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  • Officer's request OK'd by board

    TELL CITY - A Tell City patrolman's request to serve as a deputy county coroner was approved, pending a legal review, by the city's board of public works and safety.

    Roger Smith wants to take part in training that would qualify him to serve as a deputy coroner, Police Chief Greg Hendershot said. City Attorney Jim Tyler will review the request to ensure there is no conflict. Hendershot said Smith would only serve as deputy coroner when not on duty for the city.

  • Breaking News Board to discuss closure of junior-high school

    TELL CITY - The possible closure of Tell City Junior High School will be discussed at a regular school board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. today in the Tell City High School auditorium.

    "The board asked us to look into it to save money," Schools Superintendent Ron Etienne said Tuesday. It will be discussed at the meeting, "but I don't expect the board to make a decision tonight," he added.

  • City officials eye state help for levee work

    CANNELTON - Hawesville, Ky., Mayor Charlie King was able to secure state funding for a required match to perform mandated levee work, and could help Cannelton in a similar effort, Smokey Graves said Dec. 7.

    Speaking at regular meetings of the city's board of public works and safety and common council, Cannelton's mayor said he's working to get details on how King secured a 10-percent match from the Kentucky governor's office, required to accompany federal funding aimed at ensuring levees will hold up against flooding.

  • Grant to lessen hit on sewer bills

    TELL CITY - A $4.4 million grant to Tell City for its pending combined-sewer-overflow elimination project will reduce, though not erase, wastewater-rate increases in 2010. The higher rates will help the city pay for the state-mandated $11.7 million project.

  • Perry County native ordained eighth bishop of Cheyenne
  • Roadside memorials issue dies

    TELL CITY - An intense discussion ensued during the Dec. 7 meeting of Perry County commissioners as an ordinance governing memorials along county roadways was presented but went nowhere, putting the issue to rest for the time.

    The ordinance that would require highway memorials to be on country rights-of-way died after discussion between the board and those present grew heated. Commissioner Jody Fortwendel had made a motion to approve the ordinance and Commissioner Bill Amos seconded it, but withdrew it, saying he thought they were discussing another issue.

  • Sex offender sentenced for failure to register

    INDIANAPOLIS - A Tell City man has been sentenced to 37 months in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

    U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young imposed the sentence on Andrew Unser, 29, following his guilty plea, according to a news release Thursday from Timothy M. Morrison, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. The case was the result of an investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service and Perry County Sheriff's Department.

  • Perry County EMA buying tower from parks board

    CANNELTON - The Perry County Emergency Management agency has agreed to pay $1,000 to purchase the communications tower at Eagles Bluff Park.

    Last month the Perry County Parks & Recreation board of directors voted to pay $1,000 to the General Services Division of the federal government to buy the communications tower and one-twentieth of an acre it sits on, which were not included in the parks board's 1999 purchase of the park from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

  • Arrests pending in more than 20 break-ins

    ROCKPORT - A sheriff's department detective in Spencer County said arrests are pending in more than 20 home and vehicle break-ins that have occurred in recent months in Perry, Spencer and Dubois counties.

    Chris King said Thursday he was finalizing his report that is expected to lead to charges against up to three people. Most of the incidents, he said, involved thefts of small amounts of money and items from vehicles.

  • Ludwig to visit TC Public Library Saturday

    TELL CITY - Deborah Ludwig, author of "Rebirth: A Leukemia Survivor's Journal of Healing during Chemotherapy, Bone Marrow Transplant, and Recovery," will hold a book signing, reading and discussion at the Tell City-Perry County Public Library at 1 p.m. Dec. 19.

    The library staff invites the community to this event. "Rebirth" is Ludwig's year-long journal written during her leukemia treatments that chronicles a story of love, sacrifice, heartache and discovery that culminated in her physical, emotional and spiritual rebirth.