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Today's News

  • EDITORIAL: Cutting employees’ Social Security tax again serves no useful purpose

    President Barack Obama and most Democrats in Congress say they are committed to preserving Social Security for future generations. But one part of Obama’s current proposal to increase jobs could jeopardize Social Security’s long-term viability.

    Obama has suggested cutting employees’ Social Security taxes to 3.1 percent through 2012. Under one of his previous stimulus programs, the rate was already cut from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent this year Social Security taxes are paid only on the first $106,200 of income.

  • New unemployment rules go into effect

    INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers receiving unemployment insurance will notice changes to eligibility requirements beginning this month.

    These new rules are part of a law passed by the General Assembly making several changes to unemployment insurance over the next year.

    “This is a part of an overall push to make the system fair for employers and the unemployed alike,” said Mark W. Everson, commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development. “These provisions continue our efforts to close eligibility loopholes.”

  • Cannelton students explore Vastwood during hike

    Cannelton City Schools’ Healthy Minds-Healthy Bodies After School Program participants recently went on a hike at Vastwood Park in Hawesville, Ky., as a part of their weekly “Power Hour” program to encourage exercise. The Healthy Minds-Healthy Bodies program is for students in third through sixth grades and is sponsored through a grant form the Perry County Substance Abuse Committee.

  • Foundation seeks nominees

    PERRY COUNTY – The Perry County Community Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2011 Evelyn R. Adams Lifetime Philanthropist Award.

    The award will be presented to the recipient at the December grant award ceremony. You can submit your nominations online at www.perrycommunityfoundation.org/lifetime-philanthropist-award or by mail to PCCF, P.O. Box 13, Tell City, IN 47586.

    Nominations must include information on some of the organizations the nominee has helped with and his or her leadership roles in the community.

  • County gets ‘storm-ready’ designation

    TELL CITY – A brief ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday to mark the designation of Perry County as storm-ready, according to an announcement from the National Weather Service office in Louisville, Ky.

    According to information posted at www.stormready.noaa.gov, the county became one of 1,805 storm-ready sites in 48 states, Puerto Rico and Guam Sept. 23. Among them are 899 counties and varying numbers of government, commercial, military and other types of sites.

  • Hog roast Oct. 8 to benefit kids programs

    TELL CITY – Perfomance Cycle, 1621 Main St. in Tell City, will host a hog roast Saturday to benefit two programs that provide Christmas gifts to local children.

    The event is open to the public and will include a full hog roast and side dishes. Serving will begin at 3 p.m. and continue until dusk.

    Guests can eat on site or purchase carry-out meals.

    Proceeds will help the Fraternal Order of Police’s Shop with a Cop and the Tell City Fire Department’s Christmas for Kids programs. The public is invited.

  • Art festival returns to Cannelton Saturday

    CANNELTON – Cannelton will celebrate its annual fall Heritage Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 on Washington Street in the city’s downtown.

    Perry County’s premiere art festival will host dozens of artisans and craftsmen from the region. Louisville Glassworks’ Juicey Lucy mobile glassblowing workshop will offer “blow your own” glass artwork and demonstrations for adults and children 6 and up.

  • Cannelton addresses sewer issues

    CANNELTON – Two men ordered by city officials to correct sewer problems addressed the city’s board of public works and safety at their regular meeting Sept. 12.

    Chris Corley, 741 Green Meadows, said he received a letter in April requiring him to fix a leak his wife said a contractor couldn’t find. A worker from Braun Plumbing and Heating “dug 5 feet down,” but found no problem, Danielle Corley said. She added that the lines were “retested for about an hour” in attempting to find one.

  • County’s jobless rate up slightly, near state average

    TELL CITY – Perry County’s jobless rate was up by one-tenth of a percent in August, state unemployment statistics show, remaining near the statewide average.

    The state estimated 8.8 percent of the county’s 9,377-person work force was unemployed in August, up from 8.7 percent in July but a full percent below the 9.8 percent county jobless rate in August 2010.

    The county ranked 41st in unemployment among the state’s 92 counties in August. Statewide, 8.7 percent of Hoosiers were unemployed in the month.

  • Painting the town pink

    A small group of residents gathered at the City Park gazebo Thursday night to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a candlelight-vigil and balloon release. (Click photo to enlarge and right arrow to see another.)