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  • Hospital trustees OK Tell City Clinic upgrade

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    TELL CITY – The Tell City Clinic will get a needed sprucing up under a $120,000 upgrade plan approved Wednesday by Perry County Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees. The group approved upgrades for the clinic, including new floor covering, ceiling tile and painting. The work won’t cover the entire building, which includes a large lower level. However, it will include the clinic’s waiting room and some other patient areas.

  • Firefighters saw fewer runs in 2016

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    TELL CITY – The Tell City Fire Department responded to 79 runs in 2016, a number Fire Chief Greg Linne said was below most years’ averages. But he wasn’t complaining. The department fought 11 structure fires and responded to seven vehicle fires, nine reports of smoke and three brush and grass fires. There were 13 miscellaneous responses to vehicle accidents, hazardous materials spills, electric fires, open burning and school fire drills.

  • The Great Flood of 1937

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    The News safeguards bound volumes of its past issues on upstairs shelves. Nary a copy is missing from the large yellowing books that reach back in date to the 1920s, except 1937. The great flood of January and February in that year hit the paper hard, as it did the rest of the community and county.

    The flood stopped the paper’s presses for weeks, leaving a gap in the news pages for that year. No event in the ensuing 80 years would postpone the paper’s publication for so long. 

  • New home construction up last year in Tell City

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    TELL CITY – It was a busy year for Tell City’s Building and Zoning office, with five new homes permitted in 2016 along with commercial projects valued at more than $5.2 million.

    Building and Zoning Director Bill Alvey presented his report for 2016 at the Jan. 17 meeting of the board of public works and safety. While the number of new homes is not huge, the total is more than many past years. The five homes had a value of $758,000, which will add to the city’s and county’s tax bases.

  • Students’ video tribute an award winner

    TELL CITY – The air still gets heavy to talk about it because it’s a pain no family should have to endure. The community mourned when it learned of the passing of 16-year-old Kearstin Parker in April 2015 stemming from an auto crash.

    Amid the tears and healing, there came a silver lining. With the memory of their friend still strong, students at Tell City Junior Senior High Schools used a tragedy to herald a tribute.

  • Tell City woman attends D.C. march

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    Amid a sea of pink, protest signs and overall skepticism that President Donald Trump’s policies will improve the lives of all Americans, a Tell City woman stood last Saturday in proud unity with hundreds of thousands of others.

    Jennifer Hauser, 34, made the trip to the nation’s capital to rally last week with the masses of like-minded people to march in dissent the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

  • County recycling bills for 2017 sent

    PERRY COUNTY – Bills for 2017 Perry County Recycling Management District fees, assessed to all home and business owners in Perry County are being mailed during the month of January. The first rounds of bills are due March 15. The district will mail the bills for real estate and mobile homes in the following manner:

    • All homes and mobile homes on land owned by the occupant are considered real estate. These bills are being mailed this month and will be due March 15.

  • Tell City’s trash department often in the red

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    TELL CITY – While Tell City residents will soon see a major hike in their water and wastewater rates, another city office may soon seek an increase in revenue.

    The city’s trash department regularly runs in the red and faces increased costs for fuel, labor and making repairs to aging equipment, Street Commissioner Jeff Everly said.

  • Tips for winter bird feeding

    You may be surprised to learn what a huge difference you can make by feeding wild birds right outside your own door or window.  A large-scale winter storm, with deep snow or ice cover, cuts off many birds from their natural food supplies and can actually cause them to starve by the thousands and even millions.

    Backyard bird feeding can make a real contribution to their survival and even thriving during the winter months. Here are 10 pointers for a successful winter bird feeding season:

  • Troy officials weigh water treatment plant options

    By JAKE BETHEL

    Staff Writer

     

    TROY – The Town of Troy did not meet the requirements for a grant, and now will have to find other means of funding its envisioned water treatment plant.

    Due to the income level of the surveys Troy received from the citizens of the town of Troy, Troy Township and Huff township in Spencer County, the town was denied a grant from OCRA. The threshold was 51 percent of its residents at low enough income.