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  • Ruling on annexation signatures possible during Feb. 1 hearing

    TELL CITY – Special Judge William Weikert has set an 11 a.m. hearing Monday, Feb. 1, and could issue a ruling then on whether annexation opponents have sufficient signatures to challenge Tell City’s annexation plans.

    Weikert heard oral arguments Dec. 10 from the city’s attorneys and legal counsel for remonstrators.

    At issue is whether more than 100 signatures that did not exactly match property cards should be counted.

  • New City Council President
  • Cannelton begins year with more projects

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    CANNELTON – Work on a recently completed sewer works project on the west end of Cannelton came in well under budget. According to project engineer Eric Parsley, the installation of forced mains and a lift station on Fourth Street rang in nearly $15,000 below what was expected.

    That was welcomed news for a project that was held up for months due to contractor delays but was eventually finished on time and before a grant timeline lapses in March.

  • Library board begins new year with employee salary plateau

    By JAKE BETHEL

    Feature Writer

     

    TELL CITY – At its regular meeting Wednesday, Jan. 6, the newly reorganized Perry County Public Library Board of Trustees, approved a stagnation in employee salaries.

    For now, the salaries of library employees will stay the same. The issue will be revisited in June, when the library receives its property tax installment, said Library Director John Mundy.

    “It’s the first time in 15 years there has been no raise,” Mundy said.

  • United Way of Perry County opens 2016 grant cycle

    PERRY COUNTY – Health and human service organizations are invited to apply for funding from the United Way of Perry County through March 4. Grant applications are available on United Way of Perry County’s website at www.unitedwayperryco.org/grantmaking.

    This year, the United Way of Perry County will distribute more than $74,000 in funds to area health and human service organizations to fund projects focused on education, health, financial stability and emergency assistance. 

  • New Troy clerk-treasurer ready to serve community

    By JAKE BETHEL

    Staff Writer

     

    TROY – “Sometimes you just know that it’s time for a change,” said the brand new clerk-treasurer of the town of Troy, Jane Efinger-Hayden.

    Hayden is a career-long bookkeeper who ran unopposed in November for Troy’s most highly elected office, after becoming a resident more than a year beforehand. Prior to this position, Hayden spent 20 years as secretary-treasurer for Cannelton Elementary Schools.

  • Foundation awards $69,516 for a better Perry County

    The Perry County Community Foundation recently awarded a range of grants and celebrated other gifts during a grants luncheon Thursday at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Tell City.

    Advisory board vice president and grants committee member Ray James announced that the foundation now has 99 different funds that provide money for projects and general support.

    He said more than $2.3 million in grants and scholarships from the Perry County Community Foundation have been awarded since their first check distributions in 1998.

  • No big ISTEP surprises

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

    PERRY COUNTY – After a longer than anticipated wait for the release of Indiana State Testing for Educational Progress results, those scores have been announced. And just as school leaders thought, the results of those tests, administered in the spring of 2015 to children in grades 3 through 8, show noted decreases from previous years.

  • Burglaries have rural residents on edge

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    PERRY COUNTY – Lock your home’s doors and report anything you think is suspicious.

    That was the advice Sheriff Alan Malone gave Friday as he responded to growing concern over a series of break-ins across rural areas of Perry County.

    No arrests have been made and sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help by reporting people who seem out of place.

  • Oaths of office