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  • Commissioners field added challenges to $100k purchase

    TELL CITY – The Perry County commissioners "have been telling us stuff for 15 years" about how county roads would be maintained or improved, Tim Huff told them during their regular meeting Wednesday, "and you haven't done anything. You've been telling us for 15 years that you've been doing studies and road counts, just to get people to shut up."

    "We've been looking for something the last two years," Commissioner Jody Fortwendel responded, noting that he wasn't a commissioner 15 years ago.

  • Council approves loan for outdoor-equipment, mini-truck operation

    CANNELTON – Cannelton Common Council members voted in a special meeting Tuesday to approve a $30,000 economic-development loan to help move and expand a business offering mini-trucks at a tiny lot off of Indiana 66.  

    As The News reported Jan. 15, Aaron Knieriem asked the Cannelton Common Council at a regular meeting three days earlier for a loan to boost his plan to move into the former Randy Aubrey Dodge property, where he will offer for sale the trucks and other equipment with names like Cub Cadet, Bobcat, Husqvarna and Troy-Bilt.

  • FCC rep joining Hill's office for session on digital-TV transition

    CANNELTON – Staff from Congressman Baron Hill's office will hold a public informational session Thursday on the upcoming digital-television transition with a representative from the Federal Communications Commission.  

    The event will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Perry County Council on Aging OAKS Senior Center, located at 200 N. Fifth St.

    The session is designed to answer questions, provide useful information about the DTV transition and show southern Indiana residents how to set up converter boxes.

  • Circus coming to town April 25

    TELL CITY – The county's Fraternal Order of Police  chapter obtained Tell City OK last week to use land along Seventh Street for a circus April 25. Two shows are planned and details will be forthcoming.

  • Feb. 27 raffle will offer $850 in cash prizes, donations sought

    TELL CITY — The Tell City Band Boosters are conducting their annual cash-raffle fundraiser for the Tell City Marching Marksmen and band programs. All band-booster families are selling tickets at $2 per ticket or three tickets for $5.

    Drawings at the last high school boy's basketball game Feb. 27 will determine winners of $500, $250 and $100 prizes. Winners won't have to attend the game, but must be age 18 or older.

    Contact any band family member or call Shari Everly at 547-6320 to buy tickets.

  • Curb guidelines expected soon

    TELL CITY – Getting permission to cut curbs in Tell City will take more planning in the future. The Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety has given its OK to a committee's initial plan to create an application process for removing curbs for driveways, garages and other projects within the city.

    Wastewater Superintendent Bruce Badger said the chief concern is ensuring the smooth flow of stormwater, a primary purpose of curbs. Some contractors do a good job at ensuring correct drainage is maintained when driveways are poured. Others are less meticulous, he said.

  • MoneyWi$e special supplement available

    The Perry County News' MoneyWi$e special supplement, included in the Jan. 26 print edition, is also available on this site. To read it, click on "Special Sections" near the top of this page, then scroll down to find and click on "MoneyWi$e" in the list, then on each headline to bring up individual pages. Included is information on being laid off, planning for long-term medical needs and barriers to saving money.

  • Health screenings provide baseline data

    TELL CITY – All of the students at William Tell Elementary School underwent voluntary health screenings just before Christmas, Principal Laura Noble reported at a regular school-board meeting Jan. 13, providing baseline information for comparisons over the next two years.

    Height, weight, body-mass index, blood pressure and other information was gathered "in a very professional way," Noble told the board. Funded through a Welborn Foundation wellness grant, information from the examinations will remain confidential, she emphasized, and is being provided to parents.

  • County port board honors founding member

    TELL CITY – A man who served as charter member of a number of local organizations was honored posthumously Jan. 14 for his role in launching the Perry County Port Authority and Hoosier Southern Railroad, where he served as general manager for three years.

    Gerald D. "Gerry" Thomas, who also served as president of the Indiana Rail Transportation Group, was honored in a resolution adopted by the port authority's board of directors in a regular meeting. He died Dec. 12 at Oakwood Health Campus in Tell City.

  • Police net stolen goods; more charges possible

    TELL CITY – Laptop computers, kitchen appliances, DVDs and even a stuffed toy dog, all allegedly stolen from Wal-Mart stores in three cities, were seized Tuesday night by Tell City police officers.

    "Someone could get a good start furnishing a small apartment with what we found tonight," Patrolman Roger Smith said while showing off items that included a Sony laptop computer, coffee maker, mixer and a collection of several DVDs.