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Today's News

  • Officials trim number of polling sites to 11

    TELL CITY - Perry County commissioners reduced at a regular meeting Monday the number of voting locations in the county from 21 to 11.

    Their action came at the recommendation of the county election board, whose members said the changes will save more than $5,000 per election after the 2010 primary. They had also said it has become increasingly difficult to find people willing to staff the voting locations and some previously used sites did not meet criteria for wheelchair access.

    The following sites will be used beginning with the May 4 primary election.

  • Classic-car rally making summer visit to Tell City

    TELL CITY - A vintage car rally expected to draw dozens of historic autos will visit Tell City in July for a pre-Schweizer Fest event that will allow the public to see some of the rarest cars still on the road and their drivers.

    The fourth annual Hemmings Challenge will visit Tell City July 29 as part of a sponsorship by the city of Tell City, the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Quality of Life Committee of the Perry County Development Corp.

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  • City acquires more homes under $2M grant project

    TELL CITY - As a nearly $2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program moves forward, Tell City Mayor Barbara Ewing announced the awarding of bids to demolish seven foreclosed or vacant homes purchased this year by the city.

    Casebolt Construction submitted low bids for demolishing four of the homes, $3,540 for a structure at 723 Seventh St., $3,380 for a house at 1302 Main St., $4,480 for a home at 919 12th St., and $3,540 for a house at 817 Lafayette St.

  • Marksmen musicians earn gold, silver

    TELL CITY - Marksmen performers returned from state-level solo-and-ensemble competitions in Indianapolis Saturday with eight gold and four silver ratings.

    "So we were 2-to-1 golds to silvers," Tell City High School Music Director Barry Reasoner said Wednesday. "That's a really good average."

    Gold ratings for solo performances went to Brook Birchler, clarinet; Mary Burst, flute; Laura Denoncour, clarinet; Tyler Hamilton, trombone and Nick Hawkins and Will Roberts, snare drum.

  • PC performers earn silver

    LEOPOLD - The two Perry Central performers who competed in state-level solo-and-ensemble contests Saturday brought home silver ratings, reported James Powell, assistant band director.

    Melinda Buckler earned her silver medal with a trumpet solo, and Trent Pringle earned his with a solo marimba performance at North Central High School, Indianapolis.

    "They're both juniors, so we look forward to building on our results," Powell said.

  • Funds approved for 'Code Red' alert system

    PERRY COUNTY - County-council members approved at a regular meeting Feb. 25 a $20,300 additional appropriation to fund an emergency-notification system.

    As The News reported Feb. 22, the Code Red system offered by Emergency Communications Network of Ormond Beach, Fla., will automatically inform county residents when a weather or other emergency arises.

    It will start with phone numbers from public sources such as phone listings and automatically call people and provide instructions for options such as adding cell-phone numbers to its database.

  • Congressman Brad Ellsworth to speak at county's JJ Dinner

    TELL CITY - The Perry County Democratic Committee will host its annual Jefferson Jackson dinner Saturday, April 10, at Bill & Dave's Smokin' Pit in Tell City. A cash bar will open at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6.

    Keynote speaker for the evening will be Brad Ellsworth, Democratic congressman for Indiana's 8th Congressional District. In 2006, Ellsworth defeated the Republican incumbent to take the seat. He previously served as the sheriff of Vanderburgh County.

    On Feb. 19, Ellsworth announced he will run for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Sen. Evan Bayh.

  • 2010 Census van-bus tour begins Friday in Tell City

    TELL CITY - During the first two weeks of this month, the U.S. Census 2010 van-bus will tour the city, making stops to promote the event, passing out informational flyers and giving promotional Census items to the public.

    The schedule for the van is as follows:

    • Friday, March 5: 9 to 9:30 a.m. at City Hall; 9:30 to 10 a.m. at German American Bank; 10 to 10:30 a.m. at Old National Bank and The Perry County News.

  • Three complete correctional police-officer program

    NEW CASTLE - Two Branchville Correctional Facility employees and an employee of the Indiana Department Correction's central office based at the local facility were among 46 Indiana Department of Correction workers completing a correctional-police-officer program.

    Randy Litherland and Jeff Hendershot, both of whom work at BCF, were sworn in recently by Judge Tanya Walton-Pratt.