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See B-10 for details. $ 4 OFF HURRY! ENDS AUGUST 1 YOUR PRESS- DISPATCH Local ........ A1-10 Sports .........B1-3 Classifi eds .... B4-6 PC Planter ...B7-9 Church ........C1-3 History ........... C4 Home Life....C5-9 Obituaries..... C10 Opinion .. C11-12 WHAT'S INSIDE: CONNECT WITH US: NetEdition ...pressdispatch.net/edition Facebook.....facebook.com/pressdispatch E-Mail .........news@pressdispatch.net Phone:.................. 812-354-8500 Fax: ...................... 812-354-2014 E-Mail . editor@pressdispatch.net NEWS TIPS: PIKE PUBLISHING $ 1 Three sections Two inserts 32 pages Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Volume 148 Number 28 Phone (812) 354-8500 Petersburg, IN 47567-0068 (USPS 604-34012) See PATOK A on page 10 See WINSLOW on page 2 The July Bargain Period gives readers the opportunity to save $4 while subscrib- ing to The Press-Dispatch, which has been serving residents of Pike County since 1898. Beginning July 1, one-year subscriptions for readers with a 475 or 476 zip code is just $26, which is $4 off the standard price of $ 30. Anyone living in Indiana but outside those zip codes can purchase a one-year subscription for $29. Out-of-state subscrip- tions are $46 and the online only version is $ 31. Each of those prices is $4 off the stan- dard price. Print subscribers can also add the NetEdition for just $5 a year. Readers can send in the form at the bot- tom of page C-10 or call 812-354-8500. Hurry, the offer ends on August 1, 2017. Save $4 during July Bargain Period By Andy Heuring About 340 people traveled to Winslow from as far away as Tennessee, Illinois and Kentucky to kayak, canoe or float down the Patoka River on Saturday during the first ever Clog the Patoka event organized by the Kayak Mafia. "We had a really good time. I thought it was enjoyable, it was just kind of nice and peaceful," said Trisha Bottoms, who went on the trip with her sons, mother and a few friends. "We saw maybe three or four people and it took about two hours," said Bottoms. She added, "My family enjoyed it. It was something to do together and it was really cheap. It didn't cost anything." Grant Racer, of Mt. Vernon, said they got up and hit the road at 5 a.m. to get to the event. "We usually stick to the Wabash Riv- er and Hovey Lake," said Racer, who was there with his stepfather. While she didn't travel the farthest, An- nette Sharp was definitely the bravest. She is awaiting a lung transplant operation but still climbed in a single raft with her oxy- gen tank and made the float from McCord's Ford down to the Winslow Riverside Park. "It couldn't have gone better," said Sharp. "I have seven grandkids and I want to make all the memories I can with them. You never know how long you are going to have," said Sharp. "I can't wait until next year." A year ago, the idea of the event hadn't been spawned yet. Winslow native Chris Clement said about last July he bought a couple of kayaks and started kayaking on the Patoka River. He liked it so much, he bought a few extra boats for friends to use. His friends joined him and they started tak- ing nearly weekly trips down the Patoka River. "I had a couple extra boats and peo- ple would go once and love it. Then they would go out and get their own kayak," said Clement. These weekly events with a group of friends spawned The Kayak Mafia. Clem- ent said in about March, the group had the idea to have an organized float trip on the Patoka. He said he posted the idea for the trip and within two days, those interested had exploded to 1,500 people. It scared him and the rest of the group. "I thought maybe we might have 100 peo- ple from Pike and close by be interested. I no idea it would create this kind of inter- est," said Clement. They set up two put-in locations. One was at the public access ramp off of Coun- ty Road 650 E. at the back edge of the Pike State Forest, near White Oak, also known Nearly 340 people float the Patoka River in organized event Dancing in the rain Kaydee Mae Sims dances in the rain during the Little Miss Pike County pageant at the amphitheater on Monday evening. See additional pageant photos on page A5. Kenzie Rudolph photo By Andy Heuring The Pike County 4-H Fair continues the rest of this week with numerous events in the amphitheater, and free rides start on Thursday night and run through Saturday night. WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 Wednesday night will be the 4-H Fami- ly fun night with the Hill Billy Water slide and other games. Wednesday's 4-H activities are the rab- bit show at 9 a.m. and the beef, dairy and sheep shows started at 6 p.m. in the live- stock barn. THURSDAY, JULY 13 Thursday night is the first night of the free carnival rides. They open at 6 p.m. and will run Friday and Saturday night as well. Mud corral racing is at 7 p.m. on Thurs- day. It is a kinder, gentler version of hog wrestling, but not less muddy or less fun to watch. The small and large animal supreme showmanship contest is at 9 a.m. Thursday. FRIDAY, JULY 14 A demolition derby returns to the fair for the first time in several years on Fri- day night. It is also the 4-H livestock auc- tion and another night for free rides on the midway. The livestock auction starts at 5:30 p.m. and the demolition derby begins at 8 p.m. SATURDAY, JULY 15 Saturday will feature events all day long, starting early with the youth fishing tour- ney from 9 to 11 a.m. at Prides Creek. An antique tractor and classic car show is set to start at 9 a.m. The Super Cross motorcycle races be- gin at 7 p.m. with live practice beginning at 4 p.m. Again, the free rides start at 5 p.m. Free rides begin Thursday at Fair By Andy Heuring Winslow Town Council had familiar top- ics Monday night at their monthly meet- ing: delinquent water bills, dog and cat complaints. While the dog problems and delinquent water bills continue, residents praised Animal Control Officer Billy Mar- hall's effort with cats. Residents said they have seen a decrease in the stray cat problem around town. Marshall said he had trapped about 40 cats and removed them from the town. "I have a place to take them," said Marshall. He added there are still more be caught. Kelly Martin complained about a res- idence near his where several dogs are barking all night long. Martin said the owner has them inside a fence, but is let- ting them run loose inside the fence and they are barking all night long. He said any- time a cat or other animal goes by, the dogs start barking. Councilman Greg Simmons said the owner works night shift and had been let- ting the dogs out of their houses at night when he went to work. Martin said recent- ly the dogs had been out 24 hours a day. Simmons suggested they tell the owner to put the dogs up when he goes to work. Martin also said the dogs aren't being cleaned up after and the area is starting to have odor problems. Marshall said he had tried to talk to the owner, but because he works at night, it is difficult to get ahold of him. "He wouldn't come to the door for me during the day. Then by the time he gets up, I forget about it," said Marshall. However, he pledged to make a point to talk with the owner. Town Marshal Steve English said he would go with Marshall to talk to the dogs' owner. Delinquent water bill problem "We have a slew of water bills, two three or four months behind and a lot of old bills that need to be sent to our attorney Kerry Aldridge," said Councilman Dick Brewster. Clerk-Treasurer Beth Bennett said Al- dridge had already said he didn't want to have anything else from the town until they got the sewer plant litigation cleared up. She said he told Economic Development director Ashley Willis he didn't want to work on the zoning expansion. "Then we need to get another attorney to work on this," said Brewster. "I don't think we should hold off on them." He added, "We have a ton of uncollected money out there. Some have moved off and left us, but we still have recourse on them. We are going to have to pull up our boot straps, because we are not even near abid- ing by the ordinance on the water depart- Winslow council hears complaints of dogs, water bills Kuebler injured in Friday crash A rural Petersburg woman was taken by LifeFlight to the hospital after a Friday morning accident near Algiers. Aleshia Kuebler, 25, of Petersburg was ejected from her Honda Civic at about 7:40 a.m. after she ran off the road. Witnesses found her about 18-yards from her vehicle, according to Pike County Deputy Sheriff Brad Jen- kins. Kuebler had two small children strapped in car seats in the back seat. A witness at the scene said she saw Kuebler was run off the road, then come back on the road, hit the ditch and start flipping. Deputy Jenkins said the children were still secure in their child seats and appeared to not be seriously injured. They were driven to the hospital by their father. Later it was learned one of the children had a broken arm. Kuebler was transported to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. A friend said she had broken ribs and internal injuries.

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