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  • Democrats Sweep Races

    Fortwendel, Amos take biggest prizes; three Democrats win at-large council seats

    PERRY COUNTY - Democrats won all of the county-commission and at-large county-council seats for which they fielded candidates in the general election Tuesday, bumping one Republican from the council and preventing others from gaining seats.

    Voters preferring Democrat Bill Amos registered 5,214 votes against the 3,059 chalked up for Republican Brian Steen.

  • Election Day images
  • County highway chief awaiting paving check

    Two roads eyed for improvement

    PERRY COUNTY - A $900,000 check was "in the mail," Perry County Highway Superintendent Ed Feix was told Friday by a representative of the Indiana Department of Transportation, but it may or may not have been sent in time to refinish two roads before cold weather sets in.

    "They're lining everything up," he said Monday, referring to the J.H. Rudolph Paving Co. "If we get a break in the weather, we might be able to slide it in."

  • Auctions today, Friday selling four parcels of woodland

    27,000 acres being offered over three days

    PERRY COUNTY - Kimball International will offer for sale 27,000 acres this week, land it owns in Indiana and Kentucky. Four tracts of Perry County forestland, totaling about 480 acres, will be offered in separate events today and tomorrow.

  • Ceremony opens already-popular trail

    TELL CITY - Although the Oct. 29 ceremony was a ribbon-cutting in the official sense, the Windy Creek Trail has already been blessed with countless feet over its ribbon of cushiony asphalt. A ceremony at the trailhead off of Indiana 37 served as the official opening of the first leg of the Perry County Greenway. Its leaders hope there are more ribbons to be cut soon.

  • Students here, nationwide like Obama

    Mock election reflects Democratic preference

    TELL CITY - "Go Nader!" came a shout from among Kyle Miles' sixth-grade science class as results of a mock election were being tabulated at Tell City Junior High School Tuesday.

    Presidential candidate Ralph Nader, running as an independent in all but five states, earned one vote among Archers voters.

  • Etienne wins surveyor's race

    PERRY COUNTY - Democrat Glenn Etienne claimed a decisive win Tuesday, defeating incumbent Harold Lynch to become the county's next surveyor.

    Lynch held the office for 20 years and touted his experience during the buildup to the election.

    Etienne said he respected Lynch's work as surveyor but stressed the value of cutting-edge technology, including global-positioning systems, to assist the surveyor's office in surveying, mapping and storing data.

  • County swings support to Obama, Long Thompson

    TELL CITY - Perry County voters swung strong support to local, state and national Democratic candidates Tuesday, giving the party a clean sweep of county races and helping Barack Obama win Indiana's 11 electoral votes en route to a White House win.

    Turnout was strong in the county, with 8,680 votes cast. However, that number was only slightly higher than the 8,520 votes cast in the general election in 2004 but well more than the 7,636 votes counted in November 2000.

  • Democrats sweep Spencer County races

    Dartt elected circuit-court judge; Waninger joins county council

    ROCKPORT - Democratic candidates attributed their sweep of all contested county races Tuesday night to teamwork.

    "We worked very well as a team, and that's why we were successful," said Bill Spaetti, incumbent Spencer County Council member at-large who was just elected to another term. Spaetti has been on the council more than 20 years and serves as its president.

  • Perry County Election Day results

    All of the votes in Perry County's 21 precincts are in and here are the results.

    Obama carries Perry County

    Democrat Illinois Sen. Barack Obama carried Perry County Tuesday, taking 5,140 votes to Sen. John McCain's 3,201 in the race for U.S. president.

    In gubernatorial race, Long Thompson leads Daniels in county