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Today's News

  • Forest officials ready Mogan Ridge controlled-burn plans

    TELL CITY - Hoosier National Forest officials will take several steps to alert the public before they begin burning approximately 750 acres in the Mogan Ridge area of Perry County.

    The prescribed burns will take place in coming weeks but the exact date hinges on weather and conditions.

    "Once we know the date that we'll start the burn, we'll let the public know," Hoosier National Forest Management Officer Mike Davis said. The News will post information on its Web site, www. perrycountynews.com, and local fire departments and schools will be alerted.

  • Groups invite public to poverty simulation

    TELL CITY - With the United States in economic turmoil, many hard-working people are losing their jobs and homes, leading them to experience poverty for the first time.

    To help community members, businesses and organizations understand general characteristics of generational poverty, the 4Community2 Collaborative of Perry County will sponsor a Bridges Out of Poverty presentation and poverty simulation from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 at Evangelical United Church of Christ.

  • Local weather sirens to be tested Wednesday

    TELL CITY - To focus residents' attention on the threats posed by tornadoes and thunderstorms, Gov. Mitch Daniels has proclaimed March 15-21 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week. The National Weather Service, working with Indiana State Police, the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency, Hoosier school districts and media will conduct a statewide test of communication systems Wednesday, March 18, between 9 and 9:30 a.m. and between 6 and 6:30 p.m.

    Both drills will be announced as tests beforehand. Perry County’s system of warning sirens will be tested Wednesday morning.

  • Dollars for Scholars program accepting applications for loans

    TELL CITY - The board of directors of Dollars for Scholars of Tell City and Perry County will accept applications for interest-free loans to be awarded to students pursuing a post-high school education for the fall 2009 semester.

    Applications are available at the offices of the guidance counselors at Cannelton, Perry Central and Tell City high schools and at Fifth Third Bank. The deadline for submitting applications is June 1.

  • Groups partner for annual United Way Day of Caring event

    TELL CITY - This year's United Way of Perry County will partner with the Outreach to Teach program and the Tell City-Troy Township Classroom Teachers Association to provide volunteers for an intensive workday at Tell City High School.

    The April 18 project will kick off National Volunteer Week in Perry County.

    Outreach to Teach provides college students and members of the Indiana Student Teachers Association the opportunity to spruce up Tell City High School. The ISTA hopes to provide more than 150 volunteers and the United Way will recruit another 50 to 75 volunteers.

  • Drives replenish food banks

    TELL CITY - Wal-Mart, Catholic Charities and United Way of Perry County invite community organizations, churches and businesses to help fight hunger in Perry County by organizing canned-food drives in March and April.

    Food items will replenish pantries of the Perry County Food Coalition. Widow's Barrel, Council of Agencies and Adventist Community Services, all in Tell City, along with Jasper's Pantry in Cannelton and Martin's Cloak in Siberia, fed several thousand individuals last year and expect the need to be much higher this year.

  • Officials should approach transportation issue cautiously

    A proposal to provide low-cost public transportation in Perry County looks like a good idea, but should be approached with caution.

    Speaking for the director of Ride Solution, an agency providing rides in eight counties, Pat Glenn told county commissioners March 2 the county's transportation advisory committee wants to include Marksman Cab owner Jerry Sprinkle in a partnership they say would benefit everyone.

  • 'Tis the season for green

    I'm not much into green beer and while I'm a fan of corned beef, I can do without cabbage.

    Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day and while lots of us will be wearing the green, a lack of Irish heritage doesn't inspire me to truly celebrate the day like those whose family trees have roots in the Emerald Isle. I enjoy reading about Irish history and the nation is near the top of places I still want to explore.

  • Mini-truck business moves, expands

    CANNELTON - They'll schedule a grand opening some time in April, but "we're ready to go" for anyone who cares to visit their new showroom at the corner of Indiana 66 and Old Indiana 237 in Cannelton, said Ryan Knieriem, vice president for Canary Outdoor Power Equipment.

  • Imagination library fundraiser

    TELL CITY - Chicago's Pizza has joined efforts with the Perry County Junior Women and the United Way of Perry County to help support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. This program will provide an age-appropriate, hardback book through the mail to every child in Perry County who is registered from birth until their 5th birthday.

    This is a gift from the community to every child in Perry County. Chicago's Pizza will donate a portion of all sales from Tuesday to support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.