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  • Chris Deel hopes the welding skills he's mastering at Ivy Tech Community College will take him places.

    The Perry Central High School senior is nearing the end of his second and final semester of evening welding classes at the Tell City site. The credits he's earned, three per semester, not only count toward the high-school diploma he'll receive in a couple of weeks, but will also serve as college credits if he seeks a degree in welding.

    Deel said he is eyeing  a career in diesel mechanics but knows the skills he's learned could pay off in any number of ways.

  • PERRY COUNTY - Tell City and Perry Central elementary students were given opportunities in recent weeks to stir people in their lives into action to help save others.

    "We and Perry Central are having blood drives on back-to-back weekends," explained Stacy Fleck, nurse for the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp. Scheduled for April 25 and May 2, the drives weren't open to the general public, she said, so participating students get all of the credit.

  • Amanda Dickens talks to her son, Trent, and husband, Brian, while watching elephants graze Saturday morning during the set-up phase of the Kelly Miller Circus. Though not a part of the usual Dogwood Tour weekend, the circus provided another attraction to visitors and residents alike on a sun-kissed weekend.

     

  • "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears." The famous opening line of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" is becoming an invitation to the community to take a renewed interested in safeguarding the former courthouse in Perry County's Rome. With help from a dedicated band of supporters and Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, the 1818 building will be around for decades to come.

    A group numbering more than 30 people visited the 191-year-old former county courthouse in Rome last Thursday.

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  • TELL CITY - Teachers, counselors and other school staff who devote their talents to educating and protecting children gained new insight and skills last month into a new program that will change how Tell City-Troy Township schools deal with an ages-old problem: bullying.

  • TELL CITY - The name of a man whose contributions were felt throughout Perry County during his life will be remembered in his death after a ceremony Thursday.

    "Gerry was one of the Perry County residents who had a vision for the Hoosier Southern Railroad, and he certainly worked very hard ... to make it become a reality," Dick Neumann said in opening the event commemorating Gerald D. Thomas by naming a locomotive in his honor.

  • TELL CITY - The sun came out and the temperature warmed April 1, making opening day for The Greenhouse one that inspired springtime activities like planting.

    In actuality, nine greenhouses have sprouted over recent months at the nursery's location at the north end of Tell City, but collectively they carry the singular name. Manager Lorna Garrett listed annuals, perennials, ferns, grasses, herbs, shrubs and roses, and vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers and cabbages among plant offerings, and said the business also offers birdbaths, fountains and statues.

  • ECKERTY - The dinner bell is ringing loudly at the Schwartz Family Restaurant, located five miles north of Interstate 64 on Indiana 37.

    The restaurant opened April 1 and as of Saturday was bustling with diners.

    "We use a lot of home-grown vegetables and fruits," said Joseph Schwartz, who operates the restaurant with wife, Edna, and an extended family of cooks and servers. Guests choose their meals cafeteria-style, with choices of meats, vegetables, breads and desserts.

  • Editor's Note: Perry County Storm won the Hoosier Men's State Basketball Tourney Sunday at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. Head Coach Mike Gibson penned this column on the experience.

    Hoosier Hysteria is alive and well in Special Olympics Indiana. For the record, the Hoosier Men's State Basketball Tournament is the third-largest event of any state competition and the largest Special Olympics basketball event in the world.

  • TELL CITY - In 1975 the Tell City Post Office welcomed Tim Miller as a clerk-carrier and Tuesday his co-workers bid him farewell as he retired as its postmaster.

    During his 34-year career Miller worked at post offices in Tell City, Troy and Cannelton. In 1983 he was officer in charge in Troy then became supervisor in 1987 in Tell City. Three years later he took the postmaster position in Cannelton when Postmaster Maude Kendall retired. Miller returned to Tell City in 2003 as officer in charge and was appointed its postmaster in 2004.

  • Asked how she wanted to celebrate her 100th birthday, Catherine Waninger had two requests: she wanted a bowl of turtle soup and a spin in a convertible.

    The Oakwood Health Campus resident got both, enjoying turtle soup with family members and friends March 22. On Tuesday, her actual birthday, she took a ride in Oakwood employee Jerry Dixon's 1963 Corvair, cruising Main Street, taking a look at the Ohio River and driving past Wal-Mart. "I'm not sure who had more fun, her or us," said Oakwood staffer Jan Beard, who accompanied the two.

  • TELL CITY - Fourteen-year-old Levi Hilgenhold has looked to the stars for inspiration for years. He's now one of nine young people with a chance to make space history.

    NASA announced this week that Hilgenhold and eight other students are finalists in the agency's Mars Science Laboratory Mission. NASA asked students from kindergarten through 12th grade to submit essays proposing names for a Mars rover expected to launch in 2011 and land on the red planet the following year. More than 9,000 students submitted essays.

  • CANNELTON - Elementary-school students in Cannelton sent a flat representative to the Iditarod dog-sled race, and "he" made appearances at the annual race's start and rubbed shoulders with the jacket of a prolific author of books for youngsters.