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Today's News

  • Inching back toward democracy beats zero progress

    Some people say anyone who has nothing to hide shouldn't be bothered by the government looking into their affairs.

    We say that attitude flies in the face of all that is American.

    In America, we don't undergo investigation unless we're suspected of wrongdoing, and evidence exists to support the suspicion. In America, our affairs are nobody's business but our own.

    That was the case, at least, in Old America.

  • A salute to firefighters

    National Fire Prevention Week, observed Oct. 4-10 this year, is fast approaching, making it an opportune time to salute  volunteer firefighters who protect our lives and property.

    Fire Prevention Week has been around decades and has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 7-8, 1871, that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 people homeless and destroyed more than 17,000 structures.

  • Americans want sensible reform

    In his Sept. 3 guest column (about Labor Day), Bil Musgrave  calls for us to commit to workers' rights, but he proposes ways that push a political agenda. 

    While people of good faith can disagree about different approaches to problems; I hope we can see a way that doesn't expand government power in our lives or require more tax money to be spent.

  • Marksmen compete in annual battle of bands

    TELL CITY – The Tell City Marching Marksmen are competing in the Battle of the Bands through Tuesday.

    The annual contest tests schools’ abilities to generate votes at the Web site of television station WFIE.

    Anyone who’d like to support their school band should register to vote at www.14wfie.com by clicking on “Touchdown Live” and “Battle of the Bands.” A password will be sent to each registered e-mail account.

  • Social workers join staffs at two schools

    LEOPOLD - The Perry Central School Board has approved the hiring of five people who will serve as social workers and program facilitators for a far-reaching, multi-year federal grant awarded this summer to Perry Central Community School Corp.

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  • Showers push Shoot for the Stars to Sunday

    TELL CITY - Rain postponed last Sunday's Music in the Park and Shoot for the Stars finale. Finalists Glenn Cronin, David McKinney, Ronald Riley and Dillon McKinney are set to perform this Sunday. The event gets under way at 3 p.m. with additional performances by Elliott Sublett and Andy Brasher.

  • Academy has 'strong start'

    TELL CITY - The Perry County Learning Academy had "probably the strongest start to a semester we've had since the beginning," its executive director said Tuesday.

    Speaking at a regular meeting of the alternative school's board of directors, Mike Bishop attributed the good start to an offering of online classes and "a different approach," which he said has entailed going into schools and talking to guidance counselors. In some cases, students who might benefit from the academy's offerings were pulled out of classes for brief discussions.

  • Monk inducted into inaugural Conservation Hall of Fame

    ST. MEINRAD - A man who taught respect for nature as a monk, teacher and theologian will be inducted Friday in the first class of the Indiana Conservation Hall of Fame.

    The Rev. Damian Schmelz OSB is one of 15 individuals and families named to a charter class for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources' Conservation Hall of Fame, a group that includes a former U.S. president and Indiana's first state forester and a couple dedicated to saving landmark Hoosier buildings.

  • Board seeks time to weigh bids for painting water tower in Troy

    TELL CITY - A years-long effort to repaint a 250,000-gallon water tower near Troy moved another step toward reality Monday as Tell City's water board opened six bids from contractors wanting to do the work.

    Bids ranged widely, from a $29,875 quote to a jaw-dropping $296,750 proposal. The board tabled any action to give Water Utility Superintendent Dale Poole time to review the bids. City Attorney Jim Tyler will do the same and the board could award the painting work at a special meeting Oct. 5.