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  • Registration deadline nears for special election

    PERRY COUNTY - Perry County Clerk Jean Schulthise reminds voters of the Tell City-Troy Township School District, including Tell City, the town of Troy and Troy Township, that Oct. 5 is the last day to register to vote in the special election to be held Nov. 3.

    The election is being held to decide proposed improvements to Tell City High School.

  • Regional arts association hosting amateur photography contest

    TELL CITY - The Tell City Regional Arts Association will host an amateur photo contest at City Hall from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29. This is the day of Tell City's Christmas Parade. Submissions for the contest are now being accepted.

    Cash prizes will be awarded, including $150 for best of show. Visitors will be allowed to vote for a Peoples Choice Award.

    Entries will be limited to three per person with two age groups and five categories, people, animals, landscape and plants, architectural and other.

  • Roadside memorials discussion stirs emotion

    TELL CITY - County Commissioner Jody Fortwendel said at a regular meeting Sept. 2 he wanted input from county residents about a possible ordinance on roadside memorials. He got nearly an hour's worth at the commissioners' latest meeting Wednesday.

    Approximately 20 people attended the meeting, many of them high-school students.

    "We're here in protest of any kind of time limits," said Jeff Jones, an adult who noted, "it's the way we pay tribute to our lost loved ones."

  • Waupaca idling its Tennessee foundry

    ETOWAH, Tenn. - The idling of a ThyssenKrupp Waupaca foundry in Tennessee could bring extra production to the company's Tell City facility in 2010. Some employees of the Tennessee plant will be offered positions here or in Waupaca, Wis.

    The Daily Post-Athenian  in Athens, Tenn., reported that the company would idle the plant Jan. 1, 2010, eliminating 276 local jobs.

  • Student count virtually unchanged

    PERRY COUNTY - This year's enrollment in Perry County schools is up only one-and-a-half students over last year, according to their superintendents.

    Superintendent Al Chapman said 253 students were in Cannelton City Schools buildings Sept. 18, the state's official "count day" for this year. While the student population may continue to fluctuate as people move into or out of the district, state funding is based on that number. Chapman said the figure is two students lower than he reported last year.

  • ISTEP scores low statewide

    PERRY COUNTY - Perry Central Community School fared better than the other two school systems in Perry County in results of Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress released Sept. 16 by the state's Education Department.

    In areas examined by The News, Perry Central achieved rates higher than state averages in 35 categories and lower in 22. Tell City-Troy Township students achieved higher-than-average passing rates in 30 areas and lower rates in 28. Cannelton City Schools students achieved rates higher that state averages in three areas and lower in 49.

  • Utility eyes site for new substation

    TELL CITY - The Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety gave a green light Sept. 21 to an electric-department request to survey and appraise a 2.3-acre parcel of land it wants to purchase for a proposed new substation.

    Marlow Smethurst, superintendent of the Tell City Electric Department, said the new site on the northeast side of Tell City along Spring Road would serve areas in and near the city that will likely see development in coming years, including land that might be annexed into the city.

  • County clerk: Registration deadline nears for special election

    PERRY COUNTY - Perry County Clerk Jean Schulthise reminds voters of the Tell City-Troy Township School District, including Tell City, the town of Troy and Troy Township, that Oct. 5 is the last day to register to vote in the special election to be held Nov. 3. The election is being held to decide if proposed improvements to Tell City High School will occur.

  • Emmons in chain-saw championship

    CHICAGO - Perry County chain-saw artisan Jason Emmons will participate in this weekend's fifth annual Echo Chain Saw Carving Championship in Albuquerque, N.M.

    Emmons is a full-time carver based at Bear Hollow Woodcarvers in St. Croix. He has participated in events across the United States. He joined other carvers this month at Bear Hollow's annual fall festival.

    He will be joined by teammates  Mike Bihlmaier, Mark Colp  and Bob King, who have appeared as members of Echo's national carving team since 2005, when the company first formed the team.

  • Tell City to crown royalty at homecoming

    TELL CITY - Tell City High School will crown its 2009 football homecoming queen and king before the Marksmen take on the North Posey Vikings at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Homecoming ceremonies begin approximately at 7 p.m.

    Queen Candidates

    Mariah Alvey is the daughter of Bill and Wendy Alvey. While in high school, she has been involved with basketball, student council, Renaissance Leadership Class and Pep and Spanish clubs. Alvey plans to major in elementary education in college.