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  • Indiana’s attorney general: ‘Tax season is also scam season’

    INDIANAPOLIS – Scammers aiming to defraud consumers during tax season are out in full force, said Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.

    In one of the most common phone scams the Attorney General’s Office, has seen in recent months, criminals call consumers claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service and demand immediate payment of past-due taxes. Scammers might threaten arrest and jail time if the payment is not received immediately, and usually request money be paid back though the purchase of pre-paid cards.

  • Weather forces rescheduling of bridge meeting

    CANNELTON – The Indiana Department of Transportation has postponed until next week a scheduled public meeting on its plans to repair and repaint the Bob Cummings Lincoln Trail Bridge.

    An open house and informational meeting were set for Feb. 17 but this week’s snowstorm prompted officials to reschedule the meeting for Thursday, Feb. 26.

    The meeting will begin with an open house at 6 p.m. at the Cannelton Community Center. A formal presentation will follow at 6:30 p.m.

  • More input sought for county comprehensive plan

    LEOPOLD – Perry Countians have another opportunity this week to contribute to the process of preparing a new comprehensive plan.

    A public workshop is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Deer Creek Baptist Church, located at 6733 Alamo Road. An initial input session was held last month and Tuesday’s meeting will build on the suggestions presented then.

  • Troy board finds needed money, awards bid for upcoming stormwater project

    By TRINA SEVERSON
    Staff Writer

    TROY – The town of Troy is on schedule to begin work on its large-scale stormwater sewer project this spring.

  • Frozen Beauty

    The News received dozens of winter scene photos over the past week. Among them was a glistening hoarfrost-covered tree in Troy.

    Jane Efinger-Hayden often captures images of the Ohio River – sunsets, barges and foggy mornings – visible from her and her husband, Dan’s, home.

  • Cassidy joins Perry County News staff

    TELL CITY – A Tell City journalist who has covered Spencer County for the past five years will transition in coming weeks to the Perry County News, where he will work as a full-time staff writer.

    Stuart Cassidy, 35, will fill a vacancy in the Tell City newsroom. He has worked since September 2009 as a staff writer at the Spencer County Journal-Democrat in Rockport.

  • Cash to lead local tourism efforts

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    TELL CITY – As a 15-year board member for the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Betty Cash worked alongside the organization’s director to attract more visitors to the community. Starting next month, she’ll be directing those efforts herself.

  • Legislation will help local farmers, increase access to healthy foods

    INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation authored by State Rep. Justin Moed (D-Indianapolis) increasing access to locally grown produce for all Hoosiers, particularly individuals living in areas classified as food deserts, was approved by members of the Indiana House of Representatives.

    Food deserts are defined as regions with restricted access to nutritious and affordable foods. HB 1248 establishes the Local Food & Farm Council as an advisory council to the Department of Agriculture.

  • Bill will remove homestead exemption loophole

    INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation authored by State Rep. Cherrish Pryor (D-Indianapolis) modifying eligibility requirements for the homestead property-tax exemption was unanimously approved by members of the Indiana House of Representatives.

    Homestead exemptions are typically allowed for homeowners using their homes as a primary residence. The exemption reduces the assessed value of the home on which property-tax bills are based. In order to qualify, House Bill 1283 obligates property owners to transfer a property’s title to the purchaser upon contract finalization.

  • Beastly weather creates images of beauty

    Necessities in some states, snowblowers aren’t that common in Perry County. However, they came in handy this week as the county dug out from 9 inches of snow that fell Monday.

    The snow was followed by frigid temperatures that dropped to as low as minus 9 early Tuesday. More near-record cold was forecast for Wednesday and Thursday nights.