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Today's News

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Editor's Note: In the months before the Christmas of 1897, an 8-year-old girl named Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York Sun, asking if there really was a Santa Claus. Edward P. Mitchell gave the assignment to Francis P. Church, whose reply to Virginia appeared in the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of the Sun. Virginia's letter and Church's reply, as it appeared in the Sun, are reprinted below. Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas died May 13, 1971.

    Is there a Santa Claus?

  • Happy travels this week, Santa

    Santa Claus

    North Pole

    Dear Santa:

    I hope all is well with you and Mrs. C. I've been reading all year about shrinking Arctic glaciers and melting polar ice, but I hope you're holding your own at the top of the world. Maybe we'll start treating our planet a little kinder than we have.

    I hope our new president will help lead us in a greener direction. I'm sure you'd approve.

  • Christmas wishes and tough times

    Memories of childhood make me thankful for the poor times we were living in. I did not know at the time we were poor. We had lots of love in our house and family. I was brought up to know and understand that God takes care of those who take care of themselves.

    I was taught to understand that as long as we have a roof over our heads, food in our stomachs and clothes on our backs, we were rich. My grandparents would relive the Depression every time they had the opportunity, so we would always understand life could be worse than it was at that moment.

  • Letters to Santa available in special-sections area

    A "little mommy doll that goes potty," "a mermaid baby and sunglasses and a swimsuit for me and doggy," and "a jungle in my pocket" are among the many requests in this year's Letters to Santa special section. To view them, click on "Special Sections" near the top of this page. Scroll down to find the "Letters to Santa" headline. After clicking on it, you'll see a list of excerpts. Click on each one to open another page of letters.

  • Sheriff gives up meal, tax-warrant money

    TELL CITY – Perry County Council members approved at a regular meeting Dec. 11 a first-ever contract for the county sheriff that will eliminate revenues he receives from two sources but make up for it in a fixed salary.

    "The state board of accounts said they wanted all elected officials to be paid on a salary basis," Sheriff Bob Glenn told the commissioners before they approved the change at their Dec. 1 meeting. "You could not use the meals to subsidize any profit for a sheriff's deputy or anybody."

  • Plans for former mens shelter OK'd

    TELL CITY – Upcoming renovations to a Main Street building that formerly housed a shelter for homeless men were approved last Thursday by the Tell City Plan Commission. Also given an OK was a development plan for a new nursery proposed for Tell City's north side.

    After reviewing reports from the State Fire Marshal's Office, the city commission approved Liberty Church's development plan for the former Harvest House in the 400 block of Main Street.

  • Christmas Wishes Come True

    Jonathan Trujillo shows Santa and Mrs. Claus one of the items he chose while shopping Sunday with Tell City Police Department Cpl. Marty Haughee.

  • Man serving 20 years for meth lab

    TELL CITY – A Perry County man convicted last month of dealing in methamphetamine is serving the first days of a 20-year sentence.

    John R. Crawford, who had been living in Cannelton before his arrest in April, was sentenced Dec. 5 to 20 years with the Indiana Department of Correction and another five years on separate charges of possessing methamphetamine, ingredients used to make the drug and paraphernalia.

  • Winter delivers icy first punch

    PERRY COUNTY — The first significant wintry weather of the season slickened local roadways and canceled classes for students this week.

    A thin but slick coating of ice fell Tuesday and Wednesday. Officers responded to several slide-offs Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, many of them on Interstate 64, and paramedics were called to at least one report of a person slipping on ice.

    No serious injuries were reported by police.

  • County officials finalize '09 insurance plan

    TELL CITY – County employees' health-insurance costs will rise $10, and the county's cost will rise $20 per employee per month after county commissioners finalized Dec. 8 an action they approved a week earlier.  

    As The News reported Dec. 4, Cathy Dunn of the Columbia-based Dunn and Associates benefits-administration firm, and Pete Franzman of Franzman Insurance Agency attended a commissioners meeting Dec. 1 to present insurance-renewal information. Dunn said she'd been tracking medical-cost inflation data, which shows 7-percent increases for this year and next year.