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Today's News

  • Perry Central seeks early retirements

    LEOPOLD - Perry Central School Board members approved an incentive plan last Monday in hopes of obtaining the early retirements of up to four teachers. The move is similar to offers made by other Hoosier school districts and is a cost-saving measure taken in the face of reduced funding.

    Like most Hoosier schools, Perry Central is facing the loss of state revenue and school officials have said about $300,000 needs to be trimmed from its 2010 budget to maintain a healthy cash balance.

  • Lackey campaign on hold

    BRANCHVILLE - A day after his arrest on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, Indiana conservation officer and candidate for Perry County Sheriff Joe Lackey apologized for his actions and said he would suspend his campaign while he deals with personal issues.

    "I'm not going to actively campaign for now," Lackey, 52, said in a phone call to The News Thursday morning. He was released from the Spencer County Jail Wednesday night, where he was taken after being arrested in Tell City by part-time sheriff's deputy Roger Smith.

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  • Students credited for memorial roles

    CANNELTON - Elementary Principal Ginger Conrad commended at a school-board meeting Thursday Myers Grade School students for their contributions to the weekend commemoration of a plane crash five decades ago at Millstone.

    "We were very proud to be a part of the program for the 50th anniversary of the Electra plane crash," she told the board. At the urging of teacher Joan Goble, students created artwork and composed a poem that was read aloud at a remembrance ceremony the preceding Saturday in the city's community center.

  • Third census help center to open

    PERRY COUNTY - The U.S. Census Bureau continues to alter its plans for assistance centers in the county, with news last week of a third location in the county highway garage.

    Hours are 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays. It joins centers at City Hall in Tell City and the Cannelton Public Library. Center hours at Tell City are 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • Drum line wraps season with grade-school gigs

    TELL CITY - Tell City's High School's 2010 drum-line members rocked a William Tell Elementary School gym twice Thursday in what were their grand finales for the season.

    It was an up-and-down competition season for them, with next-to-last-place finishes their first and third contests, split their second time out by a finish three-tenths of a point away from first place.

  • Chapman: Effort to compress Indiana school year continues

    CANNELTON - "They should be more concerned that kids get an education than a vacation," Cannelton School Board member Barbara Beard said at a regular meeting Thursday.

    Schools Superintendent Al Chapman had said a calendar he proposed for next year is similar to those the school system has been using, which feature longer breaks through the year and a shorter summer break.

  • Public can submit questions ahead of April 15 forum

    TELL CITY - An April 15 forum will give Perry County voters preparing to go to the polls a chance to hear candidates' views on a variety of topics.

    The forum, sponsored by the Perry County Chamber of Commerce and The Perry County News will be held at the Schergens Center beginning at 6 p.m.

    Candidates in contested races will talk about their reasons for seeking elected office. They'll also answer questions.

  • All Sports Extravaganza March 31

    TELL CITY - The first Spring All Sports Extravaganza will be held Wednesday, March 31.

    This is an opportunity for the community and school to demonstrate school spirit and community pride. The evening will begin with a parade, which will start at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Washington and Main streets.

    The parade will continue to Jefferson Street and then east to 15th Street.

    A pep rally will follow at Legion Field at the conclusion of the parade. The Pep Club, which is sponsoring the event, encourages the community to support the endeavor.

  • File now for mobile-home deductions

    PERRY COUNTY - Perry County Auditor Connie Berger reminds owners of personal-property mobile homes that the period to file property-tax deductions and credits is in effect through March 31. Personal-property mobile-home owners are defined as those who do not own the real estate on which their mobile homes are situated.

    Deductions filed by March 31 will be applied to personal property mobile home tax statements mailed this year.