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  • Chapman takes plea, trial averted

    TELL CITY – Former Cannelton City Schools Superintendent Marion Chapman agreed Friday to plead guilty to two counts of official misconduct. Details of the plea agreement were not available late Friday afternoon.

    His guilty plea called off a trial that had been scheduled to begin today on two counts each of theft and official misconduct.

    Chapman was charged in 2013 after an investigation allegedly showed he stole more than $200,000 from school coffers. He served as superintendent from July 2005 through his firing in January 2012.

  • Cannelton woman dies after crash

    FERDINAND – A near head-on crash north of Ferdinand claimed the life of a Cannelton woman Wednesday.

    According to Indiana State Police, at approximately 2:02 p.m., Brandon W. Chamberlain, 23, Huntingburg, was traveling north on Indiana 162 in a white 2012 Ford F-350 SuperCrew pickup truck. For an unknown reason, Chamberlain traveled left of center, striking a southbound tan 2001 Buick Century, driven by Donna Marie Evans, 60, Cannelton. The impact pushed Evans’ vehicle backward and off of the east side of the roadway.

  • Leadership Perry County begins 2014-15 program

    Leadership Perry County’s latest class of community leaders met for a two-day retreat earlier this month at Santa’s Lodge in Santa Claus. Their orientation included getting to know one another, Perry County history and some of the issues it faces.

  • Event will correct history

    ROME – An incorrect date on two historical markers has been corrected in time for them to be rededicated during Rome Courthouse Day.

    A ceremony scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at the courthouse will rededicate the Hines Raid markers and serve as a fundraiser for the Rome Courthouse, which needs repairs, according to Mark Saalman, who is helping to coordinate the event.

  • Bicentennial afghan available

    The Perry County Bicentennial Planning Committee has an afghan available for pre-order. The afghan is full color and showcases historic places throughout the county. 

  • Help students plan, pay for their futures

    TELL CITY – In Indiana, a four-year college degree costs an average of $11,901 annually after financial aid and 66 percent of four-year students had an average of $26,028 in debt upon graduation according to the Indiana Commission on Higher Education.

    It’s never too early to start planning for a child’s future.

    With these facts in mind, the Indiana Youth Institute is hosting a forum on how to help students and their families plan for their future education goals.

  • Donnelly endorses Coyle in District 74 House race

    DERBY  – U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly endorsed Democratic candidate Chris Coyle in his race for state representative in Indiana House District 74.

    “Chris has proven himself willing to serve his community through his work as a paramedic and a reserve police officer. I endorse Chris as our next state representative because he stands for what matters most: good schools, more job opportunities and brighter futures for Hoosier families,” Donnelly said.

  • County officials hear budget pleas

    By KEVIN KOELLING
    Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – A Sept. 11 meeting in which county council members eyed individual department budgets featured several descriptions of services provided, some pleas to retain funding or return it to former levels and a couple of increase requests.

    That gathering preceded the council’s annual two-day session in which they reconcile budget requests to projected revenues. As reported in this edition, they finished early the second day this year after cutting more than $319,000.

  • Marching Marksmen take second

    By KEVIN KOELLING
    Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – Tell City’s Marching Marksmen earned second place and the best-drum-major award Saturday in Class AA competition at the Pride of Paoli Invitational.

    Their performance reflected a jump of more than 12 points over their previous week’s score. They were just over two points behind first-place Eastern High School of Pekin, which captured two caption awards and tied for a third.

  • Perry Central’s marching band shows improvement

    By KEVIN KOELLING
    Managing Editor

    LEOPOLD – The Perry Central Marching Commodores earned the third-highest score in Class A competition at North Posey Saturday but were listed at IndianaMarching.com as finishing in fourth place. Two other bands tied for second place in the Field of Dreams Invitational marching-band contest, but a note at the website indicated “there were several announcer errors at this event.”