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  • Unseasonable weather kicks off early spring burns

    TELL CITY – Unseasonably warm temperatures and low humidity have Hoosier National Forest staff planning prescribed burns earlier than normal. “We don’t usually get started until March,” said fuels specialist Jeremy Kolaks, “but this year we’re planning to burn this week if we can get the right winds.”

    He explained, “Each burn area requires a different ‘prescription,’ which determines what wind direction and speed, temperature and fuel moisture are required for any given burn to be ignited.”

  • Santa Jim Yellig receives the Sagamore of the Wabash Award

    SANTA CLAUS – Raymond Joseph “Jim” Yellig has received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, Indiana’s highest civilian honor.

    His legacy will be honored during a ceremony at the Santa Claus Museum & Village on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m.

    The Hoosier Santas and honored guests will bestow the award to Yellig’s daughter, Pat Koch. Koch is the founder of the Santa Claus Museum & Village and a 2013 recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash Award. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

  • Tell City schools meet with clinic provider

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – Talks are continuing as the Tell City School Corp. strives to begin an employee health clinic. The overall emphasis is on improving wellness for those covered by the corporation’s insurance, and as Schools Superintendent John Scioldo stated previously, to get those least likely to visit a doctor into the clinic.

  • City’s thin blue line a little too stretched

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    CANNELTON – Are there any residents wanting to make a career in law enforcement in Cannelton? Finding it difficult to get qualified applicants, that’s a question facing city leaders, as they work toward filling out their ranks.

  • Facing higher rates from TC, Cannelton sewer bills to increase

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    CANNELTON – Wastewater rates in Cannelton are set to rise. The city council announced Monday that beginning next month, user rates will increase by $1.96 per 1,000 gallons of water used.

    That’s up from the $5.83 price point adopted in 2013.

    The hike was reflective of recent changes adopted at the Tell City treatment plant, which saw user rates there increase by nearly 60 percent.

  • Residents organize to oppose Trump agenda

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    TELL CITY – Rarely does the Portico Room at City Hall in Tell City see a crowd the size of the one that assembled there on Tuesday.

    About 25 citizens who are part of a group calling itself Indivisible Perry County gathered at City Hall. With members opposed to the agenda of President Donald Trump, they voiced their views to Larry Ordner, a constituent services district director with the office of Congressman Larry Bucshon.

  • Local teen bears uncanny vocal resemblance to country legend

    When people hear a man with a deep in-tone voice sing, it could easily lead them to compare him to the most famous example of such vocal talent, country singer, Johnny Cash.

    In the case of 16-year-old Trent Hoesli of Mt. Pleasant, the comparison is probably spot on, when he croons the late singer’s hits.

  • INDOT paving the way for road upgrades to State Roads 66, 70

    By DON STEEN

    Staff Writer

     

    GRANDVIEW – Representatives from the Indiana Department of Transportation traveled to Grandview Thursday, Feb. 9, to share plans for impending resurfacing and other upgrades to State Roads 66 and 70 set to begin later this year. The bulk of the work will focus on SR 66 from Grandview to the intersection with SR 70, which INDOT hopes to see vastly improved and ready to withstand the test of time once the upgrades are complete.

  • Enforcing laws on the Hoosier National Forest

    TELL CITY – The Hoosier National Forest has two designated law enforcement officers, Jonathan Rice and Donald Kidd.

    Both individuals are certified federal law enforcement officers through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and have completed the Land Management Police Training Program at the Center. 

  • Habitat for Humanity partner families sought

    PERRY COUNTY– Perry County Indiana Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications from Perry County residents to select a partner family to build a new home during 2017.

    In addition to being a resident of Perry County, applicants must meet certain income guidelines, demonstrate a need for improved housing as well as the ability to pay for a Habitat home, and have a willingness to partner with Habitat by providing personal sweat equity in the construction of the home.