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  • JASPER – The 40th annual Wilgus Family Reunion was held Saturday, July 19, at the Ramada Inn and Convention Center in Jasper. The reunion is a gathering of the descendants and friends of Chester and Agnes (Hagedorn) Wilgus, lifelong residents of Tell City and Anderson Township in Perry County. In all, over 140 descendants were in attendance, including two children, 20 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 37 great-great grandchildren. Attendees came from all over Indiana and from an additional eight states.

  • EVANSTON – Approximately 190 descendants of the Johann and Margaretha Wittman family met at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Evanston Sunday, Aug. 10, for a reunion and a carry-in dinner.

    The oldest and youngest members attending were recognized and presented with homemade blankets. Junella Aldridge Fouch, age 88, was the oldest and traveled from Indianapolis to attend.

  • TELL CITY – Margaret Goffinet of Perry County is now recovering at Oakwood Health Campus in Tell City, following hospitalization at St. Mary’s Health System in Evansville.

    Family and friends are welcome to visit Margaret or send well wishes, prayers and cards.

  • PROSPECTIVE NEW MEMBERS are invited to attend the monthly meeting of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 213, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the post home in Tell City. The organization always welcomes women who want to learn more about the auxiliary and its work. Charlotte Lindauer will preside at the meeting. All members are encouraged to attend.

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  • • Perry Central’s Class of 1994 will hold a 20-year reunion from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the French Lick Hotel. Members should reserve space for dinner and entertainment. Cost is $45 per person. Checks should be made payable to PC Class of 1994 and mailed to Crystal Frost, 2 Binnacle Lane, Foster City, CA, 94404. Contact Crystal (James) Frost at crystalfrost@hotmail.com or (650) 242-1992 with any questions.

  • THE BRISTOW COMMUNITY CENTER filled nine tables during euchre games Wednesday. Ralph Stiles came in first place last week with 87 points, followed by Dale Flamion in second place with 85 points. Vernie Harpenau took third place with 84 points and Phil Braunecker came in fourth place with 81 points. The center holds euchre games at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

  • By MOLLY HALL
    Guest Columnist

    In the beginning of the Civil War, our Perry County citizens were excited and full of enthusiasm for the war. Rallies, speeches and fiery discussions were held in almost every township and the call for patriotism was heard as our country and her people prepared for war.

  • Four generations of the Rhodes-Patrick family gathered for a photo recently.

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  • Members of the Dykes family gathered Memorial Day for a five-generation photo.

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  • BY TRINA SEVERSON
    Staff Writer

    I am not usually one to hike in a group, opting instead for the quiet, meditative state that comes with making my way through woods in solitude.

    But last weekend, my two daughters, my husband and I, piled into our van and drove to the Patoka Lake visitor center for a guided group hike to Totem Rock.

    It was our first visit to the area, and we joined about a dozen other hikers and two guides at the head of our 3.5-mile trail.

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  • TELL CITY – Brothers Will and Beau Goffinet of Tell City recently got a chance to take their love of the Mario Brothers video game to the next level.

    This Friday, the two will appear on the PBS children’s show “The Friday Zone” dressed as their favorite characters, Mario and Luigi.

    The Mario Brothers video game features two sibling plumbers, Mario and Luigi, whose jobs are to investigate the strange creatures inhabiting the sewers of New York City.

  • By STUART CASSIDY
    Staff Writer

    When it comes to opening a restaurant that will feature its own microbrewery and 36 beers on tap within its pub, it’s about more than just suds and good food to the owners.

    According to Pour Haus co-owner Derek Cronin, 42, the development is meant to be a unifying establishment for a community rich in history.

  • Editor’s Note: This Mother’s Day tribute was provided by Randy Lindauer of Troy for his mother, Shirley Ann Lindauer.

    Dear Mom,

    I’ve wanted to write a letter to you for some time, and I figure Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to stop procrastinating. While the words are long overdue, the sentiments are not new to my mind or heart.

  • ... was the instruction emblazoned across T-shirts of the 81 participants of a 4-H color run by the same name Sunday at Tell City’s Sunset Park.

    Another 20 volunteers were also involved, and among them were members of 4-H Junior Leaders who worked to comply with the instruction by throwing colored powder.

    Admission to the two-mile walk-run event cost a canned-food or cash donation. Cathy Boerste, Purdue extension director and 4-H youth development educator, said four big boxes of food and $61 were collected.

  • One soldier’s role in helping secure the freedom of American colonies – one of countless stories in two centuries of Perry County history – was celebrated in grand style Saturday in Rome.

    A grave-marker dedication in the town’s United Methodist Church honored the life of Revolutionary War patriot Jacob Kepler.

  • TELL CITY –  Friends of Ed Whitcomb, a committee formed to honor the former governor of Indiana, has announced its future plans.

    Donations are being solicited in order to commemorate Ed and his wife, Evelyn’s, lives and time spent in Perry County. The money will be used to purchase a bust of Whitcomb identical to one that resides in the Statehouse in Indianapolis and was sculpted by Greg Harris of Cannelton.

    The bust will reside at the Tell City Depot, home of the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau.