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  • Emmons claims top carving prize

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Jason Emmons, a professional chain-saw carver from Perry County, took top honors in the Oct. 2-4 Echo Chain Saw Carving Championship in New Mexico.

    Emmons, who carved a figure of Geronimo surrounded by several animals, including a wolf and an eagle with 8-foot-long extended wings, earned $5,000, a new chain saw and the Echo Cup. He and other contestants worked more than 20 hours on the carvings with the common theme of "The Great American Southwest."

  • Perry Central earns second place at Reo

    REO - Perry Central's Marching Commodores took second place in their first Class D competition Saturday at South Spencer High School.

    Bands competing in the invitational performed stand-still shows after school officials determined a day earlier the football field was too wet for use.

    "We had a pretty good show," Perry Central Band Director Rob Cason said. "The kids played pretty well. We don't practice the stand-still show much. That's not a big deal except that the color guard is not used to it. It's more challenging for them than anyone else."

  • Tell City takes third, best-percussion award

    REO - Tell City's Marching Marksmen earned third place and the best-percussion award at South Spencer High School Saturday.

    School officials decided Friday the football field was too wet to accommodate bands, sending them into a gymnasium for stand-still performances.

    "The kids are in a marching-band mode," Band Director Barry Reasoner said Wednesday, "and inside, it's completely different. We tried to prepare the best we could to take the show inside."

  • Boosters urge support for band

    TELL CITY - Members of the public attending the Tell City High School football game Friday will get to see the last public performance of Marching Marksmen's show before they head to regional competition the following day.

    "We encourage the public to come and show their support," said Patty Hawkins, president of the band's boosters club.

  • Board accepts Brenner Fund gift

    TELL CITY - Board members of the Tell City-Perry County Public Library were joined by members of the Perry County Community Foundation last Wednesday during the monthly board meeting.

    Sally Houzamne, foundation executive director, and Naomi Mulzer, member of the board of directors, presented the library with a check from the Brenner Fund. Florence "Peg" Brenner, a former resident of Tell City who now resides in Louisville, Ky., created the Brenner fund so a grant would be given to the library every year to help with costs, Houzamne explained.

  • Lincoln Hills 'bustling' with new money

    TELL CITY - "Things are bustling right now" at Lincoln Hills Development Corp., Lee Brown reported Oct. 6 at a meeting of the Even Start advisory board.

    "Fortunately, we're the recipients of $2.1 million in stimulus funding over the last few months," he said, and another $1.5 million in new funding brings the total to a 33-percent increase.

    Even Start serves adults with children by providing educational and parenting assistance, and its advisory board includes representatives from 20 educational and social-services agencies.  

  • Students raise $600+ for March of Dimes

    TELL CITY - Be the change you wish to see in the world. Tell City High School students brought that change to school.

    Tell City High School recently participated in a coin war to raise money for the March of Dimes walk. Students' efforts in this fundraiser produced more than $600.

    The March of Dimes is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of newborns, preventing premature births and lowering the rate of infant mortality.

  • Sheriff's department cracks Derby area break-ins

    DERBY - Two teenagers were taken to a juvenile facility in Knox County Sunday night after being charged in four recent break-ins in the Derby area.

    According to Chief Sheriff's Deputy Lee Chestnut, the two teens were responsible for a late August break-in at Rainbow Pay Lake, in which fishing equipment was taken. The two also allegedly took a trolling motor and other items from boats being stored near Derby. Those thefts were reported Friday by Mike Franchville.

    On Saturday, two four-wheelers were reported stolen from Phil Etienne's residence near Derby.

  • Flooding creates major mess

    TELL CITY - Heavy overnight rains sent streams out of their banks in several areas of the county Friday morning, closing roadways, flooding low-lying cropland and canceling classes for students at Perry Central Community School.

    Between 3 and 4 inches fell Thursday night and before dawn Friday. With the ground already saturated from previous rain, water had no place to flow but into already swollen ditches and creeks. The Perry County Highway Department reported water over roads along the Anderson River and its tributaries in western and northern areas of the county.

  • Council endorses school project

    TELL CITY - Elected officials in Tell City gave their endorsement last Monday to a planned $10 million renovation of Tell City High School that will go to township voters during a Nov. 3 referendum.

    Superintendent Ron Etienne outlined the project during the council's regular meeting Oct. 5.  It would finish work undertaken over the past couple of years to improve the high school, including renovations to the original 1928 building.