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  • County posts 439-person population gain

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    PERRY COUNTY – Perry County has 439 more people in 2010 than it did in 2000, according to figures from the latest census, conducted last year.

    The total population was pegged at 19,338 in the count, up from 18,899 in the previous decennial census.

  • Roads closed due to high water; river continues rise

    PERRY COUNTY – The Indiana Department of Transportation announced rising waters have caused the closure of roads in the Vincennes District. The closures will remain in effect until waters recede. The following sections of roadway have either been closed or INDOT is advising motorists to use caution around these areas of high water.

    In Perry County, Indiana 66 from the junction of Indiana 62 at Sulphur to Derby is closed, as is the highway from Derby to Rocky Point.

  • In today's edition:

    There's more to the Perry County News than the headlines you see here. For example, our current poll question, available in our opinion section, asks if you agree with State Sen. Young that nepotism, banned by just-passed legislation, should be a county versus a state issue. He makes that point in a column in this edition, in which he lists legislation that just passed or failed.

  • Project Green initiatives, accomplishments underlined at workforce board meeting

    PERRY COUNTY – Efforts are continuing in southwest Indiana to increase economic growth, employment and training efforts in the region’s energy-related industries, according to an update presented to the Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce Board at their Feb. 25 meeting.

    Project GREEN (Growing a Regional Energy Employment Network) has undertaken several initiatives to promote southwest Indiana as a national center of energy excellence. The project grew out of the federal Department of Labor Wired grant awarded to the Regional Workforce Board in 2007.

  • Disease management means looking at field history

    PERRY COUNTY – Controlling crop diseases starts with keeping accurate field records, even before the seeds are planted, and continuing through harvest, a Purdue Extension specialist advises.

    The majority of yield-limiting diseases can be managed most effectively through good selection of seed varieties, said crop specialist Kiersten Wise. Producers should work with seed dealers to choose varieties that have strong resistance to previously recorded diseases.

  • Furry-friends fund

    Sarah Jane Damin, left, of the Humane Society of Perry County presents Tiffany Reed, manager for the Perry County Animal Shelter Inc., a check for $300 to help toward a low-cost spay and neuter clinic sponsored by the shelter.

  • Durbin seeks Cannelton Council position

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – Robert A. “Bobby” Durbin of 340 S. Sixth St. in Cannelton filed paperwork Feb. 16 signifying his intention to seek the District 2 Cannelton Common Council seat.

    Durbin has worked as a dock operator at Consolidated Recycling, he said Thursday, and also performed maintenance work for six years at the California Pacific Corp. in Evanston and was treasurer for Perry County Bassmasters for six years.

  • Sheriff’s deputies help provide coverage in Cannelton

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – Police officers in Cannelton will get compensatory time they’re due, Mayor Smokey Graves said, because it’s mandated by law. Their hours had been cut back and service gaps are being covered by the sheriff’s department, he said.

  • 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.