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  • Commission ponders next step in zoning complaints

    TELL CITY - Members of the Perry County Plan Commission tiptoed around the issue of a possible zoning violation along the Ohio River last week, opting to have the county's zoning administrator make initial inquiries instead of scheduling a formal hearing.

    Darryl Irvin brought the request to Jim Gogel, the county's director of planning and zoning, asking him to investigate whether rental cabins near Magnet are allowed in the zoning area.

  • Arts group announces photo-contest winners

    TELL CITY — The Tell City Regional Arts Association announced winners of its 2009 photography contest after Sunday's Tell City Christmas Parade. Winners and titles of winning entries are:

    • Best of show, Angela Rust, A Glimpse of Red.

    • First place, ages 14 and older, Camille McKinney, Cat out of Water

    • First place, ages 13 and younger, Silas Zuelly, Toccoa River.

    • People's Choice, Connie Graham, Round Up.

    • Honorable mention, Connie Graham, Round Up

  • Don't forget Angel Trees

    TELL CITY - Organizers of this year's Holiday Helpers program that strives to provide a brighter Christmas for those in need remind residents that angels are still available for adoption at local banks, Julie's Tell Street Cafe and Wal-Mart. For more information, call Rebecca Fenn at the United Way of Perry County office at 547-2577.

    The very latest angels can be taken from trees is Monday with gifts turned in Dec. 10. Gifts purchased for Old National Bank's angel tree program have to be returned by Dec. 14.

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  • Fire damages home in Troy

    TROY - A Thursday morning fire left heavy damage to a mobile home in Troy, the town's fire chief said, and a fund has been set up at a local bank to help the displaced family.

    Firefighters were called to 515 Market St. after Mary Wedding called to report the fire in the home rented by her daughter, Dayna (Bateman) Clifton. Fire Chief Pudder Linne said the blaze began in the kitchen's oven and gutted that room.

    There was smoke damage to the rest of the residence.

    A fund to help Clifton and her two sons, ages 16 and 18, has been established at First State Bank.

  • Drug case cash, car forfeited

    TELL CITY - Cash and a car seized during a drug bust have been forfeited and will go into a fund that will benefit the Tell City Police Department, Chief Greg Hendershot said last month.

    The $8,747 in cash will go into a law-enforcement fund, he told the city's board of public works and safety, while the car will be kept by the department.

  • Vandals attack again; more vehicles damaged

    TELL CITY - Police officers in Tell City want the public's help in finding those responsible for breaking vehicle windshields in several areas of the city last week.

    Tell City Police Sgt. Lynn Wooldridge said approximately a dozen calls were received about cracked or broken windshields and rear windows. He said the damage was caused by someone throwing rocks and occurred late Nov. 25 or early Nov. 26.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the department at 547-7068 or the department's anonymous tip line at 547-9563.

  • Some Indiana 66 work reinstated

    CANNELTON - Approximately $2 million has been secured to improve Indiana 66 within the Cannelton city limits, according to the deputy director of Indiana Department of Transportation's Vincennes District.

    Troy Woodruff called The News Wednesday to say he'd read a Nov. 19 story reporting work scheduled for 2011 had been postponed to 2016.

    "We went back to see how we could fund it," he said, "and found $2 million."

  • Lost driver finds way to jail

    TELL CITY - An Evansville driver was sure he was just a mile or two from home when stopped and arrested by police in Tell City Thanksgiving night. He and a passenger were lodged in the county jail after officers learned the car they were in had been stolen hours earlier from a home near Owensboro, Ky.

    Andrew Jelonek, 45, who gave officers an address on Columbia Street in Evansville, asked police if he was on Morgan Avenue after the 1993 Dodge Shadow he was driving was stopped near Tell City Bowling Center just after 11 p.m.

  • Oxley still hospitalized, but improving

    JASPER - State Rep. Dennie Oxley remained hospitalized last week, but family members said the freshman lawmaker's condition was steadily improving more than a week after he went into cardiac arrest.

    "Today, Dennie is in stable condition at the critical care unit of Jasper Memorial Hospital," family members said in a statement released through House Democrats' Caucus.

    Oxley was being held for observation at the hospital since Nov. 17, when he went into cardiac arrest.