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May 20, 2020

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, May 20, 2020 A-3 LOCAL Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg Continued from page 1 PC GRADS READER GUIDE Subscriptions: Change of address: subscribers changing addresses will please give old address as well as new one along with phone number. We cannot guarantee prompt change unless this is done. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Press-Dispatch., P.O. Box 68, Petersburg, IN 47567-0068 or e-mail to subscribe@ Subscription rates: One year: $31 for Pike County and all 475/476 zip codes; $34 in the state of Indiana; $51 elsewhere in the USA. Paid in advance. Subscriptions taken after noon on Friday will not receive a paper until the second edition after their subscription date. About us: Andy Heuring and John B. Heuring, Publishers Andy Heuring, Editor John B. Heuring, Adv. Mgr. Eric Gogel, Production Mgr. Monica Sinclair, Office Mgr. Cindy Petty, Adv. Sales Pam Lemond, Adv. Sales Kate Jones, Adv. Designer • • • Published every Wednesday by the Pike County Publishing Co. Phone: 812-354-8500 820 E. Poplar St., P.O. Box 68, Petersburg, IN 47567-0068 • • • Entered in the Post Office in Petersburg, Indiana for transmission through the mails as Periodical Mail, postage paid at Petersburg, Indiana – published weekly. (USPS 205-620) Contact us: Phone: ...................................................................812-354-8500 Fax: ....................................................................... 812-354-2014 E-mail: Andy Heuring, Editor Advertising General News Sports Subscription Services NEWS BRIEFS Pike Co. Library to host blood drive June 26 Pike County Public Library will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on June 26, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Petersburg Branch Library. For more info. or to make an appointment to donate, call 812-354-6257 or sign up online at 5K Life walk on Saturday, June 27 The Pregnancy Care Center of Washington will be having a 5K Life walk on Saturday, June 27. The walk begins at 9 a.m., with registration opening at 8:15 a.m. The walk starts and ends at the Eastside Park Ki- wanis Cabin in Washington. Cost to benefit the cen- ter is $20 per adult and $10 for children 12 and under. Registration forms are available online at Facebook. com/washpcc, and at the Pregnancy Care Center, 705 Troy Road, Washington. Call 812-257-1041 if you have any questions. If you are unable to walk, you can sponsor someone else who would like to walk. Walkers are encouraged to seek out sponsors. Walkers can have multiple spon- sors. Sponsors can donate any amount they desire to help the center. Forms are available to list sponsors and their donation amount. Time to register for Birthday Club If you haven't submitted your birthday within the last 6 months, please register again at www.pressdis- Entrants have a chance to win monthly prizes from local businesses and a three- month subscription to The Press-Dispatch. Upcoming event? We want to know! Send it to REDUCED TEMPERATURE SWINGS ENHANCED PERFORMANCE IMPROVED DEHUMIDIFICATION Variable-speed technology means invariable comfort. The Infinity ® 20 air conditioner combines the energy efficiency of Greenspeed ® intelligence with the convenience and precision of the Infinity System Control. With reduced temperature swings, improved dehumidification and ultra-quiet operation, the Infinity 20 air conditioner will have you more comfortable than ever before. Energy Efficiency That's Right in Your Comfort Zone. ©Carrier Corporation 4/2018. PH: 812-743-2382 HEATING & AIR-CONDITIONING Perry ' s LLC Serving the area since 1950. Perry ' s Perry ' s 303 Breckinridge Rd, Monroe City Email: Craig Perry Vance Perry Chase Perry 8–7 • Monday 8–noon • Tuesday 10–7 • Wednesday 8–5 • Thur. & Fri. Dr. Clint Shoultz 715 S. 9th St., Petersburg 812-354-9400 The Shoultz Eye Care office in now open for routine care and exams! We are following new guidelines set by the Governor's office and Indiana Optometric Association by limiting the number of patients seen to limit patient interaction and to properly sanitize between them. Patients will be required to wear masks into the office. Please bring your own mask or bandana due to limited availability of PPE. Call 812-354-9400 to schedule your appointment! Locally Owned and Operated NOW OPEN FOR ROUTINE EXAMS Holland. "Some of them going through what we recorded, they were as nervous as if the gym were full of people. It was interesting to watch them. They were appreciative. One said, 'It made her feel like a celebrity. The smiles on their faces when we recorded them, they were just as beaming and appre- ciative as if it were Friday night," said Blake. She also praised the students for showing up on time for their slotted time and taking it serious. "The kids were great and we are appreciative of the way they handled it," said Blake. "(For) a lot of them, it is an odd end- ing to their year. Not how anyone ex- pected their senior year to end. I think we gave a sense of closure to them for the end of the year. I know we have kids going to the military, we gave them something to end their year. It is always kind of tough to end. They still have all the emotions you have when you go through a graduation ceremo- ny. They still have them," said Blake. Blake and Holland said they are hoping to have a traditional celebra- tion on July 17. "That is still six weeks away, assuming things continue re- opening and group gathering num- bers are allowed to increase. If some- thing occurs and we aren't able to hold it, then at least we have this for the kids," said Blake. SENIOR PARADE, DIPLOMA PICKUP On Thursday, May 21, Pike Cen- tral will have the parade of seniors. Seniors are invited to return to the school and pick up their diplomas and awards packets. Students need to ar- rive at 6 p.m. and line-up. There will be people there to direct the vehicles where to line up. They are asked to stay in their vehicles. Faculty and staff will be positions throughout the back student parking lot celebrating the seniors as they drive by and receive their diplomas. Parents are encouraged to accompany their seniors in their vehicles. Blake said seniors will drive through the student parking lot, stop and receive their diploma from Prin- cipal Holland and their awards pack- et from Andy Igel. "Textbooks, Chromebooks and other school-related items must be returned before a diploma may be picked up," said Holland. Students are asked to drive off the school campus once they get their di- ploma. "Due to current health condi- tions, no groups are allowed to con- gregate on the school property," said Blake. Salutatorian speech I didn't know what to say for my speech, so I'll keep it pretty short. First, I want to thank my family be- cause I wouldn't be here if not for them. They've spent their last few months just trying to keep me go- ing and on task with varying degrees of success each day. Believe it or not, I ac- tually can be quite a handful. Next, I want to thank all of Pike Central's staff and teachers. I've been extremely lucky as I have never had a teacher I believed did a poor job or just didn't care. I would especially like to shout out to Mr. Ash- worth, whose poor soul has had to put up with me for more or less seven years in both school and all of the extracur- ricular bands. Lastly, I want to thank all of my friends and class- mates for making waking up every- day worth it. They say that you never appreciate what you have until you've lost it. I've always under- stood that concept, but never better than I do now. I hope that I see you all again so that I can say this in person, but, if not, goodbye, good luck and make your life the best it can be be- cause you deserve it. Valedictorian speech I don't want to make this speech too long, because I don't want to do that to myself, or anyone else really. But what I'm about to say is some- thing that you will hear time and time again, if you haven't already. The simple fact of the matter is, our class was born into the terrifying times of 9/11, and here we are fin- ishing up one of the most important stages of our lives amidst another widespread terror. As we grew up, we were quite lit- erally taught to be strong and resil- ient, and to not let anything hinder our dreams and aspirations. We should all be extremely proud of ourselves. No other graduating Pike Central Class can say that they have gone through so much and still accomplished all that we have. One positive thing about the whole situa- tion is that we will never forget our senior year and what we have done. Through it all, we have made it here today, and we should cele- brate ourselves and our accomplish- ments. As with most speeches, I have some people I would like to thank. I would first like to thank my par- ents, especially my mom, for show- ing me that you must look for the good in any situation, otherwise you will find yourself falling into the darkness of the world. I want to thank my friends for always believing in me and push- ing me to be the best I could pos- sibly be, even when I really didn't feel like it. And lastly, I would like to thank all of the Pike Central staff for giv- ing me the opportunity to be up here today, for helping me realize what I could do and who I could be, and for doing everything they pos- sibly could to have us all here under the circumstances. But for now, I'm gonna trade in my diploma for some toilet paper and continue to social distance my- self from all of my college responsi- bilities that are coming up. Thank you. Madison Warner is the Pike Central Class of 2020 Valedic- torian. She delivered her speech in a video session as part of the virtual graduation. Photo courtesy Harting Studio Photography. Ethan Gentry gives the Salutatorian address in a video session for Pike Central Class of 2020's virtual graduation to be posted Friday at 7:30 p.m. Photo courtesy Harting Studio Photography. MARRIAGE LICENSES Jacob David Foster, 20, of 170 N. Nichols Ave., Apt. 1A, Petersburg, son of David Foster and Raeshelle Grens, to Amber Lynn Cowell, 22, of 1221 S. Prince St., Princeton, daughter of Martha J. and Barry L. Cowell. Duane Allen Rickard, 50, of 3421 N. CR 850 E., Ot- well, son of Judith I. Dowell and Jimmie D. Rickard, to Lora Lynn Wedding, 42, of 634 Beachfront Dr., Evans- ville, daughter of George R. and Vicky J. Wedding. Tabatha Christine Cooley, 25, of 1108 E. CR 550 S., Winslow, daughter of Stephanie A. Moriarity and Mi- chael D. Cooley, to Michael Edward McMillen, 28, of 1108 E. CR 550 S., Winslow, son of Nancy L. and Ed- ward M. McMillen.

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