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Today's News

  • PCMH to offer various CPR classes

    TELL CITY - Perry County Memorial Hospital in Tell City will hold two different CPR classes in June.

  • River Sweep set for June 19

    PERRY COUNTY - Do you enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, water-skiing, or just sitting on the banks of the Ohio River, enjoying the beautiful scenery associated with the river?

    If so, you might like to contribute to the annual River Sweep, in which people join at various points along the river to scour its banks of the debris that has accumulated since last year's event.

    Kenneth Smith, director of the Perry County Recycling Management District, said this year's River Sweepers will work from 9 a.m. until noon June 19, when the district will treat the volunteers to lunch.

  • Horse rescuers get girl power, financial assistance

    PERRY COUNTY - Indiana Horse Rescue South recently benefited from people power offered up by several Girl Scout troops and a donation from a woman who wanted to help after reading about a mule the group aided.

    The all-volunteer organization exists solely on donations, according to information at its Web site, www.ihr south. com, "so every dollar donated goes to help the horses."

  • Free fishing offered this weekend

    INDIANAPOLIS - Kids and adults can fish for free Saturday and Sunday at recreation areas located across Indiana that are planning fun fishing derbies, casting clinics, fish-cleaning demonstrations and cooking classes.

    Hoosier adults do not need a license or trout or salmon stamps to fish Indiana waters this weekend. Children age 17 and younger do not need a fishing license at any time.

    All other fishing regulations will be in effect.

    Check out a new lake or river, or introduce friends and family to a favorite fishing spot.

  • Editor claims first-place award

    TELL CITY - Ongoing coverage of a 2009 prison escape earned Perry County News Editor Vince Luecke a first-place award in Landmark Community Newspapers' annual editorial contest. Winners were announced Thursday.

    Luecke's series of articles on the Branchville Correctional Facility escapes of Bobby Cockerell, Jerry Sergeant and Christopher Marshall, including a crime spree in Kentucky and eventual capture in Nebraska, took top honors in the ongoing-news category.

  • Remember veterans this Memorial Day, every day

    Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside since 1868 to honor and remember our nation's veterans.

    Then it was called Decoration Day and was established by an organization of Union veterans called the Grand Army of the Republic.

    The first observance was held at Arlington National Cemetery, where officials including Gen. Ulysses S. Grant presided over ceremonies. Children from the Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphan Home and members of GAR made their way through the cemetery reciting prayers and singing hymns while putting flowers on Union and Confederate graves.

  • Purgatory on a hillside

    Not everyone believes in purgatory, that place between heaven and hell where sinners are purged of their wrongdoings.

    Though it's been a long time since I sat through a catechism class, Catholics are still taught that purgatory exists and for people like me who harbor more than a few not-yet-atoned-for sins, purgatory sure beats that other place. While the sign over it marks it as a one-way entrance through which people never leave, purgatory isn't a place for all eternity. It's like a busy doctor's office. Eventually your name gets called.

  • Back to the place I call home

    Editor's Note: A Quality of Life Committee working under the auspices of the Perry County Development Corp. is partnering with The News to present the stories of people who have moved to Perry County or who have returned here after several years away. This column was written by Chad James.

    In 1991, I moved away from Perry County, excited to begin my college years at Purdue University. The previous 18 years were spent largely with family. My mother had 13 siblings and my father had 11.  

  • Should we let our secret out?

    (Shhhhh ... don't tell Indiana.)

    The state received a notice early this month that it again earned a failing grade for educating its preschool children.

    Because it doesn't.

    Indiana's top education officials only recently realized, apparently, that children of kindergarten age can and should be learning, if, that is, the kids want to walk into their first day of first grade without looking, well, uneducated.

  • Nine co-valedictorians to lead Sunday commencement

    LEOPOLD - A 2010 graduating class 98 students strong will receive their diplomas Sunday at Perry Central Community School. The 2 p.m. ceremony will be held in the high-school auditorium and will feature nine co-valedictorians. Instead of offering individual speeches, the nine honor grads have combined their talents into a single address that includes a history of their class and tributes to parents, teachers and others who have helped them on their educational journeys.