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  • Mogan Ridge fire blankets some areas in dense smoke

    Forest Service fields complaints, cites lack of wind for problems

    LEOPOLD - Dense smoke from prescribed Forest Service burning in the Mogan Ridge area blanketed areas of the county in dense smoke Tuesday and Wednesday, sending several Perry Central students to the nurse's station and postponing the start of classes Thursday.

    Hoosier National Forest officials apologized for the problem, which they said occurred when breezes forecast for Tuesday evening and night failed to materialize, preventing smoke from dispersing.

  • Avenue of Flags in Cannelton to help honor those who served

    Holiday closes some offices

    Perry County's Avenue of Flags will be displayed in Cannelton Tuesday in observance of Veterans Day. Flag-tipped crosses carrying the names of Perry Countians killed in the line of duty will be located along Indiana 66 near the entrance to Cannelton.

    A brief ceremony and 21-gun salute will be held at 4 p.m. by local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars members. The public is invited. Weather permitting, the flags will be erected sometime Monday.

  • State board denies funding

    Cannelton school superintendent calls it a setback, says he's moving forward

    INDIANAPOLIS - Cannelton City Schools Superintendent Al Chapman had hoped to convince one more member of the Indiana Board of Education to bless his attempt to correct financial problems that had built up before he took the job. The board voted instead to disapprove his request Wednesday and suggested he seek help from the General Assembly.

  • Democrats Sweep Races

    Fortwendel, Amos take biggest prizes; three Democrats win at-large council seats

    PERRY COUNTY - Democrats won all of the county-commission and at-large county-council seats for which they fielded candidates in the general election Tuesday, bumping one Republican from the council and preventing others from gaining seats.

    Voters preferring Democrat Bill Amos registered 5,214 votes against the 3,059 chalked up for Republican Brian Steen.

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  • County highway chief awaiting paving check

    Two roads eyed for improvement

    PERRY COUNTY - A $900,000 check was "in the mail," Perry County Highway Superintendent Ed Feix was told Friday by a representative of the Indiana Department of Transportation, but it may or may not have been sent in time to refinish two roads before cold weather sets in.

    "They're lining everything up," he said Monday, referring to the J.H. Rudolph Paving Co. "If we get a break in the weather, we might be able to slide it in."

  • Auctions today, Friday selling four parcels of woodland

    27,000 acres being offered over three days

    PERRY COUNTY - Kimball International will offer for sale 27,000 acres this week, land it owns in Indiana and Kentucky. Four tracts of Perry County forestland, totaling about 480 acres, will be offered in separate events today and tomorrow.

  • Ceremony opens already-popular trail

    TELL CITY - Although the Oct. 29 ceremony was a ribbon-cutting in the official sense, the Windy Creek Trail has already been blessed with countless feet over its ribbon of cushiony asphalt. A ceremony at the trailhead off of Indiana 37 served as the official opening of the first leg of the Perry County Greenway. Its leaders hope there are more ribbons to be cut soon.

  • Students here, nationwide like Obama

    Mock election reflects Democratic preference

    TELL CITY - "Go Nader!" came a shout from among Kyle Miles' sixth-grade science class as results of a mock election were being tabulated at Tell City Junior High School Tuesday.

    Presidential candidate Ralph Nader, running as an independent in all but five states, earned one vote among Archers voters.

  • Etienne wins surveyor's race

    PERRY COUNTY - Democrat Glenn Etienne claimed a decisive win Tuesday, defeating incumbent Harold Lynch to become the county's next surveyor.

    Lynch held the office for 20 years and touted his experience during the buildup to the election.

    Etienne said he respected Lynch's work as surveyor but stressed the value of cutting-edge technology, including global-positioning systems, to assist the surveyor's office in surveying, mapping and storing data.