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  • Jury acquits TC woman on battery charge

    TELL CITY - Heather Sandage covered her face in relief Saturday morning after a jury acquitted her of causing the 2005 death of 7-month-old Izaak Harney.

    The jury's verdict, reached in less than two hours, removed the Class A felony that had hung for nearly four years over Sandage, who was the child's baby-sitter.

    As she sat, Sandage's relatives and friends hugged one another and the woman's attorneys, Joseph and Nathan Verkamp.

    On the other side of the courtroom, stunned relatives of the child consoled one another while Harney's parents left the courtroom.

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  • County's graduation rates improve

    PERRY COUNTY - Perry Central Community School posted a 91.3-percent graduation rate for 2009 to join 100 other schools statewide comprising the top tier for that measure of achievement. Tell City and Cannelton high schools fell into the third tier, representing schools with graduation rates between 70 and 79.9 percent. Tell City's 79.5-percent graduation rate fell just shy of the next category, while Cannelton's posting of 70.8 percent for 2009 was less than a point shy of dropping into the next-lower category. It was, however, a 28.5-percent jump from their 2008 rate.

  • Library officials continue examining circulation systems

    TELL CITY - Members of the Perry County Library board welcomed new member Bill Dickerson at their first monthly meeting of the year Jan. 6.

    Members introduced themselves and board president Mickey Fischer officially welcomed him, encouraging him to feel free to jump into the discussions any time.

    Dickerson, who is a teacher at Perry Central High School, thanked the board members and said he would "listen and learn early." He replaces member Carroll Goffinet.

  • Property-tax bills should be on time in 2010

    PERRY COUNTY - The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance certified Perry County's 2010 budget order and tax rates last week, paving the way for on-time property-tax bills for the first time in at least three years.

    County Auditor Connie Berger said 2010 property-tax bills should be mailed in early spring and will be due May 10. Fall installments will be due in November.

    "Unless legislators change something that impacts tax rates, we'll be back to a normal schedule this year," Berger said last week.

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  • Census jobs still available

    TELL CITY - The U.S. Census Bureau is offering employment opportunities in 2010 as part of the census. Temporary positions include census takers, crew leaders and crew-leader assistants. Two test sites have been established in Tell City, the Tell City-Perry County Public Library and the Community Building, located at 16th and Franklin streets.

    Census tests, which assess applicants' basic math, reading and organizational skills, are offered at the library at 1 and 3 p.m. Monday, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

  • Offices closing for King holiday

    PERRY COUNTY - Most government offices in Perry County will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    County offices at the courthouse in Tell City and annex building in Cannelton will be closed, as will City Hall offices in Tell City. There will be no trash pickup in Tell City Monday and a one-day delay for pickup the rest of the week.

    Federal and state offices are also closed, including the Indiana Department of Child Services.

  • Breaking NewsSandage acquitted in child-death case

    TELL CITY – Heather Sandage was acquitted by jurors Saturday morning. The panel of nine women and three men deliberated about 90 minutes before returning a not-guilty verdict on a charge of battery resulting in death.

    She fought back tears Friday while repeatedly denying any role in causing the 2005 death of a 7-month-old boy she was caring for in her home.

    The testimony came as Sandage’s defense team rested its case. Jurors were expected to hear closing arguments Saturday morning before beginning their deliberation in a rare weekend session of circuit court.

  • School-savings checklist poses big challenges

    PERRY COUNTY - Gov. Mitch Daniels advocated in a Dec. 28 news release that Indiana residents use a checklist to determine if local school systems are doing all they can to avoid teacher layoffs in the face of budget shortfalls.

    That checklist was to have been considered and adopted by the state board of education Friday, according to a Dec. 18 news release from that agency. It includes several actions that are difficult, if possible at all, for school corporations to accomplish under existing laws or contracts negotiated with teachers.