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  • Neighborhoods grant worth $1.8 million

    TELL CITY - Some of Tell City's oldest neighborhoods may soon enjoy a new lease on life.

    A Neighborhood Stabilization Grant worth more than $1.8 million was awarded to Tell City Wednesday and will allow the city to purchase abandoned and foreclosed homes, demolish dilapidated structures and redevelop vacant lots in areas that might otherwise see little or no new development.

  • Tell City cleans up

    Logan Everly, left, a summer worker for Tell City, helps street-department employee Dennis James hoist one of two sofas set out for pickup along Geneva Drive late Wednesday morning. Residents across the city cleaned out garages, basements and closets this week for the city's weeklong cleanup. Several large dumpsters filled with an assortment of unwanted items were loaded each day and shipped to an area landfill.

  • School-meal prices to rise

    TELL CITY - Meal prices at Tell City-Troy Township schools were raised in a regular school-board meeting Tuesday, after what officials said was a long period without hikes.

    Bruce Chinn, assistant to the superintendent, recommended the increases after explaining he met with other administrators and head cooks.

    "I don't remember the last time we raised prices," said Chinn, who moved up from teaching to administration in the late 1980s.

  • City Hall Park smoking ban in effect

    TELL CITY - Think twice before you light that cigarette in City Hall Park. It's against the law.

    City Hall itself and the park surrounding it are now officially tobacco free. By a 4-1 vote June 1, members of the city council approved an ordinance banning the use of tobacco, including cigarettes and smokeless products.

    Supporters called it a common-sense step toward reducing exposure to secondhand smoke. However, Councilman Gerald Yackle, who cast the lone nay vote, said government was getting too involved in people's personal decisions.

  • Officials eye online surplus sales

    TELL CITY - Perry County commissioners tabled at a regular meeting June 1 an offer by SRI Inc. representative Jeff Kemper to sell the county's surplus vehicles.

    "We have been doing your tax sales the last few years," Kemper said of his Indianapolis-based company. "We also help counties unload surplus properties, and we do school corporations, too."

    He explained his company lists items for sale on an Internet site, and takes a percentage of any profit realized.

  • Company's efforts, car storage keep port active

    TELL CITY - If it weren't for preparations by and for Tell City Boat Works' move into the Port of Tell City and cleanup from storms, there would be very little activity at the former Maxon Marine site.

    "We have no barges coming in June," Dick Neumann said at a regular Perry County Port Authority board-of-directors meeting Tuesday, "and it will probably be July before we see any pig iron."

  • Cocaine cited in April death case

    DOOLITTLE MILLS - A northern Perry County man found dead alongside a county road in April likely died from a coronary spasm caused by cocaine use, the county coroner's office said this week.

    Jonathan M. Neighbors, 28, was found near Okalona Road shortly before 11 a.m. April 11. Troopers and paramedics arrived in the area of 28511 Okalona Road and Neighbors' body was located on the south side of the roadway, police said.

    Neighbors lived at 28539 Okalona Road.

  • Local VFDs share grants

    PERRY COUNTY - Five Perry County volunteer fire departments will receive a total of $11,380 in fire-assistance grants to purchase radios and safety and water-handling equipment. Rural and volunteer fire departments from 48 counties were awarded $268,000 in grants.

    The money is administered by the Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry and made available through the U.S. Forest Service.

  • Switch to digital television happens tomorrow

    PERRY COUNTY - Tomorrow is the deadline for television stations to switch from transmitting analog signals to digital signals.

    Originally set for Feb. 17, the digital switch was moved to June 12 to give consumers more time to purchase analog-to-digital converters for analog televisions or to subscribe to satellite or cable television.

    The switch has been in the works to free up parts of the broadcast spectrum to be used for police and fire departments, emergency rescue, advanced wireless services and other services.

  • Tax-collection decline to hit county budget

    TELL CITY - The state is down about 20 percent in income-tax collections, Perry County Council President Pete Franzman said at a regular meeting May 28, and "it would follow that we'll be down about 20 percent in our EDIT and COIT collection."

    Deputy Assessor Pam Goffinet said Friday the county's share of county-option income taxes for 2008 was $738,730. The revenues go to all taxing units in the county, with an overall tally of $1,361,567. The county portion declined to $730,713 for 2009, out of a total $1,370,603.