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  • Unseasonable weather kicks off early spring burns

    TELL CITY – Unseasonably warm temperatures and low humidity have Hoosier National Forest staff planning prescribed burns earlier than normal. “We don’t usually get started until March,” said fuels specialist Jeremy Kolaks, “but this year we’re planning to burn this week if we can get the right winds.”

    He explained, “Each burn area requires a different ‘prescription,’ which determines what wind direction and speed, temperature and fuel moisture are required for any given burn to be ignited.”

  • Enforcing laws on the Hoosier National Forest

    TELL CITY – The Hoosier National Forest has two designated law enforcement officers, Jonathan Rice and Donald Kidd.

    Both individuals are certified federal law enforcement officers through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and have completed the Land Management Police Training Program at the Center. 

  • Habitat for Humanity partner families sought

    PERRY COUNTY– Perry County Indiana Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications from Perry County residents to select a partner family to build a new home during 2017.

    In addition to being a resident of Perry County, applicants must meet certain income guidelines, demonstrate a need for improved housing as well as the ability to pay for a Habitat home, and have a willingness to partner with Habitat by providing personal sweat equity in the construction of the home. 

  • Parks board submits 5-year plan


    Sports Editor


    TELL CITY – A tentative draft of the Perry County Parks and Recreation Department’s new five-year plan has been submitted to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

    Rick Newton, member and secretary of the department’s board of directors, told the board Wednesday that he emailed the draft to DNR Jan. 13.

  • Library website offering language lessons


    Staff Writer


    PERRY COUNTY – Perry County Public Library’s website now features Rosetta Stone, for free, as one of many resources provided by online resource conglomerate, Inspire.

    Perry County’s Library, in conjunction with Indiana State Library, receives state funds to acquire electronic resources, according to John Mundy, Perry County Public Library director.

  • A love story 70 years in the making




    The small towns and rolling hills of Perry County have been home to centuries of happy marriages. Robert and Roseanna Gibson are but one example, but few Perry County couples carry a deeper devotion ... to one another, family, faith and community.

    “It’s been a great life and a great journey,” Roseanna says. As for marriage, on this Monday before Valentine’s Day, she has simple advice.

  • TIF impact on schools less than expected


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – More than two years of discussion about the potentially detrimental effects tax-increment financing has on the Tell City School Corp.’s coffers came to a head Tuesday.

    An analysis by the Indianapolis-based accounting firm, London-Witte, presented during a school board planning session, showed that the schools loose an estimated $38,000, annually. That was substantially lower than previously claimed by TIF opponents.

  • More than 60 animals rescued from alleged hoarding situation


    Staff Writer


    EVANSTON – A coordinated effort by Spencer County law enforcement and animal-support agencies from across the area successfully intervened in a case of suspected animal hoarding near Evanston Jan. 30. A search warrant carried out by Spencer County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Dunsworth led to the discovery of 62 dogs, three cats and three ponies being kept on the premises.

  • Long-time wanderer finds musical home in Perry County

    Leo Gronquist is many things. He is a grandfather, a father, a husband and works in the field of nuclear medicine at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and travelled Europe in his younger days. One common thread connects all of these segments of his life; his long-time love of playing music.

  • County stepping up attention on ADA, anti-discrimination


    Staff Writer


    PERRY COUNTY – Local communities are more closely watching how agencies handle instances of possible discrimination.

    A year ago, Perry County implemented policies to help formalize guidance to ensure compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act provisions, as well as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.