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Today's News

  • Youth educator accepts job in Vigo County

    Farewell reception planned for Wednesday

    CANNELTON - Julie Hart, Perry County's extension educator for 4-H and youth development for the past 11 years, has accepted a similar position with the Vigo County Extension Office. She begins her new job early next month.

  • Meth war shows no signs of slowing

    Police charge two for having drug, supplies

    CANNELTON - Two people were arrested by Indiana State Police Tuesday after troopers discovered an alleged methamphetamine lab inside a home on Girl Scout Road. According to state police, troopers and officers with the Tell City Police Department and Perry County Probation Department went to 5430 Girl Scout Road to investigate possible methamphetamine activity.

  • Former business partners clash over parking

    City leaders say they were forced to grant request

    CANNELTON - The owner of one Cannelton business has received complaints about an action the city's board of public works and safety took last month at the request of another.

    Jesse Clem asked the board at a Feb. 18 meeting to allow him to designate parking spaces at the Covered Wagon line-dancing venue for customers or unloading only. In reporting that action, The News checked a telephone book for the Covered Wagon's address.

  • BREAKING NEWS - Cannelton officials need support letters

    CANNELTON - Cannelton city officials are seeking letters of support for a grant application to be submitted Friday.

    Clerk-Treasurer Arvina Bozarth said Monday hand-written notes or letters supporting a grant request toward renovating city sewer systems need to be in her office by noon Thursday. Anyone willing to write a letter but unable to deliver it can call her at 547-8994, and she'll pick it up.

  • The benefits of voting centers

    While Indiana's property-tax system continues to be highly scrutinized at the Statehouse, leaders must remember that true tax transformation requires that government spending decrease. Every government process should be inspected for efficiency, and our local-election process should be no different. To lower local taxes, local government should be allowed to choose vote-center elections as a substitute for precinct-based elections.

  • Community needs to continue committee's efforts

    No one can fault Ron Etienne; he worked hard to get the public involved in discussions about improvements needed in Tell City's aging junior-high and high-school buildings. His efforts in that regard began when, in late 2006, the schools superintendent launched processes to get those improvements started.

    Members of the public began appearing at school-board meetings. The first among them stood up to commend Etienne and the school board for taking action that could restore pride in the schools and the city.

  • Main Street work should be wrapped up by May

    Mayor announces 2008 Music in the Park series

    TELL CITY - The number of new trees destined for four blocks of Tell City's downtown is back to its original number, the city's mayor said last week, as the project moves toward completion over the next two months.

    Meg Storrow with the Indianapolis design firm Storrow Kinsella Associates said last month only 18 of the trees were on order, a smaller number than reported at meetings with merchants last year.

  • Hospital expands eligibility for financial aid

    TELL CITY - Perry County Memorial Hospital is widening the eligibility guidelines for charity care, providing additional financial assistance to patients with no or limited means of paying for their medical bills.

    At its Feb. 27 meeting, the hospital's board of trustees approved a new charity-care policy that increases the amount of help the hospital can offer to patients with household incomes of up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

  • No library merger for now

    Board doesn't want self-storage units as neighbors

    TELL CITY - Perry County's two libraries won't be merging, at least not anytime soon, Tell City-Perry County Public Library Director Larry Oathout said Wednesday.

  • Cannelton schools 'running short of funds'

    Superintendent works to spread debt payments over years

    CANNELTON - "We are running short of funds," Cannelton Superintendent of Schools Al Chapman said Wednesday. "We're trying to work it out with the bank."

    The bank, specifically German American Bancorp., doing business as First State Bank, filed a complaint with the Perry County Court Tuesday seeking repayment of $900,000 borrowed since January 2007.

    Chapman said the school corporation had just received a tax draw, but owes banks $1.5 million. "We're working to resolve that," he said.