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  • Amendment allows riders to join off-road drivers on county roads

    TELL CITY – Perry County commissioners amended in a regular meeting Monday an ordinance they adopted Dec. 1 to allow off-road vehicles to travel on county roads.

    Once enacted after it's been advertised twice, the amendment will permit the number of riders intended by each vehicle's manufacturer to accompany its licensed driver, and will require the same amount of insurance that is required for cars.

  • State lawmakers eye major county-government changes

    INDIANAPOLIS – Several bills that could change the structure of government in Perry and other Indiana counties were scheduled for discussion in a state legislative committee Wednesday, according to information provided by County Commissioner Gary Dauby.

  • Commissioners withdraw $100K roads request

    TELL CITY – Perry County's commissioners withdrew their request to spend more than $100,000 on a road-maintenance-management system before the county council could act on it Tuesday.

    "I am going to make a motion that we withdraw our request for the money from the county council," Commissioner Jody Fortwendel said in a regular meeting Monday, attributing the move to "poor timing, not due to the fact that we don't need the program, because we do."

    Commissioner Gary Dauby seconded the motion.

  • City kicks off '09 health initiative

    TELL CITY – A Tell City councilman was joined by the city's mayor and others Monday in announcing a six-month wellness initiative open to anyone wanting to lead a healthier life in 2009 and beyond.

    Tony Hollinden, the city's at-large councilman, said details of the program are still taking shape but activities will promote the value of exercise and the opportunities for physical fitness offered by Tell City's walkways and bicycling lanes.

  • Lights back on; cleanup continues

    PERRY COUNTY – The long job of restoring  power to thousands of Perry Countians left in the cold and dark by last week's ferocious winter storm concluded Tuesday evening.

    The next major task, local officials said this week, is cleaning up downed trees and limbs, a task similar to one undertaken after September's big windstorm but made harder by winter cold.

    "Mother Nature dealt the cards and we played the hand  she dealt us," Tell City Street Commissioner Jeff Everly said Monday.

  • Storm Update: Some Southern Indiana Power customers still in the dark

    TELL CITY – Southern Indiana Power employees, aided by outside crews, are working to restore power to members still without electricity Monday morning.

    As of 8 a.m. 511 homes and businesses were without power due to 135 separate outages.

    More than 6,500 customers were affected by the ice storm Tuesday night and Wednesday and crews have worked around the clock to restore power in Perry and Spencer counties. Southern Indiana Power also serves small areas of Warrick and Dubois counties.

  • Breaking NewsLawmakers to eye county-government changes

    INDIANAPOLIS – Several bills that could change the structure of government in Perry and other Indiana counties are scheduled for discussion in a state legislative committee Wednesday, according to information provided by County Commissioner Gary Dauby. He provided The News an e-mail message Monday from Association of Indiana Counties Executive Director David Bottorff, who advised the organization’s members earlier in the day that Senate bills 359, 506 and 550 and Senate Joint Resolution 7 are scheduled for hearings in the state Senate Local Government Committee.

  • Storm Update:Shelter will be closed Tuesday evening

    TELL CITY – An American Red Cross shelter established last week at St. Paul Catholic Church will close this evening. Southern Indiana Power has restored power to nearly all of its customers, allowing individuals and families to return home.

    The shelter opened Wednesday at the Schergens Center in Tell City but was relocated to the church’s hall. It has housed up to 15 people and served between 15 and 20 meals each day. Other meals were taken to a shelter in Hawesville, Ky.  

  • UPDATE: Shelter to move to St. Paul Church Friday morning

    TELL CITY – Perry County American Red Cross Director Llynn Enmen told The News that the Schergens Center in Tell City is now open to help people affected by the winter storm.

    Enmen said people should bring toiletries, books or games, pillows, blankets and medicine.

    If anyone has extra air mattresses or cots, it would help if they brought those also, she added.

  • Ice, snow deliver one-two punch

    PERRY COUNTY — A two-day midwinter storm plastered Perry County with ice and snow Tuesday and Wednesday, closing roads and schools and cutting power to thousands of homes.

    County commissioners declared a state of emergency at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and urged drivers to stay off roadways unless absolutely necessary. Unless lifted or extended, the order remains in effect until noon Friday.

    The state of emergency did not close roads but state police said travel will remain hazardous. Temperatures aren't forecast to rise above the freezing point until the weekend.