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  • Weekend events will launch city's sesquicentennial

    Kangaroo Court fugitive search begins today

    TELL CITY - Tell City's 50th Schweizer Fest and sesquicentennial celebration is less than three weeks away and the list of events planned for the Aug. 2-9 celebration continues to grow. The number of entries for the opening-day parade have surpassed 120 and Kids' Day events will offer activities in City Hall Park and along Seventh Street.

    New pre-celebration activities are also kicking off across the city, including a new fugitive search that begins today.

    Sesquicentennial Parade

  • Property tax deadline set for Aug. 22

    Bills will be mailed around the end of July

    PERRY COUNTY - When property taxes go out at the end of this month, property owners will receive an additional form with their regular tax bills. The TS-1 form, or comparison form, will show owners what they paid last year compared to this year.

    Perry County Auditor Connie Berger pointed out that the comparison form is not a bill and the area marked "2008 Amount Due" is for the entire year, not each installment.

  • UPDATE, 1:51 p.m. Tuesday - Jurors deadlocked in penalty phase of trial; Goffinet to decide whether Kiplinger serves life sentence

    ENGLISH - Judge Lucy Goffinet will decide next month whether Kyle Kiplinger serves the rest of his life in prison or a fixed sentence of up to 65 years in prison for causing the death of Bobbi Jo Braunecker. Jurors who convicted Kiplinger Monday of murdering Bobbi Jo Braunecker in August 2006 deadlocked Tuesday on whether to recommend a life sentence for Kiplinger, who was convicted Monday of murder by a jury in Crawford County.

  • Fair Days

    Massey Drake and her miniature pinscher Cookey wait for their turn to enter the ring in Sunday's Perry County 4-H Fair Dog Show. County 4-H'ers also checked in their projects during the afternoon as this year's fair swung into action. Kayla Miller and Jonathon Flamion were crowned queen and king of this year's fair Monday evening and official opening ceremonies were noon Wednesday. This year fair continues today with livestock judging, with motocross races Friday and Saturday events include pig wrestling, baby contest and demolition Derby.

  • Third round of sesquicentennial historical treasure hunt begins

    TELL CITY - Violet Patterson of Tell City was the lucky winner in last week's second round of a historical treasure hunt sponsored by the Tell City Sesquicentennial Committee.

    Answers to clues published in last Thursday's News were Rubens Street and Mayor Theodore Kiefer. Kiefer's third term made him the city's 11th mayor. Thus the wooden token was located at Rubens and 11th streets, taped to a tree at the location of the former Gnau Dairy. The city maintains a garage there.

  • Skillman to speak at GOP picnic

    SPENCER COUNTY - Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman will be the guest of honor at the Perry-Spencer Republican Picnic July 24 at Mulzer's Camp west of Troy.

    Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the meal at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for students with children 6 and younger free. The public is invited.

    For more information call Tom McCart at 547-6156 or Jennifer Land at (812) 457-3158.

  • Baumeister honored for years of service

    TELL CITY - A police officer who worked 20 years before being sidelined by health issues was honored Monday for his service to Tell City.

    Charlie Baumeister began work as a patrolman in 1986 and was the community's Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officer for many years. He left active duty in 2006 and recently indicated to the city that he did not plan to return as a patrolman.

    Mayor Barbara Ewing said Baumeister was a valued police-department and community partner who cared for the city and its residents.

  • New library software limits computer time, aids print jobs

    TELL CITY - Tell City-Perry County Public Library patrons who use the computer lab will see some changes in the coming months. The board decided at its July 2 meeting to install PC-Cop, a print-management software.

    Library Director Larry Oathout told members that he is proposing installing the $6,000 software on the 22 computers in the computer lab. Patrons would be able to access the computers using barcodes from their library cards and a personal-identification number, allowing them computer access for two hours per day.

  • 4-H'ers big week under way

    PERRY COUNTY - A noon ceremony Wednesday officially opened this year's Perry County 4-H Fair, with activities and exhibits open to the public through Saturday evening. Livestock-judging events that began yesterday afternoon continue today with evening swine and beef shows.

    Friday brings the annual livestock auction and motocross racing with Saturday's schedule packed with a dressed-pet parade, pig-wrestling competition, mechanical bull rides and rodeo and demolition derby.

    Here's a rundown of events today through Saturday.

    Thursday, July 10

  • Superintendent announces 2009 retirement

    Board appoints DeSpain administrative assistant

    TELL CITY - Tell City-Troy Township School Corp. will soon begin looking for a new superintendent after Ron Etienne announced during Tuesday's school-board meeting he would retire next year.

    Etienne came out of retirement in 2004 to take over the school's superintendent position left open by Larry Phillips. Originally, Etienne told board members, he only planned to be with the corporation for a few months to deal with the budget, but has now been there for almost four years.