesday, Februar y 12, 2020 The Press-Dispatch EAST GIBSON NEWS Submit school news: Email: egnews@ Deadline: Noon on Friday Barton Township Elementary Wood Memorial SEE A GREAT PHOTO? If you see something that you think should be photographed for the East Gibson page in the Press-Dispatch let us know at 812-354-8500. Or you can take the picture and e-mail it to 820 Poplar Street, Petersburg, IN 47567 812-354-8500 Faith Smithhart took home a gold medal for Group 2 Clarinet Solo. Alison Mosley took home a silver medal for Group 1 Clar- inet Solo, Sydney Kelley took home a silver medal for Group 3 Alto Saxophone Solo. Wyli Taylor took home a sil- ver medal for Group 3 Clarinet Solo. Michael Mosley took home a gold medal for Group 4 Clarinet Solo. Trojans take silver and gold at the District Solo/ Ensemble Contest Wood Memorial Band students performed well at Dis- trict Solo/Ensemble Contest on February 8, 2020. Over- all, Wood Memorial brought home two gold medals and three silver medals. SOMETHING NEWSWORTHY? Give us a call: 812-354-8500 Barton Township Elementary School participated in their fifth year of Fit Fridays the whole month of January. Students were asked to write down five ways to be healthy for five days each week in January. They were also encouraged to eat three healthy foods and do two forms of exercises for five days. Stu- dents that completed each weekly challenge were entered into a grand prize drawing. The winners were (l to r): Brantley Doerner, Maggie McEllhiney, Emma Pierce and Ava Doerner. Gibson County primary filings closed as of Friday By Janice Barniak Primary candidate fil- ings closed at noon Friday, with many new candidates getting onto the ballot in the last week. County Council At-Large Republican William "Bill" McConnell, Demo- crat Michael Priar, Repub- lican Larry Wira, Sr., Re- publican Derek McGraw, Republican Dennis Gray, Republican Mike Stilwell County Commissioner Dist. 2: Republican Stephen Bot- toms, incumbent, Republi- can Kenneth Montgomery, County Commissioner Dist. 3 Republican Gerald Bled- soe, incumbent, Republi- can Richard Wallace Patoka Town Council At-Large Democrat Herbert Gray, Republican Bobby Bean, Republican Jim Austill, Republican Albert Luttrell, Republican Michael Ker- mode Patoka Clerk-Treasurer Democrat Stephanie Berry Surveyor Scott A. Martin, incum- bent County Auditor Republican Mike Wat- kins County Coroner Republican Barrett W. Doyle Republican State Delegates William "Bill" McCon- nell, Abigail Brown-Cox, Tony Wolfe, Gerald "Jerry" Moore, Larry Wira, Robert Wilson, Mary Ann O'Neal, Donald O'Neal, Mary McK- annon, John Perkins, Carl T. Montgomery Democrat State Delegates Cody Mann, Sadie Holz- meyer, Rachel Kippert, Lynn Rowe, Robert "Bob" Rowe, Ian Gamroth Precinct Committeeman Patoka 1—Republican James McDonald III Patoka 8 — Republican Jim Morrow Patoka 9 —Republican Alan Stackhouse Union 2— Republican Christopher Cox Columbia 2— Republi- can Michael McGregor Washington 1— Republi- can Joseph Eli Fears Columbia 1— Republi- can Kevin Blemker Montgomery 1— Repub- lican Wanda Tichenor Montgomery 2—Repub- lican Kerry Overton Montgomery 3—Re- publican Gerald "Jerry" Moore, Republican John English Center 1— Republican Kari Barron Barton 1—Republican Stephen Bottoms Barton 2—Larry Wira, Sr. Johnson 1—Mary McK- annon Union 3— Republican John Perkins Gibson County passes public defender ordinance By Janice Barniak With changes in how bonding out of jail works, Gibson County officials plan to see reduced income in the courts; so to help re- coup some expenses, Gib- son County Commission- ers unanimously passed a public defender ordinance Tuesday to help share the costs with the state. According to commis- sioners' attorney Jim Mc- Donald, the State of Indi- ana is requiring pre-trial evaluations that allow peo- ple to be released without making bail; the hope is to reduce the number of in- mates in jail awaiting trial. The bond money, howev- er, is usually held until the end of a person's case and put towards their attorney and court fees, for exam- ple. Gibson County's judg- es have warned, without the motivation to get out of jail, those fees are more likely to go unpaid, even if one doesn't take into ac- count the extra manpower created by evaluating every person who goes to jail for whether bail is required. That said, Gibson Coun- ty Commissioners passed a public defender ordinance last week that will set up a public defender organiza- tion, regulated by state and local branches, and that the state will reimburse up to 40 percent of the fees that go towards defending those determined to be too low income to pay. "This didn't happen overnight, it's taken a lot of meetings," McDonald said. Even the staffing and lo- cation costs should be re- imbursed up to 40 percent, he said. Francisco woman turns 100 on Feb. 20 Imolee K. (Maxam) Hop- kins will celebrate 100 years Feb. 20 with an open house from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Activities Room at North River Health Campus, 311 Baseline Road, Evansville, IN 47725. Friends and family unable to attend are encouraged to send cards to the address above, care of Imolee Hop- kins. Imolee was born at home in Francisco, Feb. 20, 1920, to Carl and Nova (Kendle) Maxam. She attended school at Baldwin Heights Elemen- tary in Princeton until the family returned to Francis- co in 1929. She graduated from Francisco High School in 1939 and worked at a laun- dry in Evansville after grad- uation. An only child, she married her high school sweetheart, Wayne Hopkins, one of 12 children, on June 28, 1941. She and Wayne married two weeks after he took a job at Servel in Evansville and was "earning $20 a week," which was the amount he felt nec- essary to marry and start a family. They remained mar- ried until his untimely death in January 1983. Of Wayne's 11 brothers and sisters, and their spouses, Imolee is the last living member. Through the years, she was an avid crafter, creating art with needle and thread, yarn and paint. She enjoyed vegetable and flower garden- ing, composting and kept several windows full of flow- ers in her home. A creative seamstress, she sewed near- ly all clothing for herself and her children. She was a long- time supporter of the Gib- son County 4-H program, where she learned and per- fected many craft and bak- ing skills. Among her family and friends, she was famous for her angel food cakes. In her later years, she enjoyed reading and traveling, vis- iting Europe, Hawaii and many other sites in the Unit- ed States. She was a homemaker and is mother to Gwen Hop- kins, Sue (Edd) Ransom and Wynn ( Joyce) Hop- kins. She has six grand- children, Twyla (Kyle) Ar- nold, Carrie Ransom, Dawn (Dan) Pajo, Brooke (Bill) Burr, Rachel (Dan) Walters and Adam (April) Hopkins, and 15 great-grandchildren, Bridget, Alex and Susanna Arnold; Owen, Aidan, Isa- bel and Loreena Hofmann, Eli Pajo, Avinelle and Cedar Burr, Paul and Stephen Wal- ters, Josh Taylor, and Kaden and Addie Hopkins. WOOD MEMORIAL UPCOMING SPORTS SCHEDULE MONDAY, FEB. 17 Boys' 7 & 8 Wrestling vs. Mt. Carmel, H, 5 p.m. TUESDAY, FEB. 18 Boys' 7 & 8 Wrestling at the Wood Memorial Jr. High Invitational, H, 5 p.m. Boys' Varsity Basketball vs. South Spencer, A, 5:30 p.m. NEWS! Want to share your news with others? The Press-Dispatch can help deliver it to Pike and the surrounding counties. 812-354-8500

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