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  • Chapman: Effort to compress Indiana school year continues

    CANNELTON - "They should be more concerned that kids get an education than a vacation," Cannelton School Board member Barbara Beard said at a regular meeting Thursday.

    Schools Superintendent Al Chapman had said a calendar he proposed for next year is similar to those the school system has been using, which feature longer breaks through the year and a shorter summer break.

  • Public can submit questions ahead of April 15 forum

    TELL CITY - An April 15 forum will give Perry County voters preparing to go to the polls a chance to hear candidates' views on a variety of topics.

    The forum, sponsored by the Perry County Chamber of Commerce and The Perry County News will be held at the Schergens Center beginning at 6 p.m.

    Candidates in contested races will talk about their reasons for seeking elected office. They'll also answer questions.

  • All Sports Extravaganza March 31

    TELL CITY - The first Spring All Sports Extravaganza will be held Wednesday, March 31.

    This is an opportunity for the community and school to demonstrate school spirit and community pride. The evening will begin with a parade, which will start at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Washington and Main streets.

    The parade will continue to Jefferson Street and then east to 15th Street.

    A pep rally will follow at Legion Field at the conclusion of the parade. The Pep Club, which is sponsoring the event, encourages the community to support the endeavor.

  • File now for mobile-home deductions

    PERRY COUNTY - Perry County Auditor Connie Berger reminds owners of personal-property mobile homes that the period to file property-tax deductions and credits is in effect through March 31. Personal-property mobile-home owners are defined as those who do not own the real estate on which their mobile homes are situated.

    Deductions filed by March 31 will be applied to personal property mobile home tax statements mailed this year.

  • Chamber hosting small-business presentation April 1

    TELL CITY - The Indiana Small Business Development Center will host a workshop April 1 for people interested in starting their own businesses.

    The Launching Your own Business Workshop will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Perry County Chamber of Commerce Office at 601 Main St.

    Anyone exploring the start-up of a small business and new business owners may find the session helpful.

    A workbook will be provided to participants to lead the evening's discussion and can help participants identify steps they'll need to take during the start-up process.

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  • Bug could quiet 'crack of the bat'

    PERRY COUNTY - The crack of a baseball bat is all part of summer in North America. Yet one of its components, the baseball bat, is in jeopardy. The majority of baseball bats used by the big leagues are made from ash wood. All species of ash trees are currently threatened by an invasive beetle from Asia called the emerald ash borer.

  • UPDATE - Lackey suspends campaign, apologizes

    (Updated Thursday, 11:35 a.m.) BRANCHVILLE - A day after his arrest on a charge of drunk driving, Indiana conservation officer and candidate for Perry County Sheriff Joe lackey apologized for his actions and said he would suspend his campaign while dealing with personal issues.

    "I'm not going to actively campaign for now," Lackey said in a phone call to The News Thursday morning. He was released from the Spencer County Jail Wednesday night, where he was taken after being arrested in Tell City by part-time sheriff's deputy Roger Smith.

  • 63 lives remembered: Ceremonies mark crash anniversary

    CANNELTON - Cannelton Mayor Smokey Graves welcomed families of the Electra plane crash and recognized those in the audience who were among responders to the tragedy during a 50th-anniversary commemoration Saturday.

    He also read a letter from former Gov. and Sen. Birch Bayh, who was an Indiana House representative when the accident occurred.

    "Those who perished on March 17, 1960 are not forgotten," he wrote.

  • Worship service honors crash victims, survivors

    TELL CITY - Spiritual leaders from four faiths joined their thoughts and prayers Sunday with those from the community and relatives of those who died in an airline crash 50 years ago.

    The afternoon worship service at the Schergens Center recalled the lives of the 63 men, women and children who died March 17, 1960, when Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 710 broke up over Millstone and crashed.