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  • Recycling district responds to slowdown

    TELL CITY – The advisory board for the Perry County Recycling Management District is "looking at scaling back" in response to the nation's economic downturn, Executive Director Paul Alvey told the district board of directors at their regular meeting Jan. 22.

  • Refurbished water wells back to full capacity after rehabilitation

    TELL CITY — Two of Tell City's water wells are pumping at their highest capacities in years after the city invested more than $50,000 to remove built-up scaling and rehabilitate the large pumps that deliver hundreds of thousands of gallons of water every day.

    Tell City's water comes from deep wells that tap into underground aquifiers. Wells are located in two fields near the city treatment plant and closer to the Ohio River.

  • Star: Church officials knew priest was molesting children

    PERRY COUNTY – A Jan. 25 story in the Indianapolis Star alleges documents the newspaper obtained through court action prove Archdiocese of Indianapolis officials knew Father Harry Monroe was a child molester long before they assigned him to Perry County.

  • Ice, snow bring struggles, injuries

    PERRY COUNTY – Road conditions were improving, but Perry County people were not out of the woods yet Friday as far as winter-storm related dangers, one driver found out. Fulda resident Rob Gentry, 39, sustained a minor injury when ice from another vehicle shattered the windshield of his pickup truck at approximately 10:30 a.m. a short distance west of the Waupaca turnoff on Indiana 66.

    Gentry was treated by Perry County paramedics at the scene for a cut over one eye and declined further treatment.

  • County under state of emergency

    Perry County's commissioners declared a snow emergency Tuesday afternoon.

    "This snow emergency is beyond the capabilities of the local county resources," their declaration states. "Perry County is unable to clear the snow from the roads to provide safe travel routes." Residents are encouraged to refrain from travel until the declaration expires at noon Friday.

    The proclamation does not officially close any roads, but drivers are encouraged to remain at home except for essential travel, which can include going to work and emergency situations.

  • Principal seeks efficiency boost at high school

    CANNELTON – Cannelton Schools Superintendent and High School Principal Al Chapman wants to make a number of changes to improve energy efficiency in that building, and continues to pursue bond funding for that purpose and to make the school system's debts more manageable.

  • Federal stimulus money sought for projects

    TELL CITY – While Congress debates an $800 billion stimulus package, Tell City's mayor has already suggested several projects that could benefit from federal funding.

    A letter forwarded to the Indiana Department of Transportation this month seeks money for five projects valued at more than $1.3  million.

    The city has no assurances it will receive funding, but Mayor Barbara Ewing said it was important to provide INDOT with a list of projects that could begin soon.

  • Performance reports offer snapshot of local schools

    PERRY COUNTY – Indiana school corporations have been working with newspapers across the state this month to publish education report cards for local communities.

    Annual performance reports for Cannelton City Schools, Perry Central Community School Corp. and Tell City-Troy Township School Corp. can be found on Pages 9A-10A of today's print edition.

  • Ewing: Keeping city clean in '09 will be priority

    TELL CITY – Spring is weeks away but Tell City officials are already readying plans to crack down on eyesores in the community, including locations in which trash is being stored.

    "Now's the time for us to take a very aggressive approach to cleaning up our community," Mayor Barbara Ewing said last week while discussing efforts to target property owners who allow untagged bags of trash and other debris to accumulate.

    The city targets tall grass and weeds each year, with city workers mowing properties whose owners refuse to heed written notices.

  • Homecoming 2009

    PERRY COUNTY – Perry Central and Cannelton high school have planned their basketball homecomings for this weekend.

    Perry Central Homecoming

    Perry Central High School seniors have nominated Rachel Cummings, Sedona Hemmings, Stephanie Robinson, Brian Farmer, Clinton Schank and Nic Seger as the 2009 PCHS Basketball Homecoming candidates.

    The student body will find out who the new king and queen are Friday between the Commodore vs. Crawford County Wolfpack varsity and junior varsity games. The JV game begins at 5:30 p.m.