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  • Police dismantle Deer Creek drug lab

    Troopers use chopper in search for marijuana

    GATCHEL - A rural Tell City man already wanted by police on a theft warrant found himself in even more trouble Thursday after police allegedly found marijuana and items used to make methamphetamine at his makeshift home.

    Armed with an arrest warrant from Perry Circuit Court on a charge of theft, troopers from the Jasper Post went to 11662 Deer Creek Road around 10 a.m. to arrest Evan M. Howell, 25.

  • Air-quality alerts issued for Tuesday, Wednesday

    Air-quality alerts have been issued for southwestern Indiana for Tuesday, Aug. 19 and Wednesday, Aug. 20 for ozone.

    Issued by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the alerts are for Perry, Vanderburgh, Posey, Warrick and Greene counties.

    Ozone levels are expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups both days. People with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion when outdoors.

  • Residents press for school repairs

    Committees agree on need to get public buy-in

    TELL CITY - Members of two committees merged at Tell City High School Thursday and voted to pursue one of three options each felt individually was the best for bringing Tell City-Troy Township School Corp. facilities up to date.

  • 'Wolf-dog' still undergoing examination

    PERRY COUNTY - A dog thought to be part wolf and involved in an attack on a local family's pet is still undergoing preliminary steps necessary before testing can be performed to determine its species, according to a biologist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

    Jeff Thompson said last week a university professor has the animal, which was among five killed after they attacked in May a Jack Russel-Yorkshire terrier mix owned by a family residing on Old Indiana 37 near Gatchel.

  • Courthouse extends hours for tax payments

    PERRY COUNTY - Property owners will need to pay the first installment of their property taxes by Aug. 22 with the balance due Nov. 10.

    Property owners have several payment options.

    Old National and First State banks in Tell City and Rockport and Fifth Third Bank in Tell City will collect payments, as will the treasurer's office at the county courthouse.

    Property owners can mail payments to the Perry County Treasurer, P.O. Box 756, Tell City, IN 47586. Mailed payments must be postmarked by Aug. 22 and Nov. 10 to avoid penalties.

  • Bass tourney coming to Rocky Point Aug. 24

    ROCKY POINT - Hoosier Open Tournaments Inc. is hosting a team bass tourney on the Ohio River Sunday at Rocky Point.

    Entry fee is $200 per two-person team. No membership is required. Teams may register at Rocky Point Marina from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday but must pay an additional $20 fee.

    For information, call Paul Jolly at (812) 883-6259 or visit www.hoosieropen.com.

  • Support group plans events

    TELL CITY - Members of the family-readiness group supporting Tell City-based soldiers will next meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2 to continue making plans for a Sept. 11 candlelight vigil, according to Lisa Baughman, chairwoman. She said child care and refreshments will be available at the meeting.

    The group will also staff a table at a Dale Fall Festival Sept. 5 and 6 to provide information about what Baughman described as "a new beginning" for the group.

    Wanda Underhill, secretary, stressed that the FRG "isn't just about the military, but is for the whole community."

  • Proposed resource center would serve whole community

    TELL CITY - A community resource center could be on the horizon to help those in need in Perry County.

    Beginning in late April, the 4Community2 partners gathered to discuss how to better serve the Perry County community.

    The partners include United Way of Perry County, Catholic Charities, Perry County Memorial Hospital, Lincoln Hills Development Corp. and Perry County Community Foundation.

  • Readiness group serves as lifeline to soldiers, families

    Communication, networking reduce feelings of isolation

    PERRY COUNTY - When soldiers deploy to faraway places, their family members take on responsibilities - and stresses - they previously shared among the spouses. Home or car repairs and other issues normally handled by one can seem daunting to another who hasn't dealt with them before. In a non-military community such as this one, a wife and mother left behind can feel overwhelmed and isolated.

    That's why family-readiness groups exist, such as the one meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at the Tell City armory.

  • Cannelton electric rates to increase twice

    CANNELTON - Cannelton residents will see a 29-percent increase in their September electric bills, with another 6.12-percent rate hike to be included in their March bills, after a public hearing and council action Aug. 5.

    In a mid-July News story, Utilities Director Phillip Ball asked residents concerned about the proposed increase to call him to find out how a proposed 35.12-percent rate hike would affect them.

    "Maybe three people called in," he said Tuesday.