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  • Offices closing for New Year’s holiday

    PERRY COUNTY – The New Year’s holiday will close governmental offices Thursday.

    County offices will be closed both days, including the Perry County Courthouse and the Courthouse Annex in Cannelton.

    City Hall in Tell City will be closed Jan. 1. Local governmental offices, however, will be open a full day Dec. 31.

    There will be no trash pickup Thursday with that day’s route delayed until Friday.

  • Don’t miss it! Plans in place for Tell City’s third Silvesternacht

    TELL CITY – A scavenger hunt, pub crawl, photo booth and activities at Tell City Junior-Senior High School are just a few of the new and returning events planned for Tell City’s Silvesternacht celebration Dec. 31.

    The New Year’s Eve party will return for a third year Wednesday and organizers say there will be something for everyone. Silvesternacht is German for “New Year’s Eve,” and the celebration will again see Tell City’s apple drop from its perch in City Hall Park to mark the new year.

  • Top stories of 2014: Hospital to open in spring

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Despite issues with moisture at the site, overall progress on completing the new Perry County Memorial Hospital remains on target for an early May 2015 opening.

    The project is also under budget, the hospital’s president and chief executive officer said this fall.

    Excessive moisture has been a pain in the sides of some contractors. Moisture levels in newly cured concrete has to be low so adhesives will properly affix to floor coverings.

  • Top stories of 2014: Grant to fund Brushy Hollow sewer project

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    A $1.2 million state grant announced in February will allow residents of a subdivision to connect to Tell City’s sewage main, easing worries they might be cut off from sanitary wastewater services.

    Mayor Barbara Ewing announced that the Indiana Housing Finance Authority had pledged the money to serve Brushy Hollow Subdivision.

  • Top stories of 2014: Perry County celebrates its bicentennial

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Perry County celebrated the bicentennial of its founding with a Nov. 1 celebration that actually unfolded during much of the year. A celebration at the Schergens Center included a service recognizing the county’s pioneers and their living descendants.

    A giant wooden puzzle of the county made by local artist Darren Caldwell drew rave reviews and will remain on display at various locations as the state prepares to mark its bicentennial in 2016

  • Top stories of 2014: New county detention center dedicated

    By STUART CASSIDY
    Staff Writer

    In a short presentation May 30 that culminated in a ribbon cutting and tours of the new facility, the recently finished Perry County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center was dedicated.

    “I and a lot of other people can’t actually believe this is here,” Sheriff Lee Chestnut said as he greeted the dozens of people in attendance. “It’s been so long and now it’s a realization.”

  • Top stories of 2014: Perry Central wins volleyball regional

    By LARRY GOFFINET
    Sports Editor

    Perry Central’s volleyball team has a history of success, with 17 Patoka Lake Athletic Conference and nine sectional titles to its credit.

    The Commodores claimed both those titles again this year, but they also took the next step by winning their first regional title.

  • Top stories of 2014: Intersection work causes near-misses

    By KEVIN KOELLING
    Managing Editor

    Drivers began complaining of close calls in July after the Indiana Department of Transportation changed – without notice to local officials – the flow of traffic through the intersection of 12th and Tell streets.

    The News’ first report was published July 10 and was based on information Tell City Mayor Barbara Ewing provided at a public-works-board meeting three days earlier.

  • Top stories of 2014: County begins work toward long-range plan

    By KEVIN KOELLING
    Managing Editor

    Perry County’s commissioners voted in a regular meeting March 18 to have the Bernardin-Lochmueller engineering firm of Evansville prepare a comprehensive plan for the county at a cost of $50,000.

  • Top stories of 2014: Chapman sentenced to home detention, probation

    By KEVIN KOELLING
    Managing Editor

    After reports in 2012 and ’13 about former Cannelton Schools Superintendent Al Chapman facing court action for mishandling the school system’s money, a trial date was set for September of this year.