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  • Cards offer drug savings

    PERRY COUNTY - The United Way of Perry County has joined the national FamilyWize Partnership, which offers discount prescription cards to the uninsured.

    Savings "come directly from the pharmacies themselves and we are so thankful for their generosity," said Rebecca Fenn, United Way director.

    "All of our local pharmacies, Werner's, Wal-Mart and CVS, accept the discount cards, which save an average of about $17 per prescription."

    The cards are available at Catholic Charities, local food pantries, schools, CVS and Wal-Mart. Or call 547-2577 or visit www.familywize.org.

  • Walk to School Day postponed to Friday

    TELL CITY - Rain Wednesday morning has postponed William Tell Elementary School's observance of International Walk to School Day to Friday morning.

    Students will gather at the Tell City-Perry County Public Library at 7:15 a.m. and begin walking toward the elementary school at 7:30 a.m. Supervision will be available after 7:15 a.m.

    Tell City Mayor Barbara Ewing will address the group after the walk.

  • Investigation leads to arrest

    TELL CITY - A report of gunshots in the area of Braunie's Bar early Saturday led to the arrest of a Cannelton man on charges of intimidation and illegal possession of a handgun. Tell City police officers responded to the report of shots being fired in the 300 block of Main street and Officer Heather Glenn located several 9-millimeter rounds in the area of the business. Police began searching for a suspect, identified as Derrick W. Vogt, 28, and located the man later that morning in Cannelton.

    Formal charges are expected to be filed this week. Cannelton police assisted.

  • TC man jailed after fight

    TELL CITY - A Friday-night fight inside the Alpine led to the arrest of a man on several charges, Assistant Tell City Police Chief John Allen said Tuesday.

    Joel Barnett, 47, of 1047 Ninth St. faces charges of battery, criminal recklessness and aggravated battery. He allegedly pulled a knife during an altercation and stabbed Danny Henson.

  • Woman found dead at Saddle Lake camp area

    GATCHEL - The county coroner's office and the U.S. Forest Service's law-enforcement division are investigating the weekend death of a woman at the Saddle Lake Campground.

    A friend discovered Clara Ash, 40, of 13360 Mason drive, Tell City, unconscious Saturday morning and attempted CPR. County Coroner Darrel Riley said an autopsy did not identify an immediate cause of death and he is awaiting results of toxicology tests. Riley said the woman was taking prescription medication for chronic pain and had been drinking the previous evening.

  • Autopsy results pending in offender's death

    BRANCHVILLE - A Branchville Correctional Facility inmate who suffered an apparent asthma attack died Oct. 2 at Perry County Memorial Hospital, County Coroner Darrel Riley said this week.

    Marci Howard, 44, had a medical history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma and was brought to the prison infirmary complaining of shortness of breath. An autopsy did not turn up any trauma and toxicology results are pending, Riley said.

    Anyone who dies in custody is required to undergo a postmortem exam.

  • New software helps library recoup fines

    TELL CITY - Thanks to new print-management software, the Tell City-Perry County Public Library recovered $1,148.52 in fines last month, compared to last September's $830.84.

    Library Director Larry Oathout said since installing PC-Cop, which also tracks Internet users' time, they have also collected $254.60 in printing fees and the staff believes the software is working well.

    There have been a few complaints, he told board members Oct. 1, adding that some people say they need more than two hours and others complain because they have to pay their fines before logging on.

  • Marching Marksmen earn slot at regional competition

    TELL CITY - Laura Denoncour, a sophomore trumpet player with the Tell City High School Marching Marksmen, said Wednesday the band's members felt they "overthought their performance" at Jasper Saturday and should have concentrated more on making sure they and the crowd enjoyed the show.

    The Marksmen still managed to secure a gold rating at the district-level contest, securing entry to regional competition Oct. 18 at Jeffersonville High School.

    Denoncour said the students concentrated more on achieving the gold rating than on entertaining.

  • Commodores performers earn gold rating at district

    LEOPOLD - Perry Central's Marching Commodores achieved a gold rating at district competition at Jasper Saturday, despite "an issue with our speakers," Music Director Rob Cason said Tuesday.

    "The kids worked really hard and the performance went pretty well," he said. The competition's judges "like a lot of our show, how we use the tarp and the overall theme," he added. "We're getting some pretty positive comments. We just need to get our microphone situation worked out." The amplification system was turned up louder than it should have been, he explained.

  • Six vying for at-large council seats

    Forum provides opportunity to state positions

    TELL CITY - Financial challenges lie ahead for the county, several contenders for county-council seats agreed at a candidates forum Sept. 25 in Tell City's Schergens Center.

    In the event sponsored by the Perry County Chamber of Commerce, Perry County News and Cromwell Radio Group, three Republicans and three Democrats vying for three at-large seats on the county's fiscal body introduced themselves and explained why voters should select them.