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January 12, 2022

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chased with surplus items sold off from the now-defunct Winslow Fire Department. Council President Popp said the Baker Tilly study that will be conducted in the near future will include a wa- ter rate study. "There is the potential the rates could go down," said Popp. The next Winslow Town Council meeting is sched- uled for 6 p.m. on Monday, January 24. 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 Brakston Farrar, Adv. Designer Matthew Haycraft, Sports • • • 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, In- diana – published weekly. (USPS 205-620) Contact us: Phone: ....................................................................... 812-354-8500 Fax: ........................................................................... 812-354-2014 Andy Heuring, Editor Advertising General News Circulation Monday 8-7 • Tuesday 8-noon • Wednesday 10-7 • Thursday & Friday 8-5 eye exams • dry eye solutions prescription lenses • eye disease treatment Call to book your appointment today for safe in-offi ce treatment. Don't Neglect Your Eye Health. We're Open to See You Now! Dr. Clint Shoultz 715 S. 9th St., Petersburg 812-354-9400 Locally Owned and Operated WINSLOW Continued from page 1 Active COVID cases double in county By Andy Heuring COVID numbers have ex- ploded statewide for new in- fections, but hospitaliza- tions and deaths are remain- ing steady across the state. In Pike County, there are 124 active cases, which is dou- ble the number of active cas- es two weeks ago, when there were 62. Last Wednesday, Pike County was downgraded to orange, as the positivity rate dipped below 15 percent. It has since gone above 15 per- cent to 19.4 percent as of Tues- day, January 11. The number of new cases in Pike County also doubled, as there were 114 new cases in the last seven days from Jan- uary 4 to January 10. There were 55 in the seven days pri- or to that in the county. The last death in Pike County was on November 27, 2021. A COVID Strike Team by the Indiana National Guard was in Pike County from last Wednesday through Satur- day. During those days, they did 217 tests. In the last seven days, six of the highest number of new cases were recorded, with the most ever in Indiana be- ing 15,641 new cases on Janu- ary 7. Everyday in the last sev- en days, except on January 9, when there were 10,141, were the highest six days ever re- corded in Indiana. Beginning on January 4, the new cas- es daily counts were 12,641, 14,686, 14,793, 15,641, 12,429, 10,141 and 11,883. These num- bers are nearly double the previous high of 8,436 on De- cember 2, 2020. However, the number of deaths is consider- ably lower than in December and November of 2020. In the last week, the num- ber of statewide deaths ranged from a high of 44 on January 4 to a low of 31. During Decem- ber 2020, the COVID death toll was running between 85 and 100 per day, and in Janu- ary 2021, it was between 65 and 90. Hospitalization are also run- ning about the same as they were in December of 2020, when the number of new cases were half what they are now. In the last week, hospitaliza- tions in Indiana ranged from 3,260 on January 4 and rose each day to a high of 3,467 on January 10, which is new re- cord. The previous record was 3,460 hospitalizations on De- cember 2, 2020. As of Tuesday, January 11, there were 38.4 percent of the ICU beds in use for COVID, with 51.5 percent in use for non-COVID patients and 10.1 percent still available. There are 62 percent of the state's ventilators available for use. The number of Pike Coun- ty School students testing positive was listed as three or less in Petersburg Elementa- ry School, Pike Central Mid- dle School and Pike Central High School, with no cases in Winslow Elementary School for the week of January 3 to 7. The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, Januar y 12, 2022 A-3 LOCAL Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg NEWS BRIEFS Blue Jean Center to host Sunday brunch January 16 The Blue Jeans Community Center in Monroe City will host Sunday brunch, January 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dine-in or carry-out. The menu will include: biscuits and gravy, baked apple French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon and fruit salad. Car- ry-outs available. All proceeds benefit the center. Blood drive January 19 at Petersburg Library The Pike County Library is partnering with the Amer- ican Red Cross to host a blood drive on Wednesday, Jan- uary 19 at the Petersburg Branch Library, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for ages 16 and up. To make an appointment, call Carly Tegmeyer at 812-354-6257 or make an appoint- ment online at 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 paper. Upcoming event? We want to know! Do you have an upcoming event? Send it to news@press- Karan Thacker Owner E. Haub Street Haubstadt, IN 47639 THACKER TAX SERVICE 906 Blackfoot Drive Fort Branch, IN 47648 812-615-0071 (office) 812-789-3852 (cell) PES Robotics team receives grant The Petersburg Elementary Robotics Team received a $3,000 grant from Pike County Community Founda- tion and DeTar Corn Trust. This will be used for registration fees, competition fees, robot parts and more. Team members are Korbin Trowbridge, Amelia Wilson, Joshawa Blackburn, Kyron Piersma, Avelyn Knepp, Grayson Schultheis, Rylee Pancake, Gavin Mounts, Sophi Wilson, Corbin Knepp, Daxyn Yon, Keaton Stafford, Ben Bolin and Kahli Franklin. Not pictured is Quinton Ennis. The team is coached by Susannah Julian and Terra Knust. Smith named to Bradley University's Fall Dean's List William Smith, of Sten- dal, majoring in Manage- ment and Leadership, has been named to Bradley's Fall 2021 Dean's List. To be eligi- ble for this honor, a student must achieve a minimum 3.5 grade point average for the semester on a 4.0 scale. Two arrested for OVWI after separate crashes By Andy Heuring A Texas woman was arrest- ed Sunday night after she drove into a ditch on Highway 64 and a rural Winslow wom- an was arrested after she hit a utility pole last Tuesday night. Sherry Marsden White, 64, of Ponder, Texas was ar- rested at about 6 p.m. on Sun- day after police received a 911 call reporting a vehicle had wrecked on Highway 64, just east of the Highway 64 and 61 junction. Pike County Deputy Sher- iff Kane Osgatharp said when he arrived, Marsden was in an ambulance being checked. Her 2011 Kia car was in the ditch on the north side of Highway 64. He said she was trying to get to Bloomington and was backing up, trying to read the road sign when she lost con- trol and went into the ditch. Deputy Osgatharp said while talking with White, he noticed the odor of alco- hol. She denied drinking. She failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the Daviess Community Hospital, where she tested 0.228 percent for blood alcohol content, which is more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent in Indi- ana. She was charged with op- erating a vehicle while intox- icated, with a prior conviction in the last five years, a level 6 felony. On Tuesday, January 4, a Winslow woman was arrest- ed after she hit a utility pole on CR 300 E., near Hathaway Station. Tamara McCandless, 44, of 3966 S. County Road 225 E., Winslow, called 911 to re- port she had hit a utility pole while driving south in her pickup and the pickup was still in the road. Pike County Deputy Sher- iff Clint Boger said when he arrived, McCandless got out of the vehicle and start- ed stumbling. She said she was on her way to Velpen to her brother's house and had swerved to miss something in the road. Deputy Boger said he no- ticed she was stumbling and had slurred speech. McCand- less said she had not been drinking. She was taken to the Da- viess Community Hospital, where she tested positive for benzodiazepines, amphet- amines, methamphetamine and marijuana. She was charged with op- erating a vehicle with a con- trolled substance in her body, a class C misdemeanor. How to help houseplants survive a long winter As fall gradually gives way to winter, gardeners expend ample energy preparing their flowers and plants for the months ahead. Plants may be pruned to increase the likeli- hood that they will return in full bloom come the spring, while lawns may be aerated so cool-season grasses can get the nutrients, water and oxygen they need when the temperatures dip. But what about houseplants? Do in- door houseplants need the same type of pre-winter TLC that outdoor plants need be- fore winter arrives? As the seasons change, so, too, do the conditions outside. And those conditions affect in- door houseplants much like they do lawns, gardens and trees. So it's vital that people with houseplants do not over- look the need to keep house- plants going strong as fall gives way to winter. Hours of daylight short- en in winter, which means some houseplants won't get as much sun as they were accus- tomed to over the last sever- al months. That means plants may need to be relocated clos- er to windows where they can make the most of each day's sunlight. However, it's im- portant that there's ample dis- tance between the plant and the window, especially when winter temperatures get es- pecially cold. If the plants are too close to a window on cold days, they could freeze. Keep them close enough to the win- dows to get ample sunlight but far enough away so they don't get too cold. In addition, keep plants away from drafty win- dows as well as heating vents, as extreme temperatures are not conducive to healthy houseplants. Watering needs also may change when the tempera- tures drop. The indoor plant experts at Pistils Nursery in Oregon note that all house- plants need less water in winter. In fact, overwater- ing in winter can be especial- ly harmful to indoor plants. Plant owners can try decreas- ing the frequency of their wa- tering by half each winter and see how the plants respond. Cleaning Cleaning plants is anoth- er way to help them sur- vive a long winter. Dust set- tles in many homes in win- ter, when windows tend to re- main closed for months on end and fresh air isn't circulating around the house as much as it is in spring and summer. Pistil's Nursery notes that dust inhibits a plant's ability to photosynthesize, thus com- promising its ability to make it through a winter unscathed. Better Homes & Gardens rec- ommends using a soft-bristle paintbrush, a toothbrush or pipe cleaner to remove dust from A frican violets and oth- er fuzzy-leafed plants. Gen- tly washing plants with a pa- per towel or cloth that's been moistened with water can re- move the dust. Oils and pol- ishes should not be used to make leaves shine, as these substances can block pores on the plant. Houseplants may need some extra attention in winter as hours of daylight dwindle and indoor conditions make it hard for plants to survive.

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