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Today's Features

  • Staying warm while managing energy costs can be difficult, especially when the mercury dips near zero, as it has this week. But there are simple steps homeowners and renters can take to cut down on heating costs during winter. Other steps can bring sizable energy savings year-round.

    Home Heating

    • It's always important to have heating systems checked by a qualified technician each season, and even though we're in the depths of winter, it's not too late. Minor adjustments can more than pay for the cost of a service call.

  • According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Americans can make their homes more energy efficient by knowing how the electricity they purchase is used in their homes. Quick and inexpensive steps can cut monthly power bills, helping families' budgets and giving the environment a needed boot.

    • Turn off the lights when you leave, especially at the end of the day. Encourage your children to do the same. Once it's a habit, they won't need reminding.

  • Laundry day provides plenty of opportunities to be more environmentally friendly in 2009. These steps will not only save money and better the environment, they'll make your clothes look better.

    Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation. Don't over-dry your clothes. If your machine has a moisture sensor, use it. Consider air-drying clothes on clothes lines or drying racks. Air-drying is recommended by clothing manufacturers for some fabrics. Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.

  • One of Perry County's most historic sites, Freeman's Corner, may not appear to have that much going for it. It's never been home to a famous person, boasted a building of any type or witnessed war, a battle or even a skirmish. In fact, Freeman's Corner is missing the bronze plaque dedicated more than 70 years ago on a stone monument nearby.

  • SANTA CLAUS – It took just one time in the red suit for Jim Yellig to know he was Santa Claus.

    Now everyone, those who sat upon his lap and those who have only heard about him, can learn about this long-time Santa thanks to a new exhibit at the Santa Claus Museum.

    The exhibit opened Dec. 10 and tells the story of Yellig and his journey as Santa. Yellig first put on the suit when he was chosen to portray Santa Claus for a Christmas party, since he was from the Santa Claus area. It was 1914 and he was docked in Brooklyn during World War I on the USS New York.

  • Shuttling from one room to another inside her comfortable home on the Ohio River, Jean Wood is a year-round telecommuter, a work-from-home professional who uses telephones and computers to schedule physicians for hospital emergency rooms in Florida.

    But as the weather turns colder each year, and Christmas nears, the Magnet woman takes on the added duties of a construction maven, a do-it-all architect, builder and mason. Her chief ingredient, gingerbread, might remind us of childhood poems about a fleet-footed man made of dough.

  • 1/3 cup soft shortening

    1 cup brown sugar, packed

    3/4 cup dark molasses

    2/3 cup light molasses

    2/3 cup cold water

    7 cups sifted flour

    2 teaspoons soda

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon ginger

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    1 teaspoon allspice

    1 teaspoon cloves

  • TELL CITY – A new face is behind the director's desk at the Perry County Community Foundation. Sally Houzanme joined the organization Nov. 3 and follows Kim Embrey, who left the post earlier this year.

    A 1993 Tell City High School graduate with experience working for nonprofit groups serving people with disabilities, Houzanme said the director's position provides her a "good opportunity" to use her skills to serve the community and promote the foundation's mission of connecting citizens with needs in the community.