Local News

  • Failed talks stall coal-gasification project

    ROCKPORT – The coal gasification project hoping to locate in Spencer County has been stalled and the hold on the project might be temporary, according to local economic-development officials and others involved with the project.

    The hold-up came about because of failed negotiations between Indiana Gasification — the company proposing the project — and the utilities that would have been its customers, Vectren and NIPSCO.

  • News graphics team claims five awards

    TELL CITY – All three members of The Perry County News' graphics department claimed honors in a design contest sponsored by Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., the newspaper's parent company.

    The newspaper claimed a first-place award for its work on this year's Schweizer Zeitung, a special section published each year before Tell City's Schweizer Fest. This year's Zeitung celebrated the 150th anniversary of Tell City's founding and the 50th annual festival.

    The graphics team also claimed best-of-show honors for the 2008 Zeitung.

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  • Census Bureau schedules testing dates for job openings

    TELL CITY – Representatives of the U.S. Census Bureau will be in Tell City this month to administer tests to people interested in upcoming openings.

    Several positions, include census takers, crew leaders and office-and-recruiting assistants, will be hired to prepare for the next census in 2010

     The bureau will conduct tests at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 22-23, and again Dec. 29-30.

    All tests will be administered at the Schergens Center in Tell City.

  • Letters to Santa

    Watch Monday's edition for The News' 2008 Christmas Greetings Section. Inside you'll find holiday salutations from local businesses and hundreds of letters to Santa penned by hopeful youngsters.


  • County commissioners' meeting rescheduled

    The regular county commissioners' meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, has been postponed due to weather, according to County Administrator Charlotte Rogier. The commissioners will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

  • Local jobs impacted as recession deepens

    PERRY COUNTY – The nation's worsening economic downtown is threatening jobs in Perry County, with one longtime employer possibly closing its doors before the end of the year. At the same time, transportation-related companies are feeling the impact of the ongoing automotive crisis.

  • Business at port slows with economy

    TELL CITY – "There will be slim picking around here, not to say that it's not slim now," Dick Neumann said at a regular meeting of the Perry County Port Authority board of directors Dec. 8.

    The vice president and chief executive officer of the port authority and Hoosier Southern Railroad was discussing material-movement projections for the holiday period, expected to be affected by a downturn in the automotive industry.

  • Troy eyes planning funds for utilities

    TROY – An application for a $40,000 planning grant will be dispatched next month to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to fund a study of Troy's water, sewer and stormwater utilities.

    Theresa Criss-Hartwig, project administrator for the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission, spoke at Wednesday's town-council meeting and said a grant through the state's Community Focus Fund would allow for the master-utility study.

  • Community foundation awards $50,000 in grants

    PERRY COUNTY – Grants totaling more than $50,000 have been awarded by the Perry County Community Foundation to 13 local projects offering childhood education, recreation and youth-development activities.

    Joe Malone, grants committee chairman for the foundation, announced the awards last week. Members of the board of trustees will present checks during meetings with recipients in coming weeks.