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  • FOP to lead Camp with a Cop efforts




    PERRY COUNTY – Members of Perry County’s Fraternal Order of Police are the new directors of an annual summer camp that delivers three days of self-esteem and leadership skills while presenting law enforcement in a positive light. 

    The July 19-22 Camp with a Cop held near Derby will be the 10th year for the event, which was developed by the Cannelton Police Department. For many years, it has been named after the city’s late police chief, Kenny Kellems.

  • One-to-one with youth technology


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    TELL CITY – When students in Tell City schools arrive back to classrooms in August, it will be with a wealth of technology at their fingertips. In a move months in the making

    The Tell City-Troy Township School Board authorized financing that will allow them purchase new laptops.

    In a competitive round of bidding from local lending institutions, the board selected a 1.74-percent interest rate offered by Hoosier Hills Credit Union.

  • Leadership team expands at Perry Central




    LEOPOLD – Perry Central students will see several familiar faces in new and expanded roles this fall after the school district’s board voted last Monday to fill the last of several openings in leadership roles created by retirements or promotions.

    Teacher Jennifer Mitchell was appointed by the board to the position of elementary assistant principal, a position whose duties have been filled in recent years by several people.

  • Perseverance beyond the track: Teacher recounts her cancer story


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    TELL CITY – Tell City High School teacher, Katie Weyer’s life has been shaped by cancer. A successful athlete and coach, she now champions for victory over the disease that threatened her livelihood.

    To many, this disease may seem an omen or an inherently negative thing. For a few years of Katie’s life, it was.

    She was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a disease originating in a certain type of white blood cells, when she was 21 years old.

  • Daughters of 1812 discuss Boston, American flag

    CORYDON – The Jonathan Jennings Chapter, United States Daughters of 1812 met at Corydon on June 4, with president Donna Mason presiding.

  • Sullivan man dies of heart attack in Derby

    DERBY – A Sullivan man found dead in Derby June 8 died of natural causes. Robert T. Allen, 60, suffered a massive heart  attack, County Coroner Charlie Baumeister said.

    A 911 call was placed from Derby at 12:48 p.m. reporting a man had passed out in restrooms near Mulzer Park and the new community center. Baumeister said Allen was an employee of the state health department.

    The coroner’s office also investigated a death Saturday night at the Ramada in Tell City.

    That death was due to a pulmonary embolism.

  • Noted priest, conservationist dies at the age of 84

    ST. MEINRAD – The Rev. Damian Schmelz OSB, a monk and priest of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, died June 12 in the monastery infirmary. He was 84.

    Born in Georgetown, on May 7, 1932, to Aloysius William and Grace (Miller) Schmelz, Fr. Damian was given the name Vincent Eugene at his baptism. After completing his elementary education at St. Mary School in Lanesville, he entered the Minor Seminary at Saint Meinrad in 1950, and entered the novitiate two years later. He professed his simple vows on July 31, 1953, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 3, 1958.

  • Eliminating combined-sewer overflows a costly venture for Cannelton


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    CANNELTON – The City of Cannelton is one step closer to complying with an Indiana Department of Environmental Management order to eliminate sewer overflows. But officials are still bounds away from an actual project.

  • Volunteers: Come clean your river Saturday


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    TELL CITY – The 2016 Ohio River Sweep returns Saturday at sites along the Ohio River in Perry County, joining cleanup efforts of other communities that line the river. From 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers will dispatch from Hafele Park in Cannelton and Sunset Park in Tell City to clean up the banks of the river by picking up trash and other debris.

  • Cannelton Police Department introduces new patrolman, promotes another


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    CANNELTON -– The Cannelton Police Department is fully staffed. Its newest patrolman, Ryen Foertsch, took up duties earlier this month and is making an impact in the community.

    Graduating a 17-week law-enforcement academy, Foertsch was credited with apprehending a suspect who was believed to have committed several vehicle break-ins.