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Local News

  • Port authority included in storm-damage funding

    TELL CITY - Like those of other local-government entities, the Perry County Port Authority has been in discussions with officials who will provide aid for damage caused by winds that ripped through the county Sept. 14.

  • Road markings still a mystery

    Painted-on Vs have county officials, public confounded

    TELL CITY - Call them Perry County's version of crop circles. Mysterious roadside markings, looking like large upper-case Vs painted on local roadways, are generating calls from curious residents.

    Even odder is the fact local officials don't know why the markings are there or who is responsible for painting them.

  • Two officers honored for daring post-pursuit rescue

    Lawalin, Galloway commended for saving life after pursuit

    TELL CITY - Police Chief Greg Hendershot and members of the Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety honored two city officers last Monday for risking their lives Sept. 14 to help save a man trapped inside his burning truck.

    The man they saved, 32-year-old James Wheatley of Hawesville, Ky., would have certainly burned to death had Patrolman Derrick Lawalin and Reserve Officer Jeremy Galloway not acted decisively, Hendershot said during the Nov. 3 meeting of the works board, held at Tell City High School.

  • Hoosiers have until Nov. 18 to join Indiana's do-not-call list

    INDIANAPOLIS - Tuesday, Nov. 18, is the next deadline to register for Indiana's do not call list.

    Phone numbers placed on the list by 11:59 p.m. EST that day will begin receiving benefits of the law starting Jan. 1.

    There are currently more than 1.9 million phone numbers registered on the do not call registry.

    Re-registering is not necessary if you retain the same phone number. The law currently benefits more than 3.5 million people.

  • Pappanos to continue repair-grant oversight

    TELL CITY - Perry County's commissioners designated Insight 2000 as administrator for housing-repair grant funding at a regular meeting Nov. 3 and opted to seek bids for courthouse janitorial services.

    Tony and Katie Pappano's Insight 2000 has been seeking and administering grants used to make needed repairs to homes of people who'd be unable to make them otherwise. Katie Pappano said Friday one obtained approximately a year ago is being finished out and they hope to apply for another for Perry County in January.

  • Job blown away? Help is available

    Nov. 17 is deadline to apply for disaster unemployment assistance

    PERRY COUNTY - Anyone in Perry and three other Indiana counties whose job was swept away by the Sept. 14 remnants of Hurricane Ike has until Nov. 17 to apply for disaster unemployment assistance.

    That deadline is sooner than one The News reported Monday for applying for help in other areas related to recovering, such as property damage, and also applies to Floyd, Washington and Scott counties. Deadlines for 13 other counties expired Monday or Wednesday.

  • TAG adds teen involvement to library offerings

    TELL CITY - Involvement in the library's Teen Awareness Group is good, Lisa Hammack told the Tell City-Perry County Public Library board Wednesday.

    Hammack said their Halloween movie night Oct. 21 was a success and some group members would like to have a lock-in where they would stay in the library and read all night. "These kids really want to be here and do this," she said. "That just shows that the ones who are involved are really involved."

  • County's property-tax bills due today

    Web site, local financial institutions accepting payments

    PERRY COUNTY - Perry County property owners have until today to pay fall installments of their property-tax bills.

    Property-tax bills can be paid in person until 6 p.m. today at the courthouse. Payments can also be made at Old National Bank locations in Tell City and Rockport, as well as Fifth Third Bank in Tell City and First State Bank branches in Tell City and Rockport.

  • County's timber revenues will skyrocket

    Commissioners wary of funding projections

    TELL CITY - Money going into county coffers from sales of Hoosier National Forest timber will increase dramatically under a new system, but county commissioners were wary about accepting it.

  • 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.