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  • Wednesday ceremony to honor local Hoosier Founding Father

    By VINCE LUECKE

     

    A prominent Perry County landowner and minister who helped to draft Indiana’s constitution 200 years ago will be honored this week in a graveside ceremony at Tobinsport.

    The state of Indiana will commemorate the life of Charles Polke on Wednesday, June 15, at 1:30 p.m. The ceremony will be held at his gravesite in the Lamb Cemetery at the intersection of Tobinsport Road and Highwater Road. The ceremony is open to the public.

  • Water study prompts road closure

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    PERRY COUNTY – A section of Albany Road in Anderson Township will soon be closed. The road dead ends into a portion of the Hoosier National Forest near the Saddle Lake recreation area.

    The closure will facilitate a  U.S. Forest Service stream rehabilitation project along Theis Creek. A petition to vacate the road 1.2 miles from Indiana 37 was considered and approved by the county commissioners Monday.

  • Courses take aim at high-paying job openings

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – “Interested in a manufacturing career? … Become a certified production technician,” reads a flyer announcing courses aimed at the un- and underemployed. Part of the Southwest Indiana Manufacturing initiative, classes are soon to start at the Ivy Tech Tell City campus and applications for the program are now being accepted.

  • Bright ideas: Tell City School Board mulls lighting upgrades

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – The echoes of cheers often ring from the rafters in the Bryan Taylor Sports Arena. But while student athletes are shining brightly on the court, high above the floor, often unnoticed by most, there is a dark secret; the decades-old lighting system is stealing away thousands of dollars from the school corporation.

  • Musician takes humble approach into competition

    By JAKE BETHEL

    Staff Writer

     

    DERBY – Perry County born and raised, musician Carl Sommer reflects the humble nature often associated with small towns. His down home demeanor is showcased in the philosophy he approaches when making his music. Sommer will take that attitude with him when he competes in the 35th Annual WBDC Country Showdown Thursday, June 9.

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  • War of 1812 relic found in county

    A 200-year-old button found in Perry County has a lot of people wondering.

    It is simply a button but not just any button. It is a button off of a soldier’s uniform from the War of 1812. 

    The button was found by Brad and Jana Faith who live near Penitentiary Rocks in Perry County. 

    “At first it was thought to be a button from the Civil War. We were totally stunned to find that the button dates even further, back to the War of 1812,” said Molly Hall, a genealogist who spoke to the Faiths.

  • Library aims to safeguard finances

    By JAKE BETHEL

    Feature Writer

     

    TELL CITY – In efforts to secure its coffers, the Perry County Public Library Board of Trustees approved a materiality threshold of $500. This means if there is a discrepancy in funds valued at or above that amount, it must be reported to the State Board of Accounts, by a state requirement.

    Library Director John Mundy clarified overdue books do not count toward this threshold.

  • A trailing heart: Gagliardi finds new paths

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    Rain has put a damper on many outdoor events. For some, they can brave through a shower or two, but there is a limit. Vince Gagliardi of Cannelton met his turning-back point during a recent hiking trip.

  • New abbot no stranger to leadership roles

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    ST. MEINRAD – A monk who has held leadership posts in the monastery and seminary was elected archabbot of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in an election held Thursday morning.

    The Rev. Kurt Stasiak OSB becomes the 10th abbot and seventh archabbot in the community’s 162-year history, succeeding Archabbot Justin DuVall, OSB, who announced in January that he would resign the position upon the new abbot’s election. DuVall had served as abbot since Dec. 31, 2004.