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  • Two new school buses on their way to Perry Central

    LEOPOLD - The Perry Central School Board agreed at a meeting Jan. 21 to purchase two new school buses and filled several coaching positions in boys and girls sports.

    The two new buses purchased through Kerlin Bus Sales won't arrive for several months, Superintendent Mary Roberson said, and when they roll in, will have price tags of $88,222 each.

  • Kiplinger murder trial pushed back to July

    TELL CITY - Kyle S. Kiplinger's trial, scheduled to begin Feb. 12, has been delayed until July because a key witness for the prosecution is due to give birth the same week.

    Judge Lucy Goffinet granted a request to reassign the murder trial to the weeks of July 7 and July 14 in Crawford County. The case was moved there last year after a jury could not be seated in a first trial.

  • Sherry, Fortwendel seek re-election to county commissioner seats

    PERRY COUNTY - Incumbent Perry County Commissioners Don Sherry and Jody Fortwendel filed last week for re-election to their respective seats. The two Democrats will be on their party's ballot in the May 6 primary.

    Sherry is seeking a second term in District 1 while Fortwendel is running for a fourth term in District 3. District 1 covers all of Troy Township while Clark, Anderson and Oil townships form District 3.

    Candidates must live in their district but are voted upon by all voters in the county.

  • Council defers sheriff's $25,000 request

    Glenn hopes to employ part-time deputy

    TELL CITY - Perry County Council members tabled at a regular meeting Jan. 24 a request from Sheriff Bob Glenn for a $25,000 additional appropriation intended to pay a part-time officer's salary.

    A part-time deputy is needed, Glenn told the council, to fill a gap created when existing deputies take vacation, holiday or personal-days time off or the sick leave they're entitled to. Added up, the six deputies' time off totals 115 man-days per year.

  • Officials agree to back port bonds

    TELL CITY - Perry County Council members provided in a regular meeting Jan. 24 financial backing the county's port authority needed in order to issue bonds for an infrastructure upgrade.

  • Frigid Start to Friday

    The thermometer in front of First State Bank registered a frigid 5 degrees just after 8 a.m. Friday after logging a low of minus 3 before dawn. The cold had employees at City Hall (background) arriving for their jobs hurrying inside. While Friday was sunny, the mercury never reached the freezing point. Forecasters were calling for cloudy but warmer conditions today, with a high of 49.

  • Visitors bureau planning for 2008 Dogwood Tour

    PERRY COUNTY - Perry County will again play host to its 46th annual Dogwood Tour April 26-27.

    The tour takes visitors and locals alike through Perry County to marvel as winter surrenders to the beauty of spring. The Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau is taking applications from businesses that want to participate in this year's tour. Applications must be received by the CVB office no later than Feb. 15 to be included in the annual printed brochure.

  • Chief justice to speak at 2008 Lincoln Day Program

    LINCOLN CITY - Frank Williams, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island and one of the country's most renowned experts on Abraham Lincoln, will be the featured speaker at the annual Lincoln Day Program Feb. 10.

    The program begins at 2 p.m. in the Abraham Lincoln Hall of Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City.

    Following the indoor program, the traditional pilgrimage to the gravesite of Nancy Hanks Lincoln for a wreath-laying ceremony will be held.

  • Conversational Spanish course begins Feb. 4

    LEOPOLD - Vincennes University Jasper Campus, in cooperation with the Community Learning Center of Perry County and Perry Central High School, will offer a course on conversational Spanish.

    This adult-education course is designed for beginners and will be an introduction to word phrases that are useful in everyday situations. Students will learn proper pronunciation and vocabulary that may be used day-to-day when traveling or at work and also learn about Hispanic culture and society.

  • Round Up grant requests due Feb. 15

    PERRY COUNTY - The Operation Round Up board of trustees will accept grant applications until Feb. 15 for the first round of disbursement in March. Applications are available in the Southern Indiana Rural Electric Corp. office and at www.sirec.com.