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A-12 Wednesday, April 7, 2021 The Press-Dispatch ROUTE 15 • MT. CARMEL 618-262-5161 OR 1-888-262-2048 SALES: MON-FRI 8AM-7PM, SAT 8AM-4PM SERVICE: MON-FRI 7AM-5:30PM, SAT 8AM-NOON All payments include tax, title, license and DOC with approved credit. All sale prices exclude tax, title, license and DOC. All new vehicle prices include all available incentives including option package savings, sub-prime rebates, financing options, trade assistance, loyalty incentives, Conquest, Farm Bureau, etc. Select New Models $ 24,232 Sale Price NEW 2020 DODGE JOURNEY SE STK#19751 TOTAL SAVINGS $ 8,500 0% FOR 84 MOS up to or Third Row Seating *$0 Down 84 Mos 4.4 APR $ 38,320 $ 48,000 $ 27,030 Sale Price Sale Price Sale Price MSRP $46,320 MSRP $56,500 MSRP $33,030 NEW 2021 RAM 1500 CREW BIG HORN NEW 2021 FORD F-150 XLT SUPER CREW NEW 2020 CHRYSLER 300 TOURING STK#19905 STK#19855 STK#19577 TOTAL SAVINGS $ 8,000 TOTAL SAVINGS $ 8,500 TOTAL SAVINGS $ 6,000 WOW! 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Stk#19854B in total savings on new Journeys and F-150 Trucks in total savings on new Ram Trucks $ 8,500 $ 8,000 $ 314 19 PER MONTH* $0 DOWN Credit Problems? WE CAN HELP! CARS • TRUCKS • SPORT UTILITIES • MINIVANS • CERTIFIED Dealer Discount -$5,000 F-Series Incentive -$ 500 Ford Credit -$1,000 Retail Bonus -$1,500 Farm Bureau -$ 500 up to up to 84 MONTHS UP TO Pregnant... or think you are? Call:1-877-257-1084 or Locally Call: 1-812-354-2814 • Free pregnancy testing • Free counseling and info. on pregnancy options. • Confi dential counseling for women & men who are suff ering from post-abortion syndrome. • Residential Care • Health and assistance referrals. • Training and education. • Assistance in getting baby and maternity clothes Benner appointed as new E911 Director; mowing contract issued By Andy Heuring Pike County Commission- ers hired a new E-911 director and issued a seasonal mowing contract during their Monday morning meeting. Ryan Benner, who is the Pike County Emergency Man- agement Agency Director, was appointed by the commis- sioners into the role of E911 Director as well. EMS Director Chris Young told the commissioners during the morning meeting, the 911 Advisory Board had met and recommended Ben- ner be appointed E911 Direc- tor. He replaces David Cape- hart, who died two weeks ago. In the previous meeting, the commissioners had discussed who should be named the in- terim director. At the time, it was deter- mined Brittany Staake, as Assistant 911 Director, would step in as the interim direc- tor until an appointment for the position would be named. "Basically, the two posi- tions are separate, but Ryan will be doing both of them," said Commissioner president Mark Flint. The commissioners voted 3-0 to appoint Benner. "My recommendation is to bring his salary up to Chris' (EMS Director Chris Young's) salary since he is do- ing both positions (EMA and E-911)," said Flint. In the previous commis- sioners' meeting, Commis- sioner Jeff Nelson said the commissioners had looked at combining the two positions due to budget constraints the county is going to be facing. Commissioners voted 3-0 to approve the lowest bids on their mowing contract. They had advertised for bids to have Coleman Ceme- tery in Monroe Township and Old Town Cemetery in Peters- burg, near the library, mowed. Alex Benefiel's Lawn Ser- vice was the low bidder. He bid $ 60 per service on Old Town Cemetery and $45 for the Coleman Cemetery per mow/trim. Knepp's Lawn Care bid $100 for the Old Town Cem- etery per mow/trim and Per- simmon Ridge Green Works bid $ 80 for Old Town Cem- etery and $ 90 for Coleman Cemetery. The commissioners also ap- proved a $10,000 additional appropriation request for their 2021 insurance premiums by a 3-0 vote. Commissioner As- sistant Kristi Dischinger said most of this was to pay for an increase in the county's insur- ance on the courthouse. At a recent meeting, the commissioners were told their casualty and liability insurances were going to in- crease by $23,000. The larg- est portion of the increase was due to a new appraisal of the courthouse's value. It has pre- viously been appraised at $ 9 million. However, Agent Tony Cochren, of GAB Insurance, said a recent total loss at an- other courthouse was much more expensive than antici- pated. So EMC, which under- writes the county's policy, was updating their courthouse ap- praisals company-wide. Pike County's new appraisal was $19 million. Dischinger said she had budgeted extra money in the line item expecting a nor- mal yearly increase. "But not enough," said Dischinger. In other business, the Com- missioners approved the hir- ing of a new dispatcher. Ben- ner recommended Amanda Davis and it was approved. He said the position has been open since dispatcher Briar Meadors had left to take a po- sition with the Jasper Police Department. The also approved an addi- tional appropriation request for $ 6,029 into Fund 1135 Cumulative Bridge fund and $2,375 for MVH to pay work- ers' compensation. The next commissioners' meeting is set for 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 19 in the court- house auditorium. By Andy Heuring Pike County's COVID num- bers are remaining low, while a few spots around the state are seeing some increases. County Health Nurse Amy Gladish said on Monday there were four active cases in Pike County. There have been three new cases recorded in Pike County, which brings the total to 1,243. Gladish said the seven-day positivity rate is 1 percent. There has not been a COVID death in Pike County since March 10. "Vaccinations are going great," said Gladish. So far in Pike County, 4,273 people have had their first dose of the vaccination, while 3,013 have received their second dose. Statewide in Indiana, there are 1.266 million people who have received both doses of the vaccine. Indiana has opened the vac- cines up to people who are age 16 and over. However, Gladish said Pike County cannot vac- cinate anyone under the age of 18, because the Moderna vac- cine which Pike County has is not approved for people below the age of 18. Gladish said those ages 16 and 17 will have to go to a vac- cine center giving the Pfizer vaccines that have been ap- proved for 16 and 17 year olds. Statewide, the numbers for new cases and deaths are still trending down. There were 666 new cases reported on April 5 in Indiana. That is down from 1,220 new cases on March 5 and 2,768 new cases on February 5. Only one COVID death was recorded in Indiana on April 5. The number of new deaths has been in single digits since March 11, when there were 10 new deaths. On March 5, there were 16 new deaths and on February 5, there were 31 new deaths. Last week, only Blackford County was at the orange ad- visory level in Indiana. This week, the adjacent county of Wells is also at orange. Two weeks ago, there were no counties at the orange level. Hospitalizations in Indi- ana have been on a slight but steady increase in Indiana since March 21, when they reached a low of 548. On April 5, there were 705 people in the hospital with COVID. On March 5, there were 663 peo- ple hospitalized and on Febru- ary 5, there were 1,399. Yesterday was the first day Indiana Governor Eric Hol- comb's mask mandate was lift- ed. It is now just a mask ad- visory. While it isn't a mandate to wear a mask in public, several cities, counties and business- es are still requiring masks. Also schools are requiring masks. County posts 3 new positive COVID cases, 4,273 now have first dose of vaccine

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