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  • Candidates for commissioner set goals for county's future

    Fortwendel, Flamion vying for votes in District 3

    TELL CITY - Incumbent Jody Fortwendel said the reason why he's seeking reelection for the District 3 seat on the county's board of commissioners is because he's worried about the futures of his grandchildren.

    His opponent, Republican Joe Flamion, wants to see Perry county "grow and prosper and for that to happen, we need to look to the future and plan for growth."

  • Route 66 yard sale returns

    All roads lead to Rome Sunday as fall tour concludes

    Bargains won't be hard to find Saturday as the second annual Route 66 Yard Sale provides a backdrop for dozens of yard and garage sales in Troy, Tell City, Cannelton, Rocky Point and other locations along the scenic state route.

    Interest in the Route 66 sale has been building for weeks, said Bev Minto, executive director of the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Many remember the crowds from last year and either will be shopping for bargains or offering them to others.

  • Restored cabin steeped in history

    Carter homestead to be dedicated Saturday

    ROCKY POINT - A small cabin that provided a sturdy home for a pioneering Perry County family will be dedicated Saturday at its new home in the Shubael Little Pioneer Village near Rocky Point.

    The Homer Hull Carter Cabin is the fourth pioneer home to be restored in the village and will be dedicated during a 2 p.m. ceremony as part of the final weekend of the Hoosier Heritage Fall Tour.

  • Train crash brings new rules to Hoosier Southern Railroad

    Cell phones, other devices banned from locomotives

    TELL CITY - The regulatory ripples from a train wreck in California in which 25 people died have reached Perry County in the form of new safety rules imposed upon employees of the Hoosier Southern Railroad.

  • Police nab saw-toting attacker

    Suspect had knives hidden near home, claimed to see demons

    TELL CITY - A Tell City man beat on a neighbor's house with a hacksaw Saturday morning, shattering a window and kicking on doors before being arrested.

    Officers said Kelly J. Brunner, 41, of 39 Riverview Drive, told them he could see demons who were about to attack police. Officers later found three large knives outside the man's home and expressed relief Brunner had not been able to reach the weapons during what they described as a morning rampage of the Fennhaven area.

  • Homeowner assaulted by burglar

    Deputy spots van, suspect jailed

    TELL CITY - A rural Tell City man was injured Wednesday morning when he surprised a burglar inside his home and was struck in the head. The suspect, identified as a 42-year-old Elizabethtown, Ind., man, was in custody within an hour.

    Details remained sketchy as The News went to press Wednesday afternoon and state police had yet to release the name of the victim, information about his condition or the address where the assault took place.

  • Walk-to-School Day

    William Tell Elementary School Principal Laura Noble, left, joined more than 250 students, teachers, parents and others in walking to the school Friday morning. Marking International Walk to School in the USA, the group marched from the Tell City-Perry County Public Library to William Tell. During a brief talk before students headed to classes, Noble shared news about fundraising efforts for a new walking trail on school grounds that will complement a sidewalk the city plans to construct along Tell Street to connect the school and the library.

  • Ban on open burning lifted

    PERRY COUNTY - A ban on open burning in place for two weeks was lifted Thursday by the county's fire chiefs.

    Prohibitions on fires, including the burning of limbs and branches, was adopted Sept. 25 in response to drought-like conditions.

    Most areas of the county received at least an inch of rain last week.

  • Applications for crop disaster aid due by Dec. 1

    ROCKPORT - The Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program was designed to reduce financial losses that occur when natural disasters cause a catastrophic loss of production or prevented planting of an eligible crop by providing coverage equivalent to catastrophic insurance.

    Statutes limit NAP to each commercial crop or agricultural commodity, except livestock, for which CAT is not available.

  • Marching toward regional

    Tell City High School Marching Marksmen practice in a parking lot Thursday evening in preparation for an invitational two days later and regional competition this Saturday. They'll perform their show for the public at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Legion Field. They'll also compete in WFIE-TV's Battle of the Bands, a contest that allows them and their supporters to submit votes by e-mail toward a $1,000 cash prize. To vote, anyone can go to www.14wfie.com and click on "Sports," then "Touchdown Live 2008," then scroll down to click on the "Battle of the Bands" icon.