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Today's News

  • Local jobs impacted as recession deepens

    PERRY COUNTY – The nation's worsening economic downtown is threatening jobs in Perry County, with one longtime employer possibly closing its doors before the end of the year. At the same time, transportation-related companies are feeling the impact of the ongoing automotive crisis.

  • Business at port slows with economy

    TELL CITY – "There will be slim picking around here, not to say that it's not slim now," Dick Neumann said at a regular meeting of the Perry County Port Authority board of directors Dec. 8.

    The vice president and chief executive officer of the port authority and Hoosier Southern Railroad was discussing material-movement projections for the holiday period, expected to be affected by a downturn in the automotive industry.

  • Troy eyes planning funds for utilities

    TROY – An application for a $40,000 planning grant will be dispatched next month to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to fund a study of Troy's water, sewer and stormwater utilities.

    Theresa Criss-Hartwig, project administrator for the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission, spoke at Wednesday's town-council meeting and said a grant through the state's Community Focus Fund would allow for the master-utility study.

  • Community foundation awards $50,000 in grants

    PERRY COUNTY – Grants totaling more than $50,000 have been awarded by the Perry County Community Foundation to 13 local projects offering childhood education, recreation and youth-development activities.

    Joe Malone, grants committee chairman for the foundation, announced the awards last week. Members of the board of trustees will present checks during meetings with recipients in coming weeks.

  • Television broadcasts going digital after Feb. 17

    PERRY COUNTY – Television has come a long way from the small black-and-white screens with rabbit ears first available in the 1930s. Now people can choose from small flat screens to large home entertainment centers that can rival movie theaters.

    The public also has several different ways to feed images through their TVs including antennas, satellite and cable, but people who own analog televisions and rely on antennas will soon have to upgrade to  digital-compatible TVs or buy digital-to-analog converter boxes to watch over-the-air broadcasts.

  • Houzanme tapped for director's post

    TELL CITY – A new face is behind the director's desk at the Perry County Community Foundation. Sally Houzanme joined the organization Nov. 3 and follows Kim Embrey, who left the post earlier this year.

    A 1993 Tell City High School graduate with experience working for nonprofit groups serving people with disabilities, Houzanme said the director's position provides her a "good opportunity" to use her skills to serve the community and promote the foundation's mission of connecting citizens with needs in the community.

  • County council sends spending issue to special meeting

    TELL CITY – County-council members opted Thursday to schedule a special meeting after Ron Etienne asked their approval to pursue bond funding of construction work at Tell City High School.

    That meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the commissioners room at the county courthouse.

  • USA Today study ranks air quality in county's schools

    PERRY COUNTY – The air is worse at 1,701 schools nationwide than it is at Tell City High School, according to a report at the USA Today Web site. That might be seen as good news until it's compared to Perry Central Community School, which is rated as having cleaner air than 36,818 schools.

    Even that ranking is fouled by the fact the newspaper was reporting on a study of nearly 128,000 schools nationwide.

  • Restaurateur wants Rocky Point to be year-round dining destination

    ROCKY POINT – Summer and fall are long gone but Jim Weeks' Rocky Point Grille is growing its menu and adding seats to serve customers year-round.

    Weeks, a retired conservation officer with years of experience in food service, including hosting pig roasts for gatherings, purchased the business more than a year ago and recently installed a heavy-plastic enclosure over a large exterior deck. That has allowed him to seat customers outside, giving diners a view of the Ohio River and spectacular sunsets.

  • News sets deadlines for Christmas, New Year's

    TELL CITY – The Perry County News will have early deadlines for Christmas and New Year's.

    The deadline to have items published Thursday, Dec. 25 is 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22. For the Thursday, Jan. 1 issue, the deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29.

    The News office will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day, Dec. 24 and 25, and New Years Day, Jan. 1. This deadline applies to social, school, church and community news items, and engagement, wedding, anniversary and birth announcements.