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  • Marksmen musicians earn gold, silver

    TELL CITY - Marksmen performers returned from state-level solo-and-ensemble competitions in Indianapolis Saturday with eight gold and four silver ratings.

    "So we were 2-to-1 golds to silvers," Tell City High School Music Director Barry Reasoner said Wednesday. "That's a really good average."

    Gold ratings for solo performances went to Brook Birchler, clarinet; Mary Burst, flute; Laura Denoncour, clarinet; Tyler Hamilton, trombone and Nick Hawkins and Will Roberts, snare drum.

  • PC performers earn silver

    LEOPOLD - The two Perry Central performers who competed in state-level solo-and-ensemble contests Saturday brought home silver ratings, reported James Powell, assistant band director.

    Melinda Buckler earned her silver medal with a trumpet solo, and Trent Pringle earned his with a solo marimba performance at North Central High School, Indianapolis.

    "They're both juniors, so we look forward to building on our results," Powell said.

  • Funds approved for 'Code Red' alert system

    PERRY COUNTY - County-council members approved at a regular meeting Feb. 25 a $20,300 additional appropriation to fund an emergency-notification system.

    As The News reported Feb. 22, the Code Red system offered by Emergency Communications Network of Ormond Beach, Fla., will automatically inform county residents when a weather or other emergency arises.

    It will start with phone numbers from public sources such as phone listings and automatically call people and provide instructions for options such as adding cell-phone numbers to its database.

  • Congressman Brad Ellsworth to speak at county's JJ Dinner

    TELL CITY - The Perry County Democratic Committee will host its annual Jefferson Jackson dinner Saturday, April 10, at Bill & Dave's Smokin' Pit in Tell City. A cash bar will open at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6.

    Keynote speaker for the evening will be Brad Ellsworth, Democratic congressman for Indiana's 8th Congressional District. In 2006, Ellsworth defeated the Republican incumbent to take the seat. He previously served as the sheriff of Vanderburgh County.

    On Feb. 19, Ellsworth announced he will run for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Sen. Evan Bayh.

  • 2010 Census van-bus tour begins Friday in Tell City

    TELL CITY - During the first two weeks of this month, the U.S. Census 2010 van-bus will tour the city, making stops to promote the event, passing out informational flyers and giving promotional Census items to the public.

    The schedule for the van is as follows:

    • Friday, March 5: 9 to 9:30 a.m. at City Hall; 9:30 to 10 a.m. at German American Bank; 10 to 10:30 a.m. at Old National Bank and The Perry County News.

  • Three complete correctional police-officer program

    NEW CASTLE - Two Branchville Correctional Facility employees and an employee of the Indiana Department Correction's central office based at the local facility were among 46 Indiana Department of Correction workers completing a correctional-police-officer program.

    Randy Litherland and Jeff Hendershot, both of whom work at BCF, were sworn in recently by Judge Tanya Walton-Pratt.

  • TCJHS plans 'Let's Talk' event to discuss student-survey issues

    TELL CITY - Tell City Junior High School will hold a "Let's Talk About It All" parent night at 5:30 p.m. March 11 at the school cafeteria.

    A free chili supper will be served from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and open discussion begins at 6.

  • Too-good offers likely to be scams

    PERRY COUNTY - If it sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is.

    A Tell City woman received a letter stating she was due more than $3.4 million. All she had to do was send in a $20 report-processing fee. The letter, of course, was a scam and the woman would be out the $20 and wouldn't see a penny. Consumer-protection agencies remind everyone to never send money to anyone they don't know.

    Receipt of scam letters can be reported to the Tri State Better Business Bureau at (800) 359-0979.

  • Operation Pullover blitz kicks off Friday

    JASPER - Lt. Don Bolen, commander of the Jasper Indiana State Police District, has announced troopers will participate in an upcoming Operation Pullover Blitz.

    Indiana State Police and more than 250 local law-enforcement agencies around the state will focus their enforcement efforts from Friday through March 21 on impaired and dangerous drivers. Troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols and aggressively enforce seat-belt and child-restraint violations during the 17-day blitz.

  • Filing period opens for mobile-home deductions

    PERRY COUNTY - Perry County Auditor Connie Berger reminds owners of personal-property mobile homes that the filing period to file property-tax deductions and credits is in effect through March 31.

    Personal-property mobile home owners are defined as those mobile home owners who do not own the real estate on which their mobile homes are situated.

    Deductions filed by March 31 will be applied to personal property mobile home tax statements mailed this year.