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  • INDOT to close SR 245 south of Santa Claus next week

    SPENCER COUNTY – The Indiana Department of Transportation announced Monday that State Road 245 south of Santa Claus would close on or after Tuesday, Sept. 5, weather permitting. The closure will allow crews to replace pavement on SR 245 from about one mile south of Santa Claus to about 5.5 miles north of SR 70. The project is expected to continue through Oct. 19, though it may be prolonged by weather.

  • Council mulls change in deputies’ retirement

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – Converting the Perry County Sheriff’s Department deputies from state’s Public Employees Retirement Plan to one geared specifically for law enforcement is gaining traction. Perry County is the last county in the state to shift from the non-PERF plan.

    While the county council didn’t give a go-ahead on the front, talks are continuing in that direction.

  • New Albany angler wins Rocky Point tourney

    CANNELTON – Todd Hensley of New Albany, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Hoosier Division tournament on the Ohio River Saturday after catching five bass weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces. For his efforts, Hensley pocketed $3,842.

    Hensley said he spent the event flipping stumps along a 200- to 300-yard stretch in the back of a creek on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River.

  • Family historian preparing for new book’s release

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    A family chronicler putting the finishing touches to a new book listing the descendants of an early Perry County family is putting out a final call for updates and photos ahead of a December release.

  • Perry Central welcomes new staffers

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    Several new faces will be seen at Perry Central Schools this semester. But they’re not  all students. The high school will welcome three new teachers as well as three at the elementary.

     

    Perry Central High School

    Mackenzie Petty, 24, will instruct 10th grade English and honors English classes, along with Advanced Placement literature courses for juniors and seniors. Aside from regular classroom duties, she will also oversee the literature club.

  • Tell City’s phosphorus treatment system completed

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    TELL CITY – Bruce Badger, superintendent of Tell City’s wastewater treatment utility, said he and his staff are learning the fine points of a new phosphorus removal system recently placed online at the treatment plant. Constructed at a cost of about $1 million, the system was mandated by the state as part of a statewide effort to remove phosphorus from wastewater treatment system discharges.

  • Group aims to implement drug-recovery lodging

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – Continued efforts by a group of concerned Perry County citizens to battle local illicit substance abuse is close to producing results. Under the auspices of Perry County Life Center Transitional Living, at the front of their efforts is establishing transitional housing for those seeking recovery from drug use.

  • Haller to call it a career with the News

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – News Publishing Co., the home office of the Perry County News, Spencer County Journal-Democrat and Mt. Vernon Democrat, will soon say farewell to longtime bookkeeper and office administrator Barb Haller. She will retire Aug. 31.

    As part of her send-off, the News will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. with cake and punch.

    Haller came to the News office in 2006 after more than 34 years in banking.

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  • Lillpop trial won’t be held in Perry County

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    TELL CITY – William Lillpop’s upcoming trial on charges of rape and sexual misconduct with a minor won’t be held in Perry County.

    Special Judge Jon Dartt ruled last week that it would be impossible to guarantee Lillpop a fair trial due to publicity surrounding his arrest and approved a defense motion to move the proceedings to another county.