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  • Grateful city bids farewell to chief of police

    CANNELTON - Eulogized by friends and fellow police officers who shared warm memories, smiles and the occasional tear, Cannelton Police Chief Kenny Kellems was eulogized Saturday as a man who gave his all: to his family, his community and his profession.

    Kellems, the city's police chief since 2007 and a former sheriff's deputy, died suddenly of an aneurism March 3.

  • Crawford wants more hours for vets officer

    TELL CITY - Ron Crawford made it clear when he addressed the Perry County commissioners March 2 he was speaking as a citizen, not in his role as county-council member. But if it goes anywhere, his own question will return to him.

    "I'm assuming that this is where I would start," he told the commissioners during their regular meeting March 2, "to ask for the funding, then if you approve then it would have to go to the council, and the council would say yeah or nay."

  • Cardboard recyclers could save money by partnering

    TELL CITY - An effort by the Perry County Recycling Management District to increase the amount of cardboard it collects could cost local businesses more, but they could partner with each other to send costs below what they're now paying, district leaders said.

    The district provides trailers to businesses at a cost of $20 or $30 per month, Executive Director Paul Alvey told the district's board of directors at their Feb. 26 meeting.

    Veolia Environmental Services Solid Waste has agreed to provide and collect the contents of dumpsters for $35 per month, he said.

  • Agency offers cheap rides to anyone for any purpose

    TELL CITY - Perry County's commissioners seemed amenable to a public-transportation presentation when it was offered in November, Pat Glenn reminded them at their March 2 meeting. They expressed some reservation this month, however, after a taxi-business owner said he feels threatened by a proposal to offer inexpensive rides to anyone for any purpose.

    "Link-N-Go came in and took away business," said Jerry Sprinkle, owner of Marksman Cab Co. "Now Ride Solution is coming in and taking more away."

  • TC board adopts 2009-10 school calendar

    TELL CITY - Tell City-Troy Township School Board members tentatively approved in a regular meeting Tuesday an academic calendar for next year that will have students graduate May 21.

  • Bills may change library services

    TELL CITY - Tell City-Perry County Public Library Director Larry Oathout updated board members on several legislative measures at a March 4 regular meeting.

    Senate Bill 348, which was passed by the Senate and is now in the House for consideration, received some amendments that broke down the original intent of the bill, he told members. The original bill called for a plan to provide universal access to library services but a referendum process was added for any unserved township to back out of the process and Marion County is exempt, he added.

  • Help and Hope Resource Center opening

    TROY — Troy United Methodist Church will open a Help and Resource Center next month to offer assistance and information to families and individuals struggling financially or worried about what to do when the future looks unstable.

    With layoffs, job losses, cutbacks, foreclosures and an uncertain future, families and individuals need a survival plan, said Bill Reid, the church's pastor.

  • 'Don't Drink the Water'
  • Newspaper search helps with reading skills

    TELL CITY - Each week students at William Tell Elementary School scour the pages of The Perry County News for answers. Answers to questions like "what page should I turn to if I want to read about my brother's basketball team?" or "what is the baby's name that was born on Nov. 8, 2008?"

    These might not be hard-hitting questions most people would look for in the paper but for the students in Kelly Hollinden's third-grade class it helps them with reading skills and teaches them what newspapers are.

  • News will be closed Monday

    TELL CITY - The Perry County News will be closed Monday, one of five days its employees, and those of other Landmark Community Newspapers Inc. properties, are taking off work in response to the national recession.

    The company announced early this year that employees would take five unpaid days in the first half of 2009.

    The closing won't affect Monday's edition, which will be on newsstands Sunday. The office will reopen Tuesday.

    The next unpaid day off will be April 13, the day after Easter.