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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • ROCKY POINT – Summer and fall are long gone but Jim Weeks' Rocky Point Grille is growing its menu and adding seats to serve customers year-round.

    Weeks, a retired conservation officer with years of experience in food service, including hosting pig roasts for gatherings, purchased the business more than a year ago and recently installed a heavy-plastic enclosure over a large exterior deck. That has allowed him to seat customers outside, giving diners a view of the Ohio River and spectacular sunsets.

  • CANNELTON – Every month a group of women gathers at the Cannelton Public Library to discuss literature, trips members have taken or listen to programs covering various topics.

    These women are members of an almost 100-year-old organization that was started Sept. 14, 1914, in Cannelton. According to a 1965 News article, the group was organized by Mrs. David Rodman, Mrs. Lee Rodman and Patricia Rodman.