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  • Nerves rattled by global flu scare

    PERRY COUNTY - Responding to global fear and uncertainty over an emerging influenza outbreak, county and state health officials pleaded with residents this week to take precautions they said will limit chances of contracting North American Human Influenza A.

    The virus, which as of Wednesday had been detected in several nations after killing more than 100 people in Mexico, had been reported in 10 U.S. states, including Indiana. There has also been a death in Texas.

    The virus has not been detected in Perry County or southern Indiana.

  • Simple advice to prevent flu

    The best way to prevent contracting any flu, as well as other respiratory diseases, is frequent hand-washings, using soap and hot water. Anti-bacterial hand cleanser is also effective.

    •  Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.  Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, rather than your hands, if a tissue is not available.

    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • Man charged with plotting murder enters guilty plea

    TELL CITY - A Tell City man accused in 2007 of plotting to kill his former wife's husband entered a guilty plea to a reduced charge Friday.

    Under a deal reached with prosecutors, Nicholas Brown has agreed to serve a 20-year sentence for attempted criminal confinement, a Class B felony. The plea agreement calls for him to serve 10 of the 20 years in prison with another 10 years of probation.

  • Students going to Academic Super Bowl

    TELL CITY - Are you smarter than a high-schooler? How about one of the Tell City High School students who earned the right April 21 to compete in the Academic Super Bowl?

    Marksmen science and social-studies teams earned that right, and will exercise it from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 9 in Purdue University's Stewart Center Loeb Playhouse.

  • Academic teams place highly at regional, but miss state qualification

    TELL CITY - Tell City High School's fine-arts team finished first in regional competition, but did not qualify for state as they ranked 10th statewide and only the top six teams advance, according to Patsy Alvey, coordinator for all of the Marksmen teams.

    Team members are Hannah Braunecker, Lauren Malone, Lauren Coyle, Ariel Etienne and Tonya Miles, and the team was coached by Shelly Goodrich.

  • Call goes out for '09 River Sweep

    PERRY COUNTY - The call is going out for River Sweep 2009, and local organizers hope to see the excellent turnout that has become normal for the annual riverbank cleanup effort.

    Paul Alvey, executive director for the Perry County Recycling Management District, notes in a letter to teams and sponsors who have helped in past cleanups that it has been occurring in the Ohio River Basin since 1948.

  • Olympic efforts
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  • Board confirms road closure

    CANNELTON - "It's the rainiest season of the year," Cannelton Mayor Smokey Graves said at a special meeting of the city's board of public works and safety April 21. "We can't do something and then watch it wash away."

    The meeting was called to discuss unstable ground in the Clifton Heights area and what to do about its effect on city roads there. As they had already done at an April 13 meeting, before they had an opportunity to visit the area, the board opted to temporarily close it to through traffic to await better weather.

  • Derby racer takes second

    MOUNT PLEASANT - Mount Pleasant resident Andy Goffinet earned second place Saturday in what he called the second-largest demolition derby event in Illinois, "where most of the big derbies are held."

    Driving a "fresh" 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier, one never run in a demolition derby previously, Goffinet said he could have taken the $1,000 first prize if race officials hadn't opted to pull apart three locked-together cars. He was the last one moving in the Spring Explosion in Georgetown, Ill., event, he said, which normally would have made him the winner.