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  • Stay safe during storm cleanup

    Editor's Note: This article about safety precautions residents should consider when cleaning up debris from Sunday's windstorm was provided by the Perry County Health Department and Perry County Emergency Management Agency.

    PERRY COUNTY - Following the winds received from Tropical Storm Ike, there is a very large amount of cleanup to be done throughout the county. Here are some safety measures that should be taken during such activities.

  • Storm doesn't stop budget adoption

    Perry Central's 2009 fiscal plan wins approval

    LEOPOLD - Even though classes were canceled early this week because of Sunday's storm, the Perry Central School Board met Monday evening to adopt the district's 2009 budget and passed several resolutions.

    Members adopted a general budget of $8.2 million for 2009, along with money for capital projects, transportation and bus replacement. Resolutions included plans for bus replacements and capital projects.

  • Cannelton fire chief, assistant resign

    Harris says mayor drove him to vacate position

    CANNELTON - Cannelton's fire chief and assistant fire chief resigned their positions early this month, explaining Tuesday they did so as a result of meddling in the volunteer department's affairs by Mayor Smokey Graves.

    Graves announced Chief Jerry Harris' resignation, effective Sept. 1, at a Sept. 8 meeting of the city's board of public works and safety. The job would fall to the assistant chief, he said, "but I heard he'll follow suit with the chief."

  • Bear Hollow hosting first leg of fall tour

    PERRY COUNTY - This year's month-long Hoosier Heritage Fall Tour swings into action Friday through Sunday at Bear Hollow in St. Croix. Activities include demonstrations by world-class chain-saw carvers and an auction of their work Saturday and Sunday.

  • 'Hoosier hurricane' hits county hard

    22-year-old killed by falling limb; wind damage widespread

    PERRY COUNTY - Remnants of Hurricane Ike blasted Perry County with gale-force winds Sunday, sending trees crashing onto homes and cars and across city streets and county roads. A Tell City man was killed that evening when a limb fell on him at a home on Deer Creek Road.

    Travis Cronin, 22, was using a rope to pull the limb, which had become entangled in the branches of other trees, when it came crashing down, striking him on the head.

  • BREAKING NEWS UPDATE - Chief says girl lied about kidnapping

    CANNELTON - Cannelton Police Chief Kenny Kellems said Monday evening a kidnapping that reportedly occurred Friday afternoon never happened.

    A 14-year-old girl who claimed to have been abducted while walking in the area of Fourth and Washington streets at approximately 4:30 p.m. Friday lied to avoid getting in trouble, Kellems said as he and others entered a county-commissioners meeting Monday.

  • BREAKING NEWS - Power-restoration efforts continue

    1,200 Southern Indiana Power customers still in the dark Tuesday morning

    PERRY COUNTY - Southern Indiana Power continues to make progress restoring service to residents and businesses impacted by Sunday's windstorm. Of the approximately 4,000 members who lost power Sunday, 1,200 were still without electricity as of 8 a.m. Tuesday.

  • Vigil honors all those touched by Sept. 11

    Veterans, community members gather for Patriot Day event

    TELL CITY - Current and veteran military members, the families of those now serving and an assortment of community members gathered in Tell City's Sunset Park on Patriot Day to pay tribute to all who, according to one of the speakers, embody the Biblical concept that "there is no greater love than another man lay down his life for a fellow man."

  • BREAKING NEWS - Early-morning pursuit ends in fiery crash

    CANNELTON - A Kentucky man nearly burned to death early Sunday before being pulled to safety by the very police officers he tried to outrun during a pursuit that crossed portions of Perry and Spencer counties and ended only when he crashed his truck west of Troy.

  • Volunteer drivers needed

    TELL CITY - Volunteer drivers are needed to transport veterans to medical facilities in cities such as Louisville, Ky., and New Albany, according to the county's veterans-services officer. Wayne Hubert said drivers don't need to be veterans themselves, but must pass a physical at a Veterans Affairs hospital. No commitment will be necessary, he added.

    "There are quite a few veterans who use the service, and many can't drive," he explained. Anyone who can volunteer weekdays is asked to call Hubert at 547-2506.