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  • Relay For Life raises $36,436

    Nineteen teams raised $36,436 for Perry County's 2009 Relay For Life. Totals were announced Sunday morning at the conclusion of the two-day event held at Perry Central Community School.

    Rainbow of Angels led the effort, raising $5,551 for the American Cancer Society.

    In second place was Lifesavers, whose members raised $3,467.67. Smokey's Helpers, a Tell City Ranger Station-led team, raised $2,821.02 to take third-place honors.

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  • Circle S store near prison operates on limited basis

    BRANCHVILLE - C&S Stores President J. Smith announced this week that the Circle S store on Indiana 37 near Branchville damaged by a May 18 fire is operating on a limited basis.

    No one was injured when fire damaged the store's roof system and the company said it wants to reopen as quickly as possible.

  • Saturday field day to teach safety, conservation

    BRANCVHILLE - The Ohio Valley Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Ohio River Valley Bowhunters will host a JAKES/Xtreme conservation field day Saturday for youngsters ages 5 to 17.

    The event is from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with registration at 9 a.m. at the Branchville Conservation Club.

    A fun-filled day of outdoor activities is planned and includes many hands-on experiences. Activities will include shotgun safety and shooting, air rifle and air pistol safety and shooting, archery safety and shooting, tree stand safety and more.

  • Fish For Free This Weekend

    INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana residents can enjoy a weekend of fishing Saturday and Sunday without purchasing a license. This year, take a friend along and introduce him or her to a new activity.

    Hoosier adults do not need a license to fish Indiana's public waters during Free Fishing Weekend June 6-7. Children under age 17 do not need a fishing license at any time.

  • Energy-bill supporters, opponents debate

    TELL CITY - The chief of Tell City's Electric Department sent a notice to customers May 4 saying an energy bill being considered by Congress would hurt them financially. Members of two organizations advocating the legislation's passage visited The News May 21, and said bills will likely rise a lot less than utilities are projecting.

    And although the legislation, more than 900 pages long, contains flaws, "it's a significant step in the right direction" said LuCinda Hohmann, Midwest field organizer for Environment America,

  • Local jobless rate near state average

    TELL CITY - Perry County's unemployment rate dropped slightly in April, state statistics show, matching an even smaller decline statewide.

    The percentage of Perry County workers unemployed in April stood at 10 percent, down from 10.4 percent in March but more than double the 4-percent jobless rate in April 2008. An estimated 990 men and women in the county's 9,222-person work force were out of jobs in April, down from 1,028 in March.

  • Student essays win top Southern Hills honors

    LEOPOLD - Talented student authors at Perry Central claimed top honors in an annual writing contest sponsored by the Southern Hills Counseling Center.

    Perry Central administrators and board members honored winners at a May 18 meeting and Jackie Wright, the high school's principal, said students claimed 22 of the 46 awards.

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  • Hospital's new scopes to catch problems earlier

    TELL CITY - A dreaded but potentially life-saving procedure will be enhanced at Perry County Memorial Hospital after its board of trustees voted Wednesday to purchase two new colonoscopes.

    The hospital invested in  a new light source and processor for colonoscopies last year, but the new scopes, carrying a combined price tag of $58,680, will allow other equipment to be used to its full potential, surgery-department nurse Earla Williams told the board.

    She said the colonoscopes will better detect colon abnormalities and find potential problems at an earlier stage.