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Bears too much for Rams, 54-18

Bedford Times-Mail

Date: 8/26/2016 9:40:00 PM

“We have to lick our wounds and get ready to go for next week.” Paoli (0-2) travels to Springs Valley (0-2) next Friday night for Patoka Lake Athletic action against the Blackhawks

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Football: Senators face Wolfpack in PLAC action Friday

Bedford Times-Mail

Date: 8/25/2016 8:08:00 AM

Last meeting: At Campbellsburg, West Washington executed when it needed to and knocked off Patoka Lake Athletic Conference rival Crawford County, 40-18. Standout running back Landon McPheeters was held to just 26 yards on six carries and one touchdown

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Police: Fleeing driver hurt in French Lick crash

Date: 8/22/2016 10:27:00 AM

FRENCH LICK — A motorcyclist who fled from police early Saturday morning was airlifted after a crash north of Patoka Lake. Early Saturday morning, a French Lick Police Department officer observed a black 2007 Suzuki motorcycle on State Road 145 in French

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Football: Senators slam Musketeers

Bedford Times-Mail

Date: 8/19/2016 10:12:00 PM

The Senators take to the road next Friday night when they travel to Crawford County in Patoka Lake Athletic Conference action. “‘It’s a game we have to approach just like we did this one this week and we will every week,” Bowsman said

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Jackets ready for bounce-back season

Bedford Times-Mail

Date: 8/18/2016 6:40:00 AM

Lobosky is also the second string quarterback. Brown is coming off another successful season, earning an All-Conference selection by the rest of the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference football coaches for the second straight season. Pritchett is hoping the

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• Surface Area: 8,880 Acres
Patoka Lake is the second-largest reservoir in the U.S. state of Indiana (after Lake Monroe) and is spread across Dubois, Crawford, and Orange counties in southern Indiana.
Created as a joint effort between the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the lake is one of eight such reservoirs built in the state to provide a secure water supply and as a method of flood control. The lake covers 8,800 surface acres (36 km²) of water in the summer.
The lake was created by damming the Patoka River about 118.3 miles (190 km) above its mouth with the Patoka Lake Dam, a 145-feet-high rockfill earthen dam. The lake is fed by several smaller tributaries including Allen Creek, Paint Creek, and Ritter Creek. After the lake was created several parks and nature preserves were established around it totaling 16,920 acres (68.5 km2). The lake and dam is still managed by a cooperative management team of the Army Corps of Engineers and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Patoka Lake is a great place for photography, as it is inhabited by migrating birds, a large variety of fish and beautiful lake shores. The lake has been heavily stocked with bass, bluegill, catfish, redear, crappie, and walleye. Once a year the Lake Association hosts GarDaze, an event bringing in avid fisherman from around the world, including fishing celebrities like Babe Winkleman and Bill Dance. Other facilities include an archery range, boat ramps, a cross-country skiing course, fishing areas (including ice fishing), a disc golf course, trails for hiking and bicycling, hunting areas, interpretive and recreational programs, star parties, picnic shelters, swimming areas, and waterskiing zones. The lake also hosts a large campground with over 500 camping sites.
Patoka Lake has been very beneficial to the surrounding community and the State of Indiana.
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