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  • Chief reports fire runs for 2009

    TELL CITY - The Tell City Fire Department responded to 68 calls during 2009, Fire Chief Greg Linne recently reported to the city's board of public works and safety. Totals included 30 fires, 26 responses to alarms, nine calls about smoke in which there were no fires and three vehicle accidents.

    Structure fires during the year were reported at 9541 Brushy Fork Road, 937 Tell St., 1619 Tell St., 1839 Main St., 1630 Tell St., 1836 13th St. and 5189 Sky Blue Lane. The department also assisted Troy firefighters with an apartment-building blaze in that community Dec. 17.

  • Study gives county poor health ratings

    PERRY COUNTY - Perry County ranked next-to-last in the state in one category of a study conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

    Reported in Thursday's Evansville Courier & Press and available at www.countyhealthrankings.org/indiana/perry, the study presents information in a number of categories such as early deaths, low birth weights and the percentages of people describing their own physical or mental health as poor.  

  • Tell City man joins ballot for county council

    TELL CITY - Stanley Goffinet, 2710 Tell Street in Tell City, has filed a candidacy for Perry County Council, seeking a District 2 seat now held by Ryan Daum.

    The Democrat said in a prepared statement he decided to run after he became disturbed "by the mass government spending and the financial direction that our country seems to be taking."

    His experience includes 12 years' working with accounting systems and participating in high-level meetings for Walt Disney World and Aramark.

  • City prepares to raze seven vacant homes

    TELL CITY - Seven vacant homes purchased in recent weeks by the city of Tell City are scheduled for demolition as the first phase of a nearly $2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Grant swings into gear.

    Other purchases of property are expected soon.

    Contractors got their first good look at the seven properties Wednesday, visiting the homes following a 1 p.m. meeting with Tell City Mayor Barbara Ewing and Tony Pappano of Insight 2000. Pappano said contractors expressed strong interest in doing the work.

  • School-board incumbents point to financial recovery

    CANNELTON - Incumbents Barbara Beard and Gerald Harris had filed their intents to retain seats on the Cannelton School Board before Friday's noon deadline, and both pointed to efforts to reverse the school corporation's poor financial conditions as achievements they've contributed to.

    A newcomer filed his intention to run for a seat Friday morning, but The News was unable to contact him for a comment.

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  • Huck seeks coroner's post

    TELL CITY - Keith Huck, who has been a deputy county coroner for the past four years and currently serves as chief deputy coroner to Darrel Riley, filed Friday for the elected office of coroner.

    Riley is completing his second term and is prevented by term limits from running again.

    "I see it as a community service, a way to help families," said Huck, who ran for the office eight years ago. He works as an emergency medical technician for Perry County EMS and is a captain on the Tell City Fire Department.

  • Other Candidate Filings

    TELL CITY - Noon Friday was the deadline for candidates to file for the May 4 primary. Brian Hudson filed as a Democrat for the District 3 County Council seat now held by Chet Mathena. Republican Tom Hauser filed for District 2 county commissioner. Candidates for township offices also filed last week. A full listing of primary candidates will appear in Thursday's edition.

  • Officials eye emergency notification system

    PERRY COUNTY - Officials from a variety of government agencies viewed a demonstration Feb. 15 of a system that will warn county residents of imminent emergencies.

    Perry County commissioners granted their support at a regular meeting Wednesday to the adoption of the Code Red Emergency Notification System offered by Emergency Communications Network of Ormond Beach, Fla. In providing the demonstration, company representative Kurt Steier called ECN "the premier notification company in the nation."

  • Port board chooses management company

    TELL CITY - Four companies indicated interest in managing the Perry County Port Authority and Hoosier Southern Railroad, but only two submitted proposals. Representatives of both were at a meeting of the port authority's board of directors Feb. 11, where RailAmerica-Southern Indiana Railroad was selected for the job.

    As The News reported Jan. 28, the port-rail agency's board of directors voted to seek a management company to take on the duties of Dick Neumann when he retires March 31.