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  • 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.

  • Davisson, Oxley take aim at 73rd House seat

    TELL CITY - Bringing jobs to Perry and surrounding counties and helping small businesses were two goals candidates vying for the open District 73 Indiana House of Representative seat agreed on during a Sept. 25 forum.

    Sponsored by the Perry County Chamber of Commerce, Perry County News and Cromwell Radio Group, Republican Steve Davisson and Democrat Dennie Oxley Sr. answered questions posed by moderator and News Editor Vince Luecke ranging from privatization and time-zone disputes to how the state can help Hoosiers in bad economic times.

  • Etiennes hosting sustainable-ag seminar Oct. 18

    Public invited to learn more about value-added products

    SAINT CROIX - Perry County will host the next stop later this month on a statewide tour of sustainable agriculture enterprises.

    The Indiana Farm Sustainability Tour will be in Perry County Oct. 18 at Phil Etienne's Timber Harvest and Bear Hollow as part of a project known as Exploring Innovative Farm Systems for Profitable and Sustainable Indiana Agriculture.

  • Weekend tour visiting Bristow, Cannelton

    McCoy on stage Sunday as car show marks 19th year

    PERRY COUNTY - Perry County's Hoosier Heritage Fall Tour moves into its biggest weekend Saturday and Sunday with Cannelton's Heritage Fest Saturday and Bristow's Octoberfest and classic car show Sunday.

    With more than 50 vendors including food, arts, crafts and kids activities, there's something for everyone at Saturday's Cannelton Heritage Fest.

  • Tort claim alleges excessive use of force by police

    Attorney claims client was injured by Tell City officer

    TELL CITY - A tort-claim notice sent by a local attorney last week alleges a Tell City police officer used excessive force during an April search of a home, using an electric stun gun on his client without provocation.

    The notice was sent to county commissioners by Tell City attorney S. Rod Acchiardo but names Tell City Police Department and Patrolman Roger Smith, not the county, as parties to the claim. The document threatens to seek legal action against the city and the officer to obtain compensation.