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Today's News

  • County's jobless rate drops by .2%

    TELL CITY - Perry County's jobless rate dropped to 3.6 percent in October, the latest figures from Indiana Workforce Development show, down from 3.8 percent in September and well below the state and national averages.

    An estimated 345 men and women among the county's 9,578-person work force were out of work during the month, ranking the county 74th in the state. Neighboring Spencer County had a 3.5-percent unemployment rate, ranking it 77th in the state. Dubois County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state during October, at 2.7 percent.

  • Retired educator continues to give back to community

    MAGNET - Since Bob Ramsbottom came to Perry County nearly 40 years ago, the community has benefited from the various programs he's contributed to.

    Originally from Missouri, Ramsbottom started teaching at Perry Central Community School in 1968 as a physical- and health-education teacher and later became the school's athletic director. During his tenure at Perry Central, he coached football for the junior-high and high-school teams, coached track and even helped create a track event for elementary students.

  • It Must Have been the Mistletoe!

    Parasitic woodland plant found in treetops has intrigued humankind for millennia

    Ancient Druids judged the sprigs of greenery to be sacred gifts and wonders of the earth. During of the Middle Ages, families rich and poor gathered it from forests and hung balls of it from ceilings and barn doors. Far closer to our own times, Barbra Streisand sang about the plant's impact on us, crediting it for stoking the fires of love. What plant can boast such a hallowed history? Mistletoe, of course. Or, as Streisand declared in her 2001 tune, "It must have been the mistletoe."

  • Local soldiers record messages for children

    "Daddy bears" will help ease pain of year-long absences

    TELL CITY - Many of the soldiers working toward a deployment to Iraq early next year will leave something of themselves behind. Recordings of their voices, tucked into "daddy bears," will help soldiers remain in their children's lives during their absences.

    Jasper and Tell City organizations are making it happen.

  • Guitar strings and students

    Guitar club performs at school, city events

    CANNELTON - Eighth-grader Gary Biever "fiddled around with my brother's guitar when I was little," he said. His interest in playing the instrument has remained strong enough that he's stayed with a guitar club formed by Cannelton High School teacher Penny Hardman even as other students have come and gone.

    "People have dropped out," he said of a club now in its second year of public performances. "I guess they just got tired of practicing."

  • Local foundation wants to focus grant-making efforts

    PERRY COUNTY - Since its founding in 1993, the Perry County Community Foundation has helped bring more than $4 million into the community in support of fire and police departments, college scholarships and various youth programs. The money has served a wide cross-section of the county, reaching, in at least some way, nearly everyone who lives and works in the county.

    Now, the foundation's leaders want to refocus their grant-making efforts in hopes of making an even bigger difference. And they're seeking the community's input.

  • Tongues tied, records closed in Cannelton investigation

    CANNELTON - City officials and police investigators remained tight-lipped this week over Friday's search by state police of a Cannelton officer's home. Courthouse documents that normally would shed light on the grounds for the court-approved search are being treated as confidential and are off limits to the public and press.

  • Officials hint boat-works deal with Foertsch near

    TELL CITY - An initial agreement allowing a Spencer County businessman to move forward with a boat-works project at the former Maxon Marine site in Tell City could be presented to the city council as early as Monday.

    Speaking at Monday's meeting of the Tell City Economic Development Commission, Mayor Gayle Strassell and Perry County Development Director Chris Kinnett said a memorandum of understanding could be presented to the council at the special meeting.

  • No reassessment for Spencer County

    ROCKPORT - Spencer County officials have been successful in their attempt to prevent a reassessment of some property classes, changing the minds of some in the state office of the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance.

    "We're very, very pleased," said Spencer County Assessor Sara Arnold after learning of the news.

    The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance sent a letter to Arnold Nov. 14 explaining its decision not to issue a directive order for the county to reassess or re-trend any properties.

  • Overlook restroom building gets go-ahead from INDOT

    CANNELTON - Though both bids opened Nov. 29 were above the engineer's estimate, the construction of a restroom building at Eagle's Bluff Park will proceed, Perry County Recreation Director Dan Adams said Monday.

    "Apparently if the bids were within 5 percent over INDOT's internal estimate, they have the option of awarding the contract if the Federal Highway Department can come up with the difference," said Adams. "And an INDOT official told me the federal government has agreed to contribute the difference."