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Today's News

  • Indiana Senate should put brakes on payday loan bill

    Payday lenders across the state may have found a new way to skirt annual interest rate restrictions in a bill winding its way through the Indiana General Assembly.

    House Bill 1319, which passed the House last week by a 53-41 vote, would allow payday lenders to charge fees triple what Indiana law currently defines as criminal loan-sharking.

    The bill would allow storefront lenders the ability to offer short-term loans – typically about two weeks – of $605 to $1,500 with annual percentage rates up to 222 percent.

  • Valentine’s Day drama

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Valentine’s Day was one of those holidays that gave sweaty palms to 1970s third-graders. Back then, it was custom for every student to give each classmate a valentine. That might still be the practice. I should ask my nephews.

  • Tax law and rural hospitals

    WENDELL POTTER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    One of the selling points for the tax bill President Trump signed into law a few weeks ago is that it will spur job growth because corporations will use money they otherwise would have paid in taxes to hire more workers.

    But for rural areas and small towns, one provision of the new law may result in the closure of one of their biggest employers – their hospital.

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  • Williams files candidacy for county council

    TELL CITY – A Tobinsport woman who served for more than a decade on the Perry Central Community School Board and has helped to lead several groups within the community has filed for the county council’s District 4 seat.

    Republican Earla Williams, 62, will seek the seat held by Democrat Jody French, who is not seeking a second term in 2018.

  • Cannelton seeks tax-sale properties

    By STUART CASSIDY

    Staff Writer

     

    CANNELTON – Several dilapidated properties located along Cannelton’s Seventh Street could soon be transferred into city ownership. Each of the properties sought by Mayor Mary Snyder are up for commissioners’ certificate sale set for March 7.

  • Parks board’s master plan pushed back

    By LARRY GOFFINET

    Sports Editor

     

    TELL CITY – Board member Rick Newton told the Perry County Parks & Recreation Department’s board Wednesday that the department’s new master plan won’t be ready by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ April 15 deadline for this year.

  • Perry Central, Jasper Engines earn state honors

    LEOPOLD – The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has recognized Perry Central Jr.-Sr. High School and Jasper Engines and Transmissions as the Indiana Chamber Foundation School Counseling-Business Partnership of the Year.

    The honor was presented Wednesday by Indiana INTERNnet during the 12th annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon in Indianapolis. INTERNnet is a statewide resource for internship opportunities managed by the state Chamber of Commerce.

  • Grant will determine size of water rate hike in Troy

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    TROY – Water customers in Troy will see a significant rate increase later this year as the town prepares to finance a new filtering system to deal with higher levels of manganese in its water. How large the rate increase will be hinges on the size of a grant the community hopes to receive from the United States Department of Agriculture.

  • Local pastor a weather resource to tens of thousands

    By DON STEEN

    Staff Writer

     

    NEWTONVILLE – The internet provides a platform to just about anyone with a stable connection, some recording equipment and something to say. Some have used this digital medium to make unlikely fortunes, while others simply dedicate themselves to a passion they wish to share.

    Pastor Michael Wilhite of Newtonville’s New Hope Baptist Church is ranked firmly in the latter.