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  • Daniels talks up coal-to-gas plant

    ROCKPORT - A coal-gasification plant eyed for Spencer County would create more than 1,000 construction jobs, at least 200 high-paying permanent positions and help propel the state to the national forefront in clean-coal technology, Gov. Mitch Daniels said last week.

    Daniels signed legislation Tuesday allowing the Indiana Finance Authority to negotiate 30-year contracts to purchase and sell the substitute natural gas the plant would make from coal. The synthetic gas would be sold to Hoosier utilities.

  • Energy savings to fund repairs

    CANNELTON - Improvements planned for the city's high school can help boost academic performance, a representative of a Massachusetts company explained to Cannelton School Board members.

    "Improving indoor air quality is directly related to better test scores," said Dave Corner, Fort Wayne representative of Noresco, which bills itself as "the nation's premier energy-service company."

  • When money is tight, knowledge is power

    TROY - Helping people pay down debt, deal with creditors and them keep their homes is a goal Bill Reid wants to accomplish with the Help and Resource Center.

    Opening for its first presentation Saturday, Reid, pastor of Troy Methodist Church, said he has at least four people signed up to attend the first meeting but hopes for more. The center will offer assistance and information to families and individuals struggling financially or worried about what to do when the future looks unstable.

  • County will get public transportation

    TELL CITY - "I think we'd be passing up an opportunity to provide a service to all of Perry County," Ron Crawford said before offering a motion to approve $5,000 for a nonprofit public-transportation agency.

    Fellow County Councilman Chet Mathena said he agreed, and seconded the motion, which was adopted 7-0.

  • Students visit state capitol

    CANNELTON - Cannelton Elementary Media Club members showcased technological projects and talked to legislators about the importance of educational-technology funding March 18, teacher Joan Goble said.

    Like others from throughout the state, the students traveled to Indianapolis for the biennial Rotunda Day at the State Capitol Building in Indianapolis.

  • Perry Central cheerleaders with national award
  • Energy assistance program ends May 15

    TELL CITY - Lincoln Hills Development Corp. is continuing to accept applications for the Energy Assistance Program.  The program is designed to assist low-income households with the high cost of home energy through the partial payment of utility or fuel bills.

    Since October 2008 LHDC has served nearly 2,000 households in a three-county area with an average household benefit of $440. In Crawford County, 727 households were served; Perry County, 748 households and in Spencer County, 496 households were served.

  • Spots still available for poverty simulation

    TELL CITY - United Way of Perry County Executive Director Rebecca Fenn said she has received 50 registrations for the Bridges Out of Poverty presentation slated for May 7. She said they are only allowed 80 participants and encourages more people to register.

    The event sponsored by the 4Community2 Collaborative of Perry County will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 at Evangelical United Church of Christ.

  • Deadline for April 25 circus banners Tuesday

    TELL CITY - Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 137 is taking bids to display six 4 foot by 6 foot banners to be displayed during the April 25 Kelly Miller Circus event. The six highest bidders will win the spots.

    Bids will be accepted until Tuesday and can be mailed to: Perry County FOP, Attn: Tara Johnson, 707 Mozart St., Tell City, IN 47586. Make check payable to the FOP. For more information or questions, call Johnson at 719-3377. All donations are appreciated and the winning bids will be confirmed by April 6.

  • Branchville escapees captured in Nebraska

    UPDATE, Thursday, 8:17 p.m. BRANCHVILLE – Three men who escaped Friday from Branchville Correctional Facility were recaptured Thursday in Nebraska. The News first heard of the details around 8 p.m. from County Prosecutor Robert Collins. Details were still sketchy but the capture of 49-year-old Christopher Marshall, 59-year-old Jerry Sargent and 31-year-old Bobby Cockerell apparently followed a pursuit that lasted more than 10 miles. It was not immediately clear where the men were captured.