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  • Habitat for Humanity partner families sought

    PERRY COUNTY– Perry County Indiana Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications from Perry County residents to select a partner family to build a new home during 2017.

    In addition to being a resident of Perry County, applicants must meet certain income guidelines, demonstrate a need for improved housing as well as the ability to pay for a Habitat home, and have a willingness to partner with Habitat by providing personal sweat equity in the construction of the home. 

  • Parks board submits 5-year plan

    By LARRY GOFFINET

    Sports Editor

     

    TELL CITY – A tentative draft of the Perry County Parks and Recreation Department’s new five-year plan has been submitted to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

    Rick Newton, member and secretary of the department’s board of directors, told the board Wednesday that he emailed the draft to DNR Jan. 13.

  • Library website offering language lessons

    By JAKE BETHEL

    Staff Writer

     

    PERRY COUNTY – Perry County Public Library’s website now features Rosetta Stone, for free, as one of many resources provided by online resource conglomerate, Inspire.

    Perry County’s Library, in conjunction with Indiana State Library, receives state funds to acquire electronic resources, according to John Mundy, Perry County Public Library director.

  • A love story 70 years in the making

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    The small towns and rolling hills of Perry County have been home to centuries of happy marriages. Robert and Roseanna Gibson are but one example, but few Perry County couples carry a deeper devotion ... to one another, family, faith and community.

    “It’s been a great life and a great journey,” Roseanna says. As for marriage, on this Monday before Valentine’s Day, she has simple advice.

  • TIF impact on schools less than expected

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – More than two years of discussion about the potentially detrimental effects tax-increment financing has on the Tell City School Corp.’s coffers came to a head Tuesday.

    An analysis by the Indianapolis-based accounting firm, London-Witte, presented during a school board planning session, showed that the schools loose an estimated $38,000, annually. That was substantially lower than previously claimed by TIF opponents.

  • More than 60 animals rescued from alleged hoarding situation

    By DON STEEN

    Staff Writer

     

    EVANSTON – A coordinated effort by Spencer County law enforcement and animal-support agencies from across the area successfully intervened in a case of suspected animal hoarding near Evanston Jan. 30. A search warrant carried out by Spencer County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Dunsworth led to the discovery of 62 dogs, three cats and three ponies being kept on the premises.

  • Long-time wanderer finds musical home in Perry County

    Leo Gronquist is many things. He is a grandfather, a father, a husband and works in the field of nuclear medicine at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and travelled Europe in his younger days. One common thread connects all of these segments of his life; his long-time love of playing music.

  • County stepping up attention on ADA, anti-discrimination

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    PERRY COUNTY – Local communities are more closely watching how agencies handle instances of possible discrimination.

    A year ago, Perry County implemented policies to help formalize guidance to ensure compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act provisions, as well as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  • IURC hearing garners input on new emission controls

     

    By DON STEEN

    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

    By STUART CASSIDY

    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.