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Local News

  • Social Security rep visiting Wednesday

    TELL CITY - A representative of the Social Security Administration will be at City Hall in Tell City 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday to help residents with issues related to Social Security benefits.

    Future visits are planned for Feb. 13 and March 12 at the same location and times.

    The toll-free Social Security Administration telephone number is (800) 772-1213. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • County's jobless rate rises slightly during November

    TELL CITY - Perry County's unemployment rate climbed by four-tenths of a percent in November, with an estimated 4 percent of the county's work force unemployed, up from the previous month but below the statewide average of 4.4 percent.

    October's jobless rate stood at 3.6 percent.

    The county's jobless rate ranked it 67th among the state's 92 counties.

    Spencer County also had a 4-percent unemployment rate during the month. Crawford County's jobless rate stood at 5.5 percent.

  • Have the winter blues? If so, you're not alone

    TELL CITY - If you are feeling blue this winter, you are not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 20 million Americans suffer from a depressive disorder each year. In fact, depression affects people of all ages and income levels.

  • Community foundation announces opportunities

    PERRY COUNTY - Joe Kress, chairman of the Perry County Community Foundation's board of directors, has announced that scholarship opportunities are available through the foundation's Community Scholarship Program and the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program.

    The program is made up of 25 scholarship funds, each with individual selection criteria and eligibility requirements, created by donors to provide Perry County students with opportunities for advanced education.

  • Taking wing

    A large red-tailed hawk sails past tree branches last week. The majestic birds can often be seen perched on limbs or even utility lines, sunning themselves and looking for prey.

  • City electric utility will see new GIS mapping system; board approves 4-year wage contract

    TELL CITY - During a Dec. 18 meeting, the Tell City Electric Department's board of directors approved a multi-year wage-and-benefits agreement with its linemen and agreed to purchase a comprehensive geographic information system-based mapping system.

  • Landmark Communications exploring sale; Decision could affect ownership of The News

    NORFOLK, Va. - The parent company of Landmark Community Newspapers Inc. announced Thursday it may put itself up for sale, a decision that could affect ownership of The Perry County News and dozens of other community newspapers.

    Landmark Communications, based in Norfolk, Va., confirmed it was exploring strategic alternatives, including the possible sale of the company's businesses, said Richard F. Barry III, vice chairman of the company.

    Barry was quoted in a story Thursday on the Web page of the Virginian Pilot in Norfolk.

  • Public hearing on electric-rate hike on this evening's council agenda

    TELL CITY - A proposed electric-rate increase is expected to come before the Tell City Common Council this evening, members' first meeting of the new year, with a public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m.

    The Tell City Electric Department has proposed rate increases that would boost the average cost of power provided to its customers by 12.9 percent. If approved, the new schedule of rates and charges could take effect by April. The new rates could raise an additional $1 million per year in revenue.

  • Officials make annual county appointments

    Several people retain duties for 2008, some replacements necessary

    TELL CITY - A number of appointments and agreements for the New Year were approved by the Perry County commissioners in two of their final meetings last year.

    Charlotte Rogier will continue to serve as county administrator and Ed Feix will retain his highway-superintendent status, after the commissioners made annual appointments at their Dec. 17 meeting.

  • County council funds jail medical services

    Issue returns to board of commissioners today

    TELL CITY - Perry County Council members voted in a special meeting Thursday to fund jail-prisoner medical services provided by Peoria, Ill.-based Advanced Correctional Healthcare.

    As The News reported Dec. 31, the company offered to take on duties performed the last several years by local physician Dr. Will Marcrum. In response to a call for 2008 bids, Marcrum reluctantly offered to continue providing services at three times the $1,000-per-month cost he previously charged.