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  • Aleris International seeks U.S. bankruptcy protection

    LEWISPORT, Ky. - A major local employer filed for bankruptcy protection this month, citing the impact of the global recession.

    Aleris International Inc. and its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiaries filed petitions Feb. 12 for voluntary reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

    The company said the action was taken as a result of financial constraints related to the deteriorating global economic situation, declining industrial demand and a sudden drop in aluminum prices.

  • Cannelton man killed in crash north of Fulda

    FULDA - A single-car crash on Fulda Shortcut Road claimed the life of a Cannelton man early Wednesday. According to the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department, Carl E. Howell, 31, of 738 St. Louis Ave., was ejected from his vehicle. No other details were available Wednesday afternoon. The crash occurred north of County Road 1850 N., and south of Indiana 62.

  • Cannelton urged to pursue economic growth

    CANNELTON - Since the Cannelton Common Council opted not to retain its membership in the Perry County Development Corp., Councilman Adam Goffinet proposed at a regular meeting Feb. 9 some ways to spend the money that would have gone to the economic-development agency.

    Some of the reasoning behind Cannelton's departure from the PCDC, he said, was council members felt PCDC wasn't contributing to the city.

  • Floodwall certification will be costly

    CANNELTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants Cannelton's floodwall to be "accredited," Sanitation Supervisor Jerry Ball said at a board of public works and safety meeting Feb. 9. The city's mayor called the requirement another example of the federal government "nickel-and-diming us on that levy."

    Ball said he can submit paperwork to get the wall "provisionally accredited," a designation that would last for two years and "would make flood insurance mandatory for everyone with a mortgage."

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  • Another round of limb pickup begins soon

    TELL CITY - If Tell City's street-department crews haven't removed your limbs downed by the late-January ice storm or last week's gusty round of winds, don't give up hope. A second round of pickup will begin soon, the city's street commissioner said Monday.

    "We need to get through the Fennhaven area, but once we get that done, we'll cover the entire city again," Jeff Everly told members of the city's board of public works and safety.

  • Big Brothers-Big Sisters program finds even-bigger success

    LEOPOLD - Perry Central High School students are becoming friends, mentors and role models for dozens of their elementary counterparts under a Big Brothers-Big Sisters program now in its fifth year.

    "Every year it gets a little bigger and better and this year we have 57 matches," program coordinator Lou Ann Backer told school-board members during their regular meeting Monday.

    The program has evolved from one that scheduled most activities for evenings or weekends, but interaction between older and younger students now takes place during the school day.

  • Community gearing up for Wednesday anti-bullying program

    TELL CITY - School and community officials are spreading the word and encouraging attendance at Wednesday's visit by Michael Dorn, a leading school-safety and bullying-prevention expert.

    Several local educators heard Dorn speak at an international bullying-prevention conference in Indianapolis in November and an anonymous donation will permit him to give presentations Wednesday, kicking off a long-term program to reduce bullying among students at all three school buildings.

  • And the nominees are ... Chamber awards dinner tonight

    TELL CITY - The Perry County Chamber of Commerce announces the nominations for the 2009 Chamber Award Dinner. Awards are given in four categories:

    • Large-business award - McDonald's and Nobles IGA.

    •  Small business and entrepreneur awards - Advanced Rehabilitation Physical Therapy, Celebrations, Cromwell Radio Group and Maurices.

    • Applause award - Catholic Charities Tell City, Glenn Wood Hills Camp and Retreat Center, Leadership Perry County and United Way of Perry County.

  • Regional leadership program has pair of local participants

    EVANSVILLE - Two business and economic-development leaders in Perry County are among 23 people selected to take part in a skills-development program sponsored by the University of Southern Indiana.

    Funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Connect with Southern Indiana strives to boost Indiana's retention of intellectual capital by helping participants strengthen their skills and opportunities for involvement in community and regional projects.

    Participants also meet business and civic leaders and gain greater awareness of community and regional needs.