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Today's News

  • 'Hybrid welfare' trial appears to be successful

    PERRY COUNTY - Perry and Spencer counties were among 10 in this area trying out a "hybrid" system for the delivery of welfare benefits since January. A representative of the state's Family and Social Services Administration said Wednesday that trial is resulting in positive comments from everyone involved.

    Daily management meetings include discussions of how the system is working, Danielle Smith, the agency's deputy director for communications said, and positive feedback is being provided by clients and staffers.

  • School board approves calendar for 2010-11

    TELL CITY - Tell City-Troy Township School Board members approved at a regular meeting March 9 a calendar for next year that will give construction workers as much time as possible to complete summer projects, Schools Superintendent Ron Etienne said.

    "The most significant thing is we're starting eight days later," he said of the calendar, which will have students reporting to school Aug. 19. Teachers will get a day's head start on them, and the first holiday for all of them will be Labor Day Sept. 6.

  • Academy chief says original mission being fulfilled

    TELL CITY - The executive director of the Perry County Learning Academy is finding "we're dealing more and more with students who are struggling to fit in to the traditional school model."

    Mike Bishop was providing a report to the board members who oversee the alternative school, Ron Etienne and Mary Roberson, superintendents for Tell City-Troy Township and Perry Central Community schools, respectively.

  • 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.

  • Grandparents & Science