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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Remember that bleak Jan. 22

    By ROBERT MORRISON
    Guest Columnist

    I vividly remember January 22, 1973. Richard Nixon had just been inaugurated for a second term. That thought depressed me. Lyndon Johnson, a virtual exile in Texas, died of a heart attack. And the news of a breakthrough in negotiations to end the Vietnam War commanded attention. It seemed we might get our POWs back.

  • COLUMN: Guns, school safety and strong emotions

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    We’re always happy when editorials on this page generate letters to the editor, even when it’s a mistake of ours that gets people putting pen to paper.

    Last week’s editorial advocating tighter restrictions on assault-style firearms generated quite the buzz. That’s good. Our editorial contained an error in saying school shootings were carried out with automatic weapons. Instead, they were done with semiautomatic weapons. There is a difference.

  • EDITORIAL: Be aware of school buses; watch for the stop arm

    We hear a lot of things on the police scanners that sit in the office at the News. Most of the time, the calls are what you would expect. But it seems lately, with schools in the county back in session, there have been a few calls in about motorists illegally passing buses while they are stopped and delivering or collecting students.

    It’s not an epidemic in the county by any means, however even hearing two or three instances are cause for concern.

  • USDA finalizes new microloan program

    WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week announced a new microloan program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture designed to help small and family operations, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans of less than $35,000.

  • House pages needed for 2013 session

    INDIANAPOLIS — State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) is encouraging local students to apply for the Indiana House Page Program. The program offers students who are 13 to 18 years old the chance to visit the Statehouse and see a full day of legislative activity.

    “The page program is a great hands-on experience for students,” said Rep. Arnold. “I hope that students in our community take the opportunity to visit the Statehouse and see how their state government works.”

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  • GREAT kids earn diplomas

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    More than 200 Perry County sixth-graders are better prepared to deal with many of the challenges they’ll face in coming years, courtesy of a grant-funded program that for the second year sent police officers into their classrooms.

    Tell City patrolmen Jason Shadwick and Derrick Lawalin teach the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program at Perry Central and William Tell elementary schools.

  • Syringe injures city worker

    By KEVIN KOELLING
    Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – A city employee was injured by a hypodermic syringe while collecting trash, Cannelton Mayor Mary Snyder reported during a regular common-council meeting Jan. 14.

    He doesn’t know which home the syringe came from, she said. “If we know where it comes from, we’re just not going to be able to pick their trash up.”

  • City considers sewer-rate hike

    By KEVIN KOELLING
    Managing Editor

    CANNELTON – “Whether we want to or not, we’re going to have to raise the rates,” Cannelton Mayor Mary Snyder said about charges for sewer service provided to city residents. “They haven’t been raised since 2002.”

  • Litherland replaces Hawkins as Forest Park’s varsity coach

    By LARRY GOFFINET
    Sports Editor

    FERDINAND—Jeff Litherland, a Perry Central graduate and former Perry Central JV boys basketball coach, has replaced Nate Hawkins as Forest Park’s varsity coach, at least on an interim basis.
    Hawkins replaced Tom Beach after the 2008-09 season and guided the Rangers to sectional titles each of his first three season and regional titles the first two years.