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  • Mayor reflects on successful year

    CANNELTON - The city is sound and finished 2009 in the black, Cannelton Mayor Smokey Graves said in a state-of-the-city report offered at a common-council meeting Jan. 11.

    The city experienced neither large insurance claims nor layoffs and was able to continue safety training that helped keep insurance rates low; "we were blessed there," he said. No cutbacks in city services were required and the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance approved the budget for this year with no changes.

  • Police chief: department had great year

    CANNELTON - Cannelton's police department got an early Christmas present, acting Chief Eric Dickenson said at regular meetings of the city's board of public works and safety and common council Jan. 11.

    He was informed Dec. 21 a $10,000 grant for which he'd applied had been approved, he said. It and a $1,042 match from his department's radio fund were to go toward the purchase of four 800-megahertz in-car radios.

  • Water Main Break

    Tell City Water Department employee Lester Perryman waits for pressure in a cracked 6-inch main to subside Friday morning before he, utility superintendent Dale Poole and other workers place a clamp over the break. Winter freezing and thawing can cause water lines to crack, Poole said. Unlike a break during the peak of the cold snap the previous week, fixing Friday's problem was less bone-chilling, with temperatures in the 40s.

  • Rome improvements among parks board goals

    CANNELTON - Getting restrooms and a shelter house erected at the Rome boat ramp park area is one of the Perry County Parks and Recreation Department's top goals for 2010.

    At its first meeting of the year Wednesday the board outlined its goals for the next 12 months.

    Another major goal is to help with a 50th anniversary ceremony at the Electra airplane crash site, which the board leases and maintains.

    A Perry County Kiwanis committee chaired by Rebecca Fenn is planning most of the details for the March 13-14 observance.

  • Opening-day filings kick off election season

    PERRY COUNTY - Candidates appeared in the county clerk's office shortly after it opened Wednesday morning to begin staking their claims to spots on ballots for this year's elections. The filing period will close at noon Feb. 19.

    County Clerk Jean Schulthise said Tuesday she had packages prepared for candidates, which included financial-disclosure forms they need to submit. School-board candidates also have to pick up petition forms.

  • Lackey, Chestnut on ballot for sheriff

    TELL CITY - Two men with  years of experience in local law enforcement filed their candidacies Wednesday for the office of Perry County sheriff.

    Filing were Joe Lackey, a Department of Natural Resources officer since 1983, and Lee Chestnut, a county sheriff's deputy with nine years of experience.  Each hopes to  succeed two-term Sheriff Bob Glenn. Both are running as Democrats, meaning they and other Democrats seeking the same office will face each other in the state's May 4 primary.

    Lackey's Priorities: Accessibility, Professionalism

  • Board hears about collaboration, graduation

    TELL CITY - Elementary Principal Laura Noble told school-board members collaboration is occurring between the three schools in the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp.

    Math resources are being eyed for adoption this year, she told the school board at their regular meeting Jan. 12, and a sixth-grade math teacher was invited to participate in discussion during a recent faculty meeting "so she could give some input and get an overview of these math programs that we're looking at so thoroughly to ease the transition into sixth grade."

  • Plan commission schedules second hearing on monofill

    CHRISNEY - After listening to concerns about dust, air and water quality and rare animals such as bobcats for nearly three hours last week, members of the Spencer County Plan Commission agreed to meet again Jan. 28 to continue discussion of plans for a proposed industrial monofill in Huff Township.

    By then, a committee of commission members is expected to present a list of possible conditions ThyssenKrupp Waupaca will be required to accept before the commission considers granting a favorable recommendation.

  • Pizza Hut closes its doors
  • New Albany man runs from law; nearly struck on Interstate 64

    ST. CROIX - A call about an abandoned vehicle along Interstate 64 and a man waving something that looked like a gun led to the arrest of a New Albany man Jan. 10.  

    Ryan T. Tweedy, 23, was jailed on preliminary charges of public intoxication, possession of marijuana, resisting law enforcement and escape.