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  • Wildebeest new water ride for 2010 season

    SANTA CLAUS - Holiday World & Splashin' Safari officials announced Aug. 13 that the "world's longest water coaster" will open in May.

    "We're calling our huge new water coaster Wildebeest," said park President Will Koch. "And when we say it's long, we really mean it. Wildebeest is one-third of a mile long and it will thrill riders for two-and-a-half splashing minutes of hills, drops, twists and turns."

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  • Grant will remedy Pestalozzi drainage woe

    TELL CITY - A ditch eating away at the yards of some residents living near Pestalozzi Street and Windy Creek will be repaired and stormwater diverted under a $483,352 grant awarded last week to Tell City.

    Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman announced Wednesday that Tell City and 20 other Hoosier communities will receive grants totaling $20,116,869 for stormwater-improvement projects. Funds come through the federal Community Development Block Grant Program and will aid economic recovery after natural disasters that hit the state last year.

  • TCHS band kicks off season

    TROY - This is a really fun year to work on the Tell City Marching Marksmen's show, Davey Hebeisen said July 31 at a kickoff party for the upcoming season.

    His description of the show, and the excitement in his voice as he described it, will be the last memory students have of the 1988 TCHS graduate who lived in San Francisco, but made frequent trips to help the band he loved.

    He died of an aneurism two days after the kickoff.

  • School staff to coordinate math, literacy

    TELL CITY - Chris Hollinden and Kim Strobel have been designated math and literacy coordinators, respectively, to help kindergarten through ninth-grade students in the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp.

    William Tell Elementary School Assistant Principal Kim Waninger explained the pair will coordinate curricula between grade levels to ensure teachers use the same terminology and various concepts a student needs to know don't have to be retaught.

  • July a record month at library

    TELL CITY - Tell City-Perry County Public Library saw several records broken in July, Larry Oathout told board members during their regular meeting Wednesday.

    The library director pointed out to board members that 2,696 adult-fiction books were checked out along with 484 CDs and 619 magazines. Oathout said he was amazed at the number of people checking out magazines but one board member pointed out people are probably canceling their own subscriptions to save money.

  • School board approves hirings ahead of new year

    CANNELTON - Twenty-six children were already signed up for an after-school program promoting healthy third- through sixth-grade minds and bodies set to begin with the start of classes Tuesday, Cannelton Elementary Principal Ginger reported at a regular school-board meeting July 30.

    She also said the Schergens Foundation provided $2,000 to upgrade classroom door locks.

    "We appreciate their support in this project that aligns with our school-improvement plan," Conrad said.

  • No surprises in school budget

    LEOPOLD - Perry Central Community School Corp.'s 2010 budget looks a lot like this year's financial plan, with no major changes proposed.

    The district's board of trustees approved advertising of the budget at a meeting July 27 and will hold a public hearing Aug. 17.

    The corporation proposes a total budget of $10.95 million. General-fund expenditures, which are now paid by the state, total $8.1 million and include salaries for teachers, support services and most other instructional programs.

  • Editor's note on court-case delays

    A front-page story and two letters to the editor published by The News over the past month, raising concerns about delays in ongoing court cases,  may have led some readers to believe delays in those criminal and civil cases were due to the actions of Perry County's circuit-court judge and magistrate. This wasn't the case.

    In a July 13 story and a July 20 letter about a delay in the case involving the death of Izaak Harney, the continuance referred to was granted by Special Judge William Weikert and was made at the request of defense attorneys from Jasper.