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March 15, 2023

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023 The Press-Dispatch D-1 CHURCH Submit church items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: Ramblings of my mind By Lowell Thomas Are you better off now since Jesus canceled your debt? Points to Ponder By Curtis Bond See POINTS on page 2 See R AMBLINGS on page 2 PAWS WEEK PAWS WEEK Pet of the SPOT a st. Patrick's day Lim- erick: There once was a hound dog named spot, who was the best dog on the block, he tried really hard to stay in his yard, but his nose lead him straight to the park! This week PaWs is featuring a handsome hound named spot. spot has a great personality and is always ready for an adventure. he is a tall boy, that is very agile and athletic. he has soft red and white fur and soft floppy ears. he is quite the scent hound and needs room to run. To adopt spot call 354-9894. PaWs is located at 4224 n. Meridan road, Pe- tersburg. The election cycle of 1980 saw President Jimmy carter and challenger ronald reagan locked in a tight race. america was in crisis. The Us economy suffered from high stagflation, high unemployment, an energy crisis, a declining dollar, high gov- ernment spending, jobs going overseas, and the Iranian hos- tage crisis. as in most political contests, the incumbent has an ad- vantage. reagan was looking for a knockout punch and he found it. during the October 28, 1980, carter-reagan debate, reagan challenged all americans to ask themselves a question before they vote in november. "are you better off than you were four years ago? Is it easier for you to go and buy things in the stores than it was four years ago? Is there more or less unemployment in the country as there was four years ago? Is america as respected throughout the world as it was? do you feel that our security is as safe, that we are as strong as we were four years ago?" That was forty-three years ago. What has changed in the interim? This is March 2023. "The government says the Us Inflation rate is at 6.41%, compared to 6.45% last month and 7.48% last year. This is higher than the long-term average of 3.28%." anyone shopping for groceries or other consumer goods knows this figure is misleading. having just returned from the grocery store made me painfully aware inflation is much higher. I have relegated many items I used to call a necessity (especially comfort food and snacks) to don't need it! consumer watch groups have accused some large grocers of shortchanging the consumer at the register by raising pric- es without changing shelf labels. consumers have a right to know: what is driving the high cost of living? don't expect the government to explain honestly the root cause. The explanation they offer is more smoke and mirrors than truth. The root cause of inflation is our government and its addiction to spending more than it takes in. It is living be- yond its means. Want proof? In Fy 2022, the federal government spent $6.27 trillion and collected $4.90 trillion in revenue, resulting in a deficit. If that were you or me, we would be insolvent—bankrupt. however, the government makes up the shortfall of "borrowing money" through treasury bonds. and the gap keeps growing every year. The total gross Us debt is $31 trillion +. The last time the Us was debt free was January 1835! Jesus tells a story of a creditor and two debtors. One owed another week has passed by and another set of events have gone by to either help us or upset us. hopefully there has been more help than upset. My week has been one of working on lawn mowers and becoming down with a head cold from being on the cold concrete floor of my shop. We did get more accom- plished but we still have problems with one of them. Like my friend said "We'll get it sooner or later." We pushed our clocks up by an hour and our bodies will get accustomed to the change but I really cannot see the benefit of changing like we do. If people should take a vote and actually have a say in things, we just might like to stay on the time we just switched to. Our senators can't even get together on something so simple. Why would it make much difference to anyone who was in an office all day long versus someone who needed the extra daylight which could help them get their work done more efficiently. as I have been telling you, my friend and I have been trying to repair my mowers, but it has made both of us feel bad from working in my shop on the cold floor. It seems like we take a step forward and then we have to take a step back. It hasn't been fun. all the things we have been doing wouldn't be much of a problem if you were used to doing them. I'm sure there are ways which would make these chores easier. There is always a first time for everything and this saturday my wife and hit the couch and watched movies all day. Usually saturday is our day to try find the floor after a week with the grandkids. It is true that as you grow older some things don't bother you nearly as much as they used to. With the time change over night, things were a little differ- ent. It didn't catch us unprepared because we tried to go to bed as if we were already used to it. I believe it did help. We got to church on time and was able to have the coffee fixed before the others arrived. Youth First Today By Jacee Baker, MSW Celebrating the history and impact of social work every year in March, we are thankful for the op- portunity to celebrate our youth First social Workers and the remarkable work they do. This year we are celebrating 83 incredi- ble school social workers who provide programs and services to students across 13 Indiana counties. These amazing individuals change the lives of thou- sands of kids each year. The social Work Field has come a long way since it was founded by Jane addams in the late 19th century. What started as a grass roots, humanitarian effort has transformed into a network of thousands of widespread organizations that help provide individu- als and communities with tools and resources to build healthier lives. Jane addams and her col- leagues created a network that provided vital services to thousands of people each week. They established a system of kindergarten and day care for working moth- ers, as well as provided job training, english language tutoring, cooking lessons, and acculturation classes for immigrants. They also established a job-place- ment bureau, community center, gymnasium, and art gallery. hull house, the social settlement establish- ment formed by addams in chicago, also provided ser- vices to individuals with immediate needs such as food, shelter, information, and referrals for other services. at its core, social work is very much rooted in help- ing and protecting vulner- able populations. you can find social workers working as outpatient therapists, in homeless shelters, in hospi- tals, nursing homes, and of course, in schools. at youth First, our mis- sion is to strengthen youth and families by providing evidence-based programs that promote mental health, prevent substance misuse, and maximize student suc- cess. We do this by placing licensed social workers in schools to provide no-cost mental health services to students. These services include individual coun- seling sessions, group ses- sions, classroom presenta- tions, as well as family pro- grams such as Family con- nections and Family First. Because of the ev- er-changing demands be- ing placed on young people, youth First social Workers see students for a variety of reasons. They are well- equipped to help students develop coping skills to manage the stressors of life and find academic success and happiness at school. social workers all over the world provide life-changing services to people every single day. I personally feel so lucky to be part of an organization where I work closely with so many wonderful peo- ple who choose to spread their knowledge and light with us and our communi- ty daily. Thank you to all of the social workers providing services that help people live happy, fulfilling lives. I'd like to say a special thank you to the youth First social Workers who go out every day and change the lives of children and families in Indiana communities. Jacee Baker, MSW, is a Youth First Social Worker at Stringtown Elementa- ry School in Vanderburgh County. Youth First, Inc. is a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening youth and families, providing 83 Mas- ter's level social workers and prevention programs to 117 schools in 13 Indiana coun- ties. Over 60,000 youth and families per year are served by Youth First's school social work and after school pro- grams that promote mental health, prevent substance misuse, and maximize stu- dent success. To learn more about Youth First, visit or call 812- 421-8336. REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS Jeffrey hyllested and heath J. hyllested convey to heath J. hyllested, real estate as recorded in Pike county. anson cedar Valley Farm LLc conveys to Petersburg energy center LLc, real estate as recorded in Pike county. steven M. Fuhrman conveys to Ty n. smith, real estate as recorded in Pike county. elmer creech, norma s. creech and John W. creech convey to John W. creech, real estate as recorded in Pike county. Kyleigh M. cannon-Kluemper conveys to Bruce K. Bai- ley, cynthia ann Bailey Poehlein and Kelly Lynn hamilton Bailey, real estate as recorded in Pike county. William e. hudon II conveys to Morgan r. Tretter and evan scott Marchino, real estate as recorded in Pike county. charles dewayne spaw, The eugene P. Tyring Marital Trust, eugene P. Tyring revocable Inter Vivos Trust, spaw Family holdings LLc and Geneva a. Plassmeier convey to cade Knies and Lindsay Knies, real estate as recorded in Pike county. charles dewayne spaw, The eugene P. Tyring Marital Trust, eugene P. Tyring revocable Inter Vivos Trust, spaw Family holdings LLc and Geneva a. Plassmeier convey to cade Knies and Lindsay Knies, real estate as recorded in Pike county. Garland W. cravens Jr., ray Lambert and estate of ray Lambert convey to abby aldridge, real estate as recorded in Pike county. Jacob r. englert, sarah e. englert and sarah e. Blood- worth quitclaim to Jacob r. englert and sarah e. englert, real estate as recorded in Pike county. colton James Brittain conveys to James d. sisco and Tay- lin sisco, real estate as recorded in Pike county. Wehr Properties LLc conveys to crosstrack solar energy LLc, real estate as recorded in Pike county. duff Gary conveys to Paz edward, real estate as recorded in Pike county. Mark a. Gasser conveys to robbie Taylor and Vickey Tay- lor, real estate as recorded in Pike county. Joyce M. dillon, horace L. dillon and Joyce M. dillon Primary Trust quitclaim to horace L. dillon and Joyce M. dillon, real estate as recorded in Pike county. richard Poehlein conveys to Michael L. Gaines and Kim- berly J. Gaines, real estate as recorded in Pike county. rosemary Brewster conveys to cheryl Patton, James McFarland and derek Brewster, real estate as recorded in Pike county. Michael J. Moore conveys to Forty acres Inc, real estate as recorded in Pike county. Jason Gilmour and nancy Gilmour convey to nathan Brittain and Jarrica Brittain, real estate as recorded in Pike county. ruth ann nelson and stanley O. nelson convey to na- thaniel J. Melvin and cathryn Pauckner, real estate as re- corded in Pike county. Pike county sheriff, anthony Kendall, sarah Kendall and Lakeview Loan servicing LLc convey to Lakeview Loan servicing LLc, real estate as recorded in Pike county. MARRIAGE LICENSES Jacob alexander Willis, 26, of 1667 e. sr356, Peters- burg, son of ronald a. Willis and Brady d. Benefiel to Morgann alexandria Wolak, 24, of 1667 e. sr 356, Peters- burg, daughter of sean M. Wolak and christina M. Wolak. rachael Mendenhall, 28, of 505 Breckinridge st., Mon- roe city, daughter of Lorie Mendenhall and Todd Men- denhall to Michael david Green, son of Lesile Green and david Green.

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