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April 11, 2018

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Local ...........A1-8 Sports .........B1-5 Opinion .......B6-7 Classifi eds .. B8-10 Church ........C1-3 Home Life........C4-8 Obituaries........... C9 School........... C10 East Gibson .. C11 WHAT'S INSIDE: CONNECT WITH US: NetEdition E-Mail Phone:.................. 812-354-8500 Fax: ...................... 812-354-2014 E-Mail . NEWS TIPS: PIKE PUBLISHING See LEAVING on page 2 See FIRE TRUCK on page 2 Four sections 50 pages Three inserts Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Volume 148 Number 15 Phone (812) 354-8500 Petersburg, IN 47567-0068 (USPS 604-34012) $ 1 SPRING 2018 Petersburg to flush fire hydrants The City of Petersburg will be flushing fire hydrants on Monday, April 16 and Tues- day, April 17. For more information, contact Peters- burg City Hall by calling 812-354-8511. Early voting has started. April 10 was the first day for early voting in the Pike Coun- ty Clerk's Office for the May 8 Primary Election. Registered voters can come into the clerk's office on the second floor of the courthouse Monday-Friday, April 10 - May 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday, May 7. The clerk's of- fice will also be open on Saturday, April 28 and Saturday, May 5, from 8 a.m. to noon, to accommodate those who can't make it during the week. Voters can still request absentee ballots by mail. Applications for the absentee bal- lots by mail must be received in the clerk's office by April 30 and the ballot will need to be returned to the clerk's office by noon on Election Day. If a voter is physically unable to vote, they can request assistance of a bipartisan travel board. These requests must be received by the clerk's office by noon on May 7. If anyone wants tobe a poll worker, they are may call the Pike County Clerk's Office at 812-354-6025. Poll workers are required to be at the polling place from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Election Day and are also required to attend the Poll Worker training session on Saturday, May 5 at 9 a.m. Early voting underway Billy Hewig By Ed Cahill Pike Central Middle-High School ath- letic director Billy Hewig confirmed Tues- day, April 10 that he has been hired as a physical education teacher and assistant football coach at Evansville North High School. The hire was made official on Monday, April 10 when the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation's Board of Trustees ap- proved Hewig's ap- pointment to both positions, begin- ning with the 2018 -19 school year. Hewig, 34, has been employed at Pike Central since 2008, including the last four years as ath- letic director. Hewig has also been the school's head wrestling coach for the last seven years – following two years as an assistant coach – and served as an assistant football coach for nine years, from 2008 through 2016. "Last year – and even during this year – I thought, 'Man, they're going to have to use a cannon to blast me out of Pike Central,' just because I love the people so much," said Hewig, who graduated from Evansville Reitz in 2001. "It's a very mixed bag of emotions for me," Hewig added. "A fter 10 years, I don't have a negative feeling in my body about Pike Central. Everything's been positive for me. It's been a great place to be for these past 10 years." Hewig noted that Evansville North is a short three-minute drive from the family farm where he lives with his wife, Jessi, and their nine-year-old son, Lane. Howev- er, he added, the shorter commute to and from work was not the primary reason for his decision to leave Pike Central. "Pike Central's AD job is a wonder- ful job, but for me, being a father, it's tak- en so much time away from my family, it just isn't fair to them," Hewig said. "It's just time for me to start putting my fam- ily first." "It's kind of a selfish job as far as I'm concerned, because I get to do what I love. I get to deal with sports and watch sports for a living," Hewig added. "But, for my family, it just isn't the fair thing to do any- more." Hewig said that his new duties will in- clude rebuilding Evansville North's weight room, which he will oversee. "They contacted me about two weeks ago, maybe three weeks, about it, and it's kind of progressed from there," Hewig PC Athletic Director leaving for Evansville North By Andy Heuring The Town of Winslow is contemplat- ing purchasing a used fire truck to re- place an older unit. During their Monday night meeting, Fire Chief Jason Bottoms said they desperately needed a second fire truck. "If we don't do something soon to re- place that other truck we are going to be in a hurt," said Bottoms. He said Winslow only has one certified truck, which means if they ever have two fires at the same time, he would be break- ing the law to send an uncertified truck to a fire. "That is the choice I'm going to have to make if we ever have two fires," said Bot- toms. Bottoms said they located a used fire truck at Bruceville. It is a 1995 fire truck in good condition. He said they drove it and ran the pumps, and it all worked. Bruceville was asking $40,000 for the truck, but Bot- toms said after negotiating, he thought they could get it for $19,000 to $20,000. "This is the best truck for the money you are going to be able to get," said Bottoms. He said he had gone through about 20 web- sites searching for it. Bottoms also said they needed to act quickly on it. "I don't have a large time- frame here to move on this," said Bottoms. "My son and daughter told me the same thing on cars they wanted to buy," said Brewster. He added he wasn't against getting it, but he couldn't approve it at this meeting, be- cause he needed to check into how they were going to pay for it. Bottoms said the fire department gets $714 a month from the public safety fund local income tax. He suggested the town loan the fire department the money to buy Winslow considers replacing old fire truck Two injured in Tuesday afternoon crash A Petersburg woman and 10-year-old boy were seriously injured in a crash Tuesday afternoon on the Algiers-Cato Road. Deidra Pauw, 37, of 5729 E. CR250 N, Winslow, suffered facial injuries and 10-year-old Levi Bailey sustained leg and back injuries in the crash. Two younger daughters of Pauw's were in child seats and escaped serious injury. Pike County Deputy Sheriff Brad Jenkins said Pauw was driving north on CR500E (Cato-Algiers Road) about a half- mile north of Highway 56 when she ran off the right side of the road in a Ford Excursion. Jenkins said Pauw swerved back onto the road, heading left and then over-corrected back to the right and the front end of the vehicle went into a ditch, striking a culvert. Jenkins said this caused the back of the Excursion to swing forward and slam down on the pavement hard enough to take a chunk out of the road. Petersburg and Jefferson Township Fire Departments extricated Pauw from the vehicle. She was taken to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville and the children were taken to Memorial in Jasper. Bailey was later transferred to Riley's in Indianapolis. Tractors for Trenton swim lessons Jacob Duddenhoeffer helps Harlan Fenwick through the water during the Tractors for Trenton swim lessons on Mon- day night at Pike Central. The lessons teach children down to age two how to swim. Amber Leighty, who started Trac- tors for Trenton, said they insured about 75 kids for the six-night lesson sessions. She said the United Way gave them a grant to help lower the cost of the lessons.

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