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  • Adventures with Nature back at Tipsaw Lake

    TIPSAW LAKE - Want to know more about the Great Outdoors? Interested in learning about amphibians, wilderness survival and wild animals?

    Then plan to attend the Adventures with Nature program Saturday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tipsaw Lake in the Hoosier National Forest.

    A variety of exhibitors and programs will highlight the area's natural resources, with demonstrations and exhibits for the entire family.

  • Top fiddler returns to Cedar Valley Bluegrass Festival next month Derby

    DERBY - Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper will be back at the Cedar Valley Bluegrass Festival July 4-5.

    Cleveland recently was named to his fifth title as fiddle player of the year by the International Bluegrass Music Association and his band Flamekeeper was honored as the 2007 instrumental band of the year.

    The annual festival is located on Indiana 70, three miles from Derby. It starts at 2 p.m. the Fourth of July and at noon the following Saturday. Cleveland will play both days.

  • New Albany driver jailed after Saturday run from state police

    PERRY COUNTY - A New Albany man allegedly driving drunk behind the wheel of a 1985 Ford LTD couldn't outrun a trooper and his 300-horsepower Ford Mustang Saturday and spent the weekend in the county jail.

    Trooper Tim Weisenberger was on routine traffic patrol near the Perry County-Crawford County line just before 3:30 p.m. when he noticed a driver who wasn't wearing a seatbelt. Weisenberger activated his Ford Mustang's lights and siren but the driver, later identified as Kevin Lee Starks, 44, of New Albany allegedly sped up and refused to stop.

  • Coaching staffs to get raise

    TELL CITY - High-school and junior-high coaches and their assistants will get 3-percent raises for the next school year after a recommendation to that effect was approved by the Tell City-Troy Township School Board June 10.

    Schools Superintendent Ron Etienne said at a regular board meeting pay for extracurricular athletic positions hadn't been adjusted since he arrived in 2004. Board member Dr. Gene Ress said it may have been seven or eight years since coaching staffs saw raises.

  • Smiles abound as senior athletes take aim at medals

    TELL CITY - Senior athletes, most of them wearing sky-blue T-shirts, threw bean bags and washers, angled for mock fish and raced wheelchairs Monday in quests for gold, silver and bronze medals.

    The annual Perry County Nursing Home and Assisted Living Games drew residents of Golden Living Center-Lincoln Hills and Oakwood Health Campus for friendly morning competition at Tell City American Legion Post 213.

    The games are sponsored by the Southwestern Indiana Regional Council on Aging. Winners in Monday's events were as follows:

    Ring Toss

  • PC grad shares musical dream with alma mater

    LEOPOLD - Around age 12 James Kloeppel made a decision - he was going to be a musician and would make it work.

    And he has by recently signing with the band Within The Eddy.

    Kloeppel's venture began when he picked up a saxophone for fifth-grade band at Perry Central and during an after-school program, got interested in guitars. "It was a new thing, playing the guitar," he said, adding that his grandfather is a jazz guitarist.

  • Failures elsewhere may mean upgrades here

    Flooding sends rail contractors northward

    TELL CITY - "We always hear there's no money because it's all used up," Perry County Port Authority Board President Alvin Evans said at a regular meeting June 11. That may change.

    At a recent Indiana Department of Transportation meeting where that agency's Local Public Agencies Program was discussed, he learned money is often committed, then "nobody ever brings the projects forward," and the money is tied up for long periods of time.

  • New product, fuel prices may brighten port's future

    Magnesium oxide diverted to Tell City shipping facility

    TELL CITY - The Perry County Port Authority has taken on a new product and appears to be able to launch a project previously put on hold.

    Magnesium oxide looks similar to charcoal briquettes and is used in blast furnaces and steel mills, explained Dick Neumann, who said the product should start moving through the port of Tell City in mid- or late July.

  • Learning to serve
  • Oxley to be Long Thompson's running mate

    Democrat could be state's next lieutenant governor

    INDIANAPOLIS - Dennie Oxley, who has represented portions of Perry County in the Indiana House of Representatives for close to a decade, is Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jill Long Thompson's choice for a running mate.