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  • Still time to join 4-H for 2011

    PERRY COUNTY – There’s still time! Yes, there’s still time to join Perry County 4-H, said Purdue Extension 4-H youth educator Renate Jobst.

    “4-H is open to all children in kindergarten through 12th grade,” Jobst said. “I think there is something for everyone in 4-H.”

  • New forest supervisor begins duties today

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    BEDFORD – A U.S. Forest Service employee with Indiana roots but who worked in locations across the nation will begin work today at the top post within the Hoosier National Forest.

    Melany Glossa will step into the job of forest supervisor, replacing Ken Day, who had served in the post 16 years before retiring in June.  

  • New sheriff proposes retirement-plan change

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – In his fourth day on the job, Sheriff Lee Chestnut appeared before the county council to provide information on a proposed retirement plan for deputies.

    Figures on a handout he distributed showed expenses would be close to $70,000 to switch deputies to a Perry County-specific plan from the state’s Public Employees Retirement Fund, but the PERF costs now paid by the county hadn’t been separated out, meaning the true cost would be in the $35,000 range, he said.

  • New Year welcomes new faces

    Perry County Memorial Hospital welcomed two babies just after the New Year. Drake Allen Jones and Nevaeh Izabelle Dawn McCoskey were greeted Jan. 4 as the first babies to be born in the county.

  • Sale of 7th Street eyesore possible

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    TELL CITY – The Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety will consider giving a green light to the sale of property at Seventh and Franklin streets – if city leaders agree the sale will ensure a cleanup of the lingering eyesore.

    The half-demolished furniture factory, once part of the Tell City Chair Co. complex, is owned by a Kentucky man’s salvage company. Demolition began more than 18 months ago but eventually stopped. The city filed suit last year, seeking to have the site cleared.

  • Council bumps county-jail proposal to funding body

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    TELL CITY – A committee studying the need for a new county jail and its possible siting behind the county courthouse is ready to enter a programming and schematic design phase of the effort, according to criminal-justice specialist with DLZ Corp.

    Paul Downing, representing that Indianapolis architectural firm, told county-council members at a regular meeting Tuesday the first of five phases will “define and refine the square footage and the layout of a proposed building.”

  • Chicago’s Pizza to help band

    TELL CITY – Chicago’s Pizza will offer all-you-can-eat pizza, breadsticks and drink for $8 from 4 to 8 p.m. Jan. 24.

    The offering will be a fundraiser, with $3 of the price going to the Tell City Junior-Senior High School band program.

    “We encourage everyone to stop by and eat to help the band out,” said band booster Velma Mann.

  • Free doghouses available

    PERRY COUNTY – The Humane Society of Perry County offers doghouses to people who can’t afford such shelters for their pets.

    The organization also provides straw for insulation. For information, call Jim Carter at 836-4138.
     

  • Vested in their offices

    Perry County Clerk Jean Schulthise shakes hands with Lee Chestnut after swearing him in as the county’s sheriff.
     

  • Acchiardo sworn in as prosecutor, announces staff

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    TELL CITY – Elected in November, S. Rod Acchiardo was sworn in Thursday as Perry County’s prosecuting attorney. He also announced his office’s staff.

    Tell City attorney Mark Ramsey will become chief deputy prosecutor. James Tyler, who served as deputy prosecutor under former Prosecutor Robert Collins, will remain in his position. MacKenzie Payne, who also worked for Collins, will serve as a deputy prosecutor.

    Acchiardo said he will be even-handed in prosecuting cases.