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Today's News

  • County's graduation rates improve

    PERRY COUNTY - Perry Central Community School posted a 91.3-percent graduation rate for 2009 to join 100 other schools statewide comprising the top tier for that measure of achievement. Tell City and Cannelton high schools fell into the third tier, representing schools with graduation rates between 70 and 79.9 percent. Tell City's 79.5-percent graduation rate fell just shy of the next category, while Cannelton's posting of 70.8 percent for 2009 was less than a point shy of dropping into the next-lower category. It was, however, a 28.5-percent jump from their 2008 rate.

  • Library officials continue examining circulation systems

    TELL CITY - Members of the Perry County Library board welcomed new member Bill Dickerson at their first monthly meeting of the year Jan. 6.

    Members introduced themselves and board president Mickey Fischer officially welcomed him, encouraging him to feel free to jump into the discussions any time.

    Dickerson, who is a teacher at Perry Central High School, thanked the board members and said he would "listen and learn early." He replaces member Carroll Goffinet.

  • Property-tax bills should be on time in 2010

    PERRY COUNTY - The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance certified Perry County's 2010 budget order and tax rates last week, paving the way for on-time property-tax bills for the first time in at least three years.

    County Auditor Connie Berger said 2010 property-tax bills should be mailed in early spring and will be due May 10. Fall installments will be due in November.

    "Unless legislators change something that impacts tax rates, we'll be back to a normal schedule this year," Berger said last week.

  • Two serve and protect
  • Census jobs still available

    TELL CITY - The U.S. Census Bureau is offering employment opportunities in 2010 as part of the census. Temporary positions include census takers, crew leaders and crew-leader assistants. Two test sites have been established in Tell City, the Tell City-Perry County Public Library and the Community Building, located at 16th and Franklin streets.

    Census tests, which assess applicants' basic math, reading and organizational skills, are offered at the library at 1 and 3 p.m. Monday, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

  • Offices closing for King holiday

    PERRY COUNTY - Most government offices in Perry County will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    County offices at the courthouse in Tell City and annex building in Cannelton will be closed, as will City Hall offices in Tell City. There will be no trash pickup in Tell City Monday and a one-day delay for pickup the rest of the week.

    Federal and state offices are also closed, including the Indiana Department of Child Services.

  • In winter's icy grip
  • Etienne offers tips for having land surveyed

    Editor's Note: Perry County Surveyor Glenn Etienne met recently with The News and reflected on his first full year in office. One issue he often addresses with residents is surveying of property. He offers the following advice for those interested in hiring a surveyor.

    PERRY COUNTY — There are several factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing a land surveyor.

    1. Make sure the person has a valid Indiana surveyor's license number.

  • Cannelton defeats Aces for first victory

    CANNELTON—Cannelton’s pressure defense forced 31 turnovers to beat Cloverport 68-57 in boys basketball Tuesday.

    The Bulldogs also improved their rebounding, edging Cloverport 47-43 in the board battle despite 22 by Cloverport center Logan Melton.

    The Bulldogs hit three three-point baskets in the first five minutes and jumped to a 14-4 lead.

    They led the rest of the way, though Cloverport pulled within three points on a rebound basket by Melton with a minute left in the third quarter.

  • Braves run to victory over Bulldogs 71-48

    CANNELTON—Fast breaks and rebound baskets helped Tecumseh outshoot Cannelton for a 71-48 boys basketball victory Saturday.

    Each team hit only 4 of 19 from three-point range. But Tecumseh hit 23 of 36 two-point shots thanks to four fast-break layups and four layups directly off offensive rebounds.

    The Braves also scored several baskets inside on first attempts against Cannelton’s half-court defense.

    On two consecutive possessions in the third quarter junior guard Devan Blair drove down the lane all the way to the basket for layups.