Local wildland fire fighter helps in California’s large rim fire PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 00:00

Shelley Grimes, a residence of Otisco, is currently out west fighting the large Rim Fire located in California. The Rim fire has scorched over 225,000 acres and now is the fourth largest wildfire in California’s recorded history. Nearly 5,000 fire personnel are now battling the flames of the Rim Fire. Grimes is part of a 20 person hand crew that is creating fire breaks in order to prevent the fire from spreading. She and her crew are on a 14 day deployment working 16 to 18 hours a day, sleeping in tents and often in self sufficient Spike Camps. Spike Camps are defined as a Fire Camp with minimum facilities established along the fire line with no electric, running water, and often no communication with the outside. 

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Six people listed as injured in three vehicular accidents occurring recently PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 00:00

Three recent vehicular accidents in Scott County and Scottsburg left six people injured, according to reports released by the Sheriff’s Department and Scottsburg City Police Department.

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Pirates dominate Generals 68-0 in the Bone Yard PDF Print E-mail
The Charlestown High Pirate Football team got their winning ways in full gear Friday night, September 6 during the 46th meeting between Charlestown and Clarksville (0-3). The Pirates (1-2 and 1-1 Mid Southern Conference), who now have won seven straight against Coach Hawkins’ alma mater, had no problem running the ball against the undermanned Generals; while holding the visitors to a total of 59 yards of offense the entire game. 
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Pirates top Dragons in Friday night’s RainFest PDF Print E-mail
by Michael Ross
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The Dragons and Pirates have always had some what of a rivalry since the two Mid Southern Conference schools are less than 10 miles apart down Highway 403.
For the first time in school history Silver Creek welcomed the Pirates last Friday night. Both teams entered the game even at 2-2 on the season. The Pirates have taken wins over Clarksville and North Harrison while the Dragons have captured victories from Springs Valley and Eastern.
The teams came ready to play and were prepared for the forecasted rain, as were the fans. The fans huddled under umbrellas or found dry areas while they watched their teams splish, splash and slide all over the field. The rain progressively grew in intensity throughout the game but slacked off immediately following the final buzzer.
The rain soaked field caused problems for both teams to advance the pigskin in the latter part of the ballgame.
“The conditions were bad. It affected both teams. I think both teams played very hard,” stated Charlestown head coach Jason Hawkins after the ballgame. “I think if the conditions were different, both teams could have scored a lot more points.”
The first quarter proved to belong to the Pirates as they scored twice in the 12 minute period.
Charlestown needed less than four minutes to find the endzone to begin the scoring in the contest. Pirate senior running back Matt Myers scampered 35 yards to paydirt at the 8:16 mark. The two point conversion was good as senior running back Darren Taylor crossed the goal line. The Pirates held the early 8-0 advantage.
It only took the Pirates 3:04 to find the endzone again. Charlestown senior linebacker Jake Harper picked off a Brooks Howell pass and rambled six yards into the endzone. The extra point attempt failed for the 14-0 Pirate lead. The score would prove to be the final one for the ballgame.
The rain continued to fall and the rain dampened field proved to benefit the  defense as both coaches felt this game was the best the teams played defensively all season.
“Defense great job,” Charlestown head coach Jason Hawkins stated to his team after the ballgame.
Silver Creek Coach Mike Donahue agreed, “This was our best defensive effort this season. We held Charlestown to under 150 yards total offense in the game.”
After the game, Donahue discussed the team’s strategy heading into the MSC contest, “The plan was, originally, to run Bobby (Haines). If we had a dry field we could have. The weather took our speed away.”
Coach Hawkins praised the play of Matt Myers and Jake Harper after the ballgame.
“Matt (Myers) and Jake (Harper) have set the tone all  year. That’s what our seniors should do,” Hawkins added.
Hawkins ended the talk to his team after the ballgame, “The conditions in tonight’s game make it a nightmare to coach in, but it’s fun to play in, isn’t it?”
Charlestown was led by Matt Myers with 59 yards on eight carries while freshman Antonyo Gaddie tallied 34 yards on nine carries. Darren Taylor added 26 yards on 14 carries.
Charlestown finished the game with 130 yards total offense.
The Pirates pushed their record to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the Mid Southern Conference.
The Pirate defense held the Dragons to negative yardage for the ballgame.
The Dragons fell to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in the Mid Southern.
Charlestown will host rival Salem this Friday night for Homecoming. Kick off is 7 p.m.
The Dragons will travel to Clarksville to face the Generals. Kick off is also at 7 p.m.
 
Pirates blank Lions for Homecoming win PDF Print E-mail
The Boneyard was filled last week with Pirate Nation cheering on the homestanding Pirates to a Homecoming win. The students of Charlestown High School had spent the week rallying school spirit and enjoying all the festivities of Homecoming week, including the annual Homecoming parade. The Pirates just wanted to continue their winning streak as they had won their last three games. Continuing that streak is just what they did as they pushed their streak to four with a 35-0 win over Mid Southern Conference rival Salem.
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