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Today's News

  • Plenty to be thankful for

    I wasn’t always kind to Thanksgiving. For the first two-thirds of my 41 years, I under-appreciated the holiday. As a child, the event seemed best suited for grownups, who like to chat around the kitchen table eating turkey and pumpkin pie.  

    For me back then, Thanksgiving was a welcome four-day weekend away from school and the signal that Christmas was near.

  • The roots of our Thanksgiving

    Editor’s Note: This text of President George Washington’s Oct. 3, 1789, national Thanksgiving proclamation was printed in The Providence Gazette and Country Journal and is printed with original spellings, capitalization and punctuation.

    It was submitted by Freewill Baptist Church in Cannelton to commemorate Thursday’s observance of the holiday.

  • School board approves $2 million in renovations

    TELL CITY – Tell City-Troy Township School Board members voted to proceed with approximately $2 million worth of renovations at Tell City High School using qualified-zone-academy-bonds funding already approved, and to seek approval of other work later.

    Their action at a regular school-board meeting Tuesday was introduced as a recommendation by Schools Superintendent Ron Etienne.

  • Slide repairs may be done by year’s end

    TELL CITY – A second attempt at repairing a sliding embankment along Indiana 37 in central Perry County could wrap up by the end of next month, an Indiana Department of Transportation spokeswoman said last week.

    INDOT’s first attempt earlier this year at stopping movement in the steep embankment on the west side of the highway, just north of Indiana 70, did not work, said Cher Goodwin, spokeswoman for INDOT’s Vincennes District.  

  • Park draws crowd on its opening day

    CANNELTON — Eagles Bluff Park’s new welcome center and rebuilt overlook deck drew nearly 200 visitors the first two days it was open, County Recreation Director Dan Adams told the the Parks and Recreation Board Wednesday.

    The Indiana Department of Transportation did its final inspection of the construction Oct. 23 and the park, which was closed several months during construction, reopened Nov. 8. It is now open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Adams reported that 122 people visited the park Nov. 8 and 74 did so Nov. 9 despite chilly temperatures that weekend.

  • Jury in meth cases returns five guilty verdicts

    TELL CITY – A jury of eight women and four men deliberated for three hours Thursday before convicting a Perry County man on a charge of dealing in methamphetamine.

    John R. Crawford, who had been living in Cannelton before his arrest in April, faces between six and 20 years in prison on the Class B felony when sentenced Dec. 5.

  • Fire chief questions salary

    CANNELTON – Cannelton Common Council members approved a 2009 salary ordinance for appointed officers and employees at their regular meeting Nov. 10 despite protests by top fire officials that the pay for the fire chief was wrong.

    Adoption of the ordinance was deferred at last month’s meeting because pay figures for the fire chief and an assistant chief were incorrect, Clerk-Treasurer Arvina Bozarth reminded the council in introducing the issue. Under the ordinance, the chief will get $2,750 for the year and the assistant will be paid $2,075, she said.

  • Walkways funding mounts

    TELL CITY – An anonymous $10,000 donation will boost an effort to get people walking, William Tell Elementary School Principal Laura Noble reported at a regular school-board meeting Tuesday.

    The money, coupled with an Indiana Department of Transportation grant, reported in Thursday’s edition of The News, will allow connection of a greenway opened recently along Tell City’s Windy Creek with a previously announced intent to improve sidewalk access to the elementary school, Noble said, and to install an asphalt-rubber path around the school.

  • Learn how to save money

    LEOPOLD – All Perry County families are invited to learn how to save money at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Perry Central elementary library. Perry Central Family Outreach will host Mary Talmadge of Perry County Purdue Extension for an evening of learning ways families can save money on food, everyday expenses and holiday gifts, while tackling credit-card debt.

    The evening will start with a free light supper. During the parent discussion on saving money, children are invited to participate a special program on healthy eating.

  • Reed seeks mother’s former students

    FORT WAYNE – Susan Reed of Fort Wayne sent a letter to The News recently looking for former students of her mother, Jeannie Olive Ryan Baker.

    Baker taught at Anderson and Finch schools before 1930 in Perry County. She and her parents, Willard and Nancy Jane Leaf Ryan, left the Tobinsport area to move to Fort Wayne in 1930. Baker is a descendent of the Weatherholt, Tobin, Ryan and Thomas family lines.