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  • 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.

  • Spots still available for poverty simulation

    TELL CITY - United Way of Perry County Executive Director Rebecca Fenn said she has received 50 registrations for the Bridges Out of Poverty presentation slated for May 7. She said they are only allowed 80 participants and encourages more people to register.

    The event sponsored by the 4Community2 Collaborative of Perry County will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 at Evangelical United Church of Christ.

  • Deadline for April 25 circus banners Tuesday

    TELL CITY - Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 137 is taking bids to display six 4 foot by 6 foot banners to be displayed during the April 25 Kelly Miller Circus event. The six highest bidders will win the spots.

    Bids will be accepted until Tuesday and can be mailed to: Perry County FOP, Attn: Tara Johnson, 707 Mozart St., Tell City, IN 47586. Make check payable to the FOP. For more information or questions, call Johnson at 719-3377. All donations are appreciated and the winning bids will be confirmed by April 6.

  • Branchville escapees captured in Nebraska

    UPDATE, Thursday, 8:17 p.m. BRANCHVILLE – Three men who escaped Friday from Branchville Correctional Facility were recaptured Thursday in Nebraska. The News first heard of the details around 8 p.m. from County Prosecutor Robert Collins. Details were still sketchy but the capture of 49-year-old Christopher Marshall, 59-year-old Jerry Sargent and 31-year-old Bobby Cockerell apparently followed a pursuit that lasted more than 10 miles. It was not immediately clear where the men were captured.

  • Commissioner charged with OWI in weekend accident

    NEW BOSTON - A Perry County commissioner was charged with drunk driving 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.

    Fortwendel, the county's District 3 commissioner, was released later the same day and offered a public apology Tuesday, saying he accepted full responsibility for his actions.

  • Recovery center construction begins in Cannelton

    CANNELTON - A large meeting room for groups working through 12-step programs to free their members from drug and alcohol addictions, offices for counselors and drug-testing and other amenities will go into a building for which ground was broken in Cannelton Friday.

    On a site donated by John Paulin, once dominated by the grand Sunlight Hotel, the Cannelton Life Recovery Center will rise in coming months.

  • TC drum line finishes 11th at state

    TELL CITY - The Tell City High School drum line and its instructors "were hoping for higher placement," at state finals Saturday, according to one of their instructors, Brett Mulzer, but "taking into consideration the short time we had, we were pretty happy."

    Tell City finished its drum-line season Saturday with an 11th-place finish in the 17-school competition at Ben Davis High School, Indianapolis.