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Today's News

  • 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 a prior announcement brought two drivers, but he needs more. They don't need to be veterans themselves, but must pass a physical at a Veterans Affairs hospital. Anyone who can volunteer is asked to call Hubert at 547-2506.

  • Hang up and drive

    In their upcoming session Indiana legislators will consider a bill to further restrict beginning drivers' licenses, including putting restrictions on their cell-phone use while driving.

    We're not sure if the restrictions will do away with some of the problems caused by young drivers or merely postpone them, but we think the cell-phone restrictions would be good rules for drivers of all ages.

    Among other things, Senate Bill 16 would:

    • Prohibit drivers younger than 18 from using hand-held or hands-free cell phones while driving.

  • Move to 'town' not planned

    After a simple life on the farm, I'm finally moving to town and can't wait to enjoy the fast, exciting adventures of the big city.

    Well, sort of.

    Over the next week or two, I'll be hauling the contents of my house a tad over a mile to the metropolis of New Boston. I recently bought a house there and while it's nothing fancy, it more than meets my bachelor needs.

  • Supper in Bethlehem
  • Last Minute Gift Guide ready in Special Sections

    As Christmas nears, this News special section offers tips and money-saving deals. Topics include simple gifts, saving money, kids' holiday health, maintaining family traditions and more.

    Just click on "Special Sections" near the top of this page, then "Last Minute Gift Guide." You'll see topics from each of the six pages you can click on for viewing. Be sure to open each page to read the articles and view offers from local merchants.

  • Students register state's highest, lowest ISTEP scores

    PERRY COUNTY – Cannelton third-graders achieved the best across-the-board results among Perry County students in the percentages passing Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress language-arts and math exams, according to information released Dec. 4. The same group of 12 students also achieved the only 100-percent rate in the county's results, in earning passing or pass-plus scores in English.  

  • Future of smaller libraries in question

    TELL CITY – To avoid being forced to streamline libraries by Gov. Mitch Daniels, members of the Indiana Library Federation are coming up with a plan to streamline themselves.

    During a recent ILF meeting, Tell City-Perry County Public Library Director Larry Oathout learned that proposals for eliminating township government, having a single county executive and reorganizing school systems are facing opposition and may prove impossible to impose.

  • Are you really smarter than a 7th-grader?

    PERRY COUNTY – Raise your hand if you think you're smarter than a seventh-grader.

    OK, all of you with your hands up, explain how muscle cells in the body interact with nerve cells.

    That's one of the sample questions for Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress science exams taken by fifth- and seventh-graders statewide in September.

    Results released by the state Education Department last week showed Perry Central Community School students exceeded state pass-plus averages by 2 percent at the fifth-grade level and 5 percent at the seventh grade.

  • Waiting for the Parade

     

  • Cannelton schools earn bronze medal

    CANNELTON – Cannelton City Schools earned a bronze ranking in a U.S. News and World Report best-high-schools search for 2009.

    "I was quite pleased to learn that," Cannelton Schools Superintendent and High School Principal Al Chapman said Wednesday. "I didn't know they did those rankings. This is something we're quite proud of."