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  • City’s police chief to retire




    TELL CITY – Throughout his nearly 29 years as a police officer, Greg Hendershot always looked forward to coming to work, as a patrolman, detective, assistant chief and for the past seven years as chief of police.

    “I climbed out of bed every day looking forward to my job. That’s probably why I stuck with it as long as I did,” Hendershot said Thursday.

    He is sticking with his job for another month.

  • Century will keep 2 smelter lines open

    HAWESVILLE, Ky. – Job losses at Century Aluminum may not be as steep as originally thought. The company announced last week it would keep two potlines at the Hancock County smelter open, reducing plant wide production but avoiding a complete shutdown of operations. 

    Century expects to continue to operate the smelter at approximately 40 percent of capacity with the two potlines after Oct. 24. Century previously said it intended to curtain all production by that date. 

  • Council adopts budget; no raises for employees


    Staff Writer


    PERRY COUNTY – County Council President Steve Goodson offered a thanks to fellow council members for a smooth process during two days of budget negotiations that took place earlier this month. 

    “Everybody did a great job. It was a major cut … It did turn out like we hoped … but we were not able to give raises,” he said during the council’s Sept. 30 session.

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  • Birdseye man killed in crash

    KITTERMAN CORNER – A Birdseye man died after crashing his motorcycle on Interstate 64 Tuesday evening.

    According to dispatch reports, sheriff’s deputies and rescue squad members were notified just after 8:30 p.m. that the operator of a motorcycle had crashed at the 71 mile-maker. A Fed-Ex driver witnessed the accident and dialed 911.

    The operator of the motorcycle, Brentley A. Workman, 27, was found in the median. He was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where he died later that night.

  • Fall tour arrives in Perry County

    PERRY COUNTY – October arrives this week and with it, plans for this year’s Hoosier Heritage Fall Tour. Activities are planned during October in several communities, including this weekend in Rome. Other events include Cannelton’s Oct. 10 Heritage Festival and the yearly car show in Bristow on Oct. 11.

    The popular Perry County Route 66 Yard Sale is set for Oct. 16-17 and the Shubael Little Pioneer Village will host a weekend open house Oct. 17-18.

    Rome Courthouse Days, Oct. 4

  • Lawalin named Tell City Police Chief

    TELL CITY – Mayor Barbara Ewing announced Tuesday afternoon she had named Derrick Lawalin the next chief of police for Tell City. He will take office Nov. 2 and will follow Greg Hendershot, who is retiring.

    Lawalin has been a patrolman for the city since 2003 and served for many years as a canine officer. 

    His canine partner, Jago, retired this fall.

    Lawalin was appointed detective last month after Lt. Alan Malone was named county sheriff.

  • State Senate internships available

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47


    Are you a student or recent graduate who is looking to build your resume with hands-on experience? If so, consider interning with the Indiana Senate Republicans.

    During the 2016 session of the General Assembly, there are a variety of paid internship opportunities in the Senate’s legislative, information technology, legal, communications and policy offices. Here is more information about each internship opportunity and its duties:

  • Thank you, firefighters

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    National Fire Prevention Week, observed Oct. 4-10 this year, is fast approaching, making it an opportune time to salute  volunteer firefighters who protect our lives and property.

    Fire Prevention Week has been around decades and has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 7-8, 1871, that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 people homeless and destroyed more than 17,000 structures.

  • Age-18 limit on charity bingos makes no sense

    A couple attended St. Mark’s shooting match and fall picnic with their 16-year-old nephew a week ago and wanted to play some bingo.

    But the 16-year-old could not play because Indiana’s gaming law prohibits anyone younger than 18 from participating in any gambling event, including a church raffle or bingo.

    The law does specifically state that “a person less than 18 years of age may sell tickets or chances for a raffle.”