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Local ...........A1-8 Students ......... A5 Sports .........B1-3 Classifi eds .... B5-7 Church ........C1-3 History ........... C4 Home Life C5-10 Obituaries..... C10 Opinion .. C11-12 WHAT'S INSIDE: CONNECT WITH US: NetEdition E-Mail Phone:.................. 812-354-8500 Fax: ...................... 812-354-2014 E-Mail . NEWS TIPS: PIKE PUBLISHING $ 1 Three sections Two inserts 28 pages Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Volume 148 Number 32 Phone (812) 354-8500 Petersburg, IN 47567-0068 (USPS 604-34012) See ACADEMY on page 2 See FESTIVALS on page 2 See PAVING on page 4 United Way of Pike County will kickoff its campaign with a Com- munity Day of Caring on Wednes- day, September 20, 2017. This event involves recruiting volun- teers to help with projects for lo- cal not-for-profit agencies or orga- nizations for a one-day work blitz. The event will start with a spon- sored breakfast for its volunteers. They will receive a T-shirt to wear on the job and lunch will be pro- vided. United Way of Pike County hopes to raise the level of aware- ness of the needs of the communi- ty, as well as the services provid- ed by these agencies. If you would like to volunteer or are an agency that would like to submit a project, contact the United Way of Pike County office at 812-789 -2557 or 812-789 -3774. This event is partially funded by Pike County Community Foun- dation and Amber Manor. Volunteers needed for Day of Caring By Ed Cahill The first day of classes at Ot- well Miller Academy is sched- uled for Monday, Aug. 14, but it remains uncertain whether the charter school's building will be ready. "That's what we're shooting for," said Mike Houtsch, chair- man of the Otwell Miller Acade- my School Board's operations and facilities committee, following the board's first meeting on Monday, Aug. 7, at the Otwell Community Center. "I've talked to all the sub-con- tractors, and they are fully aware that that's what we're shooting for," Houtsch continued. "They are going to do everything they can to try to make that happen." Houtsch said that a final inspec- tion, which will be conducted by the county's building inspector, was expected to be executed in the next few days. "I'm supposed to meet with him later this week, and we're supposed to go through and see what needs to be done there," Houtsch said. During the meeting, however, school board parent representa- tive Jenny Byrd asked Houtsch what options were being consid- ered if the school building was not ready by Monday. "I know the crews are working diligently to get everything done," Byrd said. "I know we have, like, Plan A, B and C. Worst-case sce- nario, that it's not able to be occu- pied by the students on the 14th, when will the parents know that we're going to have to use an al- ternate location? " "As soon as we know," Houtsch replied. "That's all I can say." "So there's just nothing to be said? " Byrd said. "These are ques- tions the parents are hitting me Otwell Academy prepares for Opening Day By Andy Heuring There will be three festivals in Pike County in late summer this year. Peters- burg is having a bicentennial Buffalo Trace Festival on September 15 and 16. Winslow's Community Fall Festival will be the same days, sponsored by the Winslow Beautifica- tion and Lions Club. The Winslow Fire De- partment will have a festival on August 25 and 26 at the Sports League fields. WINSLOW FIRE DEPARTMENT FESTIVAL SET FOR AUGUST 25-26 The first Winslow Fire Department Sum- mer Fest will start at 5 p.m. on Friday, Au- gust 25, with the National Anthem being played. Also starting at 5 p.m. will be a flea market, carnival rides, a softball tourney and karaoke, and a disc jockey lineup. Kale Shelton will perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m., followed by the Mariners from 8:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday starts at 8 a.m. with the softball tourney and flea market resuming. There will be more karaoke at 10 a.m., followed by a karaoke contest from 11 to 1 p.m., with the winners being announced at 1:30 p.m. Zeff West will perform at 2 p.m., which is also the starting time for a senior pageant. Uprising will perform from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and the Mariners will return from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A cornhole tourney is scheduled for 4 p.m., with outhouse races at 5 p.m. The light-up parade starts at 9 p.m., with lineup beginning at 8 p.m. near the Fire Department on Collins St. The parade will proceed north on Main St. to the Sports League fields. 12TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY FESTIVAL SET FOR SEPTEMBER 15 AND 16 The 12th Annual Winslow Community Festival is set for Friday and Saturday, Sep- tember 15 and 16. It will feature their light-up parade on Saturday night and a long list of activities. They include a flea market, kayak run, in- flatables, karaoke, balloon artists, paint- ball, dunking booths, family games, musi- cal entertainment, a puppet show and trac- tor show. Details on the schedule are still being worked out. BUFFALO TRACE FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 15 AND 16 Petersburg's Buffalo Trace Festival will celebrate Petersburg's 200th year as a city It will feature free carnival rides, musical entertainment, bed races, a parade and fire- works all on Main St., Petersburg. Activities will start at 5 p.m. and feature bicentennial re-enactments on the court- house lawn, and food and vendor booths will open at 5 p.m. as well. A parade is set for 6 p.m., with opening ceremonies set to follow at 6:30 p.m. Three late-summer festivals highlight county events Key injured in Tuesday crash A Campbelltown man was seriously injured in a noon crash on the Sugar Ridge Road Tuesday. Kenton Key, 19, of 848 S. SR 61, Winslow, suffered "extensive arm injuries," said Pike Coun- ty Deputy Sheriff Mike Willis. Key was riding in a work truck with Eddie Tisdale, Jr., 53, of 1998 N. SR 61, Petersburg. Tisdale was driving east on CR 125 N. (Sugar Ridge Road) when he ran off the right side of the road, which was extremely soft and pulled his truck farther off the road, causing him to sideswipe a utility pole. The utility pole was about a quarter of a mile west of Highway 61. Deputy Willis said Key, who was a passenger, had his arm on the window sill of the truck when the crash occurred. He was taken by Pike County EMS to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. By Andy Heuring Road paving concerns highlighted the Pike County Commissioners meeting Mon- day morning. Jim Johns told the commissioners he didn't think his county taxes should go to- ward paving streets in Petersburg. Johns asked the commissioners when the county paved streets for Petersburg, who paid for the bituminous materials, if Petersburg reimbursed the county for their expenses. "No, we are not reimbursed," said Com- missioner Jeff Nelson, who chaired the meeting in Brian Davis' absence. He add- ed, "No one complained about when we did it in Winslow." "I'm not worried about Winslow," said Johns. Nelson said, "In the future, we will have an interlocal agreement with the municipal- ity. We didn't realize the project was going to be as big as it was," said Nelson of pav- ing last year. "What about my tax money? It shouldn't be spent in Petersburg," said Johns. "Those people pay county taxes, too," said Byrd. Nelson said, "We are going to help Win- slow and Spurgeon and anyone else we can help get another mile of paving done. But in the future, we will have an interlocal agree- ment." "I think I have my answer. I don't agree with it, but I have my answer," said Johns. Nelson then asked Johns, "If a Winslow bank gets robbed, should we send a sher- iff there to help? " Johns said that was a hypothetical ques- tion. "When it happens, I will give you an answer." Johns also asked the commissioners about county roads connecting Highway 356 to Highway 56 through Solar Sources controlled ground. He asked if those roads had been turned over the to county yet. Nelson said Solar still had active mining Commissioners' paving policy questioned Even the dogs get ice cream Jordan Kahle feeds his chocolate lab Ellie homemade ice cream at the Zoar Mosquito Fest on Saturday. The ice cream is a long standing tradition at the Mosquito Fest. This year they offered 14 flavors. See more photos on page A-8.

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