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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, August 25, 2021 B-3 TENNIS Continued from page 1 OTWELL MEN'S BASKETBALL LEAGUE SUNDAY, AUGUST 22 RESULTS Game 1: RuNNinRage 69 vs Jail Blazers 61 RuNNinRage: #4 Jacob Norman FG 8 -15, F T 3-6, 23 Pts, 6 Rebs Jail Blazers: #14 John R Hellman FG 7-14, 18 Pts, 3 Rebs Game 2: Knox County Boys 107 vs Hot Shots 57 Knox County Boys: #22 Hunter Hopwood FG 8 -18, 21 Pts, 8 Rebs Hot Shots: #11 Carson Gaines FG 8 -23, F T 4-6, 22 Pts, 4 Rebs Game 3: Longshots 70 vs The Undesirables 61 Longshots: #14 Tom Willis FG 13-20, F T 1-2, 33 Pts, 2 Rebs The Undesirables: #24 Devin Decker FG 8 -19, F T 1-2, 22 Pts, 6 Rebs Game 4: Bus Drivers 53 vs Globo Gym 39 Bus Drivers: # 00 Danny Rogers FG 6 -8, 0 -2 F T, 13 Pts, 9 Rebs Globo Gym: #4 Justin Robinson FG 3-10, 8 Pts, 7 Rebs Game 5: B Squad 63 vs Fulda Squad 58 B Squad: # 9 Kyle Blair FG 6 -12, F T 5 -7, 18 Pts, 7 Rebs Fulda Squad: #44 Dallas Lueken FG 7-16, F T 3-3, 19 Pts, 1 Reb SUNDAY, AUGUST 29 SCHEDULE Team 1 Team 2 Time Globo Gym The Hot Shots 10 a.m. Knox County Boys Longshots 11 a.m. B Squad Bus Drivers Noon RuNNinRage The Undesirables 1 p.m. Jail Blazers Fulda Squad 2 p.m. Troy Rickard (#7) making a move for The Unde- sirables. mented, "Adon was in com- mand of the match after win- ning in a first set tie-break, but unfortunately had to re- tire due to heat exhaustion." Charger Jayden Bolin was defeated by Jude Walsh, Har- rison junior, in the number four singles by a score of 2- 6, 2-6. Coach Beck summed up the matches, stating, "De- spite the team score of 1-3, overall we played pretty well against a team of three se- niors and a junior. We did some good things in the oth- er matches (matches besides number two singles), but couldn't string enough points together to win any sets." EAST GIBSON Submit East Gibson news items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg Elliott Solar Project permit approved By Janice Barniak Gibson County Commis- sioners approved a request for a permit for the Elliott So- lar Project in Gibson Coun- ty in their regular meeting Aug. 17. Rick Reed, local Tenaska representative, requested the permit, pointing to a prom- ised $170 million investment in construction, $22.6 million in property taxes paid mostly to East Gibson School Corp., and $ 60 million in leases and easements paid to landown- ers. Reed advocated for those payments to be considered in the economic impact of the project, which creates 300 jobs in its construction phase, and 11 full-time jobs permanently. "The 11 full-time seems small, but it goes back to the lease payments to landown- ers," Reed said. Commissioner Warren Fleetwood said he saw the project as providing ener- gy diversification for this re- gion. "It's been a long trek and a lot of hard work," said Com- missioner Mary Key. "We're envisioning this as a model for other communi- ties," Fleetwood said. Commissioners hire Ballard as owner's rep on jail By Janice Barniak Gibson County Commissioners ad- dressed appointments for the jail project Aug. 17, hiring former sheriff and cur- rent School Resource Officer George Bal- lard to be the owner's representative on the Gibson County Corrections Center project. Ballard is to represent the county's needs, while budgeting, facilitating meet- ings, scheduling, controlling the scope of the project, coordinating to disseminate information and establishing a chain of command on the jail project, said Com- missioner Warren Fleetwood. Moreover, Ballard was chosen for his knowledge of the jail and the county, and will be paid the same $75 per hour wage as former owner's representative Byron Sanders, who left the project. "George has been a staple of the law en- forcement community for many years... George has been donating his time," said Fleetwood. Commissioner Mary Key said she was fine to vote in favor, with the contingen- cy the council had to approve the use of funds. Ballard, who has been with the Gib- son County Sheriff's Office full-time since 1975, discussed his role with the first project and desire to make commu- nication a priority on the jail project. Also Aug. 17, commissioners added Dan Lienemann as a volunteer to the steering committee of the project. Lienemann, who is originally from St. Louis, worked on construction projects for Ford when he lived in Texas, before being headhunted to help build Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana due to his construction background and experi- ence working with design groups. He called law enforcement his true pas- sion and Gibson County his permanent home. "That's what I love to do," Lienemann said. "We need him," said Commissioner Kenneth Montgomery. County leaders combine for branding By Janice Barniak Gibson County Visitors and Tourism will partner with Gibson County Cham- ber of Commerce and other community organizations to try to brand the county be- hind one slogan, as well as bringing people who look for county-related informa- tion all to one site, in hopes of optimizing the ranking of that site for search engines. According to board mem- ber Stanley Madison, at the state level, there's little awareness of Gibson Coun- ty, something he's realized while promoting Lyles Sta- tion at the state fair. "Lots of people dont know where we are," he said. "I tell people the toe of the sock," joked Chamber of Commerce Director Pat- ty Vanoven. One example of how unit- ing people can help, said Di- rector Eric Heidenreich, is seen in Perry County, where a "Pick Perry" campaign has brought together the com- munity, in part, making it easier for locals to know what their county has to offer. He said making Gibson County residents more aware of what there is to do in the county helps local tourism as well. 73 positive COVID-19 cases in Gibson County By Janice Barniak A fter 73 cases of COVID-19 positivi- ty in Gibson County over the weekend, Commissioner Warren Fleetwood said in an Aug. 17 meeting he was cognizant of some of struggles to be diligent and safe people were having. "We want to keep those numbers get- ting lower and lower," he said. The numbers have not been lower, how- ever. In fact, in Gibson County, they are currently higher than July and August of 2020, and more in line with the peak numbers of COVID cases seen during last year's holiday season, according to Health Dept. Director Diane Hornby. To encourage vaccination, Indiana businesses that have achieved wide- spread vaccination among employees can earn a designation from the Indi- ana Chamber of Commerce and Well- ness Council of Indiana ( WCI). The new- ly-launched "COVID Stops Here" cam- paign will recognize employers that are leading the fight against COVID-19 and playing a role in improving the state's vaccination numbers. Companies with at least a 70 percent vaccination rate can receive the designation. "The more Hoosiers get vaccinated, the sooner our businesses and the lives of our citizens can get back to a sem- blance of normalcy. That correlation can- not be highlighted enough," says Indi- ana Chamber president and CEO Kev- in Brinegar. "Employers across the state are help- ing lead the way in vaccinations, keeping Hoosiers safe and our economy running. We are pleased to recognize these em- ployers who have encouraged staff to get vaccinated and also took steps to make that easier to occur." The campaign has assigned four lev- els of vaccination status: platinum at 100 percent vaccinated, gold at 90 percent, silver at 80 percent and bronze at 70 per- cent. Eligible employers can receive this recognition by filling out a short online application at www.indianachamber. com/stopcovid. Workplaces that meet the require- ments will receive a media kit to help promote their vaccination status. COVID Stops Here is also meant to en- courage more organizations to join their ranks and take a proactive role. Specifi- cally, a key part of the campaign is reach- ing out to those businesses whose work- force vaccination rate has not yet reached 70 percent, and offering guidance and in- formation to spur increased numbers. "As employers, it is imperative to un- derstand that we remain in the midst of a pandemic. Indiana is seeing a surge in positive COVID-19 cases – recently hit- ting more than 4,000 cases a day. The Delta variant is highly contagious and re- quires everyone's attention," offers Jen- nifer Pferrer, executive director of the Wellness Council of Indiana. Pferrer points out that, in general, em- ployers can ask employees about their vaccine status or require proof of vacci- nation. That is not a HIPA A violation be- cause HIPA A rules do not apply to em- ployers or employment records. Businesses can learn more about the COVID Stops Here campaign and apply at The Indiana Chamber's Coronavirus Re- covery Resources are available at www. Grant Stinson fights for the ball with two Bloom- field players during the Pike Central Middle School boys' soccer game against Bloomfield on Tuesday, Au- gust 17. Cohen Brown dribbles the ball down field, with two Bloomfield players on him, during the Pike Central Middle School boys' soccer game against Bloomfield on Tuesday, August 17. Zayne Bell driving the ball down field during the Pike Central Middle School boys' soccer game against Bloomfield on Tuesday, August 17. Submitted photo Cameron Roy kicks the ball down field during the Pike Central Middle School boys' soccer game against Bloom- field on Tuesday, August 17, while Awstyn Luff watches in the background. MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCCER VS. BLOOMFIELD VARSITY BOYS' SOCCER VS. TELL CITY Charger goalie Kendric Sorgius power kicks the ball down field during the boys' soccer game against Tell City on Tuesday, August 17. Pike Central's Ashton Evans kicks the ball down field during the boys' soccer game against Tell City on Tuesday, August 17.

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