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  • Former armory renovation costs soar

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – Plans to conduct major renovations to the former National Guard armory took a small hit Thursday after bids came in well above expectations. The Perry County Redevelopment Commission, which is overseeing the project’s funding, also expressed a bit of surprise at the lack of enthusiasm expressed by contractors, garnering interest from just two companies.

  • Fighting cancer with big doses of faith, family

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    Methodically toiling away, counting knots, the crafty Teresa Underhill mends threads into a blanket. She often provides her handmade wares to cancer survivors.

    The opportunity to crochet and knit is a task Underhill takes great pleasure in still being able to do. It’s something she’s done since a little girl, a skill she learned from her grandmother. But it wasn’t long ago all of that was in question.

  • Wednesday ceremony to honor local Hoosier Founding Father

    By VINCE LUECKE

     

    A prominent Perry County landowner and minister who helped to draft Indiana’s constitution 200 years ago will be honored this week in a graveside ceremony at Tobinsport.

    The state of Indiana will commemorate the life of Charles Polke on Wednesday, June 15, at 1:30 p.m. The ceremony will be held at his gravesite in the Lamb Cemetery at the intersection of Tobinsport Road and Highwater Road. The ceremony is open to the public.

  • Water study prompts road closure

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    PERRY COUNTY – A section of Albany Road in Anderson Township will soon be closed. The road dead ends into a portion of the Hoosier National Forest near the Saddle Lake recreation area.

    The closure will facilitate a  U.S. Forest Service stream rehabilitation project along Theis Creek. A petition to vacate the road 1.2 miles from Indiana 37 was considered and approved by the county commissioners Monday.

  • Courses take aim at high-paying job openings

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – “Interested in a manufacturing career? … Become a certified production technician,” reads a flyer announcing courses aimed at the un- and underemployed. Part of the Southwest Indiana Manufacturing initiative, classes are soon to start at the Ivy Tech Tell City campus and applications for the program are now being accepted.

  • Bright ideas: Tell City School Board mulls lighting upgrades

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – The echoes of cheers often ring from the rafters in the Bryan Taylor Sports Arena. But while student athletes are shining brightly on the court, high above the floor, often unnoticed by most, there is a dark secret; the decades-old lighting system is stealing away thousands of dollars from the school corporation.

  • Musician takes humble approach into competition

    By JAKE BETHEL

    Staff Writer

     

    DERBY – Perry County born and raised, musician Carl Sommer reflects the humble nature often associated with small towns. His down home demeanor is showcased in the philosophy he approaches when making his music. Sommer will take that attitude with him when he competes in the 35th Annual WBDC Country Showdown Thursday, June 9.

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  • War of 1812 relic found in county

    A 200-year-old button found in Perry County has a lot of people wondering.

    It is simply a button but not just any button. It is a button off of a soldier’s uniform from the War of 1812. 

    The button was found by Brad and Jana Faith who live near Penitentiary Rocks in Perry County. 

    “At first it was thought to be a button from the Civil War. We were totally stunned to find that the button dates even further, back to the War of 1812,” said Molly Hall, a genealogist who spoke to the Faiths.

  • Library aims to safeguard finances

    By JAKE BETHEL

    Feature Writer

     

    TELL CITY – In efforts to secure its coffers, the Perry County Public Library Board of Trustees approved a materiality threshold of $500. This means if there is a discrepancy in funds valued at or above that amount, it must be reported to the State Board of Accounts, by a state requirement.

    Library Director John Mundy clarified overdue books do not count toward this threshold.