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  • State employees ring in 2008 with pay increase

    PERRY COUNTY - State employees will find a little extra buying power in their paychecks in 2008 with state workers receiving raises averaging 4.8 percent this year. State workers judged to be high performers will see the biggest increases.

    All state employees received 1.5-percent raises in their final 2007 paychecks. Those whose performance evaluations meet expectations will receive an additional 3-percent performance-based increase, for a combined total pay raise of 4.5 percent.

  • Council postpones vote on electric-rate increase

    TELL CITY - The Tell City Common Council agreed Monday to postpone consideration of an electric-rate increase and could vote next month to phase-in higher rates the superintendent of the Tell City Electric Department said are needed to cover expenses and fund future projects.

    The council introduced rate increases in December and scheduled a public hearing for Monday. The new schedule of rates would boost residential electric costs by an average of 8.6 percent while customers across all rate classes would pay an average of 12.9 percent more for power.

  • Tell City water chief quits

    Rogers cites personal reasons for departure

    TELL CITY - The superintendent of Tell City's water department quit Monday, citing personal reasons for leaving the position he held for almost two years. The city council, which also serves as the city's water board, will meet in closed session at 4 p.m. today to discuss personnel issues.

  • New mayor eliminates fire-department positions

    Graves says he'll exercise authority as he sees fit

    CANNELTON - The first Cannelton Common Council meeting of the year, conducted by a new mayor and mostly-new city council, was to be brief, Mayor Morris "Smokey" Graves indicated as he was starting it. An effort on his part to eliminate two fire-department positions, however, generated enough conversation to stretch it to an hour of verbal jousting, despite his efforts to shut it down.

  • When winter's worst approaches, safety begins with staying informed

    The National Weather Service issues storm warnings and watches. Although the terminology hasn't changed for years, some people confuse the difference between a watch and a warning.

    Winter Storm Watch: Winter storm conditions (heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain) are possible within the next 12-36 hours. Continue monitoring weather forecasts. The definition of heavy snow in our area, according to the National Weather Service, is 4 inches or more in 12 hours, or 6 inches or more in 24 hours.

  • At home or on the road, be prepared when storms strike

    Some of the dangers associated with winter storms include the loss of heat, power and telephone service, as well as a shortage of food and supplies. Every home should have a winter storm survival kit. According to the National Weather Service, here are some of the items to include:

    Flashlights and extra batteries.

    Battery-powered weather radio and a commercial radio.

    Non-perishable food that requires no cooking and bottled water.

    First-aid supplies and extra medicine.

    Fire extinguisher, smoke detector and carbon-monoxide detector.

  • Boosters sell cash chances, need auction items

    TELL CITY - Tell City High School Band Boosters are selling chances to win $750, $500 or $250 in their annual cash raffle.

    The drawing will take place at the TCHS boy's last home game against Heritage Hills Feb. 19. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5. Purchasers 18 years and older can get tickets from any TCHS band family. Contact Shari Everly at 547-6320 for more information.

    Also, the boosters are accepting donations from the public and businesses for their annual community auction, scheduled for March 8 at the high-school cafeteria.

  • Lighting the way

    Brent Bloyd, an employee of the Tell City Electric Department, installs a light fixture atop one of the new street lamps being installed this week on Main Street. Bloyd and other electric-utility employees were erecting new street lamps in the 600 block of Main Street Wednesday morning. The new poles are part of a grant-funded project to improve the appearance of four blocks of the city's downtown. The new lights will be located on both sides of Main Street from Jefferson to Pestalozzi streets.

  • Winter storms can be deceptive killers

    Home is the safest place to be, but do you know what to do if stranded outdoors?

    The mercury flirted with 70 degrees this week, making for an abnormally warm early-January week. Winter has been mild thus far, but conditions can change quickly and plenty of winter lies ahead. While no one can accurately predict what mid- and late-winter will deliver, it's wise to be prepared. Other areas of the state have felt winter's wrath and southern Indiana could be next.

  • New Cannelton mayor makes appointments

    Adam Goffinet elected council president

    CANNELTON - The first Cannelton Common Council meeting for a new mayor and mostly-new council Monday brought some routine actions in addition to animated discussion about fire-department positions (see story, this edition).

    Assuming seats as a result of November elections, Lynn Fulkerson, Adam Goffinet, Kim Nugent and John Young III joined incumbent Louis "Snooks" Scarboro at the council table with incoming Mayor Morris "Smokey" Graves and new Clerk-Treasurer Arvina Bozarth.