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Cross Country Chargers place second at Prides Creek SEVEN PAGES OF SPORTS THIS WEEK! Winslow Community Festival & Light-Up Parade A5 SPORTS B1 NEWS TIPS Phone: ���������������������812-354-8500 Email ����� editor@pressdispatch�net INSIDE Local ������������������A1-7 Obituaries ���������������A8 Sports �����������������B1-7 History �������������������B8 Home Life ������������C1-8 East Gibson������������ C3 School ���������������� C4-5 Opinion ������������� C6-7 Church �������������� D1-3 Classifieds ���������� D4-8 USPS 604-34012 $1.00  32 PAGES  Four SECTIoNS  ThrEE INSErTS  PETErSBurG, IN 47567-0068 WEdNESdAy, SEPTEMBEr 15, 2021  PIKE PUBLISHING  VoLuME 151, NuMBEr 37 Area festivals, reunion activities set for this weekend Pike Central's Marching Band competed in the Evansville Central competition on Saturday. It was their first competition in 686 days, as last year's season was cancelled due to COVID. Pike Central Band Director Chris Ashworth said more than half of the band members participating on Sat- urday were not part of the band that competed in their last competition. Despite the long layoff and lack of ex- perience, the band scored two points higher than they did two years ago at the same competition. "We had some minor issues, but I am attributing them to a lot of first performance jitters. Overall, it was a great showing for our group. The kids handled the stress of competi- tion really well," said Ashworth. He added, "We are looking for- ward to an even better show next week at Paoli." This year's performance is enti- tled Luck. Charger Brigade competes for first time in 686 days County paves Division Road The Pike County Highway paved Division Road, from Highway 257 east to the Dubois County line, last week. It is one of several paving projects being done through a 75-25 Community Crossing grant from the Indiana Department of Transportation. Carl Benner (center), of Petersburg, with two other volunteers involved in the massive firefighting effort trying to put out more than 1 million acres of fires in California. See FESTIVALS on page 3 See WINSLOW on page 2 See BENNER on page 2 Highway 61, south of Winslow, near the State Forest Road will be closed starting Wednesday. The Indiana Department of Trans- portation announces a bridge clo- sure on State Road 61 near Winslow. Beginning on or around Wednes- day, Sept. 15, contractors will close a bridge on S.R. 61, between S.R. 364 and South Royalty Road, for a deck rehabilitation. During this short- term closure, workers will apply a new driving surface to the bridge. Work is expected to last for about five days, depending upon weather conditions. The closure will be in place around the clock. Local traffic will have access to the point of clo- sure, but through traffic should use the official detour, S.R. 64 and I-69. Two local detours are available. One is to use SR 364 (State Forest Road) to CR 300 E. to CR 550 S., back to Highway 61. The other is to use CR 375 S. (Ayr- shire Road) to CR 175 E. to CR 475 S. (Number Seven Road) to High- way 61. INDOT urges drivers to slow down and stay alert near crews. Hwy. 61 to close starting Wednesday By Andrea Preston Streamlining and clarifying administra- tive procedures, policies and violations has fast become a top priority for the Winslow Town Council. At Monday's bi-monthly meeting, the three-member board took several actions dealing with such matters, as well as started discussions about future actions. Two of the actions, spearheaded by Coun- cilman Richard Brewster, focused on the Winslow Police Department. The council unanimously passed two motions: • Creation/documentation of a schedule, broken down by day, for the police depart- ment's town marshal and two deputy mar- shals for council members. • The town's police vehicles to be parked at town hall when not use. "I want the police cars parked at town hall when not in use," Brewster said. Town Marshal Steve Nelson expressed con- cern over the new vehicle procedure because his position is "always on-call" 24-hours-a- day, 7-days-a-week. A fter the meeting, Josh- ua Popp, council president, told Nelson they would work together to find a solution. During board members' reports, Popp said he was starting a new project aimed at stream- lining some of the violation procedures with- in the town's codes. The goal – every viola- tion (weed, grass, junk vehicles, etc.) would have the same steps, procedures, and notifi- cation timelines. "Some are five days, some are 15 days and some are 30 days," he said, adding the change would alleviate confusion. OTHER BUSINESS • Debra Lamb, vice-president, spoke with administration at Winslow Elementary School regarding traffic complaints during school pick-up times. The traffic starts some- times as early as 45 minutes before school ends. Town Marshal Nelson said traffic backs up on East North Street, sometimes past Walnut Street and close to Main St. The traffic on North St. is waiting to turn onto East St. or Bluff St. to go in front of the school and exit- ing on the one-way of Porter Street. • Town Marshal Nelson reminded res- idents to keep their garages, vehicles and doors locked up. • Council approved the purchase of trench- ing equipment for $4,000. • Formally adopted two ordinances aimed at addressing the community's growing fe- ral cat issue. Feral cats are the offspring of stray or aban- doned household pets and are typically raised without human contact. The first ordinance, the "Community Cat Initiative" ordinance, at- tempts to address the issue by explaining the "Trap-Neuter-Return" (TNR) program. TNR programs are exactly what they sound like — feral cats are caught, neutered or spayed and then released back into the wild. TNR pro- grams are typically viewed as the most hu- mane way to deal with the issue. Winslow works to streamline procedures By Andy Heuring A Petersburg business owner recently spent four days in California doing paperwork and assessments to help the effort against the nu- merous wildfires raging in California. Carl Benner, president of the board for Hope Crisis Response Network, traveled to Califor- nia on August 17 to help with the firefight- ing effort. Benner, who owns Benner & Son Heating Air Conditioning and has worked with HCRN since 2015, landed in Sacramento in the early afternoon on the 17th and immediately went to work. He is a member of the Peters- burg Fire Department, but he wasn't there to literally fight the fire. He was there to do pa- perwork and help get resources to the fire- fighters. Benner said originally when he was called to help, it was planned for him to be involved with evacuating people from areas the fire was moving towards. "But because of the amount of fires we had and the toxicity in the area, they were leaving that up to the firefighters," said Benner. He said there were numerous large fires raging in mid-August and consequently, the air was filled with smoke and ash. "You could not get away from the smoke. It was so thick and heavy, it was raining ash on you. The whole time, your eyes would burn, your no- es would burn and your throat would burn. Even in the hotels we stayed in, you would see a poof of smoke when we would open the door," said Benner. Instead, they put him with a team that would Benner aids in California fire fight By Andy Heuring This weekend is event packed as the three biggest events for Winslow have all been packed into the same weekend, with the Winslow High School Alumni Reunion, Winslow Fall Festival and the Clog the Pa- toka. Also in the area is the Monroe City Fall Fes- tival and the Holland Fest. The next weekend, on Saturday, Septem- ber 25, is the 14th Annual Pike County Trac- tor Drive. WINSLOW FALL FEST Festival activities start early Saturday in Riverside Park with a breakfast being served by the Winslow Lions Club. A tractor show is set to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Music in the park will run much of the day. Lowell Thomas and Company is set for 10 a.m. Connor Love- less at 1 p.m. and Two Cent Road at 2 p.m. Also going on at the same time will be ac- tivities at Main and Center sts. The Flea Market will start at 8 a.m. and run throughout the day. They will have a nine-hole mini golf and other kids' games. A frozen T-shirt contest is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. There will be line dancing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., prior to the parade. Winslow Light-up parade is begin at dark. Line-up will be at 8 p.m., near the Winslow American Legion, and will run to Main St., then north on Main St. to the Winslow Little League park. Also in the downtown area, there will be at least five food trucks set up. WINSLOW ALUMNI REUNION The Winslow Alumni Reunion has activi- ties throughout the weekend. There will be a nine-hole reunion golf scramble at Prides Creek on Friday morning. Friday afternoon, they will have a cruise/poker run type rally. Participants will drive around the area to var- ious sites in southern Pike County, including the old Stendal School, Winslow Gym, Main St., Winslow and the fire tower in Pike State Forest. They are asked to take selfies of them- selves at the various locations instead of get- ting poker cards. A chili supper with peanut butter sandwich- es, just like they served at the school, is set for Friday night. The alumni banquet will be on Saturday night at the Huntingburg Event Center, with social time prior to the dinner. The featured speaker will be 1962 graduate Vicki Black. Music will be provided by Vinnie and Moochers of Indianapolis. Joe Dedman with the alumni association said they already have more than 110 reservations. CLOG THE PATOKA The annual gathering of all floating things on the Patoka River, known as Clog the Pato- ka, is set for Saturday, September 18. It will begin early Saturday at the public access ramp on County Road 650 E., located near the edge of the Patoka River. Chris Clement said participants should

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