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  • ‘General Lee’ to speak at DAR meeting Saturday

    TELL CITY – Have you ever wanted to meet Civil War Gen. Robert E. Lee? This Saturday, you’ll have a chance to do just that.

    The Lafayette Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host guest speaker Josh Roberts, social studies teacher at Hancock County Middle School who portrays Gen. Lee as part of Kentucky’s History Alive program. Roberts will speak about Lee’s life and what it was like for him during the Civil War.

  • Heritage Hills drama ‘Camp Rock’ opens Friday

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    LINCOLN CITY – Heritage Hills’ drama troupe will open their production of Disney’s “Camp Rock the Musical” this weekend. The first performances will be at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday. The harmonious assembly will continue the following week with show times at 6 p.m. March 12, 13 and 14.

    Tickets will cost $7 for students and senior citizens and $8 for adults, can be purchased from any cast member and will be available at the door.

  • Cannelton leaders prepare to award contract for utility improvements

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    CANNELTON – The Cannelton Common Council may vote Monday to award work on sewer-utility improvements the community has worked on for several years to complete.

    The council on Feb. 23 opened and took under advisement six bids for the project, which includes improvements to a lift station on Fourth Street and a new stretch of force main along River Road. The line will replace one that transports sewage from Cannelton to Tell City, where it is treated.

  • LHDC Individual Development Account Program taking applications for aid

    TELL CITY – Lincoln Hills Development Corp. has funds available for the Individual Development Account Program. Under this program, income eligible individuals can earn while they learn and see their savings matched up to $900 annually.

    The IDA Program is administered by LHDC and designed to help eligible individuals save money while learning financial skills.

    Through the program, qualified applicants are encouraged to save money, with every dollar they save matched with $3 from State and Federal programs for up to four years.

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  • Family working to recover from house fire

    BRANCHVILLE – A Perry County couple who lost their home in a Feb. 22 blaze in Branchville hope to rebuild in the same location, once they find temporary housing.

    Kenny and Shannon Ambrose and their two children, Erin and Garrett, lost nearly everything when their home burned.

    As the News reported Thursday, the fire was likely triggered while work was taking place under the home to thaw frozen waterlines.

    The family was staying in Tell City last week but hopes to find a home to rent in northern Perry County.

  • Kindergarten numbers may bolster Cannelton enrollment

    By DON STEEN

    Staff Writer

     

    CANNELTON – While Cannelton schools saw a dip of 7.5 students in their average-daily-membership count in a Feb. 2 evaluation, promising kindergarten enrollment figures represent a potential diamond in the rough. While there is no way to be certain that kindergarten numbers will hold steady, Superintendent Dr. Alva Sibbitt maintains a cautious optimism that these new students could help buoy the school corporation’s numbers in the future.

  • Strassell remembered as dedicated public servant, caring friend

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    Gayle Strassell’s family tree had strong and deep roots in Tell City. Her ancestors – Kroessmans, Holtzmans and Hansers – included men and women who led factories, chronicled the city’s life as photographers and supported its churches and civic organizations for generations. Strassell added her own branch to the family’s legacy, serving four years as mayor – the first woman to  hold the post.

  • Rehab plans outlined for Ohio River bridge

    By STUART CASSIDY

     

    CANNELTON – Those in charge of maintenance on the Bob Cummings Lincoln Trail Bridge, which connects Cannelton with Hawesville, Ky., want commuters to know what to expect when a major overhaul of the bridge begins next spring.

    During a public forum convened Thursday evening by the Indiana Department of Transportation and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, community members were invited to speak with officials from the state agencies, along with engineers from the consulting firm, Michael Baker International.

  • Home destroyed by Sunday fire

    A fire destroyed a home in Branchville Sunday. Central Perry Fire Department members were called at 2:16 p.m. after a neighbor was asked to call the fire department. Firefighters were at the scene until after dark. The Tell City Fire Department responded with its ladder truck, which allowed water to be directed onto the roof. Central Perry Fire Chief Brian Suhrheinrich said the home was owned by Kenny Ambrose. He said work was taking place under the home and either a soldering tool or a forced-air heater likely started the blaze.