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  • Conscience on track in awareness hike

    DERBY – A former skate shop owner and event promoter from Florida has traded in his boards and ego for a thick-soled pair of hiking boots. The mission: to raise awareness for veterans’ suicide prevention.

    On his cross-country journey that will see him walk coast to coast, Reggie Storey Jr., 43, of Saint Augustine, Fla., a self-proclaimed adventure seeker, camped in Derby Thursday.

  • Spring Break Swing
  • Most county grads well prepared for college

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    PERRY COUNTY – More than half of all Perry County’s high school graduates from the Class of 2015 went on to attend college. In the most recent Indiana College Readiness reports announced by Indiana Department of Education, 56 percent of the class’ diploma earners from all three local school districts were university bound.

  • Appeals court sides with landowners

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    TELL CITY – The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that landowners who don’t want to be annexed by Tell City obtained sufficient signatures to formally challenge the city’s plans in court.

    Judges reversed a January 2016 decision by Special Judge William Weikert that annexation opponents had not obtained enough signatures on a petition seeking to remonstrate the city’s ordinance. 

  • News project will give boost to pollinators

    As gardening season nears, the Perry County News will invite readers to share photos of annual and perennial plants that provide food and habitat for bees, butterflies and birds.

    Collectively called pollinators, the creatures we look forward to each summer are facing a tough future in some places around the country as land on which they formally thrived is cleared. Meanwhile, pesticides threaten insects and bees face threats from chemicals and parasites.

  • Head’s up: Property tax bills coming next month

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    PERRY COUNTY – In another sure sign of spring, property tax bills will be arriving in Perry County property owners’ mailboxes next month. County Treasurer Judy Pund said tax bills will be mailed on April 10.

    The first installment of 2017 taxes will be due May 10 and the second installment will be due Nov. 13. 

    The tax bills mailed in April will include coupons for May and November payments.

  • Main Street’s business climate alive and growing

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – Building upon continued economic adjustments, Tell City’s downtown shopping district is a thriving mix of longevity and up-and-comers. From eateries and retail shops, to medical services and residences, the atmosphere of commerce is vibrant, yet primed for growth.

    But what’s the make or break factor for those who succeed on the Main Street corridor? For one, dedication to the plan, whatever that may be.

  • Mother, son killed in two-vehicle crash on U.S. 60

    HAWESVILLE, Ky. – A mother and son spending time together on spring break week lost their lives Monday after their compact car collided with a tractor-trailer on U.S. 60 near Hawesville.

    Ericka Dowell, 35, and her 12-year-old son, Jacob A. Wagner, were pronounced dead at the scene, Hancock County authorities said.

  • Inspiring a legend: Bluegrass ode recounts steamboat lore

    JAKE BETHEL

    Feature Writer

     

    TELL CITY – The first steam vessel equipped with electricity to arrive at the Tell City dock landed all the way back in the 1880s. It created a buzz that would make it into the mind of singer/songwriter John Hartford, who would channel the lore into a song over 100 years after that very boat, through the secondhand knowledge of his longtime friend and Perry Countian, Bert Fenn.

  • Sales of baby chicks brisk at area farm stores

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    The chirps of newly hatched chicks fill the air of Orscheln Farm and Home and Tractor Supply Co., two Tell City stores that sell young chicks, ducklings and, occasionally, goslings, each spring. Yes, it’s spring and that means a fresh chance to start a backyard flock of laying hens.

    More and more homeowners with a little space and a hankering for fresh eggs with their bacon are saying yes to a few hens and a rooster or two. The bedrock of the family farm is becoming more common in small cities and towns.