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  • Muddy business
  • Musician advances in USIdol contest, to perform April 18

    Competition is part of larger event that will feature 25 live bands, dance acts, drum lines

    TELL CITY - A Tell City musician profiled in an April 3 News story has earned the right to compete in the semifinal round of USIdol, a talent competition to be conducted April 18 and 19 at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.

  • Pandemic-flu exercise planned

    TELL CITY - The Perry County Health Department, Indiana State Department of Health and Purdue University will have a tabletop exercise on pandemic flu today from noon to 3 p.m. in the Perry County Courthouse Commissioners Room.

    The pandemic-flu scenario will help local agencies understand and plan for a worst-case scenario.

    For more information call the health department at 547-2746.

  • County council contenders communicate concerns

    Democrats describe issues they deem important

    TELL CITY - Democratic contenders for county-council seats converged in the Schergens Center Tuesday to tell attendees at a candidates forum, through opening remarks and by answering questions, why they're seeking election or re-election.

    Sponsored by The Perry County News and Perry County Chamber of Commerce, the event was moderated by News Editor Vince Luecke and broadcast live by radio station WLME 102.7 FM.

  • News staffers claim five writing awards

    Newspaper honored again for hard-hitting editorials

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Perry County News brought home five writing awards, including a first-place honor, from Friday's 2008 editorial awards luncheon sponsored by Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.

    Winners were announced Friday at the conclusion of LCNI's annual editorial meeting. The Shelbyville, Ky.-based company owns The News and more than 50 other community newspapers.

    Managing Editor Kevin Koelling won first place in the category for editorial writing.

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  • Electric rate hike trimmed by half

    Tell City Electric increases begin with July billing

    TELL CITY - The Tell City Common Council approved an electric-rate increase Monday that will raise residential customers' monthly bills by an average of 7.1 percent this summer.

  • Guidance sought on township assessors

    Promised memo says several issues sent to attorney general

    TELL CITY - Perry County Council members postponed Tuesday, for a third time, action concerning the transfer of township-assessor duties to the county assessor's office.

    "A memo came down," Council President Pete Franzman said, referring to guidance from state officials the council had expected to, but didn't receive in time for an April 1 meeting, "and we ran it by the county attorney. Until the attorney general issues rulings on these things, (the attorney) recommends we don't do anything."

  • Junior-high band earns contest silver

    Tell City musicians miss gold by 1 point

    TELL CITY - Tell City Junior High School musicians captured a silver award at an Indiana State School Music Association organizational festival Friday at Columbus East High School.

    Of the three judges, "one gave us gold and two gave us silver," Music Director Barry Reasoner said Tuesday, "and the majority rules."

    One of the judges awarding a silver rating said the seventh- and eighth-graders were only a point from earning gold, he added.

  • Escaped murderer, second man elude search

    Two scale prison fence at night, believed to be in western Kentucky

    BRANCHVILLE - Branchville Correctional Facility and its nearly 1,300 offenders remained on lockdown Wednesday as the search continued for two inmates who scaled a prison fence Friday night and allegedly stole a truck near Interstate 64 to aid their getaway.

    State police believe the two men, one of them a convicted murderer, fled to western Kentucky. Search efforts were focused in the Madisonville, Ky., area.