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  • Burn ban in place

    PERRY COUNTY – Weeks of drought that have created tinderbox conditions led county commissioners Friday to declare an emergency ban on burning that includes aerial fireworks. 

    The ban will remain in place until significant rainfall reduces the risk of fire. 

    The ban prohibits the following:

    • Open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as wood and other combustible matter. Charcoal and propane grills and small campfires in approved fire rings are allowed. 

  • PC drops games to Springs Valley

    FRENCH LICK – After being blown out in the first game of a doubleheader against Springs Valley, the Perry Central Middle School baseball team was much more competitive in game two before surrendering an early lead. wednesday
    The Commodores mustered just one hit, a Jacob Kelly single, in game one, which they lost 11-0 in four innings.
    Perry Central’s offense was much more potent in the second game, scoring five runs in the second inning to open up a 5-1 lead.

  • First-inning explosion propels Express over Boonville

    TELL CITY – The Hoosier Express jumped out of the gate in furious fashion Tuesday, scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the first in a 14-6 win over Boonville.
    Spenser Beard had three first inning RBIs, capping the scoring with a two-run home run, while Adam Braunecker, who pitched five innings and got the win, helped himself out at the plate by hitting two doubles and driving in two runs in the frame.

  • Junior Legion team holds off Forest Park

    FERDINAND – Hunter Rowe had two RBIs while Torrin Madden didn’t allow a hit through five innings, as the Hoosier Express Junior Legion team held off a late Forest Park Rally to earn a 6-4 win Tuesday.

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  • BREAKING: Driver killed when truck crashes into I-64 overpass (Updated with photos)

    ST. CROIX – An Illinois man died Sunday afternoon after his truck hit an overpass and caught fire on Interstate 64 at the 79-mile marker at St. Croix.

    Perry County Coroner Charlie Baumeister said the name of the deceased man won’t be formally released until the body is positively identified. Because the body was severely burned, dental records may be the only way of confirming the identity.  

  • COLUMN: Plan a ‘staycation’ at home

    By CHRIS ZIMMER
    Guest Columnist

    People don’t have to travel far to vacation in premier national forest recreation areas, some of which are free. There are several free or reasonably-priced campgrounds on the Hoosier National Forest, where people can enjoy a “staycation” close to home.

  • COLUMN: A special place to live

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Michelle Duncan, a fourth-grade teacher at Perry Central, asked her class – in the days before the end of the school year – to write about why Perry County is a great place to live.

    Students were assigned to write letters to the editor. Michelle chose three letters and submitted them for publication. Those penned by Alyssa Hinton, Mallory Lynch and Chyanne Austin were among the best. I’m sure they were all interesting.

  • EDITORIAL: Nonpartisan blanket primary would likely increase voter turnout

    In Indiana’s primary election this year some Democrats wanted to vote for Richard Lugar in the Republican senate race but wanted to vote for their favorite Democratic candidates in other races.

    Under Indiana election law, they could not do both, though. They had to choose a ballot with only Republican candidates or one with only Democratic candidates.

    But under a California election law adopted by voters as Proposition 14 in 2010, voters could do both.

  • Voter notices didn’t come from courthouse

    PERRY COUNTY – Notices mailed to some county residents asking them to register to vote came neither from the county clerk’s office nor the state election division.

    County Clerk Jean Schulthise said she isn’t sure who mailed the notices, which often include incorrect or outdated information.

    The notices don’t appear to be from any political organization or party and appear to encourage voters to register.