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Today's News

  • Number of census-help sites grows, co-chairman reports

    PERRY COUNTY - A "questionnaire center" is open at Perry Central Community School from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, Louie Heitkemper reported to The News Tuesday, and "be-counted sites" are available at Gatchel Market and Guillaume’s Store.

    The co-chairman of Tell City’s census efforts said the latter sites aren’t staffed, but people can pick up and drop off census forms there.

  • German Ridge Road reopens following repairs

    BEDFORD - Road work has been completed on the road into the German Ridge Campground in the Hoosier National Forest.

    "The culverts have been replaced and the road has been resurfaced. Some additional work will be completed as conditions become drier," said Russ Christensen, Tell City Ranger District roads engineering technician.

    As the weather improves, work will start on the Buzzard Roost Road in the Hoosier National Forest. This road is also closed to replace culverts.

  • Report says Ohio River fish in good biological condition

    CINCINNATI, Ohio - In new reports issued by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, Ohio River aquatic life, as evidenced by fish populations, was, with few exceptions, found to be in good biological condition.

    ORSANCO has completed several studies on the Ohio River summarizing the results of biological testing conducted at different sites throughout the river. To date, ORSANCO has completed its first comprehensive five-year biological survey covering the entire Ohio River, its 19 pools and 981 miles.

  • Firewood open house today

    TELL CITY - The Hoosier National Forest, along with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, will host an informal open house on firewood certification from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Hoosier National Forest office located at 248 15th Street, Tell City.

    Interested parties may arrive any time during the open house to discuss the process for becoming a certified firewood seller.

    State certified firewood is one of the types of firewood that is legal to take into both national forest and state campgrounds.

  • 'Up-front' seasonal jobs available at amphitheatre

    LINCOLN CITY - Lincoln Amphitheatre is seeking to hire nine seasonal theater staff members for the summer.

    The "front of house" jobs officials there need to fill include a box-office manager, house manager, concessions manager, and six guest-services representatives.

    All applicants interested in these positions must send in resumes and applications by April 16.

  • The Forest Service's turbulent early years in Indiana

    Editor's note: This story was provided to The News by Teena Ligman of the Hoosier National Forest and was taken from the Historical Snapshots Installments.

    The Forest Service was established in Indiana in February 1935 after the 73rd Indiana Congress passed an Enabling Act. Four ranger districts, each managing a purchase unit, were established and land purchases began.

    By mid-1936 the Forest Service had about 35,000 acres in Indiana approved for purchase. The four districts were Pleasant Run, Lost River, Patoka and Lafayette ranger districts.

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  • Perry Central seeks early retirements

    LEOPOLD - Perry Central School Board members approved an incentive plan last Monday in hopes of obtaining the early retirements of up to four teachers. The move is similar to offers made by other Hoosier school districts and is a cost-saving measure taken in the face of reduced funding.

    Like most Hoosier schools, Perry Central is facing the loss of state revenue and school officials have said about $300,000 needs to be trimmed from its 2010 budget to maintain a healthy cash balance.

  • Lackey campaign on hold

    BRANCHVILLE - A day after his arrest on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, Indiana conservation officer and candidate for Perry County Sheriff Joe Lackey apologized for his actions and said he would suspend his campaign while he deals with personal issues.

    "I'm not going to actively campaign for now," Lackey, 52, said in a phone call to The News Thursday morning. He was released from the Spencer County Jail Wednesday night, where he was taken after being arrested in Tell City by part-time sheriff's deputy Roger Smith.

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