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  • Bridge on Orchid Road closing

    OIL TOWNSHIP – A contractor will begin work today replacing beams on County Bridge 142 on Orchid Road. County Highway Superintendent Steve Howell said work is estimated to wrap up April 18 but work is dependent somewhat on weather. The bridge will be closed while the work is underway.

  • DNR receives clarification on new rifle law for deer hunting

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Department of Natural Resources has received numerous questions regarding recent legislation that legalizes certain rifles for deer hunting beginning later this year.

    Most questions have to do with calibers and cartridges allowed under the new law.

House Enrolled Act 1231 that was passed earlier this year by the Indiana General Assembly allows some additional rifle cartridges to be used only on private land during the firearms season. 



  • County up to date on ADA upgrades

    PERRY COUNTY – The county government is making strides to ensure adequate access to all of its buildings for those with disabilities. According to Teresa Kanneberg, the county’s Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator, a steering committee has overseen development of plans to identify and  correct deficiencies on that front.

  • 2016 property-tax bills arriving soon

    PERRY COUNTY – Property-tax bills will soon be arriving in Perry County property owners’ mailboxes, Perry County Treasurer Judy Pund said.

    The first installment of 2016 taxes will be due May 10 and the second installment will be due Nov. 10. The tax bills include both spring and fall coupons.

  • Bicentennial organizers want plant lovers to think blue and gold

    PERRY COUNTY – Betty Cash and other members of a local state bicentennial planning committee want to paint the town blue and gold. In fact, they’d like to see the county and all of its cities and towns covered in yellow and blue flowers this year as all Hoosiers mark their state’s 200th birthday.

    “Those are our state flag’s colors and we want individuals and businesses to consider flowers that will be covered in blue and yellow blossoms,” said Cash, who directs the county’s convention and visitors bureau.

  • Hackbarth awarded Lilly Endowment scholarship

    PERRY COUNTY – A Perry County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Amy Hackbarth will receive a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

  • New Lincoln drama coming to county

    PERRY COUNTY – A newly penned drama about Abraham Lincoln’s formative years in southern Indiana will debut this summer under the direction of  a local historian playwright and a community theater veteran.

    Providential Productions will produce the play, “Here I Grew Up, Abraham Lincoln in Southern Indiana,” at the Tell City High School auditorium, Aug. 4-7. The series of shows will be the premier performance of an original play by Perry County native Chuck Poehlein.

  • A fledgling enterprise

    As families look to eat more natural, homegrown food, the farm-to-table trend is popping up in backyards. And for families embracing the backyard-to-table movement, chickens are a key element, according to Tractor Supply Co., a national lifestyle retailer.

  • IDEM conducting ground-water assessment surveys

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is conducting its 2016 Ground Water Assessment Survey and is looking for Hoosiers whose property contains a private drinking water well that they would like to have tested free of charge.

    The goal of this project is to be able to evaluate ground water quality in different regions based on factors such as geology, depth to water, depth of the well and land use. If a concern is found, IDEM will provide the resident with information on how they can reduce their exposure to potential harmful chemicals.

  • INDOT plans bridge overhauls at Rocky Point and Derby

    PERRY COUNTY – State highway repair crews will focus attention to Indiana 66 in Perry County over the next several months.

    The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to close a bridge along Indiana 66 at Rocky Point this summer, delivering needed rehabilitation to the span over Deer Creek but putting a crimp in the travel and recreational plans for many.