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Today's News

  • Conservation corps offers summer jobs

    INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana will hire 2,000 young people to spend the next two summers improving Indiana’s parks, trails, state forests and other natural wonders. Some of the work will take place close to home.

    Gov. Mitch Daniels announced plans last week for the Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps. The program will tap federal stimulus funds designated for employment and training of people 16 to 24 years old.  

  • Perry County’s jobless rate climbs to 9.7 percent

    PERRY COUNTY - Perry County’s unemployment rate continues to climb amid the national recession but remains under jobless percentages posted by Crawford and Spencer counties, Indiana Department of Workforce statistics show.

    An estimated 9.7 percent of Perry County’s labor force was unemployed in February, up six-tenths of a percent from January and nearly double from last year. The county’s unemployment rate in January was 9.1 percent.

  • Officials approve capital, home improvements

    TELL CITY - Perry County commissioners approved in their regular meeting March 18 a three-year capital-improvement plan, an agreement with the county’s redevelopment corporation and a three-year grant to cover home repairs.

  • Correctional facility hosting community meeting Saturday

    BRANCHVILLE - A community meeting Saturday morning at Perry Central Community School will give the public a chance to learn more about Branchville Correctional Facility. The 9 a.m. gathering will take place in the elementary cafeteria-gymnasium, Gil Peters, the correctional facility’s superintendent said last week. He will share information about the facility, including changes made since the March 20 escapes by three people. He will also field questions and solicit input from the public.

  • Hands at work

    With two cans of paint attached to ropes and harnesses that kept him safely aloft, Steve Sabelhaus applied new coats of paint Wednesday to clock faces on the steeple of St. Michael Catholic Church in Cannelton. He and other employees of George Sabelhaus & Sons planned to finish the work over the weekend. Cannelton leaders approved work on the community clock last year, continuing a partnership between the city and parish that began in the 1800s. The church is marking its 150th anniversary this year.

  • Moving day

    Signs that have been landmarks along Tell Street for decades were removed March 29 after catching the eye of a Kentucky collector. The Frigid Whip sign that had stood since around 1950 was purchased by Cecil Whitaker of Pendleton, Ky. Curtis Cronin, who owns the small building that housed the former eatery, said the sign was beginning to deteriorate. He plans to turn the building into a gathering place for community groups. Since the Frigid Whip closed in the 1970s, the building has been used by a number of businesses, including a beauty shop.

  • Shoot for the stars this summer

    PERRY COUNTY - The Tell City Regional Arts Association is announcing a singing competition called Shoot for the Stars. The competition will be held during the association’s Music in the Park series, held May through September. The kick-off Music in the Park concert is Friday, May 15, with the rest of the series held on the third Sunday afternoon of the month. The competition is open to all ages, though contestants must be non-professional singers and live in the counties of Perry, Spencer or Hancock.

  • Rules regulating gaming at church picnics need to loosen

    Area church picnics will be coming up soon, and a bill currently working its way through the Indiana General Assembly could partially decide how much money they make.

    SB 414 has passed the senate and passed 8-0 in the House Public Policy Committee. It should go to the full house of representatives for a vote soon.

    Dennie Oxley, who represents part of Perry County, is one of the cosponsors of the bill, which would remove some of the restrictions now limiting parish festivals.

  • Young people and conservation

    As residents who live in communities blessed by nature, Perry Countians have a vested interest in promoting conservation and stewardship.

    The forests we enjoy, the (for the most part) clean air and water around us and the verdant woods and fields that provide beauty and food — it’s nearly mushroom season — aren’t guaranteed to be here generations from now.

  • Not all sources created equal

    Sources matter if we are to have any hope of understanding the complex of issues facing our nation at this or any future moment.

    Granted, the average working man or woman may have little time, resources or energy to sort these things out. But the worst we could do in the face of uncertainty is accept at face value the particular absolutisms – generally recycled and unverifiable – of demagogues of either right or left.