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  • Interest, experience draw Baumeister to coroner's office

    TELL CITY - More than 20 years of law-enforcement experience and a desire to give back to the community are key reasons Charlie Baumeister gave when asked about his decision last week to file for the office of county coroner.

    "It's a way for me to stay involved and give back to the community," said Baumeister, a Tell City resident who filed as a Democrat. "I think the coroner's office does a very good job and I want to continue their efforts."

    Two-term incumbent Coroner Darrel Riley is prohibited by term limits from running again.

  • Louisville woman jailed for marijuana possession

    TELL CITY - State police arrested a Louisville, Ky., woman Saturday night after a traffic stop on Indiana 237 led to the alleged discovery of more than 30 grams of marijuana.

    Trooper Charlie Johnson stopped a Saturn driven by 46-year-old Sharon M. Coleman of 3108 Grand Ave. near the intersection of Indiana 37.

    Johnson, who said the driver was speeding, described Coleman as very nervous. A search turned up the marijuana in three bags.

  • Port authority seeking management company

    TELL CITY - The Perry County Port Authority is seeking a company interested in operating its port and rail operations after Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Dick Neumann retires March 31.

    "It will still be the Hoosier Southern Railroad and Perry County Port Authority with a board of directors and monthly meetings," Neumann said of the planned change. "There won't be any change for employees ... I have explained to them their checks will still say Hoosier Southern Railroad."

  • Earthquake relief efforts

    PERRY COUNTY — Donations for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund are being accepted at locally designated drop-off points, Now & Then, located at 615 Main St., Suite C, in Tell City and Old National Bank locations.  

    Only monetary donations are accepted at this time. For questions, please call the local representative, Patty James at 547-3008.

  • School district doesn't need council's OK

    TELL CITY - The Perry County Council does not have to approve a construction plan for Tell City High School, Ron Etienne said Wednesday. The schools superintendent asked last month for the council's approval on a proposal to perform $2 million worth of upgrades. The council tabled the issue and was to have discussed it at a regular meeting today (Thursday).

  • Tell City resident begins Peace Corps service in Thailand

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Brooke Franzman, 31, of Tell City has been accepted into the Peace Corps.

    Franzman departed for Thailand Jan. 16 to begin pre-service training as a teacher collaborator Peace Corps volunteer. Upon graduation from volunteer training in April, Franzman will be assisting local teachers to practice and effectively incorporate participatory learning approaches in the classroom.

  • Wooldridge enters race for sheriff

    TELL CITY - A Tell City Police Department sergeant with 19 years of law-enforcement experience filed Friday for county sheriff, joining a growing field of Democrats vying for the nomination.

    Lynn Wooldridge, who resides on Brushy Fork Road, said he will work to provide the best leadership, experience and commitment to citizens.

    "I feel I possess these qualities and with the help of the people we can continue to make Perry County a safe and wonderful place to live," he said.

  • Schulthise, Berger file for May primary

    TELL CITY - Two Perry County officeholders filed their candidacies last week for new four-year terms.

    County Clerk Jean M. Schulthise filed for a full term as clerk. Connie Berger filed for a second term as county auditor. Both women are Democrats.

    Schulthise began working in the clerk's office in February 2008, assumed the first-deputy position in June 2008 and was appointed clerk in 2009 upon the death of Doris Davis. This will be her first attempt at running for the position of Perry County Clerk.

  • Smith enters primary race for treasurer

    TELL CITY - JoAnn Smith, currently chief deputy in the office of Perry County Treasurer, filed her candidacy Wednesday for the elected office of treasurer.

    She has served as chief deputy since December 2007 and before joining the treasurer's office, served 12 years as Troy Township Trustee, from January 1996 through December 2007. Smith also worked for Citizens National Bank, which later became Old National Bank, for almost 30 years, from October 1978 through December 2007.

  • Democrats file for county-council seats

    PERRY COUNTY - County-council contenders have begun throwing hats into the ring, with four filing candidacies as of press time for this edition.

    The council is responsible for establishing each year's county budget and meets monthly to approve spending from it. Its duties increased last year when it was handed the task of performing nonbinding reviews of other county entities' budgets.