• PERRY COUNTY – Health and human service organizations are invited to apply for funding from the United Way of Perry County through March 4. Grant applications are available on United Way of Perry County’s website at www.unitedwayperryco.org/grantmaking.

    This year, the United Way of Perry County will distribute more than $74,000 in funds to area health and human service organizations to fund projects focused on education, health, financial stability and emergency assistance. 

  • DALE – Purdue Master Gardeners (Dubois-Perry-Spencer Counties) are pleased to announce the January educational program for the public and all Master Gardeners. This is a program of the Purdue Extension Service.  The programs will be held on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. The program will be approximately one hour long. The location will vary depending on the program. The programs are free unless otherwise noted.

  • TELL CITY – Ivy Tech will hold an American Welding Society certification preparation course on Saturdays from Feb. 6 to April 9.

    The class will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., which includes 30 minutes for lunch, at the Tell City campus.

    The course includes over 80 hours of hands-on welding preparation training in shielded metal arc welding.

  • BRISTOW – The Perry County Soil and Water Conservation District will host its 68th annual meeting Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Bristow Community Center. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner. A presentation will be given by Dave King, Indiana Department of Agriculture Local Foods Program Manager.

  • ROCKY POINT – Sun, calm breezes and 56 degree weather made for a perfect December blessing of the sandstone Celtic Cross below Blue Heron Winery at Rocky Point.

    This cross, carved by local Indiana artisan Greg Harris, was sculpted within a single stone native to the hillside, in 23 months and completed in 2007.

    It is believed to be the largest “insitu” Celtic cross in the world. At 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20, it was blessed and made holy.

  • PERRY COUNTY – Catholic Charities, in conjunction with the Holiday Helpers United program, is once again sponsoring a winter coat giveaway. 

    Coats for adults and children are currently available at the Catholic Charities office. Call (812) 547-0903 for more information.

    Also, new and good used coats are currently being collected for this year’s supply at Wal-Mart in Tell City, Bower Construction in Tell City or drop off at Catholic Charities. Groups or organizations that would like to conduct a coat drive can contact Catholic Charities.

  • PERRY COUNTY – Don’t miss out on any of the fun opportunities that 4-H offers! 4-H members learn life skills such as responsibility, time management, problem-solving and communication while completing fun, hands-on projects and activities.

    4-H is the largest non-formal educational program in the country. Over 60 projects are available with something to suit everyone’s interests. Many projects can be completed for under $10.

    If you haven’t already enrolled in 4-H for 2016, act quickly. Online enrollment closes statewide on January 15.

  • PERRY COUNTY – Youth in grades 3-12 now have a new way to have fun while learning practical, hands-on skills in 4-H Spark Clubs.

    These clubs have a single focus and meet for a total of six hours or more. The clubs are highly interactive and are designed to spark an interest in a subject.

    Contact the Purdue Extension-Perry County office at (812) 547-7084 to enroll. There is an annual $20 4-H Enrollment fee.

  • Story By

    Jake Bethel


    When Doyle Dean, a former local musician and audio/video professor, sat down to write his second “chance” music project, “1/32,” in 2004, he had no idea how far from the truth he would end up being on one particular song.

  • PERRY COUNTY – Organizers of Perry County’s three Christmas parades have released lists of winners.


    Cannelton Christmas


    Civic Division

    First place, Cannelton Elementary School

    Second place, Horse Rescue South

    Third place, Perry Childcare


    Community Division

    First place, Freewill Baptist Church

    Second place, First Baptist Church

    Third place, Community Christian Church


    Commercial Division

  • CANNELTON – Cannelton American Legion Post 142 wishes to thank all its sponsors for their generous donations and support for the poker run, “Cruizin For Our Heroes,” proceeds to benefit local veterans.

    They also wish to thank everyone who participated, attended and helped with this event.

    Approximately $4,000 was raised, of which the Legion presented $1,000 each to the Honor Flight program and to local Veterans Affairs.

  • TELL CITY – The Hometown Holidays drawings were held Friday, Dec. 4. Each winner won a $25 gift certificate redeemable at any of the participating merchants. A total of $650 was given away.

  • JASPER – The FertilityCare program refers to a natural method to avoid or achieve pregnancy. The Creighton Model coordinates with a couple’s fertility cycle without the use of drugs or contraceptives.

    The program teaches the couple to identify the woman’s fertile and infertile days in order to achieve or avoid a pregnancy. This program is available through Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center.

  • HOME

    Check houseplant leaves for brown, dry edges, which indicates too little relative humidity in the house. Increase humidity by running a humidifier, grouping plants or using pebble trays.

    Extend the lives of holiday plants such as poinsettias and Christmas cactus by placing them in a cool, brightly lit area that is free from warm or cold drafts.

  • SANTA CLAUS – The Story Trek with Todd Hansen will feature the famous Christmassy town of Santa Claus, on Monday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. central time. The Story Trek will air on Dish Network channel 9403 and DirecTV channel 374.

    A film crew from BYU-tv visited the town of Santa Claus last year to capture Christmas activities and interview local business owners and residents.

    Locations filmed include Santa’s Cottages, Santa Claus United Methodist Church, Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, Santa Claus Post Office, and more.

  • SANTA CLAUS – Buying a new home can be a “roller-coaster experience” and during Thursday’s episode of House Hunters, the buyers take that phrase literally, with a ride on Holiday World’s Thunderbird.

    “When the producers of House Hunters asked us for a tour of the park, we couldn’t wait to offer them a ride on Thunderbird,” said Holiday World’s president, Matt Eckert. “The home buyers - Tom and Terri - didn’t hesitate; they rode over and over. In fact, they spent two days with us.”

  • Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    Several years ago I made the mistake of leaving the water pump in the barn instead of storing it in the basement. Well, I found out why Daddy always stored it in the basement during the cold days of winter.

    When I got the pump out to do some irrigation the following summer, the primer tank had split right open. A little bit of moisture was left in the tank and it froze. The tank is made of cast iron so imagine what a little moisture might do to your favorite terra-cotta pot.