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  • Cancer patient seeking release from prison dies

    INDIANAPOLIS - Sherry Hamlet, a terminally ill woman seeking release from prison where she was incarcerated after a conviction on drug charges, died June 5.  Hamlet, 45, a former Tell City resident, had filed a request to have her sentence for dealing in a controlled substance and maintaining a common nuisance modified.

    She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year and her children said she had only weeks to live. Prosecutor Robert Collins opposed her release and a court hearing was scheduled for June 29.

  • Moose Lodge hosting July Fourth Picnic July 2-4

    TELL CITY - Moose Lodge 1424 in Tell City will again sponsor its annual Fourth of July Picnic in Zoercher–Bettinger Park July 2-4.

    Any nonprofit organization interested in reserving space in the park for fundraising activities can call Bill Coyle at 547-7867 or 547-6885.

    Booth rental is $45 for all three days.

    Watch  The News for more details on the picnic.

  • Perry Central writer honored by state troopers association

    LEOPOLD — Emily Sprinkle, a fifth-grader from Perry Central Elementary, was the Perry County winner of the Annual David Deuter Essay Contest.  This is the 13th year for the Indiana Troopers Association essay-writing award.

    The contest was renamed the David Deuter Essay Contest a couple of years ago to honor a fallen trooper. Students were asked to write about the topic, “What is a good citizen?”

  • Public library reading series kicks off today

    TELL CITY - The Tell City-Perry County Public Library will hold its summer story time series, “Just Keep Laughing featuring the Peanuts Gang,” today through July 23.

    Events include crafts, stories, songs, videos and games featuring Charles Schulz's characters. Sessions are Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. and Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. for children ages 2 to 6.

    The 7-Up Club, for children ages 7 to fifth grade, will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays.

  • Neighborhoods grant worth $1.8 million

    TELL CITY - Some of Tell City's oldest neighborhoods may soon enjoy a new lease on life.

    A Neighborhood Stabilization Grant worth more than $1.8 million was awarded to Tell City Wednesday and will allow the city to purchase abandoned and foreclosed homes, demolish dilapidated structures and redevelop vacant lots in areas that might otherwise see little or no new development.

  • Tell City cleans up

    Logan Everly, left, a summer worker for Tell City, helps street-department employee Dennis James hoist one of two sofas set out for pickup along Geneva Drive late Wednesday morning. Residents across the city cleaned out garages, basements and closets this week for the city's weeklong cleanup. Several large dumpsters filled with an assortment of unwanted items were loaded each day and shipped to an area landfill.

  • School-meal prices to rise

    TELL CITY - Meal prices at Tell City-Troy Township schools were raised in a regular school-board meeting Tuesday, after what officials said was a long period without hikes.

    Bruce Chinn, assistant to the superintendent, recommended the increases after explaining he met with other administrators and head cooks.

    "I don't remember the last time we raised prices," said Chinn, who moved up from teaching to administration in the late 1980s.

  • City Hall Park smoking ban in effect

    TELL CITY - Think twice before you light that cigarette in City Hall Park. It's against the law.

    City Hall itself and the park surrounding it are now officially tobacco free. By a 4-1 vote June 1, members of the city council approved an ordinance banning the use of tobacco, including cigarettes and smokeless products.

    Supporters called it a common-sense step toward reducing exposure to secondhand smoke. However, Councilman Gerald Yackle, who cast the lone nay vote, said government was getting too involved in people's personal decisions.

  • Officials eye online surplus sales

    TELL CITY - Perry County commissioners tabled at a regular meeting June 1 an offer by SRI Inc. representative Jeff Kemper to sell the county's surplus vehicles.

    "We have been doing your tax sales the last few years," Kemper said of his Indianapolis-based company. "We also help counties unload surplus properties, and we do school corporations, too."

    He explained his company lists items for sale on an Internet site, and takes a percentage of any profit realized.

  • Company's efforts, car storage keep port active

    TELL CITY - If it weren't for preparations by and for Tell City Boat Works' move into the Port of Tell City and cleanup from storms, there would be very little activity at the former Maxon Marine site.

    "We have no barges coming in June," Dick Neumann said at a regular Perry County Port Authority board-of-directors meeting Tuesday, "and it will probably be July before we see any pig iron."