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  • County would get $3.7 million under state bill

    INDIANAPOLIS - Perry County and its three incorporated communities would receive nearly $3.7 million for various infrastructure projects under a bill approved last week in the Indiana House of Representatives.

    State Rep. Dennie Oxley Sr. said counties in his 73rd District could receive a total of $50 million if House Bill 1656 is signed into law. Areas of Perry County are included in the district, as are all or portions of seven other counties.

    The money would support road, bridge and other infrastructure projects in hopes of preserving and creating jobs for Hoosiers.

  • Parks board eyes stimulus money for new Eagles Bluff construction

    CANNELTON — Could some of the money from the federal government's economic stimulus bill come to a construction project in Perry County? The Perry County Parks and Recreation Department hopes so.

    At Wednesday's parks board meeting Perry County Recreation Director Dan Adams brought up the possibility of applying for economic stimulus funds to construct a 2,400-square-foot building with an interpretative center and office space for him and his deputy at Eagles Bluff Park overlooking the Cannelton Locks and Dam.

  • Library board eyes new noise policy

    TELL CITY - In response to a letter published in the Feb. 2 Perry County News, Tell City-Perry County Public Library Director Larry Oathout said at the Feb. 4 library board meeting the library is looking into a noise policy.

  • Don't succumb to winter blues

    TELL CITY - Many people experience depression during winter and seasonal depression can greatly affect everyday life.

    Major depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States, with 9.9 million adults experiencing major depression each year.

    Some symptoms are lack of energy, loss of interest in everyday activities, weight gain, changes in sleep habits, changes in appetite and frequent thoughts of death or suicide.

    Visiting Nurse Association, which offers mental-health services in the patients' homes, can help.

  • Trial date set in Guardsmen civil suit

    INDIANAPOLIS – A trial has been scheduled to begin May 3, 2010 to determine whether military contractors knowingly allowed Tell City-based soldiers to be exposed to a hazardous substance while serving in Iraq.

    The Indianapolis Star reported Feb. 3 that Judge Richard L. Young scheduled the trial for 10 days and set a settlement conference for Aug. 17.

  • City may get zero-interest loans for CSO work

    TELL CITY – Car companies aren't alone in offering zero-interest financing. Tell City could be in line for up to $11 million in loans, offered at zero or very-low interests, to help control its combined-sewer overflows.

    The city has been working for years to control its CSOs and had expected to pay an interest rate of around 3 percent on money from a state revolving loan fund. However, Mayor Barbara Ewing said money could be available at zero to 2 percent.

  • Ky. jailer arrested on local charges

    LaRUE COUNTY, Ky. – A deputy jailer in LaRue County, Ky., was arrested Sunday on charges she took more than $5,000 in 2005 while working in a Tell City business.

    Kentucky State Police said Jennie McGee, 46, of Falls of Rough, Ky., was wanted on several counts of felony theft in Perry County.

    McGee was charged with five counts of "fugitive from another state" according to Kentucky State Trooper Jonathan Vaughn, who arrested McGee at her workplace at 2:48 a.m. Sunday.

  • TC man faces 2 felonies after run from police

    TELL CITY – A driver did his best to elude a Tell City officer early Saturday but eventually decided it was best to end a brief pursuit that concluded with a trip down an ice-covered hill.

    Randall L. Kleeman, 28, of 1239 Ninth St., Tell City, faces charges of driving while intoxicated and resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, both felonies.

  • January ice storm 'lam-blasts' rail line

    TELL CITY – The ice storm that littered the county with fallen trees and branches Jan. 27 and 28 "lam-blasted again" the Hoosier Southern Railroad, Dick Neumann reported Friday at a regular meeting of the Perry County Port Authority Board of Directors.

    "It seems like we're doing this every six weeks," the vice president and chief executive officer for the port-rail agency said, alluding to a mid-September wind storm that also sent Hoosier Southern employees on a track-clearing mission.

  • Perry Central vocalist earns solo gold

    LEOPOLD – Kynslee Roberts, a Perry Central High School senior, earned a gold rating at Indiana State School Music Association vocal-soloist competition at Southridge High School Saturday.

    Accompanied by pianist Mary Seitz, Roberts performed "Into the Night" in Group 1, the association's most-difficult category.

    Perry Central has no choral director, so Roberts' accomplishment "really shows her self-directed learning and ambition," Music Director Rob Cason said Monday. "We really didn't assist her that much. We're very proud of her."