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  • Candidates asked about new jail

    Editor's note: Coverage of the sheriff portion is continued from Monday's edition.

    TELL CITY - The four men running for sheriff in May's fast-approaching primary were asked last week if they had thought about who they would name to the positions of chief deputy, jail commander and matron. Lee Chestnut, Joe Lackey, Bill Schroeder and Lynn Wooldridge weren't ready to name individuals who might get those jobs, though some said they would seek applicants.

  • Assessor seeks third term

    TELL CITY - Perry County Assessor Mendy Ward, first elected in 2002 and re-elected by voters in 2006, is seeking a third four-year term. She is unopposed in the May 4 primary.

    "If elected, I assure taxpayers this process will be fair and equal for all taxpayers. My staff and I take pride in the fact that our office is run effectively and efficiently with the taxpayers concern being the foremost of our focus," Ward said.

  • Schulthise hoping for full term as clerk

    TELL CITY - County Clerk Jean M. Schulthise is seeking election as county clerk. She is running as a Democrat and is unopposed in May's primary.

    Schulthise began working in the clerk's office in February 2008, assumed the first-deputy position in June 2008 and was appointed clerk in 2009 upon the death of Doris Davis. This will be her first attempt at running for the position of Perry County Clerk.

  • Collins unopposed in primary for fourth term as prosecutor

    TELL CITY - Perry County Prosecutor Robert "Bob" Collins is seeking re-election in the May 4 primary election.

    Collins was elected in 1998 and re-elected in 2002 and 2006.

    "As your prosecutor, I will continue my efforts to successfully prosecute cases, support our law-enforcement agencies, promote substance-abuse awareness and prevention programs, recover bad checks for our local businesses, collect support for our children and keep the costs of running the prosecutor's office to a minimum," he said.

  • City to get new flags for street displays

    CANNELTON - "They are quite adamant," Cannelton Mayor Smokey Graves said of American Legion members he'd talked to. "We fly flags, not banners. We celebrate Flag Day, not Banner Day. When we lay someone to rest, we present the family a flag, not a banner."

    "We'll come up with the money," he added, bringing common-council members up to date on previous discussions about replacing flags displayed along city streets on special occasions.

  • Dogwood tour returns this weekend

    PERRY COUNTY - Perry County's annual rite of spring returns for a 48th time Saturday and Sunday with adventurous stops across the county. The festival began in 1962 as a way to encourage residents to visit small towns and enjoy the county's greening woods.

    Cannelton

    The Cannelton Foundation will host Cannelton's Dogwood Festival Saturday at the Perry County Museum and on Taylor Street between the blocks of Seventh and Eighth streets. Activities begin at 9 a.m. and continue through the afternoon.

  • More than 225 Special Olympians due in county May 1

    TELL CITY — Special Olympics Indiana of Perry County and Saint Meinrad Archabbey's Cooperative Action for Community Development will host the 45th annual track and field and bocce meet at 9 a.m. May 1 at Legion Field in Tell City.

    "Everyone is welcome to attend this event," said Vicky Lutgring, county coordinator for Special Olympics Perry County. "I promise it will give you a better understanding of our Special Olympics athletes."

  • Candidates for sheriff: residents in rural areas want more patrols

    TELL CITY - Increasing patrols by deputies in rural areas of the county was a main topic of focus by the four men vying for the Democrat spot on the ballot for Perry County sheriff Thursday. A forum at the Schergens Center drew Lee Chestnut, Joe Lackey, Bill Schroeder and Lynn Wooldridge. They will face each other May 4.  Lackey said a lack of coverage has been one of the biggest issues he has heard from voters.

  • Breaking News Emergency responders search for woman after car enters pond

    NEW BOSTON - Emergency divers, police officers and first responders were searching a pond in New Boston Wednesday for a woman believed drowned when her car crossed over Indiana 545, entered the pond and submerged.

    Shortly before 2:30 p.m., paramedics and first responders were called to the intersection of Indiana 545 and Huffman Mill Road north of New Boston. Details were still sketchy, but it is believed that at least two people were able to exit the vehicle before the car completely submerged. Divers from Perry County and Indiana State Police were en route.

  • Offender ranks to grow by 96 at Branchville

    BRANCHVILLE - Branchville Correctional Facility will see its maximum population increase by 96 offenders, about 7 percent, over the next few months, officials at the medium-security facility said last week. Opened in 1982, BCF has a current maximum population of 1,340 offenders and with the increase, the maximum population will increase to 1,436.