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  • GED testing at Perry Central

    LEOPOLD - Perry Central High School is the local site for the General Education Development Test.

    This nationally recognized assessment gives people from all walks of life an opportunity to certify their high-school education. The high-school credential earned by passing the GED test is accepted by more than 95 percent of U.S. employers, colleges and universities.

  • Principal completes first of five races

    TELL CITY — William Tell Elementary School Principal Laura Noble has completed the first of five races to raise money for the school's fitness trail.

    Noble received an Eli Lilly Fellowship and is traveling to five cities to run in five races.  She completed the Nashville Country Music Half Marathon Saturday, April 25.

    Noble noted that Myers Elementary School Principal Ginger Conrad also completed the Nashville race. 

    Noble's Web page for students to keep them updated about race information can be found at www.tellcity.k12.in.us/elem/index.htm.

  • Cannelton superintendent gets OK to sell bonds

    CANNELTON - Cannelton's school-board members approved a resolution in a special meeting Monday that will permit the corporation to sell bonds, take care of some debts, fund energy-saving renovations and lead to "a good situation for the schools to thrive," Superintendent Al Chapman said Tuesday.

    He has been working for months on efforts to sell bonds, and they will bear fruit in the sale next week of approximately $2.4 million in bonds to the Oppenheimer and Co. Inc. investment firm, which will sell them to long-term investors.

  • Tax bills will likely have July deadline

    TELL CITY - County property-tax bills could have a June or July deadline, but July is more likely, County Treasurer Martha Wooldridge said Monday.

    She attended a regular meeting of the county commissioners to secure their approval of a contract with Manatron, a Michigan-based company employed to print and mail tax bills. The county council had already authorized the $18,000 for those services, she noted. The commissioners approved the contract.   

    County Auditor Connie Berger said she hoped to get tax rates from state officials this month.

  • Officers who led county's war on meth honored at Statehouse

    INDIANAPOLIS - Four Indiana State Police troopers and a Tell City police officer who led a 2008 effort against methamphetamine in Perry County were honored Tuesday in a Statehouse ceremony.

    Gov. Mitch Daniels presented Governor's Public Service Achievement Awards to 35 employees representing eight state agencies. Among the honorees were local Indiana State Police employees Sgt. Paul Andry and Troopers David Qualkenbush, Jackie Smith and Katrina Smith.

  • Council eyes tobacco ban at City Hall

    TELL CITY - A motion approved Monday by the Tell City Common Council could lead to the formal adoption next month of an ordinance banning smoking from both City Hall and the park surrounding it.

    At-large Councilman Tony Hollinden presented the motion, saying the effort fits with city efforts to promote wellness.

    The motion, which would prohibit all tobacco products, generated little discussion before passing 4-1, authorizing City Attorney Jim Tyler to prepare a formal ordinance for consideration at the council's June 1 meeting.

  • Garden plots offered in Cannelton

    CANNELTON - Although Mother Nature has kept many gardeners at bay with a wet spring, a program offering free garden plots is ready to take root in Cannelton.  

    Purdue Extension of Perry County is offering 10-foot by 15-foot plots to anyone who is interested in growing their own vegetable garden, said Brenda Hagedorn, consumer and family-sciences educator for Perry County.

  • Rome landmark added to most-endangered list

    ROME - The former county courthouse in Rome is a new addition to a list of threatened Hoosier landmarks. On Monday, Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana announced its 10 Most Endangered, an annual list of landmarks in jeopardy.

    New on the list for 2009 is the Old Perry County Courthouse in Rome. Built in 1819, the courthouse lost its government role in 1859 when the county seat moved to Cannelton. After the county government departed, the Rome courthouse transitioned to use as a school, remaining the centerpiece of the shrinking community.

  • Letter carriers' food drive is Saturday

    PERRY COUNTY - The National Association of Letter Carriers, in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, will conduct its annual food drive Saturday in Perry County.  

    Postal patrons may donate to the food drive by placing nonperishable food items like canned soup or vegetables, pasta, cereal and rice at their mailbox before their letter carrier arrives Saturday.  

    Letter carriers ask that all items be in nonbreakable containers such as plastic cans, boxes or bags.

  • Honoring an officer