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October 20, 2021

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A3 FOR DETAILS bargain OCTOBER PERIOD Lady Charger Cross Country team headed to Semi-State Chanley qualifies for Semi-State in boys' XC SPORTS B1 NEWS TIPS Phone: ���������������������812-354-8500 Email ����� editor@pressdispatch�net INSIDE Local ����������������� A1-8 Sports �����������������B1-6 Obituaries ���������������B7 Home Life ������������C1-8 School ���������������� C3-4 East Gibson������������ C5 Opinion ������������� D6-7 Church �������������� D1-4 History �������������������D5 Classifieds ���������� D6-8 USPS 604-34012 $1.00  32 PAGES  Four SECTIoNS  FIvE INSErTS  PETErSBurG, IN 47567-0068 WEdNESdAy, oCToBEr 20, 2021  PIKE PUBLISHING  voLuME 151, NuMBEr 42 See FESTIVALS on page 2 Only eleven days remain to save $ 3 off the price of your yearly sub- scription during The Press-Dispatch Bargain Period, whether it is $ 37 for both the print + NetEdition, $ 32 for the print only subscription or $ 32 for the NetEdition only version. The Press-Dispatch has been keep- ing the residents of Pike County in- formed about what is happening in their community since March of 1898. If you live in Indiana, but outside 475 or 476 zip codes, it is available in print and NetEdition for $40, print on- ly $ 35 or NetEdition only $ 32. If you live out of state, it is available in print and NetEdition for $57, print only for $52 or NetEdition only for $ 32. Out-of-state customers no longer have to wait for the mail to arrive with the NetEdition sent to your smart phone, tablet or computer at 6 a.m. every Wednesday morning. Subscribers and neighbors will re- ceive a flyer explaining the October Bargain Period savings. Get it while it's hot. The deal ends October 30. There is no better time than now to get the best source of Pike County news for the last 122 years. You can mail in the form or call 812-354-8500. Customers wanting the NetEdition need to include their email address and a password with a minimum of seven characters. Eleven days remaining to save on your annual subscription Prides Creek parade pirate Pries Creek camper Tamara Dill, of Princeton, awaits the beginning of the Halloween-themed golf cart parade with her companion, Ozzie, on Saturday evening, October 16. She was one of more than a dozen units that took part in the annual after-dark event. Particpants decorate and light their carts, then drive through the park, distributing goodies to the spectators. See additional photos on page A-8. Trick-or-treat hours set Winslow and Petersburg have set trick-or-treat hours for next weekend. Winslow is set for 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 31. Petersburg is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 31. A culvert pipe replacement on State Road 356 near Petersburg will close SR 356 on Thursday, Oc- tober 21. Beginning on or around Thurs- day, Oct. 21, INDOT maintenance crews will close S.R. 356, near East Jasper Road, to replace a drainage culvert. Work will require complete excavation of the existing structure, replacement and back fill. Crews will allow the fill material to com- pact under normal traffic conditions before returning later to replace the top layer of asphalt. Work is expected to last for about a day, depending on weather condi- tions. The operation will begin after morning peak traffic times and the road is expected to re-open before the afternoon peak traffic times. During this project, the road will be completely closed to through traffic. Local traffic will have ac- cess up to the point of closure, but through traffic should use the offi- cial detour following S.R. 257, U.S. 50 and S.R. 57. State Road 356 to be closed Thursday A rural Petersburg man was injured early Thursday morning when he was struck by a bullet in an apparent drive-by shooting. The Indiana State Police and Pike County Sheriff's Office are investigating the shoot- ing that happened at about 2 a.m., near Dodge City, at 3937 West River Road, Petersburg. Pike County 911 received a call at 1:59 a.m. from a resident reporting their neighbor had been shot. When officers arrived, they found the homeowner, Corey Underhill, 48, had been shot in the back while inside his mobile home. Several rounds were fired into Under- hill's camper. Underhill was transported to Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville, where he was treated for a gunshot wound. Indiana State Police and Pike County Sher- iff's Office are still investigating this incident. "We have some ideas," said State Police Det. Tobias Odom about the investigation. Anyone with information concerning the identity of the person or persons involved in this shooting is encouraged to contact the In- diana State Police at 812-867-2079 or call 911. Anyone with information can remain anony- mous. Drive-by shooting injures Underhill By Andy Heuring The Lockhart Twp. Halloween party and several trunk-or-treats start this weekend, with more to follow the next weekend. SATURDAY, OCT. 23 Lockhart Twp Halloween Party Lockhart Township will have their annual Halloween Party in Stendal at the Communi- ty Center on Saturday, October 23. They will have a costume judging and numerous oth- er events, such as piñatas, a haunted house, cakewalk and door prizes. The doors will open at 4 p.m. They will be selling hamburgers, chili, pie and soft drinks. The costume judg- ing, door prizes and piñatas are free. Costume categories are: Best Overall, Most Original, Best Makeup, Best Couple, Best Su- perhero, Prettiest, Scariest, Funniest, Movie/ Cartoon girl, Movie/Cartoon boy, and Cut- est (2 years and under). It starts at 6:30 p.m. The haunted house will start at 4 p.m., with a no-scare time until dusk, but after sundown, monsters and freaks will appear. Fall Vendor Event at Knights Tree Farm There are 35 plus vendors and food trucks Fall festivals, Halloween events fill October calendar New sewer plant construction underway Quentin Cole and John Hauser lay concrete blocks on a wall of the new Petersburg sewer plant. The building will house the pumps that will move fluids from the equalization lagoon into the sewer plant. The lagoon and headworks building are phase one of the project. Phase two, which is the main sewer plant, is going to be bid later this year in conjunction with the new wa- ter plant. See SCHOOL on page 2 By Andy Heuring The Pike County School Board adopted a budget for 2022 and approved a two-year agreement with the Pike County Teachers Association. They voted to adopt a budget of $28,236,106 for 2022, with an adopted tax levy of $14,358,33 and a tax rate of $ 3.0599 during the meeting last Tuesday night. Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Blake gave a summary of the agreement. She said it is ret- roactive to the beginning of August 2021 and runs through June 30, 2023. It will be an in- crease of 4.5 percent for the 2021-22 school year and 2.5 percent for 2023 school year. "At that point, the maximum salary would be capped at $76,000," said Blake. It also calls for extra curricular stipends to be increased by 2.5 percent. The agree- ment was approved by a 4-0 vote, with How- ard Knight not present. The board also approved a 3.5 percent in- crease of non-certified and administrative wages. Hayden Goins presented a renovation proj- ect for the wrestling room. It included a new mat and wall padding. The board approved up to $ 33,000 for that project. They asked for three different quotes on the wrestling mat. Also approved was an agreement be- tween Pike County School Corporation and Pike-Gibson Water Corporation. Blake said this had started out as a project to replace the existing water tower. But after finding out the cost of that, and learning of the Petersburg Water Dept. expansion and putting a water tower at the top of Half-Mile Hill, they decid- ed to hook up to those systems. Blake said the agreement with Pike-Gibson would be for them to provide backup fire sup- pression for a fee of $1,500 a year. It was approved by a 4-0 vote. A list of projects the school wants to com- plete in the next year with a price of more than $10,000 was compiled. It includes: • Landscaping at Pike Central $ 37,000 • Expand parking lot at PES $150,000 • Wastewater treatment/replace sewer line $405,000 • Technology infrastructure projects $ 341,000 • Technology software replace/repair $264,650 • Tennis courts updated at Pike Central $ 300,000 • Weight room building $100,000 • Wastewater treatment building replace- ment $500,000 • Concession building $250,000. All of the above projects have an estimat- School board, teachers reach pay scale agreement

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