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September 15, 2021

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, September 15, 2021 C-3 EAST GIBSON Submit East Gibson news items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg County continues at red advisory level By Janice Barniak Gibson County returned to adviso- ry level red this week, ticking up af- ter a brief dip into what would have been an orange positivity rate. To change the advisory status, however, the county has to main- tain a lower status for two weeks to change the advisory level. Meanwhile, last week, the Indi- ana State Dept. of Health set up two no-appointment vaccination and COVID-19 testing sites at the Gibson County Fairgrounds, giving Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer vaccines. Total county COVID cases are at 5,897. Thirty-eight of those are new, and there have been 103 deaths, none of which were new, as of Mon- day morning. District 10 hospitalizations, as of Monday, are the highest they've been since the pandemic, showing 289 COVID hospitalizations, beating a peak the area hit of 281 hospitaliza- tions last December. According to Deaconess, their hospital system, which includes Dea- coness Gibson, has 155 COVID-pos- itive patients, 18 of whom are vacci- nated. They have 56 COVID patients in the ICU, one of whom is vaccinated, and 40 COVID patients on ventila- tors, one of whom is vaccinated. 40-year anniversary of Golden Heritage Days brings back greatest hits By Janice Barniak Princeton's Golden Heritage Days returns Sept. 17-19 for a 40 -year anniversary that brings back the best-loved events and a sprinkling of what or- ganizers hope will be new favorites. SURVEY SAYS...FEUDING IS FUN According to Gibson County Chamber of Com- merce Director Patty Vanoven, the biggest return- ing event is Family Feud from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. "It's something everyone wanted to come back," she said. Participants hope to score a donation to the non-profit of their team's choice, and several non-profits are represented, from Gibson County Animal Services, to Cops and Kids, to the Beadle Bunch Relay for Life Team and more. GETTING CRAFTY Locals will also see a return of the crafters, in- cluding Friendly Folks Country Store, Junkyard Designs, Mother Moon, Green Thumb Garden Club, Rachel Elliott, Wayne's Enterprises, Jean- ie's Creations, Simply Handmade, Bright Little Minds, Grace Fellowship Church crafts, Oliver Crafts, Dusti's Dangling Designs and Dani's Art- ful Creations. "Support the vendors. We've strived to bring back local crafters and if people don't come out and buy, browse and engage, then they're not go- ing to want to be there. This is a platform for them to show their stuff, so support, support, support." SELFIE SCAVENGER HUNT As for new events, Heritage Days will bring in the technology of a new generation with a selfie scavenger hunt at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. On Saturday morning, the Chamber of Com- merce will post 60 pictures online and print out the photos for those who want to collect them in person. The pictures will be extreme close ups of some element of Princeton's two to three block downtown area. Hunters will look at the close up, try to identi- fy the location and then take a selfie at that loca- tion. They can post their results online and tag the Chamber, or come by the Information Booth. Whoever finds the most pictures before the noon winner's announcement Sunday will win a gift bas- ket worth more than $ 300. FAMILY EVENTS A welcome ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday will include a proclamation by Tabitha Devasier and Logan's Promise about Princeton's month for awareness of impaired driving and the Nation- al Anthem. Returning this year is the free inflatables for children, open noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Other family events are the Mini Miss and Lit- tle Miss pageants from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sat- urday, which will be followed this year at noon by a new pet parade, which is like a pageant, but will showcase adoptable shelter pets from Gib- son County Animal Services in the hopes of find- ing them homes. The festival will also feature a no-hands salsa and chip eating contest sponsored by Guacamole Grill, and a no-hands donut eating contest spon- sored by Donut Bank. Winners will receive gift cards to the sponsors' businesses. On Sunday, three local churches will do outdoor church on the square, and Cochren and Co. will do a concert afterwards. Then other local church praise bands will lead music. BlackStone will play Friday night and Descent will play Saturday night. "People should support this mainly, because if the community doesn't come out and support something, there's no guarantee it's always go- ing to be around. It's for the community to get to- gether and celebrate who we are, a rural agricul- tural community celebrating small town commu- nity feeling." Food is the unacknowledged headliner of Heritage Days Golden Heritage Days in Princeton will bring a variety of food choices to downtown this weekend to benefit local non-profits from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sat- urday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, with local churches especially involved. Princeton Presbyterian Church will sell car- amel apples, Hope Community Church will of- fer free freezer pops for kids and Patoka Unit- ed Methodist Church will sell apple butter. Grace Fellowship Church will sell pies and Mc- Cutchanville Community Church plans straw- berry shortcake, ice cream, chicken fried rice, crab rangoon and eggrolls. New Life Church of the Nazarene Youth Group will sell ribeye sandwiches. Greater Holy Temple will sell ap- ple cider. The Oasis will sell popcorn, water and cotton candy. In food from small businesses, Dottie's Cinnamon Rolls will sell cinnamon rolls and drinks, and John's Smokin' BBQ plans barbe- cue fries, onion rings, burgers and breaded ten- derloins. Acropolis Express will bring gyros, baklava and other Greek food. Ricketts Concessions are selling gourmet cotton candy, popsicles, ice cream sandwich- es, canned drinks, water and Kool-Aid. Fargo Foods will have donuts, donut holes, Oreo do- nuts, donut waffles, bottled drinks and lemon shake-ups. KBL and Co. will sell fair food, Stir Krazy Kettle Korn will sell kettle corn, and Pronto Pup will sell fair food. On the Square plans to sell coney dogs. Gibson County Coun- cil on Aging will sell Papa John's Pizza. In other sweet treats, The Frosty Tiger will sell shaved ice and ice cream, and Super Twist Ice Cream will sell their ice cream and drinks. Council considers parking lot improvements By Janice Barniak The Haubstadt Town Council is considering options for repaving in the park, from the bridge to the parking lot, at the cost of approxi- mately $43,600, plus an additional $7,000 to extend the parking lot to where people are already park- ing in the grass. The park has about $10,000 in improvement funds to put to- wards the project, and the town- ship has pledged another $10,000, and the rest is requested from the town, possibly from EDIT or im- provement funds. North Annex heads toward locked-down system By Janice Barniak Andrew Beitler presented a se- curity plan for the North Annex to control the doors and be able to control access to the building. The program will use the cur- rent existing doors, and will allow certain people access at different times of day, but the general pub- lic will have a buzzer and inter- com system so that each person will be granted access. "A few unruly folks are wanting to enter the building and there's no way to screen against them," said Commissioner Warren Fleet- wood. Then they have the difficul- ty of escorting people out of the building. "Knowing how schools operate, I'd recommend locking everything down, then letting people in." There will be an emer- gency lockdown button. "Is Kay ( Vore) going to receive every call? " asked attorney Jason Spindler. Vore is the administra- tor for commissioners. Normal- ly, there is just one person, Beit- ler said. Vore said they would need but- tons to contact different depart- ments, from prosecutor to veter- ans, etc. Beitler said it could be done. County prepares to hire ARP administrator By Janice Barniak Gibson County Commissioners voted to apply for a grant to hire an American Rescue Plan con- sultant to administer the project. OCR A funds provide for $20,000 of the ARP funding to pay consul- tants for those entities who quali- fy, with a $20,000 match from the ARP funds, Auditor Mike Wat- kins told the commissioners. The administrator would be a contract position, without bene- fits. Hiring an administrator was highly recommended by Debbie Bennett-Stearsman, a specialist in winning grants. The admin- istrator would work at least 30 hours a week minimum for a year. Patriot Day at Francisco Elementary Students at Francisco Elementary School had Red, White and Blue Day on Friday, Sept. 10 in remembrance of 9/11. The students wore patriotic colors, a brief synopsis was read so the children knew what and who was being remembered on this day. Pictured are students from Mrs. Malin's second grade class.

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