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Today's News

  • Schweizer Fest program available here

    The Schweizer Fest program for the 2011 celebration is available on this site. Just look for "Special Sections" in the dark-blue bar near the top of the page. Click on that and the title of the special section you'd like to see. Also added recently is our "Portraits of Success" special section, which profiles a number of area businesses.

  • COLUMN: Mulberry-dotted mare a silly sight

    By JIM ADKINS, Guest Columnist

    When I was a kid in Hobart, my aunt Elsie would take me berry picking with her every summer. We had a wonderful time, roaming the verdant woods and picking mulberries or blackberries; whichever was in season. It was always hot during berry-picking season, but that didn’t discourage us. We walked for miles, but a big bowl of the wild fruit with milk and sugar when we got home made it worth enduring. Just writing this brings back lots of wonderful family memories.

  • COLUMN: Appointments should be open

    By JIM ALEXANDER, Guest Columnist

    I was surprised to read in the July 25 News that Perry County Memorial Hospital Administrator Joe Stuber stated that per state law, the county commissioners may appoint to the hospital board of trustees only people whom the board has first recommended.

    This would seem to give the hospital board almost-unheard of power and lack of accountability. In order to better understand the situation, I have sent the following e-mail to State Rep. Sue Ellspermann.

  • COLUMN: The naked woman in my shower

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    For someone accustomed to showering alone, the appearance of a naked stranger in the bathroom can be a bit alarming. I was bleary-eyed tired but sober and one-night stands have never been my style. Nevertheless, I climbed in a couple of weeks ago, more than willing to share my body wash with the long-legged lady.

    The lady was a spider, a daddy-long-legs that somehow found its way into my shower overnight.

  • EDITORIAL: ‘Debt crisis’ reveals real national problem

    We believe most Americans share the feeling of disgust we’ve experienced over recent weeks as the federal “debt crisis” was debated in Washington D.C. and over the nation’s airwaves.

    We put “debt crisis” in quotation marks because while it has been called that, its resemblance to reality is questionable.

  • West nile virus activity found

    INDIANAPOLIS – Signs of West Nile virus activity have been reported in Allen and Hamilton counties, said state health officials.

    The virus is found throughout the state each summer and they anticipate activity will spread to more counties as the season progresses.

    Last year, West Nile virus was found in mosquitoes in 54 Indiana counties.

  • Big move

    A contractor moved a Tell City Electric Department transformer last month from the Eckley Substation to the city’s new northeast substation.

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  • German Ridge trail will be closed until Nov. 14 as timber sale resumes

    GERMAN RIDGE – A nearly mile-long connecter trail in the Hoosier National Forest’s German Ridge Trail System will be closed until Nov. 15. The closure is to ensure the safety of trail users while loggers are working in the area. Timber sale activities have resumed after being idle for awhile. The timber sale is to remove selected pine trees.

    The German Ridge Lake Hiking Trail will remain open and the remaining 23 miles of the multiple-use German Ridge Trail remain open.

  • Local documentary on former Gov. Edgar Whitcomb wins Emmy

    INDIANAPOLIS – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has awarded “Full Circle: The Life and Times of Edgar D. Whitcomb” a 2011 Emmy Award in the Lower Great Lakes Region. The winning of this award reflects the hard work and dedication of many individuals and organizations.