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You can mail your information and payment on the convenient form found on page A-7, or call 812- 354-8500 and order with a credit card. Forms must be postmarked by July 31, 2020. You can also opt for the online version for $ 31, or add it to your sub- scription for only $5. But hurry! Time is running out for the opportunity to save on the area's best news coverage of local events. Two days left to save $4 Fox admits he knew wife was dead two days before he called police Pike County COVID cases reach 30, nine cases added this week A Pike County native and award-winning videographer is in the process of making a fea- ture-length film. Dylan Query, who graduated from Pike Central in 2015, and his friend, Jacob Stieneker, are in the process of raising money to make a feature-length film out of their award-winning short film Cold Creek. Stieneker wrote and acted in the film, while Query directed and filmed it. The short film won numer- ous awards in various film festivals, including: Best Actor, Best Cinema- tography and Best Director, from the Frog Baby Film Festival 2020, and Best Short Film, from the PopCon Film Festival. It was also nominated for the Best Indiana Film at the Pop- Con Film Fest. In addition, it was an official selection of K WC Film Fest and Hoosier Films Annual Festival. Query said his interest in film making was stirred when he took Middy Burns' Podcast class. "My interest from the class took off," said Query. He also participated in making films for German class un- der Fritz Krahl's tutoring. His team won two years in a row at the Indi- Pike County natives producing feature-length film Dylan Query smiles as he holds a handful of awards from the Frog Baby Film Fes- tival. It was one of several fes- tivals where his and Jacob Stieneker's short film "Cold Creek" won awards. See FILM on page 9 See COVID-19 on page 2 See ARREST on page 2 See OTWELL on page 2 Horse show fun Addielyn Willis, 2, decked out in her pink boots and hat, rides a horse around the grounds as her mother holds the horse's lead. They were at the Open Fun Horse Show at the Rockin' G Saddle Club near Otwell on Highway 257. It was sponsored by the Winslow Lions Club. The event drew more than 50 participants on Saturday. Some of the events included poles, barrels flags and keyhole com- petitions. See additional photos and results on page A-5. Gasoline tanker fire A tire fire on a gasoline tanker was extinguished quickly before it became a disaster Monday morn- ing. A C.E. Taylor of Washington gas tanker had a tire catch fire Monday at about 10 a.m. after a wheel bearing overheated. The tanker was driving north and pulled over just south of the Highway 356 overpass. The driver used a fire extinguisher on the tire. Pike County EMS Director Chris Young and Pike County Deputy Sheriff Jason McKinney arrived with fire extinguishers. Sheriff Kent John- son also had a fire extinguisher. Then Petersburg's Fire Department arrived and were able to cool it off. Sheriff Johnson said even after three extinguishers were depleted, the wheel was still at 160 degrees. The water was able to cool it off. Petersburg Fire Chief Ross Elmore said the tanker was hauling 8,600 gallons of gasoline. By Andy Heuring Pike County's COVID numbers keep climbing. The numbers climbed to 30 on Tuesday, as two more cases were added. Over the last week, Pike County has added nine cases. Pike County Health Nurse Amy Gladish said, while the Indiana COVID-19 map shows there are 28 cases in Pike County, there are ac- tually 30. She said one was assigned to another county by accident and an- other one has not been added to the Pike County total yet. Pike County added two cases last Friday, two on Saturday, one on Sun- day, two more on Monday and anoth- er two on Tuesday. Gladish said there are 15 active cases in the county now. So far, no one has been hospitalized from any of the 30 cases. "They have either been asymp- tomatic, had mild symptoms or symptoms similar to a bad flu, but all of them have been able to manage them at home," said Gladish. She added, the recent positive tests are a "mixed bag. Some be- lieve it is related to travel, some know someone they have been in close con- tact with who tested positive and oth- ers have no clue." "We are still in a really good place. Some counties like Dubois are real- ly being hit hard," said Gladish. "Our numbers are still pretty low." Dubois County, on July 15, had 25 new cases reported and most days since, they have had 15 to 28 new cas- es. Their total number is at 570 pos- itive tests with 11 deaths. They had 12 new positives on July 28. Last week, Indiana Gov. Eric Hol- comb announced a new executive or- der would take effect on Monday, Ju- ly 27, requiring masks in most pub- lic settings. "As we continue to monitor the da- ta, we've seen a concerning change in some of our key health indica- tors," Gov. Holcomb said. "Hoosiers have worked hard to help re-open our state, and we want to remain open. By masking up, we can and will save lives, and slow the spread of COVID-19." A mask or other face covering may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or im- OMA's first day of school is Aug. 12 The Otwell Miller Academy is planning on a Wednesday, August 12 start to the 2020 -21 school year. OMA Principal Rich Padgett said, "This will be the first student day for all grades and Lil' Hoosier's." "We are trying as best we can to make it as normal of a school year as we can. That is a big ask," said Padgett. In a letter to the prospective OMA parents, he wrote, "We will contin- ue to monitor guidance from the In- diana Governor's office, local and state health departments, and Indi- ana Department of Education, and adjust the calendar if needed. The OMA is offering both in-per- son instruction and virtual options this year. Padgett's letter explains, "OMA will offer families two choices for in- struction: "1. In-person instruction of stu- dents in the building five days per week (per school calendar); and By Andy Heuring A rural Petersburg man has ad- mitted he knew his wife had been dead for two days when he called Pike County's 911 central dispatch center and asked for police to do a welfare check on his estranged wife. Police also claim they have since learned he broke into the home, touched his wife's body, and had a six-figure life insurance policy on her and a list of items he wanted to retrieve from her house. Edward Fox, 64, has not been charged in connection with his wife's death. Sharon Fox, 66, was found by Pike County Deputy Sher- iff Jared Simmons on Sunday, Ju- ly 19, at the bottom of a stairway leading into the basement of her house, after Edward had called Pike County's central dispatch cen- ter and asked for police to do a wel- fare check on her. Edward and Sha- ron were in the process of getting a divorce and Sharon had a protective order against Edward, preventing him from coming onto the property. Edward has been arrested on a charge of residential breaking and entering into his estranged wife's residence as police continue to in- vestigate her death. He was earli- er arrested on charges of obstruc- tion of justice and resisting law en- forcement. Police have sought and received a search warrant to search Edward's camper, located in the Oakwood Trailer Park in Washington. A probable cause affidavit on the residential entry, a level 6 felony, states Indiana State Police Det. To- bias Odom had intervened Edward three times since July 19. "Each in- terview has been prompted by dis- covery, through additional investi- gation, forensic evidence or knowl-

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