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  • IURC hearing garners input on new emission controls



    Staff Writer


    REO – Concerned citizens from across the area participated in a public field hearing conducted by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission at South Spencer High School Thursday, Feb. 2.

    The hearing focused on a proposal by Indiana Michigan Power, a subsidiary of American Electric Power, to install new pollution controls on Unit 2 of the Rockport Generating Station, an upgrade that would be necessary to comply with a federal-consent decree and maintain operation past 2019.

  • Commissioners mull vacating undeveloped Leopold streets, state’s gas-tax proposal


    Staff Writer


    PERRY COUNTY – A request to vacate a pair of platted but never developed streets in Leopold was met with mixed action by the board of county commissioners. The thoroughfares in question were referred to as Indiana and German streets.

    Ultimately, the commissioners voted in favor of vacating Indiana Street, but tabled the petition for similar action on German Street.

  • Santa Jim Yellig receives the Sagamore of the Wabash Award

    SANTA CLAUS – Raymond Joseph “Jim” Yellig has received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, Indiana’s highest civilian honor.

    His legacy will be honored during a ceremony at the Santa Claus Museum & Village on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m.

    The Hoosier Santas and honored guests will bestow the award to Yellig’s daughter, Pat Koch. Koch is the founder of the Santa Claus Museum & Village and a 2013 recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash Award. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

  • Head-on IN-37 crash injures both drivers

    PERRY COUNTY – A head-on collision between a car and truck Tuesday afternoon sent both drivers to hospitals but a child in the car escaped injury despite the car being nearly torn in two by the impact.

    According to the Perry County Sheriff’s Department, the fist of several calls reporting the crash just north of Indiana 70 was received at 3:10 p.m. Dispatchers immediately summoned deputies, firefighters and the Perry County Rescue Squad.

  • Adams, council defend utility rate increases





    TELL CITY – Mayor Jim Adams and members of the city council defended water and wastewater rate hikes during a lengthy City Hall meeting Monday but agreed more could have been done to alert residents about the upcoming increases.

    The average resident’s monthly water bill, based on 4,000 gallons of usage, went up 61 percent, from $14.88 to $23.96. The basic wastewater charge is now at $39.42 per month, an increase of $15.54 or 65 percent.

  • Tell City second safest small city in the state




    TELL CITY – Most Tell City residents – as do Perry Countians – know they live in a safe community, but a website that analyzes FBI crime statistics has listed Tell City as the second safest small town in the state and one of the 250 safest in the nation.

    “There were only four communities in the state that made the list,” said Tell City Police Chief Derrick Lawalin. “Tell City ranked second and we’re 156th in the nation. It’s a good list to be on.”

  • Monia Lehman has been protecting kids for 50 years

    Monia Lehman was surprised Tuesday with a reception honoring her for 50 years of guarding what Mayor Jim Adams called the community’s greatest asset … its children.

    Lehman has served as a crossing guard for 50 years, first at 12th and Jefferson streets and then at Tell and 31st streets. A ruse brought Monia to the Tell City Depot Tuesday. Monia thought she was being taken to a small lunch. But inside the Depot, the tables were packed with city employees, family and friends, all grateful for her years of service.

  • County library to enroll in online music lesson resource


    Staff Writer


    PERRY COUNTY – Perry County Public Library will soon have online music lessons available on its website.

    The lesson program, called ArtistWorks, spans a myriad of genres of music, and includes band and popular string instruments, from jazz and blues guitar to multi-style cello to record-scratching, which can usually be found in hip hop. The lessons also include French horn, fiddle, harmonica and even vocal lessons. “The range of lessons is extraordinary,” said Library Director John Mundy.

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  • CVB wants better signs for county attractions




    PERRY COUNTY – Here’s your sign.

    That’s the message Betty Cash wants to give to Perry Countians who know of noteworthy historic, cultural or natural attractions that would be of interest to visitors.

    Director of the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Cash is looking for landmarks in need of signs for a future CVB project. The effort might not happen overnight but Cash would like to see more interpretive signs in the county.