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  • Winter delivers icy first punch

    PERRY COUNTY — The first significant wintry weather of the season slickened local roadways and canceled classes for students this week.

    A thin but slick coating of ice fell Tuesday and Wednesday. Officers responded to several slide-offs Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, many of them on Interstate 64, and paramedics were called to at least one report of a person slipping on ice.

    No serious injuries were reported by police.

  • County officials finalize '09 insurance plan

    TELL CITY – County employees' health-insurance costs will rise $10, and the county's cost will rise $20 per employee per month after county commissioners finalized Dec. 8 an action they approved a week earlier.  

    As The News reported Dec. 4, Cathy Dunn of the Columbia-based Dunn and Associates benefits-administration firm, and Pete Franzman of Franzman Insurance Agency attended a commissioners meeting Dec. 1 to present insurance-renewal information. Dunn said she'd been tracking medical-cost inflation data, which shows 7-percent increases for this year and next year.

  • Failed talks stall coal-gasification project

    ROCKPORT – The coal gasification project hoping to locate in Spencer County has been stalled and the hold on the project might be temporary, according to local economic-development officials and others involved with the project.

    The hold-up came about because of failed negotiations between Indiana Gasification — the company proposing the project — and the utilities that would have been its customers, Vectren and NIPSCO.

  • News graphics team claims five awards

    TELL CITY – All three members of The Perry County News' graphics department claimed honors in a design contest sponsored by Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., the newspaper's parent company.

    The newspaper claimed a first-place award for its work on this year's Schweizer Zeitung, a special section published each year before Tell City's Schweizer Fest. This year's Zeitung celebrated the 150th anniversary of Tell City's founding and the 50th annual festival.

    The graphics team also claimed best-of-show honors for the 2008 Zeitung.

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  • Census Bureau schedules testing dates for job openings

    TELL CITY – Representatives of the U.S. Census Bureau will be in Tell City this month to administer tests to people interested in upcoming openings.

    Several positions, include census takers, crew leaders and office-and-recruiting assistants, will be hired to prepare for the next census in 2010

     The bureau will conduct tests at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 22-23, and again Dec. 29-30.

    All tests will be administered at the Schergens Center in Tell City.

  • Letters to Santa

    Watch Monday's edition for The News' 2008 Christmas Greetings Section. Inside you'll find holiday salutations from local businesses and hundreds of letters to Santa penned by hopeful youngsters.

     

  • County commissioners' meeting rescheduled

    The regular county commissioners' meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, has been postponed due to weather, according to County Administrator Charlotte Rogier. The commissioners will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

  • Local jobs impacted as recession deepens

    PERRY COUNTY – The nation's worsening economic downtown is threatening jobs in Perry County, with one longtime employer possibly closing its doors before the end of the year. At the same time, transportation-related companies are feeling the impact of the ongoing automotive crisis.

  • Business at port slows with economy

    TELL CITY – "There will be slim picking around here, not to say that it's not slim now," Dick Neumann said at a regular meeting of the Perry County Port Authority board of directors Dec. 8.

    The vice president and chief executive officer of the port authority and Hoosier Southern Railroad was discussing material-movement projections for the holiday period, expected to be affected by a downturn in the automotive industry.