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  • Tell City earns first in PAC Academic Super Bowl

    HUNTINGBURG - Tell City High School students beat out several academic teams to take top honors during the Pocket Athletic Conference Academic Super Bowl.

    Tell City earned 96 points at the March 10 event at Southridge High School. North Posey High School came in second with 91 points with Southridge in third with 82 points. Tell City placed first in social studies with 21 points, interdisciplinary with 19 and fine arts with 20 points. The team placed second in English and third in science.

  • Prison fugitives caught in Nebraska

    ALLIANCE, Neb. - Three Branchville Correctional Facility fugitives who spun a web of fear in communities in  three states were captured Thursday in the Sandhills region of the Nebraska panhandle.

    Jerry Sargent, 59, Christopher Marshall, 49, and 31-year-old Bobby Cockerell were arrested in Alliance, Neb., following a 64-mile pursuit Nebraska State Patrol officials said reached 105 mph.

    Alliance is a city of about 9,000 people in northwest Nebraska.

  • Residents can still sign up for prison alerts

    BRANCHVILLE - Anyone wanting to be notified of emergencies at Branchville Correctional Facility can still register for an automated system maintained by the Indiana Department of Correction.

    The service was launched early last year and keeps resident informed of prison escapes, environmental hazards or other emergencies. It was activated March 20 when officials discovered three offenders were missing.

    Automated calls also announced Thursday's capture of the three men.

  • Daniels talks up coal-to-gas plant

    ROCKPORT - A coal-gasification plant eyed for Spencer County would create more than 1,000 construction jobs, at least 200 high-paying permanent positions and help propel the state to the national forefront in clean-coal technology, Gov. Mitch Daniels said last week.

    Daniels signed legislation Tuesday allowing the Indiana Finance Authority to negotiate 30-year contracts to purchase and sell the substitute natural gas the plant would make from coal. The synthetic gas would be sold to Hoosier utilities.

  • Energy savings to fund repairs

    CANNELTON - Improvements planned for the city's high school can help boost academic performance, a representative of a Massachusetts company explained to Cannelton School Board members.

    "Improving indoor air quality is directly related to better test scores," said Dave Corner, Fort Wayne representative of Noresco, which bills itself as "the nation's premier energy-service company."

  • When money is tight, knowledge is power

    TROY - Helping people pay down debt, deal with creditors and them keep their homes is a goal Bill Reid wants to accomplish with the Help and Resource Center.

    Opening for its first presentation Saturday, Reid, pastor of Troy Methodist Church, said he has at least four people signed up to attend the first meeting but hopes for more. The center will offer assistance and information to families and individuals struggling financially or worried about what to do when the future looks unstable.

  • County will get public transportation

    TELL CITY - "I think we'd be passing up an opportunity to provide a service to all of Perry County," Ron Crawford said before offering a motion to approve $5,000 for a nonprofit public-transportation agency.

    Fellow County Councilman Chet Mathena said he agreed, and seconded the motion, which was adopted 7-0.

  • Students visit state capitol

    CANNELTON - Cannelton Elementary Media Club members showcased technological projects and talked to legislators about the importance of educational-technology funding March 18, teacher Joan Goble said.

    Like others from throughout the state, the students traveled to Indianapolis for the biennial Rotunda Day at the State Capitol Building in Indianapolis.

  • Perry Central cheerleaders with national award
  • Energy assistance program ends May 15

    TELL CITY - Lincoln Hills Development Corp. is continuing to accept applications for the Energy Assistance Program.  The program is designed to assist low-income households with the high cost of home energy through the partial payment of utility or fuel bills.

    Since October 2008 LHDC has served nearly 2,000 households in a three-county area with an average household benefit of $440. In Crawford County, 727 households were served; Perry County, 748 households and in Spencer County, 496 households were served.