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Today's News

  • Commodores performers earn gold rating at district

    LEOPOLD - Perry Central's Marching Commodores achieved a gold rating at district competition at Jasper Saturday, despite "an issue with our speakers," Music Director Rob Cason said Tuesday.

    "The kids worked really hard and the performance went pretty well," he said. The competition's judges "like a lot of our show, how we use the tarp and the overall theme," he added. "We're getting some pretty positive comments. We just need to get our microphone situation worked out." The amplification system was turned up louder than it should have been, he explained.

  • Six vying for at-large council seats

    Forum provides opportunity to state positions

    TELL CITY - Financial challenges lie ahead for the county, several contenders for county-council seats agreed at a candidates forum Sept. 25 in Tell City's Schergens Center.

    In the event sponsored by the Perry County Chamber of Commerce, Perry County News and Cromwell Radio Group, three Republicans and three Democrats vying for three at-large seats on the county's fiscal body introduced themselves and explained why voters should select them.

  • Davisson, Oxley take aim at 73rd House seat

    TELL CITY - Bringing jobs to Perry and surrounding counties and helping small businesses were two goals candidates vying for the open District 73 Indiana House of Representative seat agreed on during a Sept. 25 forum.

    Sponsored by the Perry County Chamber of Commerce, Perry County News and Cromwell Radio Group, Republican Steve Davisson and Democrat Dennie Oxley Sr. answered questions posed by moderator and News Editor Vince Luecke ranging from privatization and time-zone disputes to how the state can help Hoosiers in bad economic times.

  • Etiennes hosting sustainable-ag seminar Oct. 18

    Public invited to learn more about value-added products

    SAINT CROIX - Perry County will host the next stop later this month on a statewide tour of sustainable agriculture enterprises.

    The Indiana Farm Sustainability Tour will be in Perry County Oct. 18 at Phil Etienne's Timber Harvest and Bear Hollow as part of a project known as Exploring Innovative Farm Systems for Profitable and Sustainable Indiana Agriculture.

  • Weekend tour visiting Bristow, Cannelton

    McCoy on stage Sunday as car show marks 19th year

    PERRY COUNTY - Perry County's Hoosier Heritage Fall Tour moves into its biggest weekend Saturday and Sunday with Cannelton's Heritage Fest Saturday and Bristow's Octoberfest and classic car show Sunday.

    With more than 50 vendors including food, arts, crafts and kids activities, there's something for everyone at Saturday's Cannelton Heritage Fest.

  • Tort claim alleges excessive use of force by police

    Attorney claims client was injured by Tell City officer

    TELL CITY - A tort-claim notice sent by a local attorney last week alleges a Tell City police officer used excessive force during an April search of a home, using an electric stun gun on his client without provocation.

    The notice was sent to county commissioners by Tell City attorney S. Rod Acchiardo but names Tell City Police Department and Patrolman Roger Smith, not the county, as parties to the claim. The document threatens to seek legal action against the city and the officer to obtain compensation.

  • Too many cell phones in wrong places

    After spending several minutes in a phone conversation with my sister, I decided to sit down and try to make sense of one of the most common complaints of parents, teachers and employers.

    The problems are cell phones and texting, specifically where mobile phones belong and where they don't.

    We are, unfortunately, a society that demands attention, this very minute, for everything we do. Therefore, we feel entitled to carry our phones with us everywhere, even the most inappropriate places: school, work, church and dare I have to even say it, the funeral home.

  • A month to honor those we love

    I was afforded the privilege last Tuesday to speak at a candlelight service in City Hall Park marking the start of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    Pink bows and flags in the park and along Main Street offer a reminder of the millions of women, and their families, who are affected by breast cancer, of the importance of yearly mammograms and the need for ongoing breast-cancer research.

    Here's an edited version of my remarks, which share my mother's experience with breast cancer and the impact it had, and continues to have, on our family.

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  • Rescue efforts justified; local banks in good condition

    Voicing our support for a $700 billion taxpayer-funded rescue of financial institutions isn't easy. Public sentiment was against the bill approved by Congress last week as many Americans see it as nothing more than a bailout of Wall Street fat cats, like the one depicted in our editorial cartoon today, who have fallen on tough times due to their own greed.

    However, we believe Americans who have the most to lose if our economy nosedives into recession will benefit from the bill.

  • PC's running game, defense zap Mitchell

    MITCHELL - Perry Central rushed for 396 yards and six touchdowns as it overwhelmed Mitchell 44-0 in PLAC football Friday.

    T.J. Hall, the second leading rusher in southwestern Indiana, was again the Commodores' leader. He gained 209 yards on just 16 carries and scored four touchdowns.

    He also kicked five extra points and a 27-yard field goal to give him 32 points for the night.

    Mikey Wilkerson added 79 yards rushing and one touchdown.