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  • Rural people will have fewer insurance choices next year

    By TRUDY LIEBERMAN

    Rural Health News Service

     

    As Obamacare approaches its fifth sign-up season, policyholders in many parts of the country are facing a marketplace with fewer choices and higher premiums.

    A New York Times analysis has found that 45 percent of U.S. counties probably will have either just one insurer or no insurers to choose from. That means some 3 million people in nearly 1,400 counties might have only one carrier and about 35,000 people could have none.

  • Community meeting Monday to tackle homelessness

    PERRY COUNTY – A community meeting Monday will probe the depths of Perry County’s homeless problem and chart ways to meet the needs of those who don’t have secure housing.

    “It’s something we may associate with larger cities, seeing shelters made of cardboard boxes and people living on the streets,” said Dan Hopkins, pastor of Tell City’s First Baptist Church. “But the fact is that homelessness exists right here in southern Indiana and in Perry County.”

  • County to seek new state road funding

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    PERRY COUNTY – The Perry County Highway Department’s applications for state funding through the Community Crossings grant program will soon be submitted. In all, county leaders are hoping to secure about $1 million in extra money to support local road repairs.

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  • Insurance claims painful to county finances

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – Employee health insurance expenses for the first half of 2017 have tipped the county coffers at just over $1 million. Because of the higher-than-expected costs generated by policy holders’ medical care, the county commissioners voted Monday to seek an additional appropriation of $125,000 to help cover the uptick.

  • Tell City wants to repave rest of Main Street

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    TELL CITY – Like Perry County, Tell City is eyeing its own Community Crossings grant and the chance to receive up to $1 million in funding with a reduced local match. The Indiana Department of Transportation grant program offers counties and cities a chance to obtain much needed funding for roads, bridges and other infrastructure needs.

    Begun in 2016, Community Crossings has given $146.5 million in matching dollars across the state.

  • Lincoln artifact retraces his steps to childhood home

    By DON STEEN

    Staff Writer

     

  • 4-H Fair events begin Saturday

    While an opening ceremony to this year’s fair won’t happen for over a week, opening events of this year’s Perry County 4-H Fair will kick off this Saturday with a tractor show and a big tractor and truck pull in the fairgrounds arena.

    Activities Saturday will begin at 4 p.m. with the tractor show. A fashion show revue is set for 5. A kids tractor pull will begin at 6:30 and it will lead into the tractor and truck pull at 7 p.m.

  • Electric transmission line will cross river near Troy

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    TROY – A new electric transmission line that will carry power between Kentucky and Indiana will cross the Ohio River near Troy before extending north along Spencer County farmland.

    That’s creating some concern from area landowners who may soon be approached by representatives of the firm charged with constructing the line seeking rights of way.

  • County’s recycling fee set to increase next year

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – A measure that would bump up Perry County’s annual fee for recycling passed unanimously Thursday without public remonstrance or much discussion among board members.

    A hearing on the matter was held the previous week, when a handful of people spoke out about the increase, which will jump from $32 to $45 a year.