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Today's News

  • Nine charged in undercover drug buys

    PERRY COUNTY - An undercover investigation by the Drug Enforcement Section of the Indiana State Police led to the arrest last week of nine people charged  after authorities allegedly made undercover purchases of methamphetamine, marijuana and controlled substances.

    Seven of the defendants were arrested during a warrant sweep that began Thursday morning. Two others turned themselves in Tuesday.

  • Mayor reflects on successful year

    CANNELTON - The city is sound and finished 2009 in the black, Cannelton Mayor Smokey Graves said in a state-of-the-city report offered at a common-council meeting Jan. 11.

    The city experienced neither large insurance claims nor layoffs and was able to continue safety training that helped keep insurance rates low; "we were blessed there," he said. No cutbacks in city services were required and the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance approved the budget for this year with no changes.

  • Police chief: department had great year

    CANNELTON - Cannelton's police department got an early Christmas present, acting Chief Eric Dickenson said at regular meetings of the city's board of public works and safety and common council Jan. 11.

    He was informed Dec. 21 a $10,000 grant for which he'd applied had been approved, he said. It and a $1,042 match from his department's radio fund were to go toward the purchase of four 800-megahertz in-car radios.

  • Water Main Break

    Tell City Water Department employee Lester Perryman waits for pressure in a cracked 6-inch main to subside Friday morning before he, utility superintendent Dale Poole and other workers place a clamp over the break. Winter freezing and thawing can cause water lines to crack, Poole said. Unlike a break during the peak of the cold snap the previous week, fixing Friday's problem was less bone-chilling, with temperatures in the 40s.

  • Rome improvements among parks board goals

    CANNELTON - Getting restrooms and a shelter house erected at the Rome boat ramp park area is one of the Perry County Parks and Recreation Department's top goals for 2010.

    At its first meeting of the year Wednesday the board outlined its goals for the next 12 months.

    Another major goal is to help with a 50th anniversary ceremony at the Electra airplane crash site, which the board leases and maintains.

    A Perry County Kiwanis committee chaired by Rebecca Fenn is planning most of the details for the March 13-14 observance.

  • We should ask ourselves hard questions

    Do the collection of communities that make up Perry County have the government and school systems they want and need?

    Many residents would say "yes, we're happy with the way things are."

    That's a perfectly legitimate response. If it's the way the majority of residents feel, perhaps things should remain as they are.

    We have reason to believe, however, some people feel they aren't treated as well as others are, even though they make the same contributions through property and sales taxes.

  • Teach kids about finances

    It was a week or so before Christmas, while following a police officer buying clothes and toys for a young girl, that I passed a boy in the electronics section of Wal-Mart. The pre-teen, maybe 11 or 12 years old, wanted to buy a video game console of some type.

    I overhead his mom asking how he was going to pay for the purchase. The boy pulled out a small wad of bills and said he had saved his money.  

  • A woman worthy of Nobel prize

    Poland was conquered by the Nazi juggernaut early in the second World War. After only five weeks of fierce fighting, the country capitulated.

    The German conquerors herded 450,000 Jewish inhabitants of Warsaw into a 16-block ghetto section of town where they were, in effect, imprisoned, unable to leave.

  • Opening-day filings kick off election season

    PERRY COUNTY - Candidates appeared in the county clerk's office shortly after it opened Wednesday morning to begin staking their claims to spots on ballots for this year's elections. The filing period will close at noon Feb. 19.

    County Clerk Jean Schulthise said Tuesday she had packages prepared for candidates, which included financial-disclosure forms they need to submit. School-board candidates also have to pick up petition forms.

  • Lackey, Chestnut on ballot for sheriff

    TELL CITY - Two men with  years of experience in local law enforcement filed their candidacies Wednesday for the office of Perry County sheriff.

    Filing were Joe Lackey, a Department of Natural Resources officer since 1983, and Lee Chestnut, a county sheriff's deputy with nine years of experience.  Each hopes to  succeed two-term Sheriff Bob Glenn. Both are running as Democrats, meaning they and other Democrats seeking the same office will face each other in the state's May 4 primary.

    Lackey's Priorities: Accessibility, Professionalism