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Commissioners give nod to new Leopold ice-cream shop

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Recovery home to come up in their next meeting

By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

TELL CITY - Perry County commissioners approved at a regular meeting Aug. 19 a rezoning request that will allow the opening of an ice-cream shop in Leopold. Donald Weatherholt told the commissioners he wants to provide something for 16- to 25-year-olds. "There's currently no venue for that age group" in the area, he said.

He tore down a house at 12726 Washington St., and moved a 12-by-32-foot yard barn onto the lot.

"It will be a good thing for the community," Weatherholt said.

"Everybody drives to Birdseye for ice cream," Commissioner Jody Fortwendel noted. Also a member of the county's planning commission, he said that body had approved the change.

Weatherholt said Aug. 21 he hoped to have "The Crib" open within two weeks. In addition to treats such as sundaes, banana splits and fountain drinks, it will offer chili dogs, bratwurst, Reubens and gyros, he said. He also hoped "to start with two employees, then see how it goes from there."

The plan commission had also considered a rezoning request from Recovery Connection Inc. that if approved, would allow the opening of a recovery home for substance abusers at 5150 Girl Scout Road. Fortwendel said "the pros and cons were equal" in that discussion, after which the plan commission opted not to act on the request. That puts the decision in the hands of the county commissioners, who are scheduled to consider the issue at a regular meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the county courthouse.

Randy Paris, a substance-abuse counselor at the Branchville prison, president of Recovery Connection Inc. and a member of the county's zoning and zoning-appeals boards in Perry County, penned a letter advocating the recovery home that ran in two parts in The News, Aug. 17 and 20.

It and responses from others can be found on The News' Web site, www.perrycountynews.com, by typing "recovery" into the search box.