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  • Aug. 31 meeting to discuss community owned store in Derby

    DERBY – A community meeting Aug. 31 will discuss the possibilities of a community-owned store in the riverside community. As the News reported last week, a committee is exploring how a community co-op might allow the town to reopen a community store that would sell food and fuel. The meeting will explore how a co-op might work, membership benefits, funding and the decision-making process.

    The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Smackwater Cove.

  • Cemetery restoration project planned for Saturday in Tobinsport

    TOBINSPORT – The Tobinsport Cemetery Restoration Project will hold a work session this Saturday, Aug. 29, beginning at 9 a.m.

    This session will be held at the Simons Cemetery, located next to the Methodist Church, in Tobinsport.

    During the session, participants will clean the old tombstones and reset fallen ones. 

  • Tipsaw Lake reopens to swimming

    Tipsaw Lake beach has reopened for swimming, two weeks after high levels of coliform bacteria prompted its closure. Water tests show the lake is now safe for public use, the Hoosier National Forest reported in a press release. Personnel regularly test the water for harmful bacteria in swimming areas.  High coliform counts could have come from a number of sources, including animals such as waterfowl. Tipsaw beach will be open through Labor Day weekend.

  • Torch Relay participants sought

    INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development announced the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is now accepting torchbearer nominations from the public. Torchbearer nominations recognize Hoosiers who demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region or state.

    The online nomination form is available at www.indiana2016.org/torchrelay/nomination-forms/.

  • Century to idle Hancock smelter

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    HAWESVILLE, Ky. – Unless the price the company gets for its product improves in coming weeks, Century Aluminum will halt production at its Hawesville, Ky., smelter. The decision will likely force the layoffs of more than 500 people by the end of October, delivering a powerful punch to the local economy. 

  • Cannelton anticipates minor general fund cuts in 2016

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    CANNELTON – The 2016 Cannelton general-fund budget will be largely unchanged from this year, with some slight decreases in several departmental line items. According to city Clerk-Treasurer Arvina Bozarth, the reductions, which largely affected appropriations used to pay temporary employees, were achieved because of money available in other accounts could be used to cover such costs.

  • Town of Troy conducts utility-rate studies, considers increase

    By TRINA SEVERSON

    Feature Writer

     

    TROY – During an Aug. 12 regular meeting of the Troy Town Council, Ted Sommer of the London Witte Group was present to discuss water and sewer rate studies his company recently conducted for the town.

  • Chestnut will leave sheriff’s post for development role

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    TELL CITY – Perry County Sheriff Lee Chestnut will trade his gun and badge for a Main Street office this fall after announcing Monday he had accepted a position with the Perry County Development Corp. Instead of chasing criminals, Chestnut will help Perry Countians pursue the training they need to fill jobs in the community.

    Chestnut, 40, said he will formally resign as sheriff  in coming days and work with the successor county Democrats will choose to run the department and detention center. 

  • Remembering lives lost on the Argosy
  • Century Aluminum says it will close Hawesville smelter

    HAWESVILLE, Ky. – Century Aluminum gave notice today that it plans to shutter its Hawesville, Ky., smelter in the coming weeks, eliminating the jobs of more than 550 employees and delivering a major hit to the local economy.