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  • Board accepts apparent low bids for railroad upgrade

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – Bids from companies hoping to help the Perry County Port Authority upgrade their Hoosier Southern Railroad facilities to handle 286,000-pound railcars were opened at a special meeting Aug. 29.

    The low bid for track work came from Balfour-Beatty Rail of Atlanta, Ga., which offered to do the work for $339,827.50.

    Other bids ranged up to $389,982.

    The low bid for bridge work was from Cooper Rail Service of Huntingburg. That company bid $1,709,762.99.

  • California workers give building facelift

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – Karen McBride’s historic home at 121 Taylor St. in Cannelton, once known as the Union Hotel, was hit by an out-of-control vehicle earlier this summer. The workers she found to repair it are “just wonderful young men,” who came from California and were amazed at the historic significance of the building and the city, she said.

    Finding someone to do the work wasn’t easy.

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  • TC Schools 2012 budget on track for adoption

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    TELL CITY – With no one in attendance other than board members and media Monday, Tell City-Troy Township’s proposed 2012 budget mustered a required public hearing and stands ready to be adopted Sept. 13.

    Superintendent Lynn Blinzinger called the budget similar to last year’s and predicted the final tax rate set by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance would differ little from the 2011 rate of $1.3526 per $100 of assessed valuation.

  • Animal ordinance won’t be ready for Sept. 7 meeting

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – A proposed animal-control ordinance won’t be ready for the county commissioners to consider at their Sept. 7 meeting, Commissioner Bill Amos said at the conclusion of a special meeting Wednesday.

  • Leadership Academy to host YMCA grand-opening road rally

    FERDINAND – The Dubois County Leadership Academy will host a family road rally before the grand opening ceremony of the Tri-County YMCA in Ferdinand Sept. 10.

    The family rally will traverse all counties served by the Tri-County YMCA and will be open to family members of all ages.

    The rally, which is set to begin at 9 a.m. EDT with lineup and registration starting at 8 a.m., will take participants on a scavenger hunt throughout the Tri-County YMCA’s serving area of Dubois, Perry and Spencer counties.

  • ISP, local officers search home

    TELL CITY – A state police emergency-response team searched a Tell City home Aug. 19 for a local man.

    Gary L. Thompson, who is wanted on felony, was thought to be in a home in the 1200 block of 12th Street. Police said Thompson was not inside the house.

    Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the Tell City Police Department at 547-7068.

  • Spencer County Farm Bureau to host eminent domain meeting

    SPENCER COUNTY – A new Indiana law gives carbon dioxide pipeline companies the right of eminent domain for underground pipelines. There is a possibility of a carbon dioxide pipeline running through Spencer County.

    Spencer County Farm Bureau will host an eminent-domain meeting to inform landowners of their property rights.

    The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Spencer County 4-H Youth and Community Center in Chrisney.

  • Cannelton pupil earns national essay award

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – A Cannelton student earned a national award for an essay he wrote about why Myers Grade School is unique.

    “I was surprised and happy,” Ethan Melton, now a sixth-grader at Cannelton Junior-Senior High School, said Friday. He learned Thursday he had a certified letter at the post office, and his mom, second-grade teacher Laura Melton, said even though his father offered a ride, he couldn’t wait to go pick it up. He rode his bike, instead.

  • A cut above: Troy’s barber retiring after six decades

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    It’s Monday morning and Bill Feldpausch is working on a head of hair. It’s one of countless thousands of haircuts the Troy barber has delivered over a career spanning more than six decades. He’s cut hair here and there, Troy and St. Meinrad, as well as Milwaukee and West Palm Beach. He’s even kept the locks of navy sailors in check in the frigid North Atlantic. Bill Feldpausch has cut hair most of his life ... and like all barbers, spun a lifetime of stories.