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October 11, 2017

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Local ......A1-A10 Sports .........B1-7 Classifi eds .... B8-9 Church ........C1-4 School............ C5 East Gibson .... C6 Home Life....D1-6 Obituaries....... D7 Opinion .......D8-9 WHAT'S INSIDE: CONNECT WITH US: NetEdition E-Mail Phone:.................. 812-354-8500 Fax: ...................... 812-354-2014 E-Mail . NEWS TIPS: PIKE PUBLISHING See COUNCIL on page 2 See WINSLOW on page 3 $ 1 Four sections Three inserts 38 pages Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Volume 148 Number 41 Phone (812) 354-8500 Petersburg, IN 47567-0068 (USPS 604-34012) See SUBSCRIBE on page 2 Three weeks remain to save $ 3 on your sub- scription to The Press-Dispatch. Subscribers can check their mailing label for their sub- scription expiration date. Subscriptions that expire in October will be highlighted in or- ange. The Press-Dispatch is offering a year's sub- scription at a $ 3 discount for anywhere in the United States. That is $ 3 off your only source for the news that affects you. Whether it is your local officials making decisions that will affect your water bill, the road in front of your house and how much you will pay in taxes, or decisions affecting your child's school. It is al- so your only source for news about your neigh- bors and acquaintances as well as providing a historical perspective with the History page. For Pike and surrounding counties and all "475" zip codes, the price is $27. Elsewhere in Indiana during October, the price is $ 30 a year and outside Indiana the price is $47 for a one- year subscription. Regardless of when your subscription ex- pires, and regardless of where you live in the United States, you may renew and have your subscription extended one year at a savings ***************SCH 5-DIGIT 47567 0001 10-20-17 NEWSPAPER SUBSCRIBER PO BOX 68 PETERSBURG, IN 47567-0068 See AWARDS on page 2 Press-Dispatch's Haycraft named Indiana's Top Ad Designer Pike Publishing wins 10 firsts in HSPA Ad Contest By Andy Heuring Pike Publishing dominated the Hoosier State Press Association's Better Newspapers Contest for Ad- vertising. The newspapers of Pike Publishing: The Press-Dispatch and South Gibson Star-Times had 10 first places, two seconds and eight thirds, along with graphic de- signer Matt Haycraft winning the top prize of being named Graphic Designer of the Year. Haycraft, of Petersburg, was named the 2017 Indiana's Top Ad- vertising Designer after he picked up four first places on his designs and collaborated on two more. The award was selected from all the newspapers over all the circu- lation classifications, including the large city daily newspapers. Production Manager and De- signer Eric Gogel won four indi- vidual categories and collaborat- ed on two categories. "We are extremely proud of our advertising team's successes. Matt being named Indiana's Top Advertising Designer is a tremen- dous honor, but not surprising. He and Eric are a talented duo, who have won many awards for sever- al years," said Pike Publishing Ad- vertising Manager John Heuring. In 2016, they won seven first places, eight seconds and sev- en thirds. In 2015, they won six Matt Haycraft Eric Gogel John Heuring Cindy Petty Pam Lemond Deadline for $3 subscription savings is October 31 Save $3 on your subscription Bargain Period is going on now! see page A-9. SPECIAL SECTION: C-7 4-H enrollment is sunday By Ed Cahill The Indiana Department of Education released school accountability grades on Wednesday, Oct. 4, based on the 2016 -17 ISTEP+ test. Among Pike County schools, the grade for Pike Central Middle School improved, the grades for Pike Central High School and Win- slow Elementary School stayed the same and Petersburg Elementary School saw its grade decline from 2015 -16 to 2016 -17. • Pike Central High School received a B for the fourth straight year after compiling a score of 82.8 points. • Pike Central Middle School saw its grade improve from a C in 2015 -16 to a B in 2016 -17 after compiling a school score of 81.3 points. • Petersburg Elementary School saws its grade drop from a B in 2015 -16 to a C in 2016 - 17 after compiling a school score of 73.7 points. • Winslow Elementary School received a C for the fifth straight year after compiling a school score of 70.6 points. The Pike County School Corporation, as a whole, saw its grade drop from a B in 2015 -16 to a C in 2016 -17 with a score of 79.7 points. "For grades 3-8, the school grade is deter- mined by performance and growth," School Superintendent Suzanne Blake said. "Schools ISTEP grades released for Pike County schools By Andy Heuring For the second meeting in a row, county councilmen voted to table a two-pronged request for $250,000 by the Park and Rec- reation Board for an events cen- ter proposed to be built at Prides Creek Park. The action took about 45 minutes of their 90 -minute meeting Tuesday morning. The Pike County Park and Recreation Board submitted a re- quest for the county council to al- low them to spend $250,000 for a grant to help with the cost of constructing an events center at Prides Creek or "at least appropri- ate the above amount of $ 69,500." Councilmen had several ques- tions about the bids and expense of operating the building. Todd Meadors asked about the bidding process. "Anything I have ever built, we knew what we wanted and we had three bidders. Why did we not do that? " asked Meadors. Dave Elgin, representing the Parks Board, said the state now allows you to bid things different- ly. He said the option they chose was to put out a general idea of what they want for a proposal and let various firms give them a plan, select that plan and work out the details of the design and cost af- ter the firm was selected for the project. Greg Mangin asked about the cost of the project. "The number we have always been working with is $ 900,000" said Elgin. However, he said the propos- als reviewed by the committee ranged from $ 600,000 to $1.2 million. He said they hadn't selected a firm yet, but they had a favorite, which had proposed a design as they had requested it. Councilman Dennis Bishop complained there was no way to do an apples to apples compari- son. Elgin told the group the Parks Board knows they are going to have to borrow another $ 300,000 to $400,000, which would cost them about $40,000 a year for the next 20 years. "My question is at $45,000 a year, plus a couple of more em- ployees, what does it cost to oper- ate this building? " asked Council- man Max Elliott. Ashley Willis, executive direc- tor of the Pike County Econom- ic Development Corporation, told the council the worst case scenar- io is the cost will be about $ 9,300 a month. She said they are planning on renting the building for $750 three weekends a month for large gatherings such as weddings. She said if someone wants to serve al- cohol there, that would be anoth- er $200 charge to pay for an off- duty officer. She told the council this isn't a typical economic development project, but because it is so close to the I-69 interchange, having an event center would create traffic in the area and a market for a ho- tel. Councilman Travis Troutman said he attended the Parks Board meeting with fellow Prides Creek campers when they discussed the building. He said even when you Council tables events center funding By Andy Heuring Winslow approved their bud- get for 2018 and set Halloween Trick or Treat hours during their 30 -minute meeting Monday night. Councilmen voted 3-0 to ap- prove their 2018 budget totaling $ 350,400, made up of the line items of Rainy Day $45,000, Gen- eral Fund $223,250, Local Road and Street $15,000, MVH budget $ 3,715, Cumulative Capital Im- provements $10,000 and Cumula- tive Capital Development $20,000. "This is what we are request- ing, it isn't what we will get," said Clerk-Treasurer Beth Bennett. Winslow will send the budget to the Department of Local Gov- ernment Finance, which will ad- just the budget based on project- ed revenues for Winslow. TRICK-OR- TREAT HOURS Councilmen set Trick or Treat hours for 5 to 9 p.m. on Hallow- een night, which is Tuesday, Oc- tober 31. They also requested both town police officers to be on duty that night. Council president Terry Stro- bel appointed Tony Williams to the town's Park and Recreation Board. Strobel explained, accord- ing to the ordinance, as president of the council he makes one ap- pointment. He had appointed Sta- cy Russell, who informed him she was resigning. So he announced Williams would be appointed to the board and take Russell's place as vice-president of the board. Henry Nelson told the council the Community Center was going to be in the black after they re- ceived the $2,151 payment from an interest bearing account set up by Marvin Snyder. It pays out once a year and the Community Center receives the funding. Fire Chief Jason Bottoms told the council they need to purchase a special compressor to fill their air tanks. He said it was an ex- tremely dangerous procedure without the proper equipment. He said it would cost about $ 9,000 to $10,000, but in four years would pay for itself, because Winslow approves budget, sets trick- or-treat hours See ISTEP GR ADES on page 2 Pumpkin picking time in Pike County Workers quickly load pumpkins in to a school bus with the windows removed as it moves through a large pumpkin patch just behind the Walnut Hills Cemetery in Petersburg. The 120 acre field of pumpkins is owned by JMR of Vincennes. Crews were in Petersburg last week picking the pumpkins.

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