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  • July a record month at library

    TELL CITY - Tell City-Perry County Public Library saw several records broken in July, Larry Oathout told board members during their regular meeting Wednesday.

    The library director pointed out to board members that 2,696 adult-fiction books were checked out along with 484 CDs and 619 magazines. Oathout said he was amazed at the number of people checking out magazines but one board member pointed out people are probably canceling their own subscriptions to save money.

  • School board approves hirings ahead of new year

    CANNELTON - Twenty-six children were already signed up for an after-school program promoting healthy third- through sixth-grade minds and bodies set to begin with the start of classes Tuesday, Cannelton Elementary Principal Ginger reported at a regular school-board meeting July 30.

    She also said the Schergens Foundation provided $2,000 to upgrade classroom door locks.

    "We appreciate their support in this project that aligns with our school-improvement plan," Conrad said.

  • No surprises in school budget

    LEOPOLD - Perry Central Community School Corp.'s 2010 budget looks a lot like this year's financial plan, with no major changes proposed.

    The district's board of trustees approved advertising of the budget at a meeting July 27 and will hold a public hearing Aug. 17.

    The corporation proposes a total budget of $10.95 million. General-fund expenditures, which are now paid by the state, total $8.1 million and include salaries for teachers, support services and most other instructional programs.

  • Editor's note on court-case delays

    A front-page story and two letters to the editor published by The News over the past month, raising concerns about delays in ongoing court cases,  may have led some readers to believe delays in those criminal and civil cases were due to the actions of Perry County's circuit-court judge and magistrate. This wasn't the case.

    In a July 13 story and a July 20 letter about a delay in the case involving the death of Izaak Harney, the continuance referred to was granted by Special Judge William Weikert and was made at the request of defense attorneys from Jasper.

  • Youth group will give away rabies certificates

    TELL CITY - The Humane Society of Perry County Youth Committee will give away $5 certificates, good for rabies inoculations at participating veterinarian offices, at Orscheln's Farm and Home Supply from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

    "Look for the ice-cream truck provided by Riverside Diner of Troy," HSPC President Jim Carter urged. Proceeds from the sale of ice cream will fund future youth-committee activities, he said.

    Carter may be contacted at 836-4138 for further information.

  • Cigarette causes basement fire

    TELL CITY - A basement fire at 724 16th St. in Tell City Tuesday was caused by a discarded cigarette, according to Tell City Fire Department Chief Greg Linne.

    No one was hurt in the fire, he said, adding the cigarette was discarded on the basement floor near some paper and cardboard and the fire was put out with a fire extinguisher before firefighters arrived. "They were pretty lucky," he said, adding there wasn't any damage to the home and he believes it was an accident.

  • Keep grass clippings out of city curbs, please

    TELL CITY - Members of the Tell City Common Council are again reminding residents not to allow grass clippings to enter city stormwater inlets. Blowing grass into curbs from lawnmowers or power blowers not only clogs inlets and causes problems at the city's treatment plant, but is a violation of city ordinances.

    Mayor Barbara Ewing said residents who place clippings into gutters or blow them onto streets may receive warning letters.

    Any questions can be answered by calling City Hall at 547-5511.

  • Tell City cleaner by 101 tons

    TELL CITY - June's spring cleanup in Tell City carried a $18,184 bill, Street Commissioner Jeff Everly reported last week. An extra charge tacked onto residents' utility bills helped cover some of the expense, but the department still paid out more than $8,700 in extra costs.

    Landfill charges for disposing of the 101 tons of junk set out by residents totaled $9,357 with another $548 for fuel and labor of $7,401. The $3 fee paid by residents generated $9,468, but left a deficit of $8,716.

  • Weedman wins News' Schweizer Fest photo-page scavenger hunt

    TELL CITY - Nearly 20 readers successfully identified the photographs of locations in Tell City published July 30 in The News' Schweizer Fest Scavenger Hunt.

    Steve Weedman was chosen in a drawing of all the correct entries and wins a  year's subscription to The News.

    For the record the locations were:

    1. The U.S. and Swiss flags painted on the mural in Sunset Park.

    2. Image of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, from "Gone With the Wind," in one of the upper-level windows of Capers.

  • PC Community Foundation accepting proposals

    PERRY COUNTY - Joe Malone, chairman of the Grants Committee of the Perry County Community foundation, has announced that the foundation is accepting applications for grants to community organizations.

    Proposals are sought for charitable projects and activities that address needs and opportunities in the county in health, human services, arts and culture, education, community development, and other areas that would improve Perry County.