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  • Planning begins for Rome Bicentennial




    All roads will lead to Rome next October as the community marks the 200th anniversary of its historic courthouse, and perhaps, of Rome itself.

  • City puts damper on fireworks use




    TELL CITY – An ordinance adopted last Monday by the Tell City Common Council will restrict the use of fireworks to the days before, on and after Independence Day and for half an hour on New Year’s Day.

  • Accountable learning: school letter grades released


    Staff Writer


    TELL CITY – The Indiana Department of Education has released the A-F school accountability grades for the 2016-17 school year. This marks the second year of a revamped accountability that tracks student performance and year-to-year growth via state assessment tests, graduation rates and other standards, with a new emphasis that schools incorporate methods that allow students to ‘catch up,’ ‘keep up,’ and ‘move up’ in their performance.

  • Stable to store, a ‘Bittersweet’ journey

    Story and Photos by Stuart Cassidy


    Looking toward the future of a distinctive undertaking, Dawn and Shelby Brown are proud of this area’s rural heritage and their own. With Shelby spending a lifetime in farming and Dawn gravitating toward the crafts and antiques scene, they are venturing into their own unique blend of country niche that will see them open their own store near Gatchel.

  • Walk to School Day
  • Lilly counseling grants to promote student success

    PERRY COUNTY – Tell City-Troy Township School Corp. will receive $147,050 from Lilly Endowment Inc. as part of the endowment’s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 students. Perry Central will receive the same grant in the amount of $117,800.

    The county school districts are two of more than 50 public school corporations and five charter schools in Indiana selected to implement plans to help them meet the complex academic, college, career, and social and emotional counseling needs of their students.

  • TC police will see sizable pay raises in 2018




    TELL CITY – Tell City police officers will earn longevity bonuses to their base pay sooner and more often under a salary ordinance adopted Monday by the Tell City Common Council.

    The salary changes, Police Chief Derrick Lawalin said, follow summertime budget discussions on how the city can better retain skilled officers and shrink the pay gap between what the city pays its police officers and what they might earn from comparably sized communities.

  • Hoosier Heritage Fall Tour ramps up with weekend events

    PERRY COUNTY – Even with temperatures dipping into the 90s last week, and warmer days expected in the coming days, fall is here. But as the leaves just begin to show their changing hues, if you need more proof of autumn’s arrival, look to the seasonal upcoming festivities.

    There’s no shortage of things to do this autumn in Perry County. The county’s convention and visitors bureau has released details of upcoming events, including the Hoosier Heritage Fall Tour in October.

  • Lt. Gov. visits River Pointe
  • Few surprises in Perry Central’s 2018 budget




    TELL CITY – The annual budget process for most public schools doesn’t generate a lot of excitement. Such is the case with Perry Central School Corp.’s 2018 budget projections, which Schools Superintendent Mary Roberson called basically unchanged from this year’s.

    “It’s important work and we have to go through the process but there aren’t a lot of surprises, which is usually a good thing,” she said during the formal hearing for the budget held last month.