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  • Group forms to fight animal abuse in county

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – Perry County’s chief deputy prosecutor, Mark Ramsey, said he was representing the county prosecutor’s office when he addressed the county commissioners at a regular meeting Jan. 19.

    “I’m also here on behalf of various groups that are concerned about animal rights, and we would like to discuss the possibility of forming a committee approved by the commissioners to review the animal ordinances and procedures involved with animal control,” he said.

  • Charlie Wicker’s big Saturday

    Charlie Wicker had a grand day Saturday, thanks to the Never Too Late organization that grants longtime wishes. A resident at Oakwood Health Campus in Tell City, Wicker loves sports and when recently asked about something he’d really like to do, the 85-year-old said wanted to attend a home Marksmen basketball game.

    Charlie and his buddies would always go to a local cafe to enjoy a burger and fries before games, then go and root for the home team. Since going to live at Oakwood, and especially since his children moved away, Charlie had missed his weekly routine.

  • Police: Man who ran from officer was carrying meth

    TELL CITY – A local man was charged with possession of methamphetamine and resisting law enforcement Jan. 20 after he allegedly fled from a Tell City police officer.

    Patrolman Jeff Bender was in the Wal-Mart parking lot when he was flagged down and told there had been an argument between two men. Someone identified Randy Bolin Jr., 30, of Rolling Pines, as one of the disputants but when Bender motioned for Bolin to speak with him, the man allegedly fled. He slipped on snow and fell.

  • Big Brothers, Sisters enjoy day at the cinema

    Mark Morgan of Tell City Cinemas helped Big Brothers-Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley to a memorable day Jan. 15.

    “Bigs” and “Littles” from Perry and Spencer counties enjoyed a free movie and snacks at a special showing.

    “We really appreciate that a local business owner generously shared this opportunity for all of our matches, including our school matches,” said Lisa Schriefer, program director for Big Brothers-Big Sisters in Perry and Spencer counties.

  • Tell City Schools could close early for teacher development

    TELL CITY – An idea presented by Laura Noble for coping with a state-mandated change ran into resistance at a Tell City-Troy Township School Board meeting Jan. 11.

  • State might tax port properties

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance has made statements that upset him, Bill Goffinet said during the Jan. 11 regular meeting of the Perry County Port Authority Board of Directors.

    The former Tell City mayor, now a field representative for the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, said the DLGF may be considering taxing properties owned by city and county port authorities.

  • UV treatment helps river, plant superintendent says

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – Five small bottles were lined up on their table when the Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety met Jan. 18. One contained drinking water, another held a sample from the Ohio River. One was filled with effluent from the city’s water-treatment plant, one contained rain and the other, raw sewage.

    The one with a black layer at the bottom was easiest to identify, Mayor Barbara Ewing said.

    Suggestions about taste-testing any of the contents brought laughs, but no volunteers.

  • Two charged with dealing in methamphetamine

    CANNELTON – Two people were charged with dealing in methamphetamine Jan. 19 after Cannelton police officers discovered an alleged drug lab in an Eighth Street residence.

    According to Patrolman Micah Jackson, Ryan W. Haycox, 25, of Cannelton and Thomas V. Foerster, 21, of Cannelton were arrested after he discovered the alleged active meth lab from inside the residence of 313 N. Eighth Street.

  • Library merger committee pushes ahead

    By TRISTA LUTGRING, Feature Writer

    TELL CITY – Tell City – Perry County Public Library board members heard from Library Director Larry Oathout about the progress of the merger committees during a regular meeting Jan. 5.

    The main topic of discussion of the last merger meeting was the Cannelton Library’s technology and whether the library would need any upgrades.

    Debbie Seibert, who is in charge of the technology at the Tell City library, attended the meeting to assess the computer and circulation systems Cannelton already has.

  • 18-year-old accused of molesting girl - Corrected

    TELL CITY – An 18-year-old faces a Class C felony charge of child molesting after allegedly fondling a girl under the age of 16.

    According to Tell City Patrolman Derrick Lawalin, Kyle R. Reed, of rural Tell City, allegedly touched the girl Jan. 16. A family member reported the alleged incident to police that evening.

    Reed was questioned the following day, arrested and lodged in the Perry County Jail. He was later freed after posting a $4,005 bail.