Today's News

  • 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.

  • Failed talks stall coal-gasification project

    ROCKPORT – The coal gasification project hoping to locate in Spencer County has been stalled and the hold on the project might be temporary, according to local economic-development officials and others involved with the project.

    The hold-up came about because of failed negotiations between Indiana Gasification — the company proposing the project — and the utilities that would have been its customers, Vectren and NIPSCO.

  • News graphics team claims five awards

    TELL CITY – All three members of The Perry County News' graphics department claimed honors in a design contest sponsored by Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., the newspaper's parent company.

    The newspaper claimed a first-place award for its work on this year's Schweizer Zeitung, a special section published each year before Tell City's Schweizer Fest. This year's Zeitung celebrated the 150th anniversary of Tell City's founding and the 50th annual festival.

    The graphics team also claimed best-of-show honors for the 2008 Zeitung.

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  • Census Bureau schedules testing dates for job openings

    TELL CITY – Representatives of the U.S. Census Bureau will be in Tell City this month to administer tests to people interested in upcoming openings.

    Several positions, include census takers, crew leaders and office-and-recruiting assistants, will be hired to prepare for the next census in 2010

     The bureau will conduct tests at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 22-23, and again Dec. 29-30.

    All tests will be administered at the Schergens Center in Tell City.

  • Letters to Santa

    Watch Monday's edition for The News' 2008 Christmas Greetings Section. Inside you'll find holiday salutations from local businesses and hundreds of letters to Santa penned by hopeful youngsters.


  • Gingerbread Dreams

    Shuttling from one room to another inside her comfortable home on the Ohio River, Jean Wood is a year-round telecommuter, a work-from-home professional who uses telephones and computers to schedule physicians for hospital emergency rooms in Florida.

    But as the weather turns colder each year, and Christmas nears, the Magnet woman takes on the added duties of a construction maven, a do-it-all architect, builder and mason. Her chief ingredient, gingerbread, might remind us of childhood poems about a fleet-footed man made of dough.

  • Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Recipe

    1/3 cup soft shortening

    1 cup brown sugar, packed

    3/4 cup dark molasses

    2/3 cup light molasses

    2/3 cup cold water

    7 cups sifted flour

    2 teaspoons soda

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon ginger

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    1 teaspoon allspice

    1 teaspoon cloves