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  • A love story 70 years in the making

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    The small towns and rolling hills of Perry County have been home to centuries of happy marriages. Robert and Roseanna Gibson are but one example, but few Perry County couples carry a deeper devotion ... to one another, family, faith and community.

    “It’s been a great life and a great journey,” Roseanna says. As for marriage, on this Monday before Valentine’s Day, she has simple advice.

  • TIF impact on schools less than expected

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    TELL CITY – More than two years of discussion about the potentially detrimental effects tax-increment financing has on the Tell City School Corp.’s coffers came to a head Tuesday.

    An analysis by the Indianapolis-based accounting firm, London-Witte, presented during a school board planning session, showed that the schools loose an estimated $38,000, annually. That was substantially lower than previously claimed by TIF opponents.

  • More than 60 animals rescued from alleged hoarding situation

    By DON STEEN

    Staff Writer

     

    EVANSTON – A coordinated effort by Spencer County law enforcement and animal-support agencies from across the area successfully intervened in a case of suspected animal hoarding near Evanston Jan. 30. A search warrant carried out by Spencer County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Dunsworth led to the discovery of 62 dogs, three cats and three ponies being kept on the premises.

  • Long-time wanderer finds musical home in Perry County

    Leo Gronquist is many things. He is a grandfather, a father, a husband and works in the field of nuclear medicine at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and travelled Europe in his younger days. One common thread connects all of these segments of his life; his long-time love of playing music.

  • County stepping up attention on ADA, anti-discrimination

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    PERRY COUNTY – Local communities are more closely watching how agencies handle instances of possible discrimination.

    A year ago, Perry County implemented policies to help formalize guidance to ensure compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act provisions, as well as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  • IURC hearing garners input on new emission controls

     

    By DON STEEN

    Staff Writer

     

    REO – Concerned citizens from across the area participated in a public field hearing conducted by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission at South Spencer High School Thursday, Feb. 2.

    The hearing focused on a proposal by Indiana Michigan Power, a subsidiary of American Electric Power, to install new pollution controls on Unit 2 of the Rockport Generating Station, an upgrade that would be necessary to comply with a federal-consent decree and maintain operation past 2019.

  • Commissioners mull vacating undeveloped Leopold streets, state’s gas-tax proposal

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    PERRY COUNTY – A request to vacate a pair of platted but never developed streets in Leopold was met with mixed action by the board of county commissioners. The thoroughfares in question were referred to as Indiana and German streets.

    Ultimately, the commissioners voted in favor of vacating Indiana Street, but tabled the petition for similar action on German Street.

  • Santa Jim Yellig receives the Sagamore of the Wabash Award

    SANTA CLAUS – Raymond Joseph “Jim” Yellig has received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, Indiana’s highest civilian honor.

    His legacy will be honored during a ceremony at the Santa Claus Museum & Village on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m.

    The Hoosier Santas and honored guests will bestow the award to Yellig’s daughter, Pat Koch. Koch is the founder of the Santa Claus Museum & Village and a 2013 recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash Award. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

  • Head-on IN-37 crash injures both drivers

    PERRY COUNTY – A head-on collision between a car and truck Tuesday afternoon sent both drivers to hospitals but a child in the car escaped injury despite the car being nearly torn in two by the impact.

    According to the Perry County Sheriff’s Department, the fist of several calls reporting the crash just north of Indiana 70 was received at 3:10 p.m. Dispatchers immediately summoned deputies, firefighters and the Perry County Rescue Squad.

  • Adams, council defend utility rate increases

     

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    TELL CITY – Mayor Jim Adams and members of the city council defended water and wastewater rate hikes during a lengthy City Hall meeting Monday but agreed more could have been done to alert residents about the upcoming increases.

    The average resident’s monthly water bill, based on 4,000 gallons of usage, went up 61 percent, from $14.88 to $23.96. The basic wastewater charge is now at $39.42 per month, an increase of $15.54 or 65 percent.