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  • Perry Central bids farewell to two board members

    LEOPOLD – Laughter and tears, Christmas cheer and fond memories going back three decades, mingled in the same meeting last Wednesday as the Perry Central School Board said farewell to two of its own.

    A video presentation of archived photos from high-school commencements, athletic events and other special occasions shared the journeys of board members Larry James and Earla Williams. The two veteran board members will leave the board at the end of the year.

  • O, Holy Night

    The birth of Jesus as depicted in the new Nativity scene in front of the Tell City Knights of Columbus home. As the News reported Monday, the Nativity display was dedicated last week. Perry Countians will celebrate Christmas this week with church services, family gatherings and meals.

  • Holiday will bring closures

    PERRY COUNTY – The Christmas holiday will close most governmental offices Wednesday and Thursday.

    County offices will be closed both days, including the Perry County Courthouse and the Courthouse Annex in Cannelton. City Hall in Tell City will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. City Hall offices will be open Dec. 31 but will be closed Jan. 1.

  • Council thanks outgoing officials

    Outgoing County Councilman Stan Goffinet examines a plaque presented to him Thursday by Councilman Steve Goodson, who commended his “hard work and dedication in county government.” “I appreciate it and I’ve enjoyed working with everybody and I’ve learned a lot,” Goffinet replied. Councilman Chet Mathena was to have received a plaque, as well, but was absent from the meeting. Both of the outgoing councilmen were defeated in May’s primary election and will be replaced by Danny Bolin and John Taylor, respectively, in January.

  • Plans in place for third Silvesternacht

    TELL CITY – A scavenger hunt, pub crawl, photo booth and evening social are just a few of the new and returning events planned for Tell City’s Silvesternacht celebration Dec. 31.

  • School board rescinds teacher firings, approves resignations


    CANNELTON – Cannelton School Board members voted at a regular meeting Nov. 20 to rescind their June and July 2012 cancellations of teaching contracts for Donna Bryan and Michael Stenftenagel. They then voted to accept both teachers’ resignations.

    The firings of both teachers stemmed from a May 2012 student protest of what they said was the school administration’s refusal to accept Stenftenagel’s retirement request.

  • Recorder says she has no proof files here have been ‘harvested’

    PERRY COUNTY – A report in the Dec. 4 edition of the Spencer County Journal-Democrat described an alleged theft of public records from that county’s recorder’s office. An assertion in that report that Perry County may also have been a victim may have been overstated, according to Mary Lee Smith, recorder for this county.

    The Journal-Democrat has offices in Rockport but shares an editor and other staff and publication facilities with the News.

  • Tell City Knights of Columbus dedicates new nativity scene

    Grand Knight Clarence Franchville holds a flashlight Tuesday evening as the Rev. Barnabas Gillespie OSB, chaplain for Tell City Knights of Columbus, blesses a new nativity scene erected outside the K of C home.

    The scene, complete with the infant Jesus, Joseph, Mary and Magi, was purchased with a gift from the Guy Neil and LaVerne Ramsey Foundation. The Ramseys were present as Gillespie recited a prayer and dedicated the nativity scene as a reminder of the Christmas season.

  • Leistner to join Tell City’s police force

    TELL CITY – From an early age, Matthew Leistner knew he wanted to be a city police officer. The 23-year-old’s dreams came true last Monday as he was hired by the city’s board of public works and safety as a full-time patrolman for the Tell City Police Department.
    He fills a vacancy created by the resignation last month of Greg Linne.

  • Troy seeks federal grant for infrastructure work

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    TELL CITY – A million-dollar infrastructure-improvement project may soon be in the works in the town of Troy. The town council voted Dec. 10 during a specially scheduled public hearing to advance its application for a U.S. Economic Development Administration public works grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce.