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  • Students fare better than state averages on latest ISTEP

    PERRY COUNTY - Two students in each of Perry County's three school systems achieved perfect scores on individual portions of the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress exams, and county pupils posted more averages above than below those of students statewide, according to results released to the public Dec. 12.

    Among Perry County students, the percentages of students who earned passing or "pass-plus" scores on the annual exams were higher than state averages in 13 instances and lower in 10 for both the math and English portions.

  • Holiday Melodies

    Flutists contributing to holiday melodies (top photo) performed during the Tell City High School Christmas concert Sunday included, from the left, Hannah Braunecker, Laurie Saalman, Emily Schilling, Mary Burst and Kayla Bailey.

  • Offices closing for Christmas, New Year's holidays

    PERRY COUNTY - Many local governmental offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday, as well as the Jan. 1, for the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

    County offices, including the annex building in Cannelton, will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1.

    Also closed those days will be city offices in Troy, Cannelton and Tell City, including the Tell City Electric Department. Cannelton city offices will also be closed Dec. 31.

  • Media-club Mousketeers

    Cannelton teacher and media-club sponsor Joan Goble projects digital images from the club's trip to California onto a screen for Cannelton School Board members to view Dec. 12 as students, decked out in official mouse ears and souvenir hat, describe their trip to Disneyland. The club made the trip to the International Student Media Festival in October to collect the latest of their awards for Web sites they create about their community. With Goble, from the left, are Rachel Pierrard, Darin Sandage, Logan Nugent, Damon Powers and Jacob Kennedy.

  • Strassell proud of her City Hall years

    Tell City's mayor reflects on what she has, hasn't been able to accomplish

    TELL CITY - As her days in office dwindle, Tell City's first female mayor hopes to be remembered as a caring leader who reached out to the community, listened to the needs of residents and gave city employees the independence to do their jobs free of mayoral interference.

    "I think they'll remember me as a mayor who listened, who got people involved and who had a management style that let city employees, especially department heads, do their best," Gayle Strassell said last week.

  • Bristow man jailed on meth charges

    BRISTOW - A 32-year-old Bristow man was jailed Monday afternoon after state police investigating a possible methamphetamine lab discovered drug-making chemicals and supplies, troopers said.

    Patrick Donaldson, 32, of 20648 Main St., was arrested at 4:15 p.m. and faces a Class B felony charge of manufacturing methamphetamine. He is also charged with possessing two or more drug precursors, possessing anhydrous ammonia in an unapproved container, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance.

  • TC school board wraps up year with staff changes, new certified contract

    TELL CITY - The Tell City-Troy Township School Board conducted some end-of-year business at its meeting Monday, including staff changes and a new contract for certified staff.

    Ron Etienne, superintendent of schools, updated the board on support staff changes including high-school cafeteria manager Elizabeth Dickman retiring in January and hiring Jo Waninger for three and a half hours at William Tell as a cafeteria assistant. Waninger will assume Janean Fella's five-hour position and current employees will take over additional hours.

  • Ruling awaited in abuse case

    Archdiocese wants lawsuits dismissed

    INDIANAPOLIS - A man who allegedly sexually abused five boys while serving as a priest in Tell City, Cannelton and Troy has admitted to sexually abusing some others and admitted "he may have also had contact with others," according to a lawyer representing 17 people who've accused the former clergyman of the crime.

  • Port's directors approve site-use plans

    TELL CITY - The board of directors for the Perry County Port Authority approved in a special meeting Monday a resolution and memorandum of understanding concerning the move of a boat-building company into the former Maxon Marine site they occupy.

  • Foertsch's plans win city council, port support

    Tell City OKs lease terms for city land

    TELL CITY - With one nay vote, the Tell City Common Council agreed Monday to approve a memorandum of understanding with Spencer County businessman Don Foertsch and his new Tell City Boat Works.

    The memorandum paves the way for Foertsch to begin using portions of the city-owned former Maxon Marine site to make a variety of marine vessels. This week's deal will also form the basis of the formal 10-year contract the city and Foertsch are expected to enter into in early 2008.