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October 13, 2021

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Something newsworthy? EMAIL eastgibson@ The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, October 13, 2021 B-7 EAST GIBSON Submit East Gibson news items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg Schwomeyer takes 4th place in Lincoln Trail invite Oakland City native Paxton Schwomeyer led the way for the Vin- cennes University golf team as they finished off their Fall 2021 season at the Lincoln Trail Fall Invitation- al Saturday at Quail Creek Country Club in Robinson, Ill. Vincennes came away with a fourth-place finish after the 36 -hole tournament, with Schwomeyer fin- ishing fourth as an individual scor- er. Schwomeyer continues to show improvement this season, as he opened his day with a first round 79 before taking four shots off his score in the second round to finish with a 75. "Paxton has a lot of potential," VU head coach Dennis Chattin said. "I believe once he gains confidence, he will be a real force." "The course was playing tough, at least according to the scores," Chat- tin added. "I don't think we played our best, but we are just showing our youth, with four of our top five being freshmen." "I just don't think we have the pa- tience or confidence just yet," Chat- tin said. "I see flashes of our abili- ty, but we seem to not be able to fin- ish and with team golf, you have to have at least four players putting up good scores." "Quail Creek can be tough from the back tees, where we played to- day, but we have played it enough to play better." TEAM RESULTS Heartland CC – 301, 289 – 590 ; Rend Lake – 308, 316 – 624; Dan- ville Area – 306, 322 – 628; VIN- CENNES – 322, 316 – 638; Lewis & Clark – 338, 318 – 656; Lincoln Trail – 327, 329 – 656 and State Fair – 349, 358 – 707. VU's individual results: Paxton Schwomeyer – 79, 75 – 154; Bryce Kirchner – 80, 76 – 156; Luke Van- Deventer – 82, 83 – 165; Garrett Hul- fachor – 82, 84 – 166 Sam Stewart – 81, 85 – 166; Dominic DePass – 83, 86 – 169 and Zeke Niehaus – 90, 82–172. Schwomeyer also finished eighth in the Midwest Athletic Conference golf tournament at Sultan's Run on Monday, October 4. He shot a 72 on Sunday and a 79 on Monday playing for Vincennes University. Schwomeyer had the second low score for the Trailblazers, who fin- ished fourth in team competition. It was won by Parkland with a team 588 They were 10 shots ahead of Heartland in second with a 598, 3) Illinois Central 609, 4) Vincennes 616, 5) Danville Area 637, 6) Lewis & Clark 656. Delta variant prevalent in schools Health Dept. administering booster By Janice Barniak Gibson County Public Health Nurse Diane Hornby told Gibson County Commissioners the coun- ty saw the Delta variant prevalent in schools last month, part of the county's 771 positive COVID cases. The department administered 1,036 drive-through COVID tests at the health department from a box trailer. While Hornby did look for a build- ing to replace the fairgrounds' site, she has yet to find one that would meet the guidelines. A space needs to have adequate room for peo- ple to social distance so that those testing who are positive cannot in- fect those who test but do not have COVID. She'd also like the building to have drive-through capabilities in the event of a drive-through vaccina- tion clinic. Instead, she'd like to get a trail- er with dependable heating and air conditioning, as well as the ability to have a refrigerator to store vac- cines and a restroom. Those features would allow the health department to set up a mobile clinic anywhere in the county. When the health department was seeing 100 -degree weather and test- ing 100 people a day in the parking lot, the air conditioning could not keep up, and colder weather is ap- proaching. Right now, if temperatures were extreme, testing would likely have to close. Meanwhile, on Mondays and Wednesdays, Gibson County res- idents can walk into the health de- partment to get a Pfizer booster shot with no appointment necessary, as long as it's been at least six months since their second Pfizer shot. She expects Moderna boosters to begin mid-to-end of October. Boosters are recommended for 65 and older, or 50 and older with under- lying health conditions, and for those in certain occupations. The health department gave 140 doses of COVID vaccinations over the last month. New fair directors elected Stockholders of the Gibson Coun- ty Horticultural and Agricultural Society met on Oct. 5 at the Gibson County Fairgrounds for the 170th annual stockholders meeting. Stockholders elected the follow- ing as directors: Derek Guisewite, Terri Woodruff and John Feutz, and reelected Alan Douglas, Lee Bin- hack and Cody Schillinger to a sec- ond three-year term. Returning to the 18 -member fair board are Larry Rexing, Matt Kolb, Bobby Schmits, Kevin Paul, Mark Turner, Sam Turner, Crystal Schil- linger, Charles Woodruff, Jacob Kolb, Rebecca Iunghuhn, Sharon Schmits and Jacinda Hughen. Officers of the board are president Lee Binhack, vice-president Charles Woodruff, secretary Rebecca Iung- huhn, treasurer Sharon Schmits and assistant treasurer Jacinda Hughen. Lifetime non-voting members in- clude "Big" Bob Schmits, Jim Feutz, Nick Michas, Dave Kunkel and Ra- chel Thompson. Woodruff thanked outgoing board members for their service. Sitting off the board due to term limits are Darrel Rexing, Janet Hunt and Jeff Catt. If you are interested in becoming involved in the Gibson County Fair Board, they are currently taking ap- plications for 2022 Associates Fair Board members. You do not need to own stock to be on the associate board. Contact a fair board member or stop by the fair office for an ap- plication. Commissioners look at Fairview subdivision By Janice Barniak Cash Wagner and Associates' Scott Beadle presented commis- sioners with an initial overview of a new Francisco-area subdivision, Fairview Heights. The 86.1 acre parcel would have 10 lots, with county road access and another 31 accessed by inter- nal cul de sacs. The property is also planning three lakes on the proper- ty over the two-phase building pro- cess. The first phase will utilize exist- ing water, electric and roads. The second phase will add to the infra- structure. Commissioner Kenneth Montgom- ery was concerned with road upkeep. "We have several subdivisions right now that want the county to take over their roads. I mean, someone's done made money putting the sub- division in and now they want us to pay for their roads. I'm not in for that at all," he said. Neighbor James Hall said the cor- ner area floods after an 8 -inch rain. He was considering that 41 houses with two cars each would add a lot of extra traffic to an already crowd- ed road. "These people shouldn't be legal- ly allowed to sell this lot," he said, adding it forced the commission- ers' hands. He also accused them of building low-quality modular home. "I think you have some good points," said Commissioner Warren Fleetwood. "I think development is inevitable." June Kaufman, who lives on CR 250 N., has a property line on the subdivision, and said people come through their fields. If there's go- ing to be a subdivision, she'd like a 10 -foot fence that would prevent people from crossing her bean field. They often have people out spray- ing pesticide, and she thinks it like- ly will ruin the "fancy subdivision's" yards and flowers. Commissioners tabled approving the subdivision for the next meeting. One unidentified complainant said the all-volunteer Francisco Fire Dept. would not be able to handle the additional homes. Gibson County Chamber of Com- merce Director Patty Vanoven spoke in favor of additional housing. "I understand there are issues with roadwork, but we do need housing," she said. Local business- es need employees, for example. Tami Muckerheide, with Gibson County Economic Development, agreed. "I completely see your guys' point...we desperately need hous- ing. That's my number one job." Barton Township Elementary Oakland City native Paxton Schwomeyer led the way for the Vincennes University golf team as they finished off their Fall 2021 season at the Lincoln Trail Fall Invitational Saturday at Quail Creek Country Club in Robinson, Ill. Barton Elementary School celebrated Grandparents Day on Friday, Oct. 8 by hosting a parade led by School Resource Officer Er- ic Walker. Students made posters and videos throughout the week to recognize their grandparents. Barton Township Fire Territory came to Barton Elementary School to talk to students about Fire Safety and Prevention. The talks were given by Chief Kix Freudenberg, and firefighters Sabrina Hicks and Quentin Parish.

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