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  • Editor's note on court-case delays

    A front-page story and two letters to the editor published by The News over the past month, raising concerns about delays in ongoing court cases,  may have led some readers to believe delays in those criminal and civil cases were due to the actions of Perry County's circuit-court judge and magistrate. This wasn't the case.

    In a July 13 story and a July 20 letter about a delay in the case involving the death of Izaak Harney, the continuance referred to was granted by Special Judge William Weikert and was made at the request of defense attorneys from Jasper.

  • Youth group will give away rabies certificates

    TELL CITY - The Humane Society of Perry County Youth Committee will give away $5 certificates, good for rabies inoculations at participating veterinarian offices, at Orscheln's Farm and Home Supply from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

    "Look for the ice-cream truck provided by Riverside Diner of Troy," HSPC President Jim Carter urged. Proceeds from the sale of ice cream will fund future youth-committee activities, he said.

    Carter may be contacted at 836-4138 for further information.

  • Cigarette causes basement fire

    TELL CITY - A basement fire at 724 16th St. in Tell City Tuesday was caused by a discarded cigarette, according to Tell City Fire Department Chief Greg Linne.

    No one was hurt in the fire, he said, adding the cigarette was discarded on the basement floor near some paper and cardboard and the fire was put out with a fire extinguisher before firefighters arrived. "They were pretty lucky," he said, adding there wasn't any damage to the home and he believes it was an accident.

  • Keep grass clippings out of city curbs, please

    TELL CITY - Members of the Tell City Common Council are again reminding residents not to allow grass clippings to enter city stormwater inlets. Blowing grass into curbs from lawnmowers or power blowers not only clogs inlets and causes problems at the city's treatment plant, but is a violation of city ordinances.

    Mayor Barbara Ewing said residents who place clippings into gutters or blow them onto streets may receive warning letters.

    Any questions can be answered by calling City Hall at 547-5511.

  • Tell City cleaner by 101 tons

    TELL CITY - June's spring cleanup in Tell City carried a $18,184 bill, Street Commissioner Jeff Everly reported last week. An extra charge tacked onto residents' utility bills helped cover some of the expense, but the department still paid out more than $8,700 in extra costs.

    Landfill charges for disposing of the 101 tons of junk set out by residents totaled $9,357 with another $548 for fuel and labor of $7,401. The $3 fee paid by residents generated $9,468, but left a deficit of $8,716.

  • Weedman wins News' Schweizer Fest photo-page scavenger hunt

    TELL CITY - Nearly 20 readers successfully identified the photographs of locations in Tell City published July 30 in The News' Schweizer Fest Scavenger Hunt.

    Steve Weedman was chosen in a drawing of all the correct entries and wins a  year's subscription to The News.

    For the record the locations were:

    1. The U.S. and Swiss flags painted on the mural in Sunset Park.

    2. Image of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, from "Gone With the Wind," in one of the upper-level windows of Capers.

  • PC Community Foundation accepting proposals

    PERRY COUNTY - Joe Malone, chairman of the Grants Committee of the Perry County Community foundation, has announced that the foundation is accepting applications for grants to community organizations.

    Proposals are sought for charitable projects and activities that address needs and opportunities in the county in health, human services, arts and culture, education, community development, and other areas that would improve Perry County.

  • Excise eyeing cross-border cigarette sales

    INDIANAPOLIS - In today's economy, shoppers seek out the best deals possible and will sometimes drive farther or purchase more in order to increase their savings.  

    With a per-pack tax of .995 cents, Indiana ranks 29th in the nation among other states who tax their cigarettes.

    Illinois ranks 30th with a tax of .98 cents per pack and Kentucky is ranked 40th with a .60-cent cigarette tax. As a result, many Hoosiers travel to Kentucky in search of cigarettes with lower prices.  

  • Breaking News Teen hospitalized Monday after bicycle collides with truck

    A Tell City teenager was hospitalized with serious injuries Monday morning after his bicycle collided with a truck on Franklin Street, city police said.

    According to Sgt. Lynn Wooldridge, Tyler J. Fuentes, 14, of 740 33rd St., suffered injuries to his head and legs and was flown to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.

  • Hydro-plant construction will employ hundreds

    HAWESVILLE, Ky. - A hydroelectric project talked about for decades is under construction and could provide between 200 and 400 jobs as it takes shape on the Kentucky side of the Cannelton Locks and Dam.

    American Municipal Power Inc. broke ground Friday on its Cannelton Hydroelectric facility. The 84-megawatt hydroelectric plant is the first of five such plants under development by the organization at existing dams on the Ohio River.