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  • Branchville employee cited for excellence in counseling

    BRANCHVILLE - Karen Ann Smith, a substance-abuse counselor family community entry specialist for Branchville Correctional Facility's substance-abuse re-entry department, was recently featured in Cambridge Publishing's "Top 101 Industry Experts" book.

    Selected from more than 250,000 executives, professionals and entrepreneurs, these exemplary leaders stay at the top of their fields by possessing unique experience and wisdom, all the while exhibiting innovation in their work, according to program officials.

  • Volunteers will sweep riverbanks Saturday

    TELL CITY - The 2009 Ohio River Sweep returns Saturday at several sites along the Ohio River in Perry County and other communities along the river. From 9 a.m. to noon volunteers will clean up the banks of the river by picking up trash and other debris.

    In addition to volunteers, organizers are also asking area businesses and individuals for monetary donations and donations of food, paper towels, paper plates, gloves, first-aid kits, hand sanitizers, sunscreen and insect spray.

  • County officials opt to fight tax appeal

    TELL CITY - Perry County commissioners agreed with County Assessor Mendy Ward in a June 1 regular meeting that the Continental Apartments should not receive a property-tax exemption, and to employ a Carmel attorney to represent them if the issue goes to court.

    The exemption request was made by parent company Grandview Care Inc., Ward told the commissioners, which owns several properties. The current request was for the apartments at the corner of 20th and Tell  streets in Tell City.

  • Mayor: Grant will benefit city long-term

    TELL CITY - A $1.8 million grant awarded to Tell City last week will become a foundation for changing the look of the city's most-established neighborhoods, the city's mayor said Friday.

    The office of Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman released details last week of the Neighborhood Stabilization Grant awarded Wednesday. The project in Tell City will fund the purchase of 12 properties for demolition and up to 15 others for rehabilitation or redevelopment. The grant will also allow the city to “bank” some cleared properties for future development.

  • Trophy honors giving spirit of Naomi Ress

    TELL CITY - “All she ever did was the grunt work,” Dr. Gene Ress said Tuesday about his wife, Naomi, “and sometimes we wonder if we're worthy doing that.” The way she did it, he added, “gives credit to her caring and sharing.”

    He was explaining the reason Naomi was honored by the United Professional Horsemen of Indiana through the creation of a trophy to be awarded annually by the organization. Naomi “Nemo” Ress died Feb. 14.

  • Stimulus funds to cut wildfire risk

    TELL CITY - A portion of the massive federal spending program intended to stimulate the nation's economy will help reduce the risk of damaging wildfires in the Hoosier National Forest.

    The U.S. Forest Service will receive $350,000 to reduce downed trees near firebreaks designed to keep fires within the forest in check.

    The money comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and was announced last month by U. S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.  

  • Cancer patient seeking release from prison dies

    INDIANAPOLIS - Sherry Hamlet, a terminally ill woman seeking release from prison where she was incarcerated after a conviction on drug charges, died June 5.  Hamlet, 45, a former Tell City resident, had filed a request to have her sentence for dealing in a controlled substance and maintaining a common nuisance modified.

    She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year and her children said she had only weeks to live. Prosecutor Robert Collins opposed her release and a court hearing was scheduled for June 29.

  • Moose Lodge hosting July Fourth Picnic July 2-4

    TELL CITY - Moose Lodge 1424 in Tell City will again sponsor its annual Fourth of July Picnic in Zoercher–Bettinger Park July 2-4.

    Any nonprofit organization interested in reserving space in the park for fundraising activities can call Bill Coyle at 547-7867 or 547-6885.

    Booth rental is $45 for all three days.

    Watch  The News for more details on the picnic.

  • Perry Central writer honored by state troopers association

    LEOPOLD — Emily Sprinkle, a fifth-grader from Perry Central Elementary, was the Perry County winner of the Annual David Deuter Essay Contest.  This is the 13th year for the Indiana Troopers Association essay-writing award.

    The contest was renamed the David Deuter Essay Contest a couple of years ago to honor a fallen trooper. Students were asked to write about the topic, “What is a good citizen?”

  • Public library reading series kicks off today

    TELL CITY - The Tell City-Perry County Public Library will hold its summer story time series, “Just Keep Laughing featuring the Peanuts Gang,” today through July 23.

    Events include crafts, stories, songs, videos and games featuring Charles Schulz's characters. Sessions are Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. and Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. for children ages 2 to 6.

    The 7-Up Club, for children ages 7 to fifth grade, will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays.