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May 16, 2018

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Local ........ A1-10 East Gibson .... A9 Sports .........B1-7 Opinion ......... 8-9 Classifi eds B10-12 Church ........C1-3 Home Life........C4-8 Obituaries........... C9 School.... C10-12 WHAT'S INSIDE: CONNECT WITH US: NetEdition E-Mail Phone:.................. 812-354-8500 Fax: ...................... 812-354-2014 E-Mail . NEWS TIPS: PIKE PUBLISHING See FOOTBALL on page 2 See WINSLOW on page 2 See SCHEDULES on page 2 See ELECTION on page 3 Backyard Adventures Local ........ A1-12 Sports .........B1-7 Classifi eds .. B8-10 Church ........C1-3 Home Life........C4-8 Obituaries........... C9 Opinion .. C10-11 School.... C12-13 East Gibson .. C14 WHAT'S INSIDE: CONNECT WITH US: NetEdition E-Mail Phone:.................. 812-354-8500 Fax: ...................... 812-354-2014 E-Mail . NEWS TIPS: PIKE PUBLISHING See ACADEMY on page 8 See CHASE on page 2 Eight sections 82 pages Four inserts Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Volume 148 Number 20 Phone (812) 354-8500 Petersburg, IN 47567-0068 (USPS 604-34012) Wild car chase begins in Petersburg $ 1 YOUR GUIDE TO SUMMER FUN IS INSIDE THIS EDITION! Erik Mattingly PC Football Coach Mattingly resigns as head football coach By Ed Cahill A fter one season as Pike Central High School's head football coach, Erik Matting- ly announced Tuesday, May 15, that he is resigning. In a statement e-mailed to The Press- Dispatch, Mattingly wrote that he has ac- cepted a teaching position at North Posey High School, where he will also serve as the football team's co-defensive coordina- tor and as head coach of the boys' track and field team. The 2017 season – during which the Chargers were 2-8 overall and 1-6 in the Pocket Athletic Conference – was the pro- gram's 31st consecutive year with a losing record. During that span, Pike Central is 41-259. "I had a great year at Pike Central," wrote Mattingly, who taught social stud- ies. "I loved our senior class. To compete and pull out some victories with the odds they faced was incred- ible. We played against an undefeated Gibson Southern team twice, a state championship Southridge team and some other really good competition." "The last time a coach won more than one game in his first year was in 1989, and we were able to win two," Mattingly not- ed. "Only eight teams in the 44-year his- tory of football here at Pike Central won more games than we did this year. I am very proud of what they accomplished, consider- ing they faced superior numbers – and big- ger budgets – every week." Mattingly, 32, had served as an assistant football coach for 12 seasons – eight years at Boonville, from where he graduated in 2004, and four years at McCutcheon – when he was hired last April to succeed Dustin Powell, who had resigned two months ear- lier after compiling a won-loss record of 12- 75 over 8 -1/2 seasons, including a 4-6 mark during the 2016 season. "It was a very difficult decision to leave Pike Central, but I think it was the right time for me personally and with the transi- tions going on in the athletic department," Mattingly wrote. "North Posey was able to offer me several things that were very im- portant to me going forward as a teacher and coach, and with their entire high school administration being active or former foot- ball coaches, I thought it was just a unique opportunity." "The biggest problem that faces the Pike Central program going forward is the same problem our county faces as a communi- ty," Mattingly continued. "We have a lot of kids growing up in poverty, or in very Patoka firemen practice extrication It can be hot and cramped, but the job must be done in a rescue situation involving a crashed vehicle.Patoka Fire- fighters practice the angle of attack and purchase site for opening a door on a vehicle. Volunteer Fire Department fire- fighters turned out for a day of extrication training sponsored by Schell Towing this past Saturday. The 14 members used their Genesis tools, which are maintained by P&L Services. See more on page A-4. James Capozella photo By Andy Heuring Winslow Town Councilmen handled sev- eral requests for water and sewer bill ad- justments during the Monday night meet- ing. Two requests took up most of the near- ly 20 minutes of discussion on water bills and leaks. Winslow Councilman Dick Brewster said one request said the leak indicator wasn't showing any leaks, but the house was show- ing high water usage. Brewster said the usage was up from about 2,300 gallons to 9,800 gallons. "What was the reason? " asked Council- man Terry Strobel. "We don't really know," said Brewster. "We have read it (request for adjustment) and I think they are using it (the water)," said Brewster. Brewster said even a pinhole sized leak can cause up to 2,600 gallons a month in ex- tra water usage. He also said toilet valves of- ten leak intermittently or at such low rates they can't be seen or heard. He suggested people thinking they may have a leak put dye into the tank of their toilet at night and then check it in the morning to see if the colored dye is in the bowl. Brewster said on the first request, they have a relatively new water meter so it shouldn't be a malfunctioning meter. He also said they occasionally use a power washer. "I think they are just using more water then they realize," said Strobel. Brewster read from a letter on a second request for a water adjustment, where the bill jumped to $596. The letter claimed water wasn't going through the water meter. Brewster said the plumber told them water wasn't going through the meter. "If water wasn't going through the meter, then how did it regis- Winslow deals with water, sewer adjustments Fires destroy van, damage truck An engine compartment fire destroyed a Dodge Caravan early Monday morning on the Huck's parking lot. Petersburg Fire Chief Ross Elmore said Tesa Klueg was leaving Huck's parking lot on First St. when she heard a click and then no- ticed smoke. Elmore said she had at least two child passengers and got them out of the van. The engine compartment was fully engulfed when firemen arrived. Chief Elmore said the fire was contained to the engine compartment and they were able to save the contents of the car, including the children's carseats. Winslow firemen extinguished a pickup truck fire a little after noon on Monday. Winslow Fire Chief Jason Bottoms said he was at the fire department when someone from the American Legion, which is next door, notified him a pickup on the Legion's lot had caught fire. Bottoms said they were able to put it out before the fire did much damage to Mike Robling's truck. He said it was started by a fuel pump malfunction. By Andy Heuring Two firing squads and honor guard teams will be traveling throughout Pike County on Memorial Day to 24 cemeteries, having graveside tributes to our nation's fallen vet- erans. The Petersburg Veterans of Foreign Wars will be going to 12 cemeteries and the Pike County Courthouse in the north- ern half of Pike County, while the Winslow American Legion will be going to 13 ceme- teries in the southern part of Pike County. The ceremony at each cemetery will in- clude a prayer, 21-gun salute and Taps be- ing played. An extended program will be presented at 10 :45 a.m. at the Walnut Hills Cemetery in Petersburg. The featured speaker will be Andrew Houchins. VFW Commander Ray Stillwell encouraged area families to take a few moments and attend one of the cere- monies or visit a gravesite of a loved one. "It is a way to show gratitude to the ones who paid the ultimate price for our freedom." He also reminded people to lower their flags to half staff on Memorial Day. Stilwell said gravesite flags are available prior to Memorial Day services at VFW Post 3587 on Main St. Petersburg. "Indi- viduals and organizations can pick up flags for placement on veterans' graves. A cem- etery custodian can draw the proper num- ber of flags for each use. If veterans are bur- ied in a family or non-custodian cemetery, then an individual is invited to draw flags for this use. It is requested that custodians and individuals retrieve the flags after Me- morial Day and save them for future use." Memorial Day tributes scheduled throughout county By Andy Heuring The dust has cleared from the 2018 pri- mary election and there is a clearer picture of what the ballot will look like in Novem- ber. In Pike County, the ballot is set in most races. However, there are a few where there is no candidate for one party or the other. Those parties can appoint a candidate be- fore the general election. Here are the candidates as they stand fol- lowing last Tuesday's primary. County Auditor Judy Wood Gumbel (R) Jody L. Hoover (D) County Recorder Lida Robinson (D) Sheriff Frank Coleman (R) Kent Johnson (D) County Assessor Mike Goodpaster (R) Commissioner Dist. 2 Mark Flint (R) Heath James Scraper (D) County Council Dist. 1 Randy Harris (R) Daren Cook (D) County Council Dist. 2 Jon W. Craig (R) County Council Dist. 3 Max Elliott (R) Ballot for November election taking shape

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