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Today's News

  • World's oldest Benedictine monk turning 108

    ST. MEINRAD - The Rev. Theodore Heck OSB will celebrate a birthday Friday, his 108th!

    The oldest Benedictine monk in the world first came to the Spencer County monastery in 1918, arriving by horse and buggy. He taught seminarians for many years,  held leadership positions in the monastery and seminary and served as pastor in New Boston for nearly 20 years.

  • Mini-truck business eyes site in Cannelton, expansion

    CANNELTON - A man selling Canary miniature trucks in a tiny lot between Cannelton and Tell City said he "came in with something unique, and that took off."

    Aaron Knieriem asked the Cannelton Common Council at a regular meeting Monday for a $30,000 economic-development loan to boost his plan to move into the former Randy Aubrey Dodge property, where he will offer for sale the trucks and equipment with names like Cub Cadet, Bobcat, Husqvarna and Troy-Bilt.

  • Man urges leaders to think outside county piggy bank

    TELL CITY – Tony Pappano offered the Perry County commissioners Jan. 5 a couple of "educational articles," as he called them, "about what a neighboring county of ours does."

    Pappano, who has secured more than $1 million to help local residents make home repairs they'd otherwise be unable to afford, was at the commissioners' first regular meeting of the year to get their support in his latest such grant application.

    While he had the county leaders' attention, he veered into a second topic.

  • Forest Service hosting open house Feb. 3

    TELL CITY – The public is invited to attend a Feb. 3 open house to meet new Hoosier National Forest District Ranger Anne Carey.

    The open house, from 3:30 to 6 p.m., will be held at the ranger station, located at 248 15th St. in Tell City.

    Carey began her duties Sept. 29 and made the move from the Cleveland National Forest in southern California, where she served as recreation director.

    In her new position, Carey is responsible for overall forest programs within the 200,000 acres within the Hoosier National Forest.

  • High-school sports excellent value in a tough economy

    Whether you're watching network news, reading a hometown newspaper or visiting with a colleague at the proverbial water cooler, one topic trumps all others these days – the economy. And more times than not, the tone skews toward the negative.

    Here's a positive twist to "the topic of the day," It's not going to save our automakers or reverse the direction of the NYSE. But it is a practical way for you and your family to enjoy an evening of entertainment at a price most families can afford, even in today's coupon-clipping world,

  • Offices closing for MLK Jr. Day

    PERRY COUNTY - Many governmental offices will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. County and state offices will be closed for the day, as will those in Tell City. There will be a one-day delay in trash pickup in Tell City next week. Monday's meetings of the Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety and Tell City Water Board will be held Tuesday instead of Monday. The works board meets at 6 p.m. and will be followed by the water board.

  • Scrapbookers to converge Jan. 24

    TELL CITY — Creative Memories Consultant Beth Lasher will lead a scrapbooking crop as a Tell City Band Boosters fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Twilight Towers dining room, 1648 10th St. in Tell City. The $25 cost will cover lunch and a goodie bag for each participant and prize drawings will be conducted hourly. In scrapbooking terminology, cropping is the trimming of unwanted portions of photos.

    Reservations are due by Wednesday and can be made by calling 719-2802 or 719-0339.

  • Warm up to energy savings

    Staying warm while managing energy costs can be difficult, especially when the mercury dips near zero, as it has this week. But there are simple steps homeowners and renters can take to cut down on heating costs during winter. Other steps can bring sizable energy savings year-round.

    Home Heating

    • It's always important to have heating systems checked by a qualified technician each season, and even though we're in the depths of winter, it's not too late. Minor adjustments can more than pay for the cost of a service call.

  • Give your home an efficiency boost in 2009

    According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Americans can make their homes more energy efficient by knowing how the electricity they purchase is used in their homes. Quick and inexpensive steps can cut monthly power bills, helping families' budgets and giving the environment a needed boot.

    • Turn off the lights when you leave, especially at the end of the day. Encourage your children to do the same. Once it's a habit, they won't need reminding.

  • Don't get fleeced when doing the laundry

    Laundry day provides plenty of opportunities to be more environmentally friendly in 2009. These steps will not only save money and better the environment, they'll make your clothes look better.

    Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation. Don't over-dry your clothes. If your machine has a moisture sensor, use it. Consider air-drying clothes on clothes lines or drying racks. Air-drying is recommended by clothing manufacturers for some fabrics. Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.