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  • State extends reporting time

    INDIANAPOLIS - The deadline for reporting severe weather damage sustained earlier this month has been extended. Hoosiers who sustained damage from wind and flooding that began March 8 are urged to call a toll free number to report damage. The number, (866) 210-1925, will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT through Friday.

    Damage reports also may be made online via the IDHS Web site at www.in.gov/dhs until Monday.

  • PCDC, company officials express economic optimism

    TELL CITY - This area has not missed out on the economic downturn, "however, we should fare better than most," Clay Ewing said at the Perry County Development Corp. annual meeting March 17.

    The economy here "in the heartland of the country" is not as volatile as in coastal areas of the country, the chairman of the PCDC board of directors said, but it's important to ask, "how do we ensure these short-term problems don't affect our long-term prospects?"

  • Breaking NewsSearch for escapees continues in Kentucky

    Editor's Note: This report was filed by editors at sister newspapers to The Perry County News, and draws some information from The News' earlier reporting.

    CARROLL COUNTY, Ky. - An Indiana prison break has led authorities into Kentucky, where three Carroll County men were beaten and tied up Monday, March 23, in a home on State Hwy. 36 East, just south of Interstate 71.

    Their attackers are believed to be the three men who escaped Friday morning from Branchville Correctional Facility near Tell City.

  • Parks board trying to cut Eagles Bluff electric bill

    CANNELTON - Electric bills at the new Eagles Bluff welcome center and restroom building "were a little higher than we expected initially, but we've taken some measures to correct that," Perry County Recreation Director Dan Adams told the county parks and recreation board Wednesday.

    The building opened in October with restroom lights that were designed to come on only when motion was detected in the room. But Adams said they were coming on at night when no one was in the building.

  • Railroad finds small glimmer in slowdown

    TELL CITY - The Hoosier Southern Railway is seeing a small benefit from the economic slowdown gripping the nation.

    "We entered a contract to store up to 80 rail cars," Dick Neumann said during a regular meeting of the Perry County Port Authority Board of Directors March 12. Twenty cars were to find parking places on Hoosier Southern sidings, he said, adding, "a lot of railroads are storing a lot of cars these days."

  • Legislation would help soldiers exposed to toxins

    TELL CITY - American soldiers "shouldn't have to go through bureaucratic water torture" to get the medical care they need after being exposed to toxic chemicals while serving their country, Sen. Ron Wyden said during a conference call with journalists Thursday.

    He and Sens. Evan Bayh and Byron Dorgan scheduled the call to announce legislation they're pushing to establish a national registry modeled after one tracking Vietnam veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange.

  • Perry Central School Board approves preliminary 2009-10 calendar

    LEOPOLD - Perry Central School Board members approved a tentative 2009-10 calendar at last Monday's regular meeting.

    The short session came hours after a Perry Central student lost her life in a three-vehicle accident on Indiana 37 north of Tell City.

    The proposed schedule calls for classes to begin Aug. 12, with teachers starting the semester a day earlier. The first semester will end Dec. 22.

  • Family needs help in wake of last week's fire

    TELL CITY - A Tell City family whose home suffered water damage after a fire last week is asking for the public's assistance.

    Jeff and Amanda Huff are seeking a twin- and full-sized beds, as well as clothing for their two daughters, ages 2 and 6.

    The younger girl wears size 18-month bottoms and size 2T tops.

    The older girl wears size-7 bottoms and size 8-9 tops.

  • Patoka Lake offers spring break activities

    PATOKA LAKE - Looking for something to do over spring break? Patoka Lake has several events planned for Tuesday through March 28. Children's games begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday with a bat and moth activity. At 1 p.m. learn about turtles with a special guest. Wednesday is the day to learn about hummingbirds up close followed on Thursday with a 1 p.m. Snakes of Patoka program.

  • More Breaking NewsCounty commissioner arrested for drunk driving

    NEW BOSTON - A Perry County commissioner was arrested for driving drunk early Sunday after a one-vehicle accident on Indiana 545 north of New Boston.

    Louis J. "Jody" Fortwendel, 57, of 16870 Avery Ridge Road, Tell City, was lodged in the Spencer County Jail on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and with an open container of alcohol.

    According to an accident report by Spencer County Sheriff's Deputy Brandon Dickson, Fortwendel was driving south just before 1 a.m. when his Chevrolet van traveled off the right side of the road and struck a ditch.