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  • Trail Fees 101: Where does the money go?

    Editor's Note: Information for this article on trail fees in the Hoosier National Forest was provided by Les Wadzinski, the forest's recreation-program manager.

    Why is there a fee for the use of trails in the Hoosier National Forest?

  • Lincoln Hills offers help with energy bills

    TELL CITY - Hoosiers may apply for assistance with their heating bills through a program called the Energy Assistance Program, announced Larry K. Kleeman, executive director of Lincoln Hills Development Corp.

    Appointments must be made and are now being accepted. The Low Income Home Energy Assitance Program is federal block grant funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and administered by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

  • Crisis Connection gives Girl Scouts safety tips

    PERRY COUNTY - Crisis Connection Inc. hosted a "Staying Safe" workshop Sept. 24 for more than 100 Daisy, Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts and their leaders from Raintree Council.

    The '"Staying Safe" curriculum used was designed to help girls and the people who care for them learn ways to better ensure their personal security. Created with input from girls ages 4 to 17 years, the series is a component of Project Anti-Violence Education, the Way, a national Girl Scout violence intervention initiative funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

  • Registration deadline nears for special election

    PERRY COUNTY - Perry County Clerk Jean Schulthise reminds voters of the Tell City-Troy Township School District, including Tell City, the town of Troy and Troy Township, that Oct. 5 is the last day to register to vote in the special election to be held Nov. 3.

    The election is being held to decide proposed improvements to Tell City High School.

  • Regional arts association hosting amateur photography contest

    TELL CITY - The Tell City Regional Arts Association will host an amateur photo contest at City Hall from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29. This is the day of Tell City's Christmas Parade. Submissions for the contest are now being accepted.

    Cash prizes will be awarded, including $150 for best of show. Visitors will be allowed to vote for a Peoples Choice Award.

    Entries will be limited to three per person with two age groups and five categories, people, animals, landscape and plants, architectural and other.

  • Roadside memorials discussion stirs emotion

    TELL CITY - County Commissioner Jody Fortwendel said at a regular meeting Sept. 2 he wanted input from county residents about a possible ordinance on roadside memorials. He got nearly an hour's worth at the commissioners' latest meeting Wednesday.

    Approximately 20 people attended the meeting, many of them high-school students.

    "We're here in protest of any kind of time limits," said Jeff Jones, an adult who noted, "it's the way we pay tribute to our lost loved ones."

  • Waupaca idling its Tennessee foundry

    ETOWAH, Tenn. - The idling of a ThyssenKrupp Waupaca foundry in Tennessee could bring extra production to the company's Tell City facility in 2010. Some employees of the Tennessee plant will be offered positions here or in Waupaca, Wis.

    The Daily Post-Athenian  in Athens, Tenn., reported that the company would idle the plant Jan. 1, 2010, eliminating 276 local jobs.

  • Student count virtually unchanged

    PERRY COUNTY - This year's enrollment in Perry County schools is up only one-and-a-half students over last year, according to their superintendents.

    Superintendent Al Chapman said 253 students were in Cannelton City Schools buildings Sept. 18, the state's official "count day" for this year. While the student population may continue to fluctuate as people move into or out of the district, state funding is based on that number. Chapman said the figure is two students lower than he reported last year.

  • ISTEP scores low statewide

    PERRY COUNTY - Perry Central Community School fared better than the other two school systems in Perry County in results of Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress released Sept. 16 by the state's Education Department.

    In areas examined by The News, Perry Central achieved rates higher than state averages in 35 categories and lower in 22. Tell City-Troy Township students achieved higher-than-average passing rates in 30 areas and lower rates in 28. Cannelton City Schools students achieved rates higher that state averages in three areas and lower in 49.

  • Utility eyes site for new substation

    TELL CITY - The Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety gave a green light Sept. 21 to an electric-department request to survey and appraise a 2.3-acre parcel of land it wants to purchase for a proposed new substation.

    Marlow Smethurst, superintendent of the Tell City Electric Department, said the new site on the northeast side of Tell City along Spring Road would serve areas in and near the city that will likely see development in coming years, including land that might be annexed into the city.