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Local News

  • FSA extends sign-up deadline for programs

    ROCKPORT - Farmers in Perry and Spencer counties who were attempting to meet a Sept. 16 deadline for certain disaster assistance programs but couldn't due to the impacts of the remnants of Hurricane Ike have until Sept. 29 to file at the Spencer-Perry Farm Service Agency Office near Rockport.

  • Story-time series begins Sept. 30 in TC

    TELL CITY - It's registration time for kids who want to attend Small Talk: Listening With Our Hearts - Signing With Our Hands story time series at the Tell City-Perry County Public Library.

    The series is for children ages 2 to 6 years old and features songs, games, crafts and a video that teaches children how to sign beginning words and phrases.

  • Harvest hopes dashed by wind

    Farmers face steep losses after gusts down corn just ahead of harvest

    TELL CITY - A months-long - and mostly successful - growing season for Perry County corn farmers was blown way, literally, Sept. 14 as powerful winds flattened maturing fields. Damage varied depending on location and maturity level of plants, with the fields closest to harvest sustaining some of the worst damage.

    Many fields were virtually flattened and will be difficult to harvest, although some farmers planned to purchase special attachments that will help pick up some of the downed stalks.

  • United Way seeks volunteers for Day of Caring

    PERRY COUNTY - United Way of Perry County will sponsor its community-wide Youth Day of Caring Nov. 2. Junior- and senior-high school age youth from churches, schools, scout groups, 4-H clubs and other groups are invited to assist local nonprofits in this community.

    Youth and their adult leaders will spend the afternoon on tasks such as staining, painting, cleaning, washing windows, raking leaves, weeding flower beds and helping those in need.

  • City leaders eye fast-track plan for combined sewers

    5-year implementation could save more than $600,000

    TELL CITY - Reducing by half the number of years Tell City will take to eliminate its combined-sewer overflows could save the community more than half a million dollars and lessen the impact on monthly sewage bills, members of the city council learned last week.

    However, city residents will eventually pay several dollars more each month because of federal and state mandates to eliminate sewer discharges into public waterways.

  • County workers to get $1,000 raise in '09

    Auditor projects tax rate will drop

    PERRY COUNTY - Full-time county employees will see an additional $1,000 in their annual pay next year, and part-timers will get an additional $500, after Perry County Council members adopted Thursday a salary ordinance for 2009. Hourly workers will see a 3-percent raise in their pay.

  • Clean-up crews target TCHS

    Board approves budget resolutions

    TELL CITY - For several years, Tell City High School Principal Dale Stewart said at a school-board meeting Sept. 9, he heard teachers say they'd gone to other schools in April to help them out.

    "Why can't we get that?" he wondered.

    "It's called Outreach to Teach, and we'll be the school this year," Stewart told the board members. Fifty to 100 teachers and prospective teachers will arrive in Tell City to work April 17 or 18 to perform painting, landscaping and other clean-up jobs.

  • Driver pulled from burning truck after 18-mile chase

    Wheatley crashes vehicle on IN-70; saved by officers he tried to outrun

    CANNELTON - A Kentucky man nearly burned to death early Sunday before being pulled to safety by the very police officers he tried to outrun during a pursuit that crossed portions of Perry and Spencer counties and ended only when he crashed his truck west of Troy.

  • Event supports drug-awareness group

    Donations sought for festival

    TELL CITY - Organizers of a benefit Drug Awareness Festival planned for Oct. 25-26 at the Orscheln's Farm and Home store are seeking donations to help make the event a success.

    To be conducted in conjunction with the national Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31, the local observance will include guest speakers, a silent auction, games, a car and bike show, games, a children's store and baby contest.

  • Children get free books monthly

    TELL CITY - A free children's book every month.

    No bills sent to parents. No income guidelines to follow. The only requirement is for children to be no older than 5 years old.

    This is made possible by Imagination Library, which was started by Dolly Parton in the 1990s to provide books to every preschool-aged child in her home county of Seiver County, Tenn. Since then, more than 900 communities in 47 states, Canada and the United Kingdom have taken advantage of this program.