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A-4 Wednesday, August 19, 2020 The Press-Dispatch CHRISTINE STAIRS, MD Orthopaedic Surgeon Respect for Human Dignity • Compassionate Caring Stewardship • Quality • Justice Christine Stairs, M.D. was recently appointed to the Medical Staff at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. Dr. Stairs received her medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Louisiana State University in Shreveport and an orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship at University of Kentucky in Lexington. Dr. Stairs is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and e American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Stairs is joining Memorial Orthopaedic Associates, located at 695 W. 2nd Street, Suite 2A, in Jasper. To make an appointment, please call 812-996-5950. REDUCED TEMPERATURE SWINGS ENHANCED PERFORMANCE IMPROVED DEHUMIDIFICATION Variable-speed technology means invariable comfort. The Infinity ® 20 air conditioner combines the energy efficiency of Greenspeed ® intelligence with the convenience and precision of the Infinity System Control. With reduced temperature swings, improved dehumidification and ultra-quiet operation, the Infinity 20 air conditioner will have you more comfortable than ever before. Energy Efficiency That's Right in Your Comfort Zone. ©Carrier Corporation 4/2018. PH: 812-743-2382 HEATING & AIR-CONDITIONING LLC Serving the area since 1950. Perry ' s Perry ' s 303 Breckinridge Rd, Monroe City Email: Craig Perry Vance Perry Chase Perry MARRIAGE LICENSES Elizabeth Burton Crowdis, 31, of 7909 E. CR 175 N., Winslow, daughter of Mark Raby and Melinda Williams, to Jordan Leigh Like, 26, of 7909 E. CR 175 N., Winslow, daughter of Brian Like and Tina Simmons. Jenna N. Embry, 28, of 3049 S. SR 61, Winslow, daugh- ter of Jessica L. Embry, to Jason G. Vickers, 28, of 3049 S. SR 61, Winslow, son of Tina Vickers and Ronald Vickers. Alivia Jean Cummings, 23, of 4845 N. CR 575 E., Pe- tersburg, daughter of Joe and Jody Cummings, to Andrew James Church, 31, of 5541 W. CR 100 S., Petersburg, son of Jimmie and Janet Church. READER GUIDE Subscriptions: Change of address: subscribers changing addresses will please give old address as well as new one along with phone number. We cannot guarantee prompt change unless this is done. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Press-Dispatch., P.O. Box 68, Petersburg, IN 47567-0068 or e-mail to subscribe@ Subscription rates: One year: $35 for Pike County and all 475/476 zip codes; $38 in the state of Indiana; $55 elsewhere in the USA. Paid in advance. Subscriptions taken after noon on Friday will not receive a paper until the second edition after their subscription date. About us: Andy Heuring and John B. Heuring, Publishers Andy Heuring, Editor John B. Heuring, Adv. Mgr. Eric Gogel, Production Mgr. Monica Sinclair, Office Mgr. Cindy Petty, Adv. Sales Pam Lemond, Adv. Sales Kate Lindsey, Adv. Designer • • • Published every Wednesday by the Pike County Publishing Co. Phone: 812-354-8500 820 E. Poplar St., P.O. Box 68, Petersburg, IN 47567-0068 • • • Entered in the Post Office in Petersburg, Indiana for transmission through the mails as Periodical Mail, postage paid at Petersburg, Indiana – published weekly. (USPS 205-620) Contact us: Phone: ..........................................................................812-354-8500 Fax: .............................................................................. 812-354-2014 E-mail: Andy Heuring, Editor Advertising General News Circulation NEWS BRIEFS Pike County Short Run Tractor Drive this Saturday The First Annual Pike County Short Run Tractor Drive is set for this Saturday. It will tour central Pike County. Registration begins at 9 a.m. in Prides Creek Park, with the tour beginning at 10 a.m. from Prides Creek. Entry fee is $10. There will be a Dutch treat sack lunch served by the Pike County Young Farmers. For more information, call Jim Lamey at 812-789 -2688, Dave Yager at 812-483-9532, Matt Perry at 812-629 -02042 or Ross Elmore at 812-582-2628. Volunteers needed for Benner Bark Park Work at the Benner Bark Park in Petersburg will con- tinue this Saturday and next. Bridget Butcher said a group of volunteers are planning to work a few hours this Satur- day, beginning at 8 a.m., and again on Aug. 29. Any volun- teer help would be appreciated. Petersburg Senior Citizen will be offering senior lunch on August 26 On Wednesday, Aug. 26, the Petersburg Senior Citizen will be offering seniors lunch beginning at 11 a.m. This will be a carry-out only at the Petersburg courthouse base- ment, 801 Main Street. For pricing and for more information, contact Phyllis Jones at 812-766 -2945. Time to register for Birthday Club If you haven't submitted your birthday within the last 6 months, please register again at birthday. Entrants have a chance to win monthly prizes from local businesses and a three-month subscription to The Press-Dispatch. Upcoming event? We want to know! Do you have an upcoming event? Send it to news@press- Indiana State Police enforcement campaign through Labor Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Troopers from the Indiana State Police Jasper Post will be participating in the nation- al Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobiliza- tion. Now through Labor Day, troopers will be conducting overtime patrols, seeking out drunk drivers and showing ze- ro tolerance for anyone driv- ing impaired. These patrols are support- ed with funds from the Na- tional Highway Traffic Safe- ty Administration distributed by the Indiana Criminal Jus- tice Institute. According to ICJI, in 2018, there were just under 4,000 alcohol-impaired collisions in Indiana, resulting in 83 fatal- ities. Of those, 48 collisions and one fatality occurred during the Labor Day holiday weekend. In Indiana, it is illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol concentration of .08 or high- er. Additionally, drivers under the age of 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and having their license sus- pended for up to one year. "Last year, one person died every 50 minutes in a drunk-driving crash in the U.S.," said Devon McDon- ald, ICJI Executive Director. "Every one of those fatalities could've been prevented. Help us save lives by putting an end to this reckless behavior." For over 20 years, law en- forcement agencies across Indiana have been participat- ing in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. This year, more than 200 state and local law enforcement agen- cies will be taking part, join- ing thousands more across the country. To avoid getting arrested, the Indiana State Police rec- ommends planning a safe and sober ride home before con- suming alcohol. Even if only one drink is consumed, des- ignate a sober driver or plan to use a ride-share service, public transportation or taxi to get home safely. Remem- ber, buzzed driving is drunk driving. Additionally, don't let some- one get behind the wheel if that person has been drink- ing. Take their keys and help make arrangements to get them home safely. Motorists that encounter a drunk driv- er on the road are encouraged to call 911. For more information about the campaign and additional safety tips, visit: www.nhtsa. gov/drivesober. Pike ambulance destroyed by fire A Pike County ambulance was destroyed by fire last week as it was returning to Pike County from a run to an Evansville Hospital. EMS Director Chris Young said the ambulance had been used all day last Tuesday. He said it had made two or three runs taking patients to the hospital last Tuesday. At about 6 p.m., it had just dropped off a patient at an Evansville hospital and just as it passed the Lloyd Expressway on I-69, the driver and passenger noticed smoke coming from the front of the ambulance. They pulled over and got out. "It was too far gone to use a fire extinguisher on by the time they got stopped and got out. Both are firemen and one of them would have put it out if they could have," said Young. An insurance investigator is going to inspect it this week to try and determine the cause. "It is more of them wanting to know what caused it," said Young. "They know it is going to be a substantial claim." The ambulance was a 2012 model with about 155,000 miles on it. Solar agreements signed; ambulance replacement discussed By Andy Heuring Pike County Commission- ers voted to sign three agree- ments with Capital Dynamics and Tenaska on a proposed so- lar farm. They also declared an emergency to begin the pro- cess of getting a new ambu- lance to replace one that was destroyed by fire last week. The commissioners took these actions in their Monday morn- ing meeting. They voted to adopt a reso- lution approving an Economic Development Agreement, De- commissioning Agreement and Road Use Agreement be- tween the county and the pro- posed 1,200 -acre solar farm. It sets up a schedule of pay- ments to the county for years 2023 through year 2059 from the company to Pike County. Tenaksa and Capital Dynam- ics will receive a 90 percent abatement for years 1 through 10 on real property. They will also receive a 90 percent abate- ment on the first 10 years for personal property. Then on the second 10 years, they will re- ceived a 33 percent abatement. (This was incorrectly reported last week that they would get 90 percent abatement on the second 10 years). Ashley Willis, executive di- rector for the Pike County Eco- nomic Development Corp., said the agreement calls for Capital Dynamic and Tenas- ka to pay the county EDA pay- ments that will be the equiv- alent of the 33 percent abate- ment on personal property in the second 10 years. The Decommissioning Agreement calls for Ratts 1 So- lar LLC to remove all of their structures and leave the sur- face of the project free from project debris and restore the property to pre-construction conditions as reasonably prac- tical. This must happen "upon permanent discontinuation of use, which shall be deemed to occur upon the failure of such generating units to produce electricity for 12 consecutive months, unless a plan outlin- ing the steps and schedule for returning the generation units to service is submitted and approved by the county with- in the 12 months discontinua- tion period." The commissioners also es- tablished a road usage agree- ment. They also declared an emer- gency to expedite the purchase of a new ambulance. EMS Di- rector Chris Young said the county is down to four ambu- lances after a 2012 model was destroyed by fire last Tuesday night while returning from the hospital. He said if the manufacturer has a chassis on site, it would be 180 days to get a new ambu- lance. "If not, it will take anoth- er 14 to 15 weeks." Young said the county is op- erating fine with the four am- bulances they have now. "My biggest concern is what hap- pens if another one goes down. . . if we lose another, then we will be in a strain." Young said the cost of a new replacement is $236,000, which includes a cot. He said there will also be some rebate involved to lower the cost. "I don't know exactly where we are on the insurance yet. We are looking at six to eight months down the road." Young asked for them to de- clare an emergency so they can get money put in the line items they need to get the or- der started. Commissioners voted 3-0 to do so. The next commissioners' meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 1. Their normal meeting on the first Monday of the month would fall on September 7, which is Labor Day. They can't move the meeting to Septem- ber 8 because there is a coun- ty council meeting at 8:30 a.m. on that day.

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