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  • Men's Night Out Thursday

    TELL CITY - The Tell City Merchants group will host Men's Night Out Thursday to help men with their Christmas shopping. Men will need to send their significant others to local businesses before Thursday to fill out wish lists.

    Men just need to bring lists to the stores and purchase their gifts the day of the event. Each participating store will stay open until 8 p.m. and will have refreshments available. Most stores also provide gift wrapping.

  • PCMH health screenings set

    TELL CITY - Perry County Memorial Hospital will sponsor the last of several health screenings this week. Blood-pressure and glucose screenings will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Dale Public Library.

    Blood-pressure and glucose and total-cholesterol screenings will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Ramsey's Tavern in Derby. For more information call 547-0125.

  • BREAKING NEWS - Trooper hurt in alleged struggle

    PERRY COUNTY - A 43-year-old Bristow man is lodged in the Perry County Jail for aggravated battery and several other felonies after he allegedly fought with an Indiana State Police trooper and his police dog after a Thursday-night pursuit that ended with a crash on Scout Road.

  • Local author doesn't let MS stop her dreams

    TELL CITY - When Carolyn Reynolds was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in March of 1997, she didn't know it would lead her to become a published author and editor of an online magazine.

    At that time, Reynolds said the diagnosis was "out of left field" and she didn't know where she'd be because she didn't know much about MS. Reynolds and her husband, Roger, didn't even find out the correct diagnosis until five years after symptoms started to show.

  • Tell City, Leopold parades canceled by rainy weather

    PERRY COUNTY - A third consecutive rainy Sunday prompted the cancellation of Christmas parades in Tell City and Leopold. Neither parade will be rescheduled. Tell City's parade was originally scheduled for Nov. 25 and was rescheduled twice.

    Organizers of Leopold's parade, also washed out on its original Dec. 2 date, hoped to hold their event last Sunday, but it rained again.

  • County's jobless rate drops by .2%

    TELL CITY - Perry County's jobless rate dropped to 3.6 percent in October, the latest figures from Indiana Workforce Development show, down from 3.8 percent in September and well below the state and national averages.

    An estimated 345 men and women among the county's 9,578-person work force were out of work during the month, ranking the county 74th in the state. Neighboring Spencer County had a 3.5-percent unemployment rate, ranking it 77th in the state. Dubois County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state during October, at 2.7 percent.

  • Retired educator continues to give back to community

    MAGNET - Since Bob Ramsbottom came to Perry County nearly 40 years ago, the community has benefited from the various programs he's contributed to.

    Originally from Missouri, Ramsbottom started teaching at Perry Central Community School in 1968 as a physical- and health-education teacher and later became the school's athletic director. During his tenure at Perry Central, he coached football for the junior-high and high-school teams, coached track and even helped create a track event for elementary students.

  • It Must Have been the Mistletoe!

    Parasitic woodland plant found in treetops has intrigued humankind for millennia

    Ancient Druids judged the sprigs of greenery to be sacred gifts and wonders of the earth. During of the Middle Ages, families rich and poor gathered it from forests and hung balls of it from ceilings and barn doors. Far closer to our own times, Barbra Streisand sang about the plant's impact on us, crediting it for stoking the fires of love. What plant can boast such a hallowed history? Mistletoe, of course. Or, as Streisand declared in her 2001 tune, "It must have been the mistletoe."

  • Local soldiers record messages for children

    "Daddy bears" will help ease pain of year-long absences

    TELL CITY - Many of the soldiers working toward a deployment to Iraq early next year will leave something of themselves behind. Recordings of their voices, tucked into "daddy bears," will help soldiers remain in their children's lives during their absences.

    Jasper and Tell City organizations are making it happen.

  • Guitar strings and students

    Guitar club performs at school, city events

    CANNELTON - Eighth-grader Gary Biever "fiddled around with my brother's guitar when I was little," he said. His interest in playing the instrument has remained strong enough that he's stayed with a guitar club formed by Cannelton High School teacher Penny Hardman even as other students have come and gone.

    "People have dropped out," he said of a club now in its second year of public performances. "I guess they just got tired of practicing."