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  • Local ISTEP data bests state averages

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    PERRY COUNTY  – Last year’s revamp of the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress proved to be a demanding process and the more difficult test resulted in a drastic drop in scores as compared to 2014. With announcement of the 2016 ISTEP results, educators can now begin setting benchmarks for educational improvements toward how to best reach students.

  • North EMS Station dedicated
  • Police looking for person responsible for graffiti

    TELL CITY – The Tell City Police Department is looking for the person responsible for spray-painting swastikas and racial slurs at several locations in Tell City.

    A swastika was spray-painted on the restroom of the John F. Kennedy Pool. Painted nearby was the last name of President-elect Donald Trump.

    Graffiti was also reported along the Born Learning Trail along Windy Creek. Two of the stations along the trail were ruined by hate speech, said Rebecca Fenn, executive director of United Way of Perry County. Replacing the signs is expected to be expensive.

  • County learns its premiums could decline in cost

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY ­­– With rising health insurance costs plaguing most of the business world, Perry County government and its workers will likely get a reprieve. During a discussion  about the annual renewal rates, the county commissioners learned Tuesday that they could stand to see substantial savings on their policies in 2017.

    If all unfolds as expected, prices could drop more than $300,000 compared to what was paid this year.

  • As year comes to end, Can-Clay’s future uncertain

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    CANNELTON – The future of Can-Clay Corp. is highly speculative as the deadline looms for the company to pay back taxes. Several rumors circulating indicate employees have been officially notified by company executives of a possible closing of the more than century-old plant. However, the News has not been able to verify that such a notice has gone out.

    Several calls to the Can-Clay corporate office seeking information went unreturned.

  • Cannelton police officers resign posts

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    CANNELTON – Small-town police forces have a reputation for being a revolving door of officers. Complaints often pit the have-not communities with their bigger and better-paying counterparts.

  • Perry County trees become Native American lacrosse sticks with Forest Service help

    The first Thanksgiving by tradition, saw Native Americans and English settlers helping each other. That spirit of cooperation continued this month as the Hoosier National Forest worked with the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, a federally recognized tribe, to provide logs for making lacrosse sticks. A handful of trees from Perry County were included in the project.

     One of the provisions of the 2016 Farm Bill was for the Forest Service to work with Native peoples to provide a limited amount of forest products as requested.

  • County to employ marketing campaign

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – A world of information is at our fingertips, via computers, smartphones and the internet. But the community, its employers, and facets of day-to-day life within the rolling hills of Perry County are often lost in a sea of web-based obscurity.

    But all that could soon change, with efforts from a group aiming to put this area atop the www.-landscape.

  • Higher TC utility bills likely in 2017

    By VINCE LUECKE

     

    EditorTELL CITY – Proposed water and wastewater rate hikes will cost Tell City residents, on average, an extra $24.62 each month in 2017, assuming rate ordinances are approved by the city council. The extra money will shore up the cash balances of the two utilities and provide money for anticipated bond issues to cover new projects.

  • Efforts begin to preserve Monte Cassino shrine

     

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    The shrine of Our Lady of Monte Cassino sits atop a broad hill just a mile or so from the main buildings of Saint Meinrad Archabbey. Constructed from the first sandstone pulled from the earth on the monks’ land, the chapel welcomed its first pilgrims in 1870. According to reports, more than 2,000 people took part in its dedication.