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Local News Summary - April 21, 2021 Edition

Lady Tigers battle Rudyard Bulldogs
With five team starters unable to play on April 17, Hillman’s Lady Tigers had an uphill climb against Rudyard’s Lady Bulldogs. Game one ended in just three innings, but the Tigers stretched game two to five innings.

Melanie Morrison started on the mound against the Bulldogs in game one, but it was a long top of the first. The Bulldogs filled the bases, early, and trouble zeroing in on the strike zone ensued. The Tigers put Julia Taratuta on the mound. She caught the third out, but the Tigers faced a 10-run deficit.

The Tigers went down in order in the bottom of the first, and the Bulldogs continued to dominate in the top of the second, including a two-run homer. The balls passed Tiger infielders until Hillman’s Cassidy Benac caught the first out. Regina Morrison singled for the Tigers in the bottom of the second but was left stranded. Hillman held Rudyard through the top of the third, but the Tigers needed five runs to stay in the game.

With two outs, Hillman’s Autumn Kazyaka doubled, Melanie Morrison walked and a base hit from Benac gave the Tigers their first run. Morrison stole home and Jessica Jones doubled for an RBI, but that would be all for Hillman in the game that ended 19-3, Bulldogs.

Morrison stayed on the mound for the Tigers in game two. She gave up only seven Bulldog runs in the top of the first and held the Bulldogs through the second. Rudyard added four runs in the top of the third, but it wasn’t enough for a mercy. Four more Bulldog runs in the top of the fourth, though, were, and the Tigers needed at least one run in the fourth to see the next inning.

Morrison walked, Jones singled and a base hit from Kylie Greene loaded the bases for the Tigers. A runner was out at home, but an overthrow at first scored two RBIs, allowing Hillman to see a fifth inning. Morrison gave up only one run in the top of the fifth, but the Tigers needed five runs to see the sixth. Hillman’s first two batters struck out, and the third was called out on strikes, ending game two at 16-2, Bulldogs.

County courthouse upgrading lighting to LED fixtures
The county is still waiting for fuel bills from Chatter Suiter. At the regular April 14 county board meeting, Commissioner Don Edwards, county board chair, explained Suiter experienced computer issues that backlogged bills and caused the county to receive several bills at once.

“We’re still waiting on three months of bills,” Edwards said.

In another matter, Hardies Electric has been installing LED lamps in fixtures, and Edwards pointed out the switch to LED is not a maintenance issue but an upgrade. He suggested the matter be reviewed by the personnel committee as there are plans to install LED throughout the courthouse. Edwards said he would also like some input from a representative of Hardies Electric regarding the matter.

In other business:

• The county foreclosed on eight properties and granted seven hardships. An online-only auction is scheduled for Aug. 12.

• A motion passed in favor of loaning the full amount of the veterans’ service grant to the line item for the veterans’ counselor. The money is to be reimbursed to the county when the grant is received.

• Property values have increased a little more than two percent compared to last year.

• A COVID-19 policy was accepted that clarifies the county will provide up to two weeks of pay for those quarantining for the virus or as a close contact and will provide up to 12 weeks of benefits.

Briley Township approves lease contract with Barger Creek Wireless for tower placement
Briley Township board members at the regular April 14 meeting approved a lease contract with Barger Creek Wireless for placement of a tower on the township recreation property. Carl Cadwallader, founder of Barger Creek Wireless, explained his towers and poles will provide greater broadband coverage for the area.

According to Cadwallader, his towers and a series of poles will help transfer connectivity to areas currently experiencing obstruction of signal. A tower is being constructed in Lewiston and at the landfill, and a pole was recently erected at Crooked Lake. Cadwallader also said he is willing to work with the township on supplying connectivity at the park pavilion and beyond.

“We’re glad to extend what we do in the park to town. No problem,” he assured.

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