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  • TELL CITY – Kathy Richmer didn't believe the news a surprise caller delivered Wednesday evening, even though the message came from a white-bearded man dressed in a red coat.

    "You just won a new Camaro," Santa Claus said from the upstairs council chambers at City Hall.

    "Oh, I guess I'll take that," Richmer replied. It took a couple more minutes of convincing for Richmer to accept that the call wasn't a hoax and she was overcome with emotion as she walked into the city council chambers at City Hall, packed with police officers.

  • Tell City firefighters joined hands with Santa Claus Saturday to brighten the holiday for 20 local youngsters, delivering presents to wide-eyed children. In turn, parents and even firefighters wiped the occasional moist eye.

    It was the fifth year for the department’s Christmas for Kids project. Firefighters raised money at area stores, placing out their boots and asking customers to fill them with donations. Other contributions come from people in the community, Chief Greg Linne said, including sizable gifts from two families.

  • TELL CITY - A new staff member has been welcomed to Tell City's post office. Dan Schroeder accepted the position of postmaster Sept. 5 and started two days later.

    Schroeder, who is from Kansas City, Mo., has been a part of the United States Postal Service for eight years. His wife, Lisa, is a native of Tell City and Schroeder said he loved the city the first time he visited with his wife.

    "From day one I knew I wanted to be a part of this community," he said.

  • TELL CITY - The lights were dim and bottles of wine were placed in buckets of ice to chill. Tables were covered with linen cloths and silverware had been laid out neatly at each place setting. A long table in the front of the dining area was laden with various ingredients, which brought curious gazes from those filing into the room.

  • Parade Winners

    First place, Rocky Farm's Farm-all float.

    Second place, Lilly Dale Church.

    Third place, Perry County Memorial Hospital.

    Fourth place, Perry County Animal Hospital.

     

  • An airport runway that normally serves local pilots' Pipers and Cessnas and the occasional business jet became an asphalt classroom for local police officers last month, as they pushed mettle and metal in a state-required emergency-vehicle operations course.

  • Editor's Note: This article, part of a regular series about the Hoosier National Forest, was written by Ben Ingram, a fire engine operator.

    Smokey Bear has done an excellent job telling people that fire is bad, but some ecosystems require fire. The Hoosier National Forest landscape has historically burned. So how do we create a healthy forest or grassland ecosystem in the absence of wildfire? There are several answers to this question. One is prescribed burning.

    What is Prescribed Burning?

  • TELL CITY – Continuing a tradition already several years old, First Christian Church in Troy will offer a gospel concert, "A Gospel Thanksgiving in Song," from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Tell City High School.

    Doors to the auditorium will open at 1:30. The concert is offered by the church at no cost, though a freewill offering will be collected.

    Performing will be the Woodsmen Quartet of Batesville, the Conquerors Quartet from Evansville and the southern Indiana-based SonShiners. Also on stage will be guest pianist-soloist Benjamin Morelock.

  • The Santa Claus post office is offering a special "picture postmark" to cancel the postage stamps on holiday mail again this year.

    The post office is the only one in the world that has Santa's name and has offered the special "picture postmark" each holiday season since 1983. Each year's holiday postmark is designed by a local high-school art student as part of an annual contest.

  • LOS ANGELES - USABookNews. com, an online magazine and review Web site for mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of the National Best Books 2009 Awards.

    More than 500 winners and finalists were announced in over 140 categories covering print and audio books. Awards were presented for titles published in 2009 and late 2008.

  • TELL CITY - The Epsilon Omega Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa Inc. will lift the curtain on its ninth theater production, "Nunsense 2: The Second Coming," today in Fellowship Hall at Evangelical United Church of Christ.

    Four shows are planned, beginning with this evening's 8 p.m. event. Shows Friday and Saturday evening begin at 6:30 p.m. and include dinner.

    A final production is set for 2 p.m. Sunday.