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  • Church officials settle with first of Monroe's victims

    INDIANAPOLIS - The first of numerous civil lawsuits accusing the Archdiocese of Indianapolis of helping former priest Harry Monroe continue molesting children was settled for $199,000 early this month. "This is the first time the archdiocese has ever settled, (a priest sex-abuse case)" attorney Patrick Noaker said Monday. "That may carry some significance ...

  • Aster Road man faces sex charge

    TELL CITY - A rural Tell City man was arrested Tuesday on a charge of sexual misconduct with a minor. Matt Finley, 36, of 10074 Aster Road, was freed after posting $10,000 bail.  Formal charges and a probable cause affidavit were not filed as of Wednesday morning.  Sheriff's Deputy Richard Kratzer is investigating allegations made against Finley. That inquiry is continuing, he said Wednesday. 

    Finley will be in court June 9 for an initial hearing. He could face either Class B or Class C felony charges, or both.  

  • Groups offer low-cost spay-neuter opportunity in June

    PERRY COUNTY - Pets will be spayed or neutered at reduced prices June 1 through a special clinic offered by the Perry County Animal Shelter Inc. and the Humane Society of Perry County. "We're constantly full during this time of year," Shelter Director Tiffany Reed said Wednesday.

  • Purdue Extension offers job-hunting advice

    PERRY COUNTY - The hunt for a job can be frustrating and discouraging. Purdue Extension Perry County office and Perry County Learning Partnership would like to help the community in their job search to make it easier and satisfying. A workshop called Job Hunting 101 will be held June 14 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Schergens Center. The workshop is free but preregistration is requested.

  • Breaking News '88 Tell City grad named elementary principal

    TELL CITY - A 1988 graduate of Tell City High School was selected Thursday to replace Laura Noble as principal at William Tell Elementary School.

    Sara A. Maas is serving as acting principal at Princeton Community Middle School and Lowell Elementary School in Princeton. She has also served as principal at Holy Spirit and Christ the King schools in Evansville, adjunct professor at the University of Southern Indiana and elementary teacher at South Vermillion Community Schools in Clinton. She has also served as a substitute here and in Evansville schools.

  • Breaking News Two women jailed on Class A felony meth charges

    TELL CITY - Two people were arrested Tuesday night on Class A felony drug charges after a 12th Street traffic stop netted more than 3 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

    Joyce E. Wetzel, 39, of 623 12th St., Tell City and Shannon Cronin, 42, of 9747 Highwater Road, Tobinsport, face Class A felonies of conspiracy to deal in methamphetamine as well as separate felonies of possessing meth, paraphernalia, marijuana and hypodermic needles.

  • Board returns fire department to full staff

    CANNELTON - Cannelton's board of public works and safety welcomed a new fire chief, added two men to the city's fire department and approved requests from a Girl Scout representative and Shur-Way Pro Towing in a regular meeting May 10. Mayor Smokey Graves announced he'd appointed Kevin Lawalin as fire chief, and Lawalin named Jim Bob Lawson the assistant chief.  The board added Phillip Young and Eric Harris to the department's roster, bringing the total contingent back to 20, counting the chief, assistant chief, four captains, a treasurer and 13 other firef

  • Zoning board moves toward OK'ing monofill

    CHRISNEY - The Spencer County Board of Zoning Appeals moved ThyssenKrupp Waupaca's plans for a monofill forward April 28, granting a variance that would allow the company to operate a facility on more than 100 acres in Huff Township. The board also announced plans for a committee that could formulate a final list of requirements the company would have to follow.   The evening meeting drew another group of landowners and citizens.

  • Library leaders eye circulation system

    TELL CITY - Tell City-Perry County Public Library board members revisited discussion of a new circulation system for the library May 5 at their regular meeting. Library Director Larry Oathout reminded board members present that they had set a deadline of February 2011 to decide on a system.

  • Parks group plans more activities at Eagles Bluff

    CANNELTON - The Perry County Parks and Recreation Department is sprucing up Eagles Bluff Park and adding electricity to the observation deck to allow more activities there. Doug Kress recently did five hours of backhoe work to clear brush at the park. He was paid with money from a Schergens Foundation grant. A horticulture class at Oakland City University's Branchville Correctional Facility campus is also adding more shrubs and flowers at the park as a class project. Several flowers were placed at the park in boxes shortly before Mother's Day.