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  • Veterans Day observances scheduled across county

    PERRY COUNTY – Veterans Day will be observed at Perry Central Thursday, Nov. 11 with an assembly honoring veterans in the morning in the elementary.

    World War II veteran and prisoner-of-war former Gov. Ed Whitcomb will be the special guest speaker. There will also be a Power Point presentation of veterans’ pictures, military memorabilia display, flag ceremony, patriotic music and a breakfast for veterans.

  • Community keeps runners safe

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – Cannelton Elementary Principal Ginger Conrad reported at a regular school-board meeting Oct. 28 that a 1-mile fun run and walk and the school system’s first-ever 5-kilometer event were fun and safe for participants due to the assistance of community volunteers and city and county officials.

    “Their support was much appreciated,” she said. “We had a lot of volunteers; close to 90. For the very first time, I thought it was good support.”

  • Students tout recycling in youtube video

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – A Tell City High School student finishes a bottle of water and discards it on the lawn in front of the school. A van immediately screeches to a halt in front of him. A group springs from the back, yelling, “there he is!” and tackles him. As he remains flat on the grass, another student, Sydney Grass, appears, picks up the bottle, disposes of it in a recycling receptacle and explains the benefits of her action to the environment.

  • Tell City native found murdered in Fort Branch

    FORT BRANCH – A Tell City native who spent much of her adult life in Chrisney was found murdered Tuesday, state police said.

    According to troopers from the Jasper post, Patricia Heichelbech, 70, of 6558 N. Orchard Road, Chrisney, was found dead in the Fort Branch home of Robert Spangler, 66.

    State police received information that Spangler had killed his girlfriend. A few minutes later, the man arrived at the Evansville ISP post and turned himself in.

  • Commissioners reject state insurance

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – A recommendation in what was billed as a citizens’ checklist for saving education dollars would have meant huge cost increases if results of a recent inquiry are a measure.

  • New homes under construction

    Arnold Masonry and other businesses working with general contractor Casebolt Construction have begun work on new homes in Tell City funded through a federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

  • Property-tax bills due Wednesday

    TELL CITY – Perry Countians’ fall property-tax bills are due Wednesday and several county offices will be open extended hours to accommodate owners.

    County Treasurer Martha Wooldridge said her office, as well as the offices of auditor, recorder and assessor, will be open until 6 p.m. Wednesday. Payments can also be made at local banks in Tell City.

    Property owners can also pay bills in person in the treasurer’s office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

  • UPDATE: Lane murder charge dismissed, for now

    TELL CITY – A Perry County man jailed for 19 months on a charge of murder was released Wednesday after a judge granted a defense motion to exclude DNA evidence from a trial that had been scheduled to start Monday.

  • ORIGINAL STORY: Man charged with murder freed after DNA evidence ruled inadmissible

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    TELL CITY – A Perry County man jailed for 18 months on a charge of murder was released Wednesday after a judge granted a defense motion to exclude DNA evidence from a trial that had been scheduled to start Monday.

    Judge Lucy Goffinet granted a request by special prosecutor Gary Schutte to dismiss the murder charge against Thomas E. Lane. Goffinet ordered the man released from the county jail, where he has been held since his arrest in April of last year.

  • Hauser defeats Dauby

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – The defeated incumbent and his victorious challenger for the county commission’s District 2 seat were chatting amicably in the county courthouse immediately after general-election results were announced Tuesday.

    “We live in interesting times,” Democrat Gary Dauby said after suffering a 507-vote loss to Republican Tom Hauser. “Tom’s a good man. I’ve known him all my life. I hope I didn’t let anybody down.”