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Today's News

  • Long-time wanderer finds musical home in Perry County

    Leo Gronquist is many things. He is a grandfather, a father, a husband and works in the field of nuclear medicine at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and travelled Europe in his younger days. One common thread connects all of these segments of his life; his long-time love of playing music.

  • County stepping up attention on ADA, anti-discrimination

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    PERRY COUNTY – Local communities are more closely watching how agencies handle instances of possible discrimination.

    A year ago, Perry County implemented policies to help formalize guidance to ensure compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act provisions, as well as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  • Lincoln Amphitheatre to rock, roll & hum

    INDIANAPOLIS – Fresh off of a 2016 season that was one of the best attended in the venue’s 30-year history, the Lincoln Amphitheatre has announced a 2017 performance series that will feature classic rockers Grand Funk Railroad, award-winning country singer-songwriter Lee Ann Womack (five Academy of Country Music Awards, six Country Music Association Awards, one Grammy), as well as an evening with 60’s rock legend Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels.

  • IURC hearing garners input on new emission controls

     

    By DON STEEN

    Staff Writer

     

    REO – Concerned citizens from across the area participated in a public field hearing conducted by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission at South Spencer High School Thursday, Feb. 2.

    The hearing focused on a proposal by Indiana Michigan Power, a subsidiary of American Electric Power, to install new pollution controls on Unit 2 of the Rockport Generating Station, an upgrade that would be necessary to comply with a federal-consent decree and maintain operation past 2019.

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  • Commissioners mull vacating undeveloped Leopold streets, state’s gas-tax proposal

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    PERRY COUNTY – A request to vacate a pair of platted but never developed streets in Leopold was met with mixed action by the board of county commissioners. The thoroughfares in question were referred to as Indiana and German streets.

    Ultimately, the commissioners voted in favor of vacating Indiana Street, but tabled the petition for similar action on German Street.

  • Santa Jim Yellig receives the Sagamore of the Wabash Award

    SANTA CLAUS – Raymond Joseph “Jim” Yellig has received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, Indiana’s highest civilian honor.

    His legacy will be honored during a ceremony at the Santa Claus Museum & Village on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m.

    The Hoosier Santas and honored guests will bestow the award to Yellig’s daughter, Pat Koch. Koch is the founder of the Santa Claus Museum & Village and a 2013 recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash Award. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

  • Head-on IN-37 crash injures both drivers

    PERRY COUNTY – A head-on collision between a car and truck Tuesday afternoon sent both drivers to hospitals but a child in the car escaped injury despite the car being nearly torn in two by the impact.

    According to the Perry County Sheriff’s Department, the fist of several calls reporting the crash just north of Indiana 70 was received at 3:10 p.m. Dispatchers immediately summoned deputies, firefighters and the Perry County Rescue Squad.

  • Astra to host The Way Down Wanderers

    JASPER – In what could be one of the final events at the historic Astra Theatre before it shuts down for a major face lift, nationally-touring artists The Way Down Wanderers will bring their unique harmony-laced brand of Americana, folk, and bluegrass to the Jim and Pat Thyen Performance Stage on Saturday, March 18.

    The box office will open at 5:30 p.m., doors at 6 p.m., opening act (to be announced later) at 7 p.m., and The Way Down Wanderers will take the stage at 8 p.m.

  • Astra to host The Way Down Wanderers

    JASPER – In what could be one of the final events at the historic Astra Theatre before it shuts down for a major face lift, nationally-touring artists The Way Down Wanderers will bring their unique harmony-laced brand of Americana, folk, and bluegrass to the Jim and Pat Thyen Performance Stage on Saturday, March 18.

    The box office will open at 5:30 p.m., doors at 6 p.m., opening act (to be announced later) at 7 p.m., and The Way Down Wanderers will take the stage at 8 p.m.