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  • Former football star undergoes evaluation after warning of evil

    BRISTOW – A former college football standout from Ohio was transported to an Evansville hospital for a mental evaluation Oct. 27 after showing up at a Bristow-area home wearing a rosary around his neck and warning about evil.

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  • Thanksgiving holiday patrols planned

    JASPER – In an effort to make the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday travel period safer, the Indiana State Police will join approximately 250 other law-enforcement agencies state-wide in participating in the annual Safe Family Travel campaign.

    Beginning last Friday and running through Nov. 27, the Indiana State Police will conduct high-visibility enforcement efforts including sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols targeting impaired drivers and unrestrained motorists.

  • Hilgenhold, supporters dedicate Eagle Scout project

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    GATCHEL – The work Levi Hilgenhold put into his Eagle Scout project was obvious Nov. 6 as he hosted a dedication of improvements at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery near Gatchel.

  • Eastern hemlock, the Hoosier National Forest’s threatened gem

    TELL CITY – One of the hidden gems in the Hoosier National Forest is Hemlock Cliffs. This unique area located in Crawford County is cooler than the surrounding area due to a box canyon and moist sandstone rock formations.

    It has lush vegetation and as its name implies, it is the home of one of the few populations of eastern hemlock in Indiana.

    This area is on the western edge of the home range of eastern hemlock and is a remnant of the cooler climate of the past. It is an isolated patch which may help it in the future as a deadly pest draws closer.

  • Eagles Bluff Park now closed on weekends

    CANNELTON – Due to budget cuts by the Perry County Council, starting Dec. 17 Eagles Bluff Park will be closed on weekends.

    Money used to pay the Perry County Parks & Recreation Department’s part-time assistant was stricken from the 2012 budget by the county council, which had to cut $400,000 from the county’s overall budget. One of the assistant’s responsibilities was opening and closing Eagles Bluff on weekends.

  • Veteran officer to retire in 2012

    TELL CITY – A police officer who served under three mayors will retire early next year. Sgt. Lynn Wooldridge’s last day will be Jan.14, Police Chief Greg Hendershot announced at last week’s meeting of the city’s board of public works and safety.

    Wooldridge served as a reserve officer several years before joining the force full time in 1990. He was promoted to the rank of corporal in 1999 and later became the department’s sergeant.

    In that role he currently serves as fourth in command after chief, assistant chief and lieutenant.

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  • County buys rescue truck, renews support contract

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – Perry County’s commissioners approved at a regular meeting Nov. 7 a recommendation by Steve Hauser to purchase a rescue vehicle from Ruxer Ford financed by German American Bank.

    Ruxer, with offices in Evansville and Jasper submitted the low bid of $44,996 for a 2012 four-wheel-drive F450 Super Cab with a winch and extended bed, the county’s director of emergency management told them, and German American Bank offered the lowest interest rate, offering to finance the vehicle at 3 percent.

  • TC woman charged in murder-for-hire plot

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    SPENCER COUNTY – A Tell City woman was arrested Friday for allegedly conspiring to have a 30-year-old Owensboro man murdered.

    According to state police, Jane Kleaving, 52, of 1405 Ninth St., was detained on Indiana 66 between Troy and Tell City early Friday afternoon.

    Indiana State Police initiated a criminal investigation Oct. 5 after receiving information that Kleaving was attempting to hire a hitman to kill the man. Police have not revealed his identity because he is a witness in the case.