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  • What to do if you find a baby or injured animal

    INDIANAPOLIS – Every spring, kind-hearted Hoosiers “rescue” an injured or seemingly abandoned baby wild animals and try to care for them.

    The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife has one thing to say: Don’t do it.

    In early April, cottontail rabbits and squirrels have young in their nests. If you come across a nest, leave it alone, even if you don’t see an adult animal around. The best place for these animals is in the wild, learning to fend for themselves.

  • Police chief: Don’t park on or block sidewalks

    By KEVIN KOELLING
    Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – Cannelton Police Chief Lee Hall said Monday he’s going to step up enforcement “real soon” against people who park on or otherwise block city sidewalks.

    “There’s no parking, legally, on sidewalks or crosswalks, no blocking sidewalks at all, really,” he said at a regular meeting of the city’s board of public works and safety.

  • Ivy Tech restructuring ‘should appear seamless’

    TELL CITY – Nothing should change locally as a result of what Ivy Tech Community College trustees called “an additional regional structural change.”

    That’s according to a news release issued Friday that announced the college will now combine its southwest – Evansville and Tell City campuses – region with the Wabash Valley-Terre Haute region. The newly formed region will be overseen by a single chancellor to be named later.

  • Officials continue ambulance talks

    By KEVIN KOELLING
    Managing Editor

    Editor’s note: The Perry County commissioners discussed at length April 8 a contract under which Perry County Memorial Hospital provides ambulance services to the county. Much of that discussion was reported in Monday’s edition and is continued here. Also reported here is a continuation of those talks that occurred Tuesday at Cannelton High School. The hospital’s board of trustees is scheduled to meet Wednesday and the participants hoped to have details worked out they could agree to.

  • Smile activist

    Drivers on Indiana 66 near Wal-Mart at mid-day Thursday were urged by this sign-holding man to smile.

    He also wanted a ride, apparently, because he got into a car whose driver pulled over and spoke to him for a moment.

    His departure left the News unable to get his identity or ask his reason for encouraging goodwill.

  • Pinwheels spin for child abuse prevention

    A field of blue pinwheels spin in the afternoon sun outside of the Perry County Courthouse in Tell City.

    Communities across Indiana gathered Tuesday for ceremonies in observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The national Pinwheels for Prevention program of Prevent Child Abuse America uses the pinwheel as a symbol of childlike notions and stands for each child’s chance of a healthy, happy and full life.

  • Happy birthday, Big Bird

    North Perry Head Start visited Golden Living Center-Lincoln Hills March 20 for a birthday party in honor of Big Bird, born to Sesame Street March 20, 1969. The children and residents and had cupcakes, juice and milk.

    Everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to Big Bird, who made an appearance during the song. He danced with the children and posed for pictures.

  • Adopt-a-grandparent program seeks volunteers

    TELL CITY – Oakwood Health Campus in Tell City seeks volunteers to participate in its adoption program.

    Participants may adopt a grandparent, parent, sister, brother or a friend.

    Staff said the purpose of the program is to create meaningful one-to-one relationships and to improve the quality of life for Oakwood residents. The program’s goal is to provide residents with a sense of purpose and opportunities to stay connected with the community.

    For more information on how to participate in the program, call Polly Story at 547-2333.

  • Redevelopment officials approve more jail bills

    By KEVIN KOELLING
    Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – The Perry County Redevelopment Authority approved April 9 what they noted was one of the lowest amounts they’ve seen in bills for jail-construction services.

    Invoices for $10,576.51 and $4,868.40 were submitted by the DLZ architectural-engineering consulting firm of Indianapolis. Another from lead contractor Craftsman Construction of Huntingburg, amounted to $246,293.42. From it, $4,832.53 was withheld as retainage to be paid once the job is deemed to be completed satisfactorily.

  • Board to meet with Fish & Wildlife on Eagles Bluff issue

    By LARRY GOFFINET
    Sports Editor

    CANNELTON – The Perry County Parks and Recreation Department is still working on getting a restriction on its deed to Eagles Bluff Park lifted so it can install campsites for recreational vehicles there.

    Such sites are forbidden under terms of the deed set when the parks department purchased the land from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in 2000. The reason given for the restriction was the campsites could disturb bald eagles possibly living or feeding there.