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  • Council seeks letters from residents

    CANNELTON - Cannelton residents are being asked to write letters of support, and provide pictures, if available, in support of upgrades to the city's storm and sanitary sewers.

    Mayor Smokey Graves asked council members at a regular meeting Feb. 18 to seek letters to be included with a new application for grant money to fund the work.

    Jeff Pruitt, of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana, reported in December a previous grant application was unsuccessful.

  • Cannelton leaders pursue remedy for leaking gym roof

    Attorney notifies contractor of warranty claim

    CANNELTON - Cannelton city officials are pursuing repairs to the city's old gymnasium under a warranty enacted when roof repairs were made.

    "There is a warranty and the installer has insurance," city attorney Chris Goffinet said at a regular meeting of the city's common council Feb. 18. The roof "may not have been installed correctly," he added.

  • Council retains exclusive towing contract with Cannelton firm

    Shur Way wants in on business given to Young's

    CANNELTON - "We'd like to do business with your city," Gary Huffines, co-owner of Shur Way Pro Towing in Tell City told members of the Cannelton Board of Public Works and Safety at a regular meeting Feb. 18. He and owner Jeremy Flener were there in an attempt to grow a business they launched nearly a year-and-a-half ago.

  • TC patrolman nominated for All-Star award

    TELL CITY - Patrolman John Allen said he was "surprised but honored" last week to be nominated by America's Most Wanted, the long-running crime-fighting TV program, as one of its All Stars.

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    Votes for John Allen can be cast at http://www.amw.com/allstar/2008 and typing the police officer's name into a search tool. Separate votes can be cast by the same person once each day.

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  • Influenza outbreak surpasses 190 cases

    Health professionals urge those sick to stay home

    TROY - As Lisa Miller gets ready for her day at the Troy Medical Clinic, she arms herself with a mask to protect not only herself, but her family, from a common winter malady: influenza.

  • Farewell to the Chief

    Tell City Police Chief David Faulkenberg receives a standing ovation during Monday's meeting of the city's board of public works and safety after formally announcing his plans to retire at the end of the month. Faulkenberg served 31 years with the city's police force and has been chief for the past decade. Behind him are Sewage Department Superintendent Bruce Badger; mayoral assistant Hazel Davis, Fire Chief and city patrolman Greg Linne and City Councilman Tony Hollinden. Law enforcement has been "my life's calling," Faulkenberg said during a few minutes of reminiscing about his job.

  • Officials postpone orientation for PC eighth-graders

    LEOPOLD - Perry Central's eighth-grade orientation program will be postponed until Thursday, Feb. 28.

    The program is for all eighth-grade students at Perry Central and their parents.

    The free chili supper will start at 6 p.m. with the program at 6:30.

    RSVP by returning the flyer handed out to students or call Jody French at 843-5121.

  • Despite their name, barrens communities support diverse ecosystems

    Editor's Note: This is one of an occasional series of stories about attractions in the Hoosier National Forest. Information for this story on forest barrens was written by botanist Kirk Larson.

    TELL CITY - Barrens are globally rare natural communities that often contain spectacular displays of wildflowers and grasses more often seen in prairie settings. Ecologists characterize barrens by their poor, shallow or excessively drained soils, often occurring over bedrock or other substrates that experience drought conditions during at least part of the year.

  • Mu Gamma's sesquicentennial cookbooks available

    TELL CITY - Copies of a new cookbook published in conjunction with Tell City's sesquicentennial are hot off the press and available for purchase at several locations.

    The 360-page books sell for $10 each.

    Mu Gamma Sorority worked for several months gathering recipes. Once they were edited and organized, recipes were submitted to Debby Mills-Phillips of Lamar, who compiled and published the book.

    "We're very pleased with them and Mu Gamma thanks everyone who helped us by submitting recipes," sorority member and cookbook chairwoman Susan Harpenau said.

  • Historical society accepting orders for new history book

    256-pages cover sports, churches, business

    TELL CITY - A new pictorial history of Tell City being published to mark the community's 150th anniversary in 2008 will be available in July. However, the 256-page book's sponsor, the Tell City Historical Society, is taking prepublication orders through May 1.

    Layout of photos is complete and captions are currently undergoing editing, according to a news release issued last week by the historical society.