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  • Park draws crowd on its opening day

    CANNELTON — Eagles Bluff Park’s new welcome center and rebuilt overlook deck drew nearly 200 visitors the first two days it was open, County Recreation Director Dan Adams told the the Parks and Recreation Board Wednesday.

    The Indiana Department of Transportation did its final inspection of the construction Oct. 23 and the park, which was closed several months during construction, reopened Nov. 8. It is now open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Adams reported that 122 people visited the park Nov. 8 and 74 did so Nov. 9 despite chilly temperatures that weekend.

  • Jury in meth cases returns five guilty verdicts

    TELL CITY – A jury of eight women and four men deliberated for three hours Thursday before convicting a Perry County man on a charge of dealing in methamphetamine.

    John R. Crawford, who had been living in Cannelton before his arrest in April, faces between six and 20 years in prison on the Class B felony when sentenced Dec. 5.

  • Fire chief questions salary

    CANNELTON – Cannelton Common Council members approved a 2009 salary ordinance for appointed officers and employees at their regular meeting Nov. 10 despite protests by top fire officials that the pay for the fire chief was wrong.

    Adoption of the ordinance was deferred at last month’s meeting because pay figures for the fire chief and an assistant chief were incorrect, Clerk-Treasurer Arvina Bozarth reminded the council in introducing the issue. Under the ordinance, the chief will get $2,750 for the year and the assistant will be paid $2,075, she said.

  • Walkways funding mounts

    TELL CITY – An anonymous $10,000 donation will boost an effort to get people walking, William Tell Elementary School Principal Laura Noble reported at a regular school-board meeting Tuesday.

    The money, coupled with an Indiana Department of Transportation grant, reported in Thursday’s edition of The News, will allow connection of a greenway opened recently along Tell City’s Windy Creek with a previously announced intent to improve sidewalk access to the elementary school, Noble said, and to install an asphalt-rubber path around the school.

  • Learn how to save money

    LEOPOLD – All Perry County families are invited to learn how to save money at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Perry Central elementary library. Perry Central Family Outreach will host Mary Talmadge of Perry County Purdue Extension for an evening of learning ways families can save money on food, everyday expenses and holiday gifts, while tackling credit-card debt.

    The evening will start with a free light supper. During the parent discussion on saving money, children are invited to participate a special program on healthy eating.

  • Reed seeks mother’s former students

    FORT WAYNE – Susan Reed of Fort Wayne sent a letter to The News recently looking for former students of her mother, Jeannie Olive Ryan Baker.

    Baker taught at Anderson and Finch schools before 1930 in Perry County. She and her parents, Willard and Nancy Jane Leaf Ryan, left the Tobinsport area to move to Fort Wayne in 1930. Baker is a descendent of the Weatherholt, Tobin, Ryan and Thomas family lines.

  • Restroom vandalism

    Tell City police issued a criminal summons against one adult and suspected four male juveniles for causing several thousand dollars in vandalism inside a Legion Field restroom Saturday night. Tell City Patrolman Jason Shadwick said urinals and sinks were busted, as well as a window. He is leading the investigation and formal criminal charges against the 18-year-old adult were pending last week.

  • Agency wants to offer public transportation

    TELL CITY – Perry County is one of 10 in the state that doesn’t offer public transportation, according to Becky Guthrie, who told the commissioners she could change that by expanding the services of Washington-based Ride Solution into this area.

    “The state wants counties to be on board by 2010,” the transit organization’s director told the commissioners at their regular meeting Monday. “If all goes well, we will expand into Perry and Spencer counties,” she said of the organization, which now serves eight counties in southwestern Indiana.

  • Road markings part of Ohio firm’s aviation project

    PERRY COUNTY – An Ohio company with a specialty in aviation design is responsible for the white, V-shaped markings found painted on county roads and state-highway shoulders.

  • Scene of the Crime

    Tell City High School student Patrick Hagedorn interviews Lacey Bolin and Courtney Young around a giant prop cigarette Tuesday in an event teacher Kristi Haller said was intended increase awareness, in a fun way, about the harmful effects of tobacco. Tell City High School Renaissance students conducted mock crime-scene interviews Tuesday as part of a CSI-themed observance of the Great American Smokeout. Another episode of “CSI: Tobacco” was to be produced at Tell City Junior High School the following day, with videotape to be compiled for a convocation later in the year.