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  • BMV prepares for SecureID, though federal delay expected

    INDIANAPOLIS – In response to communication from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced changes this week to its SecureID initiative that impacts those renewing driver's licenses or ID cards in 2010.  

  • Regional Arts New Year's Eve event cancelled

    TELL CITY – The Tell City Regional Arts Association New Year's Eve murder-mystery dinner theater, which was scheduled for Thursday at 6:30 p.m., has been cancelled.

    The performance of the band Blyndsyde, which was to start after the dinner theater, has also been cancelled.

  • Schools chief questions motive in funds denial

    CANNELTON – Frustration bordering on anger was evident in Cannelton Schools Superintendent Al Chapman's voice as he reported at a regular school-board meeting Dec. 17 he had just received official disapproval the week before of a request for qualified school construction bond funding of work intended to improve energy efficiency.

  • Final press run nears for News veteran Hubert

    TELL CITY – A longtime News Publishing Co. employee who has been getting ink on his hands for the past 36 years will oversee the printing of his last issue this week.

    Gary Hubert, who joined the company that publishes The Perry County News in 1974 and has served as production manager since October 2001, will retire Wednesday.

    "It's time to pass the torch. It's been a lot of fun and I've worked with great people over the years," he said.

  • Three local businesses to share USI grant

    PERRY COUNTY – Seven small businesses, including three from Perry County, will share a $50,000 grant the University of Southern Indiana has received from the Rural Development Office of the United States Department of Agriculture.

    The businesses will receive help in developing strategic  plans and technical assistance to allow them to continue growing.

    Grant recipients, who were chosen through a competitive process, include Winzerwald and Blue Heron wineries and Bear Hollow Woodcarvers, all located in Perry County.

  • Mayhem to reign at New Year's Eve event

    TELL CITY – With 2009 down to its final days, the Tell City Regional Arts Association has plans in place for a New Year's Eve murder-mystery dinner theater.

    The group is hosting  Masquerade Murder Mayhem at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Schergens Center.

    "It promises to be fun night of solving a classic whodunit crime," said Cheri Taylor, the group's president.

    The association hosted a similar event last winter that received rave reviews and Taylor said the New Year's Eve event will offer the same creative fun.

  • VNA receives grant for home-monitoring service

    TELL CITY – The Visiting Nurse Association received a grant Dec. 8 from the Perry County Community Foundation.

    The $2,760 grant will be used to aid in the rental of Telehealth Home Monitoring Systems that will benefit local patients by ensuring they get attention each day by a nurse from the office.

  • Council debates support for school improvements

    TELL CITY - Ron Etienne continues to work toward what he says will be a better learning climate at reduced costs, but may face an obstacle at the county level.

    County-council members deferred action Dec. 17 on a request from the Tell City-Troy Township School superintendent to approve a plan to make up to $2 million worth of renovations to Tell City High School.

    The council bumped the issue to their January meeting after Council President Pete Franzman asked Etienne how the project's tax impact will affect other tax units' ability to collect revenues.

  • Indy firm apparent low bidder for CSO work

    TELL CITY - An Indianapolis firm tendered the apparent low bid Monday on Tell City's upcoming project to eliminate its combined sewer overflows and expand the capacity of its wastewater-treatment plant.

    Bowen Engineering Corp. bid $8,923,000 to do the work. Other bidders were Reynolds Inc. of Orleans, $9,177,000; Deig Brothers of Evansville, $9,569,880 and MAC Construction and Excavating of New Albany, $9,580,000.

  • Recycling district wraps up year under budget

    TELL CITY - The Perry County Recycling Management District will finish the year $3,000 under budget, with salaries $4,000 lower than budgeted, Jerry Hoagland projected Dec. 14.