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  • TC teams take third, sixth at Academic Super Bowl

    TELL CITY - Tell City High School's social-studies team tied for third place, and its science team came in sixth, at the Indiana Association of School Principals Academic Super Bowl at Purdue University Saturday.

    "We were very pleased," social-studies coach Amy Kehl said Monday. The questions were "very difficult; very few get 20 or above correct," she explained. "We scored 15, and the first- and second-place teams scored 16."

  • Principals association puts TCHS in top 10

    Tell City High School is among 40 schools statewide given an honor for the first time this year by the Indiana Association of School Principals.

    The organization responsible for Academic Super Bowls named the home of the Marksmen among the 2009 Academic Super Bowl Top 10 Teams, according to information at www.iasp.org.

  • Schools superintendent plans to spend stimulus money on additional staff positions

    TELL CITY - With more than $500,000 in state stimulus dollars coming to the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp., Ron Etienne said they've decided to do something a little "scary" with the funds.

    The schools superintendent recommended to the school board Monday that some positions be created and paid for with the funds.

    "We're a little scared about doing that because (the money) is going to be in two years and out but, as a group, we decided this is the best way to use the money to have a positive effect on our kids," he said.

  • Work continues at port as partners feel fiscal pinch

    TELL CITY - Perry County Port Authority officials have received a final payment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for damages sustained in a September wind storm and are seeking more money for costs incurred in January's icy weather.

    The September storm wrought damage to the roof of a fabrication shop at the port-authority site, Perry County's hub for barge-offloading operations and home to the Hoosier Southern Railroad.

  • Few violent deaths can hit deputy pay

    TELL CITY - The fact that "we don't have that many suicides or homicides" is creating problems for his two deputies, Perry County Coroner Darrell Riley told the county commissioners at their May 4 regular meeting.

    County attorney Chris Goffinet explained the deputies underwent training and passed a test in Indianapolis, but are also required to pass a field test for certification.

  • Cannelton leaders forgo added loan interest on loan payments caused by misrouted mail

    CANNELTON - Some checks mailed from and to Cannelton addresses have taken four or five days to reach their destination, even though Cannelton's mail doesn't make the 300-mile round trip to Terre Haute and back that Tell City's does, Arvina Bozarth said Monday.

    Cannelton's clerk-treasurer said at a common-council meeting economic-development-loan payments posted by Jim and Carolyn Poehlein ended up in the mayor's mailbox instead of hers. Interest is calculated daily, so on the occasions the mayor was away from the office, it added up.

  • News writer earns first place in editorial contest

    TELL CITY - Perry County News Managing Editor Kevin Koelling was named the top editorial writer in The News' class in a Landmark Community Newspaper Inc. writing contest for 2008.

    Headquartered in Shelbyville, Ky., LCNI counts 54 paid newspapers in 13 states among its holdings.

  • Cemetery sexton asks public to remove items from gravesites soon

    CANNELTON - People who've decorated St. Michaels Cemetery gravesites should remove anything on the ground in preparation for the summer mowing season, Cemetery Sexton Charlie Davis said Monday.

    "Toward the end of next week, we'll mow the cemetery," he said at a regular board of public works and safety meeting.

    Any decorations on headstones can remain, he added.

  • Jail visits to resume

    CANNELTON - Child visits to the Perry County Jail will be permitted beginning Sunday and other visitors will be allowed to see inmates beginning Tuesday, according to Jail Commander Kathie Lackey.

    Visits had been curtailed as a precaution against the spread of the H1N1 flu virus.

  • Smethurst joins national public power association's honor roll

    TELL CITY - The superintendent of the Tell City Electric Department has been honored by the American Public Power Association.

    Marlow Smethurst serves as a commissioner for the Indiana Municipal Power Agency, the nonprofit agency that provides power to Tell City. According to the March-April newsletter IMPA Wire, Smethurst was named to the American Public Power Association's Honor Roll for his dedication to public power communities and support of APPA.