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Today's News

  • Commissioners OK added military-leave benefits for workers

    TELL CITY - County commissioners approved in a regular meeting April 7 changes in the county-employee handbook that will incorporate recent changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act.

    The National Defense Authorization Act for 2008 entitles eligible employees to up to 12 work weeks of unpaid leave for "any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that a spouse, son, daughter or parent of the employee is on active (military) duty," according to information provided by Auditor Connie Berger.

  • Works board wants say on where city officers can moonlight

    TELL CITY - A resolution adopted last week gives the Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety the power to review second jobs held by police officers. Officers could be forced to give up outside employment that poses conflicts of interest with the department or city.

    The city's employee handbook, adopted in 2004, addresses outside employment for certain employees but Mayor Barbara Ewing said the resolution clarifies that the works board, which oversees police-department policies, has the power to restrict officers from working jobs that could pose a conflict.

  • County-office hopefuls lay out priorities

    Editor's Note: The News is continuing to profile candidates seeking their party's nominations in the May 6 primary. This story looks at uncontested candidates for county recorder, council and surveyor.

    TELL CITY - One Democrat and three Republicans will be unchallenged in the May primary, and all but one of them introduced themselves to people attending a candidates forum April 8 at the Schergens Center in Tell City.

    Jane James

  • Sodrel ready to retake House seat

    Calls on U.S. to lead the world, not follow others

    TELL CITY - Former Ninth District Congressman Mike Sodrel's keynote talk to local Republicans Thursday was as much about civics and the role of the Unites States in world affairs as about regaining the seat he lost two years ago to Democrat Baron Hill.

    The main speaker for the Perry County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner at Bill and Dave's Smokin' Pit, Sodrel asked his audience to consider the risks faced by the nation's founding fathers as they prepared to sign the Declaration Independence.

  • Graves: Cleanup 'a work in progress'

    CANNELTON - A newcomer to Cannelton expressed disgust to longtime resident Eunice Malcomson about the appearance of some parts of the city, Malcomson said at a regular meeting of the city's board of public works and safety Monday.

    "She's new to town, and said it's a pretty town," Malcomson told the city leaders, but "here comes Dogwood Week, here we've got company coming, and there's so much crap around."

  • Freedom ends for 2 escapees

    Warrick County deputies, troopers capture Day, Helsley

    NEWBURGH - Two escapees from the Branchville Correctional Facility were captured Tuesday evening after they allegedly crashed a stolen car along Indiana 66 in Warrick County while trying to outrun state police and sheriff's deputies.

    Conan Helsley, 20, and Kent Day, 45, had been on the run since scaling a prison fence the night of April 4. They allegedly stole a truck from J.H. Rudolph & Co.'s asphalt plant near Interstate 64 before fleeing to western Kentucky.

  • Open wide

    Dr. Matthew Butler of Butler Family Dentistry in Tell City takes a look at 4-year-old Cameron Rogier's teeth during Tuesday's health fair at Perry Central Community School. A large crowd visited booths for screenings and information on a variety of health and safety topics, including sleep disorders, substance abuse prevention and assisted-living services. Rogier was a bit leery of having his teeth examined but changed his mind after his sister, Mikayala, said there wasn't anything to it.

  • Goble's classroom offers global experience

    CANNELTON - Teaching is a profession sometimes not given the recognition it deserves. Day in and day out teachers guide youth in the classroom, on the field, in clubs and even through community organizations not affiliated with the school.

    Two weeks ago The Perry County News featured its first teacher in its Hometown Hero Award series and now adds another to its ranks. Evelyn Lasley nominated Joan Goble, teacher at Cannelton Elementary School, because "she cares about her students and is in the profession because she cares."

  • Plans bud for 46th Dogwood Tour

    Perry County's weekend Dogwood Tour Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, announces for a 46th year the arrival of spring. The event also serves as an invitation to savor the white blossoms that dot local forests and often precede the explosion of foliage soon to transform the landscape.

    Here's a rundown of this year's Dogwood Tour events across the county. Events in some locations cover both days while others last only one day.

    Branchville

  • Construction progressing at park

    CANNELTON - "The Eagles Bluff project is well under way," Perry County Recreation Director Dan Adams told the county parks and recreation board April 9 about the construction of a restroom building-visitors center at the park overlooking the Ohio River.

    At the board's last meeting Feb. 27, Adams had mentioned some changes the contractor wanted to make in the project's specifications.