Local News

  • Supporters celebrate new animal shelter

    Open house Saturday showcases facility

    CANNELTON - "Our furry friends ... We rescue their lives ... They rescue our hearts."

    A sign etched with those words hanging in the kitchen of the Perry County Animal Shelter captures the mission of the new home for homeless dogs and cats - and the men, women and businesses whose time, talent and treasure led to its creation.

  • Treats will entice community to raise United Way funds

    PERRY COUNTY - United Way volunteers will soon visit small businesses throughout the county during the annual Dogwood Festival with doughnuts in hand as they remind the community to "Do-Nut Forget Those Less Fortunate."

    Volunteers will help small businesses in the area raise funds for the United Way of Perry County. Campaign chairwoman Rita Mahoney and co-chair Debbie Elder are starting the 2008 campaign with a special small-business blitz this spring.

  • Main Street additions

    Green Thumb Landscaping employees Gabriel Zavala, Danny Wright and Jason Felker maneuver a new willow oak tree into place in the 700 block of Main Street last week. The new trees were the first to be planted in a four-block area currently undergoing sidewalk improvements under a grant-funded project. Trees will be planted only on the west side of the 700 block to keep growing oaks from blocking the view of City Hall. Approximately 30 new trees will be planted on both sides of Main Street in the 400, 500 and 600 blocks.

  • Property owner wants to convert former Harvest House to church

    TELL CITY - The operator of what was for many years a local homeless shelter for men will have to work with local and state officials to move forward with plans to convert the Main Street building to a church.

    Members of the Tell City Technical Advisory Committee took no official action at its meeting last Wednesday on plans by Ray Batie to convert the former Harvest House into a church.

  • Confusion on trustees' jobs remains unresolved

    Council meeting recessed second time

    TELL CITY - Perry County council members remained unsure after a special meeting Tuesday morning how to fairly terminate the duties of township assessors, and agreed to meet again after seeking more guidance.

    Tuesday's meeting was a continuation of another March 27, reported in Monday's News, where two township officials sought to determine how developments at the state level affect them. One development was a requirement that township assessors attain certification by the end of last year.

  • Local musician helps raise drunk-driving awareness

    Message, self-promotion a good blend, performer says

    TELL CITY - A Tell City musician has added his talents to efforts by a record company to raise awareness about the tragic impacts of drunk driving.

  • Avoid ID theft

    PERRY COUNTY - Easy-to-take, common-sense steps can lessen the odds of falling victim to identity theft.

    Invest in a crosscut shredder that dices documents into small rectangular pieces, not long ribbons. Shred all documents that contain personal information, including old bank statements and credit-card statements.

    Balance bank accounts once a month and check for errors or withdrawals you did not authorize. Don't forget to scan credit-card statements for anything suspicious.

  • Community group fighting identity theft

    Upcoming meetings offer tips on how to avoid scam artists

    TELL CITY - A series of free presentations this spring will show Perry Countians how to avoid falling victim to identity theft, a crime affecting millions of Americans each year.

    The upcoming meetings, which began this week and continue through June, are sponsored by the Perry-Spencer Community Advisory Council, an association of local health-care facilities in the two counties. The council sponsors projects each year, many of them geared toward senior citizens.

  • Educator opens up the world through languages

    TELL CITY - Every day, in some way or another, we deal with other cultures and languages. Whether it's something small like shopping or making a deal with a large corporation, language is an integral part of our lives and one local teacher strives to make sure her students don't lack.

    After growing up in different countries and traveling with the military, Jeanne Sanders developed a knack for languages. Her travels are what motivated her to share her love of languages, leading her to get degrees in Spanish and French.

  • County establishes rainy-day fund

    Account allows county to retain excess COIT, EDIT money

    TELL CITY - Perry County Council members adopted at a regular meeting Thursday an ordinance establishing a "rainy-day fund" where unused and unencumbered funds may be banked.

    "Funds raised by a general or special tax levy on taxable property within the county" may be deposited into the fund, the ordinance states, "whenever the purpose of such tax levy has been fulfilled and an unused and unencumbered balance remains."