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  • Hall of Fame coach Talley dies

    TELL CITY — Joe Talley, who turned Tell City High School into a football powerhouse in the 1960s and '70s and later served as the school's athletic director, died Tuesday at age 80.

    The Marksmen had losing seasons in each of their first seven years playing 11-man football before Talley was hired as their coach in 1960.

    He posted a 6-2-1 record that year and went on to have only two losing seasons in 18 years as their coach. He had 10 seasons with two or fewer losses, including a 10-0 record in 1969 with a team that averaged a school-record 41.2 points per game.

  • Sheriff seeks grant to add two deputies

    TELL CITY - Sheriff Bob Glenn will add two deputies to his staff if an application he's submitting under the COPS Program is successful.

    He received at their March 26 regular meeting the county council's permission to submit an application under the U. S. Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services Program, which provides three years' grant funding for law-enforcement officers. Local communities are required under terms of the grants to employ them for a year after the initial period ends.

  • Newspaper prices set to increase Monday

    TELL CITY - Starting Monday, readers will need an extra quarter to buy a copy of The Perry County News inside a store or from a blue newspaper rack.

    The newsstand price of The News will jump to 75 cents from 50 cents due to rising prices for newsprint, fuel and other input costs. The change takes effect with the April 6 issue.

    The price increase is the first since November 1992, when single-copy prices rose to 50 cents from 35 cents.

  • Local businesses to get dumpsters for recycling cardboard

    TELL CITY - Board members for the Perry County Recycling Management District approved a shift to dumpsters from trailers now used to collect cardboard from businesses.

    As The News reported March 12, district Executive Director Paul Alvey was pursuing the shift from trailers he said are cost-inefficient to dumpsters that will be provided and emptied by Veolia Environmental Services Solid Waste.

  • Storm destroys two grain bins near Troy

    TROY - Murl Schwartz has a mess on his hands after Saturday evening's storm destroyed two grain bins and damaged a pole building north of Troy.

    "It's the second time at the same location," said Schwartz, who farms land in Perry and Spencer counties. A storm three years ago destroyed a storage building. Hardest hit Saturday, though, were two grain bins, which were torn from their foundations and tossed about a quarter mile into a field.

    The roof of one bin was strewn nearby, as were the innards of the two bins, including an auger that stirs grain.

  • Music honor society recognizes Roccia

    TERRE HAUTE — Tell City High School 2008 graduate Sarah Roccia will receive a certificate of honor from the Delta Mu Chapter of the Pi Kappa Lamda National Music Honor Society at Indiana State University May 3.

    Roccia, who earned state-level awards for both instrumental and vocal performances while attending school in Tell City, will be honored in an awards ceremony and banquet beginning at 5 p.m. on the ninth floor of ISU's Hulman Memorial Student Union.

  • Property-tax bills delayed

    TELL CITY - Property-tax bills usually mailed in early April will be delayed this year, County Auditor Connie Berger said Tuesday. Her office is currently balancing assessments provided by the county assessor's office and working with the state on changes in this year's tax cal

    culations. Berger said it is too early to estimate when bills might be prepared and mailed - or when spring installments will be due. "I know we will not have a May 10 deadline," she said.

    Berger pledged to keep The News updated on the tax-bill preparation process.

  • Tell City earns first in PAC Academic Super Bowl

    HUNTINGBURG - Tell City High School students beat out several academic teams to take top honors during the Pocket Athletic Conference Academic Super Bowl.

    Tell City earned 96 points at the March 10 event at Southridge High School. North Posey High School came in second with 91 points with Southridge in third with 82 points. Tell City placed first in social studies with 21 points, interdisciplinary with 19 and fine arts with 20 points. The team placed second in English and third in science.

  • Prison fugitives caught in Nebraska

    ALLIANCE, Neb. - Three Branchville Correctional Facility fugitives who spun a web of fear in communities in  three states were captured Thursday in the Sandhills region of the Nebraska panhandle.

    Jerry Sargent, 59, Christopher Marshall, 49, and 31-year-old Bobby Cockerell were arrested in Alliance, Neb., following a 64-mile pursuit Nebraska State Patrol officials said reached 105 mph.

    Alliance is a city of about 9,000 people in northwest Nebraska.

  • Residents can still sign up for prison alerts

    BRANCHVILLE - Anyone wanting to be notified of emergencies at Branchville Correctional Facility can still register for an automated system maintained by the Indiana Department of Correction.

    The service was launched early last year and keeps resident informed of prison escapes, environmental hazards or other emergencies. It was activated March 20 when officials discovered three offenders were missing.

    Automated calls also announced Thursday's capture of the three men.