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  • Cannelton leaders mull 35-percent electric-rate hike

    Consultant: Without increase, city utility may face bankruptcy in 18 monthsCANNELTON - Cannelton residents will see a 35.12-percent increase in their electric rates before the end of the year if a consultant's proposal is adopted by city leaders after a public hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 5.

    Utilities Director Phillip Ball said the increase would add $21.63 to the average residential customer's monthly bill, and urged individuals to call his office at 547-7919 to find out what the hike will mean based on their usage.

  • Correction

    In the "Property tax deadline set for Aug. 22" story published in the July 14 issue, The News mistakenly reported that the offices of auditor, assessor and recorder offices would collect property-tax payments. The only courthouse office that will receive payments is the treasurer's office.

    Perry County Treasurer Connie Berger said Aug. 22 is only the first deadline. Property owners need to pay half of what is reflected on their tax bills on that date, with the second deadline set for Nov. 10. Watch The News for updated information about property-tax deadlines.

  • County roads to be closed

    PERRY COUNTY - Two county roads will be closed for work Monday, according to County Highway Superintendent Ed Feix.

    He said Zion Road, also known as County Road 77, will be closed Monday and possibly Tuesday for installation of a large culvert.

    Work on Leopold-Oriole Road, County Road 119, will take approximately one week, Feix said.

  • Force multiplication

    Jean Schulthise, first deputy in the county clerk's office, swears in five law enforcers as part-time sheriff's deputies Monday in the county courthouse. Adding the part-time work to their current duties are, from the left, Tell City police officers Derrick Lawalin, Heather Glenn and Roger Smith, and Cannelton officers Lee Hall and Micah Jackson.

  • Get your tickets for 1776 stage production

    TELL CITY - After a year's absence, Schweizer Fest Inc. will once again bring theatrical entertainment to Tell City.

    In honor of the historical significance of the city's sesquicentennial, this year's production is 1776, the story of our founding fathers' efforts in the Continental Congress, set to a musical theme.

    This year's presentations will take place Thursday, July 31; Friday, Aug. 1, and Saturday, Aug. 2 at 8 p.m.

    Sunday, Aug. 3, will feature a matinee performance beginning at 2 p.m.

  • Habitat for Humanity awarded $10,000

    TELL CITY - Habitat for Humanity of Perry County will receive $10,000 as part of $2.5 million in tax credits being awarded to 172 Hoosier organizations as part of a Neighborhood Assistance Program.

    Awards were approved by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority Board of Directors and will be used to benefit economically disadvantaged citizens and communities.

    "The Neighborhood Assistance Program works to revitalize our neighborhoods and strengthen our communities," said Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman.

  • TC man hurt when cycle strikes deer

    TELL CITY - A large deer trying to cross Indiana 37 triggered an accident Tuesday evening that seriously injured a Tell City man.

    Robert M. Howard, 58, of 1411 10th St., suffered head injuries when his 1998 Harley Davidson struck the animal just north of Tell City.

    Trooper George Wooten said a northbound pickup truck driven by Gary James, 64, of Magnet, struck the deer first.

    The animal then entered the southbound lane and struck Howard's motorcycle.

  • Calling backyard chefs

    TELL CITY - There are only two weeks left to join in on the fun and competition for the sesquicentennial Schweizer Fest barbecue cook-off to be held in Tell City's City Hall Park Saturday, Aug. 2.

  • Festival to honor eldest, newest citizens

    TELL CITY - The Tell City Sesquicentennial Committee is looking for the oldest male and female residents of Tell City in hopes of honoring them at the upcoming sesquicentennial.

    Also to be recognized will be the first male and female infants born on or after Aug. 2, the opening day of the festival.

    Winners will receive certificates.

    To nominate someone for the oldest citizen, send the person's name, address, date of birth and telephone number to P.O. Box 728, Tell City, IN 47586.

  • Kiplinger found guilty of murder

    Jury can't agree on sentence of life in prison without parole

    ENGLISH - The Crawford County jury that convicted Kyle Kiplinger of murder Monday deliberated for another four hours Tuesday but failed to reach a unanimous verdict on whether the Tell City man should spend the rest of his life in prison for the 2006 slaying of Bobbi Jo Braunecker.

    Asked by Judge Lucy Goffinet if more time might lead the panel to a unanimous decision in the penalty phase of the trial, the jury's foreman frowned. "At this point, I don't see how," he said.