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  • Saving Perry County's Death Row Dogs

    At Branchville Correctional Facility, the work of rehabilitating lives extends beyond the men living there.

    The chance for new beginnings is offered to a handful of dogs, many of them rescued from death's door. Their stays, often two to three months long, offer instruction on good behavior, learning when to work and when to play and preparing for brighter futures.

    When paroled from Branchville, the dogs are adopted by loving families. Their human handlers, serving longer sentences but who learn many of the same skills, hope for new opportunities, too.

  • Mayor: 2008 good year for Cannelton

    CANNELTON - Cannelton saved tens of thousands of dollars in 2008, its annual Heritage Festival drew a "great crowd" and city employees performed admirably, Mayor Smokey Graves said in a State of the City report Monday.

    "We're stepping into the new year with high hopes," he reported during a regular meeting of the city's common council.

  • World's oldest Benedictine monk turning 108

    ST. MEINRAD - The Rev. Theodore Heck OSB will celebrate a birthday Friday, his 108th!

    The oldest Benedictine monk in the world first came to the Spencer County monastery in 1918, arriving by horse and buggy. He taught seminarians for many years,  held leadership positions in the monastery and seminary and served as pastor in New Boston for nearly 20 years.

  • Mini-truck business eyes site in Cannelton, expansion

    CANNELTON - A man selling Canary miniature trucks in a tiny lot between Cannelton and Tell City said he "came in with something unique, and that took off."

    Aaron Knieriem asked the Cannelton Common Council at a regular meeting Monday for a $30,000 economic-development loan to boost his plan to move into the former Randy Aubrey Dodge property, where he will offer for sale the trucks and equipment with names like Cub Cadet, Bobcat, Husqvarna and Troy-Bilt.

  • Man urges leaders to think outside county piggy bank

    TELL CITY – Tony Pappano offered the Perry County commissioners Jan. 5 a couple of "educational articles," as he called them, "about what a neighboring county of ours does."

    Pappano, who has secured more than $1 million to help local residents make home repairs they'd otherwise be unable to afford, was at the commissioners' first regular meeting of the year to get their support in his latest such grant application.

    While he had the county leaders' attention, he veered into a second topic.

  • Forest Service hosting open house Feb. 3

    TELL CITY – The public is invited to attend a Feb. 3 open house to meet new Hoosier National Forest District Ranger Anne Carey.

    The open house, from 3:30 to 6 p.m., will be held at the ranger station, located at 248 15th St. in Tell City.

    Carey began her duties Sept. 29 and made the move from the Cleveland National Forest in southern California, where she served as recreation director.

    In her new position, Carey is responsible for overall forest programs within the 200,000 acres within the Hoosier National Forest.

  • Offices closing for MLK Jr. Day

    PERRY COUNTY - Many governmental offices will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. County and state offices will be closed for the day, as will those in Tell City. There will be a one-day delay in trash pickup in Tell City next week. Monday's meetings of the Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety and Tell City Water Board will be held Tuesday instead of Monday. The works board meets at 6 p.m. and will be followed by the water board.

  • Scrapbookers to converge Jan. 24

    TELL CITY — Creative Memories Consultant Beth Lasher will lead a scrapbooking crop as a Tell City Band Boosters fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Twilight Towers dining room, 1648 10th St. in Tell City. The $25 cost will cover lunch and a goodie bag for each participant and prize drawings will be conducted hourly. In scrapbooking terminology, cropping is the trimming of unwanted portions of photos.

    Reservations are due by Wednesday and can be made by calling 719-2802 or 719-0339.

  • Jury convicts Gaynor on meth-dealing charge

    TELL CITY – After four hours of deliberation, jurors in Adam Gaynor's methamphetamine trial convicted the Tell City man Thursday on five of the eight charges filed against him, including a Class A felony count of dealing in the drug.

    He was also convicted of two other felonies, possessing methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance, and misdemeanor counts of possessing marijuana and paraphernalia.

  • Tell City department chiefs back in 2009

    TELL CITY – The new year won't bring noticeable changes to the roster of department heads in Tell City. Mayor Barbara Ewing reappointed for another year all city department heads at last Monday's first meeting of the year. Other appointments to various committees were announced by the mayor and city council.