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  • New face coordinating local RC&D efforts

    PERRY COUNTY - The nation's oldest rural conservation and development area has a new coordinator.

    Kris Vance joined Lincoln Hills and White River RC&Ds last month. She will serve as coordinator of both organizations, which will continue to operate separately with their own councils.

    "I knew when I was in college I wanted to be involved in grassroots activities and that's what I've loved doing," the Indiana University grad said at Tuesday's Lincoln Hills RC&D annual meeting.

  • Jury selection begins today in drug case

    TELL CITY - Jury selection begins this morning in the trial of a Perry County man charged with more than 20 drug-related offenses, including dealing in methamphetamine.

    Kenneth R. Cronin was arrested in April after local and state police and federal agents allegedly found methamphetamine, equipment and supplies used to make the drug, more than $9,000 in cash and several firearms during a search of two homes. He faces four Class A felonies.

  • Perry Central launches history-making drum line

    LEOPOLD - History is being made in the launching of a drum line at Perry Central Community School, according to the music directors there, who can find no evidence of a precedent.

    The ensemble was scheduled to compete for the first time Saturday, and "we feel like we're going to have an outstanding show," Assistant Music Director James Powell said Friday.

    Monday editions of The News are printed Saturday mornings, so weekend events can't be reported until Thursdays.

  • LHDC accepting applications for weatherization aid

    TELL CITY - As a recipient of funding to provide weatherization services in Perry, Spencer and Crawford counties, Lincoln Hills Development Corp. is accepting applications for assistance from residents.  

    Through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, LHDC receives federal Department of Energy and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds, as well as State Weatherization Energy Enhancement Program money, to provide weatherization-program assistance to eligible homeowners and renters.

  • Cannelton man, 45, accused of molesting child

    CANNELTON - A 45-year-old Cannelton man could spend decades in prison if convicted of a Class A felony charge of molesting a child.  

    Mark A. Wilson was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for child molestation issued in Perry Circuit Court. According to a probable-cause affidavit filed by Cannelton Police Department Sgt. Eric Dickenson, Wilson is accused of performing oral sex earlier this year on a child under the age of 14.

    Wilson is lodged in the Perry County Jail and faces 20 to 50 years in prison if convicted.

     

  • Troy council declines to extend contract for Town Marshal J.D. Pyle

    TROY - The Troy Town Council agreed this month not to renew the contract of Town Marshal J.D. Pyle. The council discussed extending the contract at its January meeting with the understanding Pyle would complete required training and focus his duties on enforcing town ordinances.

    Meeting Feb. 11, the council decided not to extend the agreement. No decision has been made on whether to advertise the part-time job. Over the past couple of years, town leaders have discussed the possibility of doing away with the position.

  • Tell City leaders meet this evening at library

    TELL CITY - Keeping with a year-old tradition of holding city meetings in the community once each quarter, Monday's meetings of the Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety and Common Council will be held outside of City Hall.

    Both meetings will take place in the meeting room at the Tell City-Perry County Public Library. The works board convenes at 6 p.m. followed by the council at 7.

  • Fugitive sexual predator has local ties

    TELL CITY - A sexual predator sought by police should be considered dangerous, authorities looking for the man said this week.

    Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Correction officials and the U.S. Marshal's Office are looking for Michael Wayne Henderson, 37.

    Convicted in Perry County of criminal-deviate conduct, Henderson allegedly failed to register as a sex offender after his release from prison in September.

  • Employers shed jobs, trim wages

    PERRY COUNTY - Three local employers, Kimball International, Abbey Press and The Perry County News, are responding to the national recession by either cutting wages, eliminating jobs or cutting back on hours its employees work.

    Kimball announced last week it was trimming pay for its executives and salaried employees. Abbey Press will cut 11 jobs and News employees are taking five days off without pay.

  • FFA Week at Perry Central

    A Tuesday petting zoo that drew several barnyard creatures to Perry Central High School helped mark National FFA Week. Younger students enjoyed up-close looks at a baby Holstein calf, goats, chickens, sheep and rabbits. Also taking part were several dogs that live on farms and a docile duck. Here, students Sierra Bruggeman and Lucas Thomas hold samples of hay for a goat that seemed as interested in the two second-graders as they were in it. Left FFA adviser and Perry Central teacher Brian Springer shares information about two lambs.