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  • Webb Wheel president sees good times arriving

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – “This is our predicament. Over and over again we lose sight of what’s important and what isn’t,” Kent Finkbiner said in opening his keynote speech during the Perry County Development Corp. annual meeting Feb. 17 at the Hoosier Heights Country Club.

    His address followed one by Clay Ewing, chairman of the PCDC directors board, and in order to “trump” the videos Ewing had displayed, he flashed a picture of a baby onto the screen next to him.

  • Official explains Indiana’s tax caps

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – The tax caps voters made a part of the state constitution in the last election are “soft caps,” David Bottorff explained to the county council in their regular meeting Thursday.

  • Workshop to focus on farm financial recordkeeping

    CANNELTON – Purdue Extension will offer a series of workshops in March as part of the Risk Management Education for Farm Women program. There will be three workshops in the series and will be set up where you can attend one, two or all three workshops.

    On March 10 and 17, the first set of workshops will take place at Perry Central schools with a focus on financial management.

  • Community groups can help replenish pantries

    PERRY COUNTY – The pantries of the Perry County Food Coalition invite community organizations, churches and businesses to help fight hunger in Perry County by organizing canned-food drives in March and April to help replenish local pantries.

    The Food Coalition pantries, Widow’s Barrel, Council of Agencies, Community Adventist Services, Jasper’s Pantry in Cannelton and Martin’s Cloak in Siberia fed more than 16,000 individuals last year and expect the need to be just as high this year.

  • Pack 191 rallies for Blue & Gold Banquet

    A cake marking his Pack’s Blue & Gold celebration drew Devin Moore and other Scouts to an after-lunch treat Sunday. 

  • Glow Room upgrade (corrected)

    Jose Donjuan, in first photo, and Martine Guerrero of Keystone Restorations, New Albany, replace and tuck-point brick and secure the walls of what was once the Glow Room Tavern. 

  • Cannelton’s new ‘young pup’ increases drug busts

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – More drug-possession arrests are being made in Cannelton, but Police Chief Eric Dickenson said it’s because “our use of a canine is paying off.”

    The dog, also named Eric, “is doing a good job,” he said at a regular common-council meeting Feb. 14.

  • Bozarth enjoys being available for citizens, files to retain seat

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – Cannelton Clerk-Treasurer Arvina Bozarth likes her job well enough to make another bid for it in this year’s election and boasted that doing the part-time job nearly full time is helpful to city residents.

    “I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve done,” said Bozarth, a Democrat. She filed for re-election Wednesday.

    Bozarth earned the position by defeating incumbent Mary Snyder in the 2007 election. She left a job at Radio Shack to devote her time to the city position.

  • Incumbent Democrats file to retain top Cannelton slots

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – As cliché as it is, Cannelton Mayor Smokey Graves said Monday, a need “to complete and follow up on projects we’ve already begun” in the city is his reason for seeking to retain his office.

  • Noble explains state, federal school ratings

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – Laura Noble provided information about standardized testing during a school-board meeting Feb. 8.

    Public Law 221 outlines the state’s accountability requirements, she explained, and Adequate Yearly Progress is a federal measure with which schools have to comply.

    “I’m just going to give an overview,” the assistant to the superintendent said, “and talk about where we should be celebrating and where we should be focusing our attention.”